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Otteman drives in four
as UTA defeats Minnesota
UNC, Ga. Tech, Miami, Clemson, Alabama
record shutouts; Rice tops Texas
Grand Prairie, Texas, Matt Otteman had the luck of the Irish
with two hits, including a home run, and drove in four as UTA
stopped Minnesota 6-2 Tuesday evening at QuikTrip Park. The
Mavericks (8-10) wore green uniforms in honor of St. Patrick’s
Day. Michael Kvasnicka had a two-run single in the first for the
Golden Gophers (10-5). Otteman and Ryan Davis both had two-run
singles in the third as UTA took the lead for good. Otteman
added a two-run homer in the seventh to complete the scoring.
Ryan Robinson (1-1) fanned 10 in eighth innings to earn the
victory. He allowed seven hits, two runs and two walks. Adam
Boydston pitched a perfect ninth with one strikeout to earn his
first save. Kvasnicka finished with three hits for Minnesota.
No. 1 North Carolina 17, Princeton 0
In Chapel Hill, N.C., Seth Baldwin hit two of his
team’s five home runs, and four pitchers combined on a
one-hitter as UNC overwhelmed Princeton at Boshamer Stadium.
Baldwin was 4 for 4 with four runs and six RBI. He singled in
the second, doubled in the fifth, had a grand slam in the sixth
and added a solo shot in the eighth. Greg Holt, Dustin Ackley
and Levi Michael also went deep for the Tar Heels (15-2). Ben
Bunting had three hits and three runs for UNC. The Tigers (3-3)
did not get a hit until Greg Van Horn’s single with two outs in
the eighth. Patrick Johnson (1-0) tossed five hitless innings
with four walks and six strikeouts. Jimmy Messer, Garrett Davis
and Brian Moran kept Princeton off the board over the final four
No. 10 Rice 6, No. 2 Texas 3
In Houston, Rick Hague had two hits, including a
homer, and two RBI as Rice topped Texas in front of a
record-crowd of 6,193 at Reckling Park. Steven Sultzbaugh had a
triple and scored in the third for the Owls (11-5) before the
Longhorns (14-3) answered in the fourth on a sac fly by Cameron
Rupp. Preston Clark had a sac fly in the fifth to give Texas a
2-1 lead. Hague’s two-run homer sparked a four-run fifth as Rice
took a 5-2 lead. Russell Moldenhauer doubled and scored in the
sixth for the Longhorns before the Owls added a run in the
seventh to complete the scoring. Mike Ojala struck out four of
the five batters he faced to earn his first save. Chad Mozingo
had two hits and two runs for Rice. Michael Torres had a double
No. 5 LSU 2, Northwestern State 1
In Baton Rouge, La., Micah Gibbs had an RBI
single in the bottom of the ninth to lift LSU past Northwestern
State at Alex Box Stadium. Blake Dean led off the ninth with a
single and was replaced by pinch-runner Derek Helenihi. One
batter later, Ryan Schimpf and Leon Landry drew walks, setting
the stage for Gibbs’ game-winner. Dean had a sacrifice fly in
the first for the Tigers (14-4). The Demons (10-6) tied it in
the second on a sac fly by Miles Parsons. Jared Mitchell had two
hits and a run for LSU. Trent Grondin had two hits for
No. 8 Georgia Tech 11, Kennesaw State 0
In Atlanta, Zach Von Tersch, Jed Bradley and
Brandon Cumpton combined on a two-hitter as Georgia Tech blanked
Kennesaw State at Stillwell Stadium for its 10th straight
victory. Von Tersch (4-0) started and fanned three in two
innings to earn the win. Bradley struck out seven in five
innings, while Cumpton fanned three over the final two innings.
Matt Skole had three hits for the Yellow Jackets (13-1). Jeff
Rowland had one hit, three walks and two runs. Jace Whitmer and
Ross Tendler had hits for the Owls (7-7)
No. 9 Miami (Fla.) 8, St. Thomas 0
In Coral Gables, Fla., Ryan Jackson homered
twice, and Daniel Miranda and Michael Rudman combined on a
four-hitter as Miami blanked cross-town opponent St. Thomas at
Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field. Miranda (1-1) allowed
four hits in six innings with five strikeouts. Rudman worked
three hitless innings to earn his first save. Jackson had
two-run homers in both the first and eighth for the Hurricanes
(15-3). Chris Herrmann also went deep for Miami. DePhillip Mason
had a hit and a steal for the Bobcats (9-18).
No. 11 Coastal Carolina 5, Tennessee 2
In Knoxville, Tenn., David Anderson had a home
run and a double to help Coastal Carolina extend its win streak
to 14 with a victory over Tennessee at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
The Chanticleers (17-1) now have four wins over SEC opponents.
Jose Iglesian homered in the second for Coastal, but the Vols
(8-9) answered with a long ball by Cody Hawn in the sixth. The
seventh was a Dublin inning for the Chants as Chance Gilmore,
Anderson and Adam Rice all doubled to start the inning. Gilmore
came home on Rice’s two-bagger and Anderson scored on a sac fly
by Daniel Bowman. Tyler Horne went deep in the bottom of the
frame to make it 3-2. Anderson homered in the ninth and Iglesias
singled and scored later in the frame to complete the scoring.
UT brought the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth
with no outs, but a fielder’s choice and a double play ended the
threat. Blake Forsythe finished with three hits for the Vols.
No. 15 Oklahoma 8, No. 18 TCU 7
In Fort Worth, Texas, Casey Johnson’s sacrifice
fly capped a four-run ninth as Oklahoma edged TCU at Lupton
Stadium. Jamie Johnson, Matt Harughty and Bryant Hernandez
started the ninth with singles to load the bases. Aaron Baker
was hit by a pitch to force in a run and J.T. Wise’s two-run
single tied the game at 7-7 before Johnson’s sac fly gave the
Sooners (18-4) the lead. Matt Carpenter had a homer in the fifth
and his two-run double in the sixth gave the Horned Frogs (11-5)
a 5-3 lead. OU added a run in the seventh before TCU plated two
in the eighth for a 7-4 advantage. Harughty and Hernandez both
had three hits and a run for the Sooners. Taylor Featherston
went 5 for 5 with two runs for the Horned Frogs.
No. 16 Virginia 5, Marshall 4
In Charlottesville, Va., Jarrett Parker had an
RBI walk and scored the go-ahead run on a balk in a four-run
seventh as Virginia rallied to edge Marshall at Davenport Field.
The Cavaliers (16-0) extended their school-record win streak.
The Thundering Herd (7-9) scored three in the fourth, sparked by
an RBI double by Victor Gomez. Tyler Cannon was hit by a pitch
and scored on a base hit by Phil Gosselin in the sixth to put
Virginia on the board. Gomez had an RBI single in the seventh to
give the Herd a 4-1 advantage. The Cavs loaded the bases with
two outs in the seventh before Parker walked to force in a run
and Cannon had a two-run single to knot the score at 4-4.
Following a walk, a balk brought in Parker with the eventual
game-winner. Kevin Arico pitched two scoreless innings to earn
his first save.
No. 17 Ole Miss 7, Arkansas State 1
In Jonesboro, Ark., Kevin Mort had three hits,
one run and two RBI to lead Ole Miss past ASU. Tim Ferguson also
had three hits and a run for the Rebels (12-4). Brett Bukvich
(3-0) allowed two hits and one unearned run in five innings with
three walks and seven strikeouts to earn the victory. Logan
Power walked and scored in the second before Ferguson singled
and scored in the third as Ole Miss led 2-0. Giovanni Garcia
walked and scored in the fifth for the Red Wolves (7-10). The
Rebels added one in the seventh, two in the eighth and one in
No. 19 Clemson 8, Presbyterian 0
In Clemson, S.C., Graham Stoneburner, Will Lamb
and Craig Gullickson combined on a five-hitter as Clemson shut
out Presbyterian at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Stoneburner (2-2)
allowed two hits and a walk in six innings with seven
strikeouts. Lamb worked two innings and Gullickson pitched the
ninth. Ben Paulsen doubled and scored in a three-run first for
the Tigers (12-4). Paulsen homered in the third to make it 4-0.
Clemson added a run in the sixth and three in the eighth to
complete the scoring. Paulsen finished with three hits and two
runs. Jesse Harmon had two hits for the Blue Hose (2-13).
No. 20 Arkansas 7, Nebraska 3
In Fayetteville, Ark., Collin Kuhn had two hits
and two runs as Arkansas topped Nebraska at Baum Stadium. Kuhn
doubled and scored on a Ben Tschepikow homer in the first. The
Huskers (11-6-1) answered with a run in the second before the
Razorbacks (13-3) responded with two in the bottom of the frame,
including an RBI double by Kuhn. Arkansas added three in the
seventh before Nebraska put up two in the ninth. Travis Sample
drove in three for the Razorbacks. D.J. Belfonte had a double, a
run and an RBI for the Huskers.
No. 21 Pepperdine 3, Washington State 1
In Malibu, Calif., Matt Bywater had a career-high
12 strikeouts as Pepperdine nipped WSU at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
Bywater (2-0) walked one and didn’t throw a pitch outside the
strike zone until there were two outs in the third, delivering
25 straight strikes to start the game. He had 102 pitches, of
which 73 were strikes. Jared Prince had an RBI double in the
fourth as the Cougars (5-10) took a 1-0 lead. The Waves (12-5)
answered in the fifth as Brian Humphries had a run-scoring
single to tie it and Bryce Mendonca scored on a dropped fly ball
to put Pepperdine up 2-1. Tyler Brubaker had a leadoff homer in
the seventh to give the Waves a 3-1 advantage. Nick Gaudi
retired the side in the ninth for his fourth save. Miles
Silverstein had two hits and a run for Pepperdine. Greg Lagreid
had a hit and a run for WSU.
No. 24 Alabama 24, Alabama A&M 0
In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Jake Smith belted two of his
team’s six home runs as Alabama tied a school record with homers
in 17 straight games in its win over Alabama A&M at
Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Head coach Jim Wells became the seventh
coach to win 600 games at an SEC school. The Crimson Tide (12-5)
scored eight in each of the first two innings to take control.
Kyle Moore, Josh Rutledge, Clay Jones and Ryan Rhoden also went
deep. Rutledge (4-4, 3 R, 4 RBI) and Brandon May (4-5, 3 R, 3
RBI) led the 26-hit attack. Del Howell (1-0) had a career-high
14 strikeouts in six innings and allowed one hit. Bernard
McKinney II had the only hit for the Bulldogs (5-5).
No. 25 Florida 5, Florida State 4
In Gainesville, Fla., Buddy Munroe’s RBI single
in the bottom of the ninth lifted Florida past Florida State in
front of 3,369 fans at McKethan Stadium. Matt den Dekker led off
the ninth with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch and
advanced to third on a bunt single by Brandon McArthur. After a
strikeout and an intentional walk, Munroe sent a 2-2 pitch to
right center to plate den Dekker with the game-winner. The
Seminoles (9-7) got an RBI double by Tommy Oravetz and a
sacrifice fly by Jason Stidham in the top of the ninth to knot
the score at 4-4. Munroe finished with three hits and two RBI.
McArthur had two hits and knocked in two for the Gators (10-7).
Tyler Holt had three hits and two runs for FSU.