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Ackley homers twice,
knocks in four for North Carolina
Fullerton tops ASU; Georgia nips Clemson;
Combined no-hitter for WKU
Chapel Hill, N.C., Dustin Ackley (right) smacked a pair of
two-run homers to power No. 6 North Carolina past Davidson 9-4
Tuesday at Boshamer Stadium. Ackley finished 4 for 4 with three
runs and four RBI. Ackley went deep in the first and his two-run
shot in the fourth gave the Tar Heels (21-6) a 9-3 advantage.
Seth Freeman had a two-run homer in the fourth for the Wildcats
(10-12). Freeman finished with two hits and two runs. Mark
Fleury had two hits and two RBI for UNC.
No. 1 Cal State Fullerton 7, No. 4 Arizona
In Tempe, Ariz., Jared Clark homered and doubled
and Nick Ramirez tossed 4.1 innings of scoreless relief as Cal
State Fullerton topped ASU in front of 3,851 fans at the
DeMarini West Coast Challenge. Clark had an RBI double in the
first and went deep in the sixth. Gary Brown had a two-out
single in the eighth and Joe Scott added an RBI base hit in the
ninth for the Titans (19-4). Jason Kipnis had a two-run homer in
the ninth for the Sun Devils (19-5). Ramirez (1-1) did not allow
a hit in earning his first collegiate win with two walks and two
strikeouts. Michael Morrison recorded the final two outs for his
No. 2 Georgia 6, No. 20 Clemson 5
In Athens, Ga., Rich Poythress had an RBI single
in a four-run third as Georgia nipped Clemson at Foley Field.
Jeff Schaus homered in the first for the Tigers (18-8) before
Bryce Massanari went deep in the second for the Bulldogs (23-3).
Georgia’s Zach Cone had a catch over the wall to rob Brad Miller
of a three-run homer in the third before the Bulldogs put up
four in the bottom of the frame for a 5-1 lead. Kyle Parker had
a two-run homer in the fifth and Chris Epps added a pinch-hit
double to make it 5-4. Colby May homered in the sixth for the
Bulldogs. Parker added an RBI single in the ninth for the Tigers
before Dean Weaver ended the game with a strikeout.
Western Kentucky 15, Kentucky Wesleyan 0
In Bowling Green, Ky., four pitchers combined on
a seven-inning no-hitter as WKU thumped KWC at Nick Denes Field.
Craig Stem walked four and struck out four in two innings. Tyler
Filliland (1-0) walked two and fanned one in three innings.
Harry Stubel walked one and struck out three in his inning.
Aaron Mayfield worked a perfect seventh with two strikeouts. The
Hilltoppers (19-7) scored five in the first, one in the second,
three in the fifth and six in the sixth. Wade Gaynor and Matt
Rice both went 2 for 4 with a run and three RBI. Lincoln Talley
walked twice for KWC (7-22).
Texas State 5, No. 10 Baylor 3
In Waco, Texas, Bret Atwood had three hits and
two runs to lead Texas State past BU at Baylor Ballpark. Atwood
tripled and scored in the first for the Bobcats (17-9). Tyler
Sibley homered in the second for Texas State before Brooks
Kimmey’s two-run single in the fourth knotted the score at 2-2.
Keith Prestridge had an RBI single in the fifth to put the
Bobcats ahead to stay. Shaver Hansen homered in the eighth for
the Bears (17-8).
No. 11 UC Irvine 19, Loyola Marymount 8
In Los Angeles, Cory Olson and Eric Deragisch
both had career-high four RBI as UCI outscored LMU at Page
Stadium. Jeff Cusick and Ben Orloff both had four hits for the
Anteaters (17-7). UCI scored seven in the first to take control
and added seven in the ninth. Shon Roe had two hits and four RBI
for the Lions (16-13). Brad Bauer had three hits, two runs and
two RBI for LMU.
No. 13 Texas 5, Oral Roberts 4
In Austin, Texas, Brandon Loy scored the
game-winner on a balk with two outs in the bottom of the ninth
as Texas nipped ORU at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Loy drew a two-out
walk, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on
a balk. After six scoreless innings, Travis Tucker had an RBI
single to spark a four-run seventh for the Longhorns (18-7).
Tucker finished with three hits. Michael Notaro had a
run-scoring single to cap a four-run ninth for the Golden Eagles
No. 14 Texas A&M 16, UTSA 6
In College Station, Texas, Texas A&M scored seven
in the second in beating UTSA in front of 3,001 fans at Olsen
Field. Kyle Colligan had a homer in the first and a two-run
single in the second for the Aggies (19-9). Caleb Shofner added
a two-run double in the second for A&M. Brodie Greene had four
hits for the Aggies. Tyler Carpenter had three hits and three
runs for the Roadrunners (15-11).
No. 16 Ole Miss 8, Jackson State 7
In Oxford, Miss., Evan Button had an RBI single
to spark a two-run ninth as Ole Miss rallied past Jackson State
at Oxford-University Stadium. Matt Smith scored the game-winner
on an errant throw. Smith finished with three hits, including a
homer, and four RBI for the Rebels (18-8). Fred Atkins had three
hits and three RBI for the Tigers (17-10).
No. 17 Virginia 12, Radford 2
In Salem, Va., Jarrett Parker had a two-run
double and Phil Gosselin added a two-run single in a nine-run
second as Virginia topped Radford at Salem Memorial Baseball
Stadium. Gosselin had a sac fly in the first and finished with
two hits and three RBI. Parker had two hits, two runs and two
RBI for the Cavaliers (23-4). Jeff Kemp had two hits and a run
for the Highlanders (10-11).
No. 18 East Carolina 15, Elon 4
In Greenville, N.C., ECU had four homers and put
up five in both the first and seventh in its win over Elon.
Devin Harris had a three-run homer in a five-run first for the
Pirates (21-5). Ryan Wood had a grand slam in the five-run
seventh for ECU. Neal Pritchard had two hits, including a homer,
and three RBI for the Phoenix (14-9).
No. 25 Florida State 3, No. 19 Florida 2
In Jacksonville, Fla., Jack Posey snapped a 2-2
tie with a homer in the fifth as FSU edged UF at the Baseball
Grounds in Jacksonville in a game called after five innings due
to rain. Jason Stidham had a sac fly to cap a two-run first for
the Seminoles (17-8). Avery Barnes singled and scored in a
two-run fourth for the Gators (18-9). Posey and Tyler Holt both
finished with two hits for FSU. Buddy Munroe had a double and a
run for Florida.
No. 21 Ohio State 9, Xavier 7
In Columbus, Ohio, Ryan Dew had a two-run double
and scored the eventual game-winner as OSU won its home opener
over Xavier at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes (21-4) matched
the 1991 team with the best 25-game record in school history.
OSU trailed 7-5 in the seventh before Justin Miller and Dan
Burkhart both singled and came home on Dew’s two-bagger to tie
it at 7-7. Cory Rupert followed with a triple to plate Dew and
give the Buckeyes their first lead of the contest. The
Musketeers (13-9) scored four in the first to take the early
lead. Zach Hurley and Michael Stephens both homered and drove in
two for OSU. Adam Pasono had two hits and two runs for XU. Drew
Schmidt and Ben Thomas both had a hit and two RBI for Xavier.
Texas Tech 8, No. 22 New Mexico 4
In Albuquerque, N.M., Michael Reed went 4 for 5
with a homer and two RBI as Texas Tech topped New Mexico at
Isotopes Park. Taylor Ashby’s two-run single sparked a three-run
first for the Red Raiders (12-17). Reed homered in the eighth
for Tech. Joey Kenworthy had three hits and three runs for the
Red Raiders. Max Willett had two hits and three runs for the
Lobos (24-5). Dane Hamilton and Ryan Honeycutt both had three
hits for New Mexico.
No. 23 Cal Poly 7, USC 5
In San Luis Obispo, Calif., Adam Buschini’s
two-run single in the seventh broke a 4-4 tie as Cal Poly got
past USC in front of 1,463 fans at Baggett Stadium. Buschini
finished with three hits and five RBI for the Mustangs (18-7).
Mike O’Neill and Grant Green both had three hits and two RBI for
the Trojans (11-13).
No. 24 Coastal Carolina 4, UNC Wilmington 3
In Conway, S.C., Jose Iglesias had an RBI single
in the bottom of the 11th as Coastal Carolina edged UNCW. Adam
Rice had a one-out double in the 11th and scored on the base hit
by Iglesias. Bobby Leeper had an RBI double and scored in a
three-run fourth for the Seahawks (17-6). The Chanticleers
(20-7) tied it in the eighth on a run-scoring single by Tyler
Bortnick. Bortnick finished with two hits and two RBI. Ben
Thielsen had three hits and an RBI for UNCW.
(photo courtesy of UNC Media