April 3, 2009
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Schimpf and Ocinko both
drive in three for LSU at Georgia
UNC's Alex White
shuts down Georgia Tech; UC Irvine nips Fullerton
In Athens, Ga., Ryan Schimpf and Sean Ochinko
both homered and knocked in three as No. 3 LSU won the opener of
its SEC series 8-4 at No. 2 Georgia in front of 4,009 fans at
Foley Field. Micah Gibbs had a solo homer in the third for the
Tigers (7-3, 22-7). Schimpf had a three-run shot and Ochinko
added a solo blast in the third to push the lead to 5-0. Ochinko
had a two-run single in a three-run seventh as LSU led 8-0.
Bryce Massanari had a dinger in the eighth and a two-run homer
in a three-run ninth for the Bulldogs (7-3, 24-4). Anthony
Ranaudo (3-2) tossed six scoreless innings with four hits, five
walks and 10 strikeouts to earn the win.
No. 6 North Carolina 4, No. 5 Georgia Tech 2
In Atlanta, Alex White allowed two runs in eight
innings as UNC edged Georgia Tech in ACC action at Russ Chandler
Stadium. White (5-0) surrendered four hits with five walks and
eight strikeouts. Colin Bates pitched a scoreless ninth for his
fifth save. Kyle Seager had a sac fly in the first for the Tar
Heels (8-4, 23-6). The Yellow Jackets (8-3, 18-5) tied it in the
fourth on a sac fly by Thomas Nichols. Mark Fleury and Ryan
Graepel had two-out singles in the eighth for UNC before Tarron
Robinson brought Fleury in with a pinch-hit double. Graepel
scored on an error to make it 3-1. Jason Haniger had a
run-scoring double in the bottom of the frame to make it 3.2
Levi Michael homered in the top of the ninth for an insurance
run for the Heels.
No. 11 UC Irvine 2, No. 1 Cal State Fullerton
In Fullerton, Calif., Daniel Bibona tossed eight
scoreless innings as UCI edged Cal State Fullerton in Big West
action at Goodwin Field. Bibona (5-1) matched his career-high
with eight innings, allowing four hits and fanning five. He did
not give up a hit until the fifth as the Titans (2-2, 19-6) lost
consecutive games for the first time. Eric Pettis worked the
ninth for his eighth save. Francis Larson homered in the fourth
for the Anteaters (4-0, 18-7). Eric Deragisch had an RBI single
in the fifth to give UCI a 2-0 lead. Fullerton scratched in the
ninth on an RBI groundout by Jared Clark. Larson finished with
two hits for the Anteaters.
No. 4 Arizona State 3, Washington 1
In Seattle, Mike Leake allowed one run in 7.2
innings as ASU nipped Washington in front of 3,675 fans at
Safeco Field. Leake (7-1) allowed four hits and struck out 10.
Mitchell Lambson worked out of a bases-loaded situation with two
outs in the eighth and worked a perfect ninth for his second
save. Carlos Ramirez had an RBI single in the third for the Sun
Devils (6-1, 21-5). Brett Wilcox had a run-scoring base hit in
the fourth for the Huskies (1-3, 10-16). ASU took the lead for
good in the sixth as Drew Maggi scored from first on a ball into
shallow left center. Ramirez added an insurance run with a homer
in the seventh. Maggi and Riccio Torrez finished with two hits.
No. 7 Rice 11, Tulane 3
In Houston, Jimmy Comerota went 4 for 5 with a
double and two RBI as Rice rolled past Tulane in C-USA play at
Reckling Park. Rick Hague had an RBI double and scored in a
three-run first for the Owls (5-2, 19-7). Nick Boullosa singled
and scored in the third for the Green Wave (1-3, 17-12).
Comerota’s RBI single capped a three-run third as Rice took
control at 6-1. Jared Rogers (2-1) worked 7.1 innings with six
hits, two runs, three walks and four strikeouts to earn the win.
Hague, Anthony Rendon and Daniel Gonzales-Luna each drove in two
for the Owls. Drew Allain had two hits and two RBI for Tulane.
No. 25 Florida State 14, No. 8 Miami 4
In Coral Gables, Fla., Mike McGee
finished 3 for 5 with two home runs and five RBI as FSU mauled
Miami at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field. Tyler Holt
also added two homers and four RBI for the Seminoles (7-4,
18-8), whose first five hitters combined for seven long balls.
Starter Sean Gilmartin (6-1) lasted seven innings and allowed
four runs on eight hits. Miami's Saturday starter, David
Gutierrez, replaced struggling preseason All-American Chris
Hernandez, who was chased after surrendering four runs in 0,2
innings. Harold Martinez went 3 for 4 with a dinger, two doubles
and an RBI for the Hurricanes (8-5, 21-8).
No. 9 Arkansas 6, South Carolina 4
In Columbia, S.C., Zack Cox hit the
game-winning three-run homer in the sixth for Arkansas against
South Carolina in SEC play at Carolina Stadium. The Razorbacks
(9-1, 21-5) got all of their scoring in innings four through six
and held off a late comeback by the Gamecocks (4-6, 19-10), who
scored a combined three runs in the sixth and seventh. Dallas
Keuchel (5-0) went 6.1 innings of three-run ball for the win,
while Sam Dyson (4-2) took the loss by allowing six runs in 6.1
innings. Whit Merrifield led South Carolina with two hits and
two RBI in the second spot.
No. 10 Baylor 8, Kansas 6
In Lawrence, Kan., Dustin Dickerson’s two-run
single snapped a 6-6 tie and capped a three-run ninth as Baylor
rallied past Kansas in Big 12 play at Hoglund Ballpark.
Pinch-hitter Kenton Gedwed had an RBI single in the ninth for
the Bears (6-4, 19-7) to tie it at 6-6. Aaron Miller (2-0) held
the Jayhawks (3-4, 17-11) scoreless over the final four innings
with four hits and five strikeouts to earn the victory. Raynor
Campbell had three hits, including two doubles, for BU. Buck
Afenir had three hits and three RBI for KU.
No. 12 Oklahoma 2, Missouri 1
In Columbia, Mo., Andrew Doyle threw eight
innings, striking out six and allowing only one run to give the
edge to Oklahoma in a closely-contested Big 12 pitcher’s duel.
Kyle Gibson (4-3) took the loss for the Tigers (4-6, 14-15)
despite striking out 15 and walking just one batter over a
complete nine innings. The Sooners (5-2, 24-6) were led
offensively by Bryant Hernandez, who went 3 for 4, and Garrett
Bluechele registered the lone RBI. Steve Gray went 2 for 4 for
Missouri and Ryan Lollis added a hit and an RBI.
No. 13 Texas 7, No. 15 Oklahoma State 2
In Stillwater, Okla., Connor Rowe homered twice
to lead Texas past OSU in the Big 12 series opener at Allie P.
Reynolds Stadium. Michael Torres had a three-run homer and Rowe
added a solo shot in a five-run second for the Longhorns (5-5,
19-7). Tom Belza had a sac fly in the fourth for the Cowboys
(3-4, 20-9). Randy McCurry had a pinch-hit RBI single in the
seventh for OSU. David Hernandez had an RBI single in the eighth
and Rowe went deep in the ninth to make it 7-2. Chance Ruffin
(5-2) allowed one earned run in 7.1 innings with six hits, two
walks and six strikeouts to earn the win. Neil Medchill had two
hits and a run for the Cowboys.
Texas Tech 4, No. 14 Texas A&M 3
In Lubbock, Texas, Chad Bettis induced a
game-ending double play with the bases loaded in the top of the
ninth as Texas Tech edged Texas A&M in a Big 12 battle at Dan
Law Field. Brooks Raley homered in a two-run first for the
Aggies (6-4, 19-10). Taylor Ashby had a two-run double in a
three-run third for the Red Raiders (5-5, 13-18). Chris Richburg
added an RBI double in the sixth as Tech took a 4-2 lead. Kyle
Colligan homered in the seventh for A&M’s final run.
No. 16 Ole Miss 4, Kentucky 3
In Oxford, Miss., Evan Button had an RBI single
in the eighth to lift Ole Miss to a comeback SEC victory against
Kentucky. Jordan Henry went 3 for 4 with an RBI and Zach Miller
blasted a home run in the seventh for the Rebels (6-4, 20-8).
The Wildcats (4-6, 18-10) jumped out to a three-run lead in the
third, but were unable to recover from four unanswered runs by
Ole Miss. Bryan Rose was 3 for 3 and Glad Gunner had a two-RBI
single in the third for Kentucky.
No. 17 Virginia 7, Maryland 4
In Charlottesville, Va., Jarrett Parker and Danny
Hultzen each had four hits to lead Virginia in a comeback ACC
win against Maryland. The Cavaliers (7-4, 25-4) scored three in
the seventh to tie the game at four and then two runs in the
eighth sealed the victory. David Poutier went 3 for 4 with one
run and four RBI to lead the Terrapins (3-10, 13-16). Franco
Valdes had a run and an RBI and Hultzen started the game for
Virginia and struck out five over 6.2 innings.
No. 18 East Carolina 6, UAB 3
In Birmingham, Ala., Chris Heston struck out 10
in seven innings, gave up only one earned run and picked up the
win for East Carolina against UAB in Conference USA action to
keep his record at an unblemished 5-0. The Pirates (6-1, 23-5)
got an offensive spark from Stephen Batts and Kyle Roller, who
each had two hits and two RBI. The Blazers (1-3, 16-11) had five
players with a hit and Luke Stewart and Andrew Manning each
recorded an RBI. Batts drove in the game-winning run in the
seventh with a single down the right field line that scored Ryan
No. 19 Florida 8, Vanderbilt 4
In Nashville, Tenn., Preston Tucker had a two-run
double in the seventh to give Florida the lead for good in its
SEC contest against Vanderbilt at Hawkins Field. Tony Davis
(3-0) earned the win with 3.1 scoreless innings with no hits and
four strikeouts. Tucker finished with three hits and three RBI
for the Gators (7-3, 19-9). Brandon McArthur also had three hits
for Florida. Andrew Giobbi drove in three for the Commodores
(3-7, 17-12). Jason Esposito homered for Vanderbilt.
No. 20 Clemson 7, Duke 3
In Clemson, S.C., hitters four through seven combined for five
RBI as Clemson topped Duke in ACC action at Doug Kingsmore
Stadium. Ben Paulsen led the Tigers (8-5, 19-9), who broke the
game open with a three-run eighth, hitting a solo homer and
driving in two. Kyle Parker and Brad Miller each collected two
hits and an RBI. Reliever Clinton McKinney (2-0) picked up the
victory by allowing just one unearned run in 4.1 innings. Jake
Lemmerman and Will Piwnica-Worms both notched two hits and an
RBI for Clemson. Starter Christopher Manno (2-4) took the loss
for the Blue Devils (6-7, 19-10), allowing four runs on seven
hits over six innings.
Minnesota 7, No. 21 Ohio State 5
In Minneapolis, AJ Pettersen went 3 for 3 with a
triple, two runs and two RBI and Chauncy Handran tossed seven
shutout innings as Minnesota improved to 3-1 against ranked
teams by beating Ohio State. Handran (5-1) allowed seven hits
and two earned runs and left with a 7-2 lead, but the Buckeyes
(2-2, 21-6) rallied for three runs in the eighth, thanks in part
to Ryan Dew (2-3, 3 R) driving in two. Scott Matyas preserved
the win for the Golden Gophers (2-1, 15-8).
TCU 7, No. 22 New Mexico 3
In Fort Worth, Texas, Corey Steglich went 3 for 4
with two runs and two RBI as TCU scored five times in its final
two at-bats to topple New Mexico. Matt Carpenter tied it at 3
with a two-out single in the seventh. The Horned Frogs (4-3,
17-9) took the lead when Lobos second baseman Mike Brownstein
lost Chris Ellington’s popup in the lights. Steglich then keyed
a three-run eighth with a two-run single. Steven Maxwell (5 IP,
4 H, 2 R) and Tyler Lockwood (4 IP, 4H, 1 R) combined to hold
the high-octane New Mexico offense in check. Brownstein paced
the Lobos (5-2, 25-6) by going 2 for 3 with a RBI.
No. 23 Cal Poly 11, Cal State Northridge 10
In San Luis Obispo, Calif., D.J. Gentile scored
the game-winning run when he took third on a wild pitch and
scampered home on an overthrow in the bottom of the 10th as Cal
Poly won a wild one with Cal State Northridge. Kyle Smith had
three RBI, and Gentile (4-5, 3 R, 2 RBI) and Luke Yoder (4-5, 3
R, 2 RBI) had big games for the Mustangs (1-3, 19-7). TS Reed
and D.J. Bellenger each had three hits and drove in one for the
Matadors (2-2, 13-15).
No. 24 Coastal Carolina 11, Gardner-Webb 6
In Conway, S.C., Adam Rice went 5 for
5 with two homers and four RBI as Coastal Carolina outscored
Gardner-Webb in a Big South battle at Watson Stadium. Taylor
Motter drove in an additional three runs from the No. 9 hole.
Starter Cody Wheeler (6-0) fanned eight and gave up four runs,
three earned, in 6.1 innings for the Chanticleers (4-4, 22-7),
who scored in all but two frames. Aaron Hayes (1-1) took the
loss as he allowed 10 runs, six earned, in seven innings. Ty
Boyle hit a two-run homer for the Bulldogs (4-3, 14-11).
Georgia Southern 15, College of Charleston 14
In Statesboro, Ga., Ty Wright had a game-winning
two-run single in the bottom of the 14th as Georgia Southern
rallied past first-place College of Charleston in the five-hour
opener of their Southern Conference series in front of 1,521
fans at J.I. Clements Stadium. Wright had tied the game at 13-13
with a homer in the ninth. Ryan Daniels homered in the top of
the 14th for the Cougars (10-3, 20-6). CofC led 9-0 in the
fourth and 13-4 in the seventh before the Eagles (5-3, 19-7)
used a Roman Grimaldi grand slam to key a seven-run seventh.
Grimaldi finished with four hits. Jody Bergman had four hits,
three runs and four RBI for the Cougars. Joash Brodin also had
four hits for CofC.
FIU 9, Western Kentucky 8
In Miami, Ryan Mollica had an infield single that
allowed the tying and winning runs to score in the bottom of the
ninth as FIU rallied past WKU in Sun Belt action at University
Park. The Golden Panthers (7-3, 18-7) led 6-2 after four before
a five-run fifth gave the Hilltoppers (8-2, 20-8) a 7-6
advantage. WKU added a run in the ninth before FIU’s three-run
rally in the bottom of the ninth. Lamar Guy had two hits and
four RBI for the Golden Panthers. Jared Andreoli had two hits
and three RBI for the Hilltoppers. Matt Payton and Chad Cregar
both had three hits for WKU.