April 12, 2009
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Thompson helps Kansas
sweep No. 18 Oklahoma State
Rice captures C-USA series at ECU;
Washington State wins at Arizona State
In Lawrence, Kan., Tony Thompson drove in the
winning run for Kansas in the bottom of the 10th on a
bases-loaded single Sunday to win 4-3 and complete the series
sweep against No. 18 Oklahoma State. The Jayhawks (7-5, 23-12)
were trailing 3-2 heading into the home half of the 10th, but
Buck Afenir was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to tie the
game and set the scene for Thompson’s heroics. Afenir finished
with two hits and three RBI. The Cowboys (4-8, 21-14) actually
out-hit the Jayhawks 14-9, with Tyrone Hambly going 4 for 5 and
Tom Belza and Kevin David each adding three hits. The three-game
sweep was the first for Kansas against Oklahoma State since
No. 5 Rice 5, No. 16 East Carolina 4
In Greenville, N.C., Mike Ojala fanned 10 in five
innings as Rice won the rubber game of its C-USA series with
ECU. Ojala (2-0) allowed four hits, two walks and one run.
Brandon Henderson homered in the second for the Pirates (9-3,
26-9). Brock Holt’s RBI single capped a three-run fourth for the
Owls (9-3, 25-8). Rice added single runs in the sixth and
seventh for a 5-1 lead. Devin Harris had a three-run homer in
the eighth for ECU. Holt finished with three hits for the Owls.
Henderson had three hits and two runs for the Pirates.
Washington State 10, No. 1 Arizona State 4
In Tempe, Ariz., Michael Weber homered in the
eighth to snap a 4-4 tie and his three-run double keyed a
five-run ninth as WSU salvaged the finale of its Pac-10 series
at ASU. Derek Jones homered in a four-run fifth for the Cougars
(5-4, 15-15). The Sun Devils (10-2, 25-8) answered with a
two-run single by Drew Maggi in the fifth and a pinch-hit
two-run double by Abe Ruiz in the sixth for a 4-4 deadlock. Greg
Lagreid finished with three hits and two runs for WSU.
Florida State 9, No. 2 North Carolina 8
In Tallahassee, Fla., Jason Stidham
delivered a game-winning, two-run single in the bottom of the
ninth as Florida State rallied to beat North Carolina for the
second time this weekend. The Seminoles (9-7, 21-11) trailed by
five entering the bottom of the eighth, when they scored four
times, three on a double by Mike McGee. Sean Gilmartin then
doubled in McGee. Tyler Holt and Stephen Cardullo walked to open
the ninth and moved up on Stuart Tapley's sacrifice bunt,
setting up Stidham, who hit a 3-1 pitch to right field for the
game-winner. Kyle Seager went 3 for 4 with a double, homer and
four RBI to lead the Tar Heels (10-7, 27-9).
No. 3 LSU 12, Alabama 7
In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Blake Dean had three hits, homered and
drove in five, and Ryan Schimpf had three hits, a homer, three
runs and two RBI as LSU pounded out 19 hits in capturing its SEC
series with Alabama. The Tigers (10-5, 26-9) scored in seven of
nine innings to make a winner of Louis Coleman, who improved to
8-1 with three earned runs in six innings. Jake Smith had two
solo homers, and Brandon May went 3 for 4 with a solo homer for
the Crimson Tide (7-8, 22-12).
No. 4 Georgia 5, Kentucky 4
In Lexington, Ky., Joey Lewis homered in the
ninth to carry Georgia to the SEC series sweep at Kentucky. The
Bulldogs (11-4, 29-6) have a half-game lead over Arkansas in the
SEC standings. Georgia entertains the Razorbacks next weekend.
Andy Burns homered in the first for the Wildcats (4-11. 18-16).
Rich Poythress hit a two-run homer in the fifth to give Georgia
a 4-3 lead. Kentucky tied it with an unearned run in the sixth.
Chris Bisson had three hits for the Wildcats.
Clemson 9, No. 7 Miami (Fla.) 6
In Clemson, S.C., ninth batter Matt Sanders went 3 for 4 with a
homer and four RBI as Clemson defeated Miami at Doug Kingsmore
Stadium. The Tigers (11-7, 23-12) scored all of their runs in
four consecutive innings beginning in the second after they
trailed 2-0. Reliever Graham Stoneburner (4-3) earned the win in
his 1.1 innings in which he allowed a run on three hits. Tomas
Cruz picked up his third save in two scoreless innings. Starter
Iden Nazario (4-1) surrendered six runs on six hits in 2.2
innings, while Harold Martinez finished 2 for 4 with three RBI
for the Hurricanes (11-7, 25-10).
No. 10 Georgia Tech 4, No. 15 Virginia 4 (tie –
In Atlanta, Corey Hunt had a pinch-hit RBI single
in the top of the ninth as Virginia tied Georgia Tech. The game
was called after nine innings due to Virginia’s travel curfew.
Tony Plagman had a two-run double in the eighth that gave the
Yellow Jackets (10-5-1, 21-8-1) their first lead at 4-3. Plagman
finished with two hits and three RBI. Dan Grovatt had three hits
and one RBI for the Cavaliers (9-6-1, 28-7-1).
No. 14 Ole Miss 6, South Carolina 1
In Oxford, Miss., Scott Bittle and Jake Morgan
combined to hold South Carolina to just one run and four hits in
a winning effort for Ole Miss. Bittle (3-2) picked up the win
for the Rebels (9-6, 25-10) to go along with seven strikeouts.
Morgan worked the last three innings and did not surrender a hit
or a walk to shut down the Gamecocks (7-8, 23-12) and avoid the
series sweep. Matt Smith went 3 for 4 and scored two while
Taylor Hashman added two RBI. South Carolina got its only run on
a sixth-inning dinger by DeAngelo Mack.
No. 25 Florida 5, Auburn 1
In Auburn, Ala., Anthony DeSclafani
(4-1) allowed just one run on four hits in 6.1 innings as
Florida topped Auburn at Plainsman Park. Daniel Pigott and
Preston Tucker each drove in two for the Gators (9-6, 23-12).
Starter Taylor Thompson (2-2) gave up three runs on three hits
in 3.1 innings. The Tigers (7-8, 23-12) outhit Florida 7-5, but
committed two errors and scored their only run on a Joseph
Sanders sacrifice fly in the third. Ninth batter Justin Hargett
went 3 for 3 with a run.
The Citadel 12, Davidson 5
In Davidson, N.C., Richard Jones tied a school
record with three home runs as The Citadel won its Southern
Conference series at Davidson. Jones scored three and knocked in
six for the Bulldogs (9-6, 20-13). Jones had two-run homers in
the first, sixth and ninth. David Greene and Chris McGuiness
also went deep for The Citadel. McGuiness and Nick Orvin both
had three hits and two runs for the Bulldogs. Zach Kayne had two
hits and a run for the Wildcats (8-7, 13-16).