April 15, 2009
Around the Bases
Eight hurlers help
Nicholls State knock off No. 1 LSU
Lyons homers in 10th for Arkansas; Bumbry
hits three dingers for VT
In Baton Rouge, La., eight pitchers combined to
hold top-ranked LSU to four hits and one run as Nicholls State
notched a 3-1 win at Alex Box Stadium. Derek Helenihi had a
sacrifice fly in the third as the Tigers (27-10) took the early
lead. The Colonels (17-18) answered with three in the fourth.
Scott Moseley had an RBI single to tie the game. Tyler Minto’s
base hit gave Nicholls a 2-1 advantage. Moseley scored on a
groundout as the visitors took a 3-1 lead. Moseley and Minto
both had two hits for the Colonels. Blake Dean had two of the
four hits for LSU, both doubles.
No. 10 Arkansas 10, ULM 9 (10)
In Fayetteville, Ark., Scott Lyons hit a
game-winning two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the
10th as Arkansas split its two-game series with ULM. The
Warhawks (22-13) tied it in the ninth and took a 9-8 lead in the
10th before the Razorbacks (25-9) rallied in the bottom of the
frame. Lyons had two hits and drove in four. Brett Eibner had a
three-run homer in the seventh for Arkansas. Matt Collins and
Matt Laird both drove in three for ULM.
Virginia Tech 22, High Point 13
In High Point, N.C., Steve Bumbry hit three
homers and drove in four as Virginia Tech outscored High Point
at Williard Stadium. Ronnie Shaban had two homers, including a
grand slam, and knocked in a career-high seven for the Hokies
(22-12). Mike Kaminski added four hits, four runs and four RBI
for Tech. The Hokies scored six in the first and got runs in
each of their first seven at-bats. Billy Alvino had three hits
and drove in six for the Panthers (14-18).
No. 6 North Carolina 20, Winthrop 4
In Chapel Hill, N.C., Ben Bunting had three hits
and three RBI to lead UNC past Winthrop at Boshamer Stadium.
Bunting tied a school record with two triples. Garrett Gore and
Ryan Graepel both had three hits and three runs for the Tar
Heels (28-10). The Eagles (24-12) scored three in the first and
didn’t scratch again until the ninth. Eddie Rohan homered and
drove in two for Winthrop. Eddie Tisdale also went deep for the
Eagles. Brett Thomas had a three-run homer in the seventh for
No. 8 Texas 8, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 1
In Austin, Texas, Brandon Belt went 4 for 4 with
a homer and two RBI as UT completed a two-game sweep of TAMCC.
Kevin Keyes went 3 for 3 with two runs and two steals for the
Longhorns (26-8). Jeramie Marek homered in the second for the
Islanders (13-24). UT scored one in the fourth and took the lead
with three in fifth. The Longhorns put it away with four in the
No. 12 Georgia Tech 18, Georgia State 2
In Atlanta, Kevin Jacob fanned a career-high
eight as Georgia Tech won at Georgia State’s Field at
Panthersville. Jacob (5-2) allowed five hits and two runs in
five innings. Evan Martin had a three-run homer to highlight an
11-run second for the Yellow Jackets (23-8-1). Thomas Nichols
had a two-run double and Connor Winn whacked a two-run homer in
a five-run ninth for Tech. Matt Van Horn had two hits for the
No. 13 Baylor 10, Texas-Arlington 7
In Waco, Texas, Dustin Dickerson homered twice
and drove in five as Baylor defeated UTA at Baylor Ballpark.
Dickerson had a two-run blast to start the scoring in the first,
extending his hit streak to 21. Dickerson added a three-run
homer in a five-run second as the Bears (24-11) led 7-0. Justin
McPherson homered to spark a three-run third for the Mavericks
(19-17). BU added a run in the fourth before UTA rallied to pull
to within one at 8-7. Raynor Campbell had a two-run dinger in
the eighth for insurance for the Bears. Dickerson finished with
three hits and three runs. Campbell also scored three for BU.
Matt Otteman had three hits and one RBI for the Mavericks.
No. 20 Florida State 8, UNF 7
In Tallahassee, Fla., Jason Stidham had a
game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth to lift FSU past
UNF at Dick Howser Stadium. Tyler Holt drew a one-out walk in
the ninth for the Seminoles (22-12), moved to second on a passed
ball, advanced to third on a fielder’s choice and touched home
on Stidham’s base hit. Stidham singled and scored the tying run
on a passed ball in the eighth for FSU. Mike McGee had a
three-run homer in the fifth and an RBI double in the seventh
for the Seminoles. T.J. Thompson had three hits and three runs
for the Ospreys (15-23).
No. 21 Clemson 13, Western Carolina 2
In Clemson, S.C., Kyle Parker had a grand slam to
key a six-run first as Clemson clobbered WCU at Doug Kingsmore
Stadium. Parker finished with four hits and three runs. Jason
Stolz (3 H, 2 RBI) and Wilson Boyd (2 for 3, 3 RBI) also had big
days for the Tigers (25-12). Ben Paulsen went deep in the second
for Clemson. Mitchell Hatley had a two-run single in the fourth
for the Catamounts (20-14). J.C. Lyons had two hits for WCU.
No. 22 East Carolina 7, NC State 0
In Greenville, N.C., Kevin Brandt and three
relievers combined on a four-hit shutout for ECU against NC
State at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium. Brandt (5-1)
went 6.2 innings with three hits, three walks and four
strikeouts. Jared Avchen had a sac fly and Ryan Wood added a RBI
single in a two-run second for the Pirates (27-10). Trent
Whitehead homered in the fourth for ECU. Drew Schieber had a
two-run double in a four-run fifth for the Pirates. Dustin
Harrington had three hits, two runs and one RBI for ECU. Dallas
Poulk had a double for the Wolfpack (19-18).
No. 23 Florida 15, Stetson 4
In Gainesville, Fla., Daniel Pigott went 4 for 6
with a three-run homer and three runs to lead Florida past
Stetson at McKethan Stadium. Preston Tucker had a three-run
homer in the first for the Gators (25-12). Jeff Simpson’s RBI
single sparked a three-run fourth for the Hatters (16-20). Teddy
Foster had a two-run single to cap a four-run fifth for UF.
Pigott’s three-run homer capped a seven-run sixth as the Gators
took a 14-3 lead. Jonathan Pigott finished with three hits and
two RBI for UF. Simpson and Mark Jones both had three hits and a
run for Stetson.
No. 25 Kansas State 4, Wichita State 3
In Wichita, Kan., Thomas Rooke got the final two
outs with the tying run on second in the bottom of the ninth as
Kansas State edged Wichita State at Eck Stadium. Rooke got a
foulout and a strikeout to secure his second save. The Wildcats
(28-9) scored single runs in four of the first six innings
before the Shockers (20-15) put up three in the bottom of the
sixth. Carter Jurica had one hit, one run and one RBI for KSU.
Clinton McKeever had three hits for WSU. The teams combined for
14 hits, all singles.
Xavier 10, Wright State 9
In Cincinnati, Zac Richard knocked in the
game-winner in the bottom of the eighth as Xavier nipped Wright
State to win the inaugural Joe Nuxhall Classic at UC’s Marge
Schott Stadium. Richard went 3 for 7 in two games with three
runs and four RBI to earn tourney MVP honors. Ryan Bellamy had
three hits and two runs for the Musketeers (18-13). Drew Schmidt
and Neil Lindgren both had three hits and three runs for XU.
Quentin Cate (3 for 4, 3 R, 2 RBI) and Jeff Mercer (3 for 5, 3
R) led the offense for the Raiders (16-20).