April 24, 2009

Rankings are from CBI Composite Poll

CBI Live: UCLA 7, No. 20 Oregon State 5

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Leake tossed five-hitter for Arizona State at California

Strasburg strikes out 14 for SDSU; North Carolina takes down Maryland


In Berkeley, Calif., Mike Leake tossed a five-hitter as top-ranked Arizona State edged California Friday in the opener of their Pac-10 series at Evans Diamond. Leake (10-1) allowed one run and struck out seven. Leake became the second player in school history to have at least 10 wins in three straight seasons (Eddie Bane, 40-4 from 1971-73). Jason Kipnis homered in the first for the Sun Devils (14-2, 30-8), his 12th. Carlos Ramirez had an RBI single in the third to give ASU a 2-0 lead. Chadd Krist went deep in the bottom of the frame for the Golden Bears (5-11, 18-21) to make it 2-1. Ramirez added a RBI single in the eighth for an insurance run for the Sun Devils.


San Diego State 4, No. 16 TCU 3

In San Diego, Stephen Strasburg struck out 14 in seven innings as SDSU nipped TCU in the opener of their Mountain West series in front of a record-crowd of 3,072 at Tony Gwynn Stadium. Strasburg (9-0) allowed three hits, three runs and one walk. He set school and conference records for strikeouts in a season (135) and career (315). Brandon Decker had a two-run single in a three-run second for the Aztecs (6-4, 25-12). Decker’s run-scoring base hit in the sixth gave SDSU a 4-0 lead. Bryan Holaday had a three-run homer off Strasburg in the seventh for the Horned Frogs (10-6, 28-15) to make it a one-run contest. Addison fanned three of the four he faced to earn his 14th save, the top mark in the nation. Decker finished with three hits and three RBI for the Aztecs, while Chris Ellington had two hits for TCU.


No. 2 North Carolina 7, Maryland 4

In Chapel Hill, N.C., Kyle Seager and Mark Fleury both homered and knocked in three as UNC defeated Maryland in the opener of their ACC series at Boshamer Stadium. Seager had a two-run homer in the first and Fleury belted a three-run dinger in the third to give the Tar Heels (14-7, 33-11) a 6-0 advantage. The Terps (6-16, 20-22) scored one in the fifth and three in the seventh. Mike Murphy had a two-run triple in the seventh for Maryland. Alex White (7-1) allowed seven hits and four runs in 6.2 innings with three walks and five strikeouts.


No. 3 UC Irvine 10, Utah 1

In Salt Lake City, Utah, Christian Bergman pitched his first career complete game as UCI upended Utah at Spring Mobile Ballpark. Bergman (7-1) allowed four hits and no walks with a career-best nine strikeouts. Francis Larson and Casey Stevenson both had three and two RBI for the Anteaters (30-10), who won their seventh straight. Dillon Bell homered in the fourth and Larson went deep in the ninth for UCI. C.J. Cron doubled and scored for the Utes (14-24). Devin Walker had two hits for Utah.


Kansas State 4, No. 4 Texas 2

In Austin, Texas, A.J. Morris went the distance to become the first pitcher in school history to record 10 wins in a season as KSU topped Texas in their Big 12 series opener at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Morris (10-0) allowed one earned run with eight hits, two walks and five strikeouts. The Longhorns (12-7, 29-7) scored single runs in the first and fourth before Justin Bloxom and Jason King hit consecutive homers in the sixth for the Wildcats (9-7, 30-11) to tie it at 2. Drew Biery had an RBI single in the eighth to snap the tie and Bloxom added a run-scoring triple in the ninth. Nick Martini had three hits and a run for KSU. Michael Torres finished with three hits for Texas.


No. 5 Georgia 6, No. 11 Ole Miss 3

In Oxford, Miss., Joey Lewis had a grand slam with two outs in the seventh to snap a 2-2 tie and carry Georgia past Ole Miss in the SEC series-opener in front of 9,232 fans at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field. Rich Poythress had a two-run double in the top of the first for the Bulldogs (14-5, 33-9) before Logan Power smacked a two-run homer in the bottom of the frame for the Rebels (11-8, 30-12) to tie it at 2. Kyle Henson went deep in the eighth for Ole Miss. Poythress finished with three hits for Georgia. Three Bulldog hurlers held the Rebels to four hits.


No. 7 Georgia Tech 5, No. 22 Clemson 4

In Clemson, S.C., Luke Murton’s two-run homer in the third snapped a 3-3 tie to help Georgia Tech edge Clemson in the opener of their ACC series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Tigers (12-10, 28-15) pulled to within one in the eighth before Zach Brewster got a flyout to end the inning. He struck out the side in the ninth to earn his first save. Brad Miller had a three-run double in the first for Clemson. Murton’s dinger capped a five-run third for the Yellow Jackets (14-5-1, 28-9-1). Murton and Derek Dietrich both had three hits for Tech. Jeff Schaus had three hits and a run for the Tigers.


No. 8 LSU 7, Auburn 3

In Baton Rouge, La., Anthony Ranaudo fanned a career-high 15 as LSU beat Auburn in the SEC-series opener at Alex Box Stadium. Ranaudo (5-2) allowed six hits and three runs with one walk. Casey McElroy homered in the second and Brian Fletcher went deep in the fourth as the visiting Tigers (8-11, 25-17). LSU (12-7, 31-12) added two in the bottom of the frame before dinger in the sixth tied it at 3. DJ LeMahieu’s RBI single capped a two-run sixth as the home Tigers took the lead for good. LSU added single runs in the seventh and eighth. Ryan Schimpf had two hits and two runs for LSU. Brian Fletcher had two hits for Auburn.


No. 9 Cal State Fullerton 13, UC Davis 1

In Davis, Calif., Gary Brown had four of his team’s 21 hits as Cal State Fullerton topped UC Davis in the opener of their Big West series. Christian Colon homered in the first before the Titans (7-6, 27-11) put up five in the second to take command. Brown finished with two runs and three RBI. Josh Fellhauer had three hits and two RBI for Fullerton. Ty Kelly had two hits for the Aggies (1-9, 7-29). Daniel Renken (5-2) did not surrender a hit until the sixth. He allowed five hits in eight innings with one run, four balls and five strikeouts.


No. 10 Arkansas 9, Tennessee 3
In Knoxville, Tenn., Jacob House went 2 for 4 with four RBI as Arkansas won the SEC series opener over UT at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Leadoff hitter Chase Leavitt drove in two for the Razorbacks (12-6, 28-11), who scored three runs in both the first and fifth innings and committed three errors. Dallas Keuchel (6-1) allowed two runs on six hits in six innings for the win. Zach Osborne and Cody Brown each had two hits and an RBI for the Volunteers (5-14, 19-24). Starter Ty'Relle Harris (4-3) lasted just one inning and surrendered four runs on three hits with three walks in the loss.


No. 13 Oklahoma 4, No. 12 Baylor 2

In Waco, Texas, Jamie Johnson reached first on a wild pitch on strike three with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the ninth to bring in the game-winning runs as Oklahoma got by Baylor in the Big 12 series opener at Baylor Ballpark. Bryant Hernandez had two hits and two runs for the Sooners (9-7, 31-11). Shaver Hansen and Dan Evatt both had two hits for the Bears (10-8, 25-15).


No. 14 Virginia 6, NC State 2
In Charlottesville, Va., NC State committed nine errors in an ACC series-opening loss to Virginia at Davenport Field. The Cavaliers (12-7-1, 33-8-1) were outhit 6-5 and no batter had multiple hits, but they got a RBI each from Tyler Cannon, Phil Gosselin and Jared King. Starter Danny Hultzen (6-0) picked up the win, going 5.1 innings with five hits, one earned run, two walks and nine strikeouts. Pratt Maynard had the lone RBI for the Wolfpack (7-15, 19-23). Jimmy Gilheeny (5-3) surrendered six runs, none earned, in six innings for the loss.


No. 15 Miami (Fla.) 4, Virginia Tech 1
In Coral Gables, Fla., three Miami pitchers combined for a two-hitter in an ACC series-opening win over Virginia Tech at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field. Starter Chris Hernandez (5-3) gave up just one run on one hit in 6.1 innings. Reliever Daniel Miranda pitched 1.1 scoreless innings and gave up one hit. Closer Kyle Bellamy pitched 1.1 scoreless innings as well for his ACC-leading 11th save. Yasmani Grandal blasted a two-run homer in the eighth for the Hurricanes (12-10, 28-13). Scott Lawson, Jason Hagerty and Harold Martinez each collected two hits. Starter Rhett Ballard (5-3) gave up two runs on six hits in five innings for the loss. Steve Bumbry and Mike Kaminski both had a hit for the Hokies (9-12, 24-16).

UC Santa Barbara 6, No. 16 Cal Poly 5

In Santa Barbara, Calif., Matt Valaika had a game-winning RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to lift UCSB past Cal Poly in the opener of their Big West series. Joe Gardner (6-0) went the distance for the Gauchos (6-4, 23-12) with seven hits and eight strikeouts. Eric Oliver had three hits and one RBI for UCSB. Adam Buschini had two hits, including a homer, and two RBI for the Mustangs (8-5, 27-10).


No. 17 Florida State 15, Wake Forest 6

In Tallahassee, Fla., Mike McGee went 3 for 5 with five runs and six RBI to lead Florida State’s potent offense in an ACC showdown with Wake Forest. The Seminoles (13-7, 28-12) tallied 13 hits, including three from Stephen Cardullo, who also scored four runs. The Demon Deacons (6-16, 20-21) were led offensively by Dustin Hood’s 2-for-5 day that included four RBI. The win made it seven straight for Florida State, which collected seven extra base hits in the game.


Oklahoma State 4, No. 18 Texas A&M 1

In College Station, Texas, Oklahoma Sate scored three runs in the top of the ninth to break open a tied game and put away Big 12 opponent Texas A&M. The Cowboys (6-9, 28-15) got a strong outing from Andrew Oliver, who threw seven innings and struck out 10 while only allowing five hits and not giving up a run. Caleb Shofner went 3 for 4 and Luke Anders added two hits and a run for the Aggies (11-8, 26-15). Keith David opened the ninth inning with a leadoff single for Oklahoma State and then scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch by Alex Wilson.


No. 21 Coastal Carolina 14, Presbyterian 8

In Clinton, S.C., Rico Noel went 4 for 6 with three runs and four RBI to lead Coastal Carolina to a Big South win against Presbyterian. The Chanticleers (11-4, 31-11) scored all 14 runs with two outs. Presbyterian (4-17, 9-30) got two runs off the bats of both Jesse Harmon and Zac Rhinesmith, and Jared Combs added three hits. Daniel Bowman had two hits and three RBI for Coastal Carolina and David Anderson collected three hits to help break a four-game losing streak.


No. 23 Florida 9, South Carolina 4
In Gainesville, Fla., Teddy Foster hit a two-run homer in the eighth spot and Preston Tucker added two RBI as Florida topped South Carolina in the opener of their SEC set at McKethan Stadium. Stephen Locke (3-0) went 8.1 innings and allowed four runs, two earned, on six hits for the Gators (11-8, 29-14). Mike Mooney scored three times, had two hits and a walk at the very bottom of the order. Justin Dalles went 2 for 4 with a run for the Gamecocks (9-10, 27-16), who held a 2-1 lead until the fifth when Florida scored three runs. Sam Dyson (6-3) took the loss after giving up five runs on nine hits in seven innings. Each team committed three errors.

No. 24 Ohio State 5, Northwestern 4

In Columbus, Ohio, Ohio State trailed 4-3 going into the ninth before rallying to edge Northwestern in a Big 10 contest. The Buckeyes, (10-3, 30-9) got a leadoff single from Zach Hurley, who would later score on a Dan Burkhart single to tie the game before Justin Miller’s softly hit ball scored Michael Stephens from third to complete the comeback. The Wildcats (2-9, 11-24) put up a quick three runs in the first inning, and Tommy Finn and Trevor Stevens each finished with two hits. Ohio State grabbed its 30th win on the season and the first that it won while trailing after the seventh inning.


No. 25 Alabama 11, Kentucky 6

In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Jake Smith’s grand slam keyed a seven-run eighth as Alabama rallied past Kentucky in the SEC series opener at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Smith finished with two hits, two runs and five RBI. Kent Matthes had two hits for the Crimson Tide (11-8, 28-14). He belted his 23rd home run, the top mark in the nation. Chad Wright homered and drove in two for the Wildcats (6-13, 21-20).