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Leake tosses complete
game for ASU at Oregon State
Bibona pitches UCI
past Cal State Northridge; Houston knocks off Rice
In Corvallis, Ore., Mike Leake tossed his second
straight complete game as third-ranked Arizona State defeated
No. 24 Oregon State 4-2 Friday in the Pac-10 series opener in
front of a Goss Stadium regular-season record-crowd of 3,129.
Leake (11-1) allowed three hits and two walks with six
strikeouts in recording his fourth complete game of the season
and eighth in his career. The Sun Devils (16-3, 33-9) scored one
in the first, two in the third and one in the fifth for a 4-0
advantage. The Beavers (9-7, 33-9) scored their two runs in the
ninth. Drew Maggi had two hits and three runs for ASU. Stefen
Romero had two hits and a run for OSU.
No. 1 UC Irvine 7, Cal State Northridge 1
In Irvine, Calif., Daniel Bibona held Cal State
Northridge to four hits and one run over eight innings as UC
Irvine won the opener of their Big West series at Anteater
Ballpark. Bibona (8-1) walked one and struck out six. Kyle Necke
pitched a perfect ninth. Francis Larson had a sac fly in a
two-run third for the Anteaters (12-1, 32-11). Dillon Bell had a
two-run double in a three-run fourth as UCI built a 5-0 lead.
Eric Deregisch had two hits and three runs for the Anteaters.
Ryan Pineda knocked in the only run for the Matadors (4-12,
Houston 7, No. 4 Rice 4
In Houston, Blake Kelso had three hits and two
runs as Houston captured the opening game of its Conference USA
series with Rice at Cougar Field. Taylor White had two hits and
two runs for the Cougars (22-23, 11-5). Craig Manuel and Jimmy
Comerota both had two hits and one RBI for the Owls (11-5,
No. 6 Cal State Fullerton 7, UC Santa Barbara
In Fullerton, Calif., Jared Clark and Khris Davis
both had two RBI as Cal State Fullerton topped UCSB in the
opener of their Big West series. The Titans (10-6, 30-12) scored
two in the first and four in the third to build a 6-0 lead. John
DeAlba had a two-run double with two outs in the ninth for the
Gauchos (6-7, 23-16). Daniel Renken (6-2) allowed two hits and
struck out 10 in 8.2 innings.
No. 9 Ole Miss 9, Auburn 2
In Auburn, Ala., Drew Pomeranz (5-2) allowed just one run on
three hits in six innings as Ole Miss won the opener of its SEC
series against Auburn at Plainsman Park. Dave Phillips went 2
for 2 with three RBI, and Zach Miller finished 2 for 4 with a
run and two RBI for the Rebels (14-8, 34-13), who erupted for
seven runs combined in the fifth and sixth innings. Rory McKean
picked up a three-inning save after giving up a run on three
hits. Starter Jon Luke Jacobs (3-4) surrendered six runs on nine
hits over 4.2 innings for the loss. Justin Hargett went 2 for 3
with a triple, walk and RBI for the Tigers (8-14, 26-20).
No. 10 Texas 12, No. 22 Baylor 4
In Austin, Texas, Connor Rowe had three hits,
including a home run, and five RBI as Texas took the Big 12
series opener with Baylor at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. After the
Longhorns (13-8-1, 31-11-1) scored two in the first, Rowe’s
two-run blast in the second gave UT a 4-0 advantage. The Bears
(10-11, 26-18) pulled to within one at 5-4 before Rowe had an
RBI single in a four-run seventh for the Longhorns. Cameron Rupp
had two hits and three runs for Texas. Aaron Miller went 3 for 4
with a homer, two runs and two RBI for Baylor.
No. 11 Georgia Tech 11, Presbyterian 2
In Atlanta, Deck McGuire (8-0) pitched seven scoreless
innings of two-hit ball as Georgia Tech topped Presbyterian at
Russ Chandler Stadium. Cleanup hitter Tony Plagman went 3 for 5
with two homers, three runs and five RBI for the Yellow Jackets
(29-11-1), who broke a scoreless tie in the fourth with eight
runs. The ninth batter, Evan Martin, finished 2 for 5 with three
RBI. Starter Garrett Moore (0-5) suffered the loss after giving
up seven runs on five hits in 3.2 innings. Tony Micklon's
two-run homer in the eighth provided the Blue Hose (10-32) with
their only runs.
Kansas 5, No. 12 Oklahoma 4
In Norman, Okla., Robby Price and
Casey Lytle each hit two-run homers in the first as Kansas edged
Oklahoma in the Big 12. The Jayhawks added a run on Preston
Land's RBI in the third to make it 5-0, and Shaeffer Hall (4-4)
and four relievers made the lead stick. Paul Smyth retired the
side in the ninth for his seventh save. Tony Thompson had a big
day for Kansas (11-8, 32-15), going 3 for 5 with two runs. J.T
Wise had two hits and two RBI for the Sooners (11-8, 33-13).
No. 13 Florida State 10, Virginia Tech
In Tallahassee, Fla., Stephen Cardullo had a
career-high four hits in Florida State’s series-opening ACC win
over Virginia Tech at Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser
Stadium. Jason Stidham had two hits, three runs and two RBI for
the Seminoles (16-7, 31-12), who won their 10th straight.
Stidham and Mike Meschke both went deep for FSU. Stuart Tapley
drove in three and Mike McGee scored three for the Seminoles.
Austin Wates homered in the first and added an RBI double in the
fifth for the Hokies (10-14, 27-18). Wates finished with four
hits for Tech.
No. 16 Miami (Fla.) 5, Boston College 1
In Chestnut Hill, Mass., Chris Hernandez (6-3)
pitched seven innings of one-run ball as Miami topped BC in the
opener of their ACC series at Shea Field. Closer Kyle Bellamy
threw two perfect innings of relief for his 13th save. Jason
Hagerty drove in two and Yasmani Grandal went 3 for 5 with a
homer, two runs and two RBI for the Hurricanes (14-11, 30-15).
JB MacDonald (4-6) gave up three runs on six hits in 6.1 innings
in the loss. Robbie Anston finished 2 for 4 with a double, and
scored on a fielder's choice off the bat of Mickey Wiswall for
the Eagles (11-12, 28-18).
Dallas Baptist 11, No. 17 Texas A&M 10
In College Station, Texas, Jason Krizan went 3 for 5 with
three RBI, including an eighth-inning solo homer that gave
Dallas Baptist the lead for good in a win over Texas A&M. Ryan
Goins hit a grand slam and scored three times, and Austin Knight
added three hits for the Patriots (32-12). Brodie Green (1 for
2, HR, 3 runs, 3 RBI), Caleb Shofner (2 for 4, HR, 2 runs, 3
RBI) and Joe Patterson (1 for 3, 3-run HR) had big nights for
No. 18 TCU 5, BYU 3 (10)
In Fort Worth, Texas, Bryan Holaday ripped a two-out,
two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning as TCU won its
Mountain West opener with BYU. Holaday finished with three hits,
two runs and also picked off a runner at first in the top of the
eighth for the Horned Frogs (10-8, 29-13). Chad Nacapoy had two
hits and a RBI for the Cougars (11-8, 24-19).
No. 21 Kansas State 5, Oklahoma State 3
In Stillwater, Okla., Rob Vaughn had three hits
and one RBI as KSU topped OSU in the opener of their Big 12
series at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium. Vaughn scored in a two-run
third and had an RBI single in the fourth as the Wildcats
(11-7-1, 34-11-1) built a 4-0 lead. Jason King had two hits and
two runs for KSU. Davis Duren had two hits and drove in a pair
for the Cowboys (6-12, 29-18). The nightcap of the scheduled
doubleheader was suspended in the top of the seventh with KSU
leading 3-2. The game will be resumed on Saturday at 2 p.m.
No. 23 East Carolina 7, Louisiana-Lafayette 1
In Greenville, N.C., Chris Heston (7-0) pitched eight scoreless
innings of two-hit ball and fanned a career-high 11 as ECU
topped ULL at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium. Brandon
Henderson and Drew Schieber each drove in two for the Pirates
(33-14), who held just a 1-0 advantage until they scored three
runs in both the seventh and eighth. Zach Osborne (3-3) went
seven innings and gave up two runs on six hits for the loss.
Travis Whipple drove in the lone Rajun Cajun (21-23-1) run in
the ninth and had two of the team's three hits.
Louisiana-Lafayette committed four errors on the game.
No. 25 Alabama 10, Mississippi State 8
In Starkville, Miss., the Crimson Tide
(13-9, 31-15) scored five in the eighth to take a 10-1 lead and
held off a Bulldog (6-16, 21-25) rally in the opener of their
SEC series at Polk-Dement Stadium/Dudy Noble Field. Josh
Rutledge, Ross Wilson, Brandon May and Alex Kubal each drove in
two for Alabama. Austin Hyatt (7-1) gave up two runs on four
hits over seven innings, while Greg Houston (1-2) took the loss
by giving up five runs on four hits and four walks in 3.2
innings. Russ Sneed went 2 for 3 with three RBI for MSU, who
scored all eight of its runs in the final three frames.
No. 7 Georgia 9, No. 20 Florida 9 (suspended
In Athens, Ga., Georgia had a runner on first
with one out in the bottom of the ninth when rain forced the
suspension of the SEC series opener with Florida at Foley Field.
The Bulldogs led 8-0 after two before the Gators fought back and
tied it in the eighth. The game will be concluded following
Saturday’s 1 p.m. contest.
San Diego State 5, Santa Clara 0
In Santa Clara, Calif., Stephen Strasburg struck
out 12 in eight scoreless innings as SDSU blanked Santa Clara in
the opener of their three-game series at Stephen Schott Stadium.
Strasburg (10-0) allowed three hits and walked two. Erik Castro
had three hits and two walks for the Aztecs (29-17). Mitch
Blackburn knocked in a pair for SDSU. Kevin Madden had two of
the four hits for the Broncos (15-26).
Elon 12, Wofford 11 (18)
In Elon, N.C., Justin Hilt’s sac fly in the
bottom of the 18th lifted Elon past Wofford in the longest game
in Southern Conference history. Mike Melillo was hit by a pitch
and scored in the bottom of the ninth as the Phoenix (18-4,
31-13) tied the score at 10-10. Robinette had an RBI single in
the top of the 13th for the Terriers (7-14, 17-23) before Justin
Hilt walked and scored in the bottom of the frame to continue
the marathon. Pat Irvine hit a leadoff double in the bottom of
the 18th and was sacrificed to third before Hilt’s sac fly ended
the six-hour-and-19-minute contest. Chase Austin had four hits,
four runs and two RBI for Elon. Irvine finished with three hits
and five walks. Mac Doyle had four hits, three runs and two RBI