Around the Bases
Maxfield drives in five
as FGCU wins at No. 11 Florida
ASU completes sweep
of USD, Fullerton wins second straight against Arizona
In Gainesville, Fla., Zach Maxfield had three
hits, including a homer, and five RBI as Florida Gulf Coast
thumped No. 11 Florida 17-5 Wednesday at McKethan Stadium. Tim
Roberson belted a grand slam in the third to start the scoring
for the Eagles (31-16). Maxfield’s two-run double keyed a
five-run fifth as FGCU took a 9-0 lead. The Gators (34-15)
scored their five runs in the fifth. Maxfield added a three-run
homer in the seventh. Jonathan Pigott drove in two for UF.
No. 5 Arizona State 7, San Diego 6
In Tempe, Ariz., Matt Newman had two hits and two
RBI to lead ASU to a two-game sweep of USD in front of 2,237
fans at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark. Newman
also started on the mound and allowed three earned runs in five
innings with four strikeouts in a no-decision. Newman had an RBI
groundout in a two-run first for the Sun Devils (35-11). Chris
Engell went deep in the second for the Toreros (27-23). Drew
Maggi scored from third on a wild pitch in the sixth to snap a
6-6 tie and give ASU the lead for good. Maggi finished with two
hits and three runs. Engell went 4 for 5 with two runs for USD.
James Meador and Zach Walters both had three hits for the
No. 6 Cal State Fullerton 8, Arizona 4
In Fullerton, Calif., Joe Scott drove in three as
Cal State Fullerton swept a two-game series from Arizona. Nick
Ramirez added two RBI doubles for the Titans (34-12), who have
won 11 of their past 12 contests. Gary Brown had four hits for
Fullerton. Bobby Coyle had an RBI triple and scored in the
second for the Wildcats (22-23). Ramirez had a run-scoring
double to key a three-run second for the Titans. Scott added a
two-run single in the third as Fullerton took a 5-2 lead. Steve
Selsky had two hits and two runs for UA.
No. 7 Texas 7, Texas Southern 3
In Austin, Texas, Brandon Belt had two hits and
two RBI as Texas topped Texas Southern at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
Stayton Thomas (3-0) allowed three runs on seven hits with one
walk and two strikeouts. Kendal Carrillo pitched three scoreless
innings with two strikeouts, while Austin Dicharry tossed a
perfect ninth with one punchout. Belt had an RBI single to spark
a three-run third for the Longhorns (34-11-1). Belt’s RBI double
capped a three-run fourth as Texas took a 6-0 lead. Jeff Nelms
singled, Michael Norris doubled and both scored in a three-run
sixth for the Tigers (20-26). Ray Hernandez had two hits, one
run and one RBI for TSU.
No. 10 Florida State 15, FIU 5
In Tallahassee, Fla., Tommy Oravetz had three
hits for the second straight day as FSU defeated FIU at Mike
Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. Oravetz had a double, a
homer, two runs and two RBI. The Seminoles (35-12) scored 11 in
the first three innings to extend their win streak to 14. Tyler
Holt had two hits and two RBI for FSU. Stephen Cardullo had one
hit, three walks and three runs for the Seminoles. Tyler
Townsend had three hits and two runs for the Golden Panthers
(30-19). Mike Martinez added two hits and three RBI for FIU.
No. 25 Kansas 8, Wichita State 3
In Wichita, Kan., Tony Thompson hit his 15th
homer and drove in four as Kansas defeated Wichita State at Eck
Stadium. Ryan Jones had a two-run homer in the second for the
Shockers (24-24). Thompson had a two-run dinger in the sixth to
put the Jayhawks (34-16) on top 3-2. Thompson added a two-run
single in a three-run seventh for Kansas. Brian Heere added a
two-run homer in the ninth for the Jayhawks. Jones finished with
two hits and two runs for WSU.
Louisville 12, Ohio State 7
In Louisville, Ky., Andrew Clark went 4 for 5
with a homer and four RBI as Louisville completed a two-game
sweep of OSU at Jim Patterson Stadium. Chris Dominguez had three
hits, four runs and two RBI for the Cardinals (34-13). UL scored
four in the first and three in the second to take control.
Michael Stephens had three hits, including two homers, and three
RBI for the Buckeyes (34-13). Matt Streng added three hits,
including a dinger, and three runs for OSU.
Texas Tech 9, Dallas Baptist 6
In Dallas, Mason Macnoll had an RBI single to
snap a 6-6 tie as Texas Tech outscored DBU at Patriot Field.
Ryan Goins had a grand slam in the second and Travis Meiners had
a solo shot in the third as the Patriots (32-14) built a 6-2
lead. Taylor Ashby’s two-run double tied it in the fifth and
Macnoll’s run-scoring single later in the frame gave the Red
Raiders (21-27) a 7-6 lead. Richburg added an RBI single in the
sixth and Ashby had a run-scoring double in the eighth for Tech.
Ashby finished with four hits and three RBI.
Evansville 4, Illinois 3 (10)
In Champaign, Ill., Tom Heithoff scored from
second on an error in the top of the 10th as Evansville edged
Illinois. The Illini (31-14) used an RBI triple by Adam Davis in
the second and a homer by Matt Dittman in the fourth to build a
3-1 lead. Jim Viscomi had a run-scoring single in the fifth and
Jared Baehl tied it with an RBI double in the eighth for the
Purple Aces (25-23). Heithoff reached on a one-out walk in the
10th and moved to second on a groundout. He scored on an error
to give UE the lead. Heithoff pitched a perfect bottom of the
frame for his eighth save. Dominic Altobelli had three hits for