May 10, 2009

Rankings are from CBI Composite Poll

CBI Live: No. 15 Georgia 4, Vanderbilt 3

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Simpson pitches Bethune-Cookman to series win at Miami

UCI completes sweep at Pacific, NC State knocks off North Carolina


In Coral Gables, Fla., Ali Simpson (8-2) went 8.1 innings of one-run ball as Bethune-Cookman defeated No. 18 Miami (Fla.) 5-2 Sunday afternoon at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field. Alejandro Sanchez hit two solo homers for the Wildcats (29-26), who took the series. Alejandro Jimenez and Peter O'Brien also homered for Bethune-Cookman. Pinch-hitter David Villasuso grounded into a double play with one out and the bases loaded in the ninth for the Hurricanes (32-18). Leadoff hitter Scott Lawson had two of Miami's four hits. David Gutierrez (2-6) took the loss after giving up four runs on seven hits in five innings.

No. 1 UC Irvine 6, Pacific 5

In Stockton, Calif., Eric Deragisch snared a liner at third to start a game-ending double play as UCI completed a Big West sweep of Pacific at Klein Family Field. Nick Longmire doubled to put runners on second and third with one out in the ninth for the Tigers (8-13, 18-28). Joey Centanni lined a shot that Deragisch leaped to catch. He fired to Casey Stevenson to double-off Longmire and give the win to the Anteaters (17-1, 37-11). Eric Pettis pitched the final 1.1 innings for his 16th save. Tommy Reyes went 3 for 3 with two RBI for UCI. Deragisch had two hits and two RBI for the Anteaters. J.B. Brown drove in two for Pacific. Longmire and Josh Simms both had two hits and a run for the Tigers.


NC State 9, No. 2 North Carolina 4

In Raleigh, N.C., Kyle Wilson went 3 for 3 with two homers as NC State won its ACC series with UNC at Doak Field. Drew Poulk also went deep for the Wolfpack (10-17, 24-28). Dustin Ackley homered in the first for the Tar Heels (17-9, 38-13) before Wilson’s first dinger sparked a two-run rally in the bottom of the frame. Ackley had a two-run double in the third before Wilson’s second tater in the bottom of the stanza knotted the score at 3-3. Wilson’s RBI single in the fourth put NC State ahead to stay. Poulk homered in a three-run fifth for the Wolfpack. Kyle Seager went deep in the seventh to complete the scoring for UNC. Seager finished with three hits for the Tar Heels.


No. 11 Florida 9, No. 3 LSU 3

In Baton Rouge, La., Nick Maronde (3-1) fanned eight in five innings as Florida salvaged the finale of its SEC series against LSU at Alex Box Stadium. Preston Tucker (4 for 5, 3 R), Matt den Dekker (3 for 3, 3 R, 3 RBI) and Jonathan Pigott (2 for 5, 3 RBI) paced the offense for the Gators (17-10, 35-17). Pigott had a two-run single in a three-run third as Florida took its first lead of the series. Ryan Schimpf homered in the fourth for the Tigers (18-9, 38-14). Austin Nola knocked in the other two runs for LSU.


No. 4 Rice 8, UCF 7

In Houston, Diego Seastrunk had a game-tying three-run homer in the seventh and tagged out the potential tying run at the plate in the ninth as Rice won its C-USA series with UCF at Reckling Park. Seastrunk’s three-run dinger in the seventh evened the score at 7-7. Jimmy Comerota singled and scored on a wild pitch in the eighth as the Owls (16-6, 33-13) took an 8-7 lead. With runners on first and second with two outs in the ninth, Kiko Vazquez singled to left for the Knights (7-14, 19-32). Michael Fuda fired home as Seastrunk tagged out pinch-runner Matt Manning to end the contest. Seastrunk finished with three hits and two runs. Comerota and Anthony Rendon both had three hits and a run for Rice. Vazquez had three hits and a run for UCF. Shane Brown had two hits and two RBI for the Knights.


No. 5 Arizona State 5, Winthrop 0

In Tempe, Ariz., Jason Franzblau tossed a complete-game shutout against his former team as ASU completed the three-game sweep of Winthrop in front of 2,282 fans at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark. Franzblau (2-2) allowed seven hits with one walk and five strikeouts. Carlos Ramirez and Kole Calhoun hit consecutive homers in the first for the Sun Devils (38-11). Zach Wilson had a run-scoring single in the fourth, and Ramirez added an RBI double in a two-run seventh for ASU. Eddie Tisdale and John Murrian both had two hits for the Eagles (30-21).


No. 17 Cal Poly 7, No. 6 Cal State Fullerton 4

In San Luis Obispo, Calif., Kyle Smith had three hits and three RBI as Cal Poly won the finale of its Big West set with Cal State Fullerton at Baggett Stadium. Smith broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run double in the fourth and added an RBI single in the seventh. Wes Dorrell also had three hits and drove in two for the Mustangs (11-7, 33-15). Dorrell was a single short of the cycle, as he tripled in the third, homered in the fifth and had an RBI double in the seventh. Christian Colon had three hits, including a double and a triple, for the Titans (14-7, 36-13).


No. 7 Texas 5, No. 14 Texas A&M 4

In Austin, Texas, Tim Maitland’s two-run single highlighted a five-run first as Texas won its series with Texas A&M at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. The Longhorns (17-9-1, 36-12-1) clinched their fifth Big 12 regular-season title and third in the past four years. Joe Patterson had a two-run single in a three-run fifth for the Aggies (14-10, 33-18). Caleb Shofner added a run-scoring double in the seventh for A&M. Austin Wood allowed three hits over the final 2.2 innings to earn his 13th save. Brodie Greene and Brooks Raley both had three hits for the Aggies.


No. 8 Ole Miss 8, Mississippi State 1
In Oxford, Miss., starter Phillip Irwin (6-3) pitched 6.1 scoreless innings and reliever Jake Morgan allowed a run on three hits in 2.2 innings as Ole Miss manhandled MSU at Oxford-University Stadium. Matt Smith had a two-run homer for the Rebels (17-10, 37-15), and Logan Power went 2 for 2 with two runs and three walks. Hitters seven through nine each drove in a run for Ole Miss, which avoided the SEC sweep. Devin Jones (0-3) took the loss as he allowed three runs on six hits and four walks in 5.2 innings. Scott DeLoach and Luke Adkins combined for four of the seven hits for the Bulldogs (8-18, 23-27).

No. 9 Georgia Tech 6, No. 10 Florida State 5

In Atlanta, Tony Plagman homered in the seventh and knocked in the game-winner to cap a two-run ninth as Georgia Tech won its ACC series with Florida State at Russ Chandler Stadium. Plagman’s dinger made it a 5-4 contest. In the ninth for the Yellow Jackets (16-8-1, 33-12-1), Chris House singled, Jeff Rowland walked and Derek Dietrich got an infield hit to load the bases with no outs. Luke Murton walked to force in the tying run. Sherman Johnson was brought in as a fifth infielder for the Seminoles (19-9, 36-14). Plagman hit the ball up the middle. Johnson dove to field the grounder, but his throw to the plate was late as Rowland scored the game-winner. Chase Burnette had two hits, including a homer, and two RBI for the Jackets. Mike McGee went deep and knocked in a pair for FSU.


No. 23 Alabama 6, No. 12 Arkansas 5

In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Kent Matthes hit his 25th home run, one of his team’s five dingers, as Alabama completed a three-game SEC sweep of Arkansas at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The Crimson Tide (17-9, 35-15) has won seven straight, including six consecutive SEC contests. Trailing by one, Chase Leavitt had a leadoff triple in the ninth for the Razorbacks (14-12, 31-17). Nathan Kilcrease got a lineout, a groundout and a strikeout to earn his second save. Jake Smith went deep in the sixth to give Alabama the lead for good at 5-4. Tom Hauskey and Scott Lyons both had two hits for Arkansas.


No. 13 Virginia 12, Duke 1
In Charlottesville, Va., Robert Morey (2-0) pitched seven innings of one-run, four-hit ball as Virginia downed Duke at Davenport Field. Leadoff hitter Jarrett Parker went 3 for 6 with a homer, three runs and four RBI for the Cavaliers (15-9-1. 37-10-1). John Hicks added a three-run homer. Will Piwnica-Worms had the lone RBI for the Blue Devils (13-14, 32-20). Jonathan Foreman (2-2) allowed four runs, three earned, on four hits and three walks in 2.1 innings for the loss.

No. 16 Kansas State 9, Texas Tech 5

In Manhattan, Kan., Todd Vogel pitched eight effective innings as KSU salvaged the finale of its Big 12 series with Texas Tech at Tointon Family Stadium. Vogel (4-0) allowed six hits and three runs with no walks and two strikeouts. Drew Biery had three doubles, two runs and two RBI for the Wildcats (13-9-1, 38-13-1). Dane Yelovich had two hits, including a two-run homer, for KSU. Chris Richburg had two homers and drove in four for the Red Raiders (11-13, 23-28).


Oklahoma State 5, No. 19 Oklahoma 1

In Oklahoma City, Tyler Blandford fanned a career-high 12 in 8.1 innings as OSU salvaged the finale of the Bedlam Series at the AT&T Bricktown Ballpark. Blandford (7-3) allowed two hits and one run while throwing 166 pitches. Michael Dabbs and Kevin David both homered for the Cowboys (7-15, 30-21). Kaleb Herrren walked and scored on a wild pitch in the third for the Sooners (14-10, 37-16).


No. 20 TCU 4, Utah 3

In Fort Worth, Texas, Aaron Schultz had two hits as TCU won its Mountain West series with Utah at Lupton Stadium. Schultz had an RBI single in a three-run second for the Horned Frogs (12-5, 31-14). Bryan Holaday added a run-scoring single in the third as TCU took a 4-0 lead. Austin Jones doubled and scored in the fifth for the Utes (7-14, 20-26). Utah added single runs in the sixth and seventh to pull to within one. Jones and Corey Shimada both had two hits for the Utes.


UNC Wilmington 4, No. 21 Clemson 3
In Clemson, S.C., Michael Rooney's sacrifice fly in the sixth proved to be the game- winner for UNCW against Clemson at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Hitters two through four - Cody Stanley, Andrew Cain and Matt Holt - combined to go 7 for 13 with three runs and three RBI for the Seahawks (26-19). Stephen Harrold (3-1) pitched 1.1 scoreless innings of relief for the win. Bryan Booth picked up his third save with two shutout innings. Reliever Tomas Cruz (2-3) gave up a run on two hits in an inning of work for the loss. Jeff Schaus went 2 for 4 with two RBI for the Tigers (34-17). UNCW snapped a nine-game losing streak to Clemson, dating back to 1998.