Around the Bases
game-winner in ninth for Georgia
USD scores seven in
ninth at UCI, Mahtook homers for LSU vs. Centenary
Atlanta, Rich Poythress (left) doubled and scored in the top of
the ninth to snap a 5-5 tie and lead No. 19 Georgia past No. 8
Georgia Tech 7-5 Tuesday in front of 24,665 fans at Turner
Field, the sixth-largest regular-season crowd in college
baseball history and the second-largest crowd in the seven-year
Spring Baseball Classic for Kids. Bryce Massanari drew an
intentional walk after the one-out double by Poythress in the
ninth for the Bulldogs (35-17). Lyle Allen had a base hit to
plate Poythress and a throwing error on the play brought in
pinch-runner Peter Verdin with an insurance run. Allen finished
with three hits and two RBI, while Massanari and Matt Cerione
both drove in two. Chase Burnette had a two-run single to cap a
three-run seventh as the Yellow Jackets (33-13-1) tied it at 5.
San Diego 9, No. 1 UC Irvine 2
In Irvine, Calif., Bryan Haar’s three-run homer
highlighted a seven-run ninth as USD topped UCI at Anteater
Ballpark. Haar’s blast snapped a 2-2 tie, and Michael Lugo added
a three-run pinch-hit double later in the frame for the Toreros
(29-25). The Anteaters (37-12) scored twice in the eighth to tie
it at 2. Chris Engell had four hits and Sean Nicol added three
hits for USD. Eric Deragisch had two hits for UCI.
No. 2 LSU 12, Centenary 4
In Baton Rouge, La., Mikie Mahtook had a
three-run homer and knocked in four as LSU topped Centenary at
Alex Box Stadium. Leon Landry went 3 for 3 with two runs for the
Tigers (39-14). Mahtook’s blast in the second gave LSU a 5-0
lead. Thomas Deering homered in a three-run fifth for the Gents
(31-15) before the Tigers put the game away with a seven-run
No. 4 North Carolina 4, Charlotte 1
In Charlotte, N.C., Dustin Ackley went 2 for 3
with two RBI as UNC edged Charlotte at Hayes Stadium. Brian
Moran (6-1) retired the nine batters he faced over three innings
with six strikeouts. Greg Holt pitched the final 2.2 innings
with one hit and two strikeouts for his first save. Ackley had a
two-run single in the fifth to break a scoreless tie. Kyle
Seager drew a bases-loaded walk in the seventh to make it 3-0.
Alan Parks had an RBI single in the bottom of the frame for the
49ers (30-19). Park and Rob Lyerly both had two hits for
Charlotte. Levi Michael walked and scored an insurance run in
the ninth for the Tar Heels (39-13).
No. 6 Rice 7, Louisiana-Lafayette 2
In Houston, Brock Holt had two hits and six RBI
to lead Rice past ULL at Reckling Park. Holt had an RBI
groundout in the third and his three-run homer in the fifth gave
the Owls (34-13) a 4-1 lead. Holt added a two-run single in a
three-run sixth. Matt Hicks had two hits and one RBI for the
Ragin’ Cajuns (22-28-1). Jimmy Comerota had two hits and two
runs for Rice. Jared Rogers (3-1) went 5.2 innings with four
hits, one run, one walk and four strikeouts to earn the win.
Matt Evers allowed two hits and one run over the final 3.1
innings with no walks and two strikeouts for his second save.
No. 10 Virginia 4, VCU 1
In Charlottesville, Va., Will Roberts allowed two
hits in seven scoreless innings as Virginia got by VCU at
Davenport Field. Roberts (4-0) struck out six. Kevin Arico
pitched a scoreless ninth for his seventh save. Phillip Deane
(2-5) went the distance for the Rams (20-23), allowing three
hits and three earned runs with two walks and one strikeout.
Phil Gosselin walked and scored on a hit-and-run single by Danny
Hultzen in the first for the Cavaliers (38-10-1). Jarrett Parker
singled in the third, stole second and scored on an error to
give UVa a 2-0 lead. Dan Grovatt added an RBI single in the
sixth and John Barr knocked in a run with a fielder’s choice in
the seventh as the Cavs took a 4-0 lead. VCU got its run in the
eighth. Matt Leskiw and Nate Furry had consecutive singles to
start the inning and Leskiw scored on a double play.
No. 12 Florida 7, Jacksonville 4
In Gainesville, Fla., Mike Mooney belted a
three-run homer in the fourth to break a 2-2 tie as Florida
defeated Jacksonville at McKethan Stadium. Matt den Dekker went
3 for 4 with two doubles and two runs for the Gators (36-17).
Chris Connelly had a two-run homer in the second for the
Dolphins (33-18). Josh Adams homered in the fifth for UF.
No. 13 Alabama 8, Jacksonville State 4
In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Kent Matthes hit one of his
team’s three home runs as Alabama topped Jacksonville State at
Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Matthes had a two-run blast in the first,
his 26th, to pull within one of the school record. Brandon May
and Alex Kubal also went deep for the Crimson Tide (36-15).
Andrew Edge homered twice for the Gamecocks (28-18).
No. 15 Clemson 5, College of Charleston 2
In Clemson, S.C., John Nester and Jason Stolz,
the bottom two hitters in the lineup, combined to go 5 for 7
with four runs and two RBI as Clemson defeated College of
Charleston in front of 4,597 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The
Tigers (36-17) a 21-0 all-time against the Cougars (35-17), who
had their 10-game win streak snapped. Jeff Schaus homered in the
first for Clemson. Nester doubled in the third and scored on a
groundout by Stolz to make it 2-0. Nester homered in the fifth
before CofC scored a pair in the sixth. Nester and Stolz both
singled and scored in the seventh to complete the scoring. Mike
Hentz had two hits and a walk for the Cougars.
No. 16 Texas A&M 13, Texas State 4
In College Station, Texas, Brodie Greene had four
hits, three runs and two RBI as Texas A&M topped Texas State in
front of 3,881 fans at Olsen Field. The Aggies (34-18) scored 10
in the first three innings to take control. Keith Prestridge had
a two-run homer in the first for the Bobcats (37-13). Joe
Patterson pounded a grand slam in the bottom of the frame as A&M
took the lead for good. Kyle Colligan had a two-run single and
scored in the second as the Aggies took a 7-2 lead. Paul
Goldschmidt went deep in the top of the third before Greene’s
two-run dinger capped a three-run rally in the bottom of the
frame. Prestridge and Goldschmidt both finished with two hits
for Texas State.
No. 20 Arkansas 3, Oral Roberts 2
In Fayetteville, Ark., Scott Lyons had three
hits, including a game-winning three-run double in the bottom of
the ninth, as Arkansas nipped ORU at Baum Stadium. The Golden
Eagles (26-13) scored twice in the fourth before the Razorbacks
(32-17) rallied in the ninth. With one out, Brett Eibner and
Collin Kuhn had base hits and Chase Leavitt was hit by a pitch
to load the bases. Lyons ended the game with a bases-clearing
double for Arkansas.
Pepperdine 8, No. 21 Cal Poly 4
In San Luis Obispo, Calif., R.W. Zeller had a
three-run double in the ninth to help Pepperdine get past Cal
Poly at Baggett Stadium. Denny Duron had a two-run homer in the
fifth as the Waves (28-22) built a 5-0 lead. Bobby Crocker and
Adam Buschini hit consecutive homers in the sixth and Buschini
had a two-run double in the seventh as the Mustangs (33-16)
pulled to within one. Brian Humphries and Miles Silverstein both
had three hits and a run for the Waves.
No. 23 East Carolina 12, UNC Wilmington 5
In Wilmington, N.C., Ryan Wood hit for the cycle
as ECU outscored UNCW at Brooks Field. Wood homered in the
first, singled in the second, tripled in the fourth and doubled
in the fifth. Wood had four runs and four RBI. Stephen Batts
added three hits and two RBI for the Pirates (38-15). Matt Holt
and Bobby Leeper both drove in two for the Seahawks (26-20).
No. 25 Elon 10, High Point 9
In Elon, N.C., Neal Pritchard and Chase Austin
both homered twice as Elon nipped High Point. Pritchard’s second
dinger broke a 7-7 tie in the eighth. Austin and Cory Harrilchak
also went deep in the eighth. Eric Marion had a two-run single
in the ninth for the Panthers (18-28). Thomas Girdwood got a
strikeout to end the game with runners on the corners for his
15th save. Pritchard finished with three hits for the Phoenix
(37-14). Marion had three hits and four RBI, while Billy Alvino
added three hits and three RBI for High Point.
(photo by Jimmy Jones)