May 14, 2009

Rankings are from CBI Composite Poll

CBI Live - Tennessee 8, Vanderbilt 6

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Leonard pitches Boston College past No. 4 North Carolina

Anderson wins 1,000th for Minnesota, Wates homers in 10th for Virginia Tech


In Chestnut Hill, Mass., John Leonard allowed five hits and one run in 5.1 innings as Boston College clinched a spot in the ACC Tournament with its 3-1 win over No. 4 North Carolina Thursday afternoon in the series opener at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field. Leonard walked three and fanned five. Matt Brazis (1-0) earned the victory with a strikeout to end the sixth. Mike Belfiore fanned four in three innings to record his eighth save. Alex White (7-3) pitched well in a losing effort, going seven innings with six hits, two earned runs, one walk and six strikeouts. Mike Sudol reached on an error and scored in the fifth for the Eagles (13-13, 31-21). Mike Cavasinni had an RBI single in the sixth for the Tar Heels (17-10, 39-14). BC answered in the bottom of the frame as Matt Hamlet’s sac fly put the home team on top by one. Tony Sanchez added a sac fly in the seventh to give the Eagles an insurance run. Barry Butera had three hits for BC. Garrett Gore had two hits and a run for UNC, which stranded 12 and committed three errors.


No. 24 Minnesota 7, Penn State 6

In University Park, Pa., Michael Kvasnicka had a single and scored in the top of the ninth as Minnesota edged Penn State in the opener of their Big Ten series at Medlar Field. John Anderson earned his 1,000th career victory, the 39th Division I head coach to reach the milestone. Anderson became the 20th to win 1,000 with the same team and the first in the history of the Big Ten to win a grand at the same school. The Golden Gophers (16-5, 34-14) had a 6-0 lead before the Nittany Lions (7-15, 24-25) scored three in the fifth, two in the sixth and one in the seventh to tie the game. Scott Matyas pitched the ninth for his 12th save and eighth in the Big Ten, both single-season school records. Kyle Knudson had two hits and two RBI for Minnesota. Mike Deese and Bobby Jacobs both drove in two for PSU.


Virginia Tech 5, No. 10 Virginia 4 (10)

In Blacksburg, Va., Austin Wates hit a game-winning homer in the bottom of the 10th as Virginia Tech edged UVa in the ACC series opener at English Field. The Hokies (11-16, 31-20) took advantage of three errors to score a pair in the fifth to take a 4-2 lead. Dan Grovatt hit a leadoff homer in the sixth and Franco Valdes went deep in the ninth as the Cavaliers (15-10-1, 38-11-1) forced the extra frame. Wates finished with three hits, while Klint Reed added two hits for Tech. Valdes, Tyler Cannon and Keith Werman each had two hits for UVa.


No. 2 LSU 5, Mississippi State 4

In Starkville, Miss., Jared Mitchell doubled and scored the game-winner in the eighth as LSU rallied past MSU in the SEC series lid-lifter at Dudy Noble Field. The Tigers (19-9, 40-14) tied the game at 4 in the seventh as Austin Nola had a two-run double and scored on a base hit by Mikie Mahtook, who homered in the first. Ryan Collins had a run-scoring single in the second for the Bulldogs (8-19, 24-28) before a three-run third gave MSU a 4-1 advantage. Anthony Ranaudo (7-3) fanned six in 7.1 innings for the win, while Matty Ott pitched the final 1.2 innings for his 12th save.


UAB 7, No. 6 Rice 5

In Birmingham, Ala., Digger Towe belted a pinch-hit three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to lift UAB past Rice in the opener of their Conference USA series at Young Memorial Field. Towe’s blast erased a 5-4 deficit for the Blazers (10-11, 29-23). Austin Taylor homered and drove in two for UAB. Chad Mozingo and Michael Fuda both had solo shots for the Owls (15-7, 34-14).


No. 8 Georgia Tech 10, Duke 3
In Durham, N.C., Deck McGuire allowed five hits and two runs in eight innings as Georgia Tech stopped Duke in the opener of their ACC series at Jack Coombs Field. McGuire (10-0) fanned seven in the victory. Batters seven and eight - Matt Skole and Chris House - combined to go 4 for 8 with two walks, four runs and seven RBI. The Yellow Jackets (17-8-1, 34-13-1) scored in four consecutive innings, beginning in the second. Christopher Manno (5-5) surrendered six runs in six innings with 10 strikeouts and four walks for the loss. Nate Freiman finished 2 for 4 with two solo shots for the Blue Devils (13-15, 32-22).

No. 9 Florida State 9, Grambling State 1

In Tallahassee, Fla., Tommy Oravetz homered and knocked in three as FSU topped GSU at Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium in a game called in the sixth due to rain. Oravetz had a bunt single in the first and added a three-run homer in the third for the Seminoles (37-14). Jason Stidham had two walks and three RBI, including a two-run triple, for FSU. Milt Barney went deep in the fourth for the Tigers (14-32).


No. 11 Ole Miss 7, No. 20 Arkansas 5

In Fayetteville, Ark., Brett Basham had three hits and a run as Ole Miss got by Arkansas in the SEC series opener at Baum Stadium. Drew Pomeranz (6-3) fanned 10 in 5.2 innings for the win. Jake Morgan tossed two scoreless innings with one hit and one strikeout for his eighth save. Logan Power had a two-run double to cap a five-run third as the Rebels (18-10, 38-15) built a 7-1 lead. Scott Lyons homered in the bottom of the frame for the Razorbacks (14-13, 32-18). Kyle Henson had two hits and two runs for Ole Miss. Ben Tschepikow went 4 for 4 with a RBI for Arkansas.


No. 12 Florida 10, Kentucky 3

In Gainesville, Fla., Josh Adams had three hits and four RBI as Florida defeated Kentucky in the SEC series opener at McKethan Stadium. The Gators (18-10, 37-17) clinched their first SEC Eastern Division crown since 2005. Adams had two-run singles in both the fifth and sixth. Avery Barnes had four hits and three runs for UF. Chad Wright had three hits for the Wildcats (11-17, 27-25). Marcus Nidiffer had a two-run homer in the second for UK.


Auburn 3, No. 13 Alabama 2 (10)

In Auburn, Ala., Brian Fletcher drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the bottom of the 10th to give Auburn a win over Alabama in the opener of their SEC series at Plainsman Park. Tony Caldwell had an RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth for the Tigers (10-18, 30-24) to force the extra frame. Brandon May had a run-scoring single in the fourth for the Crimson Tide (17-10, 36-16) before Caldwell’s RBI single in the seventh knotted the score at 1-1. Ross Wilson gave Alabama a 2-1 lead in the eighth on a run-scoring single.


No. 15 Clemson 13, NC State 8

In Raleigh, N.C., Chris Epps, Mike Freeman and Brad Miller each had three hits and at least two RBI as Clemson outscored NC State in the ACC series opener at Doak Field. The Tigers (17-11, 37-17) had 15 hits and nine walks. Epps had a two-run single to cap a six-run first for Clemson. Miller homered and drove in three for the Tigers. Kyle Wilson and Devon Cartwright both knocked in two for the Wolfpack (10-18, 25-29). Russell Wilson scored three and John Gianis touched home twice for NC State.


No. 18 TCU 10, UNLV 4

In Las Vegas, Nev., Bryan Holaday had a two-run homer to cap a three-run seventh as TCU topped UNLV in the opener of their Mountain West series. Ryan Thornton and Bryan Resnick homered to give the Rebels (9-13, 26-28) an early 2-0 lead before the Horned Frogs (13-5, 33-14) scored one in the third and three in the fourth to take the lead for good. Matt Carpenter went deep in the fifth and Matt Vern had a dinger in the ninth for TCU.


South Carolina 7, No. 19 Georgia 2
In Columbia, S.C., Nick Ebert went 2 for 3 with two homers and six RBI as South Carolina defeated Georgia in the opener of their SEC series at Carolina Stadium. Sam Dyson (8-4) pitched a complete game and gave up just two runs on four hits with 13 strikeouts. The Gamecocks (15-13, 35-19) had six hits and took advantage of two Georgia errors, breaking the game open with a four-run seventh. Trevor Holder (7-4) allowed six runs, three earned, on five hits and two walks in the loss. Matt Cerione and Lyle Allen each had a homer for the Bulldogs (15-13, 35-18).

No. 22 Miami (Fla.) 23, Wake Forest 5
In Winston-Salem, N.C., Miami banged out 25 hits in overwhelming Wake Forest in the ACC series opener at WF Baseball Park. Hitters eight and nine - Ted Blackman and Nathan Melendres - each drove in five, while Chris Herrmann added another three for the Hurricanes (16-12, 33-18). Three other Canes collected two RBI. Chris Hernandez (7-3) allowed five runs, three earned, over five innings for the win. John Housey picked up his first save after pitching four scoreless innings with one hit. Phil Negus (2-6) lasted just 2/3 of an inning after surrendering six runs on seven hits for the loss. Weldon Woodall went 3 for 5 with a run and RBI for the Demon Deacons (6-22, 22-28).

No. 23 East Carolina 9, Memphis 4
In Greenville, N.C., ECU erased a 4-0 deficit in the seventh with nine runs in two innings to rally past Memphis in the opener of their Conference USA series at Clark-LeClair Stadium. Trent Whitehead went 4 for 5 with a homer, two runs and four RBI, while Stephen Batts drove in an additional two runs for the Pirates (15-7, 39-15). Seth Simmons (3-1) pitched two scoreless innings of relief for the win. Reliever Duke Williams (2-2) gave up six runs on five hits and a walk in just 1.1 innings for the loss. Tyler Huelsing finished 3 for 5 with an RBI for the Tigers (7-14, 21-30).


San Diego State 11, Utah 2

In Ogden, Utah, Stephen Strasburg bounced back from a two-run first to blank Utah over the next six innings as SDSU won the opener of its Mountain West series at Lindquist Field. Strasburg (12-0) struck out 10 in seven innings with six hits, two earned runs and one walk. Jomel Torres (3 for 5, 2 R, 2 RBI), Cory Vaughn (3 for 5, 1 R, 3 RBI) and Erik Castro (2 for 3, 1 HR, 3 RBI) paced the offense for the Aztecs (14-8, 36-18). C.J. Cron had three hits and one RBI for the Utes (7-15, 20-27), the only team to beat Strasburg twice in his career.