2009 Conference Tournaments
#7 Arkansas 8, #2 Florida 5
#6 Georgia 6, #3 Ole Miss 3
#8 Vanderbilt 4, #1 LSU 1
#5 South Carolina 9, #4 Alabama 5 (11)
Around the Tournaments
Rohan's three-run homer
lifts Kent State over Miami
Miami gets by Georgia Tech, Baylor beats
Texas, USF pelts Pittsburgh
#4 Kent State 6, #5 Miami 4
#7 Eastern Michigan 19, #2 Ball State 16
#6 Toledo 14, #3 Ohio 4
#8 Central Michigan 4, #1 Bowling Green 1 (suspended bottom 4)
In Chillicothe, Ohio, Greg Rohan (right) belted a
three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth to put KSU ahead to
stay in its win over Miami in a first-round game at VA Memorial
Stadium. Jordan Petraitis, Chris Nadeau and Tommy Nurre hit
consecutive home runs in the top of the fifth to give the
Redhawks (28-24) a 4-0 lead. Jason Patton and Ryan Mitchell went
deep in the bottom of the frame for the Golden Flashes (39-15)
before Rohan’s blast in the sixth made it 5-4. Rohan scored the
final run in the eighth.
Matt Skirving went 4 for 6 with a double, four
runs and five RBI, and Andrew Marshall went 3 for 5 with a
double, his 19th homer, three runs and five RBI as Eastern
Michigan slugged its way past Ball State. The Eagles (24-33) put
up four runs in each of the first and second innings and scored
six in the eighth. Kory Benbow had three hits, including a
homer, and four RBI, and Kolbrin Vitek homered and drove in four
for the Cardinals (26-24).
Aaron Dudley homered twice and drove in four, and Joe Corfman
went 4 for 5 with a homer, three runs and two RBI as Toledo
blasted Ohio. Justin Collop allowed eight hits and four runs in
eight solid innings for the Rockets (22-29). Mark Kraus went 4
for 4 with two homers, giving him 26 on the year, for the
The final game of the day between BGSU and CMU
was suspended due to a power outage and will resume Thursday at
#5 Miami 8, #4 Georgia Tech 6
#1 Florida State 7, #8 Boston
#2 North Carolina 8, #7 Duke 3
In Durham, N.C., Jason Hagerty broke
up Deck McGuire's no-hitter with a double in the sixth, and
Miami (36-18) scored seven runs on eight hits in the inning on
its way to an 8-6 defeat of Georgia Tech (34-16-1) in the first
round. McGuire (10-1), the league pitcher of the year, suffered
his first loss. Six different Hurricanes drove in a run. David
Gutierrez (3-6) went three innings of relief for the win, while
Kyle Bellamy earned his ACC-leading 16th save in two scoreless
innings for his 12th multi-inning save.
Sean Gilmartin (11-2), John Gast and Tyler
Everett allowed just two runs over nine innings as top-seeded
Florida State (41-14) defeated Boston College (31-24). Hitters
three and four - Mike McGee and Jason Stidham - each drove in
two for the Seminoles, who were out-hit 9-7.
ACC Player of the Year Dustin Ackley went 3 for 5 with two
homers and four RBI as North Carolina (42-14) beat Duke (34-23).
Starter Adam Warren (7-2) went 8.1 innings and gave up three
runs on six hits with seven strikeouts for the win. The Tar
Heels scored in five different innings.
#8 Baylor 14, #1 Texas 9
#4 Kansas State 5, #5 Kansas 4
#3 Missouri 5, #6 Texas A&M 2
#2 Oklahoma 5, #7 Texas Tech 2
In Oklahoma City, Dustin Dickerson
went 2 for 5 with a double and three RBI, and Ben Booker went 3
for 5 with two runs and a RBI as Baylor rallied from a 7-3
deficit to post a huge win to bolster its NCAA chances. Trailing
7-3, the Bears (28-23) scored eight times in the sixth as Booker
and Shaver Hansen had two-run doubles. Aaron Miller and Brooks
Kimmey added two RBI apiece for Baylor, which got 4.2 solid
innings of relief with nine strikeouts from Craig Fritach (3-5).
Brandon Belt went 4 for 6 with his eighth homer, three runs and
three RBI for the Longhorns (38-13-1). The Bears next play
Kansas State, and the Longhorns will face Kansas.
Rob Vaughn scored the tying run
in the seventh and knocked in the game-winner in the eighth as
Kansas State edged Kansas. Adam Muenster and Justin Bloxom both had two hits for
the Wildcats (40-15-1). Tony Thompson went 4 for 5 with a run
for the Jayhawks (37-20). James Stanfield had two hits and two
RBI off the bench for Kansas.
Kyle Gibson tossed six scoreless innings with
three hits and 10 strikeouts to improve to 10-3, and five
Missouri relievers held on as the Tigers topped Texas A&M. Steve
Gray went 2 for 4 with his fourth homer and two RBI, and Greg
Folgia added two RBI for Missouri (33-23). Kyle Colligan had two
hits for the Aggies (34-22).
Andrew Doyle (8-4) allowed four hits and two
unearned runs in eight innings with one walk and four strikeouts
as OU topped Texas Tech. Ross Hubbard had two hits and four RBI
for the Sooners (41-16). Chris Richburg had one hit, one run and
one RBI for the Red Raiders (24-31).
#2 USF 12, #7 Pittsburgh 2
#4 St. John’s 12, #8 Cincinnati 2 (UC eliminated)
#1 Louisville 9, #5 Notre Dame 2 (suspended top
In Clearwater, Fla., Randy Fontanez held Pitt in
check as USF won an opening round game at Bright House Field in
a game postponed from Wednesday night. Fontanez (7-3) allowed
single runs in the first and second before blanking the Panthers
(28-20) the rest of the way with no walks and one strikeout. Sam
Mende went 2 for 4 with four RBI, including a three-run homer in
the eighth the ended the game by the 10-run rule. The Bulls
(33-23) will play Connecticut Thursday at 10 a.m. Pitt faces
West Virginia Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. in an elimination
Greg Hopkins went 5 for 6, tying a tournament
record for hits in a game, as St. John’s eliminated Cincinnati.
Tim Morris went 4 for 6 with a two-run homer for the Red Storm
(30-21). Jimmy Parque drove in three for St. John’s. Mike Spina
had two hits, including a home run, for the Bearcats (29-29).
Chris Peters also had two hits for UC.
The Louisville-Notre Dame game was suspended due
to inclement weather and will resume Thursday at 10 a.m.
#4 Massachusetts 5, #5 Fordham 4
#3 Xavier 8, #6 Charlotte 4
#6 Charlotte 13, #5 Fordham 10 (Fordham
In Dayton, Ohio, Peter Copa had a two-run homer
in the sixth as UMass edged Fordham in the first round at Fifth
Third Field. Adam Tempesta had three hits and one RBI for the
Minutemen (26-24). Brian Kownacki went 3 for 4 with one run and
two RBI for the Rams (22-31). UMass will meet #1 Dayton on
Neil Lindgren and Ben Thomas belted consecutive
home runs in the third as Xavier topped Charlotte. The
Musketeers (34-18) scored in four of the first five innings in
building an 8-1 lead. Thomas finished with three hits and three
runs. Bobby Freking had two hits and three RBI for XU. Zane
Williams had two hits, including a homer, and scored twice for
the 49ers (32-21). Xavier will face #2 Rhode Island on Thursday.
Aaron Bray had four hits and became the school’s
career leader with 292 as Charlotte outscored Fordham. Rob
Lyerly had a two-run double and Ryan Rivers added a two-run
single in a six-run eighth that gave the 49ers (33-21) a 13-6
lead. Rivers finished with four RBI. John Kahn had a two-run
single in a four-run ninth for the Rams (22-32).
#1 Coastal Carolina 9, #8 VMI 4
#6 High Point 7, #2 Winthrop 4
#3 Liberty 10, #4 Radford 3
In Asheville, N.C., Adam Rice had a two-run homer
in the first to propel Coastal Carolina past VMI at McCormick
Field. Jose Iglesias had a two-run double to cap a three-run
second as the Chanticleers (43-13) built a 5-0 lead. Rice
finished with three RBI. Rico Noel had two doubles, one triple,
two hit-by-pitch, two runs and two steals for Coastal. Graham
Sullivan, A.J. Yoder and Jacob Morley each had two hits for the
Kyle Mahoney went 3 for 5 with a homer, two runs
and two RBI, and Alfie Wheeler went 3 for 4 with a homer, two
runs and a RBI as High Point surprised Winthrop. The Panthers
(21-30) also used two hits and two RBI from Bill Manion to build
a 5-1 lead, and Mahoney's two-run homer in the eighth gave them
breathing room. Sean Sullivan had a pair of RBI for the Eagles
Liberty's P.J. Jimenez had two hits and four RBI as the Flames
broke from a close game with a five-run seventh in a win over
Radford. Jeff Jefferson had a homer and a pair of RBI, and Shawn
Teufel overcame a rough first inning to toss seven innings for
his ninth win for the Flames (32-19). Jeff Kemp went 3 for 4
with a RBI for the Highlanders (25-23).
#4 Illinois 16, #5 Michigan State 5
#3 Indiana 9, #6 Purdue 1
In Columbus, Ohio, Pete Cappetta went
4 for 5 with three doubles, for runs and four RBI, and Josh Parr
went 4 for 5 with four RBI as Illinois scored 14 runs from the
fifth to seventh innings in routing Michigan State. Phil Haig
tossed seven innings with four runs and four strikeouts for the
Illini. Eric Roof ripped a grand slam in the first inning for
Eric Arnett, the Big Ten Co-Pitcher of the Year, allowed four
hits and struck out seven to lead Indiana past Purdue. Chris
Hervey went 2 for 4 with a solo homer and two runs, and Michael
Earley and Brian Lambert (2 for 4) each drove in two runs. Kipp
Schutz contributed three hits and two runs for the Hoosiers
(29-25). Dan Black went 2 for 4 for the Boilermakers (24-25).
#1 George Mason 6, #6 Delaware 5
#2 Georgia State 6, #5 Northeastern 5
#3 UNC Wilmington 7, #4 Old Dominion 5
Wilmington, N.C., Brent Weiss had a game-winning single in the
bottom of the ninth to lift Mason past Delaware in the first
round at Brooks Field. The Blue Hens (27-20) had an early 3-0
lead and led 5-4 after seven before the Patriots (41-10) scored
single runs in the eighth and ninth. Weiss finished 3 for 3 with
one run and one RBI. Bill Merkler went 4 for 4 with two homers,
three runs and three RBI for UD.
Derek Simmons had a game-winning single with two
outs in the bottom of the ninth as GSU edged NU. Bradley Logan
and Matt Van Horn both went 2 for 4 for the Panthers (36-20).
Matt Miller and Jeff Dunlap both went 3 for 4 for the Huskies
(28-24). GSU will face the winner of the UNC Wilmington-Old
Dominion game, while NU meets Delaware at noon Thursday in an
Cody Stanley had a grand slam in the seventh to
lift UNCW past ODU. Stanley finished with three hits and five
RBI, while Ben Thielsen had two hits and two runs for the
Seahawks (29-21). Jake McAloose went 2 for 3 with a homer and
three RBI for the Monarchs (22-26).
#6 UAB 8, #3 Houston 3
#2 Rice 13, #7 Marshall 0
#1 East Carolina 6, #8 UCF 3
#5 Southern Miss 15, #4 Tulane 2
In Hattiesburg, Miss., Jamal Austin had a two-run
single to highlight a four-run fifth as UAB handled Houston in
the opening round at Taylor Park. Austin finished with three
hits, one run and three RBI. Shay Crawford (5-2) pitched a
career-high seven innings with five hits, one run, one walk and
six strikeouts for the Blazers (31-24). Caleb Ramsey had two
hits and one RBI for the Cougars (25-30).
Taylor Wall (6-5) pitched the seven-inning
complete-game shutout with three hits, four walks and five
strikeouts as Rice blanked Marshall. The Owls (36-16) scored
three in the first and four in the second to take control. Rick
Hague went 4 for 4 with two runs and two RBI. Anthony Rendon
went 2 for 3 with a homer, three runs and three RBI. Thor Meeks
had a hit and a walk for the Thundering Herd (22-31).
Jared Avchen had a two-run double in a four-run
seventh as ECU rallied past UCF. Stephen Batts had three hits,
including a home run, and three RBI for the Pirates (42-15).
Trent Whitehead had three hits, two runs and one RBI for ECU.
Kiko Vazquez and D.J. Hicks both went deep for the Knights
Joey Archer had three hits and knocked in four as
Southern Miss throttled Tulane in eight innings. Corey Stevens
had three hits, four runs and two RBI for the Golden Eagles
(33-22). Jared Dyer had two hits, including a homer, for the
Green Wave (32-24).
#5 Cleveland State 4, #4 Valparaiso 2
#3 Wright State 8, #7 Butler 3
In Lorain, Ohio, Brad Buell had two hits and
three runs to lead Cleveland State past Valparaiso in the first
round at The Pipe Yard. Travis Miller and Ryan Franks both drove
in two for the Vikings (21-29). Josh Wallace had two hits and a
run for the Crusaders (27-22).
Jeff Mercer had two hits and two RBI, and Casey
McGrew added three hits and three runs as Wright State slipped
past Butler. Alex Kaminsky tossed a complete game with seven
strikeouts for the Raiders (30-27), who scored three in the
seventh to break from a 4-2 game. Colin Ziegel went 3 for 4 with
a homer and two RBI for the Bulldogs (13-40).
#1 Missouri State 9, #6 Illinois State 6
#4 Creighton 5, #5 Southern Illinois 1
#3 Wichita State 15, #2 Indiana State 7
Wichita, Kan., Daniel Torrente blasted a game-winning grand slam
in the bottom of the ninth inning as Missouri State escaped
Illinois State's upset bid in the opening round at Eck Stadium.
Ben Carlson, whose 16th homer earlier gave the Bears a 5-4 lead,
was hit by a pitch before Brett Marshall and Chris Playter
singled to load the bases for Torrente. Gabe DeMarco's two-run
homer in the eighth had given the Redbirds a 6-5 lead.
Jimmy Swift had two hits, two
runs and one RBI as Creighton defeated SIU. The Bluejays (29-24) scored two in the fifth and
three in the sixth, while the Salukis (23-27) got their run in
the ninth. Vicente Cafaro also had two hits for Creighton. Aaron
Roberts and Scott Elmendorf both had two hits for SIU. Jeremy
Hauer (2-6) went the distance for the Bluejays with five hits,
four walks and five strikeouts.
Ryan Jones had two homers and a career-high six
RBI as WSU rallied past ISU. Ryan Engrav had three hits and
three RBI for the Shockers (28-24). Kyle Burnam had three hits
and two RBI for the Sycamores (33-19).
#3 BYU 5, #5 UNLV 4 (UNLV eliminated)
#4 San Diego State 2, #2 New Mexico 1
#6 Utah 9, #1 TCU 7
In Fort Worth, Texas, Michael Bowen had a
game-winning base hit in the bottom of the ninth as BYU
eliminated UNLV at Lupton Stadium. Kent Walton went 2 for 3 with
two runs and two RBI for the Cougars (29-23). Jesse Wight had
one hit, one walk and two runs for the Rebels (26-32).
Stephen Strasburg (13-0) pitched 7.2 scoreless
innings with three hits, one walk and six strikeouts as SDSU
nipped New Mexico. Mitch Blackburn had an RBI double in the
sixth for the Aztecs to snap a scoreless tie. Easton Gust
singled and scored in the top of the ninth for an insurance run
for SDSU. Kevin Atkinson had an RBI single in the bottom of the
ninth for the Lobos, who left the bases loaded as the game
ended. Gust and Pat Colwell both had two hits for the Aztecs.
Rafael Neda had a pair of hits for New Mexico.
Trent Appleby had a two-run double and Cooper
Blanc added a two-run single in a six-run fourth as Utah upset
host TCU. Tyler Yagi had three hits for the Utes (23-28). Chris
Ellington had three hits and three RBI for the Horned Frogs
#6 Jacksonville State 9, #3 Morehead State 0
#5 Tennessee Tech 9, #4 Southeast Missouri 5
In Paducah, Ky., Austin Lucas tossed
eight scoreless innings with five strikeouts to lead
Jacksonville State to a win over Morehead State. Sam Eberle had
two hits and two runs for the Gamecocks (29-24), who took
advantage of five unearned runs in the fifth inning. Daniel Pugh
had two hits for MSU (19-31).
Ben Burgess blasted a fifth-inning grand slam to left center to
key a six-run inning and lead Tennessee Tech past Southeast
Missouri. Lee Henry made the lead stick with three runs in six
solid innings for Tech (27-22-1). Tyrell Cummings had two hits,
including his ninth homer, and three RBI for Southeast Missouri
#2 Georgia Southern 4, #7 Davidson 3 (11)
#6 Appalachian State 4, #3 The Citadel 1
#1 Elon 10, #8 Furman 8
#4 Western Carolina 12, #5 College of Charleston
In Greenville, S.C., Brian Pierce had an RBI
single in the bottom of the 11th to carry Georgia Southern past
Davidson in the first round at Fluor Field. Phillip Porter had
two hits and two runs for the Eagles (39-15). Tommy Piacenza
went 3 for 3 with two walks and a run for the Wildcats (18-30).
ASU scored three in the top
of the ninth to knock off The Citadel. Jerod Faggert had a
run-scoring groundout, Rand Smith added an RBI single and Wes
Hobson contributed an RBI double for the Mountaineers (33-19).
Smith finished with three hits and two runs. Richard Jones had
two hits and one RBI for the Bulldogs (34-21).
Mike Melillo hit a grand slam with two outs in
the bottom of the eighth to give Elon its first lead in its win
over Furman. Cory Harrilchak went 4 for 5 with three runs for
the Phoenix (38-14). Reese Wade had three hits and three RBI for
the Paladins (22-30).
J.C. Lyons had a two-run single to spark a
six-run second as WCU topped CofC. Ross Heffley had three hits
and three RBI for the Catamounts (35-20). Joash Brodin had three
hits for the Cougars (35-21).
#3 UTSA 5, #6 Northwestern State 4
#7 Sam Houston State 9, #2 Southeastern Louisiana
#1 Texas State 9, #8 Stephen F. Austin 2
#4 Lamar 4, #5 Texas-Arlington 3
Corpus Christi, Texas, Tyler Carpenter drove in the game-winner
with two outs in the bottom of the ninth as UTSA nipped NSU in
the first round at Whataburger Field. The Roadrunners (32-22)
led 3-0 after seven before Chase Lyles had a two-run single to
cap a four-run eighth for the Demons (26-25). In the bottom of
the ninth, Brett Aguilar had a leadoff double, was sacrificed to
third and scored on a base hit by Ryan Rummel to knot the score
at 4-4. Rummel moved to second on a wild pitch. After an
intentional walk and a fly out, Carpenter’s base hit gave UTSA
the win. Lance Brown and Jose Hernandez both had two hits for
the Roadrunners, with Hernandez providing a two-run homer in the
seventh. Eric DeBlanc had two hits for NSU.
Weatherford (8-5) tossed his third complete game with nine hits
and four strikeouts as SHSU upset Southeastern Louisiana. Nick
Zaleski homered in the fifth for the Bearkats (33-22) to snap a
2-2 tie. SHSU added one in the sixth and erupted for five in the
seventh. Braeden Riley had two hits and three RBI for the
Bearkats. Josh Cryer, Brian McCants and Joe Sparacino each had
two hits for the Lions (35-21).
Paul Goldschmidt, Tyler Sibley and Lance Loftin
all homered as Texas State powered past Stephen F. Austin.
Loftin had three hits, while Goldschmidt added two hits and
three RBI for the Bobcats (39-14). Justin Long had one hit, one
walk and one RBI for the Lumberjacks (23-31).
Tyler Link knocked in two in the seventh as Lamar
rallied past UTA. The Mavericks (29-25) had a 3-0 lead before
the Cardinals (37-20) got two in the seventh and two more in the
eighth. Jeremiah Sammy drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the game
and a sac fly by Ryan Saldivar put Lamar on top. Michael Choice
had three hits for UTA.
#5 Louisiana-Lafayette 11, #4 FIU 3
#1 Middle Tennessee 12, #8 Florida Atlantic 2
#2 Western Kentucky 14, #7 ULM 4
#3 Troy 10, #6 South Alabama 4
In Troy, Ala., Zach Osborne (5-3)
pitched a complete game and gave up three runs, two earned, with
seven strikeouts to lead Louisiana-Lafayette (26-28-1) past FIU
(34-22) in the opening round at Riddle-Pace Field. The Ragin'
Cajuns got off to an early 5-0 lead in the first, pounded out 14
hits and took advantage of four Golden Panther errors. Scott
Hawkins went 3 for 5 with a homer, two runs and three RBI, while
Les Smith drove in a pair.
Kenneth Roberts (9-1) pitched a seven-inning complete game and
allowed just two runs as top-seeded Middle Tennessee (39-15)
defeated Florida Atlantic (29-25). Blake McDade and Nathan Hines
combined for six hits, two runs, a walk and six RBI as the Blue
Raiders produced a four-run first and a three-run seventh.
Travis Ozga went deep for the Owls.
The first six hitters collected at least one RBI
as Western Kentucky (38-16) beat ULM (28-26). Jared Andreoli and
Matt Hightower both drove in three for the Hilltoppers, who
scored in each of the final five innings, including a sixth-run
eighth. Reliever Bart Carter (6-1) pitched 2.2 innings of
one-run ball for the win.
Brett Henry hit a homer and had four RBI as Troy
(33-21) beat South Alabama (25-29). Travis Burge (6-2) went 6.2
innings and allowed four runs on eight hits for the win. Trevor
Tyre drove in three in the third spot of the lineup for the
1W Southern 8, 4E Alabama A&M 3
2W Arkansas-Pine Bluff 6, 3E Alcorn State 5
3W Grambling State 9, 2E Jackson State 7
4W Texas Southern 4, 1E Mississippi Valley State
In Baton Rouge, La., Greg Whitfield had a
three-run homer in a five-run seventh as Southern rallied past
Alabama A&M. Daniel Garcia (4-0) allowed six hits and one earned
run in seven innings with no walks and one strikeout to earn the
victory for the Jaguars (26-14). Alton Ellison had an RBI triple
and scored in the first for the Bulldogs (14-30).
Barry McDonaley had a game-winning pinch-hit
single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth as UAPB nipped
Alcorn State. The Golden Lions (21-23) trailed 5-0 in the fourth
before scoring six unanswered runs. Matthew Pace (3 for 4, 4
RBI) had a three-run double in the fifth for UAPB. Adrian Bowens
and Josh Brumfield had RBI singles for the Braves (25-18).
Grambling State built an 8-0 lead and held on for
a win over Jackson State in a battle of Tigers. Grambling State
(15-35) scored two in the third and six in the fourth, keyed by
a two-run double by Steve Kletke. Jamaal Thelwell had a two-run
double in a four-run seventh for Jackson State (35-20).
David Arrendondo (5-5), the SWAC Player of the
Year, tossed a four-hit shutout with one walk and seven
strikeouts as defending champion Texas Southern blanked MVSU
(20-28). Earnest Rhone and Charles Derkowski both had RBI
singles in the fifth for the Tigers (23-27).
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