2009 Conference Tournaments
CBI Live: #7 Arkansas 10, #2
CBI Live: #1 LSU 4, #5 South
Around the Tournaments
reaches title game in Big South
Rhoad launches three homers for EMU, Boston
College mauls Miami
#1 Coastal Carolina 7, #3 Liberty 0
#1 Coastal Carolina 8, #6 High Point 4 (HPU
#2 Winthrop 21, #4 Radford 3 (Radford
In Asheville, N.C., Austin Fleet (7-2) tossed
seven shutout innings with four hits, one walk and five
strikeouts as Coastal Carolina blanked Liberty to advance to the
championship game against the winner of Liberty and Winthrop.
Jose Iglesias had four RBI for the Chanticleers (45-14). P.J.
Jimenez had a double for the Flames (33-20), one of their four
Earlier in the day, David Anderson went 3 for 5
to lead Coastal Carolina past HPU at McCormick Field. Anderson
had an RBI triple in the first and doubled to spark a two-run
third for the Chanticleers (44-14). Coastal led 8-0 before the
Panthers (21-32) scored four in the seventh. Daniel Bowman had
three hits and three RBI for the Chants. Billy Alvino had two
hits for HPU.
Bryn Henderson went 5 for 6 with two homers, five
runs and seven RBI as Winthrop set a Big South record for runs
in eliminating Radford. The Eagles (34-24) pounded out 26 hits
and led 10-0 after five innings. Kevin Nolan went 4 for 6 with
four runs and two RBI in the onslaught. Of note, Alex Gregory
went 1 for 2 with a RBI for the Highlanders (26-24) and finished
his season with a .407 batting average to top .400 for the third
straight season. Only North Carolina's Dustin Ackley, who's
hitting .409, has a shot to make a similar claim.
#4 Kent State 12, #5 Miami 8 (Miami eliminated)
#6 Toledo 9, #7 Eastern Michigan 3 (EMU eliminated)
#5 Miami 10, #8 Central Michigan 4 (CMU
#7 Eastern Michigan 13, #3 Ohio 4 (OU eliminated)
In Chillicothe, Ohio, Jason Patton went 2 for 6
with a homer and four RBI as Kent State beat Miami for the
second time in the tourney to advance to its fourth straight
tourney final. Chris Tremblay had two hits and three runs, and
Anthony Gallas added two hits and two runs for the Golden
Flashes (41-15). Adam Eaton went 3 for 4 with a homer, three
runs and three RBI, and Chris Nadeau homered and drove in three
for the RedHawks (30-25).
Toledo advanced to the MAC title game for the
second time in school history with its win over EMU. Chris
Dudics had three hits, one run and one RBI for the Rockets
(24-29). Tim Krofcheck and Jim Vahalik both drove in two for
Toledo. Jim Gulliver homered and knocked in three for the Eagles
Jordan Petraitis had a pair
of two-run singles in a nine-run eighth as Miami eliminated CMU. The first hit by Petraitis tied the game
at 3-3 and a triple by Chris Nadeau brought in Petraitis for a
4-3 lead for the RedHawks (30-24). The second hit by Petraitis
capped the rally for Miami. Matt Faiman had three hits, one run
and one RBI for the Chippewas (28-30).
Kyle Rhoad belted three homers and drove in five
as EMU powered past Ohio. Rhoad had a solo shot in the first,
and his three-run blast capped a five-run second as the Eagles
(25-34) built a 6-0 lead. His third dinger came in the eighth to
complete the scoring. Aaron Crooks went deep in the fourth and
Zack Leonard belted a three-run homer in the fifth for EMU. Marc
Krauss hit his 27th home run for the Bobcats (29-24). Chris
Klimko had three hits and two RBI for Ohio. EMU must beat Toledo
twice to reach the title game.
Boston College 10, #5 Miami 1
#7 Duke 10, #3 Clemson 4
#6 Virginia 11, #2 North Carolina 1 (8)
Starter Pat Dean (6-4) allowed just one run on
eight hits while fanning five in seven innings as Boston College
(33-24) defeated Miami (36-20). Harry Darling and Robbie Anston
each drove in two for the Eagles, who had a 7-0 lead by the
fifth. BC finished 2-1 in the ACC Tournament, hoping to help its
resume for an NCAA Tournament bid. The Hurricanes went 1-2 in
Jake Lemmerman went a single shy of the cycle and
drove in three as Duke (35-23) beat Clemson (39-19). Leadoff
hitter Alex Hassan also collected three RBI for the Blue Devils,
who broke the game open with a six-run sixth. Andrew Wolcott
(8-3) gave up four runs, two earned, over 7.1 innings for the
win. Each team committed three errors.
Eight different Cavaliers drove in a run and the
team produced a 10-run third without the benefit of a home run
as Virginia (41-12-1) defeated North Carolina (42-15) in a game
called after eight innings due to the 10-run rule. Hitters eight
and nine - Franco Valdes and John Barr - each collected two RBI.
Starter Danny Hultzen (8-1) allowed just one run on five hits
over 6.1 innings with six strikeouts for the victory.
#1 Binghamton 11, #2 Albany 7
#4 Vermont 13, #3 Stony Brook 11 (Stony Brook eliminated)
In Endicott, N.Y., Kyle Klee had two
hits and three RBI as Binghamton outscored Albany to move to the
championship game. Dave Ciocchi had two hits, including a homer,
two runs and two RBI for the Bearcats (28-20). Ryan Gugel went 3
for 4 with two hits and two RBI for the Great Danes (25-30-1).
the day's first game, hockey star Justin
Milo tripled, homered and drove in three, and Ethan Paquette had
three hits and drove in three as Vermont eliminated Stony Brook.
The Catamounts (23-32) scored six times in the eighth inning,
with Mark Micowski and Paquette delivering two-run triples.
Michael Tansey went 3 for 5 with two homers and three RBI, and
Chad Marshall had four hits and three runs for Stony Brook
#2 Rhode Island 9, #1 Dayton 2
#3 Xavier 6, #4 Massachusetts 3 (UMass
#3 Xavier 11, #1 Dayton 3 (Dayton eliminated)
In Dayton, Ohio, Nick Greenwood (7-3) allowed two
runs in eight innings with no walks and five strikeouts as URI
advanced to Saturday’s championship game with its win over
Dayton at Fifth Third Field. The Rams (37-18-1) scored three in
the first and one in the second to take control. Jeff Cammans
had two hits and three RBI for URI. Dan Rhault had three hits,
three runs and two RBI for the Rams. Zach Jacob went 3 for 4
with one RBI for the Flyers (38-18).
Bobby Freking went 3 for 4 with two RBI as Xavier
topped UMass. Freking had a two-run double to cap a three-run
first for the Musketeers (35-19). Billy O’Conner homered in the
second as XU built a 4-0 lead. Kyle Multer went deep for the
Minutemen (27-26) in the third.
Billy O’Conner reached base five times as Xavier
downed Dayton to reach the championship game. The Musketeers
(36-19) must beat Rhode Island twice to claim its first title.
O’Conner had a two-run single to snap a 2-2 tie in a three-run
fourth for XU. John McCambridge went 3 for 4 with two runs and
three RBI for the Musketeers. Zach Jacob went 3 for 4 with one
run for the Flyers (38-19).
#6 Connecticut 4, #2 USF 2
Notre Dame 11, #4 St. John's 10 (St. John’s eliminated)
#2 USF 11, #3 West Virginia 6 (WVU
In Clearwater, Fla., Mike Nemeth and George
Springer both scored twice as UConn upended USF at Bright House
Field. Matt McDonald (5-1) allowed three hits and one run in
seven innings with two walks and five strikeouts to earn the win
for the Huskies (35-23). David Erickson surrendered a run in the
ninth, but recorded his 11th save. Ryan Lockwood had two hits
and drove in both runs for the Bulls (33-24).
Tate delivered a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth
as Notre Dame rallied from a 9-0 deficit to beat St. John's and
stay alive in the Big East tournament. The Fighting Irish
(35-22) were trailing 10-4 before a 2 hour, 38-minute rain
delay. But it came back with seven unanswered runs as David
Mills and Cameron McConnell drove in three runs apiece. Will
Hudgins tossed four scoreless innings to post the win for Notre
Dame. Carlos Del Rosario went 3 for 5 with two RBI for the Red
Todd Brazeal had two hits, including a three-run
homer, as USF eliminated WVU. The Bulls (34-24) must beat UConn
twice to reach the title tilt. Jonathan Kosco went 4 for 6 with
three runs for USF, which uses a six-run seventh to take
control. Dan DiBartolomeo went 3 for 4 with a homer and three
RBI for the Mountaineers (37-18).
#3 Indiana 13, #1 Ohio State 3
#2 Minnesota 13, #4 Illinois 4 (Illinois eliminated)
#2 Minnesota 12, #6 Purdue 3 (Purdue
In Columbus, Ohio, Tyler Rogers went 3 for 4 with a triple and
four RBI as Indiana used a seven-run fifth inning to rout
top-seeded Ohio State. Alex Dickerson (three hits), Kipp Schutz
and Brian Lambert each drove in two runs for the Hoosiers
(31-25), who will play OSU or Minnesota in the championship
round. The Buckeyes fell to 40-16.
Earlier, Michael Kvasnicka went 3 for 4 with a homer, three runs
and five RBI, and Nick O'Shea went 2 for 4 with two homers and
four RBI as Minnesota stayed alive by eliminating Illinois. The
Golden Gophers (37-16) scored six runs in the first three
innings and added five runs in the sixth. The Fighting Illini
hope for an NCAA bid with a 34-20 record.
In the day’s first game, Tom Buske (9-3) went the
distance with seven hits, two walks and four strikeouts as
Minnesota pounded Purdue. Derek McCallum had three hits,
including a homer, two runs and four RBI for the Golden Gophers
(36-16). Eric Decker had four hits and two runs for the Gophers.
Brandon Haveman had three hits for the Boilermakers (25-26).
#7 Texas Tech 4, #3 Missouri 2
#6 Texas A&M 17, #2 Oklahoma 15
In Oklahoma City, Taylor Ashby and Michael Reed had RBI
singles and Texas Tech scored another run on a throwing error in
a three-run eighth inning to overcome Missouri. Nathan Karns
allowed one unearned run and struck out seven in six brilliant
innings, and Chad Bettis (6-1) tossed the final three innings
for the Red Raiders (25-31). Ian Berger allowed three hits and
one earned run in six solid innings for the Tigers (33-24).
Joe Patterson went 4 for 5 with two runs and four
RBI as A&M outscored OU. Brett Parsons went 3 for 5 with five
RBI for the Aggies (35-22). J.T. Wise went 3 for 4 with three
runs and four RBI for the Sooners (41-17). A&M scored four in
the sixth and four in the eighth to take a 17-10 lead before OU
plated five in the ninth.
#3 UNC Wilmington 5, # 1 George Mason 3 (GMU
#2 Georgia State 9, #1 George Mason 3
#3 UNC Wilmington 5, #6 Delaware 4 (UD
Wilmington, N.C., Alex Hill picked a great time for his first
homer as the right fielder enjoyed a 2-for-4 day with two runs
and two RBI in support of Daniel Cropper as UNC Wilmington
eliminated top-seeded George Mason to advance to Saturday's
final. The Seahawks (31-22) will need two wins over Georgia
State to win the title. Cropper worked into the eighth inning
with six hits, two earned runs and five strikeouts. Bryan Booth
worked out of a jam and tossed the final 1.2 innings to post his
sixth save. Chris Henderson homered and drove in two for the
Patriots (42-12), who entered the day with a RPI in the top 40
and now have to wait till Monday to see if they will be a part
of the NCAA tournament.
Earlier, Bradley Logan went 2 for 4 with a homer, two runs and
two RBI, and Ryan Moore tossed a complete game as Georgia State
knocked off George Mason to advance to the championship game.
Moore (7-1) allowed three earned runs and struck out seven and
was the recipient of six Panthers runs over the final four
innings. Marc Mimeault also hit a two run homer for Georgia
State (38-20). Chris Henderson had three hits for the Patriots
In the day's first game, freshman Steven Davis (5-2)
allowed three runs and six hits in 6.1 innings with no walks and
a career-high nine strikeouts as host UNCW stayed alive against
Delaware at Brooks Field. Andrew Cain and Mike Rooney both had
two hits for the Seahawks (30-22). Bill Merkler and Pat Dameron
both went 2 for 4 for the Blue Hens (28-20).
Rice 7, #3 Houston 2 (Houston eliminated)
#5 Southern Miss 3, #4 Tulane 1 (Tulane
#3 Houston 4, #6 UAB 1 (UAB eliminated)
#4 Tulane 3, #1 East Carolina 0 (ECU eliminated)
Hattiesburg, Miss., Chad Mozingo had a two-run inside-the-park
homer late, and Mike Ojala worked into the sixth inning as Rice
advanced to the championship game by beating Houston. Ryan Lewis
drove in two, and Diego Seastrunk had three hits and two runs
for the Owls (38-15), who have outscored their opponents 28-3 in
the tourney. Chris Wallace went 2 for 4 with a homer for the
Corey Stevens had two hits and a run as Southern
Miss edged Tulane to advance to the championship game against
Rice. The Golden Eagles (35-22) snapped a 1-1 tie with a run in
the fifth and added an insurance run in the sixth. Jeremy
Schaffer and Nick Boullosa both had two hits for the Green Wave,
which stranded 13 runners.
Michael Goodnight (5-5)
allowed one run on six hits in 8.1 innings with four walks and a
career-high 10 strikeouts as Houston said goodbye to UAB. Donnie
Joseph got a game-ending double play for his 11th save. David
Murphy hit his first career homer for the Cougars (27-30). Chase Dempsay drove in two for Houston. Digger Towe had two hits and
one RBI for the Blazers (31-26).
Josh Zeid (6-0) pitched seven shutout innings
with seven hits, two walks and two strikeouts as Tulane
eliminated ECU. Preston Claiborne worked the final two innings
to earn the save. Scott Powell had a two-run double in the fifth
to snap a scoreless tie. He finished with three hits for the
Green Wave (34-24). Drew Allain threw out Dustin Harrington (3
for 4) of the Pirates (42-17) at the plate in both the third and
seventh innings. Tulane must beat host Southern Miss twice to
reach the championship game.
Wright State 7, #1 Illinois-Chicago 6
#2 Milwaukee 6, #5 Cleveland State 5 (CSU
#2 Milwaukee 10, #4 Valparaiso 7 (Valpo
Lorain, Ohio, Garret Gray singled in the game-winning run in the
eighth inning as Wright State rallied from a 6-1 deficit to beat
top-seeded Illinois-Chicago. Gray had a RBI single and Aaron
Fields had a two-run double as the Raiders (32-27) scored five
times in the seventh inning. Michael Schum picked up his fourth
win this season against the Flames.
Josh Groves had two hits and three runs as
Milwaukee nipped CSU. Tim Patzman, Shawn Wozniak and Doug
Dekoning each had three hits for the Panthers (28-26). Alex
Johnson had three hits, including a homer, and two RBI for the
Brad Lusti went the distance as
UWM used a seven-run second to eliminate Valparaiso at The Pipe
Yard. Lusti (5-4) allowed four earned runs and did not walk a
batter. Shawn Wozniak had two hits and three RBI for the
Panthers (27-26). Dan DeBruin had three hits and two RBI for the
#3 Marist 4, #1 Manhattan 3 (11)
#2 Canisius 9, #4 Rider 8 (Rider eliminated)
In Trenton, N.J., Richard Curylo belted a two-run
homer in the top of the 11th to propel Marist over Manhattan and
into the title game. Ryan Gauck had a two-run homer in the sixth
for the Red Foxes (30-25) that tied the game at 2. Ryan Masters
had an RBI single in the bottom of the 11th for the Jaspers
Perry Silverman homered to
spark a three-run fifth as Canisius eliminated Rider at
Waterfront Park. Steve McQuail had a two-run single in a
three-run sixth for the Golden Griffins (34-21). Mason Heyne
homered in the second for the Broncs (26-23), his 17th.
Creighton 7, #1 Missouri State 6 (10)
#3 Wichita State 4, #6 Illinois State 0
#5 Southern Illinois 10, #2 Indiana State 6
Wichita, Kan., Robbie Knight had a two-run single in the top of
the 10th inning as Creighton eliminated top-seeded Missouri
State to reach the Missouri Valley Conference championship game.
Elliott Soto went 4 for 6 with two runs and a RBI, and Vicente
Cafaro went 3 for 4 with a RBI for the Bluejays (31-24). Bob
Lackovic (6-1) tossed 2.1 innings to pick up the win. The Bears
(34-20) now must wait to see if they've done enough to deserve a
NCAA at-large bid.
Jordan Cooper (8-5) tossed a five-hitter with
nine strikeouts as Wichita State blanked Illinois State (25-23)
to advance to the MVC title game against Creighton. Ryan Engrav
went 3 for 4 with two RBI for the Shockers (29-25).
Mark Kelly and Tyler Bullock
both had two hits and two RBI to lead SIU past Indiana State at
Eck Stadium. Bullock homered and scored twice for the Salukis
(24-28). Brian Jett had two home runs and three RBI for the
#6 Utah 4, #4 San Diego State 1
#6 Utah 6, #1 TCU 4 (TCU eliminated)
In Fort Worth, Texas, Tyler Yagi had a
two-run single in the third to put Utah ahead to stay against
San Diego State. The teams will meet in the championship game on
Saturday, with the Aztecs (40-20) looking for their first NCAA
tourney appearance since 1991 and the Utes (25-29) seeking their
first since 1963. Cory Vaughn had an RBI groundout for SDSU in
the fourth before Utah added single runs in the eighth and
Utah's top starter, came on to retire two batters with men on
first and second to post his first career save as the Utes
continued their incredible run by eliminating top-seeded TCU.
The Utes (24-29) move on to their first tourney championship
game after beating the Horned Frogs (36-16) for the second time
this week. Devin Walker went 3 for 3 with a homer, three runs
and three RBI, and C.J. Cron went 3 for 4 with two runs and two
RBI for Utah.
#4 Monmouth 7, #2 Sacred Heart 6 (11)
#1 Wagner 6, #3 Central Connecticut State 5 (10)
In New Britain, Conn., Nick Pulsonetti had a
game-winning sac fly in bottom of the 11th as Monmouth edged
Sacred Heart to advance to the championship game for the third
straight year. Brett Holland had three hits and three runs for
the Hawks (31-23). Jeff Heppner drove in a pair for the Pioneers
Vin Avella hit a
game-winning homer in the bottom of the 10th to lift Wagner over
CCSU at New Britain Stadium. It was the 16th home run for Avella
and his school-record 33rd career dinger. Brian Martutartus had
three hits and three RBI for the Seahawks (31-20). Sean Parker
had two homers for the Blue Devils (26-22), while Richie Tri and
Mitch Wells also went deep for CCSU.
#5 Tennessee Tech 13, #6 Jacksonville State 12
#2 Murray State 5, #1 Eastern Illinois 4 (EIU
#2 Murray State 8, #3 Morehead State 5 (Morehead
In Paducah, Ky., Casanova Donaldson had the
game-winning hit in the bottom of the 10th as Tennessee Tech
outlasted JSU to advance to the championship game. The Gamecocks
(30-25) scored four in the ninth to force extra innings. A.J.
Kirby-Jones had two homers for the Golden Eagles (29-22-1),
tying the school’s single-season record with 20. He scored four
and knocked in three. Donaldson also had three hits and three
Elliot Frey had a two-run single in the bottom of
the ninth to lead Murray State past EIU. Daniel Hill had a homer
for the Thoroughbreds (34-20-1). Brett Nommensen went 3 for 5
with a run and one RBI for the Panthers (36-14), who now must
wait to see if they receive an NCAA at-large bid.
In the day's first game, Daniel Calhoun finished strong
on the mound as Murray State eliminated Morehead State at Brooks
Stadium. Calhoun (11-3), the OVC Pitcher of the Year, allowed
five runs on eight hits over the first four innings, but
surrendered two hits and no runs the rest of the way for his
school-record 11th complete game of the season. Elliott Frey
knocked in two for the Thoroughbreds (33-20-1). Andrew Deeds had
two hits, including a homer, and three RBI for the Eagles
#3 The Citadel 5, #6 Appalachian State 3 (ASU eliminated)
#8 Furman 7, #4 Western Carolina 6
In Greenville, S.C., Matt Crim hurled a complete
game, and Sonny Meade blasted a three-run homer in the third as
The Citadel eliminated Appalachian State. Crim (8-4) allowed
eight hits and two earned runs and struck out eight for the
Bulldogs (36-21), who need two wins against Elon to reach the
championship game. Nick Orvin went 3 for 4 with a run, and David
Greene scored twice for The Citadel. Wes Hobson had two hits and
two runs for Appy State (33-21). The Bulldogs must beat Elon
twice to reach the title game.
Furman scored four in the second and held off WCU.
The Paladins (24-30) must beat Georgia Southern twice to reach
the championship game. Reese Wade went 4 for 4 with one RBI for
Furman. Nick Liles had three hits and one RBI for the Catamounts
#7 Sam Houston State 7, #2 Southeastern Louisiana
2 (SELA eliminated)
#1 Texas State 13, #4 Lamar 2 (Lamar eliminated)
#4 Lamar 4, #5 UT Arlington 3 (UTA eliminated)
#2 Southeastern Louisiana 5, #3 UTSA 4 (12) (UTSA
In Corpus Christi, Texas, Jon Reed and Adam
DeLaGarza drove in two runs apiece as Sam Houston state advanced
to the championship game by eliminating Southeastern Louisiana.
The Bearkats (35-22) are shooting for their third straight
tourney title and will meet either Lamar or Texas State. Dallas
Gallant allowed two runs on four hits in six innings to improve
to 4-4. Southeastern Louisiana (37-22) was ousted one win short
of the school record and awaits word from the NCAA committee.
Texas State scored six in the second to take
control early in its win over Lamar to advance to the title
game. Bret Atwood had three hits for the Bobcats (40-14),
including a three-run homer. Chris Dunkin went 3 for 3 for the
Cardinals (38-22), while Tyler Link had two hits and drove in
both runs for Lamar.
Earlier, Jeremiah Sammy hit a game-tying sacrifice fly, and
Chris Dunkin singled in the game-winner as Lamar scored twice in
the ninth inning to eliminate UT Arlington. Ricky Testa tossed
the final 2.1 innings to improve to 8-3 for the Cardinals
Ross Barbier scored the
game-winner in the bottom of the 12th as Southeastern Louisiana
survived against UTSA at Whataburger Field. The Lions (37-21)
must beat Sam Houston State twice to reach the championship
game. Jose Hernandez homered in the fourth for the Roadrunners
(32-24), one of his three hits. Cass Hargis had a two-run triple
and scored in a four-run fourth for Southeastern. Hargis
finished with four hits.
#1 Oral Roberts 9, #2 Southern Utah 6
#3 South Dakota State 9, #2 Southern Utah 4 (SUU
#3 South Dakota State 7, #4 Centenary 3 (10)
Tulsa, Okla., Colby Price ripped a two-run homer to cut the
deficit to one - and after three walks to load the bases - Juan
Martinez blasted a grand slam as Oral Roberts scored six times
in the ninth inning to overcome Southern Utah and advance to the
championship game. Keli'i Zablan had a three-run homer to put
Southern Utah up 6-2 in the fourth inning.
Layne Somsen (4-7) went the distance with no
walks and four strikeouts as SDSU sent home SUU to advance to
the title tilt against host Oral Roberts. Joel Blake had four
hits, including a homer, and three runs for the Jackrabbits
(26-29), while Billy Stitz homered twice. Matt Sanford had two
dingers for the Thunderbirds (27-24).
South Dakota State used a four-run 10th to
oust Centenary from the Summit League Championship. Caleb
Thielbar (5-8) went the distance for the Jackrabbits (25-29),
with two walks and 12 strikeouts in 10 innings. Stephen Turner
had a two-run single in the 10th for SDSU. Jesse Sawyer had two
doubles and two runs for the Jacks. The Gents (33-19) had tied
the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI single by
Travis Leversen, one of his three hits.
#1 Middle Tennessee 12, #8 Florida Atlantic 7 (FAU eliminated)
#7 ULM 16, #3 Troy 1 (Troy eliminated)
#1 Middle Tennessee 17, #5 Louisiana-Lafayette 8
In Troy, Ala. six different Blue
Raiders collected at least one RBI and the team tallied seven
extra-base hits as Middle Tennessee (40-16) beat Florida
Atlantic (30-26) in Game 9 of the Sun Belt Championships. Blake
McDade went 2 for 4 with two RBI to lead MTSU. Chad Edwards
(8-1) gave up just three third-inning runs over six innings with
six strikeouts for the win.
Starter Don Williams (6-2) pitched seven innings
of one-run ball with five strikeouts as ULM (30-26) beat Troy
(33-23). Ben Soignier led the Warhawks by going 2 for 3 with two
walks, three runs and five RBI. Jordy Poche drove in an
additional four runs in the eighth spot. ULM must beat Western
Kentucky twice to reach the championship game.
The Blue Raiders hit four homers and set a
tournament record after doubling six times for a total of 20 as
Middle Tennessee (41-16) beat ULL (27-29-1) to force another
meeting to determine one spot in the championship game. Nathan
Hines finished 4 for 6 with three doubles, a homer and four RBI
to lead MTSU, which scored eight runs in the seventh to erase an
8-7 deficit. Coty Woods (5-2) pitched 1.1 scoreless innings of
relief for the win.
3E Alcorn State 3, 2W Arkansas-Pine Bluff 1 (UAPB
3W Grambling State 15, 2E Jackson State 1 (JSU
3E Alcorn State 7, 4W Texas Southern 1
In Baton Rouge, La., Rodney Warren had a two-run
single in the sixth to put Alcorn State ahead for good in
eliminating UAPB. The Braves (27-18) must beat Texas Southern
twice to reach the championship game. Collin Arnold (6-5) went
the distance to earn his second win of the tournament. He
allowed nine hits and one run with no walks and three
strikeouts. Gvona Turner and Zac Varnell both had two hits for
the Golden Lions (21-25).
Grambling State scored in all but one inning in
its seven-inning triumph over JSU (36-21). After scoring single
runs in the first and second, the victorious Tigers (16-36) put
up five in the fourth, four in the fifth and three in the sixth.
Anthony Clifton, O.J. Simmons and Chris Wolfe each knocked in
three for GSU, which must now defeat Southern twice to reach the
After a three-hour rain delay, Kenneth Rowan’s
two-run double keyed a three-run sixth as Alcorn State topped
Texas Southern. Joshua Brumfield (4-0) allowed four hits and one
run in going the distance for the Braves (27-18). Alcorn State
and Texas Southern (24-28) will meet again on Saturday for a
berth in the championship game.
#5 Hawaii 5, #6 Nevada 4 (10) (Nevada eliminated)
#3 Fresno State 6, #1 San Jose State 3
#4 New Mexico State 6, #2 Louisiana Tech 5
In Honolulu, Vinnie Catricala hit a sacrifice fly
in the bottom of the 10th inning as Hawaii eliminated Nevada.
Catricala finished with two hits and two RBI, and Kolten Wong
added two hits and two RBI for the Rainbows. Matt Bowman went 3
for 4 for the Wolf Pack.
Tom Mendonca had three hits with a homer and two
RBI as Fresno State stayed alive with a win over SJSU (40-19).
Gavin Hedstrom also had three hits for the Bulldogs (29-28).
Derek Benny (4-3) fanned three in nine innings, his third
complete game this season.
Mike Sodders and Kyle Decater both had two hits
and two RBI as NMSU nipped Louisiana Tech. Tyler Sturdevant
(7-5) struck out five in seven innings for the Aggies (43-15).
Devon Dageford had three hits, including a homer, and four RBI
for the Bulldogs (29-21).
Gonzaga 4, Loyola Marymount 3
In Spokane, Wash., Ryan Wiegand’s run-scoring
infield single in the bottom of the ninth lifted Gonzaga past
LMU in the opener of their three-game championship series. The
Bulldogs (34-16) trailed 2-0 before scoring single runs in the
seventh and eighth and a pair in the ninth. Shon Roe homered in
the top of the ninth for the Lions (30-28).