May 27, 2010


Recaps compiled by Sean Ryan, Brian Buckey, Bart Remington, Michael Perry

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East Carolina eliminates Southern Miss in C-USA

Stony Brook stays unbeaten in America East, BC beats Miami in 12


Conference USA
#6 East Carolina 8, #2 Southern Miss 1
#1 Rice 24 vs. #5 Houston 3

#4 Marshall 10 vs. #3 Memphis 7
In Houston, East Carolina rebounded from yesterday's loss with an elimination win over Southern Miss, a loss that virtually crushes the Golden Eagles' chances of an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. The Pirates (32-26) turned in a complete team effort. Devin Harris (2 for 3) plated a career-high five-runs on a pair of round trippers. On the hill Seth Maness pitched in dominant fashion, carrying a no-hitter into the fifth inning and finishing with 7.2 innings and eight strikeouts. Southern Miss (33-22) pushed across its lone run in the eighth inning, as Adam Doleac brought in Taylor Walker.

Top-seeded Rice crushed tournament host Houston (25-31). The Owls (37-20) manufactured 11 runs in the top of first and would force the contest to conclude after seven innings. Anthony Rendon plated five runs on three hits and every starter tallied at least one hit. Michael Fuda (4 for 5) stroked a pair of homers. With ample run support Mike Ojala (5-2) was awarded the win in six innings of work.

In the second game, Marshall (27-30) stormed past Memphis (27-30). The Thundering Herd opened the scoring early as it posted five runs in the first inning. Victory Gomez and Thor Meeks would later add a pair of insurance homers. Marshall employed five pitchers with Ian Kadish (4-6) earning the win in five innings, while Austin Coan notched his 12th save. The Tigers’ Ryan Holland (1-6) surrendered five runs to the first five batters and left after recording one out.

America East
#3 Stony Brook 8, #4 Albany 4
#1 Binghamton 6, #2 Maine 0 (Maine eliminated)
In Vestal, N.Y., Tyler Johnson tossed eight solid innings, and William Carmona hit a ninth-inning grand slam for insurance runs that became necessary as Stony Brook topped Albany in a winners' bracket game. Pat Cantwell went 2 for 4 with two RBI, and Maxx Tissenbaum went 3 for 4 with two runs and a RBI for the Seawolves (28-25). Zach Kraham tossed eight solid innings for the Great Danes (12-39) in defeat.

Earlier, Mike Augliera tossed a complete-game shutout with eight hits and 11 strikeouts as Binghamton eliminated Maine. The Bearcats (31-19) scored four times in the first, two coming on Dave Ciocchi's seventh homer. Jim Calderone and Jeff Abrams each added two hits and a RBI for Binghamton, which meats Albany Friday. Joe Mercurio and Justin Leisenheimer had two hits apiece for the Black Bears (34-22).

#8 Boston College 12, #4 Miami 10 (12)
#5 Florida State 11, #1 Virginia 4
#6 Virginia Tech 6, #3 Georgia Tech 2
In Greensboro, N.C., John Spatola ripped a three-run homer as Boston College rallied from five runs down in the bottom of the ninth, and Andrew Lawrence beat Miami with a two-run homer in the 12th as the Eagles stunned the Hurricanes. BC (30-27) led 4-0 but found themselves down 10-5 in the bottom of the ninth. Spatola, who drove in four, tied it with his blast. Lawrence then hit his first walkoff homer at any level to leave both teams at 1-1 in tourney pool play. Zeke DeVoss hit a grand slam in the ninth, and ACC Player of the Year Yasmani Grandal went 3 for 5 with a solo homer for the Hurricanes (40-16).

Stephen Cardullo ripped three homers and drove in four, and Mike McGee launched two homers and drove in three as Florida State hammered Virginia. The Seminoles (40-17) led 7-3 until McGee and Cardullo each homered in a four-run inning. Steven Proscia hit a solo homer for the Cavaliers (46-11). Both teams are 1-1 in tourney pool play, with FSU meeting Boston College and Virginia facing off against Miami next.


In the nightcap, Justin Wright struck out 15 and allowed only four hits in a complete-game gem as Virginia Tech knocked off Georgia Tech in the first game for both teams. Austin Wates hit a two-run homer off Deck McGuire in the first inning for a 2-0 lead for the Hokies (37-19). Michael Seaborn hit a solo homer on a McGuire breaking ball and later walked with the bases loaded, when the Georgia Tech ace went through a stretch of 12 balls in 13 pitches. Jay Dantzler and Jeff Rowland hit solo homers for the Yellow Jackets (44-12).


Atlantic Sun
#4 UNF 13, #1 FGCU 2
#5 Jacksonville 3, #6 Stetson 2 (Stetson eliminated)
#2 Mercer 10, #3 ETSU 7
In Nashville, Tenn., TJ Thompson went 4 for 5 with a run and three RBI, and Corey Bass hit a three-run homer as North Florida avoided elimination by knocking off top-seeded Florida Gulf Coast. Preston Hale also homered in a 3-for-4 day with two runs and a RBI, and David Eldredge went 3 for 5 with two runs and two RBI for the Ospreys (30-27). George Lott (7-3) tossed a complete game with eight hits and two earned runs. Joe Guarnaccia went 3 for 4 with a solo homer for FGCU (38-19), which lost its first game in the tourney.

In an elimination game, Alex Martinez singled to drive in Jamaal Hawkins with the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth as Jacksonville (26-28) edged Stetson. The Hatters (27-31) had rallied to tie the game in the top of the ninth on a Jeff Simpson single.


Thomas Carroll had a RBI double in a three-run eighth as Mercer rallied past ETSU. The Bears (35-22) built an early five-run lead, but fell behind 7-6 after seven. John Moreland hit his 21st homer in the ninth for Mercer. Chas Byrne hit his first homer and tied a tourney record with five RBI for the Buccaneers (31-27).

Atlantic 10
#2 Xavier 4, #3 Rhode Island 2
#5 Saint Louis 3, #1 Charlotte 2
#6 La Salle vs. #3 Rhode Island 7 pm
In Camden, N.J., Tommy Shirley tossed 7.2 innings and allowed two runs - both unearned - and struck out eight as Xavier edged Rhode Island. Drew Schmidt had a two-run single in the third, and Ben Thomas added a RBI single in the fifth to make it 3-1 Musketeers (26-30). Oliver Palmer had two hits and a run for the Rams (30-25).

Earlier, Bryant Cotton hurled a complete game with four hits, two earned runs and five strikeouts as Saint Louis surprised top-seeded Charlotte. Andrew Guerra hit a solo homer, and Cody Cotter (2 for 3) and Steve Fernandez also drove in runs for the Billikens (31-27). Cory Tilton went 2 for 4 with a RBI for the 49ers (37-16).


Big East
#6 Rutgers 6, #2 Connecticut 5
#4 St. John's 6, #1 Louisville 5

#3 Pittsburgh 13, #7 Cincinnati 4 (Cincinnati eliminated)
#5 USF 10, #8 West Virginia 5 (WVU eliminated)
In Clearwater, Fla., Steve Nyisztor went 3 for 5 with two runs, and Jayson Hernandez had two hits, two runs and a RBI as Rutgers beat Connecticut to reach the semifinal round for the third time in five years. Rob Smorol (5-1) tossed 2.1 innings to earn the win, and Tyler Gebler worked out of a jam in the ninth for his 12th save for the Scarlet Knights (30-24). Mike Nemeth homered and drove in two, and Mike Olt hit his 21st homer for the Huskies (44-13).

Jimmy Parque had three RBI over the final three innings as St. John’s rallied past Louisville. The Red Storm (38-18) trailed 4-2 after six before Parque went deep in the seventh and added a two-run single in a three-run eighth. Dan Burawa pitched the final 1.2 innings to earn his ninth save. Stewart Ijames homered for the Cardinals (47-11). Ryan Wright went 4 for 4 with two doubles and two RBI for Louisville.


In the first game of the day, Kevan Smith went 4 for 4 with two runs and two RBI as Pittsburgh avoided elimination by beating Cincinnati. The Panthers (38-17) pounded out 19 hits, getting three hits and two runs from Philip Konieczny and two RBI from Zach Duggan (2 for 4), David Chester and Travis Whitmore. The Bearcats (29-29) got two hits and a RBI from Chris Peters, Braden Kline and Kevin Johnson.

Todd Brazeal hit a three-run homer to lead USF past WVU in an elimination game. Andrew Barbosa scattered six hits and fanned eight in seven innings for the Bulls (26-31). Brazeal’s three-run shot in the third gave USF the lead for good. Clark Sambuco went deep for the Mountaineers (27-30).


Big South
#1 Coastal Carolina 11, #3 Radford 9 (Radford eliminated)
#3 Winthrop 11, #6 VMI 6 (VMI eliminated)
#4 High Point 2, #2 Liberty 1
In Rock Hill, S.C., top-seeded Coastal Carolina batted around in the second inning to build a 10-0 lead but had to hold off a furious Radford rally to eliminate the Highlanders. Chance Gilmore (2 for 4, 4 RBI) had a two-run double, and Tommy La Stella (3 for 4, 2 R, 3 RBI) had a two-run homer in the big inning for the Chanticleers (49-7). Radford (29-26) got back in it when Tyren Rivers (2 for 5, 5 RBI) ripped a grand slam in the fourth. From there, the Highlanders kept chipping away and cut the lead to two with a run in the eighth.

In an elimination game, Chas Crane went 3 for 4 with two homers and five RBI as Winthrop ended VMI's season. Tyler Cook went 3 for 5 with two runs and two RBI, and Eddie Rohan went 2 for 3 with two runs and two RBI for the Eagles (27-29), who scored five times in the third and sixth innings. Jordan Ballard went 3 for 5 with two RBI for the Keydets (33-22).

Drew Dades got the win and Kyle Wigmore earned the save as High Point edged Liberty. Dades (2-0) allowed two hits and one unearned run in four innings. Wigmore recorded the final two outs to strand a pair. Matt Gantner singled and scored in the sixth for the Panthers (31-27). Mike Mercurio added a run-scoring single in the ninth for High Point. P.J. Jimenez singled and scored in the bottom of the ninth for the Flames (40-18). Max Fulginiti went 4 for 4 for HPU.


Big Ten
#1 Minnesota 10, #6 Indiana 8
#2 Michigan 18, #4 Iowa 4
#5 Purdue 11, #3 Northwestern 1 (Northwestern eliminated)
In Columbus, Ohio, top-seeded Minnesota (28-28) scored seven runs in the second inning and held on to beat Indiana (28-26) 10-8 in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament. Kyle Knudson and Nick O'Shea each had three hits and drove in three for the Golden Gophers. Seth Rosin (7-4) pitched 7.2 innings and gave up seven runs en route to the win. Scott Matyas recorded his seventh save after pitching 1.1 innings, giving up one run.

Earlier in the day, Michigan (35-20) erupted for 18 runs on 21 hits in a convincing win over  Iowa (28-27) in second-round action. Ryan LaMarre had four hits and drove in four, and every Wolverines starter recorded at least one RBI. Alan Oaks (6-5) earned the win after pitching seven innings, giving up three earned runs and striking out five.

Matt Bischoff (10-2) pitched nine innings of one-run baseball as Purdue (32-23) eliminated Northwestern (24-32). The Boilermakers scored four in the second inning and never looked back. Catcher Kevin Plawecki drove in three runs to lead the Purdue offense.



#1 James Madison 8, #4 UNC Wilmington 7

#2 Georgia State 4 vs. #3 VCU 7

In Wilmington, N.C., Brett Garner went 2 for 3 and delivered a two-run double in a four-run seventh inning as top-seeded James Madison edged UNC Wilmington. Kevin Munson (8-1), the CAA Pitcher of the Year, tossed 3.2 innings, allowing three runs but earning the win for the Dukes (30-21). Mike Fabiaschi went 2 for 4 with two runs and two RBI, and David Herbek also added two RBI for JMU. Michael Rooney had three hits and a run for the Seahawks (30-26).


Earlier, Joe Van Meter went 4 for 5 with four RBI - including the game-winning three-run triple in the top of the eighth - as VCU slipped past Georgia State. John Lenherr had three hits, and Richard Gonzalez scored three times for the Rams (32-23-1). Seth Cutler-Voltz tossed a complete game to earn the win. Bradley Logan went 2 for 4 with a run for the Panthers (34-22-1).



#3 UIC 7, #5 Butler 0 (Butler eliminated)

#2 Milwaukee 3, #4 Valparaiso 1

#1 Wright State vs. #6 Youngstown State 7 pm

In Gary, Ind., Chad Pierce allowed six hits and one run as Milwaukee edged Valparaiso. Dan Buchholz gave Pierce all the support he needed with a two-run single in the first, and the Panthers (30-23) added a run on a throwing error in the third. Kyle Muhlsteff had a solo homer for the Crusaders (23-31).


Earlier in the day, Chris Kovacevich tossed a complete-game shutout with seven hits and three strikeouts as Illinois-Chicago eliminated Butler (21-29). Chris Rutta had a two-run triple in the first, and the Flames (23-29) added on throughout the game.


Metro Atlantic

#3 Rider 10, #1 Canisius 5

#4 Manhattan 6, #2 Marist 5

In Fishkill, N.Y., A.J. Albee went 3 for 5 with a homer, three runs and four RBI - including a three-run homer in the eighth - as Rider upended Canisius to move within one win of the MAAC title. Mike Murphy tossed seven solid innings with three earned runs and seven strikeouts for the Broncs. John Ralston contributed a two-run single as Rider scored four times in the first.


In an elimination game, Mark Onorati and Kevin Nieto hit solo homers in the top of the ninth, and Ramon Ortega plated the game-winner later in the inning with a sacrifice fly as Manhattan edged Marist. Nieto finished 3 for 5 with two runs, and Austin Sheffield had two hits and two RBI for the Jaspers (31-19). Ryan Gauck went 3 for 5 with two RBI for the Red Foxes (33-22).


#7 Eastern Michigan 7, #3 Toledo 6 (10 innings)
#1 Central Michigan 8, #5 Bowling Green 1
# 2 Kent State 9, #6 Miami (Ohio) 2 (Miami (Ohio) eliminated)
#4 Ball State 13, #8 Ohio 10 (Ohio eliminated)
In Chillicothe, Ohio, Bo Kinder hit a walk-off home run in the 10th inning as Eastern Michigan (27-30) upset Toledo (34-21) in the second round of MAC Tournament action. Toledo led 6-5 in the bottom of the ninth inning, but Andrew Marshall launched a two-out, game tying homer off Toledo reliever Matt Kuna. Robert Wendzicki (1-0) pitched 3.1 scoreless innings to earn the win for the Eagles.

In earlier action, Bryce Morrow (4-2) struck out nine and gave up one run in nine strong innings as Central Michigan (35-20) breezed past Bowling Green (29-22-1). The Chippewas exploded for six runs in the second inning and never were tested the rest of the way.  Matt Faiman and Scott Phillion both drove in two runs to lead Central Michigan's offense.

Robert Sabo (6-4) struck out 11 over nine innings of two-run, three-hit baseball as Kent State (35-23) cruised to a victory over Miami (OH) (28-28) in an elimination game. Right fielder Ben Klafczynski led the Golden Flashes with three hits and three RBI. Third baseman Travis Shaw also had three hits, including a solo home run.

Catcher Zach Dygert had five hits including a home run and three RBI as Ball State (29-28) eliminated Ohio (20-35) in a slugfest. T.J. Baumet and Ian Nielsen also added homers for the Cardinals. Derek Grabner (5-3) earned the win while Kolbrin Vitek pitched one out to record his third save.

Missouri Valley

#6 Creighton 7 vs. #3 Indiana State 9 (Creighton eliminated)

#5 Evansville 7, #8 Missouri State 2 (Missouri State eliminated)

#2 Illinois State 9, #3 Indiana State 4 (Indiana State eliminated)

#1 Wichita State vs. #5 Evansville, 7:30 p.m.

In Wichita, Kan., Evan Kohli went 2 for 3 with four RBI as Illinois State earned a spot in the MVC title game by scoring nine runs (six unearned) on six hits in a win over Indiana State. The Redbirds (30-22) reached 30 wins for the first time since 2001, thanks in large part to Kohli, who ripped a three-run homer.


In elimination games, Corey Davisson (9-1) made his first start of the year and worked seven brilliant innings as Evansville bounced Missouri State. Nate Smith went 2 for 4 with two runs and two RBI for the Aces (32-26). Luke Voit hit a two-run homer for the Bears (21-34). In another elimination game, Kyle Burnham had three hits, two runs and two RBI as Indiana State knocked out Creighton. The Bluejays got two homers and five RBI from Trevor Adams.


Mountain West

#4 BYU 25 vs. #6 Utah 18 (Utah eliminated)

#2 New Mexico 7, #4 BYU 6 (BYU eliminated)

#1 TCU 5, #5 UNLV 2

In San Diego, Sean McNaughton blasted two grand slams, and Austin Hall also hit a grand slam - the ninth time in NCAA history that three grand slams have been hit in the same game - as BYU slugged past Utah in an elimination game of the Mountain West Tournament. Stephen Wells had five hits and five runs, and Alex Wolfe went 5 for 5 with three runs and three RBI as the Cougars went 22 for 47 with 23 RBI in the game. Dane Nielsen added four RBI. CJ Cron went 4 for 5 with two homers, three runs and six RBI for the Utes. The Cougars led 14-0 before the Utes scored eight times in the fourth. BYU answered with 10 in the bottom of the fourth.


Later, Max Willett singled in the eventual game-winner in the seventh inning as New Mexico eliminated BYU. Justin Howard had two hits and three RBI, and Daniel Gonzalez went 4 for 4 with a RBI and two RBI for the Lobos. Austin Hall and Dane Nielsen added to already big days from the Utah game with homers for the Cougars.


In the nightcap, Kyle Winkler struck out 12 and allowed nine hits and two earned runs as TCU advanced to the tourney final by beating UNLV. Joe Weik had two RBI, and Jason Coats went 2 for 4 with two runs for the Horned Frogs.



#1 Sacred Heart 5, #4 Monmouth 4

#2 Central Connecticut State 5, #3 Wagner 3

In Bridgewater, N.J., JJ Edwards had the game-winning RBI triple in the eighth inning, and Troy Scribner worked out of a jam in the eighth inning and closed out Wagner in a Sacred Heart win. Edwards went 2 for 3 with two RBI.


In the nightcap, Dave Krasnowiecki tossed a complete game, allowing nine hits and three runs, as Central Connecticut State got past Wagner. Richie Tri led the Blue Devils with three hits, and Danny Hickey's near-homer gave them a 5-3 lead late.


Ohio Valley
#6 Eastern Kentucky 4, #3 Murray State 3
#3 Murray State 13, #4 Southeast Missouri State 9 (10) (SEMO eliminated)
#2 Jacksonville State 7, #5 Eastern Illinois 5
#1 Tennessee Tech vs. #6 Eastern Kentucky 7:30 pm
In Jackson, Tenn., A.J. Jamison tied the game at 3 with a pinch-hit RBI double in the ninth, and Bryce Labhart added a sac fly for the go-ahead run later in the inning as Eastern Kentucky edged Murray State. Anthony Bazzani struck out 10 in eight innings for the Colonels (28-25). Bryan Probst went 2 for 3 with three RBI for the Breds.

Murray State (26-27-1) came right back and rallied for a dramatic win of its own in eliminating Southeast Missouri State. Kyle Tiernan broke a 9-9 tie in the top of the 10th with a solo homer, and Wes Cunningham ripped a three-run shot later in the inning for the Breds. Bryan Probst went 4 for 5 with two runs and three RBI (for the day, he was 6 for 8 with six RBI) for MSU. Casey Jones and Louie Haseltine each had three hits and a RBI for SEMO (30-25).

Steven Leach homered and drove in two, and Austin Lucas tossed 7.2 innings to improve to 6-0 as Jacksonville State knocked off Eastern Illinois. The Gamecocks (30-24) scored four times in the second inning, then scored three times in the seventh and eighth innings to hold off the Panthers (18-34). Zach Borenstein homered and drove in three for EIU.

#3 Southeastern Louisiana 10, #2 Northwestern State 4 (NSU eliminated)
#1 Texas State 8 vs. #4 Stephen F. Austin 2 (SFA eliminated)
#7 Lamar 10 vs. #6 McNeese State 7
#5 UT Arlington 5, #8 Nicholls State 4
In Corpus Christi, Texas, Southeastern Louisiana (40-18) kicked off the day with a victory over Northwestern State (36-21). The Lions got the sticks going early as Jeff Harkensee ripped a three-run home run in the first frame. Tyler Watkins (6-3) pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on eight hits with five strikeouts. Southeastern supported Watkins with a four-run third inning and a three-run eighth.

Texas State rode a victory over Stephen F. Austin on the arm of Michael Russo (5-2). The senior right-hander fanned eight in eight innings en rout to the win. Kyle Kubitza (2 for 4) and Jason Martinson (3 for 5) provided run support for the Bobcats as they both finished with a pair of RBI. The Lumberjacks’ Brad Oates (3-3) was tagged with the loss, giving up four runs in 1.2 innings.

Later in the day, Lamar (33-24) topped McNeese State 10-7 after the Cardinals (30-26 posted two runs in the top of the ninth to gain some breathing room from the Cowboys. Both teams plugged away through the contest. Lamar’s Eric Harrington was in the zone as he pitched the entire contest. Harrington totaled eight strikeouts. Anthony Moore turned in a strong offensive performance as he went 4 for 5 with a pair of RBI.

To finish the day at Whataburger Field, UT Arlington completed a comeback against Nicholls State. The Colonels (27-28) held a 5-2 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh but the Mavericks (29-29) would score three in the bottom of the inning to snatch the lead and hold on. Preston Beck tied the contest with a two-run single and Steffan Guest knocked the game-winning RBI single. Rett Varner (8-5) won the contest on the mound, retiring eight on strikes in seven innings. Logan Bawcom hurled a shutdown ninth frame to earn his second save of the tournament and fifth of the season.

#1 South Dakota State 6, #4 Oakland 5 (10)
#3 Centenary @ #2 Oral Roberts 7 pm
In Tulsa, Okla., Zach Briggs walked with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th to plate the game-winning run as South Dakota State edged Oakland to open the Summit League Tournament. The Jackrabbits (38-19) trailed 5-1 in the eighth before scoring three times and tying the game in the ninth with a run. The Golden Grizzlies (22-33) made two errors in the eighth, and Joel Blake (2 for 4) drove in a run. In the ninth, Briggs (2 RBI) hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game. Zach Rhodes went 4 for 6, and Billy Stitz added three hits for SDSU. D.J. Jarrad went 4 for 6 with two RBI, and Tim Ryan had two hits and two RBI for Oakland.

#3 Nevada 3, #5 Louisiana Tech 1 (LT eliminated)
#4 Hawaii 13, #2 New Mexico State 7
#1 Fresno State vs. #6 San Jose State 7:30 pm
In Mesa, Ariz., freshman Tom Jameson retired the first 23 batters in taking a perfect game into the eighth, and Nevada eliminated Louisiana Tech. Jameson (6-1) allowed a solo homer to Clint Ewing with two outs in the bottom of the eighth and ended with eight innings, one hit, one run, one walk and four strikeouts. Ewing's homer made it 2-1, and Tyler Graham closed for his 10th save. Nick Melino went 2 for 3 with a homer and two RBI for the Wolf Pack (35-21-1).

Later, Collin Bennett went 4 for 5 with three runs and three RBI, and Kevin Macdonald had two hits and two RBI as Hawaii got past New Mexico State. Kolten Wong had his second straight big game for the Rainbows (31-25), going 3 for 5 with three runs and a RBI. Ryan Aguayo went 2 for 3 with three RBI for the Aggies (36-22-1)