May 30, 2010
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Around the Tournaments
FIU, Wittels Advance to
St. John’s, Texas
A&M, FSU, LSU Capture Conference Crowns
of the best stories of the year in college baseball will
Garrett Wittels (right) extended his hitting streak to 54 games
- four short of Robin Ventura's NCAA Division I record of 58.
What's more is that his Florida International University
teammates just kept hitting along with him.
The Panthers pounded out 20 hits and scored six in the seventh
inning and three more in the ninth inning to outlast Troy 14-10
to win the Sun Belt Tournament Sunday and advance to the NCAA
Tournament. T.J. Shantz went 4 for 6 with a homer and three RBI,
and Jeremy Patton went 2 for 4 with a homer, two runs and two
RBI - a day after ripping a huge three-run homer to help
eliminate top-seeded FIU.
Wittels went 2 for 6 with two runs and a RBI.
The Trojans (36-25)
won 18 of 24 to end the season and battled till the end against
FIU, scoring four in the bottom of the ninth. Chase Whitley went
3 for 4 with his 10th homer, two runs and three RBI,
and Ryan Ditthardt went 4 for 5 with a run and a RBI.
#4 St. John's 3, #2
In Clearwater, Fla., Kyle Hansen allowed two hits in six
scoreless innings to lead St. John’s to a win over Connecticut
that put the Red Storm in the NCAA Tournament field for the
third time in four years. Hansen (8-1), the freshman younger
brother of former Red Storm star Craig Hansen, was named the
tourney MVP after allowing one earned run in 14.1 innings
overall. On Sunday, he allowed a second-inning single and a
sixth-inning double. From there, Bruce Kern (1.1 IP), Ryan Cole
(.1 IP) and Daniel Burawa (1 IP, 11th save) preserved
the lead for St. John’s (40-18). Joe Panik went 2 for 5 with two
RBI, and Greg Hopkins went 3 for 4 for the Red Storm.
Connecticut will serve as a regional host, likely as a No. 2
Texas A&M 5, #6 Baylor 3
In Oklahoma City,
Brodie Greene ripped a game-winning, two-run homer in the bottom
of the 10th inning as Texas A&M nipped Baylor to win
the Big 12 title. The homer capped a huge day for Greene, who
went 4 for 5 with two runs and two RBI. He had a bunt single in
the ninth, when the Aggies scored twice to force extra innings.
Joe Patterson and Matt Juengel had RBI singles as Texas A&M
(40-19-1) tied the game at 3. Logan Vick and Raynor Campbell
each had two hits and a RBI for the Bears (34-22).
Florida State 8, #7 NC State 3
In Greensboro, N.C.,
Rafael Lopez went 3 for 4 and drove in three – including the
go-ahead run in the seventh – as Florida State captured its
first ACC title since 2004 by beating NC State. Devon Travis and
Jayce Boyd added two RBI apiece, and James Ramsey went 4 for 5
with two runs for the Seminoles (42-17). Andrew Ciencin went 3
for 4 with two solo homers for the Wolfpack (38-22), who likely
played their way into the NCAA Tournament. State catcher Chris
Schaeffer was injured in a collision at the plate and taken off
the field in an ambulance, delaying the game for about 10
LSU 4, #7 Alabama 3 (11)
In Hoover, Ala., it was
a three-peat at the SEC Tournament as Tyler Hanover singled in
the game-winning run in the top of the 11th inning to
give LSU a win Alabama. Matt Gaudet (2 for 5, 2 RBI) singled and
moved to second on an infield single by Mikie Mahtook. Matt Fury
pinch-ran and scored on a Hanover (3 for 5) single to left.
Anthony Ranaudo (5-2) tossed three hitless innings with five
strikeouts to pick up the win for the Tigers (40-20). Ross
Wilson went 2 for 3 with a RBI, and Andrew Miller went 2 for 5
with a RBI for the Crimson Tide (37-22).
Milwaukee 6, #1 Wright State 3
In Gary, Ind., Sam
Sivilotti went 2 for 3 with a run and three RBI, and Chad Pierce
tossed six solid innings as Milwaukee topped Wright State to
take the Horizon title. Leading 4-3 in the ninth, the Panthers
(33-24) added a run on an error and another on Jonathan
Capasso’s RBI single. Garrett Gray and Jake Hibberd hit solo
homers to get the Raiders (31-25) close at 4-3.
Central Connecticut State 9, #1 Sacred Heart 3
In Bridgewater, N.J.,
Pat Epps ripped a two-run, opposite-field homer to break a 3-3
tie in the bottom of the seventh to help Central Connecticut
State knock off Sacred Heart to nab the Northeast Conference
title. The Blue Devils (33-21) won three straight games after
losing to the Pioneers (31-27) earlier in the tourney. Epps
finished with three hits and four RBI, and Sean Jones-Miller (2
hits, 2 RBI) and Sean Allaire (3 for 5, 2 R, RBI) also had big
games for the Blue Devils. Tyler Riordan stepped up with 6.2
innings of relief with two hits and one run. Steve Tedesco went
2 for 4 with a run for Sacred Heart.
Jacksonville State 10, #1 Tennessee Tech 8
In Jackson, Tenn., Bert
Smith went 3 for 4 with three runs and a RBI, and Andrew Edge
went 2 for 4 with a homer and three RBI as Jacksonville State
beat Tennessee Tech in the Ohio Valley Conference title game.
Steven Leach (3 for 5, 2 R, 2 RBI), Kyle Bluestein (3 for 5, 2
R) and Daniel Adamson (3 for 5, R) also played big roles for the
Gamecocks (32-24) overcame an early 4-0 deficit to win its third
title since 2004. Tanner Freshour (6-1) posted the win, working
3.1 innings, and Alex Jones closed with four innings to earn his
sixth save. A.J. Kirby-Jones capped a monster year by going 2
for 4 with his 26th homer and three RBI for the
Golden Eagles (31-25).
Grambling State 15, E3 Alcorn State 2
In Shreveport, La.,
Adrian Turner allowed seven hits and two earned runs in a
complete game, and Steve Kletke went 3 for 5 with two runs and
two RBI as Grambling State won its first SWAC title since 1985
by beating Alcorn State. Four other Tigers contributed two RBI
apiece: Chris Wolfe (2 for 5, 2 R), Arthur Mazierski, Milton
Barney and Brandon Smith. Brandon Hollins went 2 for 4 with a
RBI for the Braves.
Hawaii 9, #1 Fresno State 6
In Mesa, Ariz., Jeffrey
Van Doornum went 3 for 4 with his 12th homer, two
runs and three RBI as Hawaii tripped Fresno State to win its
first conference title in 18 years. The Rainbows (33-26) will be
making their first appearance in the NCAA tournament since 2006.
Collin Bennett had two more hits and a RBI to break the
tournament record with 13 hits, and Kevin Macdonald and David
Freitas added two hits and a RBI apiece. Steve Detwiler went 2
for 3 with two RBI for the Bulldogs (38-25).
(photo courtesy of FIU Media