Feb. 24, 2010

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Virginia wins home opener over George Washington

LSU edges McNeese State, Lamar outscores Rice


In Charlottesville, Va., Phil Gosselin had three hits and one run to lead second-ranked Virginia past George Washington 5-2 Wednesday afternoon in its home opener at Davenport Field. Danny Hultzen (right) had an RBI double and scored twice for the Cavaliers (3-1). Will Roberts (1-0) allowed two runs in 5.2 innings with five hits, two walks and one strikeout to earn the victory. Kevin Arico pitched the final 1.1 innings for his second save. Virginia scored one in the third and four in the fourth to take a 5-0 advantage. The Colonials (0-4) tallied a pair in the sixth. Tom Zebroski had three hits for GWU and Tyler McCarthy added two hits and one RBI for the visitors.


No. 1 LSU 2, McNeese State 1

In Baton Rouge, La., Micah Gibbs homered in the eighth to break a 1-1 tie as LSU edged McNeese State at Alex Box Stadium. Lee Orr had an RBI double in the first for the Cowboys (3-1). Blake Dean (3 for 4, 2 2B) had an RBI single in the fifth for the Tigers (4-0) to even the score at 1-1. Chris Matulis (1-0) tossed five scoreless innings in relief to earn the victory. He gave up four hits with no walks and five strikeouts. Matty Ott pitched the ninth for his second save.


Lamar 13, No. 15 Rice 7

In Houston, Lamar scored four in the first, fourth and seventh in outscoring Rice at Reckling Park. Pablo Salinas had a three-run triple in the first for the Cardinals (4-0). Clayton Farhat had a three-run homer in the fourth as Lamar built a 9-3 lead. Diego Seastrunk went 2 for 3 for the Owls (0-4) with a homer and two runs.


No. 4 Georgia Tech 8, Georgia Southern 5

In Statesboro, Ga., Jacob Esch had three hits and three RBI as Georgia Tech swept its two-game series with Georgia State at J.J. Clements Stadium. Tony Plagman had a two-run homer in the first for the Yellow Jackets (5-0). A.J. Wirnsberger homered in the second for the Eagles (1-4). Esch had an RBI single in the eighth to give Tech a 4-3 lead. Esch added a two-run single in a three-run ninth for the visitors.


No. 5 Texas 7, Dallas Baptist 2

In Austin, Texas, Kevin Keyes drove in three as Texas stopped Dallas Baptist at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Keyes had a run-scoring fielder’s choice to spark a four-run third that gave the Longhorns (2-2) the lead for good. Keyes added a two-run double in the fourth to give UT a 6-1 lead. Cole Green (1-0) fanned five in five innings to earn the win, with five hits, two walks and two runs. Kyle Lusson and Cameron Rupp both had two hits for Texas. Austin Knight singled and scored for the Patriots (3-1).


No. 7 Florida 7, UCF 6

In Gainesville, Fla., Hudson Randall tossed five scoreless innings in his first collegiate start as Florida held off UCF at McKethan Stadium. Randall (1-0) allowed three hits and one walk with three strikeouts. Kevin Chapman worked the final 1.2 innings to earn his first save. The Gators (4-0) scored three in the second, one in the third and three in the sixth to build a 7-0 lead before the Knights (3-1) tallied three in both the seventh and eighth. Josh Adam had two hits and two RBI for Florida. Bryson Smith and Mike Zunino both had two hits and two runs for the Gators. Chris Duffy had three hits, including a homer, two runs and two RBI for UCF. Ronnie Richardson also had three hits and two RBI for the visitors.


No. 19 Stanford 11, Pacific 6

In Stanford, Calif., Colin Walsh hit a grand slam in the sixth to power Stanford past Pacific. Walsh’s blast gave the Cardinal (4-0) the lead for good at 8-5. Zach Jines added a three-run homer in the eighth for Stanford. Jake Stewart and Kenny Diekroger both had three hits and three runs for the Cardinal. Ben Gorang (4 for 4, 2 R) and Brian Martin (3 for 3) led the offense for the Tigers (2-2).


Stephen F. Austin 7, Texas A&M 6

In College Station, Texas, Jarid Scarafiotti had a two-run double and Bobby Loveless ripped a three-run homer as Stephen F. Austin scored all its runs with two outs in the third and held on to edge Texas A&M in front of 2,492 fans at Olsen Field. The Aggies (3-1) had scored two in the second and added pairs in the fourth and sixth to make it a one-run contest. John Stilson had a leadoff triple in the bottom of the ninth for the Texas A&M, but Jason West retired the final three batters on a strikeout looking, a foul out to first and a groundout to short to earn his first save. Michael Haynes had three hits and a run for the Lumberjacks (4-0). Joe Patterson had three hits and two runs for the Aggies.


Navy 12, Maryland-Eastern Shore 10

In Annapolis, Md., Navy rebounded from a seven-run deficit to nip UMES at Terwilliger Brothers Field at Max Bishop Stadium. The Hawks (0-4) led 8-1 in the fourth before the Midshipmen (4-0) tallied one in the fourth and six in the fifth, keyed by a two-run single off the bat of Matthew Curley. After UMES scored two in the top of the seventh, Navy took its first lead with three in the bottom of the frame. Curley finished with three hits and three RBI. Michael Speciale went 4 for 5 with two doubles and two RBI for the Mids. Donnie Haines was 3 for 5 for the Hawks with two runs and four RBI.


USC Upstate 8, Georgia State 5

In Spartanburg, S.C., Andre Harris had a homer to start a seven-run seventh and capped it with a two-run single as USC Upstate completed a two-game sweep of Georgia State at Harley Park. The Panthers (0-5) led 5-1 before the eruption by the Spartans (3-2). Joe Barnes had three hits for Upstate, while Austin Liput added two hits and two RBI. Bradley Logan homered for GSU, while Chris Metcalf had two hits and two RBI for the visitors.


Southern Miss 20, Mississippi Valley State 2

In Hattiesburg, Miss., Mark Ellis went 4 for 6 with two doubles and two runs as Southern Miss overwhelmed MVSU at Pete Taylor Park. Joey Archer (1 for 3, 2 R, 3 RBI), B.A. Vollmuth (3 for 4, 3 R, 3 RBI) and Adam Doleac (2 for 4, 3 R, 3 RBI) each homered for the Golden Eagles (3-1). Southern Miss scored three in the second, six in the third, one in the fourth and eight in the fifth for a 18-0 lead. Luke Walker had two hits and one RBI for the Delta Devils (0-5).


Georgia 11, Presbyterian 3

In Athens, Ga., Georgia snapped a 3-3 tie with an eight-run seventh to beat Presbyterian at Foley Field. Johnathan Taylor had three hits for the Bulldogs (3-2), while Kyle Farmer had two of Georgia’s seven doubles. Christian Glisson had two hits and two RBI for the Bulldogs. Gabe Grammer had two hits and two runs for the Blue Hose (1-3).


UC Davis 8, California 0

In Berkeley, Calif., Daniel Cepin went 5 for 5 with three RBI as UC Davis blanked California at Evans Diamond. The Aggies (3-1) scored two runs in the first, fourth, sixth and ninth. Eric Johnson had three hits and two RBI for UC Davis, while Scott Heylman added two hits and two runs. Nathan Slater (1-0) tossed six scoreless innings with four hits, one walk and four strikeouts for the Aggies. Chadd Krist had two of the five hits for the Golden Bears (3-1).


Tulane 7, New Orleans 1

In New Orleans, Jeremy Schaffer and Garrett Cannizaro both had three hits as Tulane handled New Orleans in front of 2,514 fans at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium in the First NBC Cup Series. Kyle McKenzie (1-0) fanned six in six innings with two hits, one run and one walk to earn the victory. Schaffer homered, scored three and drove in three for the Green Wave (2-2). Cannizaro added two RBI for Tulane. Tyler Sanford had one hit and one run for the Privateers (0-4).


(photo by Jimmy Jones)