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Virginia wins home
opener over George Washington
LSU edges McNeese State, Lamar outscores
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
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
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)