Feb. 26, 2010

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Wilson's three-run blast caps five-run 10th for NC State

TCU wins at Fullerton; Mitchell fans 18, pitches 8.2 hitless innings for UTA


In Myrtle Beach, S.C., Russell Wilson hit a three-run homer to cap a five-run 10th as NC State rallied past No. 5 UC Irvine 7-4 Friday in the opening game of the Baseball at the Beach Tournament at BB&T Coastal Field. Casey Stevenson tripled with two down in the top of the 10th and scored on a double by Ryan Fisher to snap a 2-2 tie for the Anteaters (3-1). Cory Olson followed with another double to give UCI a 4-2 lead. Andrew Ciencin drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the frame for the Wolfpack (5-0) and moved to second on a single by Pratt Maynard. Danny Canela followed with a two-run double to tie the game at 4-4. Drew Poulk was walked to set the table for Wilson’s game-winning blast.


No. 10 TCU 5, No. 9 Cal State Fullerton 2

In Fullerton, Calif., Steven Maxwell took a no-hitter into the seventh as TCU topped Cal State Fullerton at Goodwin Field. Maxwell (2-0) allowed two hits and one run in 6.1 innings with three walks and two strikeouts. Kaleb Merck worked the final 1.2 innings for his first save. Josh Elander’s RBI double keyed a three-run third for the Horned Frogs (4-0). Jason Coats (3 for 4, 2 R, 2 RBI) added a run-scoring double in the seventh to make it 4-0. Corey Jones homered in the bottom of the seventh for the Titans (1-3) to break up the no-hitter. Fullerton added a run in the eighth before Coats went deep in the ninth to give TCU a 5-2 cushion. Daniel Renken (0-2) allowed six hits and three runs in six innings with one walk and five strikeouts in taking the loss.


UT Arlington 1, Missouri State 0 (14)

In Arlington, Texas, Jason Mitchell struck out a school-record 18 and did not allow a hit for 8.2 innings as UT Arlington edged Missouri State at Clay Gould Ballpark. Mitchell and Adam Boydston combined to fan 26, also a school record. Travis McComack had a single up the middle in the ninth for the first hit for the Bears (0-4). Mitchell allowed one hit and one walk in nine innings, becoming the first Maverick to take a no-hitter 8.2 innings. There have been five no-hitters in UTA history, all seven-inning contests. Boydston (1-0) gave up one hit and one walk in five innings with eight strikeouts to earn the victory. The Mavericks (1-3) ended the marathon in the 14th as Logan Bawcom had a leadoff single and came home on a base hit by Steffan Guest. Guest and Chad Comer both had two hits for UTA.


No. 2 Virginia 13, Rhode Island 0
In Charlottesville, Va., Danny Hultzen allowed two hits and struck out 12 over seven scoreless innings, and battery-mate Franco Valdes went 2 for 4 with a three-run triple as Virginia blanked Rhode Island. Hultzen and Steven Proscia each drove in two, and Phil Gosselin and Jarrett Parker contributed two hits, two runs and a RBI for the Cavaliers (4-1). Mike LeBel had two hits for the Rams (0-4).

No. 4 Georgia Tech 5, Xavier 4
In Atlanta, Cole Leonida drove in the game-winning run with an eighth-inning single to score Chase Burnette, whose floater dropped between three Xavier players in left field, as Georgia Tech stayed unbeaten. The Yellow Jackets (6-0) gave ace Deck McGuire a 3-1 lead in the fourth as Burnette, Matt Skole and Thomas Nichols drove in runs. But the Musketeers (0-4) scratched back behind RBI from Ben Thomas (2 for 3) and Ryan Bellamy. Jacob Esch doubled in a run in the bottom of the seventh before Phil Bauer answered with an infield RBI single for Xavier. After Leonida's single, Xavier loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth, but Kevin Jacob registered a strikeout and started a 1-6-4-3 double play to end the game.


No. 5 Texas 6, No. 19 Stanford 0

In Austin, Texas, three hurlers combined on the five-hit shutout as Texas stopped Stanford at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Taylor Jungmann (2-0) allowed four hits and four walks in seven innings with 10 strikeouts for the win. Stayton Thomas surrendered one hit on 0.2 innings with one strikeout. Andrew McKirahan retired the final four batters to secure the shutout. Cameron Rupp had an RBI double in the third and Kevin Keyes added a grand slam in the fifth for the Longhorns (3-2). Jordan Etier had two hits and two runs for Texas. Zach Jones had two hits for the Cardinal (4-1).


No. 8 Arizona State 15, Towson 1
In Tempe, Ariz., Raoul Torrez went 3 for 5 with a double, triple, three runs and four RBI as Arizona State had an easy time with Towson. Shortstops Drew Maggi and Deven Marrero each had two RBI, and Zack MacPhee and Riccio Torrez had three hits for the Sun Devils (4-0), who scored in every inning. Seth Blair struck out nine in five innings for ASU. Kevin Collins went 2 for 4 with a RBI for the Tigers (1-3).

No. 11 Louisville 2, Michigan 0

In Dunedin, Fla., Thomas Royse and Neil Holland combined on the two-hit shutout as Louisville blanked Michigan at Dunedin Stadium in the Big East/Big Ten Challenge. Royse (2-0) allowed two hits in six innings with nine strikeouts. Holland pitched three perfect innings to earn his first save. Josh Richmond doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Andrew Clark in the first for the Cardinals (5-0). Adam Duvall added a home run in the fourth to complete the scoring. Duvall finished with two hits for Louisville. Patrick Biondi and Anthony Toth had hits for the Wolverines (2-3). Alan Oaks (1-1) allowed two runs, five hits and a walk in seven innings with seven strikeouts for Michigan.


No. 12 Clemson 4, Wright State 3

In Clemson, S.C., Kyle Parker went 3 for 3 with two runs and a walk to help Clemson (4-0) win its series opener against Wright State (2-3). Parker’s first run came off an RBI double by Brad Miller, who then scored on a fielding error to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead in the second. Each team scored one run in the sixth and seventh innings. In the eighth, as Clemson turned a double play, Garrett Gray scored to bring the Raiders within one. Wright State held Clemson to a three-up, three-down inning in the eighth, and put the tying run on base when Quentin Tate hit a two-out single in the ninth. The Tigers sent Alex Frederick in to pitch and he picked up a save by retiring the final batter. Casey Harman (2-0) earned the win, striking out six, walking three, and allowing four hits and one run in 5.2 innings. Alex Kaminsky (0-1) took the loss, striking out five, walking two, and allowing five hits and three runs – two earned – in 6.1 innings.


No. 13 Miami (Fla.) 7, Manhattan 3

In Coral Gables, Fla., Chris Pelaez went 3 for 3 with an RBI and three runs to lead Miami (4-0) to a series-opening win against Manhattan (0-1). Michael Broad and Nathan Melendres had back-to-back RBI triples in the second to give the Hurricanes a 2-0 lead. The Jaspers tied the score with solo home runs by Kyle Murphy and Chad Salem in the third and fourth innings. Pelaez’s home run in the bottom of the fourth gave Miami the lead, but Austin Sheffield’s RBI single in the sixth tied the game again. It wasn’t until the seventh and eighth innings that the Hurricanes pulled away with four runs, beginning with Michael Broad’s RBI single and ending with Zeke DeVoss’ RBI triple. Iden Nazario (1-0) picked up the win, striking out two, walking one, and allowing three hits and no runs in 1.2 innings. David Gutierrez (1-0) earned his second save of the season with one strikeout and one walk in 1.1 hitless innings. The loss went to Eric Luksis, who struck out three, walked three, and allowed three hits and one earned run in three innings.


No. 14 South Carolina 6, No. 20 East Carolina 2

In Greenville, N.C., Blake Cooper (2-0) allowed only two runs on four hits in seven innings against East Carolina as South Carolina took the first of three. The Gamecocks (4-0) took advantage of three errors and two wild pitches by the Pirates (2-3), picking up three unearned runs. ECU threatened a 5-2 South Carolina lead in the eighth by loading the bases, but John Taylor voided the threat with four solid outs to earn his first save. The Pirates’ lone pair of runs came off of Cooper in the bottom of the fifth as Corey Thompson ripped a two-run homer. The Gamecocks tallied 11 hits off the ECU pitching staff, serving Seth Maness (0-2) with his second loss. South Carolina’s Kyle Enders was 2 for 5 with an RBI.


No. 15 Rice 7, Elon 2

In Houston, Jeremy Rathjen went 3 for 4 with a homer and four RBI as Rice defeated Elon in the Rice Invitational at Reckling Park. Rathjen’s RBI single capped a four-run first for the Owls (1-4). Alex Swim had an RBI double in the top of the third for the Phoenix (4-1). Rathjen’s three-run shot in the bottom of the frame pushed the Rice lead to 7-1. Matt Hinson went deep for Elon in the fourth to complete the scoring. Michael Fuda, Steven Sultzbaugh and Rick Hague each had two hits, one run and one RBI for the Owls. Swim finished with two hits for the Phoenix.


No. 16 North Carolina 11, Maine 1
In Chapel Hill, N.C., Dillon Hazlett homered and drove in four, and Matt Harvey tossed 6.1 innings with three hits, one run and nine strikeouts as North Carolina cruised past Maine. Ryan Graepel had two RBI and two runs, and Chaz Frank added two RBI for the Tar Heels (5-0). Michael Fransoso led the Black Bears (0-4) by going 2 for 2 with a run.


No. 17 Coastal Carolina 11, James Madison 7

In Myrtle Beach, S.C., Coastal Carolina used a five-run fifth to take control in outscoring James Madison at Baseball at the Beach at BB&T Coastal Field. Scott Woodward (2 for 2, 2 R) and Jose Igleisas (2 for 4) both had two-run singles in the fifth as the Chanticleers (4-1) built a 10-4 lead. Daniel Bowman and Tommy La Stella both had two RBI for Coastal. Matt Townsend went 3 for 3 with two walks, two runs and two RBI for the Dukes (0-1). Trevor Knight had a two-run homer in the first for JMU.


No. 18 Oregon State 17, Tennessee 1
In Corvallis, Ore., Tyler Smith went 3 for 6 with three runs and three RBI, and Parker Berberet, Rob Folsom and Keith Jennette each drove in three runs as Oregon State battered Tennessee. The Beavers (4-1) scored five times in the third and six more in the fourth, touching Bryan Morgado for eight earned in 3.2 innings. Meanwhile, Tyler Waldron allowed five hits and one earned run in 7.2 innings for OSU. Zach Osborne homered for the only run for the Volunteers (3-1).


Southern Illinois 17, Jacksonville State 16 (11)

In Jacksonville, Ala., Nick Johnson had an RBI single in the top of the 11th to plate the game-winner as Southern Illinois squandered an 11-run lead before prevailing over Jacksonville State at Rudy Abbott Field. The Salukis (1-2) built a 12-1 lead in the third before the Gamecocks (1-5) rallied for eight in the third, one in the seventh and five in the eighth to take a one-run lead. SIU scored on a passed ball in the ninth to send the game to extra innings. Both teams tallied one in the 10th before Jordan Sivertsen and Brock Harding walked to start the 11th for the Salukis. Johnson’s base hit gave the visitors a one-run advantage. Ryan Bradley walked a pair in the bottom of the frame but got a strikeout with the tying run on third to end the 4:36 marathon. Michael Stalter (4 for 5, 2 R, 3 RBI), Tyler Bullock (2 for 4, 1 HR, 4 RBI), Aaron Roberts (2 for 7, 4 R, 3 RBI) and Chris Serritella (2 for 4, 1 HR, 3 R, 3 RBI) led the offense for SIU. Bert Smith had four hits, four runs and three RBI for JSU.