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No. 1 LSU rallies from
8-0 deficit to defeat W&M
Texas clinches series with Stanford, Maine
wins at North Carolina
Baton Rouge, La., top-ranked LSU rallied from an 8-0 deficit,
scoring eight in the sixth and two in the seventh, to defeat
William & Mary 10-9 Saturday at Alex Box Stadium. It was the
largest comeback in 22 seasons for the Tigers (5-0). Matty Ott
(right) retired the Tribe in order in the ninth for his third
save. Austin Nola and Micah Gibbs both had two hits and two RBI
for LSU. Nola’s two-run single highlighted the eight-run sixth.
Stephen Arcure homered in the fifth and Tadd Bower went deep in
the sixth as the Tribe (3-1) built its 8-0 lead. Ryan Brown and
Jackson Shaver both drove in three for W&M.
No. 5 Texas 6, No. 19 Stanford 3
In Austin, Texas, Brandon Loy and Tant Shepherd
both drove in two as Texas topped Stanford at UFCU Disch-Falk
Field to clinch the weekend series. Shepherd homered in the
first for the Longhorns (4-2). Texas added a pair in the second
before Kenny Diekroeger singled and scored in the third for the
Cardinal (4-2). Loy’s two-run double in the sixth gave the
Longhorns the 6-3 advantage. Shepherd had two hits and three
walks. Colin Walsh went 3 for 3 with one double for Stanford.
Stephen Piscotty knocked in two for the Cardinal.
Maine 5, No. 16 North Carolina 3
In Chapel Hill, N.C., Ian Leisenheimer hit a two-run homer,
and Jeffrey Gibbs and Steve Perakslis combined to yield only
five hits as Maine upended North Carolina. The Black Bears (1-4)
led 3-0 before the Tar Heels (5-1) closed to 3-2 on Brian
Goodwin's two-run homer in the sixth. Leisenheimer answered with
a shot in the seventh, and Perakslis (3.2 IP, 2 H) made it
stick. Gibbs posted the win with 5.1 innings, three hits, two
earned runs and seven strikeouts.
No. 2 Virginia 22, Rhode Island 2
In Charlottesville, Va., Tyler Cannon went 3 for 4 with two
doubles, three runs and four RBI as Virginia routed Rhode Island
for the second straight day. Steven Proscia went 3 for 4 with a
homer, four runs and three RBI, and Kenny Swab (4 for 6, 2 R)
and Keith Werman (4 for 4, 2 RBI) each had big days. Freshman
Stephen Bruno blasted a late grand slam for the Cavaliers (5-1).
The Rams fell to 0-5.
No. 3 Florida State 13-13, Hofstra 1-0
In Tallahassee, Fla., Tyler Holt went 3 for 4
with three runs and an RBI in Game 2 to lead Florida State (5-0)
in its doubleheader sweep of Hofstra (0-5). The bulk of the
Seminoles’ scoring came in the fourth, as Parker Brunelle’s
leadoff home run sparked a six-run inning. John Gast (2-0)
picked up the win after striking out six, walking two and
allowing two hits in five scoreless innings. Kevin Rigopoulos
(0-2) took the loss, striking out one, walking three, and
allowing eight hits and nine runs – eight earned – in 3.2
innings. In the opener, Sherman Johnson went 3 for 4 with six
RBI, two runs and a walk to help the Seminoles win. Florida
State broke ahead with a five-run fourth, as well as a six-run
sixth that included home runs by Stephen Cardullo and Johnson.
Sean Gilmartin (2-0) earned the win with six shutout innings in
which he struck out seven, walked one and allowed five hits. In
the ninth, Scott A’Hara singled, stole second and scored on a
Seminole error to account for Hofstra’s only run. The loss went
to Jared Rogers (0-2), who struck out two, walked three, and
allowed six hits and six runs in 3.2 innings.
No. 4 Georgia Tech 15, Xavier 0
In Atlanta, Brandon Crumpton allowed one hit and struck out
four over seven scoreless innings, and Jacob Esch went 3 for 4
with a homer and four RBI as Georgia Tech blanked Xavier. Jeff
Rowland (2 for 4, 2 R, 2 RBI), Matt Skole (3 for 4, R, RBI),
Derek Dietrich (3 RBI) and Jason Garofalo (2 RBI, 2 R) also
homered for the Yellow Jackets (7-0).
No. 17 Coastal Carolina 7-13, No. 5 UC Irvine
In Myrtle Beach, S.C., Coastal Carolina used a
nine-run eighth in the nightcap to complete a doubleheader sweep
of UC Irvine at Baseball at the Beach at BB&T Coastal Field.
Daniel Bowman’s two-run single keyed the nine-run rally for the
Chanticleers (6-1). Jose Iglesias went 4 for 5 with four RBI in
Game 2 for Coastal. Adam Rice had three hits and three RBI for
the Chants. D.J. Crumlich had two RBI for the Anteaters (3-3).
Bowman drove in three in the opener for Coastal, while Rico Noel
went 2 for 3 with two runs and two RBI. Francis Larson had two
hits and drove in two in Game 1 for UCI.
No. 8 Arizona State 9-11, Towson 1-6
In Tempe, Ariz., Jake Borup allowed one hit and struck out
six in six scoreless innings, and Zach MacPhee, Riccio Torrez
and Xorge Carrillo each drove in two as Arizona State won the
first game of a doubleheader with Towson. In the second game,
Torrez added two hits, two runs and four RBI as the Sun Devils
(6-0) picked up another win. Steve Rice went 2 for 4 with a
homer and three RBI for the Tigers (1-5) in Game 2.
No. 11 Louisville 17, Michigan State 6
In Clearwater, Fla., Stewart Ijames went 4 for 4
with a homer, three runs and two RBI as Louisville outscored
Michigan State in the Big East/Big Ten Challenge at Jack Russell
Stadium. Andrew Clark (2 for 3, 1 HR, 5 RBI), Phil Wunderlich (2
for 5, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) and Drew Haynes (2 for 3, 3 R, 2 RBI)
also had big days at the plate for the Cardinals (6-0). Ryan
Jones knocked in a pair for the Spartans (3-2).
No. 12 Clemson 8, Wright State 6
In Clemson, S.C., Richie Shaffer went 2 for 4
with two runs and a stolen base to lead Clemson (5-0) against
Wright State (2-4). Phil Pohl’s two-RBI double in the second
helped the Tigers build a 4-1 lead after two innings. Tristan
Moore’s three-run home run in the fifth put the Raiders ahead,
6-4, but Pohl tied the game with a two-RBI single in the sixth.
Shaffer scored the game-winning run off of Brad Miller’s RBI
double in the eighth. David Haselden (1-0) earned the win, with
one strikeout and no walks in 2.1 hitless innings. Michael Schum
(0-2) took the loss, allowing one walk, three hits and four runs
– two earned – in one inning.
No. 13 Miami (Fla.) 18, Manhattan 1
In Coral Gables, Fla., Yasmani Grandal went 2 for
5 with five RBI, one run and a walk as Miami (5-0) clinched its
series against Manhattan (0-2). The Hurricanes jumped out to a
5-0 lead in the first, due in part to two-run home runs by
Harold Martinez and Rony Rodriguez. David Villasuso’s two-RBI
triple was the highlight of Miami’s six-run sixth inning. The
Hurricanes added three in the seventh and three in the eighth to
round out their scoring. Chris Hernandez (1-0) struck out nine
and allowed three hits and one run in seven innings to earn the
victory. Ramon Ortega’s RBI single in the fifth drove in
Manhattan’s lone run. The loss went to Tom Costigan (0-1), who
struck out one, walked five, and allowed three hits and six runs
in 4.2 innings.
No. 20 East Carolina 4, No. 14 South Carolina
In Greenville, N.C., East Carolina (3-3) served South
Carolina (4-1) with its first loss of the season with a two-out
rally in the bottom of the ninth. The Pirates’ Corey Thompson
knocked an RBI single to tie the game at three-all. Trent
Whitehead plated Chris Gosik to end the contest. Whitehead
finished 3 for 5 with an RBI. ECU lefty Kevin Brandt pitched 6.2
innings, giving up two earned runs and finishing with career
high six strikeouts, but closer Seth Simmons would earn the win
by pitching a spotless ninth. Gamecock reliever John Taylor
suffered his first loss, allowing one run on three hits in the
No. 15 Rice 4, Nebraska 3
In Houston, Anthony Rendon had an RBI double in
the bottom of the eighth to plate the game-winner as Rice nipped
Nebraska in the Rice Invitational Tournament at Reckling Park.
Patrick Tolentino had a two-run single in the first and D.J.
Belfonte added a run-scoring base hit in the second as the
Cornhuskers (2-4) built a 3-0 lead. Abe Gonzales had an RBI
double and Rick Hague added a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the
second as the Owls (2-4) pulled to within one. Michael Ratterree
homered in the third to knot the score at 3-3. Michael Fuda led
off the eighth with a single for Rice and was balked to second
before coming home on Rendon’s double. Tyler Duffey (1-0)
pitched the final two innings to earn the win. He did not allow
a hit and struck out five.
Tennessee 9, No. 18 Oregon State 2
In Corvallis, Ore., a day after being routed by Oregon
State, Tennessee's Steven Gruver allowed three hits and struck
out nine in seven scoreless innings in a Volunteers win. Blake
Forsythe went 2 for 4 with a homer and four RBI, and Matt Duffy
went 3 for 5 with three RBI for Tennessee (4-1). Stefan Romero
hit his third homer and drove in two for the Beavers (4-2).
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