March 5, 2010

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Kaminsky and Robinson of WSU combine to stop Virginia

Texas nips Rice, Arizona State stops Oregon State, Florida wins at Miami


In Charlottesville, Va., Alex Kaminsky (left) and Greg Robinson combined to hold No. 2 Virginia to one run as Wright State claimed a 2-1 victory Friday afternoon at Davenport Field. Kaminsky (1-1) allowed seven hits and one run in seven innings with one walk and seven strikeouts. Robinson surrendered one hit in two innings with four strikeouts to notch his first save. Dan Grovatt had a leadoff double and scored on a base hit by Steven Proscia in the first for the Cavaliers (6-2). The Raiders (3-5) tied it in the third on a RBI single by Jake Hibberd. Wright State took the lead in the sixth on a suicide squeeze by Garrett Gray. Tristan Moore had three hits and a run for the Raiders. Grovatt and Franco Valdes both had two hits for Virginia. Danny Hultzen (2-1) took the loss, allowing five hits and one earned run in seven innings with no walks and nine strikeouts.


No. 4 Texas 2, No. 19 Rice 1

In Houston, Taylor Jungmann and Chance Ruffin combined on the five-hitter as Texas nipped Rice at the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park. Jungmann allowed four hits and one run in 7.2 innings with two walks and eight strikeouts. Ruffin (1-1) got the win in relief, with one hit and three strikeouts over the final 1.1 innings. The Longhorns (7-2) snapped the scoreless tie in the bottom of the sixth on a run-scoring single by Cameron Rupp with two outs. The Owls (5-5) tied it in the eighth on a RBI single by Abe Gonzales. Texas answered in the bottom of the frame. Tant Shepherd drew a one-out walk and came home on a double by Brandon Loy. Craig Manuel had two hits for Rice, the only player with a multiple-hit game.


No. 5 Arizona State 6, No. 14 Oregon State 4

In Surprise, Ariz., Drew Maggi had two hits and two RBI to lead Arizona State past Oregon State in a non-conference contest in the Coca-Cola Classic at Surprise Stadium. The Beavers (6-3) led 3-0 after three before Maggi’s run-scoring single capped a three-run fourth for the Sun Devils (9-0). Johnny Ruettiger’s RBI single in the bottom of the fifth put ASU ahead to stay. Zach MacPhee scored on a wild pitch in the sixth and Maggi added a sacrifice fly in the seventh for the Sun Devils. OSU added its final run in the eighth. Brandon Hayes had a hit and scored twice for the Beavers.


No. 7 Florida 7, No. 12 Miami (Fla.) 1

In Coral Gables, Fla., Alex Panteliodis held Miami hitless into the fifth as Florida claimed the series opener at Alex Rodriguez Park. Panteliodis (3-0) allowed two hits in 5.2 innings with a career-high eight strikeouts. Nick Maronde fanned seven over 3.1 hitless innings to earn his first save. Josh Adams and Austin Maddox both had two-run singles in the third for the Gators (6-1). Zeke DeVoss tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Stephen Perez in the sixth for the Hurricanes (6-2). Mike Zunino’s two-run single capped a three-run eighth for Florida. Maddox, Matt den Dekker and Daniel Pigott each had two hits for the Gators. Chris Hernandez (1-1) allowed eight hits and three earned runs in six innings with no walks and eight strikeouts in absorbing the loss for Miami.


No. 1 LSU 13, Brown 7

In Baton Rouge, La., Micah Gibbs had a two-run double in an eight-run second as LSU outscored Brown at Alex Box Stadium. Matt Gaudet had a solo shot and Tyler Hanover added a two-run blast in the second for the Tigers (9-0). Gibbs finished with three hits and two runs. Mikie Mahtook homered in the eighth for LSU. Graham Tyler had two hits and three RBI, while Matt Colantonio added three hits for the Bears (1-1).


No. 3 Florida State 11, Georgia 1
In Tallahassee, Fla., James Ramsey went 2 for 2 with two homers, three runs and four RBI, and Sean Gilmartin allowed no earned runs and struck out nine in seven strong innings as Florida State stopped Georgia. Gilmartin (3-0) allowed six hits, no walks and tied his career best in strikeouts. Justin Gonzalez went 2 for 5 with three RBI, Stephen Cardullo had two hits and two RBI and Jayce Boyd went 3 for 3 with a RBI for the Seminoles (8-0). Johnathan Taylor (3 for 4) and Peter Verdin (2 for 3) combined for five of the six hits for the Bulldogs (6-4).

No. 6 Georgia Tech 5, Rutgers 0

In Atlanta, Deck McGuire fanned six in eight innings as Georgia Tech blanked Rutgers at Russ Chandler Stadium. McGuire (2-0) allowed six hits as the Yellow Jackets (8-1) registered their fifth shutout of the season, three away from the school record. Tech scored three in the first to take control. Jeff Rowland went 2 for 3 with a home run in the seventh for the Jackets. Jaren Matthews had two hits for the Scarlet Knights (1-6).


No. 8 TCU 11, Texas Tech 2

In Houston, Matt Curry had three hits, including two doubles and a homer, three runs and three RBI to lead TCU past Texas Tech in the opener of the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park. Jerome Pena (3 H, 2 RBI) and Aaron Schultz (2 H, 3 RBI) also had big days at the plate for the Horned Frogs (7-1). Steven Maxwell (3-0) allowed seven hits and two runs in six innings for the win with two walks and four strikeouts. The Red Raiders (7-3) scored its two runs in the bottom of the first before TCU answered with two in the second and three in the third to take control, adding single runs in the fifth and sixth and pairs in the seventh and eighth. Michael Reed and Barrett Barnes both had two hits for Texas Tech.


No. 9 Coastal Carolina 14, Toledo 4
In Conway, S.C., Rich Witten went 3 for 3 with two doubles, a homer, three runs and four RBI as Coastal Carolina topped Toledo at the Caravelle Resort Invitational. Rico Noel went 2 for 2 with a homer, two runs and two RBI, and Josh Conway, Chance Gilmore and Jose Iglesias each contributed two RBI for the Chanticleers, who scored seven times in the third to take an 11-0 lead. Anthony Meo (2-0) allowed five hits and one earned run in six innings for Coastal Carolina (8-1). Tim Krofcheck had two hits and two RBI, and Chris Dudics went 3 for 5 with a run and a RBI for the Rockets (2-2).

No. 10 Clemson 4, South Carolina 3
In Clemson, S.C., David Haselden tossed four innings of hitless relief, and Jason Stolz and Wilson Boyd produced clutch two-out RBI singles in the seventh and eighth innings as Clemson rallied to beat South Carolina before 6,346 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Haselden (2-0) walked one and struck out three in helping the Tigers improve to 8-0. Blake Cooper allowed seven hits and three earned runs with seven strikeouts in 6.2 innings for the Gamecocks (5-3). Kyle Enders, who doubled and scored on Adrian Morales' sacrifice fly, went 3 for 4 with a run and two RBI for South Carolina.

No. 11 Louisville 8, Le Moyne 1

In Louisville, Ky., Thomas Royse allowed one run in seven innings as Louisville defeated Le Moyne at Jim Patterson Stadium. Royse (3-0) scattered seven hit to earn the victory. Jeff Arnold (3 for 3, 2 R) homered and drove in three for the Cardinals (9-0). Adam Duvall went 3 for 5 with one run and two RBI for Louisville. Joe Lombardi had a RBI single in the fourth for the Dolphins (4-4).


No. 13 North Carolina 4, Michigan 2

In Chapel Hill, N.C., Matt Harvey tossed eight scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts as North Carolina topped Michigan at Boshamer Stadium. Harvey (2-0) surrendered three hits. Dillon Hazlett belted a two-run homer in the fourth and Ryan Graepel added a two-run single in the eighth for the Tar Heels (8-1). Mike Dufek had two hits and a run for the Wolverines (4-5), which scored its two runs in the ninth.


No. 15 UC Irvine 11-12, Saint Mary’s 9-8

In Irvine, Calif., Jeff Cusick went 5 for 7 with two homers and seven RBI as UC Irvine swept a doubleheader from Saint Mary’s at Cicerone Field at Anteater Ballpark. Sean Madigan went 4 for 8 with one homer, four runs and four RBI for the Anteaters (6-4). Troy Channing had two home runs and five RBI in the opener for the Gaels (2-6). Eric Pettis worked the ninth in Game 1 for his first save. In the nightcap, Francis Larson’s two-run single sparked a nine-run first for UCI. Daniel Bobona (2-1) fanned 11 in seven innings for the Anteaters. Riley Heinzer had a two-run homer in a six-run ninth for SMC.


No. 16 Arkansas 7, California 3

In Berkeley, Calif., James McCann had a three-run homer in a five-run eighth as Arkansas rallied past Cal at Evans Diamond. Zach Cox had a two-run single in the eighth to give the Razorbacks (7-1) the lead before McCann’s dinger put the game out of reach. Mike Bolsinger (2-0) allowed six hits and one earned run in seven innings with no walks and six strikeouts to earn the win for Arkansas. Jimmy Bosco homered in the second for the Golden Bears (6-2). Bosco, Danny Oh and Mark Canha each had two hits for Cal.


No. 17 UCLA 13-5, Nebraska 1-3
In Los Angeles, Trevor Bauer allowed one earned run and struck out 10 over 6.2 innings as UCLA completed a doubleheader sweep of Nebraska and improved to 8-0 for its best start since 1978. Tyler Rahmatulla, Cody Keefer and Dean Espy each contributed two hits and a RBI for the Bruins in the nightcap. Khiry Cooper went 3 for 4 with a RBI for the Cornhuskers (3-6). Bauer improved to 9-0 as a starter and 11-3 in his career. In the opener, Gerrit Cole gave UCLA a strong start with one run, two hits and nine strikeouts in seven innings. Justin Uribe went 3 for 5 with a double, homer and three RBI, and Steve Rodriguez launched a three-run homer. Rahmatulla contributed three hits, three runs and a RBI for the Bruins, whose team ERA after eight games is 1.87.


No. 18 East Carolina 7, Illinois 5
In Greenville, N.C., Cam Freeman had a two-run double that keyed a four-run seventh as East Carolina rallied past Illinois in the Keith LeClair Classic at Clark-LeClair Stadium. Freeman went 2 for 3 with a solo home run in the fourth. The Pirates (5-3) were down at the beginning of the seventh inning 4-3, but built a rally off a leadoff double by Dustin Harrington, who extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a single in the bottom of the fifth. ECU’s Kevin Brandt had another strong performance in his six inning stint, giving up only one run on five hits and fanning eight. Reliever Patrick Somers (1-0) got the win despite seeing only one batter. Willie Argo and Aaron Johnson both had two hits and two RBI for the Fighting Illini (1-3).


No. 20 Ole Miss 6, Tulane 4

In New Orleans, Miles Hamblin had a three-run homer in the seventh as Ole Miss defeated Tulane in front of 3,323 fans at Turchin Stadium. Alex Yarbrough’s two-run single in the first started the scoring for the Rebels (8-1). After Jeremy Schaffer went deep in the sixth for the Green Wave (5-4), Hamblin’s blast pushed the lead to 6-1. Tulane added three in the bottom of the seventh to pull to within two. David Goforth shut the door in the ninth for Ole Miss for his second save. Yarbrough, Hamblin and Zach Miller each had two hits for the Rebels. Schaffer, Matt Ryan and Brandon Boudreaux each had two hits for the Green Wave.


Arizona 8, Cal State Fullerton 7 (11)

In Tucson, Ariz., Seth Mejias-Brean had the game-winning hit in the bottom of the 11th as Arizona edged Cal State Fullerton at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium. Alex Mejia (2 for 4, 2 R, 3 RBI) walked to start the winning rally and moved to second on a groundout. Mejias-Brean singled to right to plate Mejia with the game-winner. Gary Brown (3 for 6, 3 R) belted a two-run homer in the eighth for the Titans (3-5) that tied the game at 7-7. Jett Bandy went 3 for 4 with a homer, two runs and two RBI for the Wildcats (5-3). Corey Jones had two hits, including a three-run homer in the seventh, and four RBI for Fullerton.


Kentucky 6, San Diego 0

In San Diego, Logan Darnell tossed a seven-hit shutout as Kentucky blanked San Diego at Cunningham Stadium. Darnell (2-0) needed 90 pitches, of which 70 were strikes, to tame the Toreros (4-6). He walked one and fanned three. Marcus Nidiffer had a two-run double to spark a five-run third for the Wildcats (8-1). Gunner Glad (4 for 5, 2 RBI) added a run-scoring single in the ninth. Nick McCoy, Tony Strazzara and Victor Sanchez each had two hits for USD.


High Point 13, Towson 0

In High Point, N.C., Nate Roberts went 5 for 5 with three home runs and six RBI as High Point powered past Towson at Williard Stadium. Roberts had a two-run shot in the first, a solo blast in the sixth and another two-run dinger in the seventh. Jamie Serber (1-0) allowed three hits in seven innings for the Panthers (5-2) with one walk and three strikeouts. Kurt Wertz walked twice for the Tigers (1-8).


Western Carolina 1, West Virginia 0

In Greenville, N.C., Jason Sullivan out-dueled Jarryd Summers as Western Carolina edged West Virginia in the Keith LeClair Invitational at Clark-LeClair Stadium. Sullivan (3-0) tossed a three-hitter for the Catamounts (7-1) with one walk and eight strikeouts. Summers (0-1) allowed one hit in eight innings, a home run by Tyler Kirkpatrick in the third. Summers walked one and struck out 11. Matt Frazer had two hits for the Mountaineers (2-6).


SIU Edwardsville 13, Dayton 12

In Clarksville, Tenn., James Vazquez had a sacrifice fly to cap a three-run bottom of the ninth as SIUE nipped Dayton in the Riverview Inn Invitational at Raymond C. Hand Park. The Cougars (1-5) scored five in the third before the Flyers (4-6) answered with four in the fourth. SIUE put another five-spot up in the sixth before Dayton tied it with six in the seventh. The Flyers added single runs in the eighth and ninth before the Cougars rallied for three in the bottom of the ninth. Joe Doracak had a grand slam and knocked in five for Dayton. Mike Hurt also had five RBI for SIUE.


Georgia State 32, North Carolina Central 3

In Atlanta, Mark Micowski went 7 for 8, both school records, and hit for the cycle as Georgia State overwhelmed NC Central at The Field at Pantherville. Micowski reached the cycle by the fourth inning. The Panthers (1-6) set school marks with 32 runs, 28 hits, 29 RBI and 56 at-bats. The Eagles (0-5) scored in the first before Georgia State put up eight in the bottom of the frame. Carl Moniz had five hits, four runs and four RBI for the Panthers. Blake Murray finished with two hits, one run and one RBI for NC Central.


George Washington 5, USC Upstate 1

In Spartanburg, S.C., Chris Luick had a two-run single to highlight a four-run seventh as George Washington defeated USC Upstate at Harley Park. Eric Cantrell (2-0) struck out nine in eight innings to earn the win for the Colonials (4-4). He allowed six hits and one unearned run. Spartan hurlers Matt Branham and Scott DeCecco combined to tie a school record with 17 strikeouts. Branham (1-2) fanned 12 in 6.2 innings with seven hits, one earned run and one walk. DeCecco struck out five in 2.1 innings with one hit. Blake Green and Jimmy Tanner both had two hits for Upstate (7-3). Chris Holland had three hits and two RBI for GWU.


(photo by Nick Falzerano)