March 6, 2010

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Stallings' three-run blast lifts Louisville over Le Moyne

Houston nips Texas, Miami evens series with Florida


In Louisville, Ky., Cade Stallings (left) smacked a game-winning three-run homer to cap a four-run 10th as No. 11 Louisville rallied past Le Moyne 6-5 Saturday afternoon at Jim Patterson Stadium. The Dolphins (4-5) had two score in the top of the 10th on an error and Matt Marra added an RBI single to give the visitors a 5-2 advantage. Phil Wunderlich led off the bottom of the frame with a homer to pull the Cardinals (10-0) to within two. Jeff Arnold followed with a walk and Stewart Ijames singled. A sacrifice bunt by Drew Fitzpatrick put both in scoring position, setting the table for Stallings. Wunderlich finished with three hits and two RBI. Zach Wiley, Rich Brown and Kyle Kalaka each had two hits and a run for Le Moyne.


Houston 1, No. 4 Texas 0

In Houston, Michael Goodnight fanned nine in seven innings as Houston got by Texas in the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park. Goodnight (2-1) allowed two hits in earning the victory. Ty Stuckey struck out two in a hitless eighth and Matt Creel allowed one hit with two strikeouts in the ninth for his second save. The Cougars (4-5) got the game’s lone run in the bottom of the first as Blake Kelso had a leadoff triple and scored on a wild pitch. Brandon Loy, Cameron Rupp and Russell Moldenhauer each had a hit for the Longhorns (7-3). Brandon Workman (1-1) went the distance for Texas, allowing four hits and one run with one walk and seven strikeouts in eight innings. Houston snapped a five-game losing streak against Texas.


No. 12 Miami (Fla.) 9, No. 7 Florida 6

In Coral Gables, Fla., Scott Lawson had two hits and drove in three as Miami evened its series with Florida at Alex Rodriguez Park. Chris Pelaez (3 for 4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) raised his average to .593 for the Hurricanes (7-2). Zeke DeVoss added three hits for Miami. The Gators (6-2) led 3-2 before the Hurricanes scored three in the fifth and three more in the sixth. Nolan Fontana went 3 for 4 with one run for Florida, while Bryson Smith added two hits and three RBI for the visitors.


No. 1 LSU 3, Pepperdine 2
In Baton Rouge, La., Joey Bourgeois allowed only one hit and struck out three in seven scoreless innings as LSU edged Pepperdine to improve to 10-0, the Tigers' best start since 1997. Battery-mate Micah Gibbs had two RBI, Leon Landry went 2 for 4 and Trey Watkins scored twice for LSU. Matty Ott allowed a two-run homer in the ninth to Floyd Given but posted his fifth save. The Waves fell to 4-7.

No. 2 Virginia 14, Dartmouth 3

In Charlottesville, Va., Phil Gosselin had four hits as Virginia dominated Dartmouth in front of 2,414 fans at Davenport Field. The Cavaliers (7-2) scored six in the second and eight in the fourth to take control. Tyler Cannon and Steven Proscia both had two hits and three RBI for Virginia. Jim Wren had a sacrifice fly for the Big Green (1-1) in the first before the Cavaliers answered in the second as Proscia’s two-run double keyed the six-run rally. Proscia added an RBI double in the eight-run fourth. Jake Carlson and Joe Sclafani both had two hits for Dartmouth. Ennis Coble scored twice for the Big Green.


No. 3 Florida State 9, Georgia 2

In Tallahassee, Fla., Tyler Holt had three hits and three RBI to lead Florida State past Georgia at Dick Howser Stadium. Steven Cardullo also had three hits for the Seminoles (9-0), who scored three in the second, one in the third and five in the fourth to take control. Brett DeLoach had two hits for the Bulldogs (6-5).


No. 5 Arizona State 16, UC Riverside 2

In Surprise, Ariz., Drew Maggi went 4 for 4 with two runs and two RBI as Arizona State throttled UC Riverside in the Coca-Cola Classic at Surprise Stadium. Andrew Aplin, Zach Wilson and Matt Newman each had three hits for the Sun Devils (10-0). Tony Nix had an RBI double in the first for the Highlanders (7-4). ASU tallied three in the first, one in the second and five in the third to take a 9-1 lead. Michael Hur homered in the fourth for UC Riverside.


No. 6 Georgia Tech 19, Rutgers 5

In Atlanta, Cole Leonida went 4 for 5 with four RBI as Georgia Tech routed Rutgers at Russ Chandler Stadium. Jacob Esch (4 R, 2 RBI) and Matt Skole (2 R) both had three hits for the Yellow Jackets (9-1). Jay Dantzler had two hits and knocked in three for Tech. The Scarlet Knights (1-7) scored four in the top of the first before the Jackets answered with eight in the second. Leonida had two hits in the inning, including a three-run homer for an 8-4 lead. Jaren Matthews had two hits, two runs and one RBI for Rutgers.


No. 8 TCU 4, Missouri 3 (10)

In Houston, Aaron Schultz had an infield hit to plate the game-winner in the bottom of the 10th as TCU edged Missouri in the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park. Josh Elander had a leadoff single in the 10th for the Horned Frogs (8-1) and advanced to third on a base hit by Taylor Featherston, setting the stage for Schultz. The Tigers (4-3) scored twice in the eighth to tie it at 3-3 as Aaron Senne had an RBI double and Brett Nicholas added a sacrifice fly. Bryan Holaday finished with three hits and one RBI for TCU. Senne and Michael Liberto both had two hits for Missouri. Kaleb Merck (1-0) earned the win, tossing 2.2 scoreless innings with two hits, no walks and three strikeouts.


No. 9 Coastal Carolina 9, Pittsburgh 6
In Conway, S.C., at the Caravelle Resort Invitational, Jose Iglesias homered twice and drove in four runs as Coastal Carolina built an early 7-0 lead and held on to beat Pittsburgh. Cody Wheeler (3-0) allowed three runs and struck out four in 6.1 innings. Daniel Bowman and Chance Gilmore each had two hits, two runs and a RBI for the Chanticleers (9-1). Sean Toole led the Panthers (7-2) with three hits and three RBI, and Danny Lopez contributed two hits, two runs and two RBI.

South Carolina 7, No. 10 Clemson 5

In Greenville, S.C., South Carolina rallied for three in the top of the ninth in defeating Clemson at Fluor Field. The Tigers (8-1) led 4-0 after two before Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a two-run homer in the third, followed by single runs in the fifth and seventh to tie it. Whit Merrifield had an RBI double in the ninth, followed by run-scoring singles by Bradley and Kyle Enders to give the Gamecocks (6-3) a 7-4 lead. Mike Freeman had a RBI single in the bottom of the ninth for Clemson to complete the scoring. Bradley finished with three hits and four RBI for South Carolina. Freeman and Chris Epps both had two hits for the Tigers.


No. 13 North Carolina 7, Michigan 6

In Chapel Hill, N.C., Chaz Frank had three hits, two runs and one RBI as North Carolina nipped Michigan in front of 1,662 fans at Boshamer Stadium. The Tar Heels (8-1) jumped out to a 4-0 lead after three and had to hang on as Chris Berset belted a two-run homer in the top of the ninth to pull the Wolverines (4-6) to within one. Greg Holt came in and fanned two to earn the save for UNC. Jesse Wierzbicki had two hits and two RBI for the Tar Heels. Patrick Biondi went 4 for 4 with one run and two RBI for Michigan.


No. 14 Oregon State 9, Utah Valley 0

In Surprise, Ariz., Tanner Robles struck out nine in 7.2 innings as Oregon State shut out Utah Valley in the Coca-Cola Classic in Surprise Stadium. Robles (2-1) allowed nine hits in recording the victory. Nick Stiltner worked the final 1.1 innings to preserve the shutout. Stefen Romero had two hits for the Beavers (7-3). Carter Bell had a two-run double in a five-run fourth. Jake Rickenbach, Sage Thorpe and Jason Zundel each had two hits for the Wolverines (4-6).


Saint Mary’s 4, No. 15 UC Irvine 2 (11)

In Urvine, Calif., Troy Channing went deep in the 10th as Saint Mary’s salvaged the finale of its three-game series against UC Irvine at Cicerone Field at Anteater Ballpark. Ryan Mulligan doubled prior to Channing’s fourth home run of the season for the Gaels (3-6). Alex Schmarzo pitched a perfect bottom of the 10th for his first save. Mickey Reynolds had an RBI single in the top of the ninth that tied the game at 2-2. Sean Madigan had two hits and one RBI for the Anteaters (6-5). Mark Anderson pitched well for the Gaels, going 7.2 innings with nine hits, two runs, no walks and three strikeouts. UCI starter Eric Pettis allowed one run in eight innings with seven hits, one walk and five strikeouts.


No. 16 Arkansas 9, California 5

In Berkeley, Calif., Tim Carver smacked two homers and knocked in four as Arkansas defeated Cal at Evans Diamond. Carver had a solo shot in the fourth and a three-run dinger in the fifth, the first two long-balls of his career. Andy Wilkins also went deep in the fifth, his 32nd career home run to tie for 10th place on Arkansas’ all-time list. Zack Cox went 3 for 4 with two RBI for the Razorbacks (8-1). Marcus Semien had a three-run homer in the sixth for the Golden Bears (6-3), while Chadd Krist went deep in the ninth for the home team.


No. 17 UCLA 5, Nebraska 4

In Los Angeles, Tyler Rahmatulla had a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth to lift UCLA over Nebraska at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Bruins are 9-0, their best start in the modern era (post-1955). UCLA started 8-0 in 1979 before its first loss. Dean Espy (3 for 4) had a three-run homer in the second and scored the game-winner in the ninth for the Bruins. The Cornhuskers (3-7) put up three in the eighth, keyed by a two-run single by Adam Bailey (3 for 5), to tie the game at 4-4.


No. 18 East Carolina 6, West Virginia 3
In Greenville, N.C., East Carolina rode out a win over West Virginia on the arm of long reliever Zach Woods during Day 2 of the Keith LeClair Classic. Woods pitched seven innings of scoreless baseball, retiring a personal-best 11 batters. Cam Freeman and John Wooten both plated two runs for the Pirates (6-3). The Mountaineers (2-7) climbed back from an early 2-0 deficit to go ahead 3-2. ECU’s Freeman would answer with a two-RBI double to regain the Pirates’ lead in the bottom of the third. WVU’s Jedd Gyorko went 3 for 5 with one run, while left-hander Eric Hinkle (0-1) was served with the loss.


Western Carolina 4, Illinois 2
In Greenville, N.C., Western Carolina notched its second win of the Keith LeClair Classic, posting a win over Illinois (1-4). The Catamounts (8-1) produced four one-run innings on 11 hits. Trevor Collias belted a solo blast to lead off the third inning and Tyler Kirkpatrick extended a nine-game hitting streak with a second inning RBI single. Kyle Stewart (1-0) tallied his first win, giving up one earned run on three hits in five innings. Daniel Ottone earned his third save. Illini designated hitter Mike Giller sailed one out of the yard for his first homer. Brian de la Torriente (0-1) suffered his first loss, allowing four runs on eight hits in 4.2 innings.

No. 19 Rice 3, Texas Tech 2
In Houston at the College Classic tournament at Minute Maid Park, Rick Hague drove in the game-winning run with a RBI single in the top of the ninth as Rice nipped Texas Tech. Hague finished 2 for 4 with a RBI, and Anthony Rendon also had two hits, including a homer, and a RBI for the Owls (6-5). Tony Cingrani tossed 6.2 innings with two hits, two runs and four strikeouts for Rice. Bobby Doran threw well for the Red Raiders (7-4), allowing seven hits, two runs and striking out five in seven innings. Bonham Hough helped Tech tie the game at 2 in the seventh with a two-run homer.


No. 20 Ole Miss 5, Tulane 1

In New Orleans, Alex Yarbrough went 3 for 5 with two doubles to lead Ole Miss over Tulane at Turchin Stadium. Aaron Barrett (3-0) earned the win, going 6.1 innings with six hits and one run with four walks and seven strikeouts. Miles Hamblin had a two-run single in the fourth for the Rebels (9-1). Yarbrough doubled and scored in the fifth to give Ole Miss a 3-0 lead. Rob Segedin had a run-scoring single in the bottom of the fifth for the Green Wave (1-1). The Rebels added a pair of insurance runs in the eighth. Blake Crohan and Brennan Middleton both had two hits for Tulane.


(photo courtesy of Louisville Media Relations Office)