March 11, 2010

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Cook tosses complete game as Pepperdine beats ECU

Cal wins at Rice, Clemson clubs Gardner-Webb


In Malibu, Calif., Cole Cook pitched his first complete game as Pepperdine defeated No. 17 East Carolina 5-3 Thursday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium. Cook (1-2) allowed eight hits and two earned runs with three walks and nine strikeouts. Cook coaxed many ground balls, as the Waves (5-8) set a school record with 22 assists. There were no outfield putouts for Pepperdine. Ryan Van Amburg had a three-run double in the first as the Waves took the early lead. Corey Thompson had an RBI double to cap a three-run sixth for the Pirates (7-5). Pepperdine broke the tie with a pair in the bottom of the frame. Ryan Heroy had one hit and scored twice for the Waves. He also had 17 putouts at first. Thompson and Dustin Harrington both had three hits for ECU.


California 8, No. 19 Rice 6

In Houston, Erik Johnson tossed six scoreless innings as Cal used homers by Chadd Krist, Tony Renda and Mark Canha to spill Rice at Reckling Park. Johnson (3-0) allowed two hits and one walk with six strikeouts. He had not surrendered an earned run in 19 innings, with four walks and 20 strikeouts. Brian Diemer got Chad Mozingo to line out with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to record his second save. Krist had a three-run homer in the first for the Golden Bears (8-3). Renda added a three-run blast in the sixth as Cal built a 6-0 lead. The Owls (8-6) put up four in the bottom of the seventh to pull to within two. Canha had a solo shot in a two-run eighth to push the lead back to four. Anthony Rendon had a leadoff homer in the bottom of the frame to make it 8-5. Rice got a bases-loaded walk in the ninth, but fell two runs short. Canha and Renda both had two hits, two runs and three RBI for the Bears. Rendon had two runs and two RBI for the Owls.


No. 11 Clemson 13, Gardner-Webb 2

In Clemson, S.C., Jeff Schaus, Kyle Parker and Richie Shaffer all homered as Clemson clobbered Gardner-Webb at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Schaus (2 H, 3 R) had a two-run shot in the first that gave the Tigers (10-1) the lead for good. Parker (3 H, 2 R) added a three-run blast in the second to make it a 6-0 advantage. Shaffer had a two-run homer in the eighth. Daniel Merck had an RBI double and scored in the third for the Bulldogs (5-8). Merck went 3 for 3 for Gardner-Webb.


Fresno State 5, Cal State Fullerton 0

In San Diego, Matt Morse tossed a four-hitter as Fresno State blanked Cal State Fullerton in the Aztec Invitational at Tony Gwynn Stadium. Morse (2-1) walked two and struck out three. After six scoreless innings, Dusty Robinson launched a three-run homer in the top of the seventh for the Bulldogs (7-6). Jordan Ribera also went deep for Fresno State. Gary Brown had a double for the Titans (5-6).


Southern Illinois 6, Santa Clara 5

In Santa Clara, Calif., Southern Illinois used taxis and a five-run eighth to beat Santa Clara at Stephen Schott Stadium in the opening game of the Jack Gifford Memorial Tournament. The Salukis (5-7) had their bus break down on the way to the stadium and had to take taxis to reach the game. Pat Stover hit a solo homer in the sixth to put the Broncos (5-6) on top 2-1. Chris Serritella had a three-run homer in a five-run eighth as SIU took a 6-2 lead. SCU scored three over the final two innings, but fell one run short. Aaron Roberts went 3 for 3 with two runs for the Salukis. Stover finished with four hits, two runs and two RBI for the Broncos.


Pacific 6, Gonzaga 1

In San Antonio, Marcus Pointer tossed a three-hitter as Pacific got by Gonzaga in the opener of the Irish Baseball Classic. Pointer (4-0) allowed one run and fanned a season-high six. Nick Longmire singled and scored in the bottom of the first for the Tigers (8-4). Sean Wilson had an RBI single in the top of the third to account for the only run for the Bulldogs (5-6). Mike Walker doubled and scored in the fourth to put Pacific ahead to stay. Brett Christopher had a two-run homer in the fifth and J.B. Brown added a solo shot in the sixth to give the Tigers a 5-1 lead. Christopher finished with three hits for Pacific.


West Virginia 7, Bryant 5

In Morgantown, W.Va., Grant Buckner and Justin McDavid both drove in two as West Virginia beat Bryant at Hawley Field. McDavid had an RBI single in the first and tied the game at 3-3 in the sixth on another run-scoring single. Buckner had an RBI single in the fifth and his sacrifice fly in the eighth snapped a 5-5 tie. Dom Hayes finished with three hits for the Mountaineers (4-7). Connor Carignan had two hits and four RBI for the Bulldogs (2-8).


BYU 10, Washington 4

In Provo, Utah, Alex Wolfe, Ryan Bernal and Bryce Ayoso all went deep as BYU won its home opener over Washington. Wolfe had a two-run shot in the first for the Cougars (5-7). Ayoso’s blast in the sixth gave BYU an 8-4 lead. Bernal added a two-run dinger in the eighth to complete the scoring. Bradley Boyer and Sean Meehan both had two hits for the Huskies (6-6). Jacob Lamb knocked in a pair for UW.


San Diego 15, San Francisco 7

In San Diego, Steve Chatwood had two hits, including a homer, and four RBI as San Diego outscored San Francisco at Cunningham Stadium. Mike Ferraro and Victor Sanchez both had three hits for the Toreros (7-7). Stephen Yarrow had a two-run homer in the first as the Dons (7-7) built a 5-0 lead in the middle of the third. USD answered with seven in the bottom of the third, highlighted by a two-run double by Tony Strazzara. The Toreros put the game away with six in the sixth, as Ferraro had a two-run homer and Chatwood added a three-run blast for a 14-7 lead. Yarrow finished with three hits and three RBI for USF. Jared Denham had two hits and three runs for the Dons.