March 13, 2010

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Virginia scores six in ninth to rally past Florida State

Ole Miss evens series with Louisville, Oregon State rallies past Utah


In Tallahassee, Fla., Keith Werman had a two-run single to cap a six-run ninth as No. 3 Virginia clinched its ACC series at No. 2 Florida State with a 9-8 win Saturday. The Seminoles (0-2, 12-2) scored three in the first, two in the third, one in the seventh and two in the eighth to lead 8-3. A defensive replacement in the eighth, Werman started the ninth by reaching on an error. After a strikeout, a walk and a base hit, Werman scored on a single by Steven Proscia. Tyler Cannon scored on a wild pitch to make it 8-5. Dan Grovatt scored on a groundout as the Cavaliers (2-0, 12-2) pulled within two. Reed Gragnani had an RBI single to make it 8-7. A walk loaded the bases for Werman, whose single to left center put Virginia on top 9-8. Kevin Arico allowed a hit in the bottom of the ninth, but kept FSU off the scoreboard for his fifth save. Justin Gonzalez had three hits and two RBI for the Seminoles. James Ramsey had a two-run homer in the eighth for FSU.


No. 18 Ole Miss 8, No. 10 Louisville 3

In Oxford, Miss., Matt Smith (right) and Tim Ferguson both drove in two as evened its series with Louisville in front of 6,206 fans at Oxford-University Stadium. The Rebels (12-3) scored two in the first and four in the second to take control early. Aaron Barrett (4-0) worked 6.2 innings with six hits, three runs, four walks and a career-high nine strikeouts to earn the victory. Eric Callender pitched the final 2.1 innings for Ole Miss with four hits, no walks and two strikeouts. Taylor Hightower had three hits and one run for the Rebels. Kyle Grieshaber went 4 for 5 with one run and one RBI for the Cardinals (13-1).


No. 16 Oregon State 5, Utah 4

No. 16 Oregon State 6, Portland 5

In Corvallis, Ore., Matt Boyd (left) had a three-run double with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to lift Oregon State over Utah. The Utes (6-7) led 4-1 before Parker Berberet homered in the seventh for the Beavers (9-3). John Tommasini, Brent Warren and Jared Norris filled the bases in the bottom of the ninth for Boyd, who dropped a double down the right field line to give OSU the victory. Nick Kuroczko knocked in a pair for Utah. In the second game, Adalberto Santos homered as Oregon State rallied past Portland. Santos’ two-run homer in the fifth pulled the Beavers to within one at 5-4. Santos and Stefen Romero drew bases-loaded walks in the sixth. Riley Henricks had two hits and three runs for the Pilots (10-3). Beau Fraser and C.J. Cullen both had two hits and two RBI for Portland.


No. 1 LSU 4, Kansas 2

In Baton Rouge, La., Blake Dean went 3 for 3 with four RBI, a home run and a walk to allow LSU (13-1) to even the tally in its series against Kansas (10-4). Chris Manship’s RBI single and James Stanfield’s sacrifice fly put Kansas up 2-0 during the first inning, but LSU held the Jayhawks scoreless during the rest of the game. Dean drove in all the Tigers’ runs during their comeback, tying the score with a two-RBI single during the fifth and providing the game-winning runs with a two-run home run during the seventh. Paul Bertuccini (1-0) earned the win, walking one in 0.2 hitless innings, while Matty Ott picked up a save (6) as he struck out four in 1.1 hitless innings.


No. 4 Arizona State 16, Auburn 7

In Tempe, Ariz., Zack MacPhee went 2 for 4 with a homer, two runs and three RBI as Arizona State scored in six of its eight at-bats in battering Auburn in front of a season-high 3,920 fans at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark. The Tigers (9-4) scored three in the first and added a three-run homer by Hunter Morris in the top of the second to take a 6-4 lead. Xorge Carrillo tied it with a two-run shot in the third and MacPhee’s solo blast in the fourth put the Sun Devils (14-0) ahead to stay. Raoul Torrez had a two-run double in the sixth to put ASU on top 12-7. Johnny Ruettiger had three hits and four runs for the Sun Devils. Justin Hargett went 3 for 5 with two runs for Auburn.


No. 5 Georgia Tech 15, Wake Forest 8
In Atlanta, Matt Skole went 3 for 4 with four runs and three RBI, including a two-run homer that sparked a Georgia Tech rally from seven down in an ACC win over Wake Forest. The Yellow Jackets (2-0, 12-1) trailed 8-1 before Skole's fourth homer. In the sixth, Tech erupted for eight runs thanks in part to two-run homers from Cole Leonida and Jay Dantzler. Chase Burnette added two hits, including a homer, two runs and three RBI, and Tony Plagman had three hits and three runs for the Yellow Jackets. The Demon Deacons (0-2, 6-10) pounded out 16 hits, and eight of nine starters had at least one hit. Steven Brooks went 4 for 5 with a run and a RBI, and Austin Stadler went 3 for 5 with a run.

No. 6 Texas 3-5, Iowa 1-2
In Austin, Texas, Cole Green tossed a seven-inning complete game with nine strikeouts, and Brandon Workman struck out eight in 6.2 innings as Texas completed a doubleheader sweep of Iowa in what has been a pitching-rich series. Through the first three games - with Sunday's finale to come - Iowa pitchers have limited the Longhorns to 10 runs. Texas pitchers have yielded the Hawkeyes only four runs in shrinking their team ERA to 1.89. In the nightcap, the Longhorns (12-3) scored three times in the second inning, two coming on a slow roller toward third that pitcher Zach Kenyon threw wildly to first. Brandon Loy went 3 for 3 with two doubles and two runs for Texas. In the first game, Kevin Lusson homered and Kevin Keyes went 1 for 3 with a run and a RBI for the Longhorns. Phil Schreiber threw well in a loss for Iowa (4-8), allowing three runs in 5.1 innings.   

No. 7 Florida 16, Charleston Southern 10

In Gainesville, Fla., Preston Tucker went 3 for 6 with five RBI and two runs as Florida (11-2) clinched a series victory against Charleston Southern (5-10). Charleston Southern was first to score, when Patrick Dolan hit a three-run home run in the second inning. Mike Zunino gave the Gators their first lead when he hit a three-RBI double in the third. The Buccaneers scored four runs in the fifth to take a 9-7 lead, but the Gators responded with six runs in the sixth to take the lead for good. Justin Poovey (1-0) was the winning pitcher, striking out two and allowing five hits and one run in 2.1 innings. Jeff Barfield, who struck out two and allowed just one hit in two innings, earned his first save.


No. 8 TCU 9, Texas Tech 1

In Fort Worth, Texas, Matt Purke pitched his first complete game as TCU clinched its series with Texas Tech at Lupton Stadium. Purke (2-0) allowed four hits and one run with no walks and eight strikeouts. Jimmie Pharr belted two home runs for the Horned Frogs (11-2), winners of nine straight at home. Pharr went deep in the second to start the scoring and added a dinger in the eighth. Matt Curry also knocked in two for TCU. Barrett Barnes went deep in the fifth for the Red Raiders (8-8).


No. 9 Coastal Carolina 13, Michigan 4

No. 9 Coastal Carolina 9, Illinois 4

In Conway, S.C., Coastal Carolina used the big inning to win a pair in the Caravelle Resort Classic. The Chanticleers (14-2) scored three in the first, five in the sixth and five in the eighth in mauling Michigan in the opener. Jose Iglesias had a three-run homer in the sixth and a two-run double in the eighth. Adam Rice had four hits and three RBI. Derek Dennis homered and knocked in two for the Wolverines (6-8). Coastal used a seven-run sixth to rally past the Illini (2-7). Chance Gilmore and Taylor Motter both had two hits and two RBI. Casey McMurray had two hits, including a homer, and two runs for Illinois.


No. 11 Clemson 12-12, NC State 7-6

In Clemson, S.C., Jeff Schaus went 2 for 4 with three RBI, two runs, a home run and a walk in the nightcap as Clemson (12-1) swept NC State (11-3) in Saturday’s doubleheader. NC State had a 6-5 lead after seven innings, led by Kyle Wilson, who went 4 for 4 with two stolen bases and a run. The Tigers took control with seven runs in the eighth, highlighted by John Hinson’s three-RBI double. Dominic Leone (1-0) earned the win with six strikeouts and two hits allowed in three shutout innings. In the opener, Kyle Parker went 3 for 4 with four runs, two RBI, a walk and a stolen base to lead the Tigers. Brad Miller hit a grand slam in the third to put Clemson ahead, 7-2. Leading the Wolfpack, Chris Schaeffer drove in more than half the runs, going 3 for 4 with a home run and four RBI. Casey Harman (3-0) got the win by striking out three, walking two, and allowing five hits and two runs in six innings.


No. 12 UCLA 5, Mississippi State 2

In Corpus Christi, Texas, Trevor Bauer fanned a career-high 15 as UCLA topped Mississippi State in the Whataburger College Classic. Bauer (3-0) allowed three hits and two run in eight innings with two walks. The Bruins (12-0) plated one in the first and four in the sixth. Blair Dunlap had two hits and two runs, while Brett Krill added a two-run single in the sixth for UCLA. Connor Powers had two hits, including a double, for the Bulldogs (9-5). Ryan Collins had an RBI double and scored in the ninth for MSU.


No. 14 Miami (Fla.) 7, Boston College 1

In Coral Gables, Fla., Jason Santana struck out a career-high eight in six innings as Miami evened its ACC series with Boston College at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field. Santana (1-1) allowed five hits, two walks and one run. The Hurricanes (1-1, 9-4) scored two in the second and four in the fifth. Michael Broad and Frankie Ratcliff both went 2 for 3 with two runs and two RBI. Broad had an RBI double and scored in the second as Miami took the lead for good. He also homered in the eighth. Ratcliff’s two-run double keyed the four-run fifth. Robbie Anston had two hits and a run for the Eagles (1-1, 6-7).


No. 15 Arkansas 7, Milwaukee 0

In Fayetteville, Ark., Drew Smyly (2-0) struck out 11, walked two and allowed four hits in seven innings as Arkansas (11-3) shut out Milwaukee (4-7) and took a 2-0 lead in the series. The Razorbacks had a balanced offense, with six different players scoring their seven runs. They benefited from two long balls – Colin Kuhn’s solo home run put them up 2-0 in the third and Andy Wilkins’ two-run home run gave them a 5-0 in the seventh. Tim Patzman led the Panthers with three of their six hits, but they were unable to turn them into runs. Milwaukee also struggled defensively, with three errors that led to two unearned runs.


Duke 15, No. 16 North Carolina 11
In Durham, N.C., Jake Lemmerman went 3 for 6 with three runs, three stolen bases and four RBI, and Will Piwnica-Worms went 3 for 4 with a triple, homer, three runs and three RBI as Duke evened its ACC series with North Carolina. The Blue Devils (1-1, 10-4) led 7-6 before exploding for eight runs in the bottom of the sixth, the big blow being a three-run homer from Lemmerman. Joe Pedevellano added four hits, and Jeremy Gould and Ryan McCurdy each drove in two for Duke. Tommy Coyle and Levi Michael each had three hits and two RBI for the Tar Heels (1-1, 12-3).


No. 17 East Carolina 3, Pepperdine 2
In Malibu, Calif., Seth Maness (2-2) set a career high with 11 strikeouts as East Carolina salvaged the finale of its three-game series at Pepperdine. The Pirates (8-6) took an early 2-0 lead on the bat of Kyle Roller, who swatted a first-inning two-run bomb. The Waves’ Michael Bywater (1-2) fanned 10 batters of his own in eight innings. Pepperdine (6-9) leveled out the bout at two-all with two third-inning singles. ECU’s Devin Harris pushed across the winning run in the fourth inning on a groundout double play. Closer Seth Simmons notched his fourth save.

No. 19 Rice 26, California 11
In Houston, the Owls unloaded on the Golden Bears with a 12-run bottom of the sixth and six-run seventh and eight innings. California (9-4) was up 7-2 heading into the sixth, but would give up 24 runs over the next three innings. Anthony Rendon went 3 for 5 for Rice (9-7), plating eight runs with a three-run homer and a grand slam in the seventh and eighth innings. Rick Hague reached base seven times, batting 4 for 4 with three RBI. Cal cycled through seven arms but to no avail. The Owls’ Tyler Duffey (2-0) earned the win in relief while Daniel Wolford (0-1) was stamped with his first loss. Golden Bears’ first baseman Mark Canha went 3 for 5 with a pair of runs batted in.


No. 20 Oklahoma 11, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 2

In Corpus Christi, Texas, Bobby Shore allowed one run in seven innings as Oklahoma defeated Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the Whataburger Collegiate Classic. Shore (3-0) allowed six hits and one walk with five strikeouts as the Sooners (15-1) won for the 10th straight time. OU blew the game open in the middle innings, scoring four in the fourth and two in both the fifth and sixth. The Islanders (7-6) got a sacrifice fly in the first before Cameron Seitzer homered to lead off the second for the Sooners. Garrett Buechele (3 for 5, 3 RBI) had a two-run single in the four-run fourth for OU. Caleb Bushyhead had two hits and two runs for the Sooners. Weston Montgomery had two hits for the Islanders.


USC 3, Hawaii 1

In Honolulu, Ben Mount went the distance as USC got by Hawaii in front of a sellout crowd of 4,598 at Les Murakami Stadium. Mount (2-1) allowed five hits and one run with no walks and eight strikeouts. Sam Spangler (1-3) fanned 11 in 6.2 innings for the Rainbows (7-7) with seven hits, two earned runs and no walks. Matt Foat (2 for 4) had an RBI single in the first for the Trojans (7-8). David Freitas (2 for 3), singled and scored in the fifth as Hawaii tied it at one. Foat tripled and scored in seventh, and Cade Kreuter (2 for 3) singled and scored later in the frame to give USC a 3-1 advantage.


Southern Miss 6, Missouri State 0

In Hattiesburg, Miss., Scott Copeland tossed a three-hitter as Southern Miss blanked Missouri State in front of 3,252 fans at Pete Taylor Park. Copeland (3-0) did not walk a batter and fanned eighth. Copeland needed only 98 pitches in the 1:54 gem. The Golden Eagles (9-4) scored four in the first and single runs in the fifth and seventh. Kameron Brunty and Taylor Walker both had two hits and two runs. Adam Doleac and Anthony Doss both knocked in a pair. Kevin Medrano, Christian Overstreet and Barrett Noirfalise each had a hit for the Bears (4-9).


Cal State Fullerton 4, San Diego 2

In San Diego, Noe Ramirez fanned seven in eight innings as Cal State Fullerton defeated San Diego in the Aztec Invitational at USD’s Cunningham Stadium. Ramirez (2-1) allowed three hits, one walk and two runs as the Titans (6-7) won consecutive game for the first time this season. Nick Ramirez gave up one hit in the ninth and struck out two for his second save. Tyler Pill had a two-run homer in the second for Fullerton. Christian Colon singled and scored in the third, and Carlos Lopez had a double and scored in the fifth as the Titans built a 4-0 lead. Victor Sanchez had a two-run homer in the seventh for the Toreros (8-8). Colon and Lopez both finished with two hits and one run.


Nicholls State 12, Lamar 4

In Thibodaux, La., Adam Miley homered and drove in four as Nicholls State used an eight-run eighth to pull away from Lamar at Ray E. Didier Field, clinching its Southland Conference series victory. The Colonels (2-0, 11-3), picked to finish last in the Southland, stretched their win streak to 11, one away from their longest in 24 years. The Cardinals (0-2, 11-4) got a three-run homer from Anthony Moore in the seventh to tie the score at 3-3. Keith Kulbeth had an RBI single in the bottom of the frame to put Nicholls ahead to stay. Miley homered to spark the eight-run eighth and capped it with an RBI single. Ben Faulk added a two-run homer in the eighth for the Colonels.


Hartford 12-9, UCF 11-22

In Orlando, Fla., Chris Duffy homered three times and drove in 10 as UCF split a doubleheader with Hartford. Duffy went deep in the fifth in the opener, but the Hawks (2-1) scored six in the sixth and three in the eighth to claim victory. Mike Amendola (4 for 6, 1 HR, 4 RBI) and Andy Drezel (2 for 5, 1 HR, 4 RBI) led the Hartford offense. Duffy had two hits and knocked in three for the Knights (8-7). UCF scored 10 in the first in the nightcap to take control. Duffy had a two-run shot in the third and a three-run blast in the fifth. He went 3 for 4 with three runs and seven RBI. Chris Taladay went 8 for 10 on the day for the Knights with eight runs and three RBI.


Stephen F. Austin 20, Central Arkansas 10

In Conway, Ark., Stephen F. Austin scored in each of the first eight innings and set a school record with 25 hits in outscoring Central Arkansas in Southland Conference action at Bear Stadium. Darren Crabtree went 6 for 6 with eight RBI to set a record for most hits in a game for the Lumberjacks (2-0, 10-4). His big blow was a grand slam in the fifth against the Bears (0-2, 4-10).


(O'Connor and Smith photos by Jimmy Jones)

(Boyd photo by Ethan Erickson)