March 15, 2010

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Yale uses three home runs to outscore Indiana

Tucker homers as Florida stops Army, Virginia Tech's Smalling hits for cycle


In Winter Haven, Fla., Trey Rallis went 3 for 3 with a homer and three RBI as Yale knocked off Indiana 10-6 Monday at Chain of Lakes Stadium. Trygg Larsson-Danforth (right) and Andrew Kolmar also went deep as the Bulldogs (6-2-1) built a 9-0 lead after three. Alex Dickerson had two doubles and three RBI for the Hoosiers (5-9).


No. 8 Florida 9, Army 3

In Gainesville, Fla., Preston Tucker homered and drove in three as Florida topped Army at McKethan Stadium. Austin Maddox had two hits and two RBI for the Gators (5-4). Anthony DeSclafani (2-1) pitched 5.2 innings with six hits, two runs, no walks and three strikeouts to earn the victory. Jeff Barfield worked the final 3.1 innings with three hits, one run, one walk and one strikeout for his second save. Matt den Dekker had a leadoff homer in the first for UF. Ben Koenigsfeld had two hits, including a home run in the second, and two RBI for the Black Knights (5-4).


Virginia Tech 22, Columbia 10

In Blacksburg, Va., Tim Smalling hit for the cycle, going 5 for 5 with five runs and four RBI, as Virginia Tech topped Columbia at English Field. The Hokies (12-4) scored in seven of their eight at-bats, including nine in the sixth to break a 10-10 deadlock. Steve Domecus (4 for 5, 1 HR, 3 R, 2 RBI), Austin Wates (4 for 4, 2 2B, 1 HR, 5 R, 4 RBI), Buddy Sosnoskie (3 for 5, 1 HR, 3 R, 2 RBI) and Michael Seaborn (3 for 6, 1 R, 5 RBI) sparked the Tech offense. Nick Cox (2 for 4, 3 RBI) and Alexander Aurrichio (2 for 4, 2 RBI) both homered for the Lions (2-5).


Princeton 8, UNC Greensboro 7 (12)

In Greensboro, N.C., Matt Bowman pitched seven hitless innings of relief and had the game-winning single in the top of the 12th as Princeton outlasted UNC Greensboro. Bowman (1-1) took the mound in the sixth with the Tigers (1-6) down 7-6. He fanned five and walked three over the next seven innings to earn the victory. Andrew Whitener doubled and scored on Brandon Englert’s sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth to even the score at seven. Nate Baird (3 for 5, 3 R) had a one-out single in the top of the 12th for Princeton. He stole second, moved to third on a groundout and scored on Bowman’s base hit. Jon Broscious had two hits, including a homer, and knocked in two for the Tigers. Lloyd Enzor had three hits and two RBI for the Spartans (9-5).


Murray State 7, Kentucky 5

In Lexington, Ky., Wes Cunningham drove in four as Murray State defeated Kentucky in front of 1,385 fans at Cliff Hagan Stadium. Cunningham’s three-run homer in the third gave the Thoroughbreds (7-8) a 4-1 lead. Cunningham added a run-scoring single to cap a three-run fourth. The Wildcats (13-3) got solo homers from Braden Kapetyn, Chad Wright and Gunner Glad to stay close. Dan Huff (1-2) allowed four runs over eight innings with six strikeouts to earn the victory. Chris Craycraft loaded the bases to start the ninth with two walks and a base hit. Chris Bisson had a pinch-hit RBI single to make it 7-5. Craycraft got a chopper to Cunningham at first, who stepped on the bag and fired home. Catcher Jason Laws blocked the plate and tagged the runner out to complete the double play. A fly out to left ended the contest. Wright and Glad both finished with three hits for Kentucky.


USC 9, Hawaii 0

In Honolulu, Chad Smith and two relievers combined on the three-hit shutout as USC blanked Hawaii to take three of four in their series. Smith (1-2) allowed two hits and two walks in six innings with eight strikeouts. Brandon Garcia (1 H, 1 BB, 3 K) worked two innings and Shuhei Fujiya pitched a perfect ninth to preserve the shutout. Ricky Oropesa (1 for 4, 1 HR, 2 R) and Matt Hart (2 for 4) both drove in three for the Trojans (9-8). Alex Sherrod and Taylor Wrenn both had three hits for USC. Greg Garcia had a double for the Rainbows (7-9).


Gonzaga 9, BYU 7

In Spokane, Wash., Mark Castellitto and Ernest Ortiz both homered as Gonzaga defeated BYU in its home opener at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. Ortiz had three hits and four RBI for the Bulldogs (8-7). Castellitto’s leadoff homer sparked a five-run third to give Gonzaga a 6-1 lead. Ortiz added a three-run homer in the seventh to push the advantage to 9-1. The Cougars (6-9) scored one in the eighth and five in the ninth to make it close. Bryce Ayoso (2 for 4, 2 R) and Chase Frampton (2 for 4) both drove in three for BYU.


Navy 8-5, Iona 5-2

In Annapolis, Md., Mike Hoosier and Matthew Curley both had three hits as Navy swept a doubleheader from Iona at Terwilliger Brothers Field at Max Bishop Stadium. Hoosier had a double, a triple, three runs and two steals. Curley had a double, two runs and five RBI. The Gaels (4-5) led 4-0 after two in the opener before the Midshipmen (12-3) answered with six over the next two innings. Curley had a two-run single in the third and Nick Driscoll’s two-run base hit keyed a four-run fourth. Nick Rossetti had two hits and two RBI for Iona. In game 2, the Gaels got a run in the top of the first before Curley doubled and scored in the bottom of the frame, and his sacrifice fly capped a two-run second for Navy. Dean Dignelli had two hits and one RBI for Iona.


Akron 12, Hartford 8

In Winter Haven, Fla., Drew Turocy went 4 for 6 with two runs and pitched the final 2.2 innings as Akron outscored Hartford at Chain of Lake Stadium. Turocy allowed three hits and no runs with one walk and three strikeouts. Sam Watkins had a double and three RBI for the Zips (8-6), which scored single runs in the first and fourth before putting up four in the fifth, three in the seventh and three in the ninth. Brian Kordal had two doubles, three runs and a sacrifice fly for Akron. The Hawks (2-3) tallied one in the second and exploded for seven in the seventh. Simon Kudernatsch had two hits and two RBI for Hartford.


UMBC 10, Long Island 5

In Auburndale, Fla., Bryan Russo belted a grand slam as UMBC doubled up Long Island for its first win. Michael Pesci had a two-run double in the third and scored to give the Retrievers (1-6) a 3-2 lead. Rick Phillips knocked in a pair with a base hit in the seventh to push the lead to three. Pesci followed with a single before Russo’s slam made it 10-2. Drew Walsh had a two-run homer in a three-run ninth for the Blackbirds (1-9).


Bucknell 19, North Dakota State 5

In Lakeland, Fla., Andrew Brouse went 3 for 3 with a homer and four RBI as Bucknell battered North Dakota State in a battle of Bison at Henley Field. Ben Yoder added a grand slam and knocked in five for Bucknell (7-6). Bucknell got a single run in the first. B.J. LaRosa had a two-run double before Brouse’s three-run blast in a six-run second. Yoder’s slam came in a five-run third as Bucknell led 12-0. Dylan Seeley (2-2) allowed four hits and one run in six innings with no walks and three strikeouts to earn the win. Justin Kline had three hits and one RBI for NDSU (3-7), while Nic Obey added two hits and two RBI.


North Dakota State 12, Nebraska-Omaha 11

In Auburndale, Fla., North Dakota State scored 10 in the top of the ninth to storm past Nebraska-Omaha. Pinch-hitter Zach Heidmann had a two-run single to start the rally and his second single plated Tyler Steen with the eventual game-winner. Anthony Kliniske worked through a leadoff walk in the bottom of the ninth to record his first save. Tyler Splichal went 3 for 4 with a double and three runs for UNO (11-4), while Jake Benne was 3 for 3 with three RBI.


Gardner-Webb 9, Harvard 0

In Forest City, N.C., Michael Hanzlik tossed a one-hitter as Gardner-Webb blanked Harvard at McNair Field. Hanzlik (1-1) allowed a leadoff single in the second and then retired 21 straight hitters before hitting Kyle Larrow with one out in the ninth. Hanzlik struck out five and set a school record with a nine-inning pitch count of 87. The previous best was 90 by Joey Slak in 2004 against Maryland. O.J. McFarland had a two-run single in the first for the Bulldogs (7-10). Aaron Miller had a grand slam in the sixth that pushed the lead to 8-0. Daniel Merck went 4 for 4 with two doubles, four runs and one RBI. Miller had two hits and drove in six. Marcus Way had the lone hit for the Crimson (3-4).


Mars Hill 7, UNC Asheville 1

In Asheville, N.C., Adam Lewis had two doubles among his four hits as Mars Hill handled UNC Asheville at Greenwood Field. Lewis had an RBI single in a three-run third for the Lions (15-7). Mars Hill added three in the eighth and one in the ninth. Derrick Hopkins had a pinch-hit RBI single in the bottom of the ninth for the Bulldogs (4-8). Cody Buch had two hits with a double for UNCA.


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