March 16, 2010

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Florida defeats Florida State in Gainesville

Fordham surprises Miami (Fla.), Virginia tops William and Mary


In Gainesville, Fla., No. 6 Florida State was held to one hit over the final seven innings as No. 8 Florida won 8-5 Tuesday evening in front of a season-high crowd of 4,773 at McKethan Stadium. Nick Maronde (1-0) tossed two hitless, scoreless innings to earn the victory. Kevin Chapman pitched the final three innings for his third save. Mike McGee had a three-run homer in the top of the first for the Seminoles (13-3) before the Gators (13-3) answered in the bottom of the frame on a two-run shot by Josh Adams. FSU added two runs in the second for a 5-2 advantage. Preston Tucker (right) went deep in the third for UF, his second homer in as many days. Austin Maddox had a sacrifice fly to cap a three-run third, putting the Gators on top 6-5. Florida added single runs in the fifth and seventh to complete the scoring. Tucker finished with two hits and four RBI, while Adams had two hits and three RBI.


Fordham 4, No. 13 Miami (Fla.) 3

In Coral Gables, Fla., Angelo Ponte had two hits and three RBI to lead Fordham past Miami (Fla.) at Alex Rodriguez Park. Ponte had a two-run single in a three-run second and added an RBI base hit in the third. The Hurricanes scored twice in the first and Chris Pelaez had a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the third to complete the scoring. Brian Pendergast (1-1) earned the win, allowing four hits and two earned runs in five innings with six walks and three strikeouts. Brando Casalicchio got the final two outs for his second save. E.J. Encinosa and Eric Whaley combined to throw 6.2 perfect innings in relief for Miami. The ‘Canes had their leadoff man reach base in seven of nine innings, but stranded eight runners. Stephen Perez had two hits and two runs for Miami.


No. 1 Virginia 9, William and Mary 1

In Charlottesville, Va., Will Roberts and two relievers combined to hold William and Mary to one run as Virginia was victorious at Davenport Stadium. Roberts (2-0) allowed four hits and one run in six innings with five walks and eight strikeouts to claim the win. Chad O’Connor and Shane Halley combined to retire the final nine hitters. The Cavaliers (13-3) scored in each of the first five innings. Dan Grovatt went 3 for 3 with a double and two RBI, while John Barr went 3 for 4 with two RBI. Derrick Osteen drew a one-out walk and scored on a groundout in the top of the first for the Tribe (9-6). Virginia scored single runs in each of the first four innings, and Tyler Cannon’s two-run triple highlighted a five-run fifth.


No. 2 Arizona State 6, Cal State Fullerton 5

In Fullerton, Calif., Riccio Torrez had a two-run single in a three-run fifth to help Arizona State get by Cal State Fullerton at Goodwin Field. Tyler Pill had an RBI single in a two-run second for the Titans (7-8). The Sun Devils (16-0) got a run-scoring single from Zack MacPhee in the top of the third to pull to within one. Carlos Lopez went deep in the bottom of the frame for Fullerton to make it 3-1. Zach Wilson’s sacrifice fly in the top of the fourth again narrowed the margin to one. Austin Kingsolver had an RBI double in the bottom of the stanza to put the Titans on top 4-2. The two-run single by Torrez capped the three-run fifth as ASU took a 5-4 lead. Xorge Carrillo had a run-scoring double in the eighth to give the Sun Devils a two-run cushion before Pill’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the frame again made it a one-run contest. Nick Ramirez finished with three hits for Fullerton.


No. 3 Georgia Tech 6, Georgia 5

In Atlanta, Jacob Esch coaxed a bases-loaded walk to snap a 5-5 tie in the bottom of the eighth as Georgia Tech edged Georgia in front of 2,856 fans at Russ Chandler Stadium. The Yellow Jackets (14-1) used homers by Jeff Rowland, Tony Plagman and Jay Dantzler to build a 4-0 lead before the Bulldogs (8-9) plated two in the sixth and three in the seventh to take a 5-4 lead. Cole Leonida had an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to knot the score at five. Tech used a hit batsman and two walks to load the bases in the eighth with no outs. After a pair of strikeouts, Esch walked to force in the go-ahead run. Andrew Robinson (2-0) pitched a perfect ninth to secure the victory. Zach Cone drove in three and Peter Verdin knocked in two for Georgia.


No. 20 Rice 10, No. 4 Texas 6

In Houston, Craig Manuel had three hits and three RBI to lead Rice past Texas in front of 5,469 fans at Reckling Park. Steven Sultzbaugh had a three-run homer in the third that put the Owls (11-7) ahead for good. Anthony Rendon went deep in the fifth for Rice. Jordan Etier (3 for 5, 4 RBI) homered in the third for the Longhorns (13-4). Jonathan Walsh had three hits and two runs for Texas.


No. 7 TCU 6, Oral Roberts 4

In Tulsa, Okla., TCU fought back from a 4-0 deficit to defeat Oral Roberts at J.L Johnson Stadium. Tyler Saladino had a three-run homer in a four-run first for the Golden Eagles (5-7). Aaron Schultz had a sacrifice fly to cap a five-run third as the Horned Frogs (13-2) took a 5-4 advantage. Pena was hit by a pitch and scored on a wild pitch in the eighth for an insurance run for TCU. Jason Coats had two hits, one run and one RBI for the Frogs. Joey Winiecki had two hits and a run for ORU.


Charlotte 11, No. 9 Clemson 10

In Charlotte, N.C., Zane Williams had a bases-clearing double with two outs in the bottom of the eighth to lift Charlotte over Clemson at Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium. Cory Tilton had a two-run triple in a five-run second for the 49ers (8-4). Kyle Parker’s two-run homer sparked a five-run fourth for the Tigers (13-2). John Hinson had a three-run blast in a four-run eighth as Clemson took a 10-8 lead. Charlotte used a single, a walk and a hit batsman to load the bases in the eighth before the double by Williams put the home team on top by one. Williams drove in four and Justin Roland knocked in three for the 49ers. Parker scored three for the Tigers.


No. 10 Louisville 7, Xavier 4

In Louisville, Ky., Adam Duvall had two home runs and Cade Stallings drove in four as Louisville topped Xavier in front of a season-high crowd of 2,344 at Jim Patterson Stadium. The game started at noon on Elementary School Day. Phil Bauer had an RBI single in a two-run second for the Musketeers (2-13). Duvall had a two-run homer and Stallings added a two-run double in the third for the Cardinals (15-1). John McCambridge had a run-scoring single in the top of the fifth to pull Xavier within one at 4-3. Stallings ripped another two-run single in the bottom of the frame and Duvall went deep again in the sixth as Louisville led 7-3. Ryan Bellamy (2 for 4, 2 R) doubled and scored in the seventh for the Musketeers to complete the scoring.


College of Charleston 5, No. 11 Coastal Carolina 4

In Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Justin Brewer’s sacrifice fly in the seventh was the difference as College of Charleston nipped Coastal Carolina at Patriots Point. Jose Rodriguez and Baker Knox had back-to-back homers in a four-run second for the Cougars (13-5). The Chanticleers (15-3) scored one in the fourth and three in the fifth to even the score. Rodriguez had a leadoff double in the seventh, moved to third on a single by Knox and came home on Brewer’s sac fly. Knox finished with three hits, while Rodriguez had two hits and two runs. Jose Iglesias homered for Coastal.


No. 16 Oklahoma 4, Massachusetts 2

In Norman, Okla., Max White had three hits, including a double, one run and one RBI as Oklahoma topped Massachusetts at Dale Mitchell Park. Chris Ellison scored twice for the Sooners (16-2). Caleb Bushyhead went deep for OU. Eric Fredette had two hits and a run for the Minutemen (0-5). Peter Copa homered for UMass.


Western Kentucky 17, No. 17 Vanderbilt 2

In Nashville, Tenn., Brian Edelen allowed three hits in six scoreless innings, and Kes Carter and Matt Rice both had grand slams as WKU thumped Vanderbilt. Edelen (2-0) walked three and struck out three. Carter’s second-inning slam gave the Hilltoppers (13-4) a 7-0 lead. Rice (4 for 6, 5 RBI) hit his slam in the ninth to complete the scoring for WKU. The Commodores (14-2) posted single runs in the eighth and ninth. Jared Andreoli scored five for the Hilltoppers. Drew Fann and Anthony Gomez both knocked in runs for Vandy.


No. 18 North Carolina 25, Princeton 1

In Chapel Hill, N.C., Brian Goodwin went 3 for 3 with three RBI to lead North Carolina over Princeton at Boshamer Stadium. Goodwin walked four times to reach base seven times, believed to be a Tar Heel record. Goodwin had three doubles for UNC (13-4). Tommy Coyle had four hits, including a home run. Levi Michael and Jesse Wierzbicki both had three hits and three RBI. The Tar Heels posted eight in the first and never looked back. Garrett Davis (2-1) earned the win, allowing two hits and one run in five innings with six strikeouts. Sam Mulroy had a leadoff triple in the fourth for the Tigers (1-7) and scored on a groundout by John Mishu.


No. 19 Ole Miss 17, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 1

In Oxford, Miss., Taylor Hashman went 3 for 4 with six RBI and six runs, a school record, as Ole Miss mashed UAPB at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field. The Rebels (13-4) had 14 hits and drew 14 walks. Matt Smith (3 for 5, 2 R) and David Phillips (2 for 3) both drove in three for Ole Miss. The Rebels scored five in the first, one in the second and four in the third to take control. Hinton Huckabee had two hits for the Golden Lions (3-8).


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