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Gentzler, Terps trump
Rupp rips three-run homer in ninth for
Texas, Arkansas wins at LSU
In College Park, Md., Dan Gentzler went 2 for 4
with a pair of homers, three runs and four RBI and picked up his
fourth save as Maryland upended No. 3 Georgia Tech 5-2 in the
ACC Friday night at Shipley Field. Gentzler blasted a three-run
homer off Deck McGuire (3-1), who allowed five runs (two earned)
in eight innings. Jon Wilson added a RBI single to make it 4-1
in the fourth. Brett Harman (3-2) made the lead stick,
scattering seven hits, allowing two earned runs and striking out
eight in eight innings for the Terrapins (2-2, 8-10). Derek
Dietrich went 2 for 4 with his second homer for the Yellow
Jackets (3-1, 14-2).
No. 4 Texas 6, Nebraska 5
In Austin, Texas, Cameron Rupp ripped a
game-winning three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth as Texas
rallied to beat Nebraska in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
The Longhorns (1-0, 14-4) trailed 5-3 with two outs in the ninth
when Jordan Weymouth delivered a pinch-hit double. Kevin Keyes
walked before Rupp hit the first offering from Kurt Giller down
the right-field line for the game-winning home run. Chance
Ruffin (3-1) earned the win with 1.2 innings of hitless relief
of Taylor Jungmann, who was tagged for five earned in 7.1
innings. Adam Bailey went 3 for 4 with a homer, two runs and two
RBI, and Cody Asche went 3 for 4 with three RBI for the
Cornhuskers (0-1, 8-8).
No. 14 Arkansas 6, No. 5 LSU 3
In Baton Rouge, La., Brett Eibner homered twice
to power Arkansas past LSU in the SEC opener at Alex Box
Stadium. Eibner’s first two-run blast followed an Andy Wilkins
two-run bomb in the fourth as the Razorbacks (1-0, 13-3) took a
4-2 lead. Eibner added another two-run dinger in the seventh.
James McCann had three hits and a run for Arkansas. Matt Gaudet
had a two-run homer in the second and a sacrifice fly in the
ninth for the Tigers (0-1, 14-3). Tyler Hanover also had three
hits and a run for LSU.
No. 6 Florida State 4, No. 18 North Carolina 3
In Chapel Hill, N.C., Jayce Boyd went 2 for 4
with two runs and an RBI as Florida State (2-2, 14-3) edged
North Carolina (1-3, 14-5) with a late-game comeback in their
ACC series opener. North Carolina jumped out to an early lead
when Jesse Wierzbicki hit a two-RBI single during the first
inning. During the seventh, Ryan Graepel increased the Tar
Heels’ lead with a sacrifice fly that brought Levi Michael home.
Mike McGee’s single in the eighth gave the Seminoles two runs –
one earned and one unearned – and made the score 3-2. Boyd tied
the game with an RBI double in the ninth and scored the
game-winning run on a wild pitch. Scott Sitz (1-0) earned the
win and McGee earned the save (1) after they each pitched one
No. 1 Virginia 7, Boston College 1
In Charlottesville, Va., Danny Hultzen pitched a
career-high eight innings, striking out 12, walking one, and
allowing three hits and one run in Virginia’s (3-1, 15-3)
series-opening ACC win against Boston College (1-3, 7-10). Phil
Gosselin’s two-RBI single was a key part of the Cavaliers’
strong start –six runs during the second and third innings.
Jarrett Parker was also an important contributor for the
Cavaliers, going 2 for 4 with two runs and an RBI. John Spatola
saved the Eagles from a shutout with a solo home run during the
No. 2 Arizona State 10, Houston 1
In Tempe, Ariz., Seth Blair pitched seven strong
innings as Arizona State won its series opener against Houston
in front of a season-high crowd of 4,275 at Winkles
Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark. Blair (3-0) allowed
five hits and one run with eight strikeouts. Kole Calhoun and
Zack MacPhee both had two hits and four RBI for the Sun Devils
(18-0). MacPhee’s two-run homer in the first put ASU on top to
stay. MacPhee added an RBI single in the fifth and drew a
bases-loaded walk to ignite a six-run sixth. Calhoun followed
with a grand slam and Riccio Torrez went deep to make it 9-0.
The Cougars (9-7) got a homer by Caleb Ramsey in the seventh for
their lone run. Blake Kelso had two hits for Houston.
No. 7 TCU 11-4, BYU 3-5
In Fort Worth, Texas, TCU and BYU split a
doubleheader at Lupton Stadium, giving the Horned Frogs the
Mountain West series victory. Brance Rivera had three hits and
three RBI in the opener, and Matt Purke (3-0) matched his career
high with eight strikeouts in seven innings for TCU (2-1, 15-3).
Alex Wolfe had a two-run double in the sixth for the Cougars
(1-2, 8-11). In the nightcap, Jonathan Cluff had two hits and
scored three as BYU rallied from an early 4-0 deficit. Dane
Nielsen had two hits and knocked in a pair for the Cougars.
Bryan Holaday and Jason Coats both had two hits and a run for
No. 8 Florida 7, Mississippi State 2
In Gainesville, Fla., Preston Tucker was 2 for 4
with two runs and an RBI to lead Florida (1-0, 14-3) to a
series-opening SEC victory against Mississippi State (0-1,
11-7). Austin Maddox’s two-RBI double during the first inning
gave the Gators an early lead, but Nick Vickerson cut the lead
in half when he hit a solo home run for the Bulldogs in the
third. Tucker answered in the sixth with a solo home run of his
own, and the Gators scored four more times that inning to give
themselves a decisive 7-1 lead. The Bulldogs got their second
run from Wes Pigpen, who led off the eighth inning with a solo
home run. Alex Panteliodis (5-0) picked up a win after he struck
out three, walked one, and allowed four hits and two runs.
No. 9 Clemson 3, Virginia Tech 0
In Clemson, S.C., Casey Harman and David Haselden
combined on the one-hitter as Clemson blanked Virginia Tech in
the ACC series opener in front of 3,852 fans at Doug Kingsmore
Stadium. Harman (4-0) matched his career high of 7.1 innings. He
allowed one single with three walks and four strikeouts.
Haselden got the final five outs for his first save. Will Lamb
doubled and scored in the third for the Tigers (4-0, 15-2). John
Hinson drew a bases-loaded walk in the sixth and Lamb did the
same in the seventh for Clemson. Sean Ryan had a base hit in the
sixth for the Hokies (2-2, 13-6). Austin Wates reached four
times for Tech as he drew two walks and was plunked twice.
No. 10 Louisville 11, Ball State 7
In Louisville, Ky., Phil Wunderlich went 4 for 5
with two homers, three runs and four RBI as Louisville slipped
past Ball State. Ryan Wright contributed three hits - including
his eighth homer - three runs and two RBI, and Stewart Ijames
homered and drove in two for the Cardinals (16-1). Kolbrin Vitek
and Ian Nielsen each had two hits and two RBI for Ball State
No. 11 Coastal Carolina 7, Charleston Southern
In Charleston, S.C., the Chanticleers (1-0, 16-3) slid past
Charleston Southern (0-1, 8-11), scoring five late runs in the
final two innings in the Big South opener for both teams.
Coastal’s Steve Davis scored a pair of go-ahead runs to sum up a
comeback from 5-2. Ryan Connolly earned his second win in two
scoreless innings; starter Cody Wheeler tallied 12 strikeouts in
seven innings. Rico Noel plated two in his 2-for-5 performance.
Patrick Dolan suffered his second loss, allowing four earned
runs in just 1.1 innings of relief.
No. 12 UCLA 20, Oral Roberts 4
In Los Angeles, Dean Espy went 4 for 4 with four
RBI as UCLA registered a season-high 23 hits in the
series-opening win over Oral Roberts at Steele Field at Jackie
Robinson Stadium. Tyler Rahmatulla (2 for 3, 2 R, 4 RBI) homered
for the Bruins (14-0). Steve Rodriguez (2 for 3, 3 RBI) scored
four for the Bruins. After the Golden Eagles (5-8) scored in the
top of the first, UCLA answered with nine in the bottom of the
frame, keyed by Rahmatulla’s three-run homer. UCLA added two in
the second and five in the third (two-run single by Rodriguez,
three-run homer by Espy) to make it 16-1. Tyler Saladino went 4
for 4 for ORU with a double, a homer and two RBI. Justin
Mitchell also had two hits for the Eagles.
No 13 Miami (Fla.) 3, Duke 1
In Durham, N.C., lefty Chris Hernandez punched in his first
complete game, leading the Hurricanes to an ACC victory over
Duke (2-2, 12-5). Hernandez allowed a lone earned run on two
hits, while fanning six Blue Devils. Miami (3-1, 12-5) opened
the scoring in the third inning as Zeke DeVoss plated Scott
Lawson on a single. DeVoss would later take home plate as the
Hurricanes executed a double steal from the corners. Harold
Martinez sealed the deal with an eight-inning homer. Jacob
Lemmerman plated Duke’s lone run in the bottom of the third win
an RBI double.
No. 15 Oregon State 18, Maine 3
In Corvallis, Ore., Stefen Romero and Matt Boyd
went deep as Oregon State won the opener of its four-game series
with Maine at Goss Stadium. Romero (1 for 3, 2 R, 2 RBI) had a
two-run blast in the first and Boyd (2 for 4, 2 R, 3 RBI) added
a solo shot in the seventh. Danny Hayes (3 for 4, 3 R, 3 RBI)
had three hits in his first career start for the Beavers (11-3).
Jared Norris (1 for 3, 2 R) also knocked in three for OSU, which
scored six in the first and five in the third to take control.
Ian Leisenheimer and Taylor Lewis both had two hits for the
Black Bears (7-9).
No. 16 Oklahoma 7, Baylor 6
In Norman, Okla., Jeremy Erben allowed two hits
over the final three innings with three strikeouts for his first
save as Oklahoma held off Baylor in the Big 12 opener at L. Dale
Mitchell Park. Chris Ellison had a two-run homer in a five-run
second as the Sooners (1-0, 18-2) erased an early 3-0 deficit.
Caleb Bushyhead also went deep in the second for OU. Landis Ware
had a two-run dinger in the fourth for the Bears (0-1, 11-7).
Alabama 4, No. 17 Vanderbilt 1
In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Adam Morgan allowed one run
in 6.2 innings as Alabama held down Vanderbilt in SEC action at
Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Morgan (3-0) held the top hitting team in
the SEC to six hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Jake
Smith (2 for 4, 1 HR) and Brock Bennett (2 for 3, 2 RBI) led the
offense for the Crimson Tide (1-0, 15-1). Smith homered in the
fourth and Bennett added a two-run double. Anthony Gomez (2 for
3) had an RBI double in the seventh for the Commodores (0-1,
No. 19 Ole Miss 9, Kentucky 0
In Lexington, Ky., David Phillips went 3 for 4
with three RBI and a walk in Ole Miss’ (1-0, 14-4) SEC shutout
of Kentucky (0-1, 14-4). Taylor Hashman began the Rebels’
scoring with a solo home run to lead off the fourth inning. Matt
Snyder hit a two-RBI single in the seventh that put the Rebels
up 7-0 and scored their final run later that inning. Three
Wildcats stole second base – Taylor Black after a walk, Andy
Burns after a walk and Keenan Wiley after a single – but all
three were left on base. Drew Pomeranz (3-0) struck out nine,
walked two and allowed one hit in six shutout innings to earn
the win. Eric Callender picked up a save (3) with three
strikeouts, two walks and one hit allowed in three shutout
San Diego 6, No. 20 Rice 4
In San Diego, James Meador went 3 for 4 with a
double, two runs and three RBI, and Kyle Blair struck out eight
over 7.2 innings as San Diego topped Rice. The Toreros (10-9)
touched Taylor Wall for six hits and six runs (five earned) in
4.2 innings in building a 6-2 lead. Tony Strazzara had two hits
and two runs for San Diego. Jeremy Rathjen entered the game as a
defensive replacement and had two hits and two RBI to lead the
Davidson 12, Furman 9
In Greenville, S.C., Davidson scored 11 over the
final two innings to rally past Furman in Southern Conference
action at Latham Stadium. Trailing 8-1 after seven, the Wildcats
(3-1, 12-6) tallied four in the eighth and seven in the ninth.
Drew Gadaire had an RBI single in the four-run eighth, and
Andrew Barna’s two-run single gave Davidson the lead in the
ninth. Tommy Piacenza added a two-run single later in the frame.
Danny Weiss and Michael Zeblo both had three hits for the
Wildcats. Aaron Thompkins had two hits, including a homer, and
two RBI for the Paladins (1-3, 6-11).
Monmouth 11, East Carolina 9
In Greenville, N.C., Monmouth (3-4) took its first win of
the weekend over East Carolina (9-8) with a six-run sixth-inning
rally. The Hawks jumped out to an early 2-0, while also serving
the Pirate pitching relief with seven runs. Mike Casale was 2
for 3 with an RBI. On the mound for Monmouth, Nick Meyers
improved to 2-0 in five innings of work and Neil Harm earned his
first save, stifling a last-inning comeback attempt by ECU.
Despite his second loss of the season, Kevin Brandt (1-2) fanned
a game-high seven for ECU. Jared Avchen was 3 for 5 with a home
run and four RBI.