March 19, 2010

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Gentzler, Terps trump Tech

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 hitless inning.


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 seventh inning.


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 the Frogs.


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 (5-12).


No. 11 Coastal Carolina 7, Charleston Southern 5
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, 15-3).


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 innings.


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 Owls (11-8).


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.