March 21, 2010

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Mahtook, Watkins help LSU win SEC series from Arkansas

Florida State takes ACC series from UNC, Virginia sweeps Boston College


In Baton Rouge, La., Mikie Mahtook and Trey Watkins both homered as No. 5 LSU secured its SEC series win over No. 14 Arkansas with a 5-1 victory Sunday at Alex Box Stadium. Chris Matulis (3-0) allowed five hits and one run in 5.1 innings with a career-high six strikeouts to earn the victory. Matt Gaudet had an RBI single in the fourth to start the scoring for the Tigers (2-1, 16-3). Mahtook went deep in the fifth to make it 2-0. Brett Eibner homered in the top of the sixth for the Razorbacks (1-2, 13-5) before Watkins had a dinger in the bottom of the frame for a 3-1 advantage. Leon Landry and Austin Nola had run-scoring singles in the seventh for LSU to complete the scoring. Landry, Tyler Hanover and Wet Delatte each had two hits for the Tigers. Eibner and Collin Kuhn both had two hits for Arkansas.


No. 6 Florida State 5, No. 18 North Carolina 3

In Chapel Hill, N.C., Stephen Cardullo went 3 for 5 with one hit, one run and one stolen base to lead Florida State (3-3, 15-4) as it won the rubber match in its ACC series against North Carolina (2-4, 15-6). The Tar Heels scored all their runs off of Dillon Hazlett’s three-RBI double during the second. Down 3-1 after seven innings, the Seminoles tied the score in the eighth when Sherman Johnson hit a solo home run and Sean Gilmartin hit an RBI double. Cardullo scored the game-winning run in the ninth when James Ramsey hit an RBI single. Brian Busch (3-0) picked up the win by striking out three, walking one and allowing one hit in six shutout innings. Mike McGee earned a save (2) with one strikeout, one walk and one hit allowed in 0.2 scoreless innings.


No. 1 Virginia 11, Boston College 1

In Charlottesville, Va., Dan Grovatt went 2 for 4 with four RBI, two runs and a walk as Virginia (5-1, 17-3) concluded an ACC series sweep of Boston College (1-5, 7-12). The Cavaliers scored eight runs during the first three innings, beginning with Jarrett Parker’s three-RBI triple and ending with Grovatt’s two-RBI single. The Eagles’ lone run came when Mickey Wiswall hit a home run to lead off the fourth inning. Grovatt hit a solo home run of his own in the sixth, and Phil Gosselin’s two-RBI double in the seventh provided Virginia’s final two runs. The winning pitcher, Cody Winiarski (2-0), struck out three and walked two, limiting the Eagles to three hits and one run in six innings.


No. 2 Arizona State 6, Houston 5

In Tempe, Ariz., Arizona State survived a ninth-inning rally by Houston to complete the series sweep in front of 3,429 fans at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark. The Cougars (9-9) scored three with two outs in the ninth to pull to within one before Jordan Swagerty recorded the final out for his seventh save. Zack MacPhee had a three-run double in the bottom of the third to give the Sun Devils (20-0) a 3-1 lead. In the fourth, Andrew Aplin had an RBI double and scored on a wild pitch to push the lead to 5-1. After Houston added a run in the fifth, ASU scored its final run in the seventh on a run-scoring single by Kole Calhoun. Caleb Ramsey had three hits and two RBI for the Cougars.


No. 3 Georgia Tech 10, Maryland 3
In College Park, Md., Cole Leonida went 3 for 5 with a homer and five RBI, and four other Georgia Tech players homered as the Yellow Jackets won the rubber game of their ACC series with Maryland. Tony Plagman blasted his eighth homer and drove in two, and Derek Dietrich also homered and scored three times for Tech (5-1, 16-2). Jed Bradley (3-1) tossed seven innings with six hits, one earned run and nine strikeouts. Matt Marquis went 2 for 4 with a homer and two RBI for the Terps (2-4, 8-11).

No. 4 Texas 13, Nebraska 3
In Austin, Texas, Brandon Loy went 3 for 4 with a double, two runs and three RBI as Texas won its Big 12 series with Nebraska. Russell Moldenhauer (two runs) and Jonathan Walsh (two doubles) each contributed two hits and two RBI, and Cameron Rupp added a two-run homer for the Longhorns (2-1, 15-5). Brandon Workman (3-1) tossed a complete game, allowing three runs and seven hits and striking out five. Adam Bailey went 3 for 4 with two RBI for the Cornhuskers (1-2, 9-9).


No. 8 Florida 4, Mississippi State 1

In Gainesville, Fla., Austin Maddox went 1 for 4 with three RBI and two runs as Florida (2-1, 16-3) completed an SEC series sweep of Mississippi State (1-2, 11-9). Wes Thigpen provided the Bulldogs’ run with a solo home run during the second inning. Maddox scored the tying run in the second when Jonathan Pigott hit an RBI single, and drove in the game-winning run with his three-run home run in the eighth. Kevin Chapman (1-0) was the winning pitcher, striking out four, walking one and allowing two hits in 2.1 scoreless innings.


No. 12 UCLA 9, Oral Roberts 1

In Los Angeles, Justin Uribe went 3 for 4 with three RBI as UCLA completed the series sweep of Oral Roberts at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Bruins (16-0) continue their best start and extend their school-record win streak. Rob Rasmussen (2-0) allowed two hits and one run in 5.2 innings with one walk and eight strikeouts to earn the victory. Blair Dunlap homered in the first for UCLA. Uribe’s run-scoring single capped a five-run fourth as the Bruins built a 6-0 lead. Chris Elder drew a bases-loaded walk for the Golden Eagles (5-10) in the top of the sixth before Uribe’s two-run single sparked a three-run rally in the bottom of the frame. Cody Regis had two doubles for UCLA. Brett Sowers had a hit and a walk for ORU.


No. 13 Miami (Fla.) 7, Duke 6
In Durham, N.C., Miami (5-1, 14-5) completed its ACC sweep of Duke (2-4, 12-7) with a ninth-inning rally. Tied at six with two outs in the top of the ninth, Yasami Grandal plated the go-ahead run with a liner to right field. ‘Canes Frankie Ratcliff was 3 for 5 with 3 RBI and finished a single shy of the cycle. Sam Robinson picked up the win, facing one batter to get the last out of the eighth, and David Gutierrez hurled a shutdown ninth inning for his fourth save. Blue Devil reliever Marcus Stroman (2-1) suffered the loss, giving up the tiebreaker in the ninth. Duke senior Jeremy Gould (2 for 4) earned his 200th career hit on his second of two doubles.


No. 15 Oregon State 2, Maine 1

In Corvallis, Ore., Tyler Smith and Adalberto Santos hit solo homers as Oregon State completed a four-game sweep of Maine at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. Smith and Santos both went deep in the third as the Beavers (14-3) took a 2-0 lead. George Tager doubled and scored on a base hit by Tony Patane in the sixth for the Black Bears (7-12). Matt Boyd (3-0) allowed four hits and one run in 6.1 innings with four strikeouts to earn the win. Carter Bell (3 for 3) had two doubles for OSU.


Kentucky 12, No. 19 Ole Miss 3

In Lexington, Ky., Braden Kapteyn went 3 for 5 with two home runs, six RBI and three runs to help Kentucky (1-2, 15-5) prevent a sweep in its SEC series against Ole Miss (2-1, 15-5). The first of Kapetyn’s three-run home runs put the Wildcats up 3-0 in the first inning, and the second gave them a 12-1 lead. Keenan Wiley hit his own three-run home run in the fifth and Chris Bisson hit a two-RBI single in the sixth to put the Wildcats up 9-1. Alex Yarbrough and Tim Ferguson hit back-to-back RBI singles in the seventh, but it was too little, too late. Alex Meyer (5-2) – who struck out 10, walked four, and allowed seven hits and three runs – earned the win.


No. 20 Rice 9, San Diego 8

In San Diego, Diego Seastrunk’s two-run single sparked a four-run ninth as Rice rallied past San Diego to salvage the finale of the three-game series at Cunningham Stadium. The Owls (12-9) trailed 6-5 before Seastrunk’s base hit put the visitors on top. Rick Hague followed with an RBI double and a run-scoring wild pitch gave Rice a 9-6 lead. The Toreros (11-10) rallied for a pair in the bottom of the frame, but fell one run short. Jeremy Rathjen had a homer in the first for Rice. Anthony Rendon added a two-run blast for Rice in the fifth. Michael Fuda finished with three hits, two runs and two RBI for the Owls. James Meador (3 for 5) and Austin Green (2 for 4) both drove in three for USD.


East Carolina 16, Monmouth 2
In Greenville, N.C., Dustin Harrington went 6 for 6 with two homers and six RBI as East Carolina took the series over Monmouth. The Pirates (11-8) got started early as Kyle Roller launched his second first-inning homer of the weekend. ECU scored multiple runs in every inning until the bottom of the fifth, including a six-run fourth. The Hawks (3-6) spoiled a no-hitter and then a shutout for Mike Wright (1-1) as they plated two runs in the top of the fifth. Wright still earned his first win, fanning eight and allowing just two hits during his 5.1 innings. Pat Light (0-2) tallied his second loss, giving up eight runs on 10 hits in 2.2 innings. Monmouth’s Matt McEndy was 1 for 4 with two RBI.