March 23, 2010

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UCLA improves to 17-0 with win at UC Santa Barbara

Elon hands Clemson first home loss, UCF wins at Miami (Fla.)


In Santa Barbara, Calif., Garett Claypool fanned a career-high 10 as No. 7 UCLA defeated UC Santa Barbara 7-1 Tuesday afternoon at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. Claypool (2-0) allowed three hits, one walk and one unearned run as the Bruins (17-0) extended their school-record win streak and best start to a season. An RBI double by Cody Regis (2 for 5) sparked a five-run fourth for UCLA. The Gauchos (9-7) got their run in the seventh on a run-scoring groundout by Beck Wheeler. Blair Dunlap (3 for 5, 2 R) extended his hit streak to 12. Sean Williams had a double and a run for UCSB.


Elon 15, No. 8 Clemson 10

In Clemson, S.C., Elon scored 11 over the final four innings in handing Clemson its first home loss at Doug Kingsmore Stadium and snapping a five-game losing streak. Ryan Adams (1 for 2, 2 R) had a pinch-hit two-run homer and Mike Melillo (3 for 6, 3 R, 3 RBI) added a two-run double in a five-run sixth as the Phoenix (11-9) took the lead for good at 9-8. Elon added three in the eighth and three in the ninth to extend its lead. Kyle Parker (2 for 5, 2 R) and Will Lamb (3 for 4, 3 R, 3 RBI) both homered in the bottom of the ninth for the Tigers (17-3). Niko Fraser (3 for 5, 3 R, 1 RBI), Neil Pritchard (3 for 6, 2 RBI) and Alex Swim (3 for 5, 2 RBI) all had three hits as the Phoenix pounded out 16 hits.


UCF 6, No. 14 Miami (Fla.) 3

In Coral Gables, Fla., Alex Friedrich and Shane Brown both homered in the eighth as UCF stretched its win streak to five in beating Miami in front of 2,630 fans at Alex Rodriguez Park. The Knights (14-8) scored one in the second before Scott Lawson (3 for 4) belted a two-run homer in the fourth for the Hurricanes (14-6). UCF took the lead for good with three in the fifth. Miami got one back in the seventh before the two dingers in the eighth extended the lead for the Knights. Chris Taladay and Chris Duffy both had two hits and a run for UCF. Brennan Dobbins (2-0) allowed one hit and one walk in the fifth to earn the victory. Chase Bradford did not allow a hit or a run over the final two innings for his first save.


No. 1 Virginia 6, Marshall 3

In Charlottesville, Va., Tyler Cannon went 4 for 4 to lead Virginia past Marshall at Davenport Field for its sixth straight victory. Cannon extended his hit streak to 13 with a first-inning double, tying the school’s career record for two-base this with 53. John Barr and Stephen Bruno both had two hits for the Cavaliers (18-3). Cannon’s RBI single capped a three-run fourth as UVa took a 4-1 lead. The Cavs added two in the fifth before the Thundering Hers (8-10) put up two in the seventh. Rhett Stafford had one double, one run and one RBI for Marshall.


No. 3 Georgia Tech 15, Mercer 8

In Macon, Ga., Thomas Nichols and Matt Skole both homered in a seven-run fourth as Georgia Tech outscored Mercer at Claude Smith Field. Derek Dietrich went 4 for 5 with four RBI for the Yellow Jackets (17-2). Jeff Rowland was 3 for 4 with four runs for Tech. Nichols had a two-run homer and Skole added a three-run blast in the fourth as the Jackets built a 9-0 lead. Jacob Tanis went 3 for 4 with a homer and five RBI for the Bears (14-8).


No. 9 Texas 5, Rice 1

In Austin, Texas, five hurlers combined on a two-hitter, and Texas scored four in the bottom of the sixth to get past Rice in front of 7,003 fans at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Chance Ruffin (4-1) allowed one hit over the final 3.1 scoreless innings with one walk and three strikeouts to earn the victory. Jordan Etier homered in the bottom of the third for the Longhorns (16-5). Anthony Rendon walked and scored in the fifth for the Owls (12-10) to tie the score at one. Texas scored four in the sixth without a hit, using an error, three walks, a wild pitch, a passed ball and a sacrifice fly. Brandon Loy had a hit, a walk and a run for the Longhorns. Rick Hague and Steven Sultzbaugh both had a hit for Rice.


No. 10 TCU 4, Texas State 0

In Fort Worth, Texas, Paul Gerrish and Trent Appleby combined on the shutout as TCU blanked Texas State in front of 2,764 fans at Lupton Stadium. Gerrish (1-1) allowed six hits and one walk in 5.2 innings with two strikeouts to earn the victory. Appleby gave up one hit over the final 3.1 innings and struck out three to record his first save. The Horned Frogs (16-4) scored single runs in the second, fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Josh Elander had three hits and one RBI for TCU, while Taylor Featherston had two hits and two runs for the Frogs. Kyle Livingstone and Bret Atwood both had two hits for the Bobcats (11-8).


No. 11 Louisville 8, Evansville 7

In Evansville, Ind., Zak Wasserman had an RBI double and scored the game-winner on a safety squeeze in the top of the ninth as Louisville rallied past Evansville at Charles H. Braun Stadium. Phil Wunderlich (2 for 5, 2 R, 2 RBI) and Stewart Ijames (3 for 4) had consecutive homers in the third as the Cardinals (18-2) took a 4-3 lead. Louisville led 6-4 in the sixth before Trentt Copeland (3 for 5) had a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh for the Purple Aces (10-12) to knot the score at six. UE scored an unearned run in the eighth to take a 7-6 lead before Louisville’s ninth-inning rally. Greg Wallace (3 for 5, 2 RBI) and Alex Acheson (3 for 4, 1 RBI) both had three hits for the Aces.


No. 12 Coastal Carolina 7, The Citadel 1

In Charleston, S.C., Anthony Meo allowed one hit in five innings as Coastal Carolina topped The Citadel at Riley Park. Meo (4-0) struck out five in earning the victory. A three-run homer by Chance Gilmore (2 for 4, 4 RBI) capped a four-run second for the Chanticleers (18-3). Daniel Bowman went deep to lead off the fourth for Coastal. Scott Woodward had a leadoff homer in a two-run fifth as the Chants built a 7-0 lead. The Bulldogs (14-6) got their run in the seventh as David Greene scored on a double play.


No. 16 Arkansas 3, McNeese State 2

In Lake Charles, La., Brett Eibner had two hits and scored the eventual game-winner as Arkansas nipped McNeese State at Cowboy Diamond. Matt Vinson and Matt Reynolds both singled and scored in the top of the third for the Razorbacks (14-5). Steven Irvine (2 for 4, 2 R) went deep in the bottom of the fourth for the Cowboys (8-10) to cut the lead to one. Eibner singled and scored on a base hit by Monk Kreder in the sixth as Arkansas made it 3-1. Matt Fontenot (2 for 3) had a run-scoring single in the eighth as McNeese State pulled to within one at 3-2. TJ Forrest (2-0) allowed five hits and no runs in 3.2 innings with no walks and five strikeouts to earn the victory. Jeremy Heatley pitched the final 2.1 innings to record the save.


No. 19 South Carolina 8, Georgia Southern 5 (13)

In Statesboro, Ga., Brady Thomas had a bases-clearing double in the top of the 13th to snap a 5-5 tie and lift South Carolina over Georgia Southern at Clements Stadium. Scott Wingo drew a leadoff walk in the 13th for the Gamecocks (17-4). Jackie Bradley Jr. singled and Christian Walker walked to load the bases, setting the stage for Thomas. John Taylor (1-1) pitched two perfect innings to earn the win. The Eagles (11-11) had scored an unearned run in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings. Thomas went 3 for 7 with a homer and four RBI. Bradley and Bobby Haney both had three hits for South Carolina. Eric Phillips went 3 for 6 for Georgia Southern. A.J. Wirnsberger homered and drove in two for the Eagles.


Florida Atlantic 10, Cornell 5

In Boca Raton, Fla., Andy Mee went 5 for 5 and hit for the cycle as Florida Atlantic defeated Cornell at FAU Baseball Stadium. Mee had a single in the first, a home run in the third to make it 3-0, a two-run double in a four-run sixth and a triple in the eighth. Mee finished with four runs and three RBI. Dan Scheffler belted a two-run homer in the fifth for the Owls (12-7). Nate David had two hits and two RBI for the Big Red (3-2).


Monmouth 3, Temple 1

In West Long Branch, N.J., freshman Dan Smith tossed a complete-game one-hitter in his first career start as Monmouth edged Temple. Smith (1-0) allowed a leadoff single to Byron McKoy in the first for the lone hit of the game for the Owls (2-14). Smith walked two and struck out five. McKoy stole second, moved to third on a groundout and scored on a groundout to give Temple the early lead. The Hawks (4-6) answered in the bottom of the frame on Jamie Rosenkranz’s RBI single. Matt McEndy had a run-scoring single in the fifth to give Monmouth the lead. Kyle O’Neill added an RBI base hit in the sixth to complete the scoring. Rosenkranz went 3 for 4 for the Hawks.


Alabama A&M 6-0, Oklahoma State 5-26 (Game 1 – 10 innings)

In Stillwater, Okla., Kency Duarte had an RBI single in the top of the 10th to lift Alabama A&M over Oklahoma State in the opener of their doubleheader at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium. The Cowboys (13-3) rallied in the nightcap, as Kevin Chambers and Brian Denneny combined for a school-record 20 strikeouts. In the first game, the Bulldogs (11-10) scored three in the third and two in the fourth after OSU tallied one in the first. The Cowboys scored three in the fifth and one in the eighth to force the extra frame. Duarte and LaDale Hayes both had three hits and two RBI for A&M. Tom Belza had two hits and two RBI for OSU. The Bulldogs snapped an eight-game losing streak, while the Cowboys broke their eight-game win streak. Chambers (3-0) allowed one hits in six innings with one walk and 15 strikeouts in the second game. Denneny gave up one hit in three innings with no walks and five strikeouts. OSU scored in six of its eight at-bats, including a 12-run sixth. Kevin David went 5 for 6 with three doubles, two runs and five RBI. Mark Ginther went 4 for 7 with a homer, three runs and four RBI.