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Elon completes two-game
sweep of No. 8 Clemson
Georgia Tech mauls Mercer, Auburn edges
Alabama in Capital City Classic
Clemson, S.C., Ryan Adams (right) scored the go-ahead run in the
top of the 10th and earned the save in the bottom of the frame
as Elon completed a two-game sweep of No. 8 Clemson with a 4-3
win Wednesday in front of 3,851 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
Adams had a two-out double in the 10th for the Phoenix (12-9)
and scored on Seth Canipe’s base hit. Adams then took the mound
and retired the Tigers (17-4) in order in the bottom of the 10th
for his first save. Clemson scored a pair in the first before
Elon answered with two in the second and one in the third. The
Tigers tied it at three with a run in the fourth. Justin Hilt
had two hits and two RBI for the Phoenix. Mike Freeman had a
double and a RBI for Clemson.
No. 3 Georgia Tech 19, Mercer 4
In Atlanta, Matt Skole went 3 for 5 with three
runs as Georgia Tech dumped Mercer at Russ Chandler Stadium. The
Yellow Jackets (18-2) scored in double figures for the fourth
straight game. The Bears (14-9) got a run in the top of the
first before Tech erupted for seven in the second. The Jackets
added six in the fourth and four in the fifth to take control.
Jeff Rowland (1 for 4, 3 R) and Connor Winn (1 for 2) both
homered for Tech. Thomas Nichols (2 for 4) knocked in three for
the Jackets. Thomas Carroll drove in a pair for Mercer.
Auburn 8, No. 17 Alabama 6
In Montgomery, Ala., Casey McElroy had two hits
and three RBI as Auburn edged Alabama in the second annual
Capital City Classic at Riverwalk Stadium. Michael Hurst (2-0)
pitched 3.1 innings of relief with one hit, one run, three walks
and two strikeouts to earn the victory. He was named the game’s
Most Valuable Player. Austin Hubbard fanned five over the final
two innings for his third save. Creede Simpson had three hits
and two RBI for the Tigers (16-5), while Tony Caldwell added two
hits and two RBI for Auburn. Caldwell homered in the bottom of
the second to start the scoring. McElroy’s three-run blast
capped a four-run third as the Tigers took the lead for good at
5-2. Taylor Dugas (3 for 3, 1 R, 2 RBI) and Josh Rutledge (1 for
5, 3 RBI) led the offense for the Crimson Tide (16-3).
No. 4 LSU 4, Louisiana-Lafayette 3
In Baton Rouge, La., Micah Gibbs had two hits and
drove in two as LSU edged UL-Lafayette at Alex Box Stadium.
Tyler Hanover had two doubles and Austin Nola added two hits for
the Tigers (17-3). Blake Dean had a sacrifice fly and Gibbs
added a run-scoring single as LSU took a 2-0 lead in the first.
Jordan Poirrier smacked a two-run homer in the third as the
Ragin’ Cajuns (11-10) tied it at two. Gibbs scored in the sixth
and had an RBI double in the seventh as LSU went up 4-2. Trask
Switzenburg scored in the top of the ninth to pull ULL within
one. Matty Ott got a strikeout to end the game and earned his
No. 5 Florida 13, FGCU 8
In Gainesville, Fla., Florida scored 13
unanswered to rally past FGCU at McKethan Stadium. Stephen
Wickens (3 for 5) and Tim Roberson (2 for 5) both belted two-run
homers in an eight-run second for the Eagles (12-7). The Gators
(17-3) got one in the second and three in the third to cut the
lead in half. In the fourth, Josh Adams (2 for 5, 3 RBI) had a
two-run dinger and Matt den Dekker (2 for 3, 4 RBI) smacked a
three-run bomb to put Florida on top 9-8. The Gators added two
in the fifth and the sixth to complete the scoring. Clint
Franklin (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings of relief with one
hit, one walk and one strikeout to earn the victory.
No. 6 Florida State 14, Stetson 7
In Tallahassee, Fla., Florida State scored 13 in
its final four at-bats to soar past Stetson on Mike Martin Field
inside Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles (16-4) scored five in
the fifth to take the lead for good and added three in the
sixth, two in the seventh and three in the eighth. Sean
Gilmartin (1 for 2) had a bases-clearing triple to cap the
fifth-inning rally and give FSU a 6-4 advantage. Parker Brunelle
(4 for 5, 2 R) added a three-run double in the eighth to
complete the scoring. Spencer Theisen had two hits and two RBI
for the Hatters (9-13).
No. 13 Oregon State 11, Southern Utah 1
In Corvallis, Ore., Ryan Gorton tossed five
shutout innings as Oregon State stopped Southern Utah at Goss
Stadium. Gorton (2-0) allowed six hits with no walks and four
strikeouts. Adalberto Santos homered in the first to start the
scoring for the Beavers (15-3). Rob Folsom’s two-run double
keyed a five-run sixth as OSU built a 10-1 lead. Parker Berberet
had two hits and two RBI for the Beavers. Marcus Romero had two
hits and one run for the Thunderbirds (4-14).
No. 16 Arkansas 7, McNeese State 6
In Lake Charles, La., Monk Kreder had a three-run
double to lead Arkansas past McNeese State. Andy Wilkins had a
two-run single in the first for the Razorbacks (15-5). Matt
Reynolds belted a two-run homer in the second to give Arkansas a
4-0 lead. Jordan Venable had a RBI single in the bottom of the
frame for the Cowboys (8-11). Seth Granger’s two-run triple
capped a three-run third as McNeese State tied it at 4-4.
Kreder’s three-run double came in the fourth, putting the Hogs
ahead 7-4. Venable doubled and scored in the bottom of the
stanza as the Cowboys pulled to within two. Venable was hit by a
pitch with the bases full in the seventh to make it 7-6. D.J.
Baxendale recorded the final four outs for his fifth save.
No. 18 Ole Miss 14, Saint Louis 5
In Oxford, Miss., Kevin Mort and Mike Snyder both
drove in three to lead Ole Miss past Saint Louis at
Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field. Both went 3 for 5 with
three RBI for the Rebels (17-5). Trent Rothlin (3-1) pitched
three innings of scoreless relief with one walk and three
strikeouts to earn the win. Mort’s three-run homer capped a
seven-run third as Ole Miss built a 7-1 lead. Danny Brock (2 for
4) had a two-run single and Jon Myers (3 for 4) added a two-run
homer in a four-run fourth as the Billikens (11-11) made it 7-5.
The Rebels added three in the fifth and four in the seventh to
put the game away. Zach Miller had three hits, two runs and two
RBI for Ole Miss.
Furman 10, Georgia 9
In Athens, Ga., Furman built a 10-1 lead by the
seventh-inning stretch and had to hold on to edge Georgia at
Foley Field. It was the first win by Furman over Georgia since
1979 and the first victory in Athens since 1925. The Paladins
(8-13) scored three in the third, single runs in the fifth and
sixth, and five in the seventh to lead 10-1. The Bulldogs (8-13)
put up two in the seventh and six in the bottom of the ninth,
but came up one short. Will Muzika (3 for 5) homered and drove
in four for Furman. Dylan Cole (2 for 2, 2 BB) also went deep
for the Paladins. J.B. Jenkins had three doubles and knocked in
two for Furman. Daniel Stallsmith (1-0) made his first
collegiate start for the Paladins and allowed six hits and one
run with five strikeouts. Zach Cone (4 for 4) had two solo
homers for Georgia. Colby May (1 for 4, 2 RBI) and Christian
Glisson (1 for 3, 2 RBI) also went deep for the Bulldogs.
St. John’s 22, Columbia 21
In Queens, N.Y., Joe Panik’s pinch-hit RBI single
capped a four-run ninth as St. John’s rallied past Columbia at
Kaiser Stadium. The Lions (3-11) led 19-13 after a 10-run top of
the eighth before the Red Storm (12-6) scored five in the eighth
and four in the ninth for the victory. Jimmy Parque (3 for 7, 1
HR, 4 R), Greg Hopkins (3 for 5, 3 R), Matt Wessinger (3 for 5,
3 R) and Paul Karmas (2 for 2, 2 R) all drove in three for St.
John’s. Alexander Aurrichio (2 for 6, 1 HR, 4 R), Billy Rumpke
(3 for 6, 2 3B, 3 R) and Nick Crucet (1 for 4, 2 R) each knocked
in three for Columbia.
North Carolina 4, UNC Greensboro 3
In Greensboro, N.C., Jesse Wierzbicki’s home run
keyed a three-run eighth as North Carolina edged UNC Greensboro
in front of 1,333 fans at UNCG Baseball Stadium. Zach Leach had
a run-scoring single to cap a three-run first for the Spartans
(11-9). Brian Goodwin had a RBI triple in the fifth to pull the
Tar Heels (16-6) to within two. Wierzbicki’s dinger in the
eighth made it 3-2. Seth Baldwin walked and scored on a wild
pitch to knot the score at three. Ryan Graepel singled and
scored on an error as UNC took the lead. Dillon Hazlett had
three hits for the Tar Heels. Greg Holt pitched the final 1.2
innings, fanning two in the ninth, to earn his second save.
ETSU 22, Radford 10
In Johnson City, Tenn., Bo Reeder went 4 for 5
with three homers and seven RBI as ETSU outscored Radford at
Cardinal Park. Reeder hit a homer and a two-run single in an
eight-run second for the Buccaneers (14-4). Reeder went deep
twice in a nine-run fifth as ETSU took a 20-10 lead. Paul
Hoilman went deep in the seventh for the Bucs, his 10th. Reggie
Keen had two hits and three RBI for the Highlanders (10-8).
Southeastern Louisiana 6, South Alabama 5
In Hammond, La., Chris Ernest’s pinch-hit single
plated Cody Gougler with the game-winner in the bottom of the
ninth as Southeastern Louisiana edged South Alabama at Alumni
Field. Gougler (2 for 4) had a leadoff double in the ninth.
After an intentional walk, Gougler was sacrificed to third.
Following another walk, Ernest came off the bench and singled to
center to bring home Gougler. Jeff Harkensee (2 for 4) had hit a
two-run homer in the sixth for the Lions (20-2) that tied the
game at six. Brad Hook (3 for 3, 2 RBI) homered for the Jaguars
(15-9). Taylor White also went 3 for 3 with a run for USA.
Kent State 6, Youngstown State 5
In Kent, Ohio, Kent State rallied for three in
the bottom of the ninth to slip past Youngstown State. Evan
Campbell (3 for 5, 3 RBI) had a two-run double to tie it at
five. Jared Humphreys (2 for 6, 2 RBI) had the game-winning
single with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the
ninth. Jacke Healey had two home runs for the Penguins (8-8). He
has nine dingers in 15 games for YSU. Healey had a two-run blast
in the third and a solo shot in the fifth as the visitors built
a 5-0 lead. The Golden Flashes (9-12) tallied single runs in the
fifth, sixth and seventh to pull within two.
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