March 26, 2010

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Fontanez tosses no-hitter for USF against Notre Dame

No. 1 Virginia edges No. 8 Clemson, Air Force outscores No. 10 TCU


In Tampa, Fla., Randy Fontanez (left) pitched the third no-hitter in school history as USF blanked Notre Dame 4-0 Friday evening in front of 1,048 fans at Red McEwen Field in the Big East lid-lifter for both clubs. Fontanez (1-4) walked two and struck out 12, using 119 pitches to go the distance. The Fighting Irish (0-1, 8-13) had four base-runners, two on walks and two on catcher’s interference. The Bulls (1-0, 9-13) scored single runs in each of the first three innings and added one in the eighth. Jonathan Koscso homered in the first and Daniel Rockhold (2 for 4) went deep in the eighth for USF.


No. 1 Virginia 4, No. 8 Clemson 3

In Charlottesville, Va., Stephen Bruno had a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth as Virginia edged Clemson in the opener of their ACC series in front of 2,305 fans at Davenport Field. Bruno (2 for 4, 3 RBI) singled over a drawn-in infield with the bases loaded and one out to give the win to the Cavaliers (6-1, 19-3). His two-run homer in the fifth had tied the game at three. Tyler Wilson (3-1) pitched three innings of scoreless relief to earn the win, retiring the final seven hitters. Danny Hultzen allowed eight hits and three earned runs in six innings for UVa with two walks and six strikeouts. Tyler Cannon (2 for 4) went deep in the first for the Cavs to extend his hit streak to 14. Will Lamb (2 for 4) had a two-run single in the second as the Tigers (6-1, 17-5) took a 2-1 lead. Wilson Boyd had a run-scoring base hit in the top of the fifth as Clemson pushed its lead to 3-1.


Air Force 14, No. 10 TCU 11

In USAFA Academy, Colo., Addison Gentry homered twice and knocked in four as Air Force outscored TCU in the opener of their Mountain West series at Falcon Field. The Falcons (1-0, 6-16) scored in each of the first seven innings. Gentry also had a triple among his four hits. Travis Lane (2 for 5, 4 RBI) and Garrett Custons (3 for 5, 3 R, 3 RBI) also had dingers for Air Force. Matt Alexander (pictured) had two hits, including a double, three runs and one RBI for the Falcons. Jason Coats (4 for 5, 2 R, 3 RBI) and Joe Weil (4 for 5, 2 RBI) both went deep for the Horned Frogs (2-2, 16-5). The second game of the doubleheader was cancelled due to inclement weather. The teams will conclude the series with a single contest on Sunday.


No. 2 Arizona State 12, California 5

In Tempe, Ariz., Matt Newman had three hits and five RBI as Arizona State won its Pac-10 opener over California in front of 4,371 fans at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark. The Sun Devils (1-0, 21-0) tied the 1961 team for the best start in school history. Newman’s two-run single sparked a three-run first for ASU. After the Golden Bears got one in the third, Drew Maggi (2 for 4) knocked in two in the bottom of the frame with a base hit. Newman’s RBI single capped a two-run fifth as the Sun Devils took a 7-1 lead. Cal plated four in the sixth to pull within two, but ASU answered as both Kole Calhoun and Newman had two-run singles in a five-run sixth. Zack MacPhee had two hits and three runs for the Sun Devils. Jimmy Bosco had a two-run homer in the sixth for the Bears.


No. 3 Georgia Tech 2, North Carolina 1

In Chapel Hill, N.C., Thomas Nichols went 2 for 3 with two runs and a walk to help Georgia Tech (6-1, 19-2) win its ACC series opener against North Carolina (2-5, 16-7). Mike Cavasinni’s RBI single in the second gave North Carolina a 1-0 lead. The Tar Heels’ seven hits surpassed the Yellow Jackets’ three, but they did not take advantage of their opportunities, leaving 11 on base. Nichols scored the tying run in the fifth on a fielder’s choice and the game-winning run in the seventh when Cole Leonida drew a walk with the bases loaded. The win went to Deck McGuire (4-1), who struck out 10 and walked three while allowing six hits and one run during seven innings. Andrew Robinson earned a save (1), striking out one, walking two and allowing one hit during the ninth inning.


No. 4 LSU 6, Tennessee 2
In Knoxville, Tenn., Tyler Hanover went 3 for 4 with a double and four RBI, and Austin Ross allowed two earned runs in six innings as LSU tripped Tennessee in SEC play at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The Tigers (3-1, 18-3) led 3-2 entering the ninth and added three more runs, two courtesy of a double from Hanover. Austin Nola also drove in a run in the ninth and finished 2 for 3 with three runs and a RBI. Cody Hawn went 2 for 4 with a RBI for the Volunteers (0-4, 11-11). Bryan Morgado (2-2) took the loss but pitched very well, allowing three runs and five hits and striking out 12 in seven innings.

No. 18 Ole Miss 3, No. 5 Florida 2

In Oxford, Miss., Ole Miss scored three early and made it stand up in a SEC win over Florida in front of 8,417 fans at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field. The Gators (3-1, 17-4) scored one in the ninth on a Daniel Pigott RBI single and had the bases loaded with two outs, but Brett Huber got a strikeout to earn his second save. Drew Pomeranz (4-0) allowed five hits and one run in 7.1 innings with two walks and nine strikeouts to record the victory. Matt Smith had a RBI double and scored in the first for the Rebels (3-1, 18-5). Kevin Mort’s suicide squeeze in the second gave the home team a 3-0 lead. Austin Maddox (2 for 5) had a run-scoring double in the third for Florida. Alex Yarbrough had two hits and a run for Ole Miss.


No. 6 Florida State 4, Maryland 1

In Tallahassee, Fla., Stuart Tapley went 2 for 4 with a home run and three RBI to lead Florida State (4-3, 17-4) in the first game of its ACC series against Maryland (2-5, 9-13). Tapley’s RBI single in the first put the Seminoles up 2-0, but during the next five innings, the game was a pitcher’s duel. David Poutier doubled in the seventh and scored when Matt Marquis hit a sacrifice fly to give Maryland its only run. Tapley answered with a two-run home run in the eighth to provide the final runs. Sean Gilmartin (4-1) earned a win after pitching 7.1 innings in which he struck out seven and allowed six hits and one run. Mike McGee picked up a save (3) after allowing no hits in ninth-inning relief.


No. 7 UCLA 4, Cal Poly 3

In Los Angeles, Tyler Rahmatulla had a two-run double in the bottom of the eighth to lift UCLA over Cal Poly at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Bruins (19-0) extended the longest win streak and best start in school history. Dan Klein pitched a perfect ninth with two strikeouts for his fourth save. Trevor Bauer (5-0) earned the win, going 8.0 innings with five hits, three runs, three walks and nine strikeouts. Mitch Haniger had a three-run homer in the fourth for the Mustangs (7-14). UCLA scored a pair in the bottom of the frame as a dropped fly ball allowed Niko Gallego (2 for 4, 2 R) and Brett Krill (1 for 4) to score. Dean Espy had two hits for the Bruins. Bobby Crocker went 2 for 4 for Cal Poly.


Texas Tech 12, No. 9 Texas 5
In Lubbock, Texas, Michael Reed and Jeremy Mayo each went 2 for 3 with two runs and two RBI to lead a balanced Texas Tech offense in a 12-5 win over Taylor Jungmann and Texas. Three other players drove in two runs for the Red Raiders (2-2, 12-12) - Jamodric McGruder (1 for 4, 3 R), Barrett Barnes (1 for 3, 2-R HR, 3 R) and pinch-hitter Stephen Hagen. Jungmann (2-1) lost his first game and was touched for eight earned runs and seven hits in 5.2 innings. Meanwhile, John Neely (2-0) worked five innings with seven hits and one earned run to post the win for Tech. Kevin Keyes went 3 for 5 with a solo homer and two runs, and Jonathan Walsh doubled and drove in two for the Longhorns (2-2, 16-6).


No. 11 Louisville 1, Connecticut 0
In Louisville, Ky., Louisville (1-0, 19-2) eked out a Big East win over Connecticut (0-1, 12-6) on a lone RBI single by Drew Haynes (2 for 3) in the bottom of the second. On the mound for Louisville, Thomas Royse (5-0) pitched seven innings of scoreless baseball, fanning 11 Huskies to earn the win. Neil Holland sealed the shutout, giving up only one hit to notch his fifth save. Connecticut starter Elliot Glynn (2-2) took the loss despite giving up only six hits in 7.2 innings. Kevin Vance was 2 for 3 with a walk for the Huskies.

No. 12 Coastal Carolina 10, San Diego 2
In Conway, S.C., Coastal Carolina (19-3) sailed to a 10-2 victory with a seven-run fifth inning. The Toreros (12-11) would attempt to make a comeback in the top of the seventh frame pushing across two runs. Chanticleer starter Cody Wheeler (4-0) picked up the win, allowing two run in six innings while fanning six. Kyle Blair (2-2) suffered his second loss giving up all 10 runs, six of which were unearned. Rico Noel gave Coastal the early lead with a second-pitch homer to start the game. Bryan Haar led the Toreros at the dish, going 2 for 3 with a walk and a run.

No. 13 Oregon State 16, Long Beach State 4
In Corvallis, Ore., Stefen Romero went 3 for 4 with his sixth homer, two runs and three RBI as Oregon State used a nine-run fifth inning in a blowout of Long Beach State. Matt Boyd, Rob Folsom and Ryan Gorton each drove in two runs, and Parker Berberet (3 for 3) and Michael Miller (2 for 5, 3 R) also had big days for the Beavers (16-3). Steve Tinoco led Long Beach (9-11) with two hits and two RBI.

No. 14 Miami (Fla.) 6, NC State 5
In Raleigh, N.C., Miami (6-1, 15-6) held on for an ACC win over NC State (2-5, 14-8) on the arm of closer David Gutierrez, who picked up his fifth save. The senior right-hander worked through a bases-loaded attack by the Wolfpack in the bottom of the ninth. The Hurricanes plated runs in every inning until the top of the sixth. Miami’s Nathan Melendres went 3 for 3 with two RBI, while starter Chris Hernandez (3-2) earned the win in five innings, fanning six. N.C. State’s Jake Buchanan (3-2) tallied his second loss, giving up six runs in 4.1 innings. Wolfpack first baseman Harold Riggins went 1 for 3 with two RBI.


No. 15 Oklahoma 10, Nebraska 2

In Lincoln, Neb., Caleb Bushyhead and Max White had three RBI each and went a combined 5 for 9 as Oklahoma (1-0, 19-2) ended Nebraska’s (1-3, 11-10) 10-game home winning streak. Kale Kiser’s RBI double in the first gave the Huskers a 1-0 lead, but the Sooners turned the game around between the fourth and seventh innings. Bushyhead’s solo home run led off the fourth and White hit another solo shot to start the fifth. In the sixth, Bushyhead had an RBI single and White had a two-RBI double to make the score 5-1. Two Sooners scored in the seventh when Bushyhead reached on a fielding error, then Bushyhead scored when Garrett Buechele’s three-run home run capped the Sooners’ scoring run. DJ Belfonte hit an RBI double in the eighth to drive in Nebraska’s second and final run. In seven innings, Zach Neal (3-0) struck out seven and allowed four hits and one run to earn the win.


No. 16 Arkansas 9, No. 17 Alabama 8

In Fayetteville, Ark., Zack Cox went 3 for 5 with a homer and six RBI as Arkansas nipped Alabama in the opener of their SEC series at Baum Stadium. The Razorbacks (2-2, 16-5) had two big innings offensively. Arkansas scored five in the fifth, using a three-run homer by Cox and a two-run dinger by Andy Wilkins to knot the score at five. The Hogs erased an 8-5 deficit with four in the bottom of the eighth, keyed by a three-run double by Cox. D.J. Baxendale pitched a scoreless ninth for his sixth save. Matt Reynolds had two hits and two runs for Arkansas. Jake Smith and Jon Kelton both drove in two for the Crimson Tide (2-2, 16-4).


No. 19 South Carolina 11, Auburn 5

In Auburn, Ala., Parker Bangs went 2 for 4 with a three-run home run, two runs and a walk to help South Carolina (4-0, 18-4) give Auburn (3-1, 16-6) its first loss in the Southeastern Conference. The teams combined for four home runs during the first two innings, beginning with Bangs’ in the first. Creede Simpson cut into the lead with a two-run home run for the Tigers. The Gamecocks answered when Scott Wingo led off the second with a home run, and Adam Matthews added a three-run home run that made the score 8-2. Ryan Jenkins and Simpson hit RBI singles in the bottom of the second to cut the lead to four, but it was the closest the Tigers would get. The Gamecocks scored one run in each of the sixth, seventh and eighth innings. Wes Gilmer’s RBI double in the eighth provided Auburn’s final run. Blake Cooper (4-0) added to his win total as he struck out five, walked four, and allowed eight hits and four earned runs in seven innings.


Nevada 5, No. 20 UC Irvine 3
In Reno, Nev., Chris Garcia tossed six solid innings, and Beau Witsoe closed with three innings of relief as Nevada slipped past UC Irvine at Peccole Park. Brock Stassi had two hits, two runs and a RBI, and Carlos Escobar Jr. contributed two hits, a run and a RBI for the Wolf Pack (11-10). Daniel Bilbona (3-2) allowed five earned runs in 6.2 innings in taking the loss for the Anteaters (13-7).


James Madison 21, George Mason 16 (10)

In Fairfax, Va., James Madison scored nine in the top of the 10th after giving up 10 in the eighth in defeating George Mason in the CAA series opener at Spuhler Field. Trevor Knight (5 for 7, 1 2B, 1 3B, 5 R, 3 RBI) hit two home runs in the 10th for the Dukes (3-1, 10-10). Matt Browning (6 for 7, 4 2B, 1 HR, 5 R, 5 RBI) and David Herbek (4 for 6, 3 R, 6 RBI) also led the offense for JMU. Brig Tison (2 for 6, 2 R) and Josh Steinberg (2 for 2, 3 R, 5 RBI) both hit grand slams in the eighth for the Patriots (0-1, 11-6).


Cal State Fullerton 3, Hawaii 0

In Fullerton, Calif., Noe Ramirez fanned a career-high 14 as Cal State Fullerton blanked Hawaii. Ramirez (4-1) allowed five hits in nine innings with one walk to win his fourth consecutive start. Gary Brown had a leadoff triple in the fourth and scored on a base hit by Carlos Lopez (2 for 4) to give the Titans (11-10) a 1-0 lead. Brown and Lopez both scored in the sixth as Fullerton took a 3-0 advantage. Billy Marcoe had two hits and one RBI for the Titans. David Freitas went 2 for 4 for the Rainbows (12-10).


Bethune-Cookman 4, Dartmouth 3

In Daytona Beach, Fla., Peter O’Brien hit his third homer of the game to lead off the bottom of the ninth as Bethune-Cookman edged Dartmouth at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. It was the 11th win in the past 12 games for the Wildcats (15-10). O’Brien had a two-run shot in the second and a solo blast in the fourth in raising his season total to 11. Joe Sclafani went deep in the first for the Big Green (5-8). Dartmouth tied the game with two in the seventh as Jeff Onstott had an RBI triple and scored.


Seton Hall 2, West Virginia 0

In South Orange, N.J., Joe DiRocco tossed a three-hit shutout as Seton Hall blanked West Virginia at Owen T. Carroll Field in the Big East opener for both teams. DiRocco (4-1) walked one, struck out six and did not allow a runner past second. Ryan Sullivan walked and scored in the fifth for the Pirates (1-0, 9-9). A.J. Rusbarsky had a base hit to lead off the eighth and scored on a wild pitch to give Seton Hall a 2-0 lead. Dom Hayes had two hits for the Mountaineers (0-1, 11-11).


Elon 8, Davidson 3

In Davidson, N.C., Jimmy Reyes tied a career best with 14 strikeouts as Elon topped Davidson in the opener of their Southern Conference series. Reyes (3-3) went a career-long 8.2 innings with six hits, three runs and one walk. Danny Weiss (2 for 4) had a two-run double and scored in a three-run first for the Wildcats (4-3, 13-9). Niko Fraser (2 for 5, 3 RBI) had a two-run single to cap a three-run fifth for the Phoenix (3-4, 13-9). Seth Canipe had a run-scoring single in the sixth to knock in the go-ahead run. Elon added four insurance runs in the ninth. Mike Melillo had two hits and a run for the Phoenix.


Monmouth 3, Bryant 2

In West Long Beach, N.J., Owen Stewart had a pinch-hit, two-run double in the bottom of the ninth to lift Monmouth over Bryant in the Northeast Conference opener for both teams. Jamie Rosenkranz (2 for 4) had a leadoff base hit in the ninth for the Hawks (1-0, 5-7) and moved to second on a bunt single by Ryan Terry. Both runners moved up on Mike Casale’s sacrifice bunt. After an intentional walk to Cal Costanzo loaded the bases, Stewart doubled down the right field line to give Monmouth the victory. Josh Boyd had an RBI double in the sixth for the Hawks to snap a scoreless tie. Jamie Skagerlind’s run-scoring single capped a two-run seventh as the Bulldogs (0-1, 3-12) took a 2-1 lead. Skagerlind and Dylan Stone both had two hits for Bryant. Nick Meyers allowed three hits and no earned runs in eight innings for Monmouth with one walk and five strikeouts. Neil Harm (1-0) gave up one hit in a scoreless ninth to notch the win. Eric Polvani (0-4) struck out 12 in 8.1 innings with seven hits, three runs and one walk for the Bulldogs.


Michigan State 8, Oakland 0

In East Lansing, Mich., A.J. Achter tossed seven scoreless innings as Michigan State blanked Oakland at McLane Stadium. Achter (3-0) allowed four hits with three walks and six strikeouts. The Spartans (13-4) scored three in the first and one in the second to take the early lead. Chris Roberts (3 for 3, 4 RBI) had a three-run homer in a four-run fifth as MSU led 8-0. Jeff Holm went 3 for 4 with two doubles, two runs and two RBI. The Grizzlies (3-10) turned their first triple play at the Division I level. The Spartans had runners on first and second with no outs in the bottom of the second. With the runners on the move, Aaron Cieslak made a catch of a sinking line drive in right, threw to D.J. Jarrad covering second, who made the relay to Connor Mielock at first to complete the triple play.


With the anticipation of bad weather on Sunday, several teams will play doubleheaders on Saturday to conclude their series: No. 8 Clemson at No. 1 Virginia, No. 4 LSU at Tennessee, Connecticut at No. 11 Louisville, Long Beach State at No. 13 Oregon State, Kentucky at Vanderbilt, South Alabama at Middle Tennessee, ULM at Western Kentucky, Southern Miss at UAB, Wake Forest at Virginia Tech, Rice at Memphis, Ball State at Ohio, Creighton at Southern Illinois, Kent State at Toledo and Southern Utah at Portland.


(photos courtesy of USF, Air Force Media Relations Offices)