March 28, 2010

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Arizona State completes Pac-10 sweep of California

Worthington throws no-hitter for Mount St. Mary's, BC nips Duke


In Tempe, Ariz., Drew Maggi (right) had a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth as No. 2 Arizona State completed a Pac-10 sweep of California with a 3-2 win Sunday in from of the third consecutive sellout at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark. Raoul Torrez singled with two down in the ninth and stole second, setting the table for Maggi (3 for 4). Jordan Swagerty (1-0) earned the win in relief after catching the first eight innings. Jake Borup had 13 strikeouts in 7.2 innings for the Sun Devils (3-0, 23-0) with two hits and one run. Mark Canha has a run-scoring fielder’s choice in the top of the first for the Golden Bears (0-3, 12-10). Kole Calhoun had a RBI double in the eighth and scored on a base hit by Riccio Torrez (3 for 4) as ASU took a 2-1 lead. Canha’s run-scoring double in the top of the ninth knotted the score at two.


Mount St. Mary’s 18, Quinnipiac 0

In Hamden, Conn., senior Kent Worthington (left) pitched a no-hitter as Mount St. Mary’s won its Northeast Conference series at Quinnipiac. Worthington (1-1) walked five and struck out nine. Brian Monack almost broke up the no-hitter with one out in the ninth, as his flare just went foul down the left field line. He grounded out before Joe Poletsky grounded out to short to end the contest. Zach Helman went 3 for 4 with a homer and four RBI for the Mountaineers (3-1, 7-12). Kyle Kane (1 for 3) and Jacob Darr (2 for 6, 2 R, 2 RBI) also went deep for the Mount. Josh Winter went 3 for 6 with three RBI for the visitors. The Mountaineers scored two in the first and five in the second to take control. Mike Bartlett drew two walks for the Bobcats (1-3, 1-15).


Boston College 2, Duke 1

In Chestnut Hill, Mass., Pat Dean outdueled Dennis O’Grady as Boston College won the rubber game of its ACC series with Duke at Shea Field. Dean (4-0) allowed six hits and one run in nine innings with no walks and two strikeouts. He needed only 91 pitches to win the 1:59 gem. O’Grady (0-1) surrendered eight hits and two runs in eight innings with no walks and six strikeouts. The Blue Devils (3-6, 14-9) got its run in the top of the fourth on a two-out RBI single by Jake Lemmerman. The Eagles (3-6, 10-13) answered with a pair in the bottom of the frame as Matt Watson and Mike Sudol both had run-scoring hits with two down. Matt Hamlet had three hits and one run for BC. Jeremy Gould had two hits for Duke.


No. 3 Georgia Tech 11, North Carolina 8 (10)

In Chapel Hill, N.C., Derek Dietrich went 5 for 7 with three RBI and a home run as Georgia Tech (8-1, 21-2) came from behind to complete an ACC sweep of North Carolina (2-7, 16-9) at Boshamer Stadium. Mike Cavasinni and Jacob Stallings each had a RBI and a run in the fourth as North Carolina took a 6-0 lead. Jesse Wierzbicki hit a two-run homer in the sixth to extend the Tar Heels’ lead to 8-1, but the Yellow Jackets shut them out the rest of the game. Dietrich’s two-run homer capped a five-run ninth and Georgia Tech scored three runs in the extra inning. Matt Skole scored the game-winning run in the 10th when Brandon Thomas hit a sacrifice fly. Andrew Robinson (3-0) allowed two hits in two innings to earn the win.


No. 5 Florida 13, No. 18 Ole Miss 1

In Oxford, Miss., Austin Maddox and Daniel Pigott both drove in three as Florida salvaged the finale of its three-game SEC series in front of 6,116 fans at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field. Maddox (2 for 4, 2 R, 3 RBI) homered in the second to start the scoring. Maddox added a two-run single in a three-run third. The Gators (4-2, 18-5) added two in the fourth and Pigott’s two-run single in the fifth made it 8-0. Kevin Mort singled and scored in the sixth for the Rebels (4-2, 19-6). Matt den Dekker (2 for 4, 2 R, 2 RBI) homered in the eighth and Jerico Weitzel had a pinch-hit, two-run blast in the ninth. Tyler Thompson had three hits and two runs for Florida.


No. 6 Florida State 9, Maryland 5

In Tallahassee, Fla., Tyler Holt hit for the cycle to help Florida State (6-3, 19-4) sweep Maryland (2-7, 9-15) in ACC action at Dick Howser Stadium. Holt went 4 for 5 with three runs and two RBI. On the first pitch of the game, Alfredo Rodriguez hit a solo home run to give the Terrapins their only lead of the game. Sherman Johnson gave Florida State its first lead in the bottom of the inning with an RBI single, and he hit another in the second to put the Seminoles up 6-1. Holt’s two-run homer in the fifth extended FSU’s lead to 9-3. Rodriguez allowed the Terrapins to score their final two runs with an RBI single in the seventh, and a Florida State fielding error allowed Jack Cleary to score as well. Hunter Scantling (1-1) picked up the win by striking out two, walking one, and allowing two hits and one run in five innings. Tyler Everett (2-0) struck out three and allowed six hits and one run in four innings to earn his first save.


No. 9 Texas 17, Texas Tech 5

In Lubbock, Texas, Russell Moldenhauer went 3 for 5 with a homer, two runs and three RBI, and Brandon Loy added two hits and three RBI as Texas throttled Texas Tech to capture their Big 12 series. The Longhorns (4-2, 18-6) scored eight times in the sixth to make the score 13-2. Loy had a two-run single, and Tant Shepherd (2 for 3, 3 R, 2 RBI) added double and a two-run single in the outburst. Leadoff man Cohl Walla sparked Texas with four hits, four runs, a homer and two RBI. Scott LeJeune went 3 for 4 with two RBI for the Red Raiders (2-4, 12-14).


No. 10 TCU 20-15, Air Force 6-16 (Game 2 suspended)

In USAFA Academy, Colo., Taylor Featherston went 3 for 5 with a homer and five RBI as TCU evened its Mountain West series at Air Force. The series finale was suspended due to travel constraints for the Horned Frogs (3-2, 17-5). The Falcons (1-1, 6-17) were leading 16-15 with two outs in the top of the seventh when play was halted. The contest will resume on May 15 when Air Force visits TCU for a three-game set. The Frogs had eight home runs in the suspended game, with Jimmie Pharr, Bryan Holaday and Matt Curry each belting two. In the completed game, the Frogs scored in eight different innings in posting a season-high 24 hits. After scoring one in the first, Brance Rivera (3 for 3, 3 R, 2 RBI) had a solo shot and Holaday (4 for 5, 4 R, 3 RBI) added a two-run dinger in a four-run second as TCU took a 5-0 lead. Matthew Roberts (1 for 2, 3 RBI) had a sacrifice fly in a two-run second for Air Force. The Frogs added one in the third and three in the fourth for a 9-2 lead. Roberts had a two-run double in a four-run fourth as the Falcons made it 9-6. TCU added one in the fifth, two in the sixth and five in the eighth before Featherston’s three-run homer in the ninth completed the scoring.


San Diego 2, No. 12 Coastal Carolina 1
In Conway, S.C., San Diego (14-11) won in comeback fashion to take the series at Coastal Carolina (19-5). The Chanticleers struck first in the bottom of the third as Adam Rice plated the run on a two-out single. The Toreros evened things out in the fifth as Austin Green (3 for 4) crossed the plate on a low throw home. In the top of the ninth Green pushed across the winning run. Winning pitcher Darrin Campbell (1-2) pitched 1.1 scoreless innings of relief, while closer Matt Hauser notched his fifth save.

No. 14 Miami (Fla.) 4, NC State 0
In Raleigh, N.C. the Hurricanes (7-2, 16-7) blanked the Wolfpack (3-6, 15-9) in the ACC series rubber match. Eric Erickson (2-1) hurled 5.2 innings for the win, giving up seven hits and striking out four. Miami produced its first run on a bases-loaded infield single by Harold Martinez. Nathan Melendres (1 for 4) stroked a sixth-inning solo shot. NC State’s Alex Sogard took his first loss, giving up one run on four hits in three innings. Wolfpack shortstop Chris Diaz went 2 for 3.


Nebraska 10, No. 15 Oklahoma 0

In Lincoln, Neb., Tom Lemke (4-1) pitched a three-hit shutout and Nebraska (2-4, 12-11) scored at least once in each of the first five innings to prevent a Big 12 series sweep against Oklahoma (2-1, 20-3). Tyler Farst’s two-run home run in the first and Chad Christensen’s solo shot in the second gave the Huskers a 4-0 lead. Nebraska also capped their scoring with a two-run home run by Adam Bailey. The Sooners went three up, three down in every inning except the fifth, when Casey Johnson, Ricky Eisenberg and Bryan Groth hit consecutive two-out singles to load the bases, but were all left on base. Lemke struck out a career-high eight and walked one in his seven-inning performance.


No. 16 Arkansas 10, No. 17 Alabama 5

In Fayetteville, Ark., Arkansas belted four home runs in completing a three-game SEC sweep of Alabama. Ross Wilson had a three-run blast in a four-run first for the Crimson Tide (2-4, 16-6). The Razorbacks (4-2, 18-5) plated two in the bottom of the frame to cut the lead in half. Collin Kuhn and Zack Cox had solo shots in the sixth and Andy Wilkins added a two-run dinger later in the stanza to give Arkansas a 6-4 lead. Brett Eibner’s three-run shot capped a four-run seventh as the Hogs led 10-4. Josh Rutledge had three hits for Alabama. Five of the 22 combined hits were home runs and the rest were singles.


Auburn 10, No. 19 South Carolina 6

In Auburn, Ala., Creede Simpson went 3 for 4 with two RBI, a run and a walk to lead Auburn (5-1, 18-6) as it avoided a sweep in its SEC series against South Carolina (5-1, 19-5). Brian Fletcher had a RBI and a run in the first inning as Auburn jumped out to a 3-0 lead. The Gamecocks cut the lead to one in the third, when Parker Bangs’ two-RBI double made it a 4-3 game. Justin Hargett gave the Tigers their largest lead of the game with a two-RBI single in the sixth that put them up 10-3. Bangs had an RBI double and a run in the eighth that brought South Carolina within five, but with only one run in the ninth, the Gamecocks could not complete their comeback. Grant Dayton (4-1) struck out two in 7.1 innings, allowing nine hits and five runs to earn the win.


No. 20 UC Irvine 10, Nevada 3

In Reno, Nev., Eric Pettis improved to 4-0 with eight strong innings as UC Irvine salvaged the final game of its series with Nevada. Francis Larson went 2 for 4 with three RBI, and Ronnie Shaeffer and Jonathan Hurst each contributed two RBI for the Anteaters (14-8). Pettis allowed seven hits and struck out two. Joe Kohan had two hits and a RBI for the Wolf Pack (12-11).


Sam Houston State 8, UTSA 6

In San Antonio, Sam Houston State scored twice in the eighth in completing a Southland sweep of UTSA at Roadrunner Field. It was the 1,000th career win for head coach Mark Johnson. The Bearkats (6-3, 11-13) scored three in the first before Ryan Rummel’s two-run homer in the third pulled the Roadrunners (1-8, 9-13) to within one. SHSU added one in the fourth before UTSA plated four in the fifth for a 6-4 lead. The Bearkats tied it with two in the sixth. Braeden Riley’s RBI double in the eighth gave SHSU a 7-6 lead. Riley scored an insurance run on a base hit by Taylor Davis. Brandon Kimbrel (2-0) kept the Roadrunners off the scoreboard over the final 2.2 innings to earn the win. He allowed two hits and one walk with one strikeout. Tyler Carpenter had three hits for UTSA.


Stanford 3, USC 1

In Stanford, Calif., Colin Wash had a two-run single with two outs in the seventh to lift Stanford to a Pac-10 series win over USC. Ricky Oropesa had a solo homer in the top of the first for the Trojans (1-2, 12-12). The Cardinal (2-1, 12-6) tied it in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice fly by Stephen Piscotty. Walsh (3 for 4) had a two-run single in the seventh to give Stanford the lead. Alex Pracher (4-0) tossed three scoreless innings in relief with two hits, one walk and two strikeouts to earn the win. Brett Mooneyham had seven strikeouts in a six-inning start for the Cardinal. Jonathan Kaskow went 2 for 3 for Stanford, while Matt Foat had two hits for USC.


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