March 30, 2010

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Clark's ninth-inning homer lifts Louisville past Indiana

Oral Roberts nips Texas, Florida State beats Florida in Jacksonville


In Bloomington, Ind., Andrew Clark (right) smacked a two-run homer with two outs in the top of the ninth as No. 8 Louisville rallied past Indiana 5-4 Tuesday afternoon at Sembower Field. Clark (2 for 5, 3 RBI) committed an error with two outs in the bottom of the eighth that allowed the Hoosiers (12-11) to take a 4-3 lead. Kyle Grieshaber (3 for 5, 2 R) had a one-out infield single in the ninth for the Cardinals (21-3) and scored on Clark’s dinger. Clark broke a string of 28.2 consecutive scoreless innings for Drew Leininger (3-1). Neil Holland (4-0) entered the game in the eighth and pitched a perfect ninth to earn the victory. Ryan Wright homered in the third to give Louisville a 3-2 lead. Jerrud Sabourin (2 for 3, 2 RBI) had a run-scoring single in the bottom of the frame to knot the score at three. Alex Dickerson had two hits for IU.


Oral Roberts 3, No. 7 Texas 2

In Austin, Texas, Jared Schlehuber had a pinch-hit homer in the top of the eighth to carry Oral Roberts past Texas at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. The Golden Eagles (11-10) snapped a 15-game losing streak to the Longhorns (18-7). Tant Shepherd had a run-scoring single in the seventh for Texas that tied the game at two. Jeff Burleson (3-2) allowed two hits and one run in relief with one walk and four strikeouts to earn the win. Brandon Loy had three hits and a run for the Longhorns.


No. 6 Florida State 7, No. 9 Florida 2

In Jacksonville, Fla., Stuart Tapley homered, scored three and drove in two as Florida State handled Florida in front of 9,276 fans at the Baseball Grounds. Tapley reached on an error and scored in the top of the second before Thompson’s two-run homer in the bottom of the frame gave the Gators a 2-1 lead. The Seminoles quickly tied it in the third on a run-scoring single by Stephen Cardullo. FSU took the lead in the fifth as Tapley doubled and scored. The Seminoles added two in the seventh and Tapley’s two-run tater in the ninth completed the scoring. Brian Busch (4-0) earned the win in relief, working the final 4.1 scoreless innings with three hits, no walks and six strikeouts. Devon Travis knocked in two for FSU. James Ramsey had two hits and two runs for the Seminoles. Austin Maddox had two hits for Florida.


No. 2 Virginia 8, Towson 5

In Charlottesville, Va., Kenny Swab reached base five times as Virginia topped Towson at Davenport Field. Swab (3 for 3) had two doubles and two RBI for the Cavaliers (21-4). Steve Yarsinsky had a leadoff homer in a two-run third as the Tigers (5-19) built an early 4-0 lead. UVa got two in the third, and Swab doubled and scored in the fourth as the Cavs pulled to within one. Brian Wyman singled and scored in the fifth, giving Towson a 5-3 advantage. Swab had a two-run single to spark a five-run fifth as Virginia took the lead for good. John Hicks had two hits and two RBI for the Cavs. Shane Halley (1-0) pitched three innings in relief for the win. Justin Thompson tossed two perfect innings with three strikeouts before Kevin Arico worked a scoreless ninth for his ninth save. Kevin Collins had two hits and two RBI for the Tigers.


No. 3 Georgia Tech 14, Georgia State 3

In Atlanta, Mark Pope fanned a career-high 11 as Georgia Tech stopped Georgia State at the Field at Panthersville. The Panthers (14-11) led the country in scoring (13.2) and batting average (.379). Pope (3-0) allowed seven hits and three runs in 7.0 innings. The Yellow Jackets scored two in the first and seven in the second to take control. Tony Plagman (3 for 5, 3 R) homered and drove in two for Tech. Chase Burnette (3 RBI) and Jeff Rowland both had two hits for the Jackets. Carter Sackett had a two-run homer in a three-run fourth for Georgia State.


No. 5 UCLA 2, Pepperdine 1

In Los Angeles, Garett Claypool struck out nine as UCLA nipped Pepperdine at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Claypool (3-0) went 6.2 innings with two hits and one unearned run. Dan Klein struck out three in the top of the ninth for his fifth save. The Bruins (21-0) scored two in the fifth as Chris Giovinazzo had a run-scoring fielder’s choice and Cody Regis had a RBI bunt. Ryan Henry had a pinch-hit sacrifice fly in the seventh for the Waves (8-15). Dean Espy had a double and a run for UCLA.


No. 10 Oklahoma 26, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 3

In Norman, Okla., Cameron Seitzer hit for the cycle, and Tyler Ogle and Cale Ellis both belted grand slams as Oklahoma crushed Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Barry McDonley had a two-run homer in the first for the Lions (3-13) before Ogle’s slam highlighted a 10-run second for the Sooners (21-3). Seitzer (4 for 5, 5 R) had a triple and a homer in the second. Ellis (3 for 3) drove in seven, while Ogle (2 for 3) knocked in six.


No. 13 Arkansas 18, Centenary 2

In Fayetteville, Ark., Andy Wilkins drove in four as Arkansas thumped Centenary at Baum Stadium. Wilkins homered in the third to give the Razorbacks (19-5) a 3-1 lead. Collin Kuhn and Monk Kreder both had two-run hits in a six-run fourth as Arkansas built a 9-2 lead. Bo Bigham had three hits and three runs for the Hogs. Matt Vinson had three hits and Zack Cox scored three for Arkansas. Jeff Schaffert had a double and a RBI groundout for the Gents (8-11).


No. 14 TCU 10, UT Arlington 3

In Fort Worth, Texas, Taylor Featherston had three RBI to lead TCU past UTA at Lupton Stadium. Preston Beck tripled and scored in a two-run fourth as the Mavericks (12-13) took a 2-1 lead. Featherston’s squeeze capped a three-run third as the Horned Frogs (18-5) took a 4-2 advantage. After UTA added a run in the top of the sixth, TCU put up three more in the bottom of the frame for a 7-3 advantage. Featherston’s two-run double highlighted a three-run seventh to complete the scoring. Josh Elander had two hits and two runs for the Frogs. Beck, Jordan Vaughn and Shane Hopkins each had three hits for the Mavericks.


No. 17 South Carolina 10, The Citadel 1

In Columbia, S.C., Robert Beary went 4 for 5 with two RBI and one of his team’s five home runs as South Carolina topped The Citadel at Carolina Stadium. It was the 600th victory at South Carolina for head coach Ray Tanner and his 995th career win. Jackie Bradley Jr. (3 for 5, 3 RBI) also went deep for the Gamecocks (20-5), as did Jeffery Jones, Michael Roth and Scott Wingo. Bradley’s two-run shot keyed a three-run first and South Carolina added three more in the second for a 6-0 lead. Brad Felder went deep for the Bulldogs (18-7) in the top of the third. Wingo went yard in the sixth before Jones, Beary and Roth all homered in the seventh.


No. 19 Vanderbilt 7, Wofford 2

In Nashville, Tenn., Andrew Giobbi went 4 for 4 with four RBI as Vanderbilt defeated Wofford at Hawkins Field. Will Clinard (2-0) fanned five in four scoreless innings of relief for the win. Josh McKinney had a run-scoring single in the second for the Terriers (8-16). Giobbi’s two-run homer sparked a three-run rally in the bottom of the frame as the Commodores (22-4) took a 3-1 lead. Giobbi added a two-run double in a three-run third. Joe Loftus and Anthony Gomez both had two hits for Vanderbilt, while Jason Esposito scored three for the Commodores. Josh McKinney went 3 for 4 with one run and one RBI for Wofford.


Stony Brook 18, San Diego State 14 (14)

In San Diego, Stony Brook scored four unearned runs in the top of the 14th to outlast San Diego State in a game that took just under six hours at Tony Gwynn Stadium. The Aztecs (10-15) got two runs in the eighth that tied the score at 14. Willie Carmona (2-0) came in from left field to pitch for the Seawolves (8-11) with one out in the eighth and blanked SDSU over the final 6.2 innings with two hits, two walks and four strikeouts. Justin Echevarria went 5 for 6 with two runs and one RBI for Stony Brook. Pat Cantwell had three hits and four RBI for the Seawolves. Mitch Blackburn (4 for 6, 2 R, 2 RBI) and Chris Wilson (1 for 4, 3 BB, 4 R, 1 RBI) led the offense for the Aztecs.


Georgia Southern 3, UNF 2

In Statesboro, Ga., Justin Hess took a no-hitter into the ninth as Georgia Southern defeated UNF in front of 1,615 fans at J.I. Clements Stadium for its fourth straight win. Andrew Karmeris singled to center with one out in the ninth for the first hit for the Ospreys (14-13). Justin Prechajlo followed with a base hit, moving Karmeris. Colin Snow (1-1) relieved Hess (6 K, 4 BB) and surrendered a pinch-hit two-run double to Kevin Martin that tied the game at two. Steve Cochrane drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the ninth and pinch-runner Al Williams eventually scored the game-winner in a slow grounder to second. Romand Grimaldi had two hits for the Eagles (15-11).


Air Force 25, Colorado Christian 7

In USAF Academy, Colo., Garret Custons went 6 for 7 with nine RBI as Air Force thumped Colorado Christian at Falcon Field. Custons had two doubles and two home runs as the Falcons (7-17) scored in every innings, including multiple runs in seven of eight. Blair Roberts score six for Air Force, while K.J. Randhawa (3 for 6, 3 RBI) touched home five times and Addison Gentry drove in four. Doug Pavlich had two home runs for the Cougars (10-21). J.L. Buchanan also went deep for CCU.


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