April 7, 2010

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Hultzen helps Virginia down Radford

LSU edges Southern Miss in 12, Texas downs Texas A&M-Corpus Christi


In Charlottesville, Va., Danny Hultzen (right) had three hits and three RBI as No. 5 Virginia routed Radford 12-2 Wednesday evening at Davenport Field. Keith Werman had three hits and three runs for the Cavaliers (25-6). Hultzen had an RBI double and scored in a two-run first. Hultzen had another run-scoring double to cap a four-run fourth as UVa took a 6-0 lead. Ryan Burgess had a RBI single in the fifth and Matt Hillsinger (2 for 4) homered in the sixth for the Highlanders (13-13). Whit Mayberry (1-1) allowed three hits and one run in five innings with one walk and two strikeouts to earn the victory.


No. 4 LSU 6, Southern Miss 5 (12)

In Metairie, La., pinch-hitter Wet Delatte had a game-winning RBI single to cap a two-run rally in the bottom of the 12th as LSU edged Southern Miss in the annual Wally Pontiff Jr. Classic in front of 9,370 fans at Zephyr Field. Taylor Walker homered in the top of the 12th to give the Golden Eagles (16-11) a 5-4 lead. In the bottom of the frame, pinch-hitter Mason Katz doubled and scored on a triple by Leon Landry to tie the game at five. Delatte’s base hit gave the win to the Tigers (25-4). Micah Gibbs (3 for 6, 4 RBI) had a three-run homer in the fourth that erased an early 3-0 deficit. Gibbs had a run-scoring single in the sixth to put LSU on top 4-3, but a sacrifice fly by Travis Graves in the sixth evened the score at four. Taylor Walker had two hits and two runs for Southern Miss.


No. 6 Texas 6, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 2

In Austin, Texas, Cohl Walla homered and drove in two as Texas completed a two-game sweep of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Walla’s solo shot in the second gave the Longhorns (23-7) a 2-0 lead. Texas added a run in the fifth and Walla’s RBI single capped a two-run seventh as the Longhorns built a 5-0 lead. Jeramie Marek and Weston Montgomery both had run-scoring singles in the ninth for the Islanders (12-18). Kevin Lusson and Jordan Etier both had two hits and two RBI for Texas. Caleb Marx had three hits for TAMUCC.


No. 8 Florida State 9, UNF 2

In Tallahassee, Fla., Scott Sitz tossed six scoreless innings in his first collegiate start as Florida State topped UNF on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. Sitz (2-0) allowed two hits and did not allow a runner past second. Jayce Boyd went 3 for 3 with a homer and four RBI for the Seminoles (22-7). Parker Brunelle had a two-run single in a three-run first. Boyd added a two-run single in the second as FSU took a 5-0 lead. Boyd’s two-run homer in a three-run seventh made it 9-0. Preston Hale knocked in two with a double in the eighth for the Ospreys (17-15).


No. 10 Arkansas 32, Saint Louis 8

In Fayetteville, Ark., Arkansas scored a school-record 14 in the first in rolling past Saint Louis at Baum Stadium. Bo Bigham went 4 for 7 with four RBI for the Razorbacks (23-6). Arkansas sent 18 to the plate in the first and 12 reached before the first out. Bigham and Travis Sample both knocked in three in the first. Collin Kuhn (3 for 3, 3 R) and Brett Eibner (1 for 2, 2 R) both homered in the second, and Bigham went deep in the third as the Hogs led 21-1 after three. Monk Kreder went 3 for 4 with four runs and three RBI for Arkansas. Mike Levine had a triple and drove in three for the Billikens (15-15).


No. 11 Miami (Fla.) 11, Florida Atlantic 0

In Coral Gables, Fla., Yasmani Grandal and Scott Lawson both had three-run homers as Miami mauled FAU at Alex Rodriguez Park. Nathan Melendres had a two-run double in a four-run first for the Hurricanes (22-7). Grandal (2 for 3) went deep in the second to push the lead to 7-0. Lawson’s blast came in the fifth for a 10-0 advantage. David Gutierrez (2-0) allowed four hits in four innings to earn the victory. Eddie Cassidy had two hits for the Owls (16-13).


No. 12 South Carolina 6, College of Charleston 3

In Columbia, S.C., Nick Ebert homered and drove in three as South Carolina got past College of Charleston at Carolina Stadium. Colby Holmes (2-0) pitched five-plus innings with four hits and two runs with three walks and four strikeouts to earn the victory. Ebert had a run-scoring double in a two-run first and his two-run dinger in the third gave the Gamecocks (23-6) a 4-0 lead. Whit Merrifield had a sacrifice fly in the fourth and Adrian Morales added a RBI single in the fifth as USC built a 6-0 advantage. Cole Rakar homered in a two-run sixth for the Cougars (23-8) and Matt Leeds (2 for 4) went deep in the eighth.


No. 15 Clemson 14, Georgia 6

In Clemson, S.C., Mike Freeman had three hits and six RBI as Clemson outscored Georgia in front of 6,346 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Tigers (22-8) defeated the Bulldogs (10-19) for the second straight day. Freeman, who transferred to Clemson after one year at Georgia, led the 13-hit attack. Robert Shipman had a RBI groundout in the first and a three-run homer in the third as the Bulldogs took a 4-0 lead. Freeman had a two-run single in a three-run third and another two-run single capped a four-run fourth as the Tigers took a 7-4 lead. Will Lamb (3 for 3, 3 RBI) and John Hinson (3 for 5, 1 HR, 3 R, 3 RBI) both had three hits for Clemson.


UALR 9, No. 18 Ole Miss 6

In Oxford, Miss., Nate Brown and Tyson Parks both had two-run homers in a five-run seventh as UALR upset Ole Miss. The Rebels (21-9) led 5-2 after six before the Trojans (18-13) took a 7-5 lead in the seventh. Landis Wilson added a sacrifice fly in the eighth and UALR tacked on an insurance run in the ninth. J.R. Boling got the final out of the eighth and pitched a scoreless ninth to record his fourth save. Brown finished with three hits and three RBI for the Trojans. Matt Smith went 3 for 5 for Ole Miss with a homer, two runs and two RBI.


Charleston Southern 9, Furman 8

In Greenville, S.C., Jon Matthews had a two-run single to spark a six-run ninth as Charleston Southern rallied past Furman at Latham Stadium. Trailing 8-3, the Buccaneers (14-18) used four singles, an error and two wild pitches in the top of the ninth to take a 9-8 lead. The tying and go-ahead runs both came in on wild pitches. In the bottom of the ninth, Will Muzika drew a one-out walk, but was picked off. A foulout ended the contest. Muzika had two hits and three RBI, including a two-run homer in the first. Brantley Meier had two hits and three runs for Charleston Southern, including a two-run dinger.


Manhattan 9, Albany 8

In Riverdale, N.Y., Ramon Ortega smacked a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to lift Manhattan past Albany at Van Cortlandt Park. Chad Salem (3 for 4, 4 R) had a leadoff double in the bottom of the ninth. Ortega sent the next pitch over the left field wall to end the contest. Nick Camastro (2 for 4) had a two-run double and Kevin Nieto added a two-run single in a four-run fourth as the Jaspers (15-9) took a 5-1 lead. Both teams scored a pair in the fifth before the Great Danes (1-20) tallied five over the next three innings to take an 8-7 edge. Nolan Gaige went 3 for 5 with two runs for Albany.


Kent State 19, Pittsburgh 6

In Kent, Ohio, Kyle McMillen had two of his team’s six home runs as Kent State powered past Pittsburgh. McMillen (2 for 3, 3 R, 6 RBI) had a grand slam in a five-run first.  Travis Shaw added a grand slam in a nine-run second. McMillen and Evan Campbell (3 for 4, 4 R, 2 RBI) also went deep in the second as the Golden Flashes (16-15) built a 14-1 lead. John Schultz had two hits, two runs and three RBI for the Panthers (20-7).


(photo by Jimmy Jones)