April 16, 2010

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Burnette's bomb lifts Georgia Tech over Clemson

Virginia edges Virginia Tech, Oregon upsets UCLA


In Atlanta, Chase Burnette launched a two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the 10th to lift No. 5 Georgia Tech to an 8-6 win over No. 17 Clemson Friday in their ACC opener at Russ Chandler Stadium. The Yellow Jackets (13-3, 29-5) jumped on Casey Harman for five in the second to take a 5-2 lead. Cole Leonida and Matt Skole hit back-to-back homers, and Brandon Thomas (3 RBI) had a two-run triple in the big inning. But the Tigers (10-6, 23-12) clawed back as Will Lamb (2 for 4) singled in a run and Jeff Schaus ripped a three-run homer off Deck McGuire for a 6-5 lead. Andrew Robinson (4-0) picked up the win for the Jackets.


No. 3 Virginia 4, Virginia Tech 2

In Charlottesville, Va., John Hicks drove in the go-ahead run, and Phil Gosselin added an insurance run on a fielder's choice as Virginia scored twice in the eighth to edge Virginia Tech before a sellout crowd of 4,219 at Davenport Field. Tyler Wilson posted the win for the Cavaliers (11-5, 28-8) after Danny Hultzen allowed seven hits and two earned runs and struck out 10. Justin Wright pitched around six walks, allowing four hits and two earned runs in 6.1 innings for the Hokies (8-8, 24-12). Gosselin went 2 for 5, and Steven Proscia added two hits and a RBI for the Cavaliers. Andrew Rash went 2 for 3 with a solo homer that tied it at 2 in the eighth for Tech.


Oregon 5, No. 2 UCLA 4

In Los Angeles, Scott McGough got a strikeout with two on in the bottom of the ninth to secure the win as Oregon upset UCLA in Pac-10 play at Jackie Robinson Stadium. McGough pitched 4.1 scoreless innings in relief with three hits and four strikeouts to earn the win. The Ducks (5-5, 22-11) scored two in the second and Marcus Piazzisi homered in a two-run third as Oregon took a 4-0 lead. Blair Dunlap (2 for 5) belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the third for the Bruins (4-3, 26-4) to cut the lead in half. Steven Packard (2 for 2, 2 R) singled and scored in the fifth to give Oregon a 5-2 advantage. Dean Espy (2 for 5) went deep with a runner on in the bottom of the frame to make it a one-run contest. Curtis Raulinaitis drove in two for the Ducks.


No. 1 Arizona State 5, USC 4

In Tempe, Ariz., Arizona State built a 5-1 lead and held off USC late in claiming the Pac-10 series opener in front of 4,279 fans at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark. Seth Blair (6-0) went 6.2 innings with seven hits, four runs (three earned) and seven strikeouts to earn the victory. Mitchell Lambson pitched two innings of scoreless relief before Jordan Swagerty recorded the final out for his ninth save. Raoul Torrez had a two-run single in the second to put the Sun Devils (7-3, 29-3) on top for good at 2-1. Zach Wilson and Johnny Ruettiger (2 for 4) both drove in runs in the fourth and Kole Calhoun’s homer in the fifth gave ASU a 5-1 advantage. The Trojans (2-8, 15-18) scored two in the sixth and one in the seventh to pull to within one. USC put its leadoff man on base in both the eighth and ninth, but could not plate the equalizer. Riccio Torrez and Matt Newman both scored twice for the Devils. Joe De Pinto went 3 for 5 with two runs and one RBI for the Trojans.


No. 4 Texas 4, Texas A&M 3 (11)

In Austin, Texas, pinch-runner Sam Stafford scored the game-winner on a mishandled grounder with two outs in the bottom of the 11th as Texas won the Big 12 series opener against Texas A&M at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Russell Moldenhauer had a leadoff single in the 11th and was replaced by Stafford, who moved to second on a base hit and to third on a walk before coming in on Jonathan Walsh’s grounder to third. Tant Shepherd (3 for 5) homered in the first and Kevin Lusson lifted a two-run dinger in the sixth as the Longhorns (11-2, 28-7) built a 3-0 lead. Taylor Jungman allowed just two hits and two walks in seven scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts for Texas. Andrew Collazo had a run-scoring single in the eighth for the Aggies (6-6-1, 20-12-1) before Adam Smith’s two-run double in the ninth tied it at 3.


No. 6 LSU 12, Alabama 5

In Baton Rouge, La., Blake Dean (3 R, 4 RBI) went deep twice as LSU thumped Alabama in the SEC series opener at Alex Box Stadium. Dean’s three-run dinger in the second capped a five-run second and gave the Tigers (9-4, 28-6) the lead for good at 6-4. Dean’s leadoff homer in the fourth gave LSU a 10-4 advantage. Anthony Ranaudo (2-0) allowed three earned runs on five hits in six innings with eight strikeouts to earn the win. Austin Nola homered, walked twice and scored three for the Tigers. Leon Landry had two hits and two runs for LSU. Taylor Dugas had three hits and two RBI for the Crimson Tide (5-8, 22-13).


No. 7 Florida State 16, Duke 3

In Cary, N.C., Tyler Holt went 3 for 4 with four runs, two RBI and a walk in Florida State’s (11-5, 27-8) ACC series-opening victory against Duke (5-11, 20-15). Holt hit solo home runs to lead off the first two innings, and by the middle of the second, the Seminoles had nine hits and a 7-0 lead. Stephen Cardullo hit a two-RBI triple in the third and scored on the next play to give Florida State a 10-1 lead. Will Currier hit a solo home run in the fourth and Will Piwnica-Worms drew a bases-loaded walk in the sixth to bring Duke within six, but that was the closest it would get. Already leading 11-3 after eight, the Seminoles scored five runs in the ninth. Sean Gilmartin (6-2) pitched eight innings – striking out six, walking two, and allowing eight hits and three runs – to earn the win.


No. 8 Arkansas 10, Georgia 2
In Fayetteville, Ark., the Razorbacks (10-3, 29-6) coasted to a SEC series-opening win over Georgia (3-10, 11-23) on the arm of Drew Smyly (5-0). The left-hander allowed two early runs for the Bulldogs in the opening frame, but followed the rough start with eight shutout innings. Smyly threw the entire game, allowing eight hits while fanning seven. The Arkansas lineup supported Smyly’s effort, producing runs in every frame but the second and third. Andy Wilkins was 2 for 5 with a homer and drove in four. Justin Grimm (2-5) suffered the loss in 5.2 innings on the hill, surrendering eight of the 10 total runs. UGA’s Levi Hyams was 3 for 4 with a RBI.

No. 9 Florida 10, Kentucky 8

In Lexington, Ky., Austin Maddox went 3 for 5 with three RBI and two runs to lead Florida (9-4, 24-9) as it beat Kentucky (4-9, 21-13) in their SEC series opener. Andy Burns and Marcus Nidiffer hit solo home runs in the second to put Kentucky up 2-0, and Braden Kapteyn added a RBI single in the fourth. Jonathan Pigott hit a solo home run to lead off the fifth, an inning in which the Gators scored five runs to take their first lead. In the sixth, back-to-back solo home runs from Nidiffer and Taylor Black and a sacrifice fly from Chad Wright tied the game at 6. Maddox’s three-run home run in the seventh gave Florida a 9-6 lead and the eventual game-winning run. Matt den Dekker led off the eighth with a solo home run to give Florida a four-run cushion. Kentucky scored twice in the bottom of the eighth and still had runners on first and third, but two straight outs kept it from scoring again. Kevin Chapman, who entered the game with no outs and two on in the eighth, earned a save (7) after striking out four, walking one, and allowing one hit. Jeff Barfield (2-0) got the win after allowing one hit and two runs in 1.1 innings.


No. 10 South Carolina 5, No. 18 Ole Miss 0

In Columbia, S.C., Blake Cooper (7-0) threw a complete-game shutout and South Carolina (10-3, 27-7) beat Ole Miss (7-6, 23-12) in their SEC series opener. Each team had only four hits and the first seven innings were a pitcher’s duel. Drew Pomeranz, who struck out 10, walked four and limited the Gamecocks to two hits in seven innings, did not allow a run but ended up with a no decision. Facing Ole Miss’ bullpen, the Gamecocks scored all their runs in the eighth. Adrian Morales hit a three-RBI double and scored on the next play when Kyle Enders hit a RBI triple to make it a 5-0 game. David Phillips hit a two-out double in the ninth, but Cooper retired the next batter to end the game. Cooper struck out 10, walked one and allowed four hits to earn the win.


No. 11 Coastal Carolina 8, Gardner-Webb 2
In Forest City, N.C., Coastal Carolina’s Cody Wheeler (6-0) proved he was in the driver’s seat, pitching a complete game against Gardner-Webb (5-5, 16-17) in the Chanticleer Big South victory. Wheeler surrendered five hits, while striking out seven and walking only two. At the plate the Chants (9-0, 30-5) finished out strong, scoring five runs after the seventh inning stretch. Tommy La Stella had the top performance, going 2 for 5 and knocking in three. On the hill, Bulldog starter Brett Stackhouse (1-2) tallied the loss, allowing five runs on seven hits while walking five in six innings. Kurt Fulginiti went 1 for 4 with a pair of RBI and a long ball.

No. 12 TCU 12, BYU 1

In Provo, Utah, Kyle Winkler allowed three hits and one run in eight innings as TCU secured its Mountain West series win against BYU at Miller Field. Winkler (6-0) walked four and fanned six. Erik Miller pitched a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts. Bryan Holaday had four hits and three RBI to lead the offense for the Horned Frogs (7-3, 26-7). Matt Curry had a three-run homer and Aaron Schultz added a two-run double in a five-run first for TCU. Holaday smacked a two-run homer in the second to extend the lead to 7-0. Alex Wolfe went deep in the fourth for the lone run for the Cougars (4-7, 16-18). Brance Rivera finished with three hits and two runs for the Frogs.


No. 15 Miami (Fla.) 7, North Carolina 5
In Coral Gables, Fla., the Hurricanes (12-4, 25-9) stormed North Carolina (6-10, 22-14) in their ACC series opener. Miami got on the ball early, scoring four in the first inning. ‘Canes starter Chris Henrandez (5-2) earned his fifth win in five innings, despite giving up five runs on eight hits. Daniel Miranda sealed his second save. Tar Heel hurler Matt Harvey (4-2) lost, giving up all seven runs on eight hits. Miami catcher Yasmani Grandal was 2 for 4 with three runs batted and a round-tripper. UNC’s Brain Goodwin was the only Tar Heel with multiple RBI as he went 2 for 4.


Stanford 14, No. 16 Oregon State 6

In Corvallis, Ore., Jake Schlander had three hits and six RBI to lead Stanford past Oregon State in the opener of their Pac-10 series. Jonathan Kaskow (2 for 4, 3 R, 4 RBI) had a two-run double and Schlander added a two-run single in the first for the Cardinal (5-5, 16-13). Stefen Romero had a three-run double in a six-run fifth as the Beavers (3-4, 20-9) took a 6-4 lead. Kaskow had a two-run double and Schlander socked a two-run homer in a five-run seventh as Stanford went ahead 9-6. The Cardinal put the game away with five in the eighth, keyed by Schlander’s two-run single. Kenny Diekroeger had two hits and two RBI for Stanford. Chris Reed (1-0) pitched a perfect sixth with one strikeout to earn the win. Mark Appel fanned two over the final three hitless innings to record his first save.


Florida Atlantic 10, No. 19 Western Kentucky 3

In Boca Raton, Fla., Andy Mee (4 for 5, 2 R) homered to snap a 3-3 tie and spark a five-run seventh as FAU outlasted a two-hour rain delay to knock off WKU. Monte Ketchum and Logan Robbins had consecutive run-scoring doubles in the second for the Hilltoppers (9-4, 27-10) before Nathan Pittman (2 for 4) had a RBI single and Mike Albaladejo added a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the frame to knot the score at 2. Matt Rice ripped a RBI double in the third to give WKU a 3-2 lead before Pittman’s homer in the fourth tied it at 3. After Mee gave the Owls (10-6, 20-14) a 4-3 lead, FAU plated four more in the seventh for an 8-3 advantage. The Owls put up two insurance runs in the eighth to complete the scoring. Chase Vergason had three hits and two RBI for FAU. Logan Robbins went 2 for 3 with two RBI for WKU.


UC Santa Barbara 5, No. 20 Cal State Fullerton 3

In Santa Barbara, Calif., Mario Hollands worked 8.2 strong innings, and Gunnar Terhune ripped a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh as UC Santa Barbara knocked off Cal State Fullerton in the Big West. Hollands (3-2) allowed eight hits and three earned runs for the Gauchos (3-1, 16-12). Ryan Tregoning went 2 for 4 with two runs, and Mark Haddow went 3 for 5 for UCSB. Christian Colon went 2 for 4 with two homers and two RBI for the Titans (5-2, 18-13).


Delaware 18, Towson 10

In Newark, Del., Carlos Alonso hit for the cycle as Delaware outscored Towson in the CAA series opener at Bob Hannah Stadium. Alonso went 5 for 6 with two singles and four RBI. Alonso homered in the first along with Ryan Cuneo (4 for 6, 3 R) to give the Blue Hens (2-5, 17-14) the early lead. Chris Wychock went deep for the Tigers (5-8, 10-25) in the second before Alonso added a RBI single in the bottom of the frame. After Towson tallied one in the top of the third, Steve Ulaky’s three-run double highlighted a four-run third as Delaware took a 7-2 lead. Kevin Collins belted a three-run homer in the fifth to pull the Tigers to within two. Alonso had a single to help score a run in the bottom of the frame before his RBI triple in the sixth followed another Cuneo homer and a three-run double by Aaron Mascoe (3 for 5, 3 R) as the Hens led 13-5. Steve Yarsinsky had a two-run homer in a three-run seventh and Steve Rice (3 for 4, 3 R) launched a two-run shot in the eighth as Towson narrowed the gap to 13-10. Following an hour-long weather delay, Alonso had a run-scoring double in a five-run eighth to complete the scoring. Josh Dean went 3 for 3 with four runs, while Pat Dameron had three hits and three RBI for Delaware.


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