April 25, 2010

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Mort delivers game-winning hit for Ole Miss sweep of LSU

Arizona State tops Washington, Florida wins SEC series from Arkansas


In Oxford, Miss., Kevin Mort had a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth as Ole Miss completed a three-game SEC sweep of No. 5 LSU with a 7-6 decision at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field. The Tigers (11-7, 32-9) led 6-3 after five before Taylor Hashman (2 for 2) had a run-scoring single in the sixth for the Rebels (11-7, 28-13). Matt Snyder (2 for 3, 3 R) (right) and Alex Yarbrough (2 RBI) both went deep in the eighth to knot the score at 6. Taylor Hightower and Miles Hamblin had consecutive singles to start the ninth for Ole Miss. Tim Ferguson was intentionally walked before Mort singled to left center for the victory. Tyler Hanover went 3 for 5 with one run and one RBI for LSU, while Leon Landry had two hits and two runs for the Tigers.


No. 1 Arizona State 10, Washington 4

In Tempe, Ariz., Kole Calhoun reached base five times to lead Arizona State past Washington to win the rubber game of the Pac-10 series at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark. Calhoun went 3 for 3 with a home run and two walks. Zack MacPhee and Raoul Torrez both had three hits for the Sun Devils (11-4, 33-5). Drew Maggi homered in a two-run first and Calhoun belted a two-run dinger in the third as ASU built a 4-0 lead. Torrez had a two-run single in the fifth and Zach Wilson added a two-run homer in the seventh. Troy Scott went 3 for 4 with a homer and two RBI for the Huskies (5-7, 20-18).


No. 11 Florida 2, No. 6 Arkansas 1
In Gainesville, Fla., Mike Zunino singled with one out in the bottom of the ninth to score pinch-runner Cody Dent as Florida nipped Arkansas in the rubber game of their SEC showdown. Brian Johnson tossed seven scoreless innings with three hits and nine strikeouts, then got the ninth-inning rally started with a single. Kevin Chapman (2-0) tossed the final two innings to post the win, despite allowing a game-tying solo homer to Collin Kuhn (2 for 4) in the eighth. Earlier, Preston Tucker's solo homer had given the Gators (12-6, 28-11) a lead. The Razorbacks dropped to 13-5, 33-8.

No. 2 Texas 9, Oklahoma State 3

In Austin, Texas, Kevin Lusson went 3 for 3 with a home run to lead Texas to a Big 12 sweep of Oklahoma State at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. The Longhorns (16-2, 34-7) won their 16th straight game and 14th consecutive conference contest. Lusson had two runs and two RBI. Cameron Rupp had a run-scoring double in the first and Cohl Walla added a RBI double in the second to start the scoring for Texas. Tant Shepherd (2 for 3, 3 R) tripled and scored in a two-run third as the Longhorns built a 4-0 lead. Josh Botts had a run-scoring triple and scored in the seventh before Lusson belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the frame. Kevin Keyes went 3 for 4 with two runs and two RBI for Texas. Davis Duren went 3 for 4 and Kevin David had two doubles for the Cowboys (5-10, 23-16).


Virginia Tech 10-12, No. 3 Georgia Tech 3-14
In Atlanta, Ronnie Shaban homered, drove in two and scored three times, and Tony Balisteri had two hits and three RBI as Virginia Tech topped Georgia Tech in a game continued from Saturday, giving the Hokies the ACC series win. Matthew Price tossed seven innings, striking out eight and allowing six hits and two earned runs to improve to 5-3. In the series finale, the Yellow Jackets (16-5, 34-7) blasted homers, with Derek Dietrich (14), Matt Skole (13), Chase Burnette (12) and Cole Leonida (9) all getting into the act. The Hokies (11-10, 28-14) trailed 13-3 before erupting for seven runs in the eighth inning and adding two more in the ninth. Anthony Sosnoskie hit a three-run homer, and Steve Domecus, Ronnie Shaban and Tony Balisteri each drove in two runs for Virginia Tech.

No. 15 Arizona 6, No. 7 UCLA 4

In Tucson, Ariz., Arizona used a three-run fourth to salvage the finale of its Pac-10 series with UCLA at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium. Seth Mejias-Brean had a run-scoring double to snap a 1-1 tie and spark the three-run fourth for the Wildcats (8-7, 28-11). Alex Mejia (3 for 4) had a RBI double in a two-run sixth as Arizona took a 6-1 lead. The Bruins (7-5, 29-7) added two in the seventh and one in the ninth. Dean Espy had two hits and one RBI for UCLA.


No. 8 Florida State 6, No. 13 Miami (Fla.) 5
In Tallahassee, Fla., Mike McGee blasted a 3-2 offering over the wall in right-center for a two-run shot that gave Florida State a series win over Miami in an amazing ACC matchup that saw each game decided by a single run. In winning in walk-off fashion for the second straight day, the Seminoles (14-7, 31-10) earned their first home series over the Hurricanes (15-6, 29-11) since 2003. Parker Brunelle walked to lead off the ninth, but Taylor Wulf relieved Sam Robinson and struck out Tyler Holt and Stephen Cardullo. McGee's homer was his third of the series and eighth of the year. Zeke DeVoss homered and drove in two, and Yasmani Grandal launched his 10th homer for the Hurricanes.

No. 9 Coastal Carolina 6, VMI 2
In Lexington, Va., Coastal Carolina completed its weekend Big South sweep of VMI. The Chanticleers (14-0, 36-5) broke away from a 1-1 tie in the top of the second inning and never looked back. Tommy La Stella had a standout day as he went 4 for 5 with a RBI and a stolen base. On the hill, Matt Rein (5-0) earned the win in relief. Rein threw four scoreless innings with just one hit and six of the 11 batters he faced went down on strikes. The Keydets (10-8, 29-12) pushed across just two runs in the contest, Graham Sullivan and George Piccirilli each drove in a run. VMI starter Sam Roberts (5-3) suffered the loss as he surrendered four runs during his three-inning tenure.

No. 10 South Carolina 5-8, Georgia 0-7
In Athens, Ga., it was sweep day for the Gamecocks (14-4, 32-8), who took both the doubleheader and the SEC series over the Bulldogs (3-15, 12-28). In the first game, South Carolina clinched the series on the arm of Sam Dyson, who threw a complete game seven-inning shutout. Dyson allowed just one run and no base on balls. With defense in order the Gamecocks supplied steady production at the plate, with a three-run sixth being the biggest inning. Bobby Haney was 2 for 3 with a pair of runs batted in. The final contest was a much different ball game as the two teams went down to the wire. South Carolina scored four runs in the top of the first and both teams raced on to seventh, where the Gamecocks broke a 7-7 tie to take the tilt. Jackie Bradley Jr. reached base five times, going 4 for 4 with a walk, and Adrian Morales drove in three runners. Ethan Carter (2-0) was awarded the win, throwing two innings of scoreless baseball.


No. 12 TCU 7, UNLV 1

In Fort Worth, Texas, Steven Maxwell dominated into the eighth as TCU completed a Mountain West sweep of UNLV at Lupton Stadium. Maxwell (6-0) allowed five hits in 7.2 innings with one walk and a career-high nine strikeouts. Jerome Pena had three hits, two runs and two RBI for the Horned Frogs (11-3, 30-8). Brance Rivera had three hits and one RBI for TCU. Brandon Bayardi had two hits and drove in a run for the Rebels (5-7, 21-18).


Seton Hall 8, No. 14 Louisville 6
In Louisville, Ky., the Cardinals (11-4, 32-7) were looking to sweep Seton Hall in the final contest, but fell short. The Pirates (4-11, 14-22-1) produced four runs in the first four innings and held Louisville scoreless until the bottom of the fifth. Jon Prosinski (2-2) tallied the win, surrendering two runs on four hits in 5.1 innings, and Benny Mejia picked up his first save. Will Walsh was 1 for 4 with a pair of RBI. Cardinal starter Gabriel Shaw (4-1) took his first loss of the season. Adam Duval hit 3 for 4 with a RBI.


Missouri 4-9, No. 17 Kansas State 2-8 (Game 2 - 10 innings)
In Columbia, Mo., Dane Opel's two-run single in the bottom of the 10th inning gave Missouri a Big 12 doubleheader sweep of Kansas State after the first two days of the series were rained out. The Tigers (6-8, 21-17) trailed by a run in the ninth but tied it when Ryan Ampleman squeezed in Ryan Gebhart. Trailing again in the 10th, Missouri loaded the bases and Opel (2 for 6, 3 RBI) delivered. Brett Nicholas had two hits and three RBI, and Gebhart scored three times. Matt Giller and Carter Jurica each had two RBI, and Adam Muenster went 3 for 5 with a run and a RBI for the Wildcats (9-5, 27-10). In the first game, Nick Tepesch tossed 7.2 solid innings, allowing seven hits, six walks and one earned run and striking out five. Andreas Plackis had two hits and two RBI to pace Missouri.


(photo by Jimmy Jones)