April 27, 2010

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Gosselin's grand slam lifts Virginia past Coastal Carolina

Cal State Fullerton rallies past San Diego, Connecticut wins 22nd straight


In Charlottesville, Va., Phil Gosselin’s grand slam in the second propelled No. 3 Virginia to a 6-3 win over No. 5 Coastal Carolina Tuesday at Davenport Field., snapping the 17-game win streak of the Chanticleers (36-6). Branden Kline (3-0) allowed four hits and two runs (one earned) in five innings with one walk and four strikeouts to earn the victory for the Cavaliers (35-9). Tyler Wilson surrendered one run in three innings before Kevin Arico (right) worked a perfect ninth for his 13th save, matching the top mark in the nation. Gosselin’s slam put Virginia up 4-0 after two. Taylor Motter had a run-scoring triple for Coastal in the third. John Hicks (2 for 4, 2 R) doubled and scored in the fourth to give the Cavs a 5-1 advantage. Gosselin singled and scored in the fifth as UVa built a 6-1 lead. The Chants added single runs in the sixth and seventh to complete the scoring. Chance Gilmore had two hits and two runs for Coastal.


No. 15 Cal State Fullerton 13, San Diego 10

In San Diego, Carlos Lopez launched a grand slam with two outs in the top of the ninth as Cal State Fullerton silenced San Diego at Cunningham Stadium. After Corey Jones (4 for 5, 4 RBI) had a run-scoring single in the eighth for the Titans (25-13) to tie the game at 9, Zach Kometani’s RBI single in the bottom of the frame gave the Toreros (23-16) a 10-9 advantage. Richie Pedroza (4 for 5, 2 R) singled in the top of the ninth, moved to second on a walk to Christian Colon and advanced to third on an infield single by Gary Brown, setting the stage for the slam by Lopez and giving Fullerton its seventh straight win. Chris Engell (2 for 5, 2 R) and Kometani (3 for 4, 2 R, 3 RBI) both had two-run homers in a six-run first for USD. Jones had a two-run single to cap a six-run sixth as the Titans took an 8-7 lead.


No. 18 Connecticut 14, Bryant 6

In Storrs, Conn., Mike Olt had a bases-loaded walk in the sixth to snap a 5-5 tie and added a two-run homer in the seventh as Connecticut rallied past Bryant at J.O Christian Field in a game called after eight innings due to darkness. The Huskies (34-7) extended their win streak to 22, the longest current streak in Division I. Olt had three runs and three RBI. The Bulldogs (19-19) scored two in the second and three in the fifth to take a 5-3 lead. UConn fought back with seven in the sixth to take control. Nick Ahmed went 3 for 4 with two runs and three RBI for the Huskies. Kevin Vance added two hits and three RBI for UConn. Jamie Skagerlind went 2 for 3 with two runs and two RBI for Bryant.


No. 1 Texas 6, UTSA 4

In Austin, Texas, Cohl Walla homered and knocked in two as Texas topped UTSA at UFCU Disch-Falk Field to extend its win streak to 17, its longest since 1988. Jeff Taliaferro has a sacrifice fly in the top of the second for the Roadrunners (14-24) before Walla’s two-run blast capped a three-run bottom of the frame as the Longhorns (35-7) took control. Texas added two in the fourth for a 5-1 advantage. Ryan Rummel (2 for 5) had a RBI double and scored in the eighth for UTSA. Kevin Lusson had two hits and two runs for the Longhorns. Chance Ruffin allowed four hits and one run over the final 1.1 innings with three strikeouts for his 10th save.


No. 2 Arizona State 11, San Francisco 5

In Tempe, Ariz., Riccio Torrez tied a career high with four hits as Arizona State outscored San Francisco in front of 3,040 fans at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark. Torrez homered in the eighth to complete the scoring for the Sun Devils (34-5). Kole Calhoun and Zack MacPhee also went deep for ASU. Austin Barnes knocked in three for the Sun Devils. Derek Poppert went 4 for 5 with one RBI for the Dons (22-19).


No. 4 Georgia Tech 6, Georgia 4

In Atlanta, Matt Skole and Evan Martin both had two-run hits in a six-run eighth as Georgia Tech rallied past Georgia in the ninth Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Spring Baseball Classic in front of 16,194 fans at Turner Field. The Bulldogs (12-29) scored a pair in the sixth to break a scoreless tie. Skole’s triple in the eighth gave the Yellow Jackets (35-7) a 3-2 lead. Martin’s double capped the rally to give Tech a 6-2 advantage. Brett DeLoach had a pinch-hit two-run double in the bottom of the frame as Georgia pulled to within two. Andrew Robinson recorded the final four outs for his fourth save. Levi Hyams had two hits and one RBI for the Bulldogs.


No. 6 UCLA 4, UC Irvine 1

In Los Angeles, Garett Claypool pitched a career-high 7.2 innings as UCLA got past UC Irvine at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Claypool (6-1) allowed six hits and one run with one walk and three strikeouts. Dan Klein fanned one in the ninth for his eighth save. Beau Amaral had a sacrifice fly in the second for the Bruins (30-7). Chris Giovinazzo had a two-run homer in a three-run fifth for UCLA. Brian Hernandez (2 for 4) had a run-scoring double in the eighth for the Anteaters (24-14). Blair Dunlap had two hits for the Bruins. Casey Stevenson had two hits for UCI.


No. 11 TCU 5, Baylor 4 (10)

In Fort Worth, Texas, TCU tied it in the ninth and won it in the 10th against Baylor at Lupton Stadium. Aaron Schultz was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth to even the score at 4. Joe Welk had a sacrifice fly one inning later to give the win to the Horned Frogs (31-8). Bryan Holaday went 3 for 5 with one RBI for TCU. Tyler Collins and Abel Baker ( 1 HR) both had two hits and two RBI for the Bears (24-17).


New Orleans 7, No. 13 LSU 4

In Baton Rouge, La., Rodarrick Jones had three hits and three RBI as New Orleans knocked off LSU at Alex Box Stadium. Jerad Comarda had a sacrifice fly in the eighth to give the Privateers (11-29) a 4-3 lead. Jones added a RBI single later in the frame. Mikie Mahtook (2 for 4, 2 RBI) had a run-scoring single in the bottom of the frame to pull to within one. Mike Petello and Comarda both had RBI hits in the ninth as UNO snapped a nine-game losing streak. The Tigers (32-10) lost for the fourth straight game. Nolan Church and Nick Schwaner both had two hits and two runs for New Orleans. Blake Dean had two hits and one RBI for LSU.


No. 14 Miami (Fla.) 9, St. Thomas 6

In Coral Gables, Fla., Zeke DeVoss had three hits, including a homer, and three runs to lead Miami past St. Thomas at Alex Rodriguez Park. The Bobcats (27-27) scored four in the first to take the early lead. After tallying one in the first, Scott Lawson’s three-run homer in the third tied it at 4. Michael Broad’s two-run dinger later in the frame gave the Hurricanes (30-11) a 6-4 lead. STU tied it with two in the fourth before a homer by DeVoss in the bottom of the fourth gave Miami the lead for good. Ryan Perry went deep in the sixth for the Hurricanes. Victor Madrazo and Ozzie Sanchez both had two hits and one RBI for the Bobcats.


No. 16 Ole Miss 11, Murray State 10 (10)

In Oxford, Miss., Alex Yarbrough homered in the bottom of the 10th to give Ole Miss the win over Murray State at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field. Tim Ferguson (2 for 4, 3 R, 2 RBI) and Matt Smith (4 for 6, 2 R, 2 RBI) homered in the fifth to give the Rebels (29-13) a 10-1 lead. Wes Cunningham’s grand slam highlighted a seven-run seventh for the Throughbreds (19-21), and Murray State tied it with two in the ninth. Taylor Hightower had four hits and one run for Ole Miss. Daniel Hill had three hits for the ‘Breds.


No. 17 Oklahoma 14, Dallas Baptist 0

In Norman, Okla., four pitchers combined on the shutout as Oklahoma hammered Dallas Baptist at Dale Mitchell Park. Ryan Gibson (4-2) allowed six hits and five walks in 5.2 innings with six strikeouts to earn the win. Anthony Collazo (1.0 IP, 1 H, 3 K), Michael Rocha (1.1 IP, 1 H. 1 BB) and Brandon Bargas (1.0 IP, 0 H) completed the shutout. The Sooners (30-11) put up five in the first, as Drew Harrison had a three-run double and Danny Black (3 for 3, 4 RBI) added a two-run homer. Tyler Ogle’s three-run homer capped a six-run fifth and Cale Ellis contributed a three-run triple in the sixth. Austin Knight, Austin Elkins and Chris Haney each had two hits for the Patriots (23-17).


UC Riverside 18, UNLV 10

In Las Vegas, Justin Shults tied a school record with three home runs as UC Riverside outscored UNLV at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. Shults went 5 for 6 with four runs and four RBI and tied the Division I school record for hits in a game. Trent Jemmett (2 for 3, 1 HR, 2 R), Bryan Horst (2 for 5, 1 HR, 3 R) and Trevor Hairgrove (3 for 6) each drove in three for the Highlanders (21-13). Kyle Kretchmer (3 for 5, 1 HR, 4 RBI) and Brandon Bayardi (3 for 5, 2 HR, 3 R, 3 RBI) paced the offense for the Rebels (21-19).


(photos by Jimmy Jones)