April 30, 2010

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Hultzen hurls complete game as Virginia downs Duke

Texas tops Baylor in 10, Arizona State stops UCLA


In Durham, N.C., Danny Hultzen (right) tossed his first career complete game and struck out a career-best 13, and John Hicks and Tyler Cannon each drove in three as No. 12 Virginia topped Duke 12-3 Friday in the ACC. The Cavaliers (16-6, 37-9) scored six times in the eighth inning to break from a 5-3 game, with Hicks blasting a three-run homer in the frame. Keith Werman went 4 for 5, and Dan Grovatt and Reed Gragnani contributed two RBI apiece for Virginia. Hultzen allowed four hits and three runs (two earned) in improving to 7-1. Jeremy Gould went 2 for 4 with a homer and two RBI for the Blue Devils (7-15, 25-19).

No. 1 Texas 4, Baylor 2 (10)

In Waco, Texas, the Longhorns tied it in the eighth and won it in the 10th as Texas edged Baylor at Baylor Ballpark in the Big 12 series opener to extend its win streak to 18 and its conference win streak to 15. Brandon Loy walked in the eighth for the Longhorns (36-7, 17-2) and scored on a single by Russell Moldenhauer to knot the score at 2. Cohl Walla (2 for 5) led off the top of the 10th with a base hit, moved to second on a walk to Loy and advanced to third on a single by Tant Shepherd (3 for 4). With one out, pinch-hitter Paul Montalbano walked to plate Walla with the go-ahead run. Kevin Keyes added a sacrifice fly for an insurance run. Chance Ruffin (5-1) allowed a hit and a walk with three strikeouts in the bottom of the frame to preserve the win. He gave up two hits and two walks in three scoreless innings with six strikeouts to earn the victory. Cal Towey had three hits and one run for the Bears (7-10, 25-18).


No. 2 Arizona State 5, No. 6 UCLA 1

In Los Angeles, Johnny Ruettiger’s two-run triple keyed a four-run eighth as Arizona State stopped UCLA at Jackie Robinson Stadium in the Pac-10 series opener. Ruettiger’s hit broke a 1-1 tie and was followed by a run-scoring single by Raoul Torrez (2 for 4) and a sacrifice fly by Austin Barnes. Seth Blair allowed one run on six hits with six strikeouts in 6.2 innings for the Sun Devils (12-4, 36-5). Mitchell Lambson (5-2) did not allow a base runner over the final 2.1 innings to earn the win. He struck out five of the seven hitters he faced, including the three in the ninth. Gerrit Cole (6-2) struck out nine in seven innings, but was tagged with the loss. Cody Regis and Chris Giovinazzo both had a hit and a walk for the Bruins (7-6, 30-8).


NC State 6, No. 4 Georgia Tech 5
In Raleigh, N.C., Jake Buchanan struck out 13 in 7.2 solid innings as NC State handed Georgia Tech its third loss in its past five games. Buchanan (5-4) allowed five runs (three earned) and walked one on 138 pitches. Grant Sasser tossed the final 1.1 innings for his fifth save. The Wolfpack (10-12, 27-17) roughed up Georgia Tech ace Deck McGuire (5-3) for 10 hits and five runs (four earned) in six innings, scoring two in the third and fourth and one more in the fifth. Dallas Poulk drove in two, and John Glanis went 2 for 4 with two runs and a RBI for NC State. Thomas Nichols went 2 for 4 with two homers and three RBI for the Yellow Jackets (16-6, 35-8).

No. 5 Coastal Carolina 18, UNC Asheville 2
In Conway, S.C., Coastal Carolina used the long ball in the middle innings - getting homers from Daniel Bowman, Rico Noel and Tucker Frawley - in pounding out a win over UNC Asheville in the Big South. The Chanticleers (15-0, 37-6) led 4-2 in the fifth when Bowman hit his 10th homer. Later in the inning, Noel hit a towering homer to left. An inning later, Frawley hit a three-run shot. Taylor Motter contributed three RBI, giving Anthony Meo (9-1) all the support he needed. Meo tossed six innings with four hits and one earned run. Mike Vaughn hit his fifth homer for the Bulldogs (5-14, 12-27).


No. 7 South Carolina 9, Alabama 7
In Columbia, S.C., Brady Thomas ripped a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the 11th as South Carolina edged Alabama in the first game of their SEC series. The Gamecocks (15-4, 33-8), behind three hits and four RBI from Jackie Bradley Jr., and three hits and two RBI from Scott Wingo, led 7-4 in the top of the ninth, but Josh Rutledge (3 for 6, 3 R, 3 RBI) tied it with a three-run homer. Clay Jones contributed three hits and two RBI, and Taylor Dugas added three hits and two runs for the Crimson Tide (8-11, 27-16). Jose Mata (4-0) earned the win for South Carolina by getting out of a jam in the 11th.


No. 8 Arkansas 9, Auburn 4

In Fayetteville, Ark., Arkansas rolled past Auburn in SEC action with late-inning production and solid pitching. The Razorbacks (14-5, 35-8) fell behind early as the Tigers (10-9, 28-15) took a 4-0 lead by the top of the fifth. Arkansas would answer late, stringing together nine unanswered runs. Brett Eibner stroked a homer in the bottom of the fifth to jumpstart the comeback. Pitcher Drew Smyly (7-0) tossed a complete game for the win, fanning nine batters. Auburn’s Michael Hurst (2-1) suffered the loss as he surrendered the lead during his 1.1 innings of relief. Trent Mummy was 2 for 3 with a pair of runs batted in.


No. 11 TCU 11, Utah 6

In Ogden, Utah, Bryan Holaday homered twice and drove in four as TCU topped Utah in the Mountain West series opener. Matt Purke (8-0) fanned seven in seven innings to register the win. Holaday (3 for 5, 3 R) doubled and scored in a three-run first for the Horned Frogs (12-3, 32-9). His two-run dinger in the second made it 5-1. Holaday added a second two-run blast in a three-run fourth as TCU built a 9-4 lead. Matt Curry had two hits and two RBI for the Frogs. C.J. Cron (3 for 4) drove in five for the Utes (7-9, 19-19) with a RBI single in the first, a three-run homer in the third and a run-scoring base hit in the seventh.


No. 12 Louisville 9-5, Rutgers 4-3

In Louisville, Ky., Andrew Clark had two hits, including a home run, and three RBI in the nightcap as Louisville swept a Big East doubleheader from Rutgers at Jim Patterson Stadium. Stewart Ijames and Phil Wunderlich also went deep for the Cardinals (13-4, 35-7). Wunderlich’s two-run shot capped a five-run third for Louisville. Pat Biserta went 3 for 4 with one run and one RBI for the Scarlet Knights (10-7, 21-19). In the opener, Ijames had a two-run double in the eighth to snap a 3-3 tie for the Cardinals. Wunderlich and Ryan Wright both homered for Louisville. Thomas Royse (8-1) allowed eight hits and three runs in eight innings with three walks and four strikeouts to earn the victory. Neill Holland pitched a hitless ninth for this 11th save. Michael Lang, Jayson Hernandez and Brandon Boykin all homered for Rutgers.


No. 14 Miami (Fla.) 5, Maryland 1

In Coral Gables, Fla., Miami topped Maryland in ACC action on the arm of Chris Hernandez (6-2). The left-hander allowed just one run on eight hits in seven innings. The Hurricanes (16-6, 32-11) backed Hernandez with five late runs. Nathan Melendres and Frankie Ratcliff teamed up for a pair of home runs. The Terrapins (4-18, 15-31) established an early 1-0 lead, but ultimately dropped the contest. Brett Harman (4-7) struck out 10 batters, but allowed four runs in 6.1 innings. Gary Schneider went 2 for 4 and plated Maryland’s lone run.


No. 15 Cal State Fullerton 6, Pacific 2

In Stockton, Calif., Dylan Floro and David Hurlbut combined on a three-hitter as Cal State Fullerton defeated Pacific in the Big West series opener at Klein Family Field. In his first start after 18 relief appearances, Floro (3-0) allowed three hits and two unearned runs in 7.2 innings with eight strikeouts for the victory. Hurlbut retired the final four hitters with one strikeout. Christian Colon had a run-scoring single to spark a three-run third. His sacrifice fly capped a two-run rally one inning later as the Titans (11-2, 26-13) built a 5-0 lead. Fullerton added one in the seventh before the Tigers (7-6, 25-15) plated a pair in the eighth. Nick Ramirez had three hits and one run for the Titans. Nick Longmire had two hits, one run and one RBI for Pacific.


No. 16 Ole Miss 4, Mississippi State 2

In Starkville, Miss., Ole Miss edged out Mississippi State in a classic SEC pitching duel. The Rebels (12-7, 31-13) broke a 1-1 tie with a three-run eight inning and then held of the Bulldogs (5-14, 20-21) for the win. Brett Huber closed out the contest with two scoreless inning of relief, earning his sixth save. Matt Tracy (3-2) picked up the win in relief and starter Drew Pomeranz fanned eleven batters. MSU’s Tyler Whitney (0-2) gave up all four runs for the loss. Mississippi’s Tyler Hashman was 1 for 3 with a pair of RBI and a walk. Bulldog Luke Adkins went 3 for 4.


No. 17 Oklahoma 14, Kansas State 3

In Norman, Okla., it was all Oklahoma as they topped Kansas State in the Big 12 series opener. Garrett Buechele led the Sooners (9-8, 31-11) with the bat, producing five RBI during his 5-for-6 performance. Oklahoma started strong, putting up four first-inning runs. Starter Zach Neal (6-1) tallied the win, allowing just two runs in six innings. KSU’s Ryan Daniel (5-3) gave up four runs in the first inning for the loss. Adam Muenster went 3 for 4 for the Wildcats (9-6, 29-11).


USC 6, No. 19 Arizona 0

In Los Angeles, Andrew Triggs tossed seven scoreless innings as USC blanked Arizona in Pac-10 action at Dedeaux Field. Triggs (2-7) allowed three hits with one walk and eight strikeouts. Chad Smith surrendered one hit and one walk over the final two innings with three punchouts. Ricky Oropesa went 3 for 4 for the Trojans (4-12, 18-23). USC scored two in the first, one in the third, two in the seventh and one in the eighth. Kevin Roundtree had three hits and one run for the Trojans. Cole Frenzel had two of the four hits for the Wildcats (8-8, 28-12).


Washington 4, No. 20 Stanford 2

In Seattle, Washington parlayed four hits into four runs in stopping Stanford in Pac-10 play at Husky Ballpark. David Bentrott reached on an error in the first for the Huskies (6-7, 22-19). After Pierce Rankin’s at-bat was extended on a dropped foul pop, he drilled a two-run homer to give UW the early lead. Caleb Brown doubled in the fourth, stole third and scored on a suicide squeeze by Doug Cherry to push the lead to 3-0. Stephen Piscotty had a two-run double in the fifth for the Cardinal (10-6, 21-15). Aaron Russell singled and scored in the bottom of the frame for the final run for the Huskies. Forrest Snow (4-1) earned the win in relief with 2.2 hitless innings. Jacob Clem pitched the final two innings for his fifth save. Brett Mooneyham (1-5) went the distance for Stanford, with two earned runs in eight innings with two walks and 13 strikeouts.


Nicholls State 5, Southeastern Louisiana 3

In Thibodaux, La., Clint Dempster went the distance for the third time with a career-high 16 strikeouts as Nicholls State defeated Southeastern Louisiana in the Southland series opener at Ray E. Didier Field. Dempster (5-4) allowed seven hits and one earned run in nine innings with two walks. After allowing unearned runs in each of the first two innings to the Lions (13-9, 31-13), the Colonels (11-11, 22-19) put up three in the third and two in the fourth. Beau Faulk went 2 for 3 with a three-run triple in the third for Nicholls. Cody Gougler and Philip Freeman both had two hits and one RBI for Southeastern.


(photo by Jimmy Jones)