May 2, 2010

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Johnson gets win and grand slam as Florida sweeps LSU

Texas extends win streak to 20, Arizona State completes sweep at UCLA


In Gainesville, Fla., Brian Johnson earned the win and launched a grand slam as No. 10 Florida completed a three-game SEC sweep of No. 13 LSU by the score of 13-6 Sunday at McKethan Stadium. Johnson (4-2) allowed nine hits and three runs (two earned) in 6.1 innings with no walks and four strikeouts. Matt den Dekker (right) went 5 for 5 with four runs and four RBI for the Gators (15-6, 31-11), including a two-run homer in the first. Austin Maddox smacked a three-run dinger in the third for a 5-0 lead. After the Tigers (11-10, 32-13) got one in the top of the fourth, Johnson’s slam capped a five-run rally in the bottom of the frame to give Florida a 10-1 advantage. Mikie Mahtook (3 for 5, 2 RBI), Alex Edward (2 for 4, 2 RBI) and Leon Landry (3 for 5, 2 R) led the LSU offense. Closer Matty Ott (1-2) made his first career start for the Tigers and allowed eight hits and nine runs in 3.2 innings with two walks and three strikeouts. It was the seventh straight loss for LSU.


No. 1 Texas 4, Baylor 1

In Austin, Texas, three hurlers combined on a four-hitter as Texas completed a three-game Big 12 sweep of Baylor at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. The Longhorns (19-2, 38-7) extended their win streak to 20 and won their 17th straight conference contest, a Big 12 record. Brandon Workman (9-1) surrendered four hits and one unearned run with one walk and six strikeouts in 5.2 innings to record the victory. Andrew McKirahan retired the three batters he faced before Stayton Thomas worked the final 2.1 hitless innings with two strikeouts for his first save. Kevin Keyes had a run-scoring single in the second for Texas. Connor Rowe tripled and scored in the third for a 2-0 lead. Logan Vick (2 for 4) had a RBI double in the sixth for the Bears (7-12, 25-20). Tant Shepherd had a RBI single and scored in the bottom of the frame to complete the scoring. Brandon Loy had two hits and a run for the Longhorns.


No. 2 Arizona State 12, No. 6 UCLA 3

In Los Angeles, Zack MacPhee, Raoul Torrez and Kole Calhoun all had two-run homers as Arizona State completed a three-game Pac-10 sweep of UCLA at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The blast by MacPhee (2 for 4, 4 RBI) came in the top of the first, but the Bruins (7-8, 30-10) answered with a pair in the bottom of the second. Riccio Torrez (2 for 6) had a run-scoring single in the top of the third and brother Raoul’s two-run dinger in the fourth gave the Sun Devils a 5-2 cushion. Calhoun’s shot came in the fifth to make it 7-2. Jake Borup (9-1) allowed five hits and two runs in six innings with four strikeouts to earn the win. Drew Maggi had two hits and two runs for ASU. Justin Uribe had two hits and a run, and Chris Giovinazzo had a pinch-hit homer for UCLA.


No. 3 Virginia 10, Duke 6

In Durham, N.C., Virginia completed a three-game ACC sweep of Duke, extending its win streak to 10. Phil Gosselin, Tyler Cannon and Steven Proscia each had three hits, while Kenny Swab had two hits and four RBI for the Cavaliers (18-6, 39-9). Dennis O’Grady scored in the first and had a two-run single in the third for the Blue Devils (7-17, 25-21).


No. 4 Georgia Tech 5, NC State 3

In Raleigh, N.C., Matt Skole drove in four as Georgia Tech salvaged the finale of its ACC series at NC State. Skole has a three-run homer in the first for the Yellow Jackets (17-7, 36-9). Cole Leonida went deep in the fourth for Tech to break a 3-3 tie. Skole’s run-scoring single in the seventh gave the Jackets an insurance run. Dallas Poulk had two hits and two runs for the Wolfpack (11-13, 28-18).


No. 5 Coastal Carolina 7, UNC Asheville 1

In Conway, S.C., Coastal Carolina used three home runs to complete a Big South sweep of UNC Asheville. The Chanticleers (17-0, 39-6) have won 30 straight Big South home games going back to 2008. Cody Buch went deep in the fifth as the Bulldogs (5-16, 12-29) tied the game at 1. Jose Iglesias had a solo shot in a two-run sixth to put Coastal on top for good. Adam Rice and Rich Witten both homered in the seventh for the Chants. Taylor Motter drove in three for Coastal.


No. 7 South Carolina 20, Alabama 15

In Columbia, S.C., Kyle Enders had five hits and a career-high five RBI as South Carolina won the rubber game of its SEC series with Alabama at Carolina Stadium. Brady Thomas went 3 for 3 and drove in four for the Gamecocks (16-5, 34-9). South Carolina used a six-run fourth to take a 10-8 lead and added five in the fifth to take control. Taylor Dugas (2 for 6, 2 R) and David Kindred (3 for 5, 3 R) both homered and knocked in three for the Crimson Tide (9-12, 28-17).


Auburn 13, No. 8 Arkansas 2

In Fayetteville, Ark., Auburn (12-9, 30-15) took the rubber game of the SEC weekend series over Arkansas, as the Tigers produced 13 runs on 16 hits. Kevin Patterson and Casey McElroy combined for eight RBI. On the mound, Grant Dayton (5-2) allowed just two runs while fanning 10 batters for the win. Brett Eibner (3-4) suffered the loss for the Razorbacks (14-7, 35-10), giving up three runs on four hits in 3.1 innings. Zach Cox went 3 for 4 with a home run.


No. 9 Florida State 17, Le Moyne 1

In Tallahassee, Fla., Sherman Johnson went 3 for 5 with two doubles, one homer, two runs and five RBI as Florida State won the rubber game of its series with Le Moyne. The Seminoles (33-11) scored 10 runs over the final two innings to pull away from the Dolphins (25-25). Mike McGee had two hits, two runs and three RBI for FSU. Chris Edmondson drove in the lone run for Le Moyne.


No. 11 TCU 8, Utah 2

In Ogden, Utah, Jason Coats had a grand slam to lead TCU to a Mountain West sweep at Utah. Bryan Holaday homered in the first and had a run-scoring double in a two-run third as the Horned Frogs (14-3, 34-9) took a 3-0 lead. Michael Beltran (2 for 4) had a RBI single for the Utes (7-11, 19-21) in the fourth before the slam by Coats in the seventh gave TCU a 7-1 lead. Taylor Featherston went deep in the eighth for the Frogs before C.J. Cron (2 for 3, 2 R) homered in the ninth for Utah to complete the scoring. Aaron Schultz and Jantzen Witte both had two hits and two runs for TCU.


No. 14 Miami (Fla.) 9, Maryland 1

In Coral Gables, Fla., Miami completed its ACC sweep of Maryland (4-20, 15-33) with a dominating performance. The Hurricanes (18-6, 34-11) held a 4-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning when Chris Pelaez tagged his first career grand slam to add four insurance runs. Travis Miller (1-0) earned his first win in four innings of relief. Terrapin starter Sander Beck (0-8) dropped the contest, giving up two runs in 3.2 innings. Mike Rozak plated Maryland’s lone run in the top of the seventh with a RBI single.


Pacific 18, No. 15 Cal State Fullerton 10

In Stockton, Calif., J.B. Brown went 4 for 4 with a homer and two RBI as Pacific salvaged the finale of its Big West series with Cal State Fullerton. After the Titans (12-3, 27-14) scored one in the top of the first, Joe Oliveira (2 for 6, 2 R, 3 RBI) had a two-run triple to highlight a five-run rally in the bottom of the frame for the Tigers (8-7, 26-16). Brett Christopher (3 for 5, 2 R, 3 RBI) and Ben Gorang (1 for 2, 2 BB, 3 R, 3 RBI) had big days at the plate for Pacific. Christian Colon went 4 for 6 with two runs and one RBI for Fullerton.


No. 16 Ole Miss 19, Mississippi State 11

In Starkville, Miss., Ole Miss (14-7, 33-13) finished off Mississippi State (5-16, 20-23) in a curfew-shortened seven-inning SEC matchup.  Both teams were able to produce runs from the start, but in the Rebels’ last trip to the plate they tallied a six-run seventh frame. Matt Snyder went 3 for 4, plating three runs and drawing two walks. Eric Callender (4-1) notched the win in relief. Of the eight Bulldog pitchers that saw action, Chad Girodo (1-3) took the loss, giving up four runs on three hits in 2.2 innings. Sam Frost was a perfect 4 for 4 with a pair of runs batted in.


No. 17 Oklahoma 15, Kansas State 11

In Norman, Okla., Oklahoma (10-9, 32-12) stroked six home runs to clinch the Big 12 series against Kansas State in the rubber match. The Sooners’ Code Reine plated five runs in his 3-for-4 performance. Jack Mayfield (2-0) earned his second win in relief, allowing just two run in 3.2 innings. Wildcat starter Justin Lindsey (4-3) suffered the loss, surrendering eight runs on 10 hits in 3.1 innings pitched. Carter Jurica led KSU (10-7, 30-12) as he went 2 for 5 with five RBI.


(photos by Jimmy Jones)