May 5, 2010

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Bradley & Merrifield both homer twice for South Carolina

Louisville wins at Ohio State, Minnesota blanks Kansas State


In Columbia, S.C., Jackie Bradley Jr. and Whit Merrifield (right) both homered twice as sixth-ranked South Carolina set a Carolina Stadium record with seven dingers in a 14-6 win over Winthrop Wednesday. Christian Walker (3 for 4, 2 R, 3 RBI), Jeffery Jones and Bobby Haney (4 for 4, 3 R) also went deep for the Gamecocks (35-9). Sean Sullivan (2 for 5, 2 R) homered to lead off the game for the Eagles (21-22). Merrifield (3 for 4, 4 R, 2 RBI), Bradley (2 for 4, 3 R, 4 RBI) and Jones all left the yard in the bottom of the frame for South Carolina. Winthrop scored a pair in the top of the second to knot the score at 3 before Merrifield’s second homer capped a two-run rally in the bottom of the frame as the Gamecocks took the lead for good. Walker had a two-run single in a five-run fourth as South Carolina took control. Matt Thielepape had two hits and two runs for the Eagles.


No. 10 Louisville 10, Ohio State 8

In Columbus, Ohio, Ryan Wright had three doubles and three RBI as Louisville completed a two-game sweep of Ohio State at Bill Davis Stadium. Phil Wunderlich homered a drove in two, while Jeff Arnold added two hits and a run for the Cardinals (38-7). Louisville scored three in the first and four in the second to take control early. Dan Burkhart went 5 for 5 with a homer, two runs and two RBI for the Buckeyes (24-17).


Minnesota 3, Kansas State 0

In Manhattan, Kansas, three hurlers combined on a three-hit shutout as Minnesota blanked Kansas State at Tointon Family Stadium. Austin Lubinsky (1-2) allowed two hits and two walks with a pair of strikeouts in five innings to earn the victory. Billy Soule surrendered one hit and one walk with two strikeouts in three innings. Scott Matyas fanned two in the ninth to earn his fifth save. The Golden Gophers (20-26) scored all their runs in the top of the first. Kyle Knudson had a RBI single and Nick O’Shea added a two-run homer for Minnesota. AJ Pettersen had two hits and a run for the Gophers. Nick Martini, Matt Giller and Kent Urban each had a hit for the Wildcats (31-12).


Rice 16, Texas Southern 9

In Houston, Rick Hague homered and drove in three to lead Rice past Texas Southern at Reckling Park. Michael Ratterree also went deep and knocked in three for the Owls (28-16). Diego Seastrunk (2 for 2, 2 BB, 2 R, 2 RBI) and Jimmy Comerota (2 for 5, 3 RBI) also had big days at the plate for Rice. Anthony Rendon and Steven Sultzbaugh both scored three for the Owls. With a five-run fifth and four-run sixth, Rice built a 14-0 lead after seven before the Bobcats (23-22) scored five in the eighth and four in the ninth. Kerry White had a three-run homer in the ninth for TSU. J.T. Chargois (2-0) allowed three hits in five scoreless innings with no walks and three strikeouts to earn the victory.


(photos courtesy of South Carolina Media Relations Office)