May 7, 2010

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Eibner homer helps Arkansas top Ole Miss

Kansas State stops Texas win streak, Boston College upsets Florida State


In Oxford, Miss., Brett Eibner (right) hit the go-ahead homer in the seventh as No. 12 Arkansas scored 10 over the final three innings to knock off No. 14 Ole Miss 11-4 Friday in the SEC series opener at Oxford-University Stadium. Eibner’s three-run shot gave the Razorbacks (15-7, 36-10) a 4-2 lead. Tim Carver added a two-run blast in the eighth and Travis Sample had a pinch-hit grand slam in the ninth for Arkansas. Matt Smith (2 for 3, 2 RBI) and Taylor Hashman both went deep for the Rebels (14-8, 33-14).


Kansas State 2, No. 1 Texas 1

In Manhattan, Kan., four pitchers held Texas to one run as Kansas State nipped the Longhorns in the Big 12 series opener in front of 2,630 fans at Tointon Family Stadium. Texas (19-3, 39-8) had its 21-game win streak snapped. Starter Kyle Hunter (8-0) allowed seven hits and one run in six innings with six strikeouts. Evan Marshall did not allow a hit in 1.2 innings. Thomas Rooke walked the one batter he faced before James Allen notched the final four outs for his sixth save. The Wildcats (11-7, 32-13) loaded the bases with walks in the fifth before a wild pitch and a groundout by Daniel Dellasega plated two runs. Connor Rowe had a RBI double in the sixth for the Longhorns. Brandon Loy, Tant Shepherd and Russell Moldenhauer each had two hits for Texas, which stranded 11 base runners.


Boston College 10, No. 7 Florida State 7
In Chestnut Hill, Mass., Robbie Anston homered twice and drove in four, and Brad Zapenas went 4 for 4 with an RBI double and two runs as Boston College knocked off Florida State. Stephen Cardullo ripped a two-run homer in a three-run first and later hit another two-run shot to finish with four RBI for the Seminoles (14-8, 34-12). The Eagles (13-12, 27-20) scored five times in the fourth inning, and Anston ripped a three-run homer in the seventh. Mike Dennhardt worked into the sixth inning to improve to 4-6, and Matt Brazis earned his seventh save. Anthony Melchionda added two hits, two runs and two RBI for Boston College.

No. 5 Florida 9, Alabama 3

In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Hudson Randall tossed seven scoreless innings as Florida topped Alabama in the SEC series opener at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Randall (6-3) allowed eight hits with one walk and three strikeouts, recording his fourth straight win. Mike Zunino had two hits and drove in three for the Gators (16-6, 32-11). Matt den Dekker had a run-scoring single to cap a two-run first for Florida. Jonathan Pigott singled and scored in the second before Zunino’s two-run single keyed a three-run fifth to give the Gators a 6-0 advantage. Austin Maddox had two hits, including a homer, two runs and two RBI for Florida. Andrew Miller homered in the ninth for the Crimson Tide (9-13, 28-18).


No. 6 South Carolina 13, Kentucky 9
In Lexington, Ky., Christian Walker went 4 for 6, tying the school record with three doubles, and drove in four to help Blake Cooper improve to 9-0 and South Carolina to an SEC win over Kentucky. Cooper allowed seven runs (three earned) in 5.2 innings, and Michael Roth, Ethan Carter and Matt Price (fifth save) kept the Wildcats (7-15, 24-21) at bay. Jackie Bradley Jr. went 3 for 4 with two doubles, two runs and two RBI, And Adrian Morales also drove in a pair for the Gamecocks (17-5, 36-9). Lance Ray went 3 for 4 with two RBI for Kentucky, which led 7-4 before South Carolina scored five in the sixth and added two runs apiece in the eighth and ninth.

No. 8 TCU 3, New Mexico 2

In Albuquerque, N.M., Brance Rivera belted two home runs as TCU nipped New Mexico in the Mountain West series opener at Isotopes Park. Rivera ripped a leadoff homer in the first and his second solo shot in the third made it 3-0. Ryan Honeycutt had a two-run single in the sixth for the Lobos (12-6, 30-16). Matt Purke (9-0) allowed one earned run in 7.1 innings with five hits, four walks and six strikeouts to earn the victory for the Horned Frogs (15-3, 35-9). Tyler Lockwood surrendered two hits over the final 1.2 innings to record his third save. Rafael Neda had two hits for UNM.


No. 9 Georgia Tech 8, UIC 4

In Atlanta, Jeff Rowland went 3 for 3, a double short of the cycle, with three runs and three RBI as Georgia Tech topped UIC at Russ Chandler Stadium. Derek Dietrich went 4 for 4 with two doubles and one RBI for the Yellow Jackets (37-9). Tony Plagman’s sacrifice fly in the sixth put Tech ahead to stay at 5-4, his 200th career RBI. Rowland added a three-run homer in the seventh. Joe Betcher went 3 for 4 with two runs and one RBI for the Flames (17-24).


No. 10 Louisville 5, Georgetown 0
In Bethesda, Md., Thomas Royse tied his career high with 11 strikeouts in eight scoreless innings, and Jeff Arnold had two hits and two runs as Louisville blanked Georgetown in the Big East. Royse (9-1) scatted six hits in winning a pitchers' duel with Tim Adleman (4-4), who allowed six hits and three earned runs in eight solid innings. Drew Haynes, Andrew Clark, Adam Duvall and Ryan Wright drove in runs for the Cardinals (15-4, 39-7), who gave themselves some breathing room with two runs in the ninth. Rand Ravnass, Erick Fernandez and Dan Capeless each had two hits for the Hoyas (3-16, 21-25).


(photo courtesy of Arkansas Media Relations Office)