May 8, 2010

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Texas clinches Big 12 regular-season title at Kansas State

Georgetown nips Louisville in 10, Kentucky stops South Carolina


In Manhattan, Kan., No. 1 Texas clinched its second straight Big 12 regular-season title by defeating Kansas State 17-2 Saturday at Tointon Family Stadium to even the series at one game apiece. The Longhorns (20-3, 40-8) totaled season highs in league play with 17 runs and 19 hits. Jonathan Walsh led the offense, going 4 for 5 with two doubles, one homer, three runs and five RBI. Russell Moldenhauer and Tant Shepherd both had three hits for Texas. Cole Green (10-0) (pictured) registered his fourth complete game, allowing six hits and two runs, one earned, with four strikeouts. The Wildcats (11-8, 32-14) had Carter Jurica double and score on a wild pitch in the bottom of the first before the Longhorns answered with a pair in the top of the second. Texas put the game away with five in the fourth, as Jordan Etier had a two-run double and Brandon Loy (2 for 6) added a two-run homer. The Longhorns added four in the fifth and six in the eighth.


Georgetown 2, No. 10 Louisville 1 (10)
In Bethesda, Md., Chip Malt's single to right scored Dan Capeless in the bottom of the 10th inning as Georgetown knocked off Louisville in the Big East. Neal Dennison tossed the final 3.1 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win for the Hoyas (4-16, 22-25). Tommy Isaacs held the Cardinals (15-5, 39-8) at bay for the first 6.2 innings, allowing three hits and six walks and striking out three. Matt Koch turned in eight brilliant innings, yielding three hits and one earned run with six strikeouts for Louisville, including Kevin Johnson's third-inning homer. Ryan Wright accounted for Louisville's only run with a solo homer in the top of the fourth.

Kentucky 2, No. 6 South Carolina 1
In Lexington, Ky., Jordan Cooper and Matt Little combined to shut down South Carolina as Kentucky evened its SEC series with the Gamecocks. Cooper, a freshman, allowed four hits and one earned run in 6.2 innings, and Little earned his seventh save with 2.1 innings of scoreless relief for the Wildcats (8-15, 25-21). Braden Kapteyn doubled in two runs in the fifth inning after the Gamecocks (17-6, 36-10) took a 1-0 lead on Evan Marzilli's solo homer in the top half. Sam Dyson (4-4) tossed a complete game with six hits, two earned runs and eight strikeouts for South Carolina.

New Mexico 3, No. 8 TCU 2

In Albuquerque, N.M., Chris Juarez and Max Willett both went deep in a three-run fourth as New Mexico evened its Mountain West series with TCU in front of 3,026 fans at Isotopes Park. Juarez had a two-run dinger and Willett added a solo shot as the Lobos (13-6, 31-16) took a 3-0 lead. Matt Curry smacked a two-run homer with one out in the ninth for the Horned Frogs (15-4, 35-10). Willy Kesler (5-1) went the distance for New Mexico, allowing four hits and two runs with nine strikeouts. Rafael Neda had two hits for the Lobos.


No. 4 Coastal Carolina 20, Winthrop 3
In Conway, S.C., the Chanticleers (18-0, 40-6) topped Winthrop in commanding fashion in the Big South series opener. Coastal Carolina produced three three-run innings as well as an eight-run seventh frame. Freshman Josh Conway stroked a seventh-inning grand slam off the bench for the Chants. With run support at maximum capacity, Anthony Meo (10-1) picked up the win with eight strikeouts. Robert Lake (4-4) suffered the loss for the Eagles (9-10, 21-23), giving up 10 earned runs. Chas Crane went 1 for 3 with a RBI and a walk.

No. 5 Florida 14, Alabama 8

In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Brian Johnson had his second grand slam as Florida used a pair of five-run innings to clinch its SEC series against Alabama at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Mike Zunino (2 for 4, 2 R) had a three-run dinger and Preston Tucker (3 for 5, 2 RBI) added a solo shot for the Gators (17-6, 33-11). Johnson’s slam in the third helped Florida build a 6-0 advantage. A homer by Clay Jones in the bottom of the frame put the Crimson Tide (9-14, 28-19) on the board. Tucker had a solo homer and Zunino added a three-run shot in a five-run fifth as the Gators pushed the lead to 11-1. Jake Smith had a three-run homer in the eighth for Alabama.

No. 9 Georgia Tech 11, UIC 5
In Atlanta, Georgia Tech clinched its weekend series with UIC (17-25) at Russ Chandler Stadium. The Yellow Jackets (38-9) tallied four runs in the bottom of the first and held on from there. Brandon Cumpton (7-2) pitched five innings, allowing just two runs on three hits for the win, while Cole Leonida went 3 for 4 at the dish with three runs batted in. Flames starter Tim Suminski (3-4) pitched 5.2 innings, surrendering nine runs for the loss. Matt Serna was 3 for 4 with a RBI.

No. 11 Miami (Fla.) 11, Barry 1
In Coral Gables, Fla., Harold Martinez and David Villasuso each homered and drove in three, and Zeke DeVoss homered and drove in two as Miami beat Barry for the second straight day. Jason Santana (5-2) struck out eight in four innings, and David Gutierrez followed with seven strikeouts in four innings for the Hurricanes (36-11). Barry fell to 32-19.


No. 14 Ole Miss 3, No. 12 Arkansas 2
In Oxford, Miss., Aaron Barrett allowed one run on six hits with six strikeouts in eight innings as Ole Miss evened its SEC series with Arkansas. Matt Smith provided the offense Barrett (7-2) would need, going 3 for 4 with a two-run homer in the first and a RBI single in the second. Alex Yarbrough and Zach Millers contributed two hits apiece for the Rebels (15-8, 34-14). After D.J. Baxendale (0-1) was knocked out of the game in the second inning, T.J. Forrest and Geoffrey Davenport combined to allow only four hits and strike out eight the rest the game to give the Razorbacks (15-8, 36-11) a chance to come back. Tom Hauskey delivered a solo homer in the ninth to make it 3-2, but Brett Huber was able to close out the Hogs for his eighth save. Zack Cox went 2 for 4 with a RBI to lead Arkansas at the plate.

No. 13 UCLA 14, Washington 6
In Seattle, Steve Rodriguez ripped two homers and drove in three, and Cody Keefer hit his first homer of the year and drove in four as UCLA scored seven times in the ninth inning to break from a close game with Pac 10 rival Washington. Cody Regis contributed three RBI, and Justin Uribe had two hits and two RBI for the Bruins (9-8, 33-10). Trevor Bauer (7-3) was the recipient of the offensive support after tossing seven innings with four earned runs and six strikeouts. Pierce Rankin had two hits and two RBI, and Doug Cherry added two RBI for the Huskies (8-9, 25-21).


No. 15 Cal State Fullerton 8, UC Riverside 1 (suspended)

In Fullerton, Calif., a campus-wide power outage suspended the Big West battle between Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside at Goodwin Field. The Titans led 8-1 after five innings. The game will resume on Sunday at 1 p.m. Gary Brown and Tyler Pill had solo homers in the first and Christian Colon added a two-run single in the second. Nick Ramirez had a two-run double to highlight a four-run fifth for Fullerton.


Oklahoma State 4, No. 16 Oklahoma 3

In Oklahoma City, Andrew Heaney fanned the final two hitters with the go-ahead run in scoring position as Oklahoma State evened its Big 12 series with Oklahoma in front of 9,530 fans at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark. Luis Uribe had a leadoff homer and Nico Rosthenhausler added a two-run single in a four-run third for the Cowboys (8-12, 27-19). The Sooners (11-10, 34-13) scored one in the eighth and two in the ninth, including a solo homer by Max White, to pull to within one. OU had runners on second and third with one out before Heaney struck out a pair to record his first save. Brad Propst (2-1) allowed six hits and one run in 7.2 innings with no walks and seven strikeouts to earn the victory. Tom Belza had three hits and one run for OSU. Chris Ellison had two hits and a run for the Sooners.


Oregon State 4, No. 17 Oregon 3 (11)

In Corvallis, Ore., Ryan Barnes scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 11th as Oregon State clinched its Pac-10 series with Oregon in front of a season-high crowd of 3,059 at Goss Stadium. Stefen Romero had a two-run homer in the first and Adalberto Santos (2 for 3, 2 R) scored on a wild pitch in the third as the Beavers (6-11, 23-17) built a 3-0 lead. The Ducks rallied to tie it in the ninth as Nick Wagner and Danny Pulfer had RBI singles and Jack Marder added a run-scoring triple. Eddie Rodriguez had two hits and two walks for Oregon.


No. 18 Virginia Tech 12, Savannah State 0
In Blacksburg, Va., Virginia Tech blanked Savannah State in a lopsided non-conference win. The Hokies (32-15) received a strong outing from Justin Wright (6-3), who kept the Tigers (24-21) at bay for five scoreless innings with just three hits for the win.  Austin Wates tagged a pair of long balls in his 2-for-5, five-RBI performance. SSU's Michael Allegretti (6-5) suffered the loss. Virginia Tech held the Tigers to a total of five hits.

No. 19 Connecticut 14-14, Cincinnati 2-0
In Storrs, Conn., UConn swept a Big East doubleheader with Cincinnati (8-12, 24-23). Joe Pavone led the Huskies (16-3, 37-9) through first contest, going 4 for 5 with four RBI and a homer. On the hill, Elliot Glynn (6-2) earned the first victory of the twin bill allowing just two runs on six hits in six innings. The Bearcats' Brian Garman (4-2) took the loss, surrendering eight runs in four innings. In the second contest, UConn stayed consistent as it plated 14 runs and received a shutout performance from Matt Barnes (7-0). The right-hander pitched nine innings with just two hits for Cincinnati. George Springer went 2 for 4, plating four runs.


FIU 15, Arkansas State 2

In Jonesboro, Ark., Mike Martinez mashed three home runs and Garrett Wittels extended his hit streak to 41 at FIU evened its Sun Belt series at Arkansas State. Wittels singled in the top of the first to move into a fifth-place tie in Division I history with a 41-game hit streak. Martinez had a grand slam in the first, a two-run shot in the second and a solo blast in the sixth for the Panthers (13-10, 27-19). Murray Watts went deep in the fourth for the Red Wolves (13-10, 25-21). Jabari Henry had three hits, including a homer, two runs and three RBI for FIU.


(photo courtesy of Texas Media Relations Office)