May 9, 2010
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career-high six RBI as Alabama tops Florida
Texas nips Kansas State, Dartmouth wins
second straight Ivy League title
Tuscaloosa, Ala., Josh Rutledge (right) had three hits and a
career-high six RBI as Alabama salvaged the SEC series finale
against No. 5 Florida by the score of 10-8 Sunday at
Sewell-Thomas Stadium. His three-run homer capped a four-run
second as the Crimson Tide (10-14, 29-19) took its first lead in
the series. Rutledge added a two-run single in the fourth that
gave Alabama a 6-3 lead. Andrew Miller had two hits and four
runs for the Crimson Tide. Austin Maddox (3 for 5, 2 R, 2 RBI),
Matt den Dekker (2 for 5, 3 RBI) and Mike Zunino (2 for 4) each
homered for the Gators (17-7, 33-12).
No. 1 Texas 6, Kansas State 5
In Manhattan, Kan., Kevin Keyes went 3 for 3 with
two homers and four RBI as Texas topped Kansas State at Tointon
Family Stadium to win the Big 12 series. Cohl Wall, Russell
Moldenhauer and Keyes each had solo homers in the first for the
Longhorns (21-3, 41-8). Carter Jurica went deep in the bottom of
the frame for the Wildcats (11-9, 32-15). Tanner Witt had a
two-run single in a four-run fourth as KSU took a 5-3 lead.
Keyes homered again in the sixth and added a two-run single in
the seventh to put Texas on top 6-5. Hoby Milner (3-0) allowed
one hit in 2.1 scoreless innings of relief to earn the win.
Chance Ruffin surrendered four hits in three shutout innings
with three strikeouts to record his 11th save.
Dartmouth 11, Columbia 5
In New York City, Brett Gardner had three hits
and three RBI as Dartmouth defeated Columbia to capture its
second straight Ivy League title. The Big Green (25-16) earned
the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Joe Sclafani
added three hits and two RBI for Dartmouth. Kyle Hunter (2-0)
allowed seven hits and four earned runs in 5.2 innings with one
walk and six strikeouts to record the victory. Cole Suber worked
the final 3.1 innings with three hits, one run and five
strikeouts for his fourth save. After the Lions (26-21) built a
3-1 lead after four, the Big Green took the lead for good with
three in the fifth and plated 10 over the final five frames.
Dario Pizzano had three hits, one run and one RBI for Columbia.
Dartmouth will make its seventh trip to a regional and second
time it has gone in consecutive seasons (1969-70).
No. 4 Coastal Carolina 11, Winthrop 7
In Conway, S.C., Coastal Carolina clinched its weekend Big
South series with Winthrop with a Senior Day victory. The
Chanticleers (19-0, 41-6) scored five runs in the bottom of the
seventh and held off the attempt by the Eagles (9-11, 21-24) to
rally back in the ninth. Cody Wheeler (9-0) earned the win in
six innings, fanning 10, and Austin Fleet notched his sixth
save. Jose Iglesias led the Chants at the plate, going 2 for 4
with three RBI. Winthrop’s Matteo D’Angelo (6-4) suffered the
loss, giving up six runs in six innings. Tyler Cook went 2 for 5
with a pair of runs batted in.
Kentucky 9, No. 6 South Carolina 3
In Lexington, Ky., Alex Meyer pitched seven
strong innings as Kentucky won the rubber game of its SEC series
with South Carolina at Cliff Hagan Stadium. Meyer (5-2) missed
the past three weeks with mono, but allowed four hits and three
unearned runs with three walks and six strikeouts. Braden
Kapteyn was perfect over the final two innings with four
strikeouts for his second save. The Wildcats (9-15, 26-21)
scored nine unanswered runs after the Gamecocks (17-7, 36-11)
put up three in the top of the first. Chris Bisson drove in two,
while Gunner Glad, Marcus Nidiffer and Taylor Black each went
deep for UK. Adam Matthews had two hits and one RBI for South
No. 7 Florida State 6-11, Boston College 4-6
In Chestnut Hill, Mass., James Ramsey homered and
drove in three in the nightcap as Florida State swept an ACC
doubleheader at Shea Field. Tyler Holt, Stephen Cardullo and
Mike McGee also went deep in Game 2 for the Seminoles (16-8,
36-12). Mike Sudol homered and drove in four for the Eagles
(13-14, 27-22). In the opener, Rafael Lopez and Ramsey had
consecutive RBI doubles in the ninth to push FSU to the win.
Lopez and Holt both had two hits and two RBI for the Seminoles.
Anthony Melchionda went 3 for 4 with a homer, two runs and two
RBI for BC.
No. 8 TCU 26, New Mexico 4
In Albuquerque, N.M., Aaron Schultz went 4 for 4
with a double, two homers, four runs and seven RBI to lead TCU
past New Mexico in Mountain West action. The Horned Frogs (16-4,
36-10) tied a school record with nine home runs. Jason Coats and
Jerome Pena had two-run homers and Matt Curry added a solo shot
in an eight-run first for TCU. Schultz belted a grand slam in
the second as the Frogs pushed their lead to 12-0. Jimmie Pharr
went 4 for 5 with four runs for TCU. Ryan Honeycutt had three
hits and three RBI for the Lobos (13-7, 31-17).
No. 9 Georgia Tech 5, UIC 2
In Atlanta, Georgia Tech defeated UIC on the arm of Jed
Bradley, who recorded 10 strikeouts in the completion of the
sweep. The left-hander allowed two runs on eight hits spread
across six innings, while Andrew Robinson picked up his fifth
save. The Yellow Jackets (39-9) pulled away from a 2-2 tie for
the win. Chase Burnette went 3 for 4 with one RBI. Eric Wyman
gave up a pair of go-ahead runs to tally the loss for the Flames
(17-26). Matt Serna went 2 for 4, plating a run.
No. 10 Louisville 10, Georgetown 3
In Bethesda, Md., Stewart Ijames had three hits,
three runs and three RBI as Louisville clinched its Big East
series with Georgetown at Shirley Povich Field. Ijames had a
two-run single in a four-run first for the Cardinals (16-5,
40-8). Kyle Grieshaber also drove in three for Louisville.
Justin Amlung (3-1) pitched six shutout innings with five hits
and four strikeouts for the win. Sean Lamont had three hits, one
run and one RBI for the Hoyas (4-17, 22-26).
No. 12 Arkansas 7, No. 14 Ole Miss 0
In Oxford, Miss., Mike Bolsinger and Jordan Pratt
combined on the two-hit shutout as Arkansas won its SEC series
over Ole Miss at Oxford-University Stadium. Bolsinger (5-2)
allowed two hits and three walks in eight innings with 11
strikeouts. Pratt pitched a perfect ninth with one strikeout to
preserve the shutout. Andy Wilkins went 3 for 4, a triple short
of the cycle, with two runs and three RBI for the Razorbacks
(16-8, 37-11). Taylor Hightower had a hit and a walk for the
Rebels (15-9, 34-15).
No. 13 UCLA 7, Washington 6
In Seattle, Blair Dunlap went 3 for 4 with one
run and two RBI as UCLA completed a three-game Pac-10 sweep of
Washington at Husky Ballpark. Rob Rasmussen (7-2) allowed one
run and five hits through 6.2 innings with one walk and four
strikeouts to earn the victory. Dunlap had run-scoring singles
in the second and fourth as the Bruins (10-8, 34-10) built a 6-0
lead in the fifth. The Huskies (8-10, 25-22) scored four in the
ninth to make it close. Dean Espy had two hits, including a
homer, and two runs for UCLA. Julien Pollard had a three-run
homer in the ninth for Washington.
No. 18 Virginia Tech 7, Savannah State 0
In Blacksburg, Va., the Hokies (34-15) shut out Savannah
State to tally its second shutdown performance of the weekend.
Virginia Tech scored a run in both the first and second innings,
but capped off the contest with a five-run eighth frame. Matthew
Price (7-3) got the win, pitching seven innings and retiring 10
Tiger batters on strikes. Ben Rowen closed the tilt, hurling 1.1
scoreless innings for his fifth save. The Hokies’ Ronnie Shaban
went 2 for 3, plating three runs and drawing two walks. Mark
Sherrod (4-3) allowed four runs on five hits for the loss, and
Kevin Herlihy went 1 for 3 at the dish for SSU (24-23).
Cincinnati 3, No. 19 Connecticut 2
In Storrs, Conn., Cincinnati (9-12, 25-23) beat out
Connecticut (16-4, 37-10) to salvage the finale of the Big East
weekend series. Each team produced just one scoring inning, but
UConn failed to top Cincinnati. Andrew Strenge (5-1) pitched a
complete game, scattering two runs on seven hits in his nine
innings. Justin Riddell went 2 for 4 with a pair of runs batted
in for the Bearcats. Husky starter Greg Nappo (6-5) allowed all
three runs for the loss. Kevin Vance was 2 for 3 with the stick
and George Springer plated both UConn runs.
(photo courtesy of Alabama Media