May 9, 2010

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Rutledge has career-high six RBI as Alabama tops Florida

Texas nips Kansas State, Dartmouth wins second straight Ivy League title


In 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 Carolina.


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 Relations Office)