May 10, 2010

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Noel has three hits as Coastal Carolina tops Winthrop

Arizona State blanks BYU, Connecticut wins at Boston College


In Conway, S.C., Rico Noel (right) and Tommy La Stella both had three hits as No. 4 Coastal Carolina completed the Big South sweep of Winthrop with a 10-4 decision Monday afternoon. The Chanticleers (20-0, 42-6) have won 30 straight Big South Conference games. La Stella drove in Noel in the bottom of the first before Eddie Rohan’s home run for the Eagles (9-12, 21-25) in the third tied the game at 1. Noel went deep in the bottom of the frame to put Coastal on top for good. Taylor Motter and Chance Gilmore had consecutive homers in the fourth and Adam Rice ripped a two-run homer in the fifth to give the Chants an 8-1 lead. Tyler Cook and Adam Gliebe both had three hits and one RBI for Winthrop.


No. 3 Arizona State 14, BYU 0

In Tempe, Ariz., Johnny Ruettiger hit two home runs and drove in five as Arizona State blanked BYU at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark. Five hurlers combined for three hits and 15 strikeouts for the Sun Devils (40-5). Seth Blair (8-0) allowed one hit in three innings with four strikeouts to earn the victory. Brady Rodgers fanned five in three innings, while Mitchell Lambson, Jake Barrett and Jordan Swagerty each struck out two in one inning. Raoul Torrez had a run-scoring double and Matt Newman added a RBI single in the second before Ruettiger’s two-run dinger highlighted a six-run third. Ruettiger capped the scoring with a three-run blast in the eighth. Jonathan Cluff had a double for the Cougars (20-26).


No. 20 Connecticut 11, Boston College 7

In Chestnut Hill, Mass., George Springer smacked two home runs as Connecticut outscored Boston College at Shea Field. Springer went deep in the fourth and ninth for the Huskies (38-10). His first dinger sparked a six-run fourth as UConn built a 10-1 lead. Pierre LePage (3 for 6) homered on the first pitch of the game and drove in four for UConn. Doug Elliot went 5 for 6 with two runs for the Huskies. Mickey Wiswall hit two homers for the Eagles (27-23). Anthony Melchionda had three hits and two runs for BC.


San Diego 4, Oregon State 1

In Corvallis, Ore., Tony Strazzara went 3 for 4 with three RBI as San Diego topped Oregon State to extend its win streak to eight. Strazzara had a run-scoring single in the first for the Toreros (31-16) before Stefen Romero homered in the fourth for the Beavers (24-18). Strazzara put USD ahead in the sixth with a RBI single. His third run-scoring single came in a two-run eighth. James Meador had three hits, including a double, for the Toreros. Chris Jensen (2-0) allowed four hits and one run in six innings to earn the win. Matt Thomson surrendered three hits over the final three scoreless innings with six strikeouts to record his fourth save. Romero and Parker Berberet both had two hits for OSU.


Washington State 9, California 4

In Pullman, Wash., Patrick Claussen had a three-run homer in a five-run first as Washington State completed a three-game Pac-10 sweep of California at Bailey-Brayton Field. Garry Kuykendall had two hits and two runs for the Cougars (9-9, 25-17). Tony Renda went 3 for 5 with two runs and one RBI for the Golden Bears (11-10, 27-18).


Western Carolina 18, Furman 4

In Cullowhee, N.C., Ross Heffley had three hits, including two doubles, and six RBI as Western Carolina completed a three-game Southern Conference sweep of Furman at Childress Field/Hennon Stadium. Tyler Kirkpatrick (3 for 4, 2 RBI) and Austin Schultz (3 for 5, 4 R, 2 RBI) both had three hits for the Catamounts (12-11-1, 29-16-1). T.J. Page (1-0) pitched seven innings in relief with five hits, one run, one walk and six strikeouts to earn the win. Will Owens had three hits, one run and one RBI for the Paladins (5-19, 13-32).


Michigan State 5, Purdue 4

In West Lafayette, Ind., Michigan State erased a 4-0 deficit with a five-run fifth in salvaging the finale of its Big Ten series at Purdue. Torsten Boss, Jonathan Roof and Chris Roberts each had RBI singles to pull the Spartans (8-10, 29-16) to within one. Eli Boike walked with the bases loaded to tie the game and Jeff Holm scored on a passed ball to give MSU the lead. Kurtis Frymier pitched the final two innings to earn his sixth save. Eric Charles and Nick Overmyer both had two hits and a run for the Boilermakers (10-8, 28-18).


Jackson State 5-10, Mississippi Valley State 3-6

In Itta Bena, Miss., Malcolm Tate had three hits, including two doubles, in the nightcap as Jackson State completed a doubleheader and SWAC series sweep of Mississippi Valley State, extending its win streak to 13. Tate had two hits and two runs for the Tigers (16-5, 32-14). Brionne Jones had two hits, two runs and three RBI for JSU. Jerry Hildreth went 4 for 5 with two doubles, one homer, three runs and three RBI for the Delta Devils (13-7, 20-25). In the opener, Jones homered and drove in two for the Tigers. Hildreth went 3 for 3 with one RBI for MVSU.


Duke 14, North Carolina A&T 7

In Greensboro, N.C., Marcus Stroman drove in three and pitched two perfect innings as Duke doubled North Carolina A&T at War Memorial Stadium. Stroman (6-2) was the starting pitcher and fanned three of the six hitters he faced to earn the win. Dennis O’Grady went 3 for 6 for the Blue Devils (26-21). Xavier Maclin had a two-run homer and a run-scoring single for the Aggies (25-24).


Georgia Southern 5, Alcorn State 3

In Statesboro, Ga., Justin Hess pitched seven strong innings for his first collegiate victory as Georgia Southern completed the series sweep of Alcorn State at J.I. Clements Stadium. Hess (1-1) allowed six hits and two runs with four strikeouts. Dexter Bobo finished the game for his ninth save. Kyle Blackburn and Eric Phillips both drove in two for the Eagles (29-19), while Shawn Payne had two hits and three runs. Kilby Perdomo had two hits and drove in two for the Braves (23-24).


(photo courtesy of Coastal Carolina Media Relations Office)