May 11, 2010

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Esposito homers in 17th as Vanderbilt nips Louisville

Huyett tosses no-hitter for Old Dominion, Arizona State beats BYU


In Nashville, Tenn., Jason Esposito (right) hit a game-winning homer in the bottom of the 17th as No. 19 Vanderbilt edged No. 9 Louisville 11-10 Tuesday in front of 3,203 fans at Hawkins Field. It was the largest midweek crowd in school history. The game raised $21,600 for flood relief efforts for the Nashville chapter of the American Red Cross, not including concessions and Vanderbilt Book Store donations which will be added later. The Cardinals (40-9) scored four in the first and one in the second for an early 5-0 lead. The Commodores (36-13) put up six in the third, as Brian Harris (4 for 6) had a two-run homer and Andrew Giobbi (2 for 8) added a two-run double. Andrew Clark (4 for 7) had a run-scoring single in the fifth as Louisville tied it in the fifth. Phil Wunderlich (3 for 8) had a two-run double in the top of the ninth as the Cards took an 8-6 lead. Vanderbilt tied it in the bottom of the ninth on a RBI groundout by Aaron Westlake and an errant throw to first. J.J. Ethel ripped a two-run double for Louisville in the top of the 14th for a 10-8 advantage. The Commodores again rallied in the bottom of the frame as Curt Casali (2 for 8) had a RBI double and Mike Yastrzemski added a sacrifice fly. Jeff Arnold went 4 for 8 with three runs and one RBI for the Cards.


Old Dominion 18, Maryland-Eastern Shore 0

In Norfolk, Va., C.J. Huyett pitched the 13th no-hitter in school history as Old Dominion mauled Maryland-Eastern Shore at the Bud Metheny Baseball Complex. Huyett (1-4) allowed one base runner, walking Bryan Chaikowsky of the Hawks (8-41) with two outs in the fourth. He struck out 11, including fanning the first batters of the game. It was the first no-hitter for the Monarchs (19-29) since Brian Brantley no-hit James Madison on March 15, 1997. Chris Baker (5 for 6, 3 R, 3 RBI) and John Malbon (4 for 6, 3 R, 3 RBI) led the ODU offense. The Monarchs scored five in the first, three in the second and two in the third to take control.


No. 3 Arizona State 7, BYU 2

In Tempe, Ariz., Deven Marrero homered and drove in four as Arizona State beat BYU in front of 3,109 fans at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark. Marrero had a two-run homer in the fourth and a two-run triple in the eighth for the Sun Devils (41-5). Raoul Torrez had two hits, two runs and one RBI for ASU. Alex Wolfe and Sean McNaughton both had two hits for the Cougars (20-27).


No. 10 South Carolina 17, Wofford 4

In Columbia, S.C., Nick Ebert had a grand slam to lead South Carolina past Wofford at Carolina Stadium. Jackie Bradley Jr. (3 for 6, 4 R, 4 RBI) had a three-run homer in the fifth for a 10-0 lead. Ebert’s slam came in a seven-run seventh as the Gamecocks (37-11) pushed the lead to 17-0. Nolan Belcher (3-0) pitched five hitless innings with four walks and four strikeouts to earn the win. The Terriers (16-32) scored their four in the top of the eighth. Landon Bennett, Konstantine Diamaduros and Josh McKinney each had a run-scoring single for Wofford.


No. 12 Arkansas 5, Louisiana Tech 4 (10)

In North Little Rock, Ark., Andy Wilkins had the game-winning hit in the bottom of the 10th as Arkansas edged Louisiana Tech in front of a sellout crowd of 10,200 at Dickey-Stephens Park. Zack Cox reached on a fielder’s choice in the 10th and moved to second on a walk to Brett Eibner (3 for 4, 2 R, 1 RBI), setting the stage for Wilkins’ heroics. The Bulldogs (25-23) put up four in the second, keyed by a two-run double by Justin Gordey. Tom Hauskey had a RBI double and Travis Sample added a run-scoring single in the bottom of the frame. Sample had a RBI groundout in the fourth as the Razorbacks (38-11). Eibner’s run-scoring single in the eighth tied the game at 4. Kyle Rollard had two hits and one RBI for Tech.


UC Irvine 2, No. 13 UCLA 1

In Irvine, Calif., Jeff Cusick had a two-run double in the fifth as UC Irvine nipped UCLA at Cicerone Field at Anteater Ballpark. The two-base hit gave Cusick a school-record 50 career doubles. Blair Dunlap walked and scored in the first for the Bruins (34-11). Nick Hoover (2-0) pitched 4.2 scoreless innings of relief with two hits, two walks and three strikeouts to earn the win. Evan Brock worked three hitless innings with four strikeouts for his first save. Casey Stevenson had two hits and one run for the Anteaters (30-16).


South Alabama 10, No. 18 Auburn 9 (11)

In Mobile, Ala., Sean Laird belted a game-winning three-run homer in the bottom of the 11th as South Alabama outlasted Auburn at Stanky Field. Jake Overstreet (3 for 5, 3 R, 3 RBI) smacked a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth for the Jaguars (30-20) to knot the score at 6. The Tigers (33-16) tallied three in the top of the 11th on RBI singles by Dan Gamache (2 for 5) and Wes Gilmer (4 for 5) and a run-scoring fielder’s choice by Trent Mummey (3 for 7). In the bottom of the frame, Adam Heisler led off with an infield single, moved to second on a base hit by Overstreet and scored on a double by Brent Tanner. Laird’s long ball ended the contest. Laird finished 3 for 5 with five RBI.


Indiana 18, Kentucky 17 (10)

In Bloomington, Ind., Indiana rallied from an eight-run deficit in the eighth to outlast Kentucky at Sembower Field. The Wildcats (26-22) led 16-8 in the eighth before the Hoosiers (24-22) scored five in the eighth and three in the ninth to force the extra frame. UK tallied a run in the top of the 10th before Michael Earley’s two-run double in the bottom of the frame ended the marathon. Tyler Rogers had a two-run triple and Ethan Wilson 3 for 6, 3 R, 4 RBI) added a two-run homer in the eighth for Indiana. Alex Dickerson had a two-run dinger and Josh Lyon (4 for 5) added a solo shot in the ninth for the Hoosiers. Brian Ritz went 5 for 6 with three runs and two RBI for IU. Lance Ray (4 for 5, 4 R, 5 RBI) homered twice for the Wildcats, while Marcus Nidiffer (5 for 7, 4 R, 3 RBI) also went deep for the visitors.


(photo by Jimmy Jones)