May 13, 2010

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Bryant stops Quinnipiac in NEC series opener

Hawaii edges NMSU in 10, William and Mary nips UNC Wilmington


In Hamden, Conn., Brent Almeida took a no-hitter into the seventh as first-place Bryant defeated Quinnipiac 4-1 Thursday in the NEC series opener. Almeida (5-0) went the distance for the second straight outing with two hits, one run, two walks and four strikeouts. Nick Campbell (2 for 3) (right) and Dylan Stone had RBI singles in the first as the Bulldogs (19-6, 28-21) took the early lead. Kevin Brown (3 for 3, 2 R, 1 RBI) walked and scored on a wild pitch in the third to push the lead to 3-0. Brown added a run-scoring single in the seventh to make it 4-0. Joe Poeltsky led off the bottom of the seventh with an infield single, the first hit of the day for the Bobcats (13-12, 14-32). He would score on a double play for the lone run for Quinnipiac.


Hawaii 11, New Mexico State 10 (10)

In Honolulu, Collin Bennett had a game-winning single in the bottom of the 10th as Hawaii nipped first-place New Mexico State in front of 2,445 fans at Les Murakami Stadium in the WAC series opener. Bennett (4 for 6, 3 RBI) had a RBI single in the eighth for the Rainbows (7-10, 24-22) that tied the game at 10. Kolten Wong had two hits and three runs for Hawaii. Jared Jordan had two hits and three RBI, and Ryan Aguayo added three hits and two runs for the Lobos (13-7-1, 35-17-1).


William and Mary 4, UNC Wilmington 3

In Williamsburg, Va., Matt Davenport pitched seven strong innings as William and Mary edged UNC Wilmington in the CAA series opener at Plumeri Park. Davenport (8-2) allowed two earned runs and struck out six to earn the victory. John Farrell fanned five over the final two innings for his sixth save. Tadd Bower had a RBI double in the first for the Tribe (10-9, 26-18). After the Seahawks (11-11, 26-24) tied it in the top of the third, Chris Forsten (2 for 4) had a two-run double in a three-run rally in the bottom of the frame as W&M took a 4-1 lead. UNCW tallied single runs in the fourth and sixth, but fell one run short. Ryan Brown scored twice for the Tribe. Robbie Monday went 3 for 3 with two walks, one run and two RBI, and Michael Bass had three hits and one run for the Seahawks. UNCW left a school-record 17 runners stranded and fell to 4-12 in one-run games.


Sacred Heart 11, Monmouth 4

In Trumbull, Conn., Jeff Heppner belted a grand slam in the eighth as Sacred Heart topped Monmouth in the opener of their NEC series. Ryan Terry homered in the top of the first for the Hawks (13-12, 20-20) before the Pioneers (16-9, 25-22) answered with one in the bottom of the first and three in the second. Jamie Rosenkranz had a three-run dinger in the third to tie the game at 4. John Murphy singled and scored in the fifth as Sacred Heart took the lead for good at 5-4. The Pioneers added one in the sixth and Heppner’s slam was the only hit in a five-run eighth. Mike Drowne and MJ Schifano both had three hits and two runs for Sacred Heart. Chris Zaccherio (7-3) pitched the complete game for the Pioneers, with seven hits, no walks and seven strikeouts.


Gonzaga 6, San Francisco 2 (13)

In San Francisco, Drew Heid had a RBI double to snap a 2-2 tie and spark a four-run rally as Gonzaga earned the WCC win over San Francisco in a game that was suspended due to darkness after 12 innings on April 10. Chris Sturdivant added a run-scoring single and Steven Halcomb (4 for 6, 3 RBI) capped the inning with a two-run base hit for the Zags (3-9, 15-31). Mark Phillips retired the Dons (7-8, 24-25) in order in the bottom of the frame to secure the victory. Derek Poppert had two hits, including a double, and one RBI for USF.


Georgia Southern 15, Davidson 13

In Davidson, N.C., Eric Phillips went 4 for 6 with two runs and four RBI to lead Georgia Southern past Davidson in the Southern Conference series opener at Wilson Field. A.J. Wirnsberger went 3 for 6 with three RBI, while Kyle Blackburn had four hits, including a homer, and four runs for the Eagles (17-8, 31-19). Michael Zeblo had four hits, including a home run, and four RBI for the Wildcats (5-20, 19-27). Georgia Southern built a 15-6 lead before Davidson rallied for seven in the bottom of the ninth to make it close.


Mercer 13, Lipscomb 6

In Nashville, Tenn., Thomas Carroll had two hits and three RBI as Mercer outscored Lipscomb at Dugan Field in the Atlantic Sun series opener. Billy Burns and Tyler McCarty both scored three for the Bears (13-9, 30-20). Williams went 4 for 5 with two runs for the Bisons (7-14, 17-32). Mercer scored two in the second to snap a 2-2 tie and added one in the fourth, four in the sixth and two in the seventh in building an 11-2 lead. Matt McCall (5-2) allowed seven hits and two runs in 5.2 innings with no walks and two strikeouts to earn the victory. Ryan Wilkins (3 for 5, 2 RBI) and Tyler Wilson (3 RBI) both homered for Lipscomb.


BYU 10, San Diego State 9 (10)

In Provo, Utah, Jonathan Cluff had a run-scoring single to cap a three-run 10th as BYU rallied past San Diego State at Larry H. Miller Field. The Cougars (8-11, 21-27) trailed 7-2 in the eighth before scoring two in the eighth and three in the ninth. The Aztecs (10-9, 25-24) put up two in the top of the 10th before BYU fought back in the bottom of the frame. Sean McNaughton (5 RBI), who hit a two-run homer in the second, had another two-run shot in the eighth. Cluff (2 for 6, 3 RBI) had a two-run single to cap the three-run outburst in the ninth. Jomel Torres (2 for 5, 2 R, 2 RBI) homered and Cory Vaughn (2 for 5) added a RBI single in the top of the 10th for SDSU. Brandon Relf (2 for 6) had a leadoff single in the bottom of the frame and scored on a homer by Stephen Wells (3 for 6, 2 R) to pull the Cougars within one. Cluff’s base hit with the bases loaded ended the contest.


Dallas Baptist 8, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 5

In Dallas, Travis Meiners had two hits, two runs and one RBI as Dallas Baptist got past Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Patriot Field. The Golden Lions (17-29) put up three in the top of the second before the Patriots (27-22) answered with four in the bottom of the frame. Barry McDonley’s RBI single in the top of the third evened the score at 4. Ryan Behmanesh had a run-scoring groundout in the bottom of the fourth to put DBU ahead to stay. Austin Elkins added a sacrifice fly in the sixth, while Meiners and Chris Haney (2 for 4) had RBI doubles in the eighth to push the lead to 8-4. Sean Prater had three hits, including two doubles, and three RBI for UAPB.


La Salle 3, St. Bonaventure 0

In Philadelphia, Eric Van Wyk and Pat Christensen combined on the shutout as La Salle blanked St. Bonaventure at Hank DeVincent Field in the Atlantic 10 series opener. Van Wyk (6-1) allowed five hits in 6.1 innings with four walks and five strikeouts to earn the win. Christensen allowed one hit over the final 2.2 innings with two strikeouts for his ninth save, tying the single-season record for the Explorers (11-11, 18-28). John Malloy had a RBI single in the third and Jeff Flax homered in the fourth to give La Salle a 2-0 lead. Tony Negrin added a run-scoring single in the sixth to make it 3-0. Jon Gyles and Marc Schoch both had two hits for the Explorers. Billy Urban and Nick Brennen both went 2 for 4 for the Bonnies (7-15, 16-27).


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