May 14, 2010
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Noel homers as Coastal
Carolina wins at Liberty
Baltz belts four
homers for St. John's at UL, South Carolina nips Arkansas
Lynchburg, Va., Rico Noel (left) had two hits, including a home
run, as No. 4 Coastal Carolina defeated Liberty 5-2 Friday in
the Big South series opener at Worthington Stadium. Noel had a
leadoff homer in the first for the Chanticleers (21-0, 43-6).
Josh Conway added a run-scoring single in the second and Tommy
La Stella’s two-run knock in the fifth pushed the lead to 4-0.
Coastal added a run in the eighth as Conway singled and scored.
The Flames (18-4, 37-13) got their two runs in the bottom of the
eighth as Matt Williams had a RBI double and scored on a
two-base hit by Nathan Thompson. Anthony Meo (11-1) allowed five
hits and two runs in 7.1 innings with one walk and four
strikeouts to record the victory. Austin Fleet retired Liberty
in order in the ninth with one strikeout for his seventh save.
St. John's 8, No. 9 Louisville 5
In Louisville, Ky., the Cardinals (16-6, 40-10) fell to the
hands of St. John’s, with Jeremy Baltz leading the way. The
freshman outfielder finished the night 4 for 5, with four homers
and a total of seven runs batted in. Baltz has 18 home runs and
68 RBI, both single-season school records. Louisville held a 5-2
leading heading into the top of the eighth inning but the Red
Storm (15-7, 34-14) pushed across five runs in the last two
innings to hold off the Cardinals. St. John’s closer Kyle Burawa
earned his eight save, giving just one hit in the bottom of the
ninth. Reliever Ryan Cole (2-0) picked up the win in just 1.1
innings of work. Gabriel Shaw (4-2) surrendered the lead in the
eighth inning for his second loss. Andrew Clark went 3 for 4
with a walk for the Cardinals.
No. 10 South Carolina 3, No. 12 Arkansas 2
In Fayetteville, Ark., Jackie Bradley Jr. had a
RBI double in the top of the seventh to snap a 2-2 tie as South
Carolina won the SEC series opener against Arkansas in front of
9,622 fans at Baum Stadium. Adrian Morales had a sacrifice fly
in the top of the first for the Gamecocks (18-7, 39-11) before
Zack Cox answered with a run-scoring double in the bottom of the
frame for the Razorbacks (16-9, 38-12). Kyle Enders had a RBI
single in the top of the sixth before Andy Wilkins ripped a
run-scoring double in the bottom of the frame to knot the score
at 2. Whit Merrifield (2 for 5, 2 R) reached on a bunt single
with one out in the top of the seventh and Bradley (2 for 4)
brought him home with a double to left center. Blake Cooper
(10-0) allowed three hits and two runs in seven innings with two
walks and seven strikeouts to earn the win. Matt Price got the
final four outs, two by strikeout, to record his sixth save.
Drew Smyly (8-1) surrendered six hits and three runs in seven
innings for the Hogs with two walks and nine strikeouts.
No. 4 TCU 19-8, Air Force 17-2 (Game 1 – 12
In Fort Worth, Texas, Jason Coats drove in the
tying runs in the top of the ninth and Aaron Schultz knocked in
the game-winner in the top of the 12th as TCU won the completion
of the March 28 Mountain West contest with Air Force. The
victory clinched the fifth straight MWC regular-season crown for
the Horned Frogs (18-4, 39-10). Jerome Pena had six hits and
five RBI, while Matt Curry, Bryan Holaday and Jimmie Pharr each
belted two homers. Matt Purke (10-0) allowed five hits and one
run in six relief innings with a career-high 12 strikeouts to
earn the victory. Ben Ausbun had three hits and four RBI for the
Falcons (1-17, 11-39-1). K.J. Randhawa and Addison Gentry both
had three hits, two runs and three RBI for Air Force, with
Gentry providing a home run. In the regularly-scheduled contest,
Kyle Winkler (8-1) surrendered two runs on nine hits in eight
innings with one walk and six strikeouts to earn the win for the
Frogs. Coats had a RBI single and scored in a six-run first for
TCU. Taylor Featherston had three hits and a run, and Matt Curry
added two hits and three runs for the Frogs. Adam Hill and Alex
Bast both had two hits for Air Force.
No. 5 Florida 4, Georgia 3
In Gainesville, Fla., the Gators (18-7, 35-12) converted a
pair of Georgia fielding errors into game-winning runs in the
bottom of the ninth, stealing the SEC tilt. The Bulldogs (3-20,
14-34) had a three-run fourth inning to take a 3-2, but
ultimately allowed Florida to stroll home on two fatal mistakes.
Greg Larson (3-1) was awarded the win with four scoreless relief
innings and Brian Johnson went 2 for 4 with a RBI for the
Gators. UGA’s Cooper Moseley (0-4) took the loss, despite facing
just one batter, and Kyle Farmer was 2 for 4 with a lone run
NC State 5, No. 7 Florida State 2
In Tallahassee, Fla., Drew Poulk went 2 for 3
with two runs and a walk to lead NC State (12-13, 32-18) in an
ACC series-opening win against Florida State (16-9, 37-13). The
Seminoles scored first, taking a 2-0 lead in the first off of
RBI singles from Mike McGee and Sherman Johnson. Harold Riggins
tied the game in the fourth with a two-run home run, and Kyle
Wilson’s RBI single in the fifth gave the lead to the Wolfpack.
NC State got another two-run shot in the sixth from Andrew
Ciencin. Jake Buchanan (6-4) earned the win by striking out six,
walking two, and allowing six hits and two runs in 7.1 innings.
Grant Sasser retired the final five batters to pick up the save
No. 8 Georgia Tech 14, No. 11 Miami (Fla.) 3
In Atlanta, Cole Leonida went 3 for 3 with two
RBI and two runs as Georgia Tech (18-7, 40-9) won its ACC series
opener against Miami (18-7, 36-12). Yasmani Grandal hit a solo
home run to lead off the second and give Miami its only lead.
The Yellow Jackets took the lead when Chase Burnette hit a
three-RBI triple in the second. Jay Dantzler hit a two-RBI
triple to cap a five-run third inning that put Georgia Tech up
9-1. Tony Plagman added a two-run home run in the fifth to make
the score 13-1. David Villasuso and Ryan Perry hit RBI singles
for the Hurricanes in the ninth to end the game’s scoring, but
two pinch-hit strikeouts ended the game. Deck McGuire (7-3)
pitched seven innings – striking out nine, walking three, and
allowing four hits and one run – to earn the win.
No. 13 UCLA 13, USC 7
In Los Angeles, Blair Dunlap went 3 for 4 with
two RBI as UCLA won the Pac-10 series opener with USC in front
of 1,707 fans at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Tyler Rahmatulla had
two hits, three runs and two RBI for the Bruins (11-8, 35-11).
Brett Krill had two hits and three runs for UCLA. Ricky Oropesa
had four hits, including a home run, and four RBI for the
Trojans (5-14, 23-26). Justin Uribe had a RBI double and Krill
added a run-scoring triple in a four-run first as the Bruins
took the lead for good.
No. 14 Cal State Fullerton 12, Long Beach
In Long Beach, Calif., Carlos Lopez and Christian
Colon both had three hits and three RBI as Cal State Fullerton
thumped Long Beach State in the Big West series opener at Blair
Field. Noe Ramirez (7-1) allowed eight hits and one run in seven
innings with five strikeouts to earn the win. Lopez had a
run-scoring single in the first and Colon belted a three-run
homer in the second as the Titans (16-3, 32-14) never trailed.
Fullerton led 11-0 in the seventh before Jonathan Jones knocked
in a run in the bottom of the frame for the Dirtbags (7-9,
22-24). Jones had another RBI single in the ninth for LBSU.
Billy Marcoe had two hits and three RBI for Fullerton. Steve
Tinoco had three hits for the Dirtbags.
Memphis 4, No. 15 Oklahoma 3
In Norman, Okla., Memphis took the first of three on road
with a win over Oklahoma. The Sooners (35-14) posted a shallow
1-0 lead in the bottom of third that held up until the sixth
frame, when the Tigers (26-24) plated three runs. Memphis would
follow with a single run in the seventh and would hold OU to two
runs to hang on for the win. Jacob Wilson plated a pair during
his 3-for-4 performance. Ryan Fraser (7-2) fanned six in six
innings for the win and Chase Joiner notched his second save.
Sooner starter Zach Neal (7-2) gave up three runs and the lead
for his second loss of the year. Caleb Bushyhead notched a solo
blast in the bottom of the eighth for OU.
No. 16 Ole Miss 5, Alabama 4
In Tuscaloosa, Ala., reliever Brett Huber preserved the
one-run lead through the last two innings to give Ole Miss
(16-9, 36-15) the SEC victory over Alabama. The right-hander
hurled a scoreless eighth and ninth inning, retiring three of
the seven batters he faced on strikes for his 10th save. The
Crimson Tide (10-15, 29-21) looked to make a late-game comeback,
but failed to figure out Huber. Rebel starter Drew Pomeranz
(7-1) tallied the win, striking out nine in his five innings. At
the dish Tim Ferguson went 3 for 5, plating three runs,
including a two-run round tripper in the third. Adam Morgan
(5-4) suffered the loss and Cody Trotter was 1 for 3 with two
RBI for Alabama.
No. 17 Virginia Tech 11, Duke 3
Blacksburg, Va., Sean Ryan went 3 for 4 with three runs and two
RBI as Virginia Tech topped Duke in the ACC
series opener at English Field. The Hokies (15-10, 35-15) scored
single runs in the first and third before putting up five in the
seventh for a 7-0 lead. Jake Lemmerman had a three-run homer in
the top of the eighth for the Blue Devils (7-18, 28-23) before
Tech answered with four in the bottom of the frame. Steve
Domecus went 3 for 5 with two runs and one RBI for the Hokies,
while Austin Wates and Ronnie Shaban both had two hits and two
RBI. Justin Wright (7-3) (pictured) allowed six hits and three
runs in 7.2 innings with two walks and three strikeouts to earn
Tennessee 9, No. 18 Auburn 3
In Auburn, Ala., Stephen McCray allowed three
runs in 7.1 innings to lead Tennessee past Auburn in the SEC
series opener at Plainsman Park. It was the seventh straight win
for the Volunteers (12-13, 29-21) and the sixth consecutive
conference victory. McCray gave up seven hits and struck out
five. Cody Hawn (2 for 3, 2 R, 3 RBI), Blake Forsythe (2 for 4,
3 RBI) and Matt Ramsey (2 for 5) all homered for Tennessee.
Brian Fletcher drove in two for the Tigers (15-10, 33-17).
Hunter Morris had two hits, including a home run, for Auburn.
No. 19 Vanderbilt 13, Mississippi State 8
In Starkville, Miss., Connor Harrell went 4 for 5
with four RBI as Vanderbilt stormed past Mississippi State in
the opener of their SEC series at Dudy Noble Field. Luke Adkins
had a two-run double to highlight a four-run second as the
Bulldogs (5-20, 21-29) built a 5-1 lead. Curt Casail had a
three-run homer to cap a four-run third as the Commodores
(13-10, 37-13) tied it at 5. Harrell’s three-run double in the
fifth put Vanderbilt ahead to stay. Aaron Westlake (2 for 6, 3
RBI) added a two-run dinger in the sixth for the Commodores.
Anthony Gomez had four hits, one run and one RBI for Vanderbilt.
Connor Powers and Wes Thigpen both went deep for MSU.
USF 12, No. 20 Connecticut 1
In Tampa, Fla., Jonathan Koscso went 3 for 5 and
scored two runs during USF’s (14-8, 23-27) Big East
series-opening victory against Connecticut (16-5, 39-11). George
Springer hit a solo home run in the first to give Connecticut
its lone run. Eric Sim tied the game with a RBI single and Ryan
Lockwood gave USF the lead with a two-RBI double in the Bulls’
six-run second. Alex Mendez hit a two-run home run in the sixth
to give USF its final runs. Randy Fontanez (5-6) picked up the
win, striking out six and allowing four hits and one run through
FIU 6, South Alabama 5
In Miami, Pablo Bermudez had a RBI triple in the
bottom of the eighth to plate the game-winner as FIU edged South
Alabama in the Sun Belt series opener. Garrett Wittels had a
run-scoring single in the top of the first to extend his hit
streak to 43, the fourth-longest in Division I history. The
Panthers (14-11, 28-20) led 5-3 after seven before Sean Laird
belted a two-run homer in the top of the eighth for the Jaguars
(16-9, 30-21) to even the score at 5. Junior Arrojo scored from
first on Burmudez’s three-bagger in the bottom of the frame to
put FIU up by one. Eric Berkowitz pitched the ninth for his
Rhode Island 6, Richmond 0
In Kingston, R.I., Tim Boyce tossed a two-hitter,
his second straight complete-game shutout, as Rhode Island
blanked Richmond in the Atlantic 10 series opener at Bill Beck
Field. Boyce (4-3) walked one and struck out a career-high 10.
He has 25 consecutive scoreless innings, a school record. Evan
Laude had two hits and drove in two for the Rams (14-8, 25-21).
Oliver Palmer had two hits and scored twice for URI. Mike
Mergenthaler and Billy Barber both had hits for the Spiders
(8-14, 22-25). Ian Marshall (3-4) allowed 10 hits and six runs
in seven innings with 10 strikeouts, matching his career high.
Bryant 3-4, Quinnipiac 0-3
In Hamden, Conn., Eric Polvani allowed one hit in
seven innings in the opener as first-place Bryant swept a NEC
doubleheader from Quinnipiac at QU Baseball Field. Polvani
carried a no-hitter into the sixth, broken up by a two-out
single by Chris Migani. Polvani struck out nine and walked two
in going the distance. Zakary Cianciolo had a sacrifice fly and
Jamie Skagerlind added a run-scoring single for the Bulldogs
(21-6, 30-21). Nick Campbell had two hits and two runs for
Bryant. In the nightcap, the Bulldogs scored three in the second
to take control. Mike Delponte went 3 for 3 with one run and
three RBI, while Skagerlind went 3 for 3 with two runs. Chris
Migani had two hits and two RBI for the Bobcats (13-14, 14-34).
Michigan State 9, Indiana 8
In East Lansing, Mich., Chris Roberts had a
game-winning single to cap a three-run rally in the bottom of
the ninth as Michigan State upended Indiana at McLane Baseball
Stadium. Trailing 8-6, Bo Felt reached on an error to start the
ninth. Ryan Jones walked and Torsten Boss (2 for 5, 1 HR, 2 R, 2
RBI) loaded the bases with a bunt single. Felt scored on a wild
pitch and Jones tied it on a fielder’s choice by Jonathan Roof.
Jeff Holm was intentionally walked, setting up the heroics for
Roberts (3 for 5, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI). Brandon Eckerle had three
hits and one RBI for the Spartans (9-10, 31-16). Micah Johnson
had three hits, including two doubles, two runs and one RBI for
the Hoosiers (9-10, 24-23). Josh Lyon drove in two for IU.
(photo courtesy of Coastal Carolina Media