May 15, 2010
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Nelson goes the
distance as Auburn blanks Tennessee
Air Force wins at TCU, South Carolina
triumphs again at Arkansas
Auburn, Ala., Cole Nelson threw Auburn’s first complete-game
shutout since 2005 and first in SEC play since 2002 as the No.
18 Tigers trounced Tennessee 18-0 Saturday in front of 2,995
fans at Plainsman Park to even their series at one game apiece.
Auburn (16-10, 34-17) moved into a three-way tie for first in
the SEC West and clinched a spot in the SEC Tournament for the
first time since 2003. Nelson (6-3) allowed three hits and two
walks while striking out three. Trent Mummey (3 for 6, 3R, 7
RBI) (pictured) and Brian Fletcher (3 for 5, 3 R, 3 RBI) both
belted two home runs. Mummey had a grand slam in the third to
give the Tigers an 11-0 lead. Ryan Jenkins went 3 for 5 with
three runs and two RBI. Cody Hawn had a double for the
Volunteers (12-14, 29-22).
Air Force 4, No. 6 TCU 2
In Fort Worth, Texas, five pitchers combined to
hold TCU to two runs as Air Force won the Mountain West match-up
in front of 2,912 fans at Lupton Stadium. Kincaid Koehler
allowed one hit in one inning of relief to earn the victory.
Sean Carley got the final out to record his first save. Addison
Gentry (2 for 4) had a solo homer in the first for the Falcons
(2-17, 12-39). After the Horned Frogs (18-5, 39-12) tied it in
the bottom of the second, Nathan Carter went deep in the sixth
to put Air Force on top to stay. Garrett Custons had a two-run
triple in the ninth for some insurance for the Falcons. TCU got
one in the bottom of the ninth, but would get no closer. Brance
Rivera and Bryan Holaday both had three hits for the Frogs. TCU
out-hit Air Force 12-4, but stranded 13. Both of the Falcons’
two MWC wins have come against the Frogs.
No. 10 South Carolina 5, No. 12 Arkansas 0
In Fayetteville, Ark., Sam Dyson pitched a
complete-game shutout as South Carolina clinched its SEC series
against Arkansas in front of 8,670 fans at Baum Stadium. Dyson
(5-4) allowed six hits and two walks with eight strikeouts.
Bobby Haney had a RBI single in the top of the second for the
Gamecocks (19-7, 40-11). Brady Thomas added a two-run homer in
the fourth for a 3-0 advantage. Jackie Bradley Jr. had a RBI
double and scored in the eighth to complete the scoring. Tim
Carver had two hits for the Razorbacks (16-10, 38-13).
No. 2 Virginia 3-5, North Carolina 2-1
In Charlottesville, Va., John Barr had a
game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth in the opener,
and Robert Morey tossed a three-hitter in the nightcap as
Virginia swept an ACC doubleheader from North Carolina at
Davenport Field. In Game 1, the Tar Heels (11-15, 32-19) got a
run in the top of the ninth to tie the game at 2. Jarrett Parker
led off the bottom of the frame with an infield single and was
sacrificed to second. With two outs, Barr singled to left to
plate Parker with the game-winner. Morey (8-2) pitched his
second straight complete game with three hits, two walks and
eight strikeouts. Phil Gosselin and John Hicks both homered for
the Cavaliers (20-6, 42-9). Seth Baldwin had a leadoff double in
the sixth and scored for UNC. Parker went 4 for 7 on the day,
while Gosselin drove in four.
No. 3 Arizona State 12, Arizona 4
In Tuscon, Ariz., Riccio Torrez had three hits
and three RBI to lead Arizona State past Arizona in the Pac-10
series opener at Sancet Stadium. Deven Marrero also had three
hits for the first-place Sun Devils (15-4, 42-5). Kole Calhoun
homered and drove in three for ASU. The Wildcats (9-10, 20-17)
scored a pair in the second, but the Sun Devils answered in the
top of the third as Matt Newman had a RBI double and scored. ASU
took the lead for good in the fourth on a run-scoring groundout
by Raoul Torrez. Zack MacPhee and Riccio Torrez both had RBI
doubles in the fifth as the Sun Devils pushed the lead to 5-2.
AU pulled within a run in the bottom of the frame on a two-run
homer by Rafael Valenzuela. Austin Barnes (2 for 4, 2 R) added a
two-run double in the sixth and Calhoun’s two-run dinger in the
seventh gave ASU a 9-4 advantage. Riccio Torrez had a two-run
single in a three-run eighth.
No. 4 Coastal Carolina 7, Liberty 1
In Lynchburg, Va., Chance Gilmore had three hits
as Coastal Carolina defeated Liberty to clinch its 13th Big
South regular-season title. Tommy La Stella and Adam Rice both
had two hits for the Chanticleers (22-0, 44-6), which have won
32 straight Big South contests. Jose Iglesias drove in Rico Noel
with a groundout in the first and a base hit in the third as
Coastal took a 2-0 lead. Josh Conway had a RBI double in a
two-run fourth as the Chants doubled the lead to 4-0. The Flames
(18-5, 37-14) got a run in the fifth on a base hit by Matt
Williams. Coastal added three in the seventh, keyed by a homer
by Rice. Cody Wheeler (10-0) allowed seven hits and one earned
run in six innings with one walk and seven strikeouts to earn
the win. Keith Hessler pitched three hitless innings with one
strikeout to record his first save. Curran Redal had two hits
No. 5 Florida 4, Georgia 3
In Gainesville, Fla., the Gators (19-7, 36-12) defeated
Georgia 4-3 for the second time this weekend to clinch the SEC
series. Florida’s Ben McMahan stroked a walk-off home run to
break through a 3-3 tie. Reliever Kevin Chapman (3-0) locked
down the win, finishing out the game by giving up just one run
in 1.2 innings. The Bulldogs’ Steve Esmonde (2-1) surrendered
the game-winner for the loss. Kevin Ruiz went 3 for 4 at the
plate for Georgia (3-21, 14-35).
No. 7 Florida State 7, NC State 5
In Tallahassee, Fla., James Ramsey and Stephen
Cardullo each went 2 for 4 to lead Florida State (17-9, 38-13)
as it evened its ACC series with NC State (12-14, 32-19). Drew
Poulk gave the Wolfpack an early lead with a three-run home run
in the first inning. Ramsey tied the game with a solo home run
to lead off the seventh, and Devon Travis gave the Seminoles
their first lead with a two-RBI double later that inning. Andrew
Ciencin hit a RBI single in the eighth to tie the game, but
Ramsey’s single in the bottom of the inning drove in the
game-winning run. Geoff Parker (3-0) struck out two, walked one,
and allowed three hits and two runs in 1.2 innings to earn the
win. Mike McGee picked up the save (9), striking out two and
walking one in a shutout ninth inning.
No. 11 Miami (Fla.) 9, No. 8 Georgia Tech 2
In Atlanta, Chris Pelaez went 3 for 5 with four
RBI and two runs to help Miami (19-7, 37-12) tie its ACC series
against Georgia Tech (18-8, 40-10). Harold Martinez gave the
Hurricanes the lead with a two-run home run in the second
inning. With Miami leading 4-0, Chase Burnette drove in the
Yellow Jackets’ runs with a two-run home run in the fourth.
Pelaez, who hit a RBI single in the third and a three-run home
run in the seventh, and Yasmani Grandal, who hit a RBI double in
the fifth and a solo home run in the ninth, drove in the
Hurricanes’ final six runs. The winning pitcher was Chris
Hernandez (8-2), who struck out six, walked four, and allowed
five hits and two runs in six innings.
No. 9 Louisville 10, St. John's 6
In Louisville, Ky., the Cardinals (17-6, 41-10) knotted up
the weekend Big East series with St. John’s (15-8, 34-15). Both
teams broke out of the gate at full speed, but Louisville posted
a four-run sixth inning to coast to the win. At the dish, Ryan
Wright went 2 for 5 with three RBI. Tony Zych (2-2) entered the
game in relief to pitch five scoreless innings for the win. Red
Storm reliever Stephen Rivera (3-2) gave up two runs for the
loss. Greg Hopkins was 2 for 4, plating four runs.
No. 13 UCLA 15, USC 2
In Los Angeles, Brett Krill went 3 for 4 with a
homer, three runs and three RBI as UCLA thumped USC in front of
1,360 fans at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium to clinch
the Pac-10 series. Trevor Bauer (8-3) allowed seven hits and two
runs in seven innings with 11 strikeouts to earn the victory.
The Trojans (5-14, 23-27) scored in the top of the first before
the Bruins (12-8, 36-11) tied it in the third on a run-scoring
single by Beau Amaral, who extended his hit streak to 15. UCLA
scored five in the fourth, two in the fifth, five in the sixth
and two in the seventh. Tyler Rahmatulla went 3 for 5 with one
run and one RBI, and Cody Keefer added a three-run homer. Ricky
Oropesa and Keith Castillo both had one hit and one RBI for USC.
No. 14 Cal State Fullerton 8, Long Beach State
In Long Beach, Calif., Daniel Renken pitched a
complete-game shutout as Cal State Fullerton defeated Long Beach
State at Blair Field to clinch the Big West series. The
first-place Titans (17-3, 33-14) have won six straight games and
nine consecutive series. Renken (9-2) allowed eight hits with no
walks and six strikeouts. Fullerton scored one in the fourth and
broke it open with six in the sixth, highlighted by Christian
Colon’s grand slam. Gary Brown doubled and scored in the ninth
for the game’s final run. Joey Terdoslavich and Steve Tinoco
both had two hits for the Dirtbags (7-10, 22-25).
No. 15 Oklahoma 14, Memphis 6
In Norman, Okla., Oklahoma rebounded from a Friday night
loss with a 14-6 win over Memphis (26-25). The Sooners (36-14)
plated runs from the second to the seventh inning, capping it
off with a five-run seventh. Cameron Seizter went 2 for 4 with
three runs batted in and knocked his 13th long ball of the year
in the bottom of the fifth. Jack Mayfield (4-0) pitched 6.2
innings for the win, allowing just two runs. The Tigers’ Brennon
Martin (4-6) allowed six runs in four innings for the loss.
Tyler Huelsing was 3 for 4 with three RBI and a walk.
Alabama 4, No. 16 Ole Miss 1
In Tuscaloosa, Ala., both teams remained scoreless until
Alabama (11-15, 30-21) put together a one-run seventh followed
by a three-run eighth to even the SEC series with a win over Ole
Miss (16-10, 36-16). The Crimson Tide received a strong plate
performance from Josh Rutledge who went 1 for 4 with two RBI.
Jimmy Nelson (6-2) pitched all nine innings, surrendering just
one run on four hits while fanning 11. Matt Tracy (3-3) entered
the tilt in relief for the Rebels, but gave up all three-runs in
the eighth for the loss. Matt Smith tallied his team’s lone run
with a two-out RBI single in the eighth.
No. 17 Virginia Tech 18, Duke 8
In Blacksburg, Va., Ronnie Shaban had six RBI and
Michael Seaborn belted a grand slam as Virginia Tech thumped
Duke at English Field to clinch the ACC series. Seaborn’s slam
came in the second and tied the game at 4. Shaban (4 for 5, 3 R)
put the Hokies (16-10, 36-15) ahead to stay with a three-run
homer in the fourth. He added a two-run single in the fifth and
a RBI base hit in the seventh. Steve Domecus went 4 for 6 with
three runs and three RBI for Tech. Dennis O’Grady had three hits
for the Blue Devils (7-19, 28-24).
No. 19 Vanderbilt 13, Mississippi State 7 (10)
In Starkville, Miss., Mike Yastrzemski had a
three-run double in an eight-run 10th as Vanderbilt defeated
Mississippi State in front of 6,134 fans at Dudy Noble Field to
secure the SEC series victory. Jason Esposito went 5 for 5 with
two runs and one RBI, and Andrew Giobbi had two hits, including
a homer, and four RBI for the Commodores (14-10, 38-13).
Vanderbilt scored two in the ninth to tie the game at 5 before
the eight-run explosion in the top of the 10th. Ryan Duffy (2
for 3, 2 R) and Jonathan Ogden both homered for the Bulldogs
No. 20 Connecticut 13, USF 5
In Tampa, Fla., Nick Ahmed went 3 for 5 with two
runs and one RBI, and Connecticut (17-5, 40-11) beat USF (14-9,
23-28) to set up a rubber match in Sunday’s Big East series
finale. The Huskies built an early 3-0 lead, but in the fourth,
Chad Taylor’s two-RBI single and Eric Sim’s two-RBI double put
USF on top. Connecticut regained its lead when Mike Nemeth hit a
two-RBI single in the sixth. Other highlights of the Huskies’
10-run sixth inning were Mike Olt’s solo home run and RBI
doubles from Billy Ferriter and Pierre LePage. The win went to
Greg Nappo (7-5), who pitched seven innings, striking out three,
walking four, and allowing seven hits and four runs.
FIU 8, South Alabama 1
In Miami, Scott Rembisz allowed five hits and one
run in 8.1 innings as FIU defeated South Alabama in Sun Belt
action at FIU Baseball Stadium. Rembisz (7-4) struck out seven
and did not walk a batter. Pablo Bermudez, T.J. Shantz and Jose
Behar each homered for the Panthers (15-11, 29-20). Garrett
Wittels went 3 for 5 with two runs to extend his hit streak to
44. Taylor White had two hits for the Jaguars (16-10, 30-22).
Bucknell 11-4, Army 9-6
In West Point, N.Y., Doug Shribman of
fourth-seeded Bucknell belted three home runs in a doubleheader
split with top-seeded Army in the Patriot League semifinal
series. B.J. LaRosa went deep twice for the Bison, including the
game-winning two-run dinger in the eighth in the opener. The
Black Knights were held to one run in the first seven innings of
Game 2, but Clint Moore’s three-run blast keyed a five-run
eighth as Army forced a deciding Game 3 on Sunday. Shribman went
5 for 9 with five runs and four RBI on the day for Bucknell.
Kevin McKague went 4 for 8 with three runs and two RBI for Army.
Holy Cross 2-1, Lehigh 1-4
In Bethlehem, Pa., pitching was the key as
third-seeded Holy Cross and second-seeded Lehigh split their
Patriot League semifinal series. Nate Koneski went the distance
in the opener for the Crusaders, allowing seven hits and two
walks with three strikeouts. He was just a bit better than
Andrew Berger of the Mountain Hawks, who allowed one earned run
in the complete game with six hits and two walks. Nick
Ciardiello had a sacrifice fly in the top of the sixth to plate
the game-winner. Ken Longermecker got the win in Game 2 for
Lehigh, surrendering seven hits and one run in seven innings.
Stephen Wadsworth went 3 for 5 on the day for Holy Cross, while
John Sills went 3 for 8. Austin Borden had four hits in the two
games for Lehigh.
(Mummey photo by Jimmy Jones,
Fletcher photo by Todd Van Emst/AU)