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Rathjen knocks in five
as Rice outlasts Texas State
Vanderbilt beats Belmont, Oklahoma thumps
UAPB, Virginia nips VMI
In San Marcos, Texas, Jeremy Rathjen homered and
drove in five as Rice held on for an 11-10 win over Texas State
Wednesday evening in front of 1,902 fans at Bobcat Stadium.
After the Bobcats (2-2) scored three in the bottom of the first,
Rathjen had a two-run single and came home in the third as the
Owls (2-3) tied it at 3-3. Rice added two in the fifth and two
more in the sixth, and Rathjen’s three-run dinger highlighted a
four-run eighth as the Owls built an 11-5 lead. Kyle Kubitza (2
for 5, 5 RBI) had a grand slam to cap a five-run rally in the
bottom of the ninth, but Texas State came up one run short.
Anthony Rendon had three hits, three runs and one RBI for Rice.
Tyler Sibley and Bret Atwood both had three hits and two runs
for the Bobcats. Boogie Anagnostou (1-0) picked up the win in
relief, tossing one scoreless inning with two hits and one walk.
Of five Rice pitchers, he was the only one not to surrender a
run. Bobcat starter Carson Smith (0-1, 4.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2
BB, 4 K) was tagged with the loss.
No. 3 Vanderbilt 6, Belmont 2
In Nashville, Tenn., Tony Kemp drove in a pair as
Vanderbilt beat cross-town rival Belmont at Hawkins Field. Kemp
had a two-run single in the fourth and scored from second on a
passed ball as the Commodores (5-0) built a 4-0 lead. Aaron
Westlake drove in a run and scored in the fifth as Vandy pushed
the advantage to 6-0. The Bruins (2-3) tallied single runs in
the seventh and eighth. T.J. Pecoraro (1-0) allowed three hits
in four scoreless innings with one walk and five strikeouts to
secure the win. Will Clinard (2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 K) earned his
second save. Greg Brody had two hits and one RBI for Belmont.
No. 5 Oklahoma 12, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 1
In Norman, Okla., Garrett Buechele homered and
drove in five as Oklahoma completed a two-game sweep of
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at L. Dale Mitchell Park. Jordan John (2-0)
tossed the seven-inning complete game with six hits, one
unearned run, two walks and nine strikeouts. After the Golden
Lions (1-4) scored in the top of the third, the Sooners (6-0)
got two in the third, one in the fourth, three in the fifth and
six in the sixth. Buechele had a three-run dinger in the sixth.
Chris Ellison had a double, two walks and three runs for OU.
Trey Austin went 2 for 3 with a run for UAPB.
No. 12 Virginia 4, VMI 3
In Charlottesville, John Barr had a two-out RBI
double in the bottom of the eighth to knock in the go-ahead run
as Virginia rallied past VMI in front of 2,175 spectators at
Davenport Field. The Cavaliers (3-1) trailed 3-1 before Chris
Taylor’s two-bagger in the seventh plated Kenny Swab to make it
3-2. Steven Proscia drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the
eighth, was sacrificed to second and scored one out later on a
base hit by Stephen Bruno to tie the score. Barr belted the next
pitch into right-center to give UVa a 4-3 lead. Branden Kline
pitched a perfect ninth to earn the save. Coby Cowgill had a
strong start for the Keydets (1-4), allowing three hits, one run
and three walks with six strikeouts. Alex Haitsuka had two hits,
including a homer in the fourth, and two runs for VMI.
Florida Atlantic 7, Miami (Fla.) 4
In Boca Raton, Fla., Alex Hudak had two hits and
two RBI as Florida Atlantic beat visiting Miami in front of
1,062 fans at FAU Baseball Stadium. Andy Mee homered and Hudak
added a two-run double as the Owls (4-1) took control in the
first. FAU scored single runs in the second and fifth to push
the lead to 5-0. Rony Rodriguez rocked a three-run homer in the
top of the sixth as the Hurricanes (2-2) pulled to within two.
Eddie Cassidy homered to spark a two-run eighth as the Owls
extended the lead to 7-3. Miami added one in the ninth to
complete the scoring. Ryan Garton (1-0) tossed four scoreless
innings with four hits, three walks and three strikeouts to earn
San Jose State 6, Albany 5 (17)
In San Jose, Calif., Tommy Gale drove in the
game-winner in the bottom of the 17th as San Jose State edged
Albany at Municipal Stadium. The Great Danes (0-1) scored in
three of the first five innings to build a 4-0 lead. Tyler
Christian went deep to lead off the bottom of the fifth to put
the Spartans (4-0) on the board. In the seventh, Danny Stienstra
drove in one with a single and Anthony Bona added a two-run base
hit as SJSU tied it at 4. Pinch-runner Jeff Welsh of Albany
scored on a wild pitch in the top of the eighth to reclaim the
lead before Christian hit his second homer in the bottom of the
frame to knot it at 5-5. With two away in the bottom of the
17th, Christian drew a walk and moved to second when Jake Valdez
was hit by a pitch. Gale’s hit brought home Christian to end the
5:23 marathon. Brian Bullard went 5 for 6 with one RBI and Josh
Nethaway homered for the Great Danes.
Stetson 4, Bethune-Cookman 3 (11)
In Daytona Beach, Fla., Stetson used defense to
force extra innings and outlasted Bethune-Cookman at Jackie
Robinson Ballpark. The Wildcats (3-2) had a great chance to win
it in the bottom of the ninth. With runners on first and second
with one out with the scored tied at 3, Emmanuel Castro singled
down the left field line. Nick Rickles fired home to cut down
the potential game-winner. The next hitter, Nick Johnson, lined
a ball toward the hole on the left side. Shortstop Mark Jones
made a diving catch to keep the game going. Jones added a RBI
single in the top of the 11th to give the Hatters (4-0) a 4-3
lead. Robbie Powell (1-0) pitched the final 2.2 scoreless
innings with one hit, no walks and one strikeout to earn the
victory. Ryan Lashley drove in a pair for the Hatters. Castro
went 4 for 5 for Bethune-Cookman.
Kentucky 5, Eastern Michigan 2
In Lexington, Ky., Corey Littrell took a
no-hitter into his first career start as Kentucky topped Eastern
Michigan in front of 1,481 fans at Cliff Hagan Stadium. Littrell
(1-1) worked 6.2 innings with two hits, two runs, two walks and
three strikeouts. Jordan Cooper pitched the ninth to record his
first save. The Wildcats (2-3) scored one in the second and two
in the fourth for a 3-0 lead. Ben Magsig belted a two-run homer
in the top of the seventh as the Eagles (1-3) cut the margin to
one. UK answered with a pair in the bottom of the frame for the
final margin. Taylor Black went 2 for 2 with two doubles, two
runs and one RBI for the Wildcats.
Middle Tennessee 10, Tennessee Tech 6
In Cookeville, Tenn., Will Skinner homered twice
as Middle Tennessee outscored Tennessee Tech at the Averitt
Baseball Complex. Skinner finished with three hits and four RBI
for the Blue Raiders (1-3). He had a two-run blast in the third
to give MTSU a 5-3 lead. Skinner gave the Blue Raiders the lead
for good with a solo shot in the eighth for a 7-6 advantage.
MTSU added three insurance runs in the ninth for the final
margin. Justin Guidry had three hits, three runs and two RBI for
the Blue Raiders. Chad Oberacker had two hits, including a
dinger, two runs and two RBI for the Golden Eagles (0-4).