Feb. 24, 2011

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Johnson and Rodriguez combine on two-hit shutout for UF

Kansas State edges Coastal Carolina, Miami (Fla.) tops Appalachian State


In Gainesville, Fla., Brian Johnson and Steven Rodriguez combined on a two-hit shutout as No. 1 Florida blanked Boston College 4-0 Thursday evening in front of 2,553 fans at McKethan Stadium. Johnson (2-0) retired the first 17 hitters and set a school record with 27 consecutive batters after retiring the final 10 USF hitters this past Friday. Johnson allowed one hit and struck out five in six innings. Rodriguez worked the final three innings with one hit and three strikeouts for his first save. Mike Zunino had a run-scoring double in the second and Johnson added a RBI single in the fourth to give the Gators (5-0) a 2-0 advantage. Josh Adams tripled and scored in the sixth, and Austin Maddox drove in the final run with a base hit in the eighth. Preston Tucker had two hits, including a double, one run and one RBI for UF. Tom Bourdon and Brad Zapenas both had hits for the Eagles (2-2).


Kansas State 5, Coastal Carolina 4

In Myrtle Beach, S.C., Kansas State used a four-run eighth to rally past Coastal Carolina in Baseball at the Beach at BB&T Coastal Field. The Chanticleers (3-2) scored a pair in the bottom of the seventh to take a 4-1 lead. In the top of the eighth, the Wildcats scored three runs on a pair of errors to tie the game and Mike Kindel’s sacrifice fly plated Jason King with the go-ahead run. Evan Marshall (2-0) rebounded from a rough seventh to set Coastal down in order in the eighth and picked up the victory. James Allen worked a perfect ninth with two strikeouts to record his third save. Jake Brown had two hits and two runs for KSU. Hayes Orton and Tripp Martin both had two hits and one run for the Chants. The Wildcats are 4-0 for the first time since 1996.


Miami (Fla.) 6, Appalachian State 3

In Coral Gables, Fla., Stephen Perez had two hits, including a double and triple, one run and one RBI as Miami defeated Appalachian State at Alex Rodriguez Park. The Hurricanes (3-2) scored in each of the first four innings, including three in the second. The Mountaineers (4-1) plated two in the second and one in the fourth, all unearned. Zeke DeVoss drove in two and stole two bases for Miami. Bryan Radziewski (1-0) allowed five hits and three unearned runs in five innings with three walks and seven strikeouts to earn the victory. Sam Robinson worked the ninth for his first save. Tyler Zupcic went 2 for 4 with a run for ASU.


UT Arlington 5, Dallas Baptist 4

In Arlington, Texas, Jesse Payne delivered a run-scoring single in the bottom of the ninth to lift UT Arlington over Dallas Baptist at Clay Gould Ballpark. The Patriots (3-1) built a 4-0 lead after four, but a two-run double by Brian Nephew capped a four-run rally in the bottom of the eighth as the Mavericks (1-3) tied the score. Payne finished with three hits and Ryan Walker went 2 for 4 for UTA. Jason Krizan went 2 for 4 with two RBI for DBU. Adam Westbrook (1-0) pitched a hitless ninth to register the win. Brandon Williamson tossed six shutout innings for the Patriots with three hits, two walks and five strikeouts.


Texas Tech 7, BYU 4

In Lubbock, Texas, Reid Redman had two hits and drove in three as Texas Tech outscored BYU in the opener of the Brooks Wallace Memorial Classic in front of a crowd of 2,316 at Dan Law Field. Nick Popescu had a RBI double which snapped a 4-4 tie and sparked a three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh for the Red Raiders (5-0). Stephen Hagen had a double and scored three for Texas Tech. Stephen Wells and Ryan Bernal both had three hits for the Cougars (1-3), while Bernal and Alex Wolfe both homered.


Utah Valley 5, Southern Utah 0

In Cedar City, Utah, Blake Krahenbuhl and Justin Campbell combined on a one-hitter as Utah Valley shut out Southern Utah at Thunderbird Park. Krahenbuhl (2-0) allowed one hit in eight innings with three walks and six strikeouts, while Campbell worked a perfect ninth to secure the win. Billy Burgess had a run-scoring single in the first to start the scoring for the Wolverines (3-2). Cole McWhorter tied a school record with three steals for UVU. Justin Neuhart had the lone hit for the Thunderbirds (2-1) with a single to center with one down in the fifth.