Feb. 28, 2011

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Wittels drives in six for FIU against Rhode Island

Maine blanks Stetson, Oregon State wins in 10 innings at UTSA


In Miami, Fla., Garrett Wittels (right) went 2 for 4 with a double and a career-high six RBI as FIU defeated Rhode Island 13-5 Monday at FIU Baseball Stadium. The Golden Panthers (7-2) used five-run outbursts in the fourth and eighth to secure the win. Pablo Bermudez went 2 for 2 with three walks, five runs and four steals, setting career bests for runs and stolen bases. T.J. Shantz had a two-run homer for FIU. Kyle Borden (2 for 4, 3 RBI) and Jeff Roy both went deep for the Rams (4-2).


Maine 6, Stetson 0

In DeLand, Fla., Keith Bilodeau struck out 10 in eighth scoreless innings as Maine blanked Stetson at Melching Field. Bilodeau (1-0) allowed four hits and walked three. Jonathan Balentina pitched the ninth to secure the shutout. The Black Bears (1-5) scored four in the second and single runs in the seventh and ninth. Joey Martin and Eric White both had two hits and two RBI. Tyler Patzalek went 3 for 5 with a double and one run. Leadoff hitter Jeff Simpson went 2 for 2 with two walks for the Hatters (5-1).


Oregon State 10, UTSA 7 (10)

In San Antonio, Texas, Danny Hayes and Carter Bell delivered late-game hits to carry Oregon State past UTSA at Wolff Municipal Stadium. Hayes smacked a three-run homer in the top of the ninth to give the Beavers (5-3) a 6-5 advantage. OSU added another run before the Roadrunners (4-5) plated two in the bottom of the frame to force extra innings. In the top of the 10th, Bell came off the bench with two away to deliver a bases-clearing double to give the Beavers a 10-7 lead. James Nygren (1-0), who took the mound in the ninth, got the final three outs to earn the victory. Parker Berberet drew four walks and scored three, while Brian Stamps drove in two for OSU. Tyler Carpenter went 3 for 4 with a double and four RBI, while Daniel Rockett also went 3 for 4 with a double and three runs for UTSA. Casey Selsor added three hits, including a two-bagger, and two runs for the Roadrunners.


Cal State Northridge 6, Valparaiso 3

In Northridge, Calif., Marty Bowen went 4 for 4 with three RBI as Cal State Northridge rallied past Valparaiso at Matador Field. The Crusaders (1-6) got a bases-clearing double by Chris Manning in the top of the seventh to tie the game at 3-3 before the Matadors (5-3) plated two in the seventh on a pinch-hit homer by Miles Williams and added an insurance run in the eighth. Drew Muren was 3 for 4 with a double and two runs for Northridge. Michael Morman went 3 for 4 and Kyle Gaedele had two hits for Valpo.


Fairleigh Dickinson 22, Maryland-Eastern Shore 20

In Princess Anne, Md., DJ Robinson went 5 for 6 with three doubles, three runs and four RBI as Fairleigh Dickinson scored the game’s final 12 runs in rallying past UMES at Hawks Stadium. UMES (1-6) led 20-10 after five before the Knights (2-1) scored single runs in the sixth and seventh, two in the eighth and eight in the top of the ninth. Nick Melchiorre had a two-run triple with two outs in the ninth to put FDU ahead and scored an insurance run. Spencer Kelly retired the side in order in the bottom of the ninth to notch his second save. Eric Anderson (1-0, 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 4 K) picked up the win in relief. Brian Dillon (4 for 7, 2 2B, 5 R, 3 RBI) and Erik Pollag (3 for 6, 4 R) also had big days at the plate for the Knights, while Anderson and LaForge both had three hits and three RBI. James Newsome (5 for 5, 2 2B, 2 3B, 4 R, 5 RBI), Tre-von Johnson (4 for 6, 2B, 4 R, 3 RBI) and Bryan Chaikowsky (3 for 4, 4 R) produced for the Hawks, while Luis Mena and Jeffrey Fleetwood (HR) both drove in four.


Kansas 5, Iowa 2

In Lawrence, Kan., T.J. Walz fanned eight in six innings as Kansas stopped Iowa at Hoglund Ballpark. Walz (1-2) allowed two hits and one run with five walks. Tanner Poppe surrendered three hits and one unearned run over the final three innings with two walks and four strikeouts to notch his first save. With the game tied at 1, the Jayhawks (2-3) scored two in the fourth and two more in the sixth. Alex DeLeon and Jason Brunansky both had two hits, one run and one RBI for Kansas. Tyler Blaser had two doubles, one run and one RBI for the Hawkeyes (1-4).


Iowa 8, Southern Utah 3

In Lawrence, Kan., Mike McQuillan had two hits, one run and three RBI as Iowa defeated Southern Utah at Hoglund Ballpark. The Hawkeyes scored in six of their first eight at-bats, including three in the top of the fifth. Bryan Niedbalski had three hits, including two doubles, for Iowa. Jarred Hippen (1-1, 4 IP, 1 BB, 4 K) earned the win and Zach Kenyon (5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 4 K) registered the save. Brock Westphal went 1 for 3 with one run and one RBI for the Thunderbirds (4-2).


Villanova 11, NC Central 4

In Durham, N.C., Dain Hall and Andrew Geenen both homered as Villanova defeated NC Central at Durham Athletic Park in a game called after seven innings due to rain. Hall (2 for 5, 2 R) had a two-run dinger in the fifth and Geenen (2 for 2, 3 RBI) went deep to lead off the sixth. Jerry Battipaglia (1-0, 4 H, 2 BB, 4 K) allowed one earned run in five innings to get the win. Jordan Zech had a single, two walks and three runs for the Wildcats (3-4). Akeem Hood had two hits, including a triple, and two runs, while Nate Smith drove in two for the Wildcats (0-8).


St. Bonaventure 7, Northeastern 6

In West Palm Beach, Fla., Brad Steinbach and Michael Grieco both drove in two as St. Bonaventure nipped Northeastern at the Santaluces Sports Complex. The Bonnies (2-1) scored five in the second and one in the sixth before the Huskies (0-4) put up four in the bottom of the sixth. St. Bonaventure picked up one in the eighth before Northeastern got two in the ninth. Billy Urban had three hits, including a double, for the Bonnies. Jeff Dunlap went 2 for 3 with a homer, two runs and three RBI for the Huskies.


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