March 1, 2011

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Florida State used five-run third to take down Florida

Dallas Baptist wins at TCU, Portland tops Oregon, Vandy rallies past WKU


In Tampa, Fla., No. 6 Florida State rode a five-run third to a 5-3 win over top-ranked Florida Tuesday evening at the Florida Four in front of 7,869 fans at George H. Steinbrenner Field. It was the fourth straight victory for the Seminoles (8-0) over the Gators (7-1). Jayce Boyd had a two-run triple to highlight the five-run third for FSU. The Gators answered with one in the bottom of the third and two in the sixth. Preston Tucker had two hits, one run and one RBI for Florida. Scott Sitz (2-0, 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 1 K) earned the win, while Mike McGee (right) struck out the side in the ninth for his first save. Tommy Toledo (0-1, 2.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 1 K) took the loss.


Dallas Baptist 4, No. 8 TCU 3

In Fort Worth, Texas, Josh Wilson’s RBI single in the top of the ninth snapped a 3-3 tie and led Dallas Baptist to the win over TCU at Lupton Stadium. Jordan Staples (2-0, 1 H, 1 K) tossed two innings of scoreless relief for the win and Chris Haney (1 H) worked the ninth for his second save. Taylor Featherston (2 for 4, 2 RBI) homered in the bottom of the first for the Horned Frogs (4-4) before the Patriots (6-2) plated two in the top of the fifth for a 2-1 advantage. TCU answered with a pair in the bottom of the frame before DBU tied it in the top of the sixth. Wilson finished with two RBI for the Patriots.


Portland 5, No. 16 Oregon 3

In Eugene, Ore., Kevin Armijo’s two-run single capped a three-run seventh as Portland defeated Oregon at PK Park. Matt Mardesich had two hits and two runs, while Riley Henricks homered for the Pilots (5-0). A Jones had two hits, including a triple, and drove in all three for the Ducks (4-4). Kyle Kraus (2-0, 6.1 IP, 6 H. 3 R, 1 BB, 2 K) was the starter and winner, while Chris Dennis (1.1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K) recorded his fourth save.


No. 2 Vanderbilt 6, Western Kentucky 5

In Nashville, Tenn., pinch-runner Sonny Gray scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth as Vanderbilt rallied past Western Kentucky at Hawkins Field. The Commodores (8-1) trailed 5-4 in the ninth before Tony Kemp drew a bases-loaded walk with two away to force in the tying run prior to Gray’s scamper home with the game-winner. Vandy scored one in the second and three in the third to take an early lead before the Hilltoppers (5-3) plated five in the top of the fourth, keyed by a two-run single off the bat of Casey Dykes. Mike Yastrzemski had three hits and a run for the Commodores. Ivan Hartle had two hits and one RBI for WKU.


No. 3 Oklahoma 4, UT Arlington 3

In Arlington, Texas, Oklahoma scored single runs in the seventh and eighth to escape with a win over UT Arlington at Clay Gould Ballpark. The Sooners (10-0) got a two-run single from Cameron Seitzer in the top of the first, but the Mavericks (2-5) scored one in the first and took the lead with two in the third. Casey Johnson homered in the seventh to tie it and Max White scored on a wild pitch in the eighth for the eventual game-winner. Dillon Overton (2-0, 2 H, 2 BB, 6 K) pitched five scoreless innings in relief for the win. Jack Mayfield got the final two outs for his second save. White had a double and two runs for OU. Michael Guerra went 2 for 5 with a double and a run for UTA.


No. 4 South Carolina 14, Furman 1

In Columbia, S.C., South Carolina used a nine-run sixth to roll past Furman at Carolina Stadium. Steven Neff (1-0, 2 H, 1 BB) fanned seven in four innings to earn the win. Christian Walker (2 for 3, 3 R) homered and drove in four, while Jake Williams added three hits and three RBI for the Gamecocks (7-0). Jackie Bradley, Jr. had two hits, including a double, three runs and two RBI for the victors. Aaron Thompkins went 2 for 3 with a run for the Paladins (4-5).


No. 5 UCLA 5, San Diego State 2

In San Diego, Beau Amaral (1 R, 1 RBI) went 3 for 5 to lead UCLA past San Diego State at Tony Gwynn Stadium. Zack Weiss (1-0) pitched 3.1 hitless relief innings with three walks and four strikeouts to earn the win. Steve Rodriguez added two hits, including a double, and drove in two for the Bruins (6-2). Jeff Gelalich scored on an error in the top of the first for UCLA before Corey Black’s RBI double in the second for the Aztecs (1-6) tied the game. Amaral knocked in Adrian Williams with a fielder’s choice in the fourth as the Bruins took a 2-1 advantage. Rodriguez’s two-run double in the fifth pushed the lead to 4-1. Black drove in a second run for SDSU in the bottom of the ninth.


No. 11 LSU 7, Southeastern Louisiana 3

In Baton Rouge, La., Raph Rhymes had two hits and two RBI as LSU topped Southeastern Louisiana in front of a crowd of 7,903 at Alex Box Stadium. Rhymes had a RBI single to cap a four-run second for the Tigers (8-0). Mason Katz went 3 for 4 with a run for LSU. Jeff Harkensee had two hits, including a homer, and Cass Hargis contributed two hits and two RBI for the Lions (6-2). Tyler Jones (2-0, 6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K) earned the win for the Tigers.


No. 12 Virginia 9, William and Mary 0

In Charlottesville, Va., three Virginia hurlers combined on a five-hit shutout over William and Mary in front of 2,034 fans at Davenport Field. Kyle Crockett (1-0, 4 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 6 K) was the starter and winner for the Cavaliers (7-1). Justin Thompson (3 IP, 3 H, 3 K) and Shane Halley (2 IP, 2 K) came out of the bullpen to preserve the shutout. John Hicks went 4 for 5 with a double and three RBI, while Jared King and Reed Gragnani both had two hits and two runs. Chris Forsten was 1 for 2 and was hit by a pitch for the Tribe (2-8).


No. 13 Cal State Fullerton 5, Loyola Marymount 1

In Fullerton, Calif., Jake Floethe allowed three hits and one run in seven innings as Cal State Fullerton stopped Loyola Marymount at Goodwin Field. Floethe (1-0) walked two and struck out three. Richy Pedroza had two hits, one run and one RBI for the Titans (5-3). Fullerton scored twice in the first to take the lead and added single runs in the second, fourth and seventh. Bret Dahlson went 2 for 3 and scored in the third for the Lions (7-2).


No. 14 Stanford 8, Santa Clara 4

In Stanford, Calif., Jake Stewart went 2 for 3 with a double, two runs and three RBI as Stanford outscored Santa Clara in front of 1,123 fans at Sunken Diamond. The Cardinal (5-3) scored three in the first and four in the fourth to build a 7-1 lead. Tyler Gaffney (2 for 4, 2B, 2 RBI) and Zach Jones (2 for 3, 3B) both scored twice for Stanford. Matt Ozanne went 3 for 4 with one RBI for the Broncos (4-4). Zach Looney scored twice, while Kyle DeMerritt (2 for 5) drove in two for Santa Clara. A.J. Vanegas (1-0, 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 4 K) was the starter and winner for the Cardinal.


No. 15 Texas A&M 4, Texas-Pan American 1

In College Station, Texas, Brandon Wood broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run single in the bottom of the sixth as Texas A&M battled past Texas-Pan American at Olsen Field. Krey Bratsen went 2 for 3 with one RBI for the Aggies (7-1). Vincent Mejia homered in the second for the Broncs (5-1). Estevan Uriegas (3 H, 1 R, 2 BB) fanned six in five innings for A&M. Nick Fleece (1-0, 1 IP, 1 K) got the win in relief. Ross Stripling struck out two in the ninth for his third save.


No. 17 North Carolina 4, Charlotte 2

In Chapel Hill, N.C., Kent Emanuel fanned nine in eight innings as North Carolina edged Charlotte at Boshamer Stadium. Emanuel (1-0) allowed four hits and two runs (one earned) with no walks. Both runs scored in the top of the ninth. Cody Penny (1 BB, 1 K) recorded the final three outs for his third save. The Tar Heels (7-1) scored three in the first and added one in the seventh. Levi Michael had two hits (double, triple), two runs and one RBI for UNC. Chaz Frank went 3 for 4 for the Heels. Cory Tilton had a two-run double in the ninth for the 49ers (7-2).


McNeese State 8, No. 18 Arkansas 6

In Fayetteville, Ark., Jace Peterson had three hits and three runs as McNeese State outscored Arkansas in front of a crowd of 2,114 at Baum Stadium. The Cowboys (4-5) scored five over the first three innings and added three in the seventh. Seth Granger had two hits and three RBI for McNeese State. Ken Robinson went 4 for 4 with a run and two RBI for the Razorbacks (6-1), while Dominic Ficociello (2 for 4) drove in three and Matt Reynolds (2 for 3, 2B) scored three for Arkansas.


Arizona 10, No. 19 Rice 8

In Tucson, Ariz., Arizona lost an 8-0 lead but plated two in the bottom of the eighth to outlast Rice at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium. Robert Refsnyder had a RBI double in the eighth to snap an 8-8 deadlock and scored an insurance run for the Wildcats (6-1). Refsnyder (3 for 4) and Josh Garcia (3 for 5) both drove in three for Arizona, while Joey Rickard added two hits and three runs. Jeremy Rathjen went 2 for 4 with a run and three RBI for the Owls (6-1).


(photo by Jimmy Jones)