March 4, 2011

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South Carolina uses three homers to defeat

Texas edges Stanford, Florida tops Miami (Fla.), Vanderbilt bests Brown


In Columbia, S.C., a trio of Gamecocks each hit a two-run homer as No. 4 South Carolina defeated seventh-ranked Clemson 6-3 Friday evening in front of 8,242 fans at Columbia Stadium. Phil Pohl (2 for 3, 2 2B) had a two-run double in a three-run second as the Tigers (6-2) took the early lead. Brady Thomas (2 for 4) had a two-run blast in the bottom of the frame to make it a one-run game. Christian Walker (pictured right) (2 for 3, 2 R) had a two-run dinger in the fifth to give the Gamecocks (8-0) a 4-3 advantage. Scott Wingo completed the scoring with a two-run shot in the eighth for South Carolina. Michael Roth (3-0, 7 IP, 7 H, 3 UE, 3 BB, 6 K) earned the win, while Matt Price (1.2 IP, 3 K) earned his third save.


No. 10 Texas 4, No. 14 Stanford 3

In Austin, Texas, Taylor Jungmann remained undefeated as Texas edged Stanford in front of a crowd of 6,368 at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Jungmann (3-0) allowed six hits and three run with no walks and nine strikeouts. The Cardinal (5-4) scored two in the ninth to pull to within one, but Corey Knebel recorded the final out to earn his first save. Stanford scored one in the top of the fifth before the Longhorns (6-3) scored two in the fifth and two in the eighth. Brandon Loy and Cohl Walla both had two hits and a run, while Jordan Etier drove in a pair for Texas. Kenny Diekroeger knocked in two for the Cardinal. Mark Appel (0-2, 7.1 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 2 K) took the loss.


No. 1 Florida 8, Miami (Fla.) 3

In Gainesville, Fla., Brian Johnson tossed five scoreless innings as Florida defeated Miami in front of 4,587 fans at McKethan Stadium. Johnson (3-0) allowed three hits with one walk and nine strikeouts. Josh Adams went 3 for 3 with one run and three RBI for the Gators (8-1). Austin Maddox had two hits, including a homer, and two RBI for UF. The Gators scored four in the second and two in the third and fourth. Cade Kreuter had a pinch-hit two-run double in a three-run eighth for the Hurricanes (4-5).


No. 2 Vanderbilt 3, Brown 1
In Nashville, Tenn., Sonny Gray struck out a career-best 15 in tossing a complete-game gem as Vanderbilt slipped past Brown. Gray (3-0) didn't allow a baserunner until the fifth inning, when he allowed a run on two hits and struck out four. With the score tied at 1 in the bottom of the eighth, Anthony Gomez (2 for 4) singled in Jason Esposito and Aaron Westlake. Matt Kimball, a Nashville native, held the Commodores (9-1) to one run on six hits in seven innings. Ryan Zrenda went 1 for 3 with a RBI for the Bears (0-1).

No. 3 Oklahoma 7, San Diego 1

In San Diego, Bobby Shore went the distance as Oklahoma defeated San Diego at Cunningham Stadium to match its best start at 12-0, also done in 1998. Shore (2-0) allowed eight hits and one run in nine innings with two walks and four strikeouts. Tyler Ogle had a RBI double to spark a four-run third for the Sooners. OU added three in the eighth. Evan Mistch had four hits and Garrett Buechele drove in two for the Sooners. Danny Hawksley (2 for 4) drove in the lone run for the Toreros (3-6) in the bottom of the ninth.


No. 5 UCLA 1, Nebraska 0 (11)

In Lincoln, Neb., Gerrit Cole and Nick Vander Tuig combined on a three-hit shutout as UCLA nipped Nebraska in 11 innings at Haymarket Park. Cole allowed two hits in nine innings with two walks and eight strikeouts. He retired the first 20 batters before Cody Asche singled with two outs in the seventh. Vander Tuig (1-0) surrendered one hit and two walks in two innings with three strikeouts. In the top of the 11th, Tyler Rahmatulla singled with one out and moved to third on a groundout and error. Dean Espy’s single plated Rahmatulla with the eventual game-winner. Cody Keefer had two hits for the Bruins (7-2). Asche also drew two walks for the Cornhuskers (6-4). Jon Keller allowed one hit in six scoreless innings for NU with four walks and eight strikeouts. Casey Hauptman (1-1) allowed three hits and one unearned run with five strikeouts.


No. 6 Florida State 6, Georgia 5

In Athens, Ga., Sean Gilmartin struck out a career-high 11 as Florida State held on against Georgia in front of 1,784 fans at Foley Field. Gilmartin (3-0) allowed one hit and one walk in eight scoreless innings. Mike McGee and Jayce Boyd both belted two-run homers in the fifth as the Seminoles (9-0) built a 6-0 lead. Devon Travis went 3 for 4 with two runs for FSU. The Bulldogs (2-7) scored five in the bottom of the ninth to make it close. Johnathan Taylor went 1 for 3 with two walks, one run and one RBI for Georgia.


No. 8 TCU 7, Texas Tech 0
In Lubbock, Texas, Jason Coats went 4 for 5 with a triple, homer, three runs and three RBI, and Kyle Winkler tossed eight scoreless innings with nine strikeouts as TCU topped Texas Tech. Jimmie Pharr went 4 for 5 with two doubles and two RBI, and Taylor Featherston added two hits and two RBI as the Horned Frogs (5-4) scored three runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh to pull away from the Red Raiders (8-3). Winkler allowed four hits in improving to 3-0. David Paiz led Tech by going 2 for 3. Daniel Coulombe (0-2) surrendered three earned runs and struck out eight in 5.1 innings.

No. 9 Arizona State 10, Northern Illinois 9

In Surprise, Ariz., Arizona State scored two in the eighth to rally past Northern Illinois at Surprise Stadium. Zach Wilson went 2 for 5 with a homer and five RBI for the Sun Devils (7-2). Zack MacPhee had two hits and scored three for ASU. Jamison Wells went 3 for 5 with two doubles, two runs and three RBI for the Huskies (0-8). Jordan Rishavy (1 for 4, 3 RBI) and Jeff Zimmerman (3 for 5, 2 R) also contributed for NIU. Trevor Williams (1-0) tossed two scoreless innings with two hits and five strikeouts to register the win.


No. 11 LSU 8, Princeton 2

In Baton Rouge, La., Trey Watkins had a three-run double in a six-run second as LSU topped Princeton at Alex Box Stadium. Raph Rhymes had a two-run homer to cap the rally for the home Tigers (10-0). Mikie Mahtook (2 for 4, 3 R) also went deep in the game for LSU. Kurt McCune (3-0, 6.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 3 K) picked up the win. Mike Ford drove in a pair in the third for the visiting Tigers (0-1).


No. 12 Virginia 12, Cornell 1

No. 12 Virginia 12, Rider 0

In Charlottesville, Va., Danny Hultzen struck out 11 in seven innings as Virginia won a pair at Davenport Field. Hultzen (3-0) allowed two singles in the nightcap against Rider (2-3) with no walks, retiring the final 16 batters he faced. Kenny Swab had two hits, two runs and three RBI for the Cavaliers (10-1). UVa scored six in the second and six in the seventh. Chris Pierfy, Karl Johnston and Ken Kremer each had a hit for Rider. Reed Gragnani and John Hicks both went 3 for 4 in the opener against Cornell (0-2). The Cavaliers scored four in the first and two in the second to take control. Frank Hager had two hits, while Brian Billigen went 1 for 3 with a run in the first for the Big Red (0-2).


No. 13 Cal State Fullerton 10, USC 1

In Fullerton, Calif., Noe Ramirez and David Hurlbut combined on a one-hitter as Cal State Fullerton overwhelmed USC at Goodwin Field. Ramirez (2-1) allowed one hit in eight innings, a run-scoring single by James Roberts with two outs in the fifth. He walked two and fanned eight. Hurlbut worked the ninth to secure the win. Anthony Trajano (2 for 5, 1 R) knocked in four, and Carlos Lopez added three hits and two RBI for the Titans (6-3). Fullerton scored four in the third, one in the fifth, two in the sixth and three in the eighth. Brandon Garcia scored the lone run for the Trojans (3-6).


Utah 2, No. 15 Texas A&M 1
In Houston, Shaun Cooper delivered a single to score Gavin Green in the top of the seventh as Utah picked up its first win in an upset of Texas A&M at the Houston College Classic. Rick Anton (1-1) tossed eight innings with one run, five hits and eight strikeouts, besting Aggies All-American John Stilson, who allowed one run and struck out 10 in six innings. Tyler Wagner tossed the final two innings for his second save for the Utes (1-5). C.J. Cron added two hits and a RBI for Utah. Adam Smith led the A&M (8-2) with two hits and a run.

No. 16 Oregon 5, Long Beach State 0

In Long Beach, Calif., Tyler Anderson fanned a career-high 14 as Oregon blanked Long Beach State at Blair Field. Anderson (1-0) surrendered six hits and three walks in eight innings. The Ducks (5-4) scored one in the fifth and four in the eighth. Tyler Kuresa had two hits for Oregon. Ino Patron went 2 for 2 with a walk for the Dirtbags (3-6).


No. 17 North Carolina 5, Stony Brook 1
In Chapel Hill, N.C., Patrick Johnson allowed one run in seven innings, and Tom Zengel drove in three as North Carolina got past Stony Brook. The Tar Heels (9-1) touched up Seawolves ace Nick Tropeano for four runs in the fourth to take a 4-1 lead. Johnson (2-0) made the lead stick, scattering nine hits and striking out six. William Carmona went 3 for 4 for Stony Brook.

No. 18 Arkansas 15, Milwaukee 6
In Fayetteville, Ark., Matt Vinson went 3 for 4 with a homer and four RBI, and Kyle Robinson homered and drove in four as Arkansas slugged its way past Milwaukee. The Razorbacks (8-1) posted a season-high in hits and runs, getting three hits and three runs from Jacob Morris and two hits (including a homer) and two RBI from Jarrod McKinney. Doug Dekoning went 2 for 5 with two homers and five RBI for the Panthers (1-5).

No. 19 Rice 8, Kentucky 7

In Houston, J.T. Chargois went 3 for 5 with two runs and also earned his second save as Rice edged Kentucky in the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park. The Owls (7-4) scored two in the first, two in the third and three in sixth for a 7-3 lead. The Wildcats (4-5) got two in the seventh and two in the eighth to make it close. Chargois fanned three over the final 1.2 innings in recording the save. Anthony Rendon (2 R, 1 RBI) and Jeremy Rathjen (2 RBI) both had three hits for Rice. Braden Kapteyn had two hits and two RBI for UK.


Saint Mary's 1, No. 20 UC Irvine 0
In Moraga, Calif., Mark Anderson allowed four hits with six strikeouts in silencing UC Irvine - which came in hitting .371 and averaging nearly 12 runs a game - as Saint Mary's handed the Anteaters their first loss. Anderson (2-0) didn't allow a runner past second base and faced only 32 batters in his complete-game gem. The Gaels (3-5) scored the game's only run in the second inning when Cole Norton drew a bases-loaded walk to score Chris Murphy, who went 2 for 3. Matt Summers (1-1) allowed five hits, one run and struck out six in six solid innings for Irvine (7-1).

(photo by Jimmy Jones)