March 6, 2011

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Clemson hands South Carolina its first loss

Nebraska wins series over UCLA, Princeton captures victory at LSU


In Clemson, S.C., No. 7 Clemson, coached by Jack Leggett (right) used a six-run eighth to rally past fourth-ranked South Carolina 10-5 Sunday in front of 6,320 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Gamecocks (8-1) scored four in the top of the seventh for a 5-3 lead. The Tigers (7-2) got one in the seventh before the eighth-inning explosion. Jeff Schaus had two doubles and three RBI, while Will Lamb added two hits and two RBI for Clemson. Jackie Bradley, Jr., and Christian Walker both homered for South Carolina. Joseph Moorefield (1-0) pitched two hitless innings with two strikeouts to earn the win.


Nebraska 5, No. 5 UCLA 4 (11)

In Lincoln, Neb., Nebraska scored three in the bottom of the ninth and Bryan Peters homered in the 11th to give the Huskers the series win over UCLA in front of 2,113 fans at Hawks Field. Peters had the game-winning single in the 12th on Saturday against the Bruins (7-4). Cody Asche and Josh Scheffert both had run-scoring singles in the three-run ninth for Nebraska (8-4). UCLA scored three in the first and one in the fourth as Tyler Rahmatulla went 2 for 4 with two runs. Chad Christensen had three hits for the Huskers. Casey Hauptman (2-1, 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K) earned the victory. Adam Plutko was dominant in the start for the Bruins, allowing six hits in six scoreless innings with two walks and seven strikeouts.


Princeton 8, No. 11 LSU 7

In Baton Rouge, La., Princeton built an 8-1 lead and held on for the win over LSU at Alex Box Stadium. Nate Baird went 2 for 4 with two runs and three RBI as the visiting Tigers (1-2) used three-run innings in the fifth and sixth to create an 8-1 advantage before the home Tigers (11-1) put up six in the bottom of the eighth. Mike Ford drove in two for Princeton. Alex Edward and Austin Nola both knocked in two for LSU. Michael Fagan (3.1 IP, 1 H, 5 R, 5 BB, 1 K) earned the win in relief, while David Palms walked three in the ninth but finished the game to earn his first save.


No. 1 Florida 5, Miami (Fla.) 3

In Gainesville, Fla., Preston Tucker went 3 for 4 with a homer and a double as Florida completed a three-game sweep of Miami in front of 4,114 fans at McKethan Stadium. The Gators (10-1) scored two in the second before the Hurricanes (4-7) tallied single runs in the third and fifth to tie it. Florida answered with three in the sixth to take the lead for good. Daniel Pigott doubled and drove in two for the Gators. Zeke DeVoss (1 R), Shane Rowland (1 RBI) and Stephen Perez (1 R, 1 RBI) each had two hits for Miami. Tommy Toledo (1-1) pitched 2.2 hitless innings with two strikeouts to earn the win. Anthony DeSclafani had one hit and one strikeout in the ninth for his first save.


No. 2 Vanderbilt 6-6, Brown 5-3

In Nashville, Tenn., Aaron Westlake went 5 for 8 with a homer, two runs and three RBI to lead Vanderbilt to a doubleheader and series sweep of Brown at Hawkins Field. Westlake was 3 for 3 with a dinger in the nightcap as the Commodores (11-1) scored two in the fifth and three in the sixth of the seven-inning contest. Wes Van Boom went 2 for 2 with a run and one RBI for the Bears (0-3). Westlake had two hits and two RBI in the opener as Vandy scored in four of the first six innings. Mike Colantonio went 2 for 5 with two runs and one RBI for Brown.


No. 3 Oklahoma 13, San Diego State 5

In San Diego, Oklahoma scored six in the second as it continued its best start at 14-0 with a win over San Diego State at Tony Gwynn Stadium. Max White (2 for 3, 2 R) had a three-run homer in the second for the Sooners. Garrett Buechele went 3 for 5 with two runs and two RBI for OU. Pat Colwell went 4 for 5 with two runs, while Brad Haynal added three hits and three RBI for the Aztecs (2-9).


No. 6 Florida State 7, Georgia 5

In Athens, Ga., Florida State rallied twice to win its three-game series against Georgia at Foley Field. Travis Devon went 1 for 3 with two walks and three runs, while Sherman Johnson and Mike McGee both had two hits and two RBI for the Seminoles (10-1). FSU trailed 2-0 before putting up three in the top of the fifth. The Bulldogs (3-8) reclaimed the lead with a pair in the sixth before the Seminoles added three in the seventh. Georgia centerfielder Johnathan Taylor collided with left fielder Zach Cone as both dove for a call. Taylor reportedly suffered a severe neck injury and was taken from the field by ambulance.


No. 10 Texas 4, No. 14 Stanford 2

In Austin, Texas, Sam Stafford fanned seven in 5.1 scoreless innings as Texas won its series against Stanford in front of 6,666 fans at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Stafford (2-0) allowed three hits and two walks. Corey Knebel allowed three hits over the final two innings with three strikeouts to notch his second save. The Longhorns (7-4) scored one in the second, two in the fifth and one in the sixth. The Cardinal (6-5) plated its two in the top of the eighth. Brandon Loy had two hits and drove in one for Texas. Brian Ragira had three hits and drove in one for Stanford.


(photo courtesy of Clemson Media Relations Office)