March 10, 2011

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Ficociello has four hits to lead Arkansas past SDSU

UConn wins at USD, Baylor beats Louisiana Tech, Portland tops Hawaii


In San Diego, Dominic Ficociello went 4 for 5 with two doubles and four runs as No. 18 Arkansas scored the game’s final seven runs with a 12-4 win Thursday over San Diego State at Tony Gwynn Stadium. The Razorbacks (11-1) led 5-4 after three before pulling away over the final six innings. Bo Bigham went 3 for 4 with three runs and one RBI, while James McCann and Jarrod McKinney both had two hits, one run and two RBI for Arkansas. Collin Kuhn (pictured) also homered for Arkansas. Chris Wilson and Cody Slater both had two hits and one run for the Aztecs (2-11). Geoffrey Davenport (5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 7 K) got the win in relief.


Connecticut 6, San Diego 4

In San Diego, Doug Elliot went 3 for 4 with one run as Connecticut scored in four of the final five innings to defeat San Diego at Cunningham Stadium. The Toreros (3-8) plated one in the bottom of the first before the Huskies (6-5) took the lead with two in the fifth. UConn built a 6-1 lead before USD scored three in the ninth. George Springer had two hits, including a triple, one run and one RBI for the Huskies. Julian Duran had a two-run double in the ninth for the Toreros. Bob Van Woert (1-0, 6.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K) was the starter and winner, while Kevin Vance recorded the final out for his second save.


Baylor 8, Louisiana Tech 4

In Waco, Texas, Chris Slater went 3 for 4 with a double, two runs and three RBI as Baylor beat Louisiana Tech in front of 2,143 fans at Baylor Ballpark, The Bears (8-5) scored three in the first and two in the second to take control. Clint Ewing (2 for 4) drove in two in a four-run sixth for the Bulldogs (8-4). Baylor added two in the seventh and one in the eighth. Logan Vick went 3 for 4 with three runs and one RBI. He was a homer away from the cycle. Jake Miller had two hits and two RBI for the Bears. Tyler Bremer (1-1, 5.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K) was the starter and winner, while Max Garner worked the final 3.2 scoreless innings with one hit, one walk and four strikeouts to notch his first save.


Portland 5, Hawaii 1

In Honolulu, Chris Johnson allowed one run in seven innings as Portland stopped Hawaii in front of 2,434 fans at Les Murakami Stadium. Johnson (1-0) allowed two hits and one walk with six strikeouts. Chris Dennis worked the final 1.1 innings with one hit and three strikeouts to record the save. The Pilots (7-4) scored single runs in the second and third before getting three in the ninth. Kevin Armijo went 2 for 3 with one walk and one RBI for Portland. Kolten Wong went 2 for 4 with a run for the Rainbows (5-7). Michael Blake had a sacrifice fly in the fourth for Hawaii.


Oregon 6, BYU 3

In Eugene, Ore., Aaron Jones had a two-run single in the sixth to put Oregon ahead to stay in its win over BYU in front of 1,263 fans at PK Park. The Cougars (8-5) led 2-0 after five before the Ducks (6-7) used a bases-loaded walk and a base hit by Jones (2 for 4, 3 RBI) in the sixth to take the lead. Jack Marder had a two-run double in a three-run eighth for Oregon. BYU added a run in the ninth, but left the bases loaded. Tyler Anderson (2-0, 8 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 12 K) was the starter and winner for the Ducks. Ryan Bernal had two hits and two runs for the Cougars.


Seton Hall 11, Florida Atlantic 4

In Boca Raton, Fla., Ryan Sullivan had three hits with two runs and four RBI as Seton Hall defeated Florida Atlantic at FAU Baseball Stadium. Sullivan had a grand slam to cap an eight-run third as the Pirates (4-7) took control. Will Walsh had three hits, two runs and one RBI, while Zach Granite added two hits and two runs for Seton Hall. Giuseppe Pappacio homered for the Pirates. Mark Nelson had a two-run triple and scored in the eighth for the Owls (10-5). Benny Mejia (1-1, 4 H, 1 R, 3 BB) struck out eight in five innings to earn the victory.


Dallas Baptist 3, Washington 1

In Seattle, Wash., three hurlers held Washington to one run as Dallas Baptist won the series opener at Husky Ballpark. Aaron Gilbreath (1-1) gave up five hits and one run in 5.2 innings with one walk and two strikeouts. Stuart Pudenz allowed one hit in 2.1 scoreless innings with two strikeouts, while Chris Haney worked a hitless ninth with one walk and two strikeouts to notch his third save. B.K. Santy had a run-scoring single in the second for the Huskies (2-9). The Patriots (9-5) got its runs in the fourth as Jason Krizan (2 for 4) and Ryan Behmanesh (2 for 3) both had RBI doubles and Kenny Hatcher (2 for 4) added a run-scoring single.


Utah 6, UC Davis 4

In Santa Clara, Calif., Cody Guymon had a two-run single in the eighth to snap a 3-3 tie and propel Utah to a win over UC Davis at the Jack Gifford Memorial Tournament. Eric Johnson (2 for 3) belted a two-run homer in the seventh for the Aggies (2-10) to knot the score at 3. C.J. Cron homered and knocked in two for the Utes (3-6). Rick Anton (2-1, 7.2 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3 UE, 1 BB, 5 K) was the starter and winner, while Tyler Wagner (1.1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K) earned his first save. Paul Politi went 3 for 4 with two runs and one RBI for UC Davis.


San Jose State 14, Milwaukee 5

In San Jose, Calif., Zach Jones had four hits, three runs and a career-high five RBI as San Jose State manhandled Milwaukee at Municipal Stadium in the Jack Gifford Memorial Tournament. The Spartans (9-4) scored four in the first, fourth and seventh innings. Jones had a three-run homer in the seventh for SJSU. Caleb Natov (3 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI) and Andrew Rodriguez (1 for 1, 3 BB, 3 R) also had big days for the Spartans. Doug Dekoning had two hits and drove in one, while Paul Hoenecke went deep for the Panthers (1-8). Blake McFarland (3-0, 10 H, 5 R, 4 ER) struck out nine in seven innings to record the win.


Presbyterian 11, Furman 4

In Clinton, S.C., Nate Horton went 3 for 3 with a double, two runs and four RBI as Presbyterian defeated Furman at Presbyterian Stadium. The Blue Hose (7-6) scored multiple runs in four different innings, building an 11-2 advantage after seven. Andrew Williams (3 for 5, 1 2B, 3 RBI), Tony Micklon (2 2B, 4 R) and Brad Zebedis (HR, 2 RBI) had big days at the plate for PC. Will Muzika had two doubles and drove in a pair for the Paladins (6-8).


Gardner-Webb 13, Holy Cross 9

In Boiling Springs, N.C., Dusty Quattlebaum and Zeke Blanton both had two-run singles in a 10-run second as Gardner-Webb outscored Holy Cross to extend its win streak to six. The Bulldogs (9-3) are enjoying their best start since moving to NCAA Division I in 2001. Blanton added a second two-run base hit in the fourth to push the lead to 12-7. Brock Wilson (1-0, 2.2 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 3 K) earned the win in relief, while Emilio Pagan allowed one hit in three scoreless innings with two strikeouts to record his first save. Daniel Merck went 4 for 4 with three runs, three steals and two RBI for Gardner-Webb. Alex Maldonado had three hits and three runs for the Crusaders (2-6), while Jack Larendeau (3 for 4) and Eric Oxford (1 for 4) both knocked in three for the visitors.


(photo by Jimmy Jones)