March 11, 2011

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Hultzen strikes out 14 as Virginia blanks Clemson

LSU edges Fullerton, Georgia wins at UCLA, Oklahoma moves to 15-0


In Clemson, S.C., Danny Hultzen struck out 14 in 6.2 scoreless innings as No. 7 Virginia shut out No. 6 Clemson 5-0 Friday in the ACC opener in front of 4,051 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Hultzen (4-0) allowed five hits and walked three. He raised his totals to 50 strikeouts and four walks in 27.1 innings with an ERA of 0.66. Hultzen also had a hit, a sacrifice fly and two RBI. Justin Thompson worked the final 2.1 hitless innings with one walk and four punchouts as the Cavaliers (1-0, 14-1) recorded their fifth shutout in the past eight games. UVa scored single runs in the third and sixth and added three in the seventh. Chris Taylor and John Hicks both had two hits, one run and one RBI for the Cavs. Jeff Shaus had two of the five hits for the Tigers (0-1, 7-4). Scott Weismann (2-2, 6.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) took the loss.


No. 12 LSU 7, No. 10 Cal State Fullerton 6

In Baton Rouge, La., LSU used a four-run eighth to get past Cal State Fullerton in front of 9,516 fans at Alex Box Stadium. Grant Dozar had a two-run single in the eighth as the Tigers (13-1) took a 7-4 lead. The Titans (8-4) tallied two in the top of the ninth against Matty Ott, but he worked out of trouble to record his school-record 30th career save. Tyler Hanover went 3 for 4 with two runs and one RBI, while Mason Katz drove in two for LSU. Carlos Lopez had two hits, including a double, and knocked in four for Fullerton.


Georgia 6, No. 13 UCLA 2

In Los Angeles, Kyle Farmer and Jonathan Hester both homered as Georgia upset UCLA at Jackie Robinson Stadium in the Dodgertown Classic. Bruin starter Gerrit Cole (1-2) retired the first 19 Bulldogs before Levi Hyams had a one-out double in the seventh which sparked a four-run rally, capped by Farmer’s three-run blast. Chris Giovinazzo went deep in the bottom of the frame for UCLA (7-5). Hester answered with a two-run dinger in the ninth for Georgia (6-8). Cole allowed three hits and four runs (three earned) in seven innings with one walk and 12 strikeouts. Alex Wood (1-2, 4 H, 1 R) fanned 11 in seven innings to earn the victory. Tyler Maloof got the final three outs for his fifth save.


No. 2 Oklahoma 11, UALR 4

In Norman, Okla., Cameron Seitzer had two hits, including a homer, and drove in three as Oklahoma beat UALR at L. Dale Mitchell Park. Garrett Buechele had two hits and two RBI for the Sooners (15-0). Tyler Ogle also homer and knocked in three for OU. Nick Rountree (2 for 4, 3 RBI) had a two-run homer in the second for the Trojans (6-7). Michael Rocha (4-0, 7 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) was the starter and winner for the Sooners.


No. 1 Florida 11, Rhode Island 5
In Gainesville, Fla., Brian Johnson improved to 4-0 with seven strong innings, and Josh Adams drove in three as Florida knocked off Rhode Island. The Gators (12-2) took a 4-0 lead in the third inning, thanks in part to two Rams errors. Daniel Pigott (2 for 5) doubled in a run, and Preston Tucker added a RBI single. URI (7-4) got to Johnson for three runs on RBI singles from Dan Haverstick, Milan Adams and Pat Fortunato. Florida answered with three in the fifth, with Josh Adams doubling in a pair of runs. Mike Zunino contributed two hits and two runs, and Bryson Smith had two hits and three runs for the Gators. The win marked the 100th for Gators coach Kevin O'Sullivan, who is now 100-20 (.833) in his fourth season. Kyle Borden went 2 for 4 with two runs and two RBI for Rhode Island.

No. 2 Vanderbilt 5, UIC 1
In Nashville, Tenn., Sonny Gray tossed seven scoreless innings with nine strikeouts, and battery mate Curt Casali hit a sixth-inning grand slam to help Vanderbilt slip past UIC. Gray (4-0) and the Flames' Matt Salemi took shutouts into the sixth, but the Commodores loaded the bases for Casali, who launched a homer over the scoreboard in left. Casali scored on a passed ball in the eighth. Matt Serna had two hits to lead the Flames.

No. 4 South Carolina 5, Cal State Bakersfield 1

In Columbia, S.C., Michael Roth struck out nine in eight innings to lead South Carolina past Cal State Bakersfield in front of 6,505 fans at Carolina Stadium. Roth (4-0) allowed five hits, one walk and one unearned run. He matched his career high with the nine punchouts. John Taylor gave up one hit and fanned two in the ninth. Jackie Bradley, Jr., went 3 for 3 with a double, a homer, two runs and three RBI for the Gamecocks (10-1). Jeremy Rodriguez had a run-scoring single in the top of the first for the Roadrunners (11-4) before Bradley had a RBI single and scored in the bottom of the first. Bradley added a two-run homer in the fifth.


No. 5 Florida State 3, Boston College 1
In Tallahassee, Fla., Sean Gilmartin worked seven brilliant innings with 11 strikeouts, and Devon Travis drove in two in a three-run fifth as Florida State edged Boston College in ACC play. Gilmartin allowed a single run in the second on an Andrew Lawrence homer and allowed only one other hit and one walk in seven innings. Mike McGee picked up his third save with a scoreless ninth.

No. 8 TCU 7, Houston Baptist 1

In Fort Worth, Texas, Jantzen Witte had two hits and drove in four to lead TCU past Houston Baptist in front of a crowd of 3,801 at Lupton Stadium. He had a RBI groundout in a three-run first, a two-run single in a three-run fifth and a run-scoring base hit in the eighth. Kyle Winkler (4-0, 6 IP, 3 H, 1 UE, 1 BB, 7 K) was the starter and winner for the Horned Frogs (9-4). Brance Rivera had two hits and two runs for TCU. Jacob Gonzalez had two hits and drove in the lone run for the Huskies (0-14) in the top of the first.


No. 9 Arizona State 8, Auburn 7

In Auburn, Ala., Arizona State scored twice in the ninth to rally past Auburn in front of 2,755 fans at Plainsman Park. It was the fifth straight one-run game for the Sun Devils (10-2), the first time it has happened since 1987. Andrew Aplin had a base hit to tie it in the ninth and Zack MacPhee’s single with two outs plated the go-ahead run. Mitchell Lambson (3-1, 2.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K) retired the side in the ninth to secure the win. He has been the winning pitcher in each of the past three games for ASU. Johnny Ruettiger had two hits and three RBI, while Austin Barnes went 3 for 4 with three runs for the Devils. Dan Gamache went 3 for 4, a homer away from the cycle, and drove in four for the Tigers (10-4). Kevin Patterson had a two-run homer in the sixth for Auburn.


No. 11 Texas 8, Brown 0
In Austin, Texas, Taylor Jungmann allowed three hits and struck out four over eight scoreless innings as Texas blanked Brown. Jacob Felts had two hits and two RBI, and Brandon Loy went 3 for 5 for the Longhorns (9-4). Jungmann lowered his ERA to 0.78 as he improved to 13-0 all-time at Disch-Falk Field. Daniel Massey went 2 for 3 for the Bears (0-4).


No. 14 North Carolina 7, Wake Forest 1
In Winston-Salem, N.C., Ben Bunting doubled and drove in three, and Jesse Wierzbicki had two hits two runs and a RBI as North Carolina scored six times in the fourth inning of an ACC win over Wake Forest. Patrick Johnson (3-0) struck out nine and allowed three hits in 5.2 scoreless innings for the Tar Heels (1-0, 14-1). Pat Blair drove in the lone run for the Demon Deacons (0-1, 4-9).


No. 15 Arizona 11, Northern Colorado 1

In Tucson, Ariz., Kurt Heyer fanned a season-high 11 as Arizona thumped Northern Colorado at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium. Heyer (2-1) allowed five hits and one run in eight innings with one walk. TJ Berge had a sacrifice fly in the top of the first for the Bears (0-5) before Joey Rickard (3 for 3, 2 RBI) and Cole Frenzel (2 for 4) had RBI doubles in a four-run second for the Wildcats (11-3). Bryce Ortega (2 for 4, 2 R) drove in three and Alex Mejia (2 for 5, 1 RBI) scored three for Arizona. Bret Fanning and Adam Hilker both had two hits for UNC.


No. 17 Texas A&M 6, FIU 5 (10)

In College Station, Texas, Kenny Jackson delivered a game-winning single in the bottom of the 10th as Texas A&M nipped FIU at Olsen Stadium. Garrett Wittels (2 for 5) had tied the game for the Golden Panthers (11-4) in the top of the seventh with a RBI base hit. Matt Juengel (2 for 3) and Jacob House (HR) both drove in two for the Aggies (11-3). Jeremy Patton had a two-run homer in the fifth for FIU. Joaquin Hinojosa (1-0) worked the final 1.1 innings with one strikeout to earn the victory.


No. 18 Arkansas 11, San Diego State 6

In San Diego, Collin Kuhn and Matt Reynolds both homered as Arkansas outscored San Diego State at Tony Gwynn Stadium. Reynolds (2 for 4) had a two-run blast in the first and Kuhn (2 for 5) added a three-run shot in a four-run second as the Razorbacks (12-1) built a 9-0 lead after four. The Aztecs (2-12) scored all their runs in the eighth, as Chris Wilson and Brad Haynal (2 for 5) both drove in a pair. Kyle Robinson had three hits and two runs for Arkansas. DJ Baxendale (4-0, 3 H, 1 BB, 3 K) tossed five scoreless innings to earn the win.


Long Beach State 2, No. 19 Rice 1

In San Francisco, Andrew Gagnon pitched eight strong innings as Long Beach State nipped Rice in the opening game of the Cal Baseball Classic at AT&T Park. Gagnon (2-2) allowed six hits and one earned run with one walk and six strikeouts. Eddie Magallon gave up one hit in the ninth to secure his second save. Matt Duffy and Ino Patron (2 for 3) had run-scoring singles in the sixth for the Dirtbags (7-6). Keenan Cook (2 for 4) had a RBI single for the Owls (9-7) in the top of the eighth. Austin Kubitza (1-2) struck out seven in six innings with six hits and two runs to absorb the loss.


No. 20 UC Irvine 9, Sacramento State 5

In Irvine, Calif., Drew Hillman drove in four as UC Irvine defeated Sacramento State at Anteater Ballpark. The Anteaters (10-1) scored four in the first to take control. Hillman had a triple and homer and scored twice. D.J. Crumlich went 4 for 5 with a double, two runs and two RBI for UCI. Andrew Ayers had two hits and two runs for the Hornets (4-10).


Georgia Tech 1, Maryland 0

In Atlanta, Mark Pope tossed a four-hit shutout as Georgia Tech edged Maryland in the ACC opener at Russ Chandler Stadium. Pope (4-0) did not walk a batter and struck out six in registering his second straight complete-game shutout. Kyle Wren had a run-scoring single with two outs in the fourth for the game’s lone run. Brandon Thomas had two hits and one run for the Yellow Jackets (1-0, 10-4). Alfredo Rodriguez, Tomo Delp, Charlie White and Brandon Padula each had a hit for the Terrapins (0-1, 9-5). Sander Beck (0-2, 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 4 K) took the loss for Maryland.


Baylor 7, Louisiana Tech 0

In Waco, Texas, Logan Verrett pitched a one-hit shutout with one walk and a career-high 14 strikeouts as Baylor blanked Louisiana Tech in front of 2,054 fans at Baylor Ballpark. Kyle Roliard led off the game with an infield single for the Bulldogs (8-5) before Verrett (3-1) retired the next 20. He tied a Baylor Ballpark record for strikeouts and needed just 110 pitches to finish the contest. The Bears (9-5) scored two in the fourth and five in the eighth. Chris Slater and Josh Ludy both had three hits and one run for the Baylor. Brooks Pinckard drove in two and Jake Miller had two hits and two runs for the Bears.


Western Kentucky 3, Illinois 1

In Bowling Green, Ky., Tanner Perkins tossed his first complete game as Western Kentucky edged Illinois at Nick Denes Field with a game time of 1:39. Perkins (3-1) allowed three hits and did not surrender a run until the ninth. He retired 21 straight at one point and struck out a career-high six without giving up a walk. Jared Andreoli singled and scored on a balk in the third for the Hilltoppers (8-5). Ryan Hutchison had a RBI double in the sixth and scored on a base hit by Logan Robbins to give WKU a 3-0 lead. Pete Cappetta singled and scored on a sacrifice fly in the ninth for the Fighting Illini (3-7).


Kent State 2, Coastal Carolina 0

In Conway, S.C., Andrew Chafin tossed seven scoreless innings as Kent State blanked Coastal Carolina in the first game of the Caravelle Resort Classic at Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field. Chafin (2-0) allowed four hits and two walks with six strikeouts to earn the victory. He has not given up a run in 19.2 innings this season. Justin Gill retired six straight over the final two innings for his first save. Ben Klafczynski homered in the first for the Golden Flashes (6-5) and David Lyon added a RBI double later in the frame for the game’s only runs. Anthony Meo (1-2, 6.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 5 K) took the loss for the Chanticleers (9-5). Scott Woodward had a double and a walk for Coastal.


Liberty 5, Rutgers 2

In Greenville, N.C., Keegan Linza pitched a complete game as Liberty got by Rutgers in the opener of the Keith LeClair Classic at Clark-LeClair Stadium. Linza (3-0) allowed seven hits and two runs with no walks and five strikeouts. Zach Haley doubled and scored in a two-run third for the Flames (6-8). Tyler Bream (left) added a run-scoring double in the fifth and Liberty tacked on two more in the sixth for a 5-0 lead. The Scarlet Knights (5-6) got on the board in the seventh on a RBI single by Russ Hopkins. Michael Lang doubled and scored in the ninth for Rutgers. Matt Williams and Ian Parmley both had two hits, one run and one RBI for the Flames. Steve Zavala had three hits and a run for the Knights.


Hofstra 4, James Madison 3

In Harrisonburg, Va., David D’Errico held James Madison in check as Hofstra earned its first win in its series opener against the CAA favorite at Eagle Field at Veterans Memorial Park. D’Errico (1-2) gave up five hits and one run in 6.2 innings with five strikeouts. Joe Burg allowed two runs over the final 2.1 innings, but earned his first save. Dylan Nasiatka homered in the fourth and Matt Reistetter had a two-run single for the Pride (1-0, 1-8). Joe Perez had two hits and two runs for Hofstra. Jake Lowery (2 for 4, 2 R) launched a two-run homer in the eighth for the Dukes (3-1, 11-3).


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