March 13, 2011

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No. 7 Virginia completes ACC sweep at No. 6 Clemson

UALR blanks Oklahoma, WFU wins series over UNC, LSU sweeps Fullerton


In Clemson, S.C., Steven Proscia (right) went 4 for 5 with a double, a homer and three RBI as No. 7 Virginia completed its first ACC sweep at sixth-ranked Clemson by a score of 7-6 Sunday afternoon. Proscia’s two-run dinger in the third put the Cavaliers (3-0, 16-1) ahead to stay at 5-4 on the way to their 10th straight victory. Chris Taylor had three hits for UVa. Will Lamb went 3 for 5 with one RBI, while Jeff Schaus had a double and drove in two for the Tigers (0-3, 7-6).


UALR 7, No. 2 Oklahoma 0

In Norman, Okla., Calvin Drinnen tossed a two-hit shutout as UALR handed Oklahoma its first loss. Drinnen (2-1) walked three and struck out six. Greg Garcia (1 2B, 1 R, 2 RBI), Casey McCollum (2 RBI) and Jason Houston (1 2B, 1 R) each had three hits for the Trojans (7-8). Garrett Buechele and Evan Mistich had the two hits for the Sooners (16-1). UALR scored one in the second, three in the fifth, one in the eighth and two in the ninth.


Wake Forest 5, No. 14 North Carolina 4

In Winston-Salem, N.C., Wake Forest tied it with four in the sixth and got the eventual game-winner in the eighth in capturing the ACC series against North Carolina at Wake Forest Baseball Park. Jesse Wierzbicki homered and drove in three as the Tar Heels (1-2, 14-3) scored two in both the fourth and fifth for a 4-0 advantage. Matt Conway had a three-run homer to cap a four-run sixth and broke the tie with a run-scoring single in the bottom of the eighth. John McLeod (1-0) allowed one hit and one walk over the final 1.2 innings to register the win.


No. 12 LSU 10, No. 10 Cal State Fullerton 2

In Baton Rouge, La., Mikie Mahtook had two hits and four RBI as LSU completed a three-game sweep of Cal State Fullerton in front of 8,167 fans at Alex Box Stadium. The Tigers (15-1) scored two in the first and five in the second to take control early. Raph Rhymes had three hits and three runs, while Austin Nola added two hits and two RBI for LSU. Jared Deacon and Zach Tanida both knocked in a run for the Titans (8-6). Ben Alsup (3-1, 6.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) was the starter and winner for the Tigers.


No. 1 Florida 8, Rhode Island 6

In Gainesville, Fla., Josh Adams had two hits, including a double, and drove in three as Florida completed a three-game sweep of Rhode Island at McKethan Stadium. The Gators (14-2) matched their best start after 16 games. Florida scored in five of its first seven at-bats in building an 8-3 lead. Preston Tucker (3 for 4, 2 2B, 1 R) and Mike Zunino (2 for 4, 1 R) both knocked in two for the Gators. Pat Fortunato had two hits and two RBI, while Tom Coulombe went 2 for 4 with two runs for the Rams (7-6).


No. 2 Vanderbilt 2, UIC 1

In Nashville, Tenn., Anthony Gomez had the game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth as Vanderbilt edged UIC to extend its win streak to nine. Andy Leonard drove in Steve McGuiggan as the Flames (3-10) took the lead in the top of the fifth. Jason Esposito had a sac fly in the eighth to knot the score at 1-1. Curt Casali had three hits for the Commodores (16-1). Navery Moore (3-0, 1 IP, 1 H) picked up the win in relief, following starter Taylor Hill (8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 6 K).


Cal State Bakersfield 8, No. 4 South Carolina 3

In Columbia, S.C., Martin Medina had two hits, including a double, two runs and one RBI as Cal State Bakersfield salvaged the finale of its series with South Carolina in front of 7,128 fans at Carolina Stadium. The Roadrunners (12-5) used a four-run third to snap a 1-1 tie and take the lead for good. Tyler Shryock drove in two, while Andrew Letourneau and Ryan McIntyre both had two hits and one RBI for CSUB. Christian Walker had two doubles and two runs for the Gamecocks (11-2). Tommy Hoenshell (3-2, 8 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 1 K) earned the victory for the Roadrunners.


No. 5 Florida State 4, Boston College 3

In Tallahassee, Fla., Florida State fought back from a 3-0 deficit to sweep its ACC series against Boston College in front of 4,377 fans at Dick Howser Stadium. The Eagles (0-3, 6-8) scored two in the second and one in the top of the seventh before the Seminoles (3-0, 15-1) tallied three in the bottom of the seventh and won the game in the bottom of the ninth on a sac fly by Rafael Lopez. Mike McGee had two hits and one run for FSU. Mike Sudol (1 R) and Tom Bourdon (1 RBI) both had two hits for BC. Daniel Bennett (1-0, 2.1 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 K) earned the win in relief for the Seminoles, their 22nd straight Sunday victory.


No. 8 TCU 6, Houston Baptist 1

In Fort Worth, Texas, Jerome Pena had a double and drove in two as TCU won the rubber game of its series with Houston Baptist in front of 3,864 fans at Lupton Stadium. The Horned Frogs (10-5) expanded a 2-1 lead with three in the fifth. Zac Jordan had two hits and one run for TCU. Collin Hetzler went 3 for 4 for the Huskies (1-15). Steven Maxwell (1-0, 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 7 K) earned the win. Erik Miller took the mound with the bases loaded and none out, but got a pickoff and a double play to earn his fourth save.


Auburn 10, No. 9 Arizona State 8

In Auburn, Ala., Casey McElroy and Dan Gamache had RBI doubles in a four-run eighth as Auburn avoided the series sweep against Arizona State in front of a crowd of 2,894 at Plainsman Park. The Sun Devils (11-3) led 8-6 in the eighth before McElroy’s two-run double with two outs tied the game at 8. Gamache’s two-bagger put the Tigers (11-5) ahead to stay. Gamache finished with three hits, two doubles and four RBI, while McElroy went 3 for 5 with one run and three RBI. Zach Wilson homered and knocked in four for ASU. Zach Blatt (1-1) set the Devils down in order over the final two innings with three strikeouts to earn the victory.


No. 11 Texas 11, Brown 1

In Austin, Texas, Cole Green allowed one run with 10 strikeouts as Texas won the finale of its series against Brown in front of 5,670 fans at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Green (1-2) went the distance in the seven-inning affair with seven hits and no walks. The Longhorns (11-5) scored multiple runs in four of the first five innings. Cohl Walla went 3 for 4 with three RBI, while Erich Weiss was 2 for 3 with three runs and two RBI. Pete Greskoff and Mike DiBiase both had two hits for the Bears (1-6).


USC 2, No. 13 UCLA 0

In Los Angeles, Logan Odom pitched 7.1 scoreless innings as USC blanked UCLA in the finale of the Dodgertown Classic in front of 11,680 spectators at Dodger Stadium. Odom (1-2) allowed four hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Chad Smith worked the final 1.1 innings with two strikeouts to earn his second save. Ricky Oropesa had a run-scoring single in the third and Adam Landecker added a RBI base hit in the fourth for the Trojans (5-10). Jeff Gelalich had two hits for the Bruins (8-6).


No. 15 Arizona 2, Northern Colorado 1

In Tucson, Ariz., Arizona held Northern Colorado hitless over the final eight innings in completing the three-game sweep at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium. Jarod Berggren had a run-scoring single in the top of the first for the Bears (0-7). Alex Mejia drove in the tying run with a base hit in the fourth and added a sacrifice fly in the sixth for the go-ahead run. Tyler Hale (5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 6 K) was the starter for the Wildcats (13-3), while Matt Chaffee (2-1, 1.2 IP, 1 BB, 3 K) earned the win and Jacob Doyle (2.1 IP, 3 K) got his first save. Joe Willman (0-2, 8 IP, 10 H, 2 R, 6 K) went the distance for UNC. Seth Mejias-Brean went 4 for 4 for Arizona.


No. 17 Texas A&M 8, FIU 5

In College Stadium, Texas, Texas A&M scored the final six runs in winning its series against FIU in front of 3,278 fans at Olsen Field. The Golden Panthers (12-5) got a two-run double by Jose Behar (2 for 4, 1 R) in the top of the sixth for a 5-2 advantage. Brandon Wood had a pinch-hit two-run triple in the seventh as the Aggies (12-4) pulled to within one. A pair of wild pitches in the eighth plated the tying and go-ahead runs, and Kenny Jackson (2 for 2, 2 R) belted a two-run homer to add insurance for the Aggies. Tyler Naquin went 3 for 4 with two doubles, two runs for A&M. Mike Martinez had two doubles and two runs for FIU.


No. 18 Arkansas 5, San Diego State 2

In San Diego, Cade Lynch fanned a career-high nine in six scoreless innings as Arkansas won its series against San Diego State at Tony Gwynn Stadium. Lynch (2-0) allowed three hits and one walk. Trent Daniel (2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 K) picked up the save. James McCann had two hits, including a homer, and three runs, while Collin Kuhn drove in two for the Razorbacks (13-2). Chris Wilson and Ben Vasko both knocked in runs for the Aztecs (3-13).


No. 19 Rice 2, UC Santa Barbara 1

In San Francisco, Chase McDowell tossed a four-hitter as Rice edged UC Santa Barbara on the final day of the Cal Baseball Classic at AT&T Park. McDowell (2-1) walked one and struck out four. Sean Williams (2 for 4) singled and scored on a double play in the top of the seventh for the Gauchos (7-6) to break the scoreless tie. In the eighth, Anthony Rendon (2 for 5) had a leadoff double and scored on a wild pitch as the Owls knotted the score at 1-1. Michael Ratterree had a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth to bring home Daniel GonzalesLuna (2 for 3) with the game-winner.


No. 20 UC Irvine 9, Sacramento State 7

In Irvine, Calif., Tommy Reyes went 4 for 4 with two doubles, two runs and three RBI as UC Irvine outscored Sacramento State to complete a three-game sweep at Cicerone Field at Anteater Ballpark. The Anteaters (12-1) scored three in the seventh to make it 9-3 before the Hornets (4-12) tallied two in both the eighth and ninth. D.J. Crumlich went 2 for 3 with two walks, two runs and three RBI for UCI. Kirby Young had two doubles and three RBI, while Hunter Adrian went 2 for 4 with three runs for Sacramento State.


Liberty 2, East Carolina 0

In Greenville, N.C., Steven Evans and Dane Beakler combined on the shutout as Liberty blanked East Carolina to win the Keith LeClair Classic in front of 2,218 fans at Clark-LeClair Stadium. Evans (1-3) allowed three hits and three walks with a season-high nine strikeouts. He set down the final eight batters he faced. Beakler allowed one hit over the final 1.2 innings to notch his second save. Ian Parmley had a sacrifice fly in the third and Zach Haley added a sac fly in the fourth for the two runs for the Flames (8-8). Matt Williams had two hits, including a double, for Liberty. Chase McDonald went 2 for 4 for the Pirates (11-4).


Texas State 11, Houston 10

In San Marcos, Texas, Andrew Stumph belted a game-winning three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth as Texas State completed a three-game sweep of Houston at Ballpark. The Bobcats (12-3) bounced the Cougars (7-9) with a game-ending homer for the second straight day. Houston led 10-6 before Cody Gambill (2 for 3, 3 R, 3 RBI) hit his second homer of the game to spark a two-run eighth. Jeff McVaney (2 for 5, 1 HR, 3 R, 2 RBI) reached on a one-out error and Gambill walked in the bottom of the ninth to set the stage for Stumph’s heroics. M.P. Cokinos (2 2B, 1 R, 2 RBI) and Matt Creel (1 R, 1 RBI) both had three hits four the Cougars, with Creel a homer away from the cycle.


(photo by Jimmy Jones)