March 15, 2011

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Pigott leads Florida past Florida State in 10 innings

ASU ousts Oklahoma, Furman upsets South Carolina, UTA tops TCU


In Gainesville, Fla., Daniel Pigott (right) had a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 10th as top-ranked Florida nipped No. 5 Florida State 5-4 Tuesday in front of a record crowd of 5,930 at McKethan Stadium. The Seminoles (15-2) scored four in the third, as James Ramsey and Justin Gonzalez both ripped two-run homers. The Gators (15-2) got single runs in the third and fourth and eventually tied it with two in the eighth on a two-run single by Pigott (3 for 4, 4 RBI). Nolan Fontana had a one-out triple in the 10th and came home on Pigott’s base hit as Florida snapped a four-game losing streak to FSU. Anthony DeSclafani (3-0) pitched the final two innings to earn the victory. Brian Johnson had two hits and a run for the Gators, as did Rafael Lopez for the Seminoles.


No. 9 Arizona State 6, No. 3 Oklahoma 2

In Tempe, Ariz., Brady Rodgers struck out five in three innings as Arizona State stopped Oklahoma in front of a sellout crowd of 4,371 at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark. Rodgers (2-0), pitching for the first time since Opening Night, allowed one hit and did not walk a batter. Alex Blackford (4.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 K) and Trevor Williams (1.1 IP, 2 K) completed the work on the mound for the Sun Devils (12-3). ASU scored three in the third, two in the fifth and one in the sixth, while the Sooners (16-2) tallied single runs in the fifth and eighth. Zach Wilson and Joey DeMichele both had two hits and one RBI, while Johnny Ruettiger had two runs and two steals for the Devils. Evan Mistich had two hits and one run for OU.


Furman 4, No. 4 South Carolina 2

In Greenville, S.C., Daniel Stallsmith and two relievers held South Carolina to six hits and two unearned runs as Furman pulled the upset in front of 1,422 fans at Fluor Field. Stallsmith (2-1, 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 UE, 1 BB, 2 K) earned the win and was followed by Matt Plate (2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K). Dylan Cole (1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K) picked up his third save. The Paladins (7-11) got two in the second and two in the fifth before the Gamecocks (11-3) scored a pair in the sixth. Taylor Johnson went 3 for 3 with a run and one RBI to lead Furman. Adrian Morales had two hits and one RBI for South Carolina.


UT Arlington 3, No. 10 TCU 2

In Arlington, Texas, Jordan Vaughn had a run-scoring double in the bottom of the eighth to lift UT Arlington over TCU in front of a crowd of 1,347 at Clay Gould Ballpark. The Horned Frogs (10-6) had tied it in the top of the eighth on a homer by Jantzen Witte (2 for 4). Brian Nephew went 3 for 4 with a double and two runs for the Mavericks (9-7). John Beck (1-0, 4.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 5 K) earned the win in relief, while Adam Boydston got the final two outs for his third save.


No. 2 Vanderbilt 9, Purdue 0

In Nashville, Tenn., Jason Esposito drove in four as Vanderbilt blanked Purdue in front of 1,791 spectators at Hawkins Field. Esposito had a run-scoring single in the first, a RBI double in the third and a two-run homer in the eighth. Anthony Gomez went 4 for 5 in stretching his hit streak to 13 for the Commodores (17-1). Kevin Ziomek (1-0, 5 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 K) was the starter and winner for Vanderbilt. Cameron Perkins and Stephen Talbott both had hits for the Boilermakers (11-4).


No. 8 Texas 3, Texas State 1

In Austin, Texas, Brandon Loy and Mark Payton both had two hits and a run as Texas topped Texas State in front of 7,007 fans at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Loy walked and scored on a wild pitch in the first for the Longhorns (12-5). Jonathan Walsh doubled and came home on a single by Kevin Lusson to make it 2-0. Cory Falvey had a RBI double in the fifth as the Bobcats (12-4) cut the lead in half. Payton doubled and scored in the seventh to give Texas an insurance run. Andrew McKirahan (2-1, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K) earned the win in relief, while Corey Knebel struck out the side in the ninth for his fourth save.


Wichita State 6, No. 11 Arizona 5 (11)

In Wichita, Kansas, Johnny Coy had a game-winning run-scoring single in the bottom of the 11th as Wichita State rallied past Arizona in front of 3,071 fans at Eck Stadium. Coy (2 for 6) delivered a two-run single in the eighth as the Shockers (11-4) pulled to within two at 5-3. Preston Springer (3 for 4, 3 RBI) tied the game with a two-run double with two outs in the ninth. Tyler Grimes went 1 for 3 with three walks and three runs for WSU. Cole Frenzel (2 for 5, 2 R) had a three-run homer in the fifth for the Wildcats (13-4). Cale Elam (1-0) retired the final six with two strikeouts to earn the victory.


No. 12 Texas A&M 2, No. 16 Cal State Fullerton 0

In College Station, Texas, Ross Stripling tossed seven scoreless innings to lead Texas A&M past Cal State Fullerton in front of a crowd of 4,403 at Olsen Field. Stripling (3-1) allowed three hits and two walks with five strikeouts. John Stilson retired the final two for his first save. The Aggies (13-4) scored twice in the seventh on a two-out error. Krey Bratsen and Tyler Naquin both had two hits for A&M. Jake Floethe (1-1, 7 IP, 7 H, 2 UE, 3 K) was the tough-luck loser for the Titans (8-7). Joe Terry had a double for Fullerton.


No. 13 Arkansas 4, Kansas 2

In Fayetteville, Ark., Kyle Robinson had two hits, including a homer, to lead Arkansas past Kansas in front of 3,433 fans at Baum Stadium. Jake Marasco (2 for 4, 2 RBI) had a run-scoring single in the top of the third for the Jayhawks (7-9) before Collin Kuhn’s two-run base hit in the bottom of the frame gave the lead to the Razorbacks (14-2). Robinson’s dinger in the fourth sparked a two-run rally as Arkansas built a 4-1 lead. Marasco added a RBI double in the fifth for Kansas to complete the scoring. James McCann finished with two hits and one run for the Hogs. Ryne Stanek (1-0, 4 IP, 3 H, 1 UE, 1 BB, 3 K) was the starter and winner, while Nolan Sanburn fanned two in the ninth in earning his second save.


No. 17 North Carolina 11, Princeton 2

In Chapel Hill, N.C., North Carolina blew open a close game with nine in the eighth in defeating Princeton at Boshamer Stadium. Colin Moran (2 for 4) and Jacob Stallings both had two-run doubles and Ben Bunting (2 for 6, 3 RBI) knocked in two with a base hit during the eight-inning barrage for the Tar Heels (15-3). Tommy Coyle went 3 for 6 with one run and one RBI for UNC. Sam Mulroy homered in the top of the seventh, while Matt Bowman contributed two hits for the Tigers (2-6). Cody Stiles (3-0, 5 H, 1 R, 7 K) earned the win for Heels.


Georgia Tech 4, Georgia Southern 3

In Atlanta, Jacob Esch went 3 for 4 with a double and a run as Georgia Tech edged Georgia Southern in front of 1,066 fans at Russ Chandler Stadium. The Yellow Jackets (13-4) scored in three of the first four innings in taking a 4-2 lead. The Eagles (11-6) got a run in the eighth, but fell one short. Matt Grimes (3-1, 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K) earned the victory, while Luke Bard (3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K) recorded his second save. Victor Roache homered for Georgia Southern.


(photo by Jimmy Jones)