March 16, 2011

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Arizona State completes two-game sweep of Oklahoma

Presbyterian upsets Clemson, Wichita State tops Arizona


In Tempe, Ariz., three pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts as ninth-ranked Arizona State completed a two-game sweep of No. 3 Oklahoma 6-4 Wednesday evening in front of a sellout crowd of 4,371 fans at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark. Jake Barrett (1-1) fanned a career-high 11 in six innings with six hits, two walks and four runs (three earned). Joseph Lopez tossed two hitless innings with two punchouts before Mitchell Lambson allowed one hit in the ninth with one strikeout for his first save. The Sooners (16-3) got a run in the top of the second before the Sun Devils (13-3) plated three in the bottom of the frame. OU tied it in the third on a two-run double by Tyler Ogle and added a run an inning later for a 4-3 advantage. ASU got three in the sixth to take the lead for good. Xorge Carrillo scored on a wild pitch to tie it and Riccio Torrez brought home the go-ahead run with an infield single. Zack MacPhee went 2 for 2 with two walks, one run and one RBI for the Devils. Garrett Buechele went 2 for 4 with a run for OU.


Presbyterian 4, No. 14 Clemson 3

In Greenville, S.C., Tony Micklon singled and scored the game-winner on an error in the top of the eighth as Presbyterian edged Clemson in front of 1,851 fans at Fluor Field. The Blue Hose (11-6) won for the seventh straight time and beat the Tigers (7-7) for the first time since 1949. Clemson lost its fifth straight. Presbyterian built a 3-1 lead before Phil Pohl (2 for 3) homered and Steve Wilkerson added a run-scoring single in the bottom of the fifth to knot the score at 3. Micklon and Brad Zebedis both had two hits and one run for the Blue Hose. Chandler Knox (2-1, 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K) picked up the win in relief.


Wichita State 8, No. 11 Arizona 3

In Wichita, Kan., Tyler Coghenour and Ryan Hege went deep for the first time as Wichita State completed a two-game sweep of Arizona at Eck Stadium. Coughenour went 2 for 4 with four RBI, while Hege was 1 for 3. Coughenour had a run-scoring single in a three-run fourth for the Shockers (12-4). After the Wildcats (13-5) tied it in the top of the sixth, Hege went deep in the bottom of the frame to put Wichita State ahead to stay. Coughenour’s three-run dinger capped a four-run seventh as the Shockers put the game away. Chris O’Brien had two hits and two runs for Wichita State. Jett Bandy went 3 for 4 with two RBI for Arizona. Charlie Lowell (3-2, 5 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 8 K) was the starter and winner, while TJ McGreevy (3 IP, 3 H, 1 BB) finished the game for his first save.


No. 4 South Carolina 8, Wofford 4

In Columbia, S.C., Jake Williams had three hits and four RBI as South Carolina got past Wofford in front of 6,235 fans at Carolina Stadium. The Gamecocks (12-3) scored in four of the first six innings in building a 7-0 lead. Adrian Morales had three hits, including a home run, and three runs, while Scott Wingo had two hits and two runs for South Carolina. Matt Moore (2 for 4) had a two-run single in the seventh and Josh McKinney drove in two with a base hit in the eighth for the Terriers (11-6). Colby Holmes (1-0, 5.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 4 K) picked up the win for the Gamecocks.


No. 6 Virginia 7, James Madison 3

In Charlottesville, Va., John Hicks went 3 for 4 with two homers and four RBI as Virginia topped James Madison in front of 2,417 fans at Davenport Field. Hicks went deep in a two-run first and launched a two-run shot in a three-run third as the Cavaliers (17-1) built a 5-0 lead. Steven Proscia (2-4) homered in the fifth for Virginia. David Herbek (2 for 2, 2 BB) had a two-run dinger for the Dukes (13-4). Will Roberts (3-0, 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) picked up the win for the Cavs.


No. 7 LSU 12, Nicholls State 8

In Thibodaux, La., LSU rebounded from a six-run deficit and used a four-run eighth to get by Nicholls State in front of 2,528 fans at Ray Didier Field. Tyler Hanover went 2 for 3 with three RBI for the Tigers (16-1). Trey Watkins (3 for 5, 2 R), Mikie Mahtook (2 for 5, 1 R) and Raph Rhymes (1 for 3, 2 R) each knocked in two for LSU. Jeremy Hill and Beau Faulk both had two hits, two runs and one RBI for the Colonels (7-8). Blake Bergeron had a two-run triple in a six-run first for Nicholls. JaCoby Jones (3 for 4, 1 R) had a run-scoring triple in a four-run eighth to break an 8-8 tie for the Tigers. Jimmy Dykstra (3-0, 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 K) earned the win in relief.



(photo by Jimmy Jones)