March 18, 2011

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Florida rallies past LSU in Baton Rouge

Oklahoma nips Texas A&M, UVa edges FSU in 11, Vanderka tosses no-hitter


In Baton Rouge, La., Mike Zunino homered with one out in the top of the ninth off Matty Ott to tie the game, and Nolan Fontana singled in two runs later in the inning as top-ranked Florida rallied to beat No. 7 LSU 5-4 Friday night at Alex Box Stadium. The Tigers (0-1, 16-2) had taken a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the eighth on Austin Nola's single that scored Mikie Mahtook (3 for 4, run, RBI). But the Gators (1-0, 16-20) rallied off one of college baseball's top closers. After Zunino (2 for 4, 2 RBI) homered, pinch-hitter Kamm Washington singled and Josh Adams reached on an error. Pinch-hitter Jeff Moyer singled to load the bases for Fontana, who bounced a single through the infield to score two. Ty Ross doubled in a run to get the Tigers within one, but Anthony DeSclafani (pictured) closed the door for his third save.


No. 3 Oklahoma 1, No. 12 Texas A&M 0
In Norman, Okla., Michael Rocha struck out a career-best 13 batters and allowed three hits in 8.2 innings as Oklahoma edged Texas A&M in the Big 12. Garrett Buechele singled in a run in the bottom of the seventh off John Stilson (1-1), which provided Rocha all the support he would need. The senior right-hander didn't walk a batter and lowered his ERA to 0.76 in improving to 5-0, and Ryan Duke came on to throw one pitch for his first save for the Sooners (1-0, 17-3). Stilson allowed seven hits and struck out nine in seven solid innings for the Aggies (0-1, 13-5).

No. 6 Virginia 4, No. 5 Florida State 3 (11)
In Charlottesville, Va., Steven Proscia drove in John Hicks with a single to left field in the bottom of the 11th inning, helping Virginia slip past Florida State in ACC play. Hicks (2 for 4, 2 R, RBI) nearly ended the game with two outs in the 11th, hammering a pitch off the wall in left field. After an intentional walk to Danny Hultzen, who entered the lineup as the designated hitter after allowing two earned runs and striking out 12 in seven innings, Proscia hit a shot over left fielder Sean Miller to plate the game-winner. Hultzen broke Seth Greisinger's Virginia record (290) with his 292nd career strikeout. Justin Thompson tossed 3.2 innings of one-run relief for the Cavaliers (4-0, 18-1). Mike McGee went 2 for 5 with a run and a RBI for the Seminoles. Seminoles starter Sean Gilmartin threw well, allowing three runs in 7.1 innings. FSU fell to 3-1, 15-3

Stony Brook 14, NJIT 1

In South Orange, N.J., Frankie Vanderka tossed a no-hitter in his second collegiate start as Stony Brook stopped NJIT in the first game of the Seton Hall Strike Out Cancer tournament at Owen T. Carroll Field. The freshman walked two and struck out 13 in raising his record to 2-0. The Seawolves (9-4) scored multiple runs in five of the first six innings. Maxx Tissenbaum (3 for 4, 2 R) and Stephen Marino (2 for 3) both drove in three, while Travis Jankowski went 4 for 5 with two runs and one RBI as Stony Brook won its seventh straight game. The lone run for the Highlanders (2-6) came in the fifth. Vanderka plunked Matt Tomczyk, who moved to third on an errant pickoff throw and scored on a wild pitch. It was the first no-hitter since the program moved to Division I in 2000 and believed to be the first no-no since the program began in 1973.


No. 2 Vanderbilt 10, Mississippi State 0
In Nashville, Tenn., Sonny Gray struck out 10 and allowed four hits in 7.1 scoreless innings, and Curt Casali had two RBI as Vanderbilt routed Mississippi State in the SEC. The Commodores (1-0, 18-1) used a four-run second and a three-run fourth to distance themselves from the Bulldogs (0-1, 14-5). Conrad Gregor had two hits and two runs, and Jason Esposito scored twice for Vandy. For his part, Gray improved to 5-0 and lowered his ERA to 1.34.

Georgia 4, No. 4 South Carolina 2
In Columbia, S.C., Georgia lefty Alex Wood allowed two earned runs and struck out six in 8.1 innings to help the Bulldogs slip past South Carolina. Levi Hyams went 3 for 4 with a run and a RBI, and Peter Verdin went 2 for 4 with a run for the Bulldogs (1-0, 9-9). Adrian Morales and Brady Thomas each had a pair of hits and a RBI for the Gamecocks (0-1, 12-4). Michael Roth (4-1) allowed two earned runs and struck out eight in 6.1 innings for South Carolina.


No. 8 Texas 3, Kansas State 0

In Austin, Texas, Taylor Jungmann and Corey Knebel combined on a five-hit shutout as Texas blanked Kansas State in the Big 12 opener for both clubs in front of 6,758 fans at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Jungmann (5-0, 8 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 4 K) earned the win, while Knebel struck out one in the ninth for his fifth save. Jacob Felts had a two-run single in the first for the Longhorns (1-0, 13-5). Mark Payton added a sacrifice fly in the seventh for the final 3-0 margin. Erich Weiss had a double and a run for Texas. Jake Brown had two hits for the Wildcats (0-1, 12-5).


No. 9 Arizona State 5, Oral Roberts 1

In Tempe, Ariz., Kramer Champlin went the distance as Arizona State downed Oral Roberts in front of 3,206 fans at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark. Champlin (3-0) allowed six hits and one run, coming in the ninth, while walking four and striking out eight. Andrew Aplin had a RBI double in the second and Johnny Ruettiger’s two-run single sparked a four-run fourth as the Sun Devils took a 5-0 lead. Aplin, Riccio Torrez (1 RBI) and Austin Barnes (2 R) each had three hits. Chris Elder and Cam Schiller both had two hits for the Golden Eagles (7-6).


UNLV 5, No. 10 TCU 4

In Las Vegas, Brandon Bayardi’s second homer of the contest was the game-winner in the bottom of the ninth as UNLV won the Mountain West opener against TCU at Wilson Stadium. Bayardi’s two-run shot capped a three-run fourth and the Rebels added one in the fifth to take a 4-2 lead. The Horned Frogs (0-1, 10-7) scored single runs in the eighth and ninth to knot the score at 4. Tanner Peters (4-0) allowed seven hits in 7.2 innings with no walks and tied a career high with 11 strikeouts. He gave up two earned runs, his first of the season. Zack Hartman (2-0, 1.1 IP, 1 UE, 2 K) picked up the win. Kyle Winkler (4-1, 8 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 11 K) went the distance in absorbing the loss for TCU. Taylor Featherston had three hits and one RBI for the Frogs.


No. 13 Arkansas 6, Auburn 5 (11)

In Auburn, Ala., Collin Kuhn knocked in the game-winner in the top of the 11th as Arkansas nipped Auburn in the SEC opener for both teams at Plainsman Park. Nolan Sanburn (1-0) pitched the final three scoreless innings with two hits and four strikeouts to record the victory. Kuhn finished with three hits and two RBI, while Matt Reynolds went 4 for 6 with one run for the Razorbacks (1-0, 15-2). Justin Hargett had three hits, while Casey McElroy had two hits, including a homer, and two RBI for the Tigers (0-1, 12-6). Kevin Patterson drove in three for Auburn.


No. 15 UC Irvine 5, Loyola Marymount 2

In Irvine, Calif., UC Irvine used a three-run first to defeat Loyola Marymount in the series opener at Cicerone Field at Anteater Ballpark. Jordan Leyland (2 for 4) and Drew Hillman (2 R) both knocked in two for the Anteaters (13-1). Matt Summers (2-1, 6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) earned the win, while Brian Hernandez retired the side in the ninth with one strikeout for his fourth save. Zac Fujimoto and Bret Dahlson both drove in runs for the Lions (12-7).


No. 16 Cal State Fullerton 11, Washington 3

In Fullerton, Calif., Noe Ramirez struck out 11 as Cal State Fullerton defeated Washington to snap a four-game losing streak. Ramirez (3-2) allowed eight hits and three runs in six innings to record the win. The Titans (9-7) used a seven-run fourth to take a 9-1 lead. Tyler Pill drove in three with a double and triple, and Michael Lorenzen had three hits and two runs for Fullerton. Willy Reel had two RBI, while Troy Scott had two hits and two runs for the Huskies (3-11).


No. 17 North Carolina 10, Virginia Tech 4

In Blacksburg, Va., Jesse Wierzbicki belted a three-run homer as North Carolina won the ACC series opener over Virginia Tech in front of 1,724 spectators at English Field. Wierzbicki’s dinger in the fourth extended his hit streak to 12 as the Tar Heels (2-2, 16-3) took a 4-0 advantage. Ben Bunting had three hits and three runs, while Tommy Coyle went 2 for 4 with three runs and two RBI for UNC. Matt Blow had two hits, including a homer, and two RBI for the Hokies (0-4, 12-8). Patrick Johnson (4-0, 7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 2 K) picked up the win for the Heels.


Oregon State 4, Long Beach State 0

In Long Beach, Calif., Sam Gaviglio tossed a one-hitter with a career-high 14 strikeouts as Oregon State took the series opener from Long Beach State at Blair Field. Gaviglio was perfect through seven before allowing a leadoff single in the eighth by Mike Marjama of the Dirtbags (9-8). Gaviglio did not allow a walk in registering his second complete-game shutout of the season and stretching his scoreless innings streak to 38. Andrew Susac and Danny Hayes homered in the first, and Hayes added a two-run double in the third for the Beavers (14-3).


ULM 2, Louisiana-Lafayette 1

In Lafayette, La., Drew Granier carried a no-hitter into the ninth as ULM edged Louisiana-Lafayette at Tigue Moore Field in the Sun Belt opener for both clubs. Granier (2-0) walked five and struck out eight. He gave up a leadoff triple in the ninth to Jordan Poirrier, who scored on a sacrifice fly by Greg Fontenot for the lone run for the Ragin’ Cajuns (0-1, 8-9). Matt Laird had a RBI single in the seventh and Caleb Clowers added a sac fly in the ninth for the Warhawks (1-0, 11-5). Laird, Judd Edwards and Caleb Knox each had two hits for ULM.


(photo by Jimmy Jones)