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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
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
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
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)