March 19, 2011

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scores lone run in first to nip LSU

Virginia edges Florida State in 11, North Carolina wins at Virginia Tech


In Baton Rouge, La., Hudson Randall and two relievers combined on the shutout as top-ranked Florida nipped No. 7 LSU 1-0 Saturday to clinch the SEC series in front of 10,202 fans at Alex Box Stadium. Randall (3-0, 6.2 IP, 8 H, 2 K) earned the win, while Greg Larson allowed one hit in 0.2 innings. Nick Maronde worked the final 1.2 innings with no hits, one walk and four strikeouts to register his first save. The Gators (2-0, 17-2) scored the game’s lone run in the top of the first. Nolan Fontana drew a leadoff walk and scored on a double by Daniel Pigott (2 for 4) (pictured). Raph Rhymes, Tyler Hanover and Ty Ross each had two hits and the Tigers (0-2, 16-3) stranded 10. Kevin Gausman (2-1, 8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 4 K) absorbed the loss.


No. 2 Vanderbilt 4, Mississippi State 0

In Nashville, Tenn., Vanderbilt posted its third consecutive shutout and second straight against Mississippi State in front of 3,034 fans at Hawkins Field. Grayson Garvin (3-1) allowed two hits and two walks in seven innings with six strikeouts before Mark Lamm gave up one hit and struck out two in his two innings. The Commodores (2-0, 19-1) have 31 straight scoreless innings. Curt Casali (2 for 4) had a two-run single in the second, and Vanderbilt added a pair in the seventh as Tony Kemp (3 for 4) had a RBI triple and scored on a sac fly by Anthony Gomez. Aaron Westlake had two hits for the Commodores. Jarrod Parks had two of the three hits for the Bulldogs (0-2, 14-6).


No. 12 Texas A&M 11, No. 3 Oklahoma 1

In Norman, Okla., Matt Juengel had four of his team’s 19 hits as Texas A&M evened its Big 12 series with Oklahoma at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The Aggies (1-1, 14-5) scored in six of their first seven at-bats. Jace Statum had two hits and two RBI, while Kevin Gonzalez and Kenny Jackson both had two hits, two runs and one RBI for A&M. Jacob House and Tyler Naquin both had three hits, two runs and one RBI. Caleb Bushyhead went 3 for 3 and drove in the run for the Sooners (1-1, 17-4). Michael Washa (3-1) went the distance for the Aggies, allowing seven hits and one run with no walks and eight strikeouts.


No. 4 South Carolina 2, Georgia 1

In Columbia, S.C., South Carolina tied it in the eighth and Scott Wingo drove in the game-winner with two away in the bottom of the ninth as South Carolina evened its SEC series with Georgia in front of 8,105 at Columbia Stadium. The Bulldogs (1-1, 9-10) got a run in the third as Joey Delmonico walked and scored on a groundout. Adam Matthews (2 for 4) tripled and came home on a double by Christian Walker in the eighth as the Gamecocks (1-1, 13-4) evened the score at 1. Adrian Morales (3 for 4) singled to start the ninth and advanced to second on a base hit by Jake Williams. Both runners moved up on a sacrifice by Evan Marzilli. With two down, Wingo reached on an infield hit to plate Morales with the game-winner. Matt Price (1-1) allowed two hits in the ninth with two strikeouts to earn the win.


No. 6 Virginia 5, No. 5 Florida State 4 (11)

In Charlottesville, Va., Jared King hit the game-winning homer in the bottom of the 11th as Virginia clinched its ACC series with Florida State in front of 3,884 fans at Davenport Field. The Cavaliers (5-0, 19-1) won their 13th consecutive game and their second straight 11th-inning win over the Seminoles (3-2, 15-4). Jayce Boyd had a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth to give FSU a 4-3 lead. Stephen Bruno was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and two away in the bottom of the ninth to force the extra frames. Branden Kline (1-0, 3.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R) earned the win for the Cavs.


No. 8 Texas 4, Kansas State 3

In Austin, Texas, Kevin Lusson drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 10th as Texas rallied past Kansas State in Big 12 action in front of 6,824 fans as UFCU Disch-Falk Field. The Wildcats (0-2, 12-6) scored three in third for a 3-1 lead. Lucas Kephart had a RBI double in the sixth to pull the Longhorns (2-0, 14-5) to within one. Tim Maitland walked with the bases loaded in the ninth to tie it at 3. Kephart finished with two doubles. Tanner Witt had two hits and one run for KSU. Corey Knebel (2-1) pitched a perfect 10th to earn the victory.


No. 9 Arizona State 4, Oral Roberts 3

In Tempe, Ariz., a bases-loaded walk to Joey DeMichele forced in the eventual game-winner in the bottom of the seventh as Arizona State edged Oral Roberts in front of a crowd of 3,347 at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark. The Golden Eagles (7-7) scored two in the top of the first before Zack MacPhee homered in the third to cut the lead in half. The Sun Devils (15-3) got two in the sixth to take a 3-2 lead. ORU tied it in the seventh on a RBI single by Spencer Barnett (2 for 5). DeMichele and Matt Newman both had two hits for ASU. Joseph Lopez (1-0, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K) got the win, while Mitchell Lambson struck out two in the ninth for his second save.


No. 10 TCU 12, UNLV 2

In Las Vegas, TCU scored multiple runs in four of its final five at-bats in evening its Mountain West series at Wilson Stadium. The Rebels (1-1, 17-5) scored two in the first before the Horned Frogs (1-1, 11-7) put up four in the fifth, two in the sixth and three in both the seventh and eighth. Brance Rivera had three hits, two runs and two RBI to lead TCU, while Aaron Schultz had two hits, two runs and two RBI for the Frogs. Trent Cook had two hits and one RBI for UNLV. Matt Purke (3-1) allowed seven hits and two unearned runs in 5.1 innings with 11 strikeouts to earn the victory.


No. 11 Arizona 14, San Francisco 0

In Tucson, Ariz., Kurt Heyer struck out 11 as Arizona blanked San Francisco in the opener of their three-game series. Heyer (3-1) allowed seven hits and one walk in seven innings. Steve Selsky went 3 for 5 with a homer and four RBI to lead the offense for the Wildcats (14-5). Selsky drove in two with a base hit in the second before adding a RBI double in the fourth and going deep in the seventh. Joey Rickard had four hits and two runs, while Cole Frenzel had three hits and three runs. Pete Lavin had two hits, including a double, for the Dons (9-9).


Auburn 9, No. 13 Arkansas 5

In Auburn, Ala., Kevin Patterson belted a grand slam in a six-run fourth as Auburn evened its SEC series with Arkansas at Plainsman Park. Casey McElroy had three hits and one run, while Creede Simpson drove in two for the Tigers (1-1, 13-6). Matt Reynolds had two hits and two RBI for the Razorbacks (1-1, 15-3). Will Irvin (3-0, 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 5 K) earned the win, while Zach Blatt recorded the final out for his second save.


No. 14 Clemson 16, Duke 7

In Clemson, S.C., Chris Epps had three hits, including a home run, as Clemson outscored Duke to clinch its ACC series in front of 4,315 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. After the Blue Devils (2-3, 15-6) scored three in the top of the first, the Tigers (2-3, 9-7) put up five in the bottom of the frame. Duke tied it with two in the third before Christopher Marconcini homered in the fourth to give the visitors the lead. Clemson rallied for seven in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead for good. Epps, Richie Shaffer and Jason Stolz each had three hits, two runs and one RBI, while Jeff Schaus went 3 for 5 with two runs and two RBI for the Tigers. Will Piwnica-Worms was 4 for 4 with three RBI for Duke.


No. 15 UC Irvine 0-4, Loyola Marymount 4-1

In Los Angeles, Andy Lines struck out five in five innings in the nightcap as UC Irvine split a doubleheader at Loyola Marymount. Lines (1-0) allowed five hits and did not walk a batter. Jimmy Litchfield (1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 K) earned his first save. Sean Madigan had two hits and two runs for the Anteaters (14-2). Matt Lowenstein had three hits and one run for the Lions (13-8). In the opener, Alex Gillingham (3-2) tossed a three-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts. Jonathan Johnson, Evan Simonitsch and Bret Dahlson each had two hits and one RBI for LMU. Brian Hernandez had two hits for UCI.


No. 16 Cal State Fullerton 6-9, Washington 1-4

In Fullerton, Calif., Richy Pedroza had four hits in the nightcap as Cal State Fullerton completed a doubleheader and series sweep of Washington at Goodwin Field. Nick Ramirez and Jared Deacon both had three hits and two RBI for the Titans (11-7). Troy Scott had three hits and two runs for the Huskies (3-13). In the opener, Ivory Thomas drove in three as Fullerton topped Washington. Tyler Pill (2-0) allowed eight hits in 7.1 innings with six strikeouts to pick up the win. Jake Floethe pitched a perfect 1.2 innings for the save.


No. 17 North Carolina 5, Virginia Tech 4

In Blacksburg, Va., Tom Zengel had a three-run double in the fourth to spark North Carolina to an ACC series-clinching win over Virginia Tech in front of a crowd of 2,145 fans at English Field. The Tar Heels (3-2, 17-3) added single runs in the fifth and seventh, while the Hokies (0-5, 12-8) plated a pair in the sixth and ninth. Kent Emanuel (3-1, 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 9 K) was the starter and winner for UNC, while Cody Penny (1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 K) worked the ninth for his fourth save. Ronnie Shaban went 3 for 4 with one run and one RBI, while Gabe Ortiz went deep for Tech.


No. 20 Fresno State 7, Washington State 2

In Fresno, Calif., Danny Muno went 2 for 3 with two walks, one run and two RBI as Fresno State topped Washington State at Beiden Field. The Bulldogs (14-2) used a five-run second to take control. Garrett Weber and Aaron Judge both drove in two for Fresno State. Greg Gonzalez (4-0) allowed four hits and two runs (one earned) in 5.1 innings with one walk and seven strikeouts to earn the win. Jason Monda had three hits and a run for the Cougars (9-7).


Buffalo 11, NC Central 6

In Durham, N.C., Tom Murphy belted three home runs as Buffalo outscored NC Central. Murphy had a solo shot in the fifth, a three-run dinger in the sixth and another solo homer in the eighth for the Bulls (4-11). He also has a sacrifice fly for six RBI. Eric Bryce had two hits and drove in three for Buffalo. Akeem Hood had three hits and three runs for the Eagles (1-17).


(photo by Jimmy Jones)