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Roth pitches No. 5
South Carolina past No. 1 Florida
Arkansas edges Vanderbilt, Virginia mauls
Maryland, Texas tops OSU in 15
In Gainesville, Fla., Michael Roth allowed two
runs in 8.1 innings as No. 5 South Carolina defeated top-ranked
Florida 9-2 Friday in the SEC series opener at McKethan Stadium.
Roth (5-1) gave up 10 hits with two walks and six strikeouts.
Brady Thomas had a two-run single to cap a four-run third as the
Gamecocks (3-1, 17-4) took the lead for good. Jake Williams (3
for 5) homered to spark a four-run sixth as South Carolina took
an 8-0 advantage. Peter Mooney went 3 for 5 with three runs and
two RBI for the Gamecocks. Mike Zunino had three hits and a run
for the Gators (3-1, 20-3).
No. 19 Arkansas 2, No. 2 Vanderbilt 1
In Fayetteville, Ark., James McCann drove in two
with an infield single in the bottom of the eighth as Arkansas
edged Vanderbilt in the opener of their SEC series in front of
7,937 fans at Baum Stadium. Jack Lupo scored in the fifth to
give the Commodores (2-2, 20-3) a 1-0 lead. DJ Baxendale (5-0,
2.1 IP, 3 H, 2 K) earned the win in relief for the Razorbacks
(2-2, 18-4). Sonny Gray (5-1) went the distance for Vanderbilt,
allowing six hits, four walks and two runs in eight innings with
No. 3 Virginia 14, Maryland 1
In Charlottesville, Va., Danny Hultzen struck out
nine in six innings as Virginia used a 10-run fourth to maul
Maryland in the opener of their ACC series at Davenport Field.
Hultzen (5-0, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB) became the first pitcher in
program history with 300 career strikeouts, sitting at 301.
Shane Halley struck out six in three perfect innings of relief
for his first save. Chris Taylor (2 for 4, 4 RBI) had a
three-run double in the fourth for the Cavaliers (6-1, 22-2).
Steven Proscia (3 H) drove in two to cap the outburst. Brandon
Padula had a triple and scored on a sac fly by Tomo Delp in the
second for the Terrapins (1-6, 11-11).
No. 4 Texas 1, Oklahoma State 0 (15)
In Stillwater, Okla., Mark Payton stole home in
the top of the 15th as Texas outlasted Oklahoma State in the
opener of their Big 12 set at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium. Payton
drew a leadoff walk in the 15th, was sacrificed to second, moved
to third on a groundout and stole home for the game’s lone run.
Kendal Carrillo (2-0, 1.2 IP, 2 K) earned the win, following
Taylor Jungmann (9 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 7 K), Corey Knebel (4 IP, 2 H,
3 K) and Kirby Bellow (0.1 IP, 1 H, 2 BB) for the Longhorns
(4-0, 17-5). Chris Marlowe (1-2, 6.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 5 BB, 12 K)
took the loss for the Cowboys (1-3, 16-6) in relief of Mike
Strong (8.1 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 9 K). Mark Ginther had two hits for
No. 15 Arizona 5, No. 6 Arizona State 2
In Tempe, Ariz., Arizona scored the game’s final
five runs to defeat Arizona State in the Pac-10 series opener in
front of a crowd of 4,371 at Packard Stadium. The Wildcats (1-0,
17-5) scored on in the sixth, took the lead with two in the
seventh and added insurance runs in the eighth and ninth. Jett
Bandy and Seth Mejias-Brean both had three hits, one run and one
RBI for Arizona. Johnny Ruettiger had two hits and one run for
the Sun Devils (0-1, 16-6). Kurt Heyer (4-1, 7.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 3
BB, 8 K) earned the victory, while Matt Chaffee (1.2 IP, 1 H, 2
K) registered his second save.
No. 7 Florida State 12, Wake Forest 4
In Tallahassee, Fla., Jayce Boyd belted a grand
slam in the first to spark Florida State to an ACC
series-opening win over Wake Forest at Dick Howser Stadium. The
Seminoles (5-2, 17-5) put up five in the first and six in the
fourth. Mike McGee (2 for 2, 2 BB, 2 R) and Sherman Johnson (2
for 3, 2 BB, 1 R) both drove in two for FSU. Sean Gilmartin
(5-0, 6 IP, 4 H, 1 UE, 1 BB, 4 K) earned the victory. Carlos
Lopez knocked in a pair for the Demon Deacons (2-5, 7-14).
No. 8 Texas A&M 2, Kansas 1 (10)
In College Station, Texas, Troy Stein had a
game-winning pinch-hit single in the bottom of the 10th to lift
Texas A&M past Kansas in the Big 12 series opener in front of
4,765 fans at Olsen Field. Krey Bratsen had an infield
run-scoring single in the third for the Aggies (3-1, 17-5). Alex
DeLeon had pinch-hit double to plate the tying run in the top of
the ninth for the Jayhawks (2-2, 10-11). Nick Fleece (4-1, 1 IP,
2 H) earned the win in relief. John Stilson allowed seven hits
and two walks in eight innings for A&M with seven strikeouts.
T.J. Walz (4 H, 1 R, 1 BB) fanned 10 in 7.2 innings for Kansas.
No. 9 Oklahoma 3-1, Missouri 1-2 (Game 2 – 11
In Columbia, Mo., Eric Garcia has a game-winning
single in the bottom of the 11th of the nightcap as Missouri
earned a Big 12 split with Oklahoma. The Sooners (2-3, 18-6)
scored in the top of the fourth before the Tigers (1-1, 12-12)
answered in the bottom of the fifth. Phil McCormick (3-1, 4.1
IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 4 K) earned the win in relief. Jonah Schmidt went
3 for 4 with a triple, one run and one RBI for Missouri. Ricky
Eisenberg had two hits and one RBI for OU. In the opener,
Michael Rocha (6-0, 8 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K) got the win for
the Sooners, while Ryan Duke (1 H, 1 BB) fanned three in the
ninth for his second save. OU scored one in the third and two in
the seventh, while Missouri got its lone run in the ninth. Cody
Reine had two hits, two runs and one RBI for the Sooners.
No. 10 LSU 7, Georgia 3
In Athens, Ga., Kurt McCune went the distance as
LSU topped Georgia in the opener of their SEC set at Foley
Field. McCune (4-0, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB) fanned seven in nine innings
to snap the team’s four-game losing streak. Mikie Mahtook (2 for
4, 2 R, 2 RBI) and Mason Katz both homered for the Tigers (1-3,
17-5). Zach Cone had two hits and a run for the Bulldogs (1-3,
Houston 7, No. 11 TCU 6
In Fort Worth, Texas, Matt Creel had a two-run
double to cap a six-run ninth as Houston rallied past TCU in the
series opener at Lupton Stadium. Chase Jensen had two hits and
two RBI for the Cougars (12-11). Taylor Featherston went 2 for 3
with three RBI for the Horned Frogs (13-8). Luke Moran (2-0, 2.2
IP, 1 H, 3 K) picked up the win in relief, while Dakota Dill
walked one and struck out two in the ninth for his third save.
Kyle Winkler (5 H, 1 R, 3 BB) fanned nine in eight innings for
No. 12 Georgia Tech 8, Miami (Fla.) 3
In Coral Gables, Fla., Mark Pope struck out nine
in seven innings as Georgia Tech topped Miami at Alex Rodriguez
Park to extend the nation’s longest win streak to 14. Pope (6-0)
allowed eight hits and three runs (two earned). Matt Skole and
Sam Doye both had three hits for the Yellow Jackets (7-0, 19-4).
Jake Davies added two hits and two RBI for Texh. Chantz Mack had
two hits and one run for the Hurricanes (6-1, 14-9).
No. 13 North Carolina 8, Duke 5
In Chapel Hill, N.C., Brian Holberton drove in
three as North Carolina rallied past Duke in the ACC series
opener at Boshamer Stadium. The Blue Devils (2-5, 15-9) scored
four in the first ad Mark Tatera and Marcus Stroman (3 for 3)
had two-run singles. Holberton’s three-run double in the fifth
put UNC ahead to stay at 6-4. Tommy Coyle had three hits and two
runs for the Heels, extending his hit streak to 13.
Gonzaga 4, No. 14 UC Irvine 1
In Spokane, Wash., Ryan Carpenter pitched seven
solid innings as Gonzaga topped UC Irvine in its home opener at
the Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field.
Carpenter (2-1) allowed one run in the first, but struck out
three while surrendering six hits and three walks. Royce
Bolinger had three hits and two RBI for the Bulldogs (11-7-1).
D.J. Crumlich had two hits and one run for the Anteaters (14-4).