March 25, 2011

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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 12 strikeouts.


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 OSU.


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 innings)

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, 9-13).


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 TCU.


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).