March 27, 2011

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Vanderbilt earns SEC series win at Arkansas

USC wins at Florida, OSU knocks off Texas, no-hitter for Stony Brook


In Fayetteville, Ark., Taylor Hill tossed five shutout innings as second-ranked Vanderbilt won its SEC series over No. 19 Arkansas with a 2-1 victory Sunday afternoon at Baum Stadium. Hill (2-0) allowed three hits and two walks with five strikeouts to earn the win. Navery Moore fanned two in the ninth while registering his sixth save. Aaron Westlake (right) homered in the second and Curt Casali scored on a wild pitch in the fourth as the Commodores (4-2, 22-3) led 2-0. Matt Reynolds had a sacrifice fly in the eighth for the Razorbacks (2-4, 18-6).


No. 5 South Carolina 4, No. 1 Florida 3

In Gainesville, Fla., Adrian Morales walked with the bases loaded in the top of the eighth to snap a 3-3 tie and lead South Carolina to a SEC series win over Florida at McKethan Stadium. Matt Price (2-2) retired the Gators (4-2, 21-4) in order in the eighth and ninth to earn the win. He allowed one hit in 2.1 innings with one strikeout. Zach Powers had a run-scoring single to cap a three-run second for Florida. Jake Williams had a RBI single to cap a three-run sixth for the Gamecocks (4-2, 18-5). Adam Matthews had two hits and two runs for South Carolina. Mike Zunino went 3 for 4 with a run for the Gators.


Oklahoma State 10, No. 4 Texas 3

In Stillwater, Okla., Mark Ginther had three hits and three RBI as Oklahoma State used a seven-run seventh to win its Big 12 series against Texas at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium. Gabe Weidenaar had a two-run triple to highlight the seventh for the Cowboys (3-3, 18-6). Devin Shines had two hits and two runs for OSU. Randy McCurry (2-0) finished the game with 4.2 scoreless innings with two hits, two walks and one strikeout to earn the victory. Mark Payton had two hits and two runs for the Longhorns (4-2, 17-7).


Stony Brook 1, Army 0

In West Point, N.Y., Nick Tropeano and Brandon McNitt combined on a no-hitter as Stony Brook nipped Army at Doubleday Field. It was the second no-hitter for the Seawolves (12-5) in the past five games. Tropeano (4-1) was perfect through six with seven strikeouts. McNitt retired the side in the seventh and eighth before Shaun Wixted reached on an error to lead off the ninth for the Black Knights (6-12). He was sacrificed to second, but was picked off for the second out. David Darnell grounded out to secure the no-hitter and give McNitt his third save. Stony Brook scored in the third as Michael Hubbard singled, moved to third on an error and scored on a base hit by Chad Marshall (2 for 2).


No. 6 Arizona State 8, No. 15 Arizona 1

In Tempe, Ariz., Jake Barrett allowed one run in 7.1 innings as Arizona State won its Pac-10 series against Arizona in front of a sellout crowd at Packard Stadium. Barrett (2-2) surrendered five hits and one run with six strikeouts to earn the win. Austin Barnes (2 for 3, 3 RBI) had a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to give the Sun Devils (2-1, 18-6) a 3-1 advantage. ASU added five in the eighth to blow it open. Joey Rickard drove in the lone run for the Wildcats (1-2, 17-7).


No. 7 Florida State 11, Wake Forest 2

In Tallahassee, Fla., Mike McGee and James Ramsey both homered in the first as Florida State won its ACC series against Wake Forest at Dick Howser Stadium. After being shut out on Saturday, McGee belted a two-run shot and Ramsey followed with a solo knock to give the Seminoles (6-3, 18-6) a 3-1 lead. FSU erupted for five in the bottom of the frame as Justin Gonzalez homered, Ramsey added a two-run double and Jayce Bond had a two-run single for the Seminoles. Stuart Tapley knocked in two for FSU. Mac Williamson and Brett Armour both had two hits for the Demon Deacons (3-6, 8-15). Gary Merians (4-1, 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) was the starter and winner for FSU. It was the 24th consecutive Sunday win for the Seminoles.


No. 8 Texas A&M 3, Kansas 1

In College Station, Texas, Ross Stripling allowed one unearned run in 7.2 innings as Texas A&M completed a three-game Big 12 sweep of Kansas in front of 3,474 fans at Olsen Field. Stripling (5-1) surrendered six hits and three walks with seven strikeouts to earn the win. The Aggies (5-1, 19-5) scored single runs in the third, fifth and seventh. Krey Bratsen had two hits and two RBI for A&M. Jimmy Waters had a sac fly in the eighth for the Jayhawks (2-4, 10-13).


No. 9 Oklahoma 21, St. Gregory’s 3

In Norman, Okla., Garrett Buechele had two hits and drove in four as Oklahoma overwhelmed St. Gregory’s at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The Cavaliers (8-25) scored a pair in the second before the Sooners (19-6) put up multiple runs in five of its six final at-bats. Evan Mistich and Chris Ellison both had three hits, three runs and two RBI. Tyler Bento drove in two for St. Gregory’s.


Georgia 9-3, No. 10 LSU 5-2

In Athens, Ga., Georgia swept a doubleheader to win its SEC series against LSU in front of 2,083 fans at Foley Field. In the opener, Michael Palazzone (3-1) went the distance, allowing seven hits in seven innings with no earned runs, no walks and four strikeouts. Kyle Farmer had a three-run double to cap a six-run second for the Bulldogs (3-3, 11-13). Brandon Stephens had two hits and two RBI for the winners. Mikie Mahtook and Austin Nola both knocked in two for the Tigers (1-5, 17-7). In the nightcap, Georgia scored one in the first and two in the third to take a 3-0 lead. Mahtook homered in the top of the fourth, and Nola doubled and scored later in the frame to make it 3-2.


No. 11 TCU 9, Houston 1

In Fort Worth, Texas, Aaron Schultz had a grand slam to cap a seven-run second as TCU earned a series win over Houston at Lupton Stadium. Zac Jordan (2 for 3) had a two-run triple in the second as well for the Horned Frogs (15-8). Steven Maxwell (3-0) allowed three hits and one run in six innings with five walks and 10 strikeouts to earn the victory. Caleb Ramsey, Chase Jensen and M.P. Cokinos each had two hits for the Cougars (12-13).


No. 12 Georgia Tech 3, Miami (Fla.) 1

In Coral Gables, Fla., Buck Farmer allowed one run in eight splendid innings, and Georgia Tech scored twice in the ninth to complete a sweep of Miami. Farmer (4-1) yielded three hits and struck out nine in helping the Yellow Jackets (9-0, 21-4) win their 16th straight game. With the score knotted at 1, Matt Skole delivered a RBI double, and Zane Evans squeezed Skole in. Eric Whaley allowed just two hits and one earned run while striking out 10 in a no-decision for the Hurricanes (6-3, 14-11).


No. 13 North Carolina 7, Duke 6 (11)

In Chapel Hill, N.C., Colin Moran tied the game with a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth and Jacob Stallings drove in the game-winner with a single in the 11th as North Carolina nipped Duke at Boshamer Stadium to complete the ACC sweep and extend its win streak to nine. Moran had three hits, two doubles and two runs, while Ben Bunting homered for one of his three hits for the Tar Heels (7-2, 23-3). Will Piwnica-Worms went 3 for 4 with a run for the Blue Devils (2-7, 15-11).


Gonzaga 3, No. 14 UC Irvine 0

In Spokane, Wash., Marco Gonzales pitched a four-hit shutout as Gonzaga completed a three-game sweep of UC Irvine at the Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. Gonzales (3-2) walked two and struck out six. Clayton Eslick had a sacrifice fly in the fourth to give the Bulldogs (13-7-1) a 1-0 lead. Cameron Edman was hit by a pitch and scored in the fifth and homered in the seventh to complete the scoring. Keegan Acker and Billy Moon both had two hits for Gonzaga. Sean Madigan walked twice for the Anteaters (14-6).


No. 16 Cal State Fullerton 3, Hawaii 2

In Honolulu, Nick Ramirez drove in three as Cal State Fullerton completed a four-game sweep of Hawaii at Les Murakami Stadium. Ramirez had a sacrifice fly in the fifth that was nearly a grand slam as the Titans (16-8) took a 1-0 lead. Ramirez added a two-run single in the seventh to give Fullerton a 3-0 lead. Pi’ikea Kitamura and Kolton Wong (2 for 4) drove in runs in the eighth as the Rainbows (11-13) pulled to within one. David Hurlbut (1-0, 5 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 6 K) was the starter and winner, while Jake Floethe (1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 K) earned his second save. Ivory Thomas and Anthony Trajano both had two hits and a run for the Titans. Breland Almadova had two hits and a run for Hawaii.


No. 17 Clemson 7, NC State 3

In Raleigh, N.C., Jon McGibbon and John Hinson both homered as Clemson salvaged the finale of its ACC series with NC State at Doak Field. Jason Stolz had a two-run double to cap a three-run second for the Tigers (4-5, 13-9). Brett Williams had a RBI triple in the second and Pratt Maynard went deep in the third as the Wolfpack (3-6, 14-11) pulled to within one. McGibbon’s dinger came in the fourth and Hinson homered in a three-run fifth for Clemson. Richie Shaffer had two hits and two RBI, while Phil Pohl went 2 for 3 with two runs for the Tigers. Maynard and Harold Riggins both had one hit and two walks for NC State. Scott Firth (2-0, 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 6 BB, 5 K) earned the victory.


No. 18 Fresno State 7, San Diego 4

In Fresno, Calif., Dusty Robinson homered and drove in two, and Danny Muno added two RBI as Fresno State followed Saturday's 22-inning thrilling win with another win to complete a sweep of San Diego. Josh Poytress, making his first start of the year, allowed four runs in 7.1 innings to improve to 2-0. Zack Kometani had two hits and two RBI for the Toreros.


No. 20 Stanford 6, Long Beach State 5

In Stanford, Calif., Stephen Piscotty went 2 for 3 with two runs and two RBI as Stanford took advantage of three Long Beach State errors in a win over the Dirtbags. Chris Reed retired all eight batters he faced, four by strikeout, in picking up his third save. Scott Snodgress (2-1) earned the win with 1.1 innings, and A.J. Vanegas settled the Cardinal (10-6) down by relieving in the first and working 4.1 innings of one-run ball.


(photo by Jimmy Jones)