March 30, 2011

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Walker leads South Carolina past The Citadel

Stephen F. Austin edges TCU, A&M wins in 10 at UTA, Arizona nips UNM


In Columbia, S.C., Christian Walker (right) tied it with a three-run double in the fifth and broke the deadlock with a homer in the seventh as third-ranked South Carolina rallied past The Citadel 6-4 Wednesday in front of 6,227 fans at Carolina Stadium. John Taylor (2-0) tossed two hitless innings with one walk and three strikeouts to earn the victory. Matt Price fanned two in the ninth for his sixth save. Scott Wingo went 2 for 3 with one run and one RBI for the Gamecocks (19-5). Justin Mackert had two hits and two runs, while Nick Orvin drove in two for the Bulldogs (10-15).


Stephen F. Austin 4, No. 14 TCU 3

In Fort Worth, Texas, Stephen F. Austin took an early 4-0 lead and held on to edge TCU in front of 3,411 fans at Lupton Stadium. Michael Haynes had a run-scoring single to spark a three-run second for the Lumberjacks (19-7). Stephen F. Austin scored on an error in the third to take a 4-0 lead. Joe Weik (2 for 3) singled and scored while Taylor Featherson added a sacrifice fly in a two-run third for the Horned Frogs (15-9). Featherston singled and scored in the fifth to pull TCU to within one. The Frogs had the tying run on in each of the final five innings, but could not plate the equalizer. Haynes, Bryson Myles and Garrett Smith each had two hits and one RBI for the Lumberjacks. Aaron Schultz had three hits, while Brance Rivera went 2 for 4 for TCU.


No. 5 Texas A&M 7, UT Arlington 4 (10)

In Arlington, Texas, Texas A&M scored three in the top of the 10th to get past UT Arlington at Clay Gould Ballpark and extend its win streak to seven. Preston Beck belted a two-run homer in the first for the Mavericks (14-11). Matt Juengel (2 for 5) and Jacob House (4 for 5, 2 R) hit consecutive dingers in the second for the Aggies (20-5) to even the score. After UTA took a one-run lead in the third, Kenny Jackson had a RBI groundout and Adam Smith added a run-scoring single in the top of the fourth as A&M took a 4-3 lead.  The Mavericks quickly tied it with a run in the bottom of the frame. In the 10th, the go-ahead run scored on an error, and Charlie Curl (2 for 4) and Brandon Wood both had RBI singles to give the Aggies a three-run advantage. Joaquin Hinojosa was perfect in the bottom of the 10th to earn his fifth save. Nick Fleece (5-1) pitched two hitless innings in relief to pick up the win. Jordan Vaughn and Philip Incaviglia both had two hits for UTA.


No. 16 Arizona 10, New Mexico 9

In Tucson, Ariz., Robert Refsnyder had a leadoff homer in the bottom of the ninth to lift Arizona over New Mexico at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium. The Lobos (9-17) scored a pair in the first before the Wildcats (19-7) plated seven in the bottom of the frame. New Mexico fought back, scoring four in the third and three in the fourth to take a 9-8 advantage. Jett Bandy had a pinch-hit RBI single in the seventh to knot the score at 9-9. Johnny Field drove in two, while Refsnyder scored three for Arizona. Cole Frenzel had two hits, including a homer and two runs for the Wildcats. Kyle Stiner went 4 for 5 with three runs and one RBI, while DJ Peterson went deep for the Lobos. Ben Woodchick and Quay Grant both drove in two for New Mexico. Matt Chaffee (2 IP, 1 BB, 3 K) earned the victory.


No. 19 LSU 6, McNeese State 0

In Baton Rouge, La., Mason Katz knocked in three as LSU blanked McNeese State at Alex Box Stadium. Mikie Mahtook (2 for 3, 2 R) tripled and scored on a squeeze by Katz in the fourth to give the Tigers (18-7) a 1-0 lead. Tyler Hanover (2 for 3) had a RBI single in the fifth for a 2-0 advantage. Katz had a two-run single in a three-run sixth and Mahtook added a sacrifice fly in the seventh for LSU. Blake Ellender and Jace Peterson both had two hits for the Cowboys (13-13). Samuel Peterson (1-0, 3.1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K) earned the win for the Tigers.


Hawaii 8, Wichita State 7 (12)

In Honolulu, Hawaii tied it with a run in the ninth and won it in the 12th in outlasting Wichita State in front of 2,421 fans at Les Murakami Stadium. Kolten Wong (2 BB, 2 R) drew a leadoff walk in the ninth and scored on a sacrifice fly by Zack Swasey (2 for 5, 2 RBI) to knot the score at 7-7. In the 12th, Michael Blake walked to start the innings and scored the game-winner on a fielder’s choice. Breland Almadova had three hits, while Sean Montplaisir and Garrett Champion both drove in two for the Rainbows (12-13). Chris O’Brien had two hits and three RBI, while Preston Springer went 3 for 6 with two RBI for the Shockers (17-9). Lenny Linsky (1-1, 2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 K) earned the win for Hawaii.


(photo by Jimmy Jones)