April 1, 2011

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Reynolds leads offense as Vanderbilt outscores Auburn

Virginia throttles Va. Tech, WSU scores eight in eighth to beat Stanford


In Auburn, Ala., Riley Reynolds (right) went 4 for 5 with three RBI, and Tony Kemp and Anthony Gomez each added four hits as top-ranked Vanderbilt built a 10-2 lead en route to an 11-6 SEC win over Auburn Friday evening. The Commodores (5-2, 24-3) scored three times in the sixth and four more times in the seventh to pull away from the Tigers (2-5, 15-11). Gomez drove in two and scored twice, extending his hitting streak to 22 games. Sonny Gray (6-1) allowed two runs on four hits and struck out four for Vandy.

No. 1 Virginia 18, Virginia Tech 3
In Blacksburg, Va., Steven Proscia went 3 for 5 with five RBI, and Jared King added three hits and four RBI as Virginia romped in the middle innings of a rout of Virginia Tech in the ACC. The Cavaliers (9-1, 26-2) scored 17 runs from the third to the sixth innings, batting around three times in that span. Reed Gragnani added three runs and three RBI for the Cavaliers, who scored five in the third, six in the fourth, two in the fifth and four in the sixth. Danny Hultzen (6-0) allowed two earned runs and four hits and struck out seven in moving within one win of the school record (Jacob Thompson, 27). Andrew Rash had a two-run homer to give the Hokies (1-9, 14-14) a 2-0 lead in the first.

Washington State 10, No. 15 Stanford 8

In Pullman, Wash., Derek Jones had a three-run homer to cap an eight-run eighth as Washington State stunned Stanford in the Pac-10 series lid-lifter at Bailey-Brayton Field. The Cardinal (0-1, 11-7) built an 8-0 lead before the Cougars (1-3, 11-10) got two in the sixth and erupted for eight in the eighth. Taylor Ard (3 for 5, 2 R) and Jason Monda (3 for 3) both drove in two for WSU. Zach Jones (2 for 4, 2 R, 4 RBI) and Brian Ragira both homered for Stanford. Kellen Camus (2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 K) picked up his first win, while Paris Shewey fanned two in the ninth for his fifth save.


No. 3 South Carolina 3, Kentucky 1
In Columbia, S.C., Michael Roth was splendid again, allowing one run on three hits to lead South Carolina to an SEC win over Kentucky. Roth (6-1) lowered his ERA to 1.44, striking out six and walking one. The Gamecocks (5-2, 20-5) scored twice in the first on a RBI single from Jackie Bradley Jr. and a RBI grounder from Christian Walker. Chad Wright had a RBI single for the Wildcats (2-5, 15-12) to make it 2-1 in the third, but Roth got an insurance run on a Peter Mooney homer in the fifth and stymied the Wildcats until Matt Price entered in the ninth and posted his seventh save.

No. 4 Florida 3, Tennessee 0

In Gainesville, Fla., Hudson Randall pitched a four-hit shutout as Florida blanked Tennessee in the SEC series opener in front of 4,222 fans at McKethan Stadium. Randall (5-0) did not walk a batter and struck out four. Austin Maddox hit a two-run homer in the second for the Gators (5-2, 22-5). Josh Adams went 3 for 4, while Preston Tucker had two hits and a run for Florida. Matt Duffy, Charley Thurber, Chris Fritts and Zach Osborne each had a single for the Volunteers (2-5, 19-7).


No. 5 Texas A&M 6, Kansas State 3

In Manhattan, Kan., Matt Juengel had a three-run double in a four-run fifth as Texas A&M won the Big 12 series opener at Kansas State in front of a crowd of 1,175 at Tointon Family Stadium. The first-place Aggies (6-1, 21-5) extended their season-high win streak to eight. Chase Graskewicz had a RBI single in the bottom of the fourth to give the Wildcats (1-6, 15-10) a 3-2 advantage before Juengel’s two-bagger put A&M ahead for good. Tyler Naquin had two hits and two runs for the Aggies. Nick Martini went 4 for 5 with a run for KSU. John Stilson (2-1, 7 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 7 K) got the win, while Joaquin Hinojosa (1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K) earned his sixth save.


No. 6 Arizona State 5, Oregon 2

In Tempe, Ariz., Brady Rodgers went 7.2 strong innings as Arizona State beat Oregon in front of 3,614 spectators at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark in the Pac-10 series opener. Rodgers (4-1) allowed eight hits and two runs with four strikeouts. Mitchell Lambson recorded the final three outs for his third save. Shawn Peterson (2 for 4) and Brett Thomas both had RBI singles in the top of the second for the Ducks (0-1, 14-10). Zach Wilson’s two-run homer in the fourth tied the game at 2. Andy Workman doubled and scored the go-ahead run in the fifth for the Sun Devils (3-1, 19-6). ASU added two more in the frame to complete the scoring. Joey DeMichele went 2 for 4 with one run and one RBI for the Devils.


No. 7 Texas 5, Missouri 4
In Austin, Texas, Lucas Kephart had two hits and two RBI, and Taylor Jungmann improved to 6-0 as Texas rallied from a 4-0 deficit to edge Missouri. Jungman allowed four runs (three earned) on four hits with three walks and three strikeouts as the Longhorns (5-2, 19-7) improved to 22-0 when the right-hander has started at Disch-Falk Field. After Texas scored four times in the fifth, Jordan Etier had a RBI double in the sixth that proved to be the difference. Jonah Schmidt had two hits, including a two-run homer and three RBI for the Tigers (1-2, 13-13).

No. 8 Florida State 6, Maryland 0

In College Park, Md., Sean Gilmartin and Mack Waugh combined on a four-hit shutout as Florida State won the ACC series opener over Maryland at shivering Shipley Stadium. The Seminoles (7-3, 20-6) have won 40 straight against the Terrapins (1-9, 12-14). Gilmartin (6-0, 6 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 9 K) earned the victory, while Waugh (3 IP, 1 H, 3 K) picked up his first save. James Ramsey and Jayce Boyd drove in runs in the top of the first as FSU took control early. Mike McGee had a two-run single in a four-run for the Seminoles. FSU had a season-low five hits, but took advantage of 12 walks and one hit batter. The Maryland pitching staff combined for 13 strikeouts. Sherman Johnson had one hit, three walks and two runs for the Seminoles. Aaron Etchison went 2 for 3 for the Terps.


No. 9 Oklahoma 10, Texas Tech 1

In Norman, Okla., Michael Rocha tossed a three-hitter as Oklahoma topped Texas Tech in the opener of their Big 12 series at L. Dale Mitchell Park. Rocha (7-0) allowed one walk and one run with five strikeouts. Caleb Bushyhead (3 R) and Casey Johnson both had two hits and three RBI for the Sooners (3-3, 20-6). Chris Ellison homered and drove in two for OU. The Sooners scored four in the second, three in the third and two in the fifth. Steven Hagen had a RBI double in the first for the Red Raiders (4-3, 17-9).


No. 10 Georgia Tech 9, Duke 2
In Durham, N.C., Mark Pope tossed his third complete game, and Mott Hyde had two hits and three RBI as Georgia Tech rebounded from a midweek loss to Mercer with an ACC win over Duke. Pope (7-0) allowed four hits and one earned run and struck out seven on 110 pitches. Jacob Esch went 3 for 5 with a double and a RBI for the Yellow Jackets (10-0, 22-5). The Blue Devils fell to 2-8, 15-13.


No. 11 North Carolina 13, No. 20 Clemson 3

In Chapel Hill, N.C., Seth Baldwin went 2 for 3 with a homer, three runs and three RBI as North Carolina clobbered Clemson in front of 1,386 fans at Boshamer Stadium. The Tigers (4-6, 14-10) scored three in the top of the first before the Tar Heels (8-2, 24-4) answered with a two-run homer by Tommy Coyle (2 for 5, 2 R) in the first and two in the third. Baldwin went deep in the fourth and had a two-run single to key a six-run fifth. Colin Moran also drove in two for UNC. Phil Pohl had two hits, one run and one RBI to lead Clemson. Patrick Johnson (6-0, 7 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 4 BB) matched a career high with 11 strikeouts.


No. 12 Fresno State 5, San Francisco 3

In Fresno, Calif., Fresno State stretched its win streak to eight in defeating San Francisco at Beiden Field. The Bulldogs (19-2) are 15-1 at home, including nine consecutive wins. After Adam Clear had a run-scoring triple in the top of the first for the Dons (11-15), Danny Muno (2 for 4, 2 R) tied it in the bottom of the frame with a homer to right. Dusty Robinson walked and scored in the sixth to break a 3-3 tie and put FSU ahead to stay. Jordan Ribera had two hits for the Bulldogs. Jason Mahood and Pete Lavin both had two hits, one run and one RBI for USF. Greg Gonzalez (6.1 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 7 K) improved to 6-0, while Charlie Robertson pitched the ninth for his ninth save.


No. 13 Cal State Fullerton 14, UC Davis 0

In Davis, Calif., Joe Terry went 4 for 4 and Jake Floethe allowed two hits in eight innings as Cal State Fullerton blanked UC Davis in the Big West series opener at Dobbins Baseball Complex. The Titans (1-0, 18-8) have won six straight and 10 of their past 11. Floethe (3-1) walked two and fanned six. Michael Lorenzen (2 for 3) had a two-run single in the top of the first to put Fullerton on top for good. The Titans put the game away with five in the seventh and five in the ninth. Richy Pedroza had three hits and three runs for Fullerton. Alex Dreyfuss and Justin Andrade had hits for the Aggies (0-1, 5-15).


No. 14 TCU 10, Air Force 2

In Fort Worth, Texas, Kyle Winkler struck out a career-high 15 as TCU topped Air Force in the Mountain West series opener at Lupton Stadium. Winkler (5-1) allowed four hits, one walk and one run in seven innings. Joe Weik led the offense for the Horned Frogs (3-1, 16-9) with two hits, including a homer, three runs and three RBI. Brance Rivera homered in the third and Weik added a two-run shot in the fourth as TCU built a 5-0 lead. Jantzen Witte and Jimmie Pharr (1 HR) both drove in two for the Frogs. Parker Mayo had two hits for the Falcons (0-3, 11-15).


No. 16 Arizona 18, Oregon State 0

In Tucson, Ariz., Kurt Heyer went the distance and benefited from a 12-run sixth as Arizona crushed Oregon State at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium. Heyer (5-1) surrendered five hits and two walks while striking out nine. Jett Bandy went 3 for 6 with three runs and six RBI, while Robert Refsnyder had three hits and three RBI for the Wildcats (2-2, 20-7). Andrew Susac had two hits, including a triple, for the Beavers (0-1, 18-7).


USC 10, No. 17 California 6

In Berkeley, Calif., Ricky Oropesa blasted two home runs and matched his career high with five RBI as USC topped California in Pac-10 action. The Trojans (2-2, 10-16) built a 5-0 lead before the Golden Bears (3-1, 17-6) rallied for five in the fifth. USC scored in each of the final four innings to earn the win. Andrew Landecker drove in three for the Trojans. Devon Rodriguez had two hits and two RBI for Cal.


Alabama 5, No. 18 Arkansas 3

In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Austen Smith had two hits, including a triple, and four RBI as Alabama bounced Arkansas in the SEC series opener at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Taylor Dugas had three hits and two runs for the Crimson Tide (6-1, 20-8). Collin Kuhn went 4 for 5 with a homer and three RBI for the Razorbacks (2-5, 18-7).


No. 19 LSU 7, Ole Miss 6

In Baton Rouge, La., Mikie Mahtook went 4 for 4 with two home runs as LSU edged Ole Miss in the SEC series opener at Alex Box Stadium. Mahtook had a solo shot in the second to snap a scoreless tie and went deep again in a two-run fourth as the Tigers (2-5, 19-7) leveled the score at 3. Mahtook had a RBI single to cap a four-run sixth as LSU took the lead for good. Kurt McCune (5-0, 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 7 K) earned the victory, while Kevin Berry (2 IP, 1 H, 2 K) notched his second save. Matt Snyder had two hits, including a dinger, and two runs for the Rebels (3-4, 18-9).


(photo by Jimmy Jones)