April 3, 2011
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Jared King's homer
leads Kansas State past Texas A&M
Nick Martini reaches base in 87 straight
games for Wildcats
Manhattan, Kan., Jared King had a two-run homer in a four-run
fifth as Kansas State snapped a 4-4 tie in salvaging the finale
of its Big 12 set with a 9-4 victory Sunday over fifth-ranked
Texas A&M at Tointon Family Stadium. Nick Martini (right) went 3
for 5 with a two-run double in the second for the Wildcats (2-7,
16-11) to reach base for 87 straight games, what is believed to
be an NCAA record. Jason King had two hits and two runs for KSU.
Krey Bratsen went 3 for 5 with two RBI for the Aggies (7-2,
22-6). Jared Moore (1-0, 1.1 IP, 1 H) got the win in relief,
while James Allen tossed three scoreless innings with two hits
and three strikeouts to earn his eighth save.
No. 1 Vanderbilt 6, Auburn 2
In Auburn, Ala., Vanderbilt used a four-run
seventh to snap a 2-2 tie and complete a three-game SEC sweep of
Auburn at Plainsman Park. Conrad Gregor had a base hit with the
bases loaded in the seventh to put the Commodores (7-2, 26-3)
ahead for good. Curt Casali had three hits and a run for
Vanderbilt. Dan Gamache was 3 for 4 with a run, while Wes Gilmer
added two hits and two RBI for the Tigers (2-7, 15-13). Will
Clinard (1-0, 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 K) got the win in relief.
No. 1 Virginia 10, Virginia Tech 2
In Blacksburg, Va., Kenny Swab went 2 for 3 with
three runs as Virginia completed an ACC sweep of Virginia Tech
in front of 2,456 fans at English Field. The Cavaliers (11-1,
28-2) outscored the Hokies (1-11, 14-16) in three games by 37-8.
Virginia took control with five in the third, as David Coleman
and Jared King both had two-run doubles. John Barr went 3 for 5
with one RBI for the Cavs. Tony Balisteri had three hits and
Andrew Rash added a two-run homer in the sixth for Tech. Cody
Winiarski (4-1, 5 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 2 K) was the starter and winner
No. 3 South Carolina 4, Kentucky 1
In Columbia, S.C., Forrest Koumas pitched 6.1
scoreless innings as South Carolina finished a three-game SEC
sweep of Kentucky at Carolina Stadium. Koumas (3-0) allowed two
hits and one walk with three strikeouts. Bryan Harper got a
strikeout with the bases loaded to end the game and secure his
first save. The Gamecocks (7-2, 22-5) scored two in the first
and single runs in the seventh and eighth. Peter Mooney went 3
for 3 with two runs, while Christian Walker drove in two for
South Carolina. Michael Williams went 2 for 3, while Luke Maile
had a RBI single in the eighth for the Wildcats (2-7, 15-14).
No. 4 Florida 9, Tennessee 1
In Gainesville, Fla., Florida led 1-0 before
adding three in the sixth and five in the seventh on its way to
a three-game SEC sweep of Tennessee in front of 4,121 spectators
at McKethan Stadium. Karsten Whitson (4-0, 5 H, 3 BB) struck out
six in five scoreless innings. Austin Maddox went 3 for 3,
including a two-run single in the seventh for the Gators (7-2,
24-5). Nolan Fontana had two hits and two RBI, while Preston
Tucker added two hits and two runs for Florida. Andrew Toles had
two hits and Tyler Horne added a pinch-hit RBI single in the
ninth for the Volunteers (2-7, 19-9).
No. 6 Arizona State 8, Oregon 0
In Tempe, Ariz., Jake Barrett allowed four hits
in seven scoreless innings as Arizona State finished a
three-game Pac-10 sweep of Oregon at Packard Stadium. Barrett
walked two and struck out six. Zach Wilson had a RBI single in a
two-run first for the Sun Devils (5-1, 21-6). Zack MacPhee went
3 for 5 with two runs and two RBI for ASU. Kyle Garlick went 2
for 4 for the Ducks (0-3, 14-12).
No. 7 Texas 10, Missouri 1
In Austin, Texas, Jacob Felts had a three-run
homer to highlight a five-run first as Texas completed a
three-game Big 12 sweep of Missouri at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
Jacob Etier went 3 for 4 with two runs and three RBI for the
Longhorns (7-2, 21-7). Cole Green (2-2) allowed four hits and
one unearned run in eight innings with seven strikeouts in
recording the victory. Dane Opel had two hits for the Tigers
No. 8 Florida State 12, Maryland 3
In College Park, Md., Mike McGee and Stuart
Tapley both homered as Florida State won its ACC series at
Maryland and won its 25th straight Sunday contest. The Seminoles
(8-3, 21-7) had 13 hits, drew 15 walks and took advantage of
four errors by the Terrapins (2-9, 13-15). McGee’s two-run homer
in the fourth gave FSU a 7-2 advantage. Tapley’s three-run
dinger came in the sixth. Devon Travis had three hits and three
runs, while Justin Gonzalez had three hits and two RBI for the
Seminoles. Charlie White had two hits and two runs for Maryland.
Gary Merians (5-1, 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K) was the starter
and winner for FSU.
No. 9 Oklahoma 8, Texas Tech 5
In Norman, Okla., Burch Smith fanned a
career-high 12 as Oklahoma completed a three-game Big 12 sweep
of Texas Tech at L. Dale Mitchell Park. Smith (4-2) allowed four
hits and two runs in five innings with three walks. Duke struck
out two in the ninth in recording his third save. Garrett
Buechele went 3 for 4 with a homer and three RBI for the Sooners
(5-3, 22-6). OU scored in each of the first four innings in
building a 6-0 lead. Barrett Barnes homered twice and knocked in
three for the Red Raiders (4-5, 17-11).
No. 10 Georgia Tech 11, Duke 5
In Durham, N.C., Jacob Esch had a career-high
four hits to lead Georgia Tech to an ACC series win over Duke at
Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Esch had three extra-base hits,
three runs and three RBI for the Yellow Jackets (11-1, 23-6).
Tech scored two in the first and five in the third to take a 7-0
advantage. Matt Skole had four hits, two runs and two RBI for
the Jackets. Michael Rosenfeld went 3 for 3 with two RBI, while
Marcus Stroman went 3 for 4 with two runs and one RBI for the
Blue Devils (3-9, 16-14). Buck Farmer (5-1, 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2
ER, 2 BB, 4 K) was the starter and winner for Tech.
No. 11 North Carolina 5, No. 20 Clemson 4
In Chapel Hill, N.C., Colin Moran drove in the
game-winner in the bottom of the ninth as North Carolina
completed a three-game ACC sweep of Clemson at Boshamer Stadium.
The Tar Heels (10-2, 26-4) matched their best 30-game start in
program history. Spencer Kieboom had a RBI single in the seventh
as the Tigers (4-8, 14-12) tied it at 4. Levi Michael (3 for 4,
3 R) had a one-out single in the ninth and moved to second on a
walk to Tommy Coyle. Michael moved to third on a flyout by Jacob
Stallings before a base hit by Moran (2 for 4, 2 RBI) plated
Michael with the game-winner. Richie Shaffer had three hits and
three runs, while Brad Miller added three hits and two RBI for
San Francisco 4, No. 12 Fresno State 3
In Fresno, Calif., Travis Higgs had a two-run
double in a three-run fourth as San Francisco won the finale of
its series at Fresno State. Pete Lavin homered to start the
fourth for the Dons (12-16). Adam Clear went 3 for 4 with two
runs and one RBI for USF. Jordan Ribera had three hits and one
RBI for the Bulldogs (20-3). Matt Hiserman (3-3, 7.1 IP, 8 H, 3
R, 8 K) earned the victory, while Jordan Remer (1.2 IP, 1 BB)
notched his second save.
No. 13 Cal State Fullerton 4, UC Davis 2
In Davis, Calif., Cal State Fullerton struck for
two in the seventh to rally past UC Davis and complete the Big
West sweep at Dobbins Baseball Stadium. Blake Barber (2 for 3)
tied the game at 2 with a double in the seventh and Ivory Thomas
singled in the go-ahead run. Tyler Pill (4-0, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB)
matched a career high with 11 strikeouts in seven innings. Nick
Ramirez fanned two in the ninth for his sixth save. Ramirez went
3 for 3 at the plate for the Titans (3-0, 20-8). Daniel Cepin
went 2 for 3 with a run for the Aggies (0-3, 5-17).
No. 14 TCU 10, Air Force 5
In Fort Worth, Texas, Taylor Featherston had four
hits and three runs to lead TCU to a Mountain West sweep of Air
Force at Lupton Stadium. Jantzen Witte (3 for 5, 2 R) homered in
the first for the Horned Frogs (5-1, 18-9). Josh Elander had a
two-run single to cap a three-run third as TCU built a 4-0 lead.
Jerome Pena and Jason Coats both had two hits and two RBI for
the Frogs. Seth Kline had a pinch-hit two-run single in the
eighth for the Falcons (0-5, 11-17).
No. 15 Stanford 4, Washington State 3
In Pullman, Wash., Dean McArdle tossed
6.2 strong innings to improve to 4-0 as Stanford edged
Washington State in the Pac-10. McArdle allowed three unearned
runs on four hits and struck out six. The Cardinal (2-1, 13-7)
got two RBI from leadoff man Tyler Gaffney in taking a 4-0 lead.
A pair of Stanford errors helped the Cougars (1-5, 11-12) get
back into the game in the sixth. Chris Reed worked out of a
small jam in the eighth and retired WSU in order in the ninth
for his fourth save.
Oregon State 8, No. 16 Arizona 4
In Tucson, Ariz., Carter Bell had three hits and
two runs as Oregon State used a five-run second to win the
rubber game of its Pac-10 series with Arizona at Kindall Field
at Sancet Stadium. Ryan Barnes had a two-run single to spark the
five-run outburst in the second as the Beavers (2-1, 20-7) took
a 6-1 lead. Danny Hayes also drove in a pair for OSU. Robert
Refsnyder had a two-run homer in the sixth for the Wildcats
(2-4, 20-9). Ben Wetzler (4-1, 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 K) got the win
for the Beavers.
No. 17 California 9, USC 6
In Berkeley, Calif., Chadd Krist doubled, homered and drove
in three, and Darrel Matthews added two hits and three RBI as
California knocked off USC. The Bears (5-1, 19-6) trailed 4-2 in
the bottom of the fifth when Krist plated Marcus Semien and Tony
Renda, who had singled, with a double down the left-field line.
Matthews followed with a double down the line to make it 6-4.
Ricky Oropesa had two hits, including a homer, and two RBI for
the Trojans (2-4, 10-18).
No. 18 Arkansas 4, Alabama 3
In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Collin Kuhn had three hits
and a run as Arkansas avoided the SEC sweep against Alabama in
front of 4,051 fans at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Trey Daniel and
Nolan Sanburn combined on 5.2 scoreless innings in relief to
secure the victory. Daniel (1-0, 3.2 IP, 1 H, 1 K) earned the
victory, while Sanburn (2 IP, 1 BB) registered his third save.
After the Crimson Tide (7-2, 21-9) scored a pair in the first,
the Razorbacks (3-6, 19-8) tallied four straight over the next
three innings to take a 4-2 advantage. Austen Smith and Josh
Rosecrans both had one hit and one RBI for Alabama.
No. 19 LSU 8, Ole Miss 2
In Baton Rouge, La., Ben Alsup pitched a
career-high eight innings as LSU won its SEC series against Ole
Miss at Alex Box Stadium. Alsup (4-3) allowed eight hits and two
runs with two walks and four strikeouts. Mikie Mahtook and
JaCoby Jones both had two hits, two runs and two RBI for the
Tigers (3-6, 20-8). LSU scored multiple runs in three of the
first four innings, while the Rebels (4-5, 19-10) got a two-run
homer from Matt Smith (3 for 3) in the fourth.
(photo courtesy of KSU Media