April 5, 2011

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Roberts tosses seven scoreless innings for Virginia

UCF edges Florida, Houston nips A&M, Kennesaw State tops Georgia Tech


In Charlottesville, Va., Will Roberts (right) followed up his perfect game by tossing seven scoreless innings as second-ranked Virginia blanked Radford 2-0 Tuesday in front of 2,448 fans at Davenport Field. Roberts (6-0) allowed three hits, with the first coming with one away in the second. He did not walk a batter and struck out six. Kyle Crockett (1 H, 1 K) worked the eighth and Branden Kline struck out one in the ninth for his 11th save, the top total in the nation. The Cavaliers (29-2) had nine shutouts, two away from the school and ACC record of 11. Virginia also lowered its team ERA to 1.93. Keith Werman walked and scored on an error in the sixth for the Cavs. Reed Gragnani (2 for 3) added a RBI triple in the seventh to give Virginia a 2-0 lead. Steven Proscia and David Coleman both had two hits for the Cavaliers. Daniel Wright had two hits, including a double, for the Highlanders (16-12).


UCF 4, No. 4 Florida 3

In Gainesville, Fla., Darnell Sweeney had a two-run double with two outs in the top of the ninth to erase a one-run deficit and give UCF the win over Florida in front of 3,049 spectators at McKethan Stadium. Ronnie Richardson moved from centerfield to the mound in the bottom of the ninth and retired the Gators (24-6) in order for his first save. Florida had scored an unearned run in the bottom of the eighth to take a 3-2 advantage. Ryan Breen (2 for 4, 2 R) and Erik Hempe both had solo homers as the Knights (20-9) erased a 2-0 Gator lead. Austin Maddox drove in two for Florida. D.J. Hicks (2-1) allowed one hit and one unearned run in one inning to pick up the win.


Houston 3, No. 6 Texas A&M 2

In College Station, Texas, Chase Jensen had a run-scoring single in the top of the ninth to break a 2-2 tie and lift Houston past Texas A&M in front of 2,918 fans at Olsen Field. Ryan Still drew a leadoff walk in the top of the ninth for the Cougars (16-14). He stole second and third before coming home on Jensen’s base hit. Still had a RBI groundout in the second and Joel Ansley (2 for 4) added a run-scoring single in the fourth as Houston took a 2-0 lead. Charlie Curl homered in the fifth and Tyler Naquin (2 for 2) had a RBI double in the eighth as the Aggies (22-7) tied it at 2. Jordan Mannisto (2-1, 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB) earned the win for the Cougars.


Kennesaw State 7, No. 12 Georgia Tech 6

In Kennesaw, Ga., Ray Anderson had a game-winning RBI single to cap a three-run ninth as Kennesaw State rallied past Georgia Tech in front of 1,242 fans at Stillwell Stadium. The Owls (19-12) scored their first two runs in the ninth on bases-loaded walks, the final two of 11 free passes. Peyton Hart drove in two for Kennesaw State. Kyle Wren had two hits and two RBI for the Yellow Jackets (23-7). J.B. Johnson (3-1, 1 IP, 1 K) got the win in relief.


No. 1 Vanderbilt 9, Middle Tennessee 1

In Nashville, Tenn., Vanderbilt scored seven in the first two innings in topping Middle Tennessee at Hawkins Field. The Blue Raiders (8-19) got a run in the top of the first before the Commodores (27-3) plated three in the bottom of the first and four in the second to take control. Curt Casali had a two-run single in the first and Jason Esposito belted a three-run homer in the second. Esposito finished with four RBI, while Casali had two hits and three RBI. Anthony Gomez, Aaron Westlake and Joe Loftus each had two hits and two runs for Vanderbilt. Justin Guidry and Will Skinner both had two hits for MTSU. T.J. Pecoraro (5-0, 2 IP, 1 H, 1 UE, 1 BB, 3 K) was the starter and winner for the Commodores.


No. 3 South Carolina 18, USC Upstate 2

In Columbia, S.C., Christian Walker went 5 for 6 with a grand slam and five RBI as South Carolina crushed USC Upstate in front of a crowd of 6,202 at Carolina Stadium. Scott Wingo (1 for 3, 4 R) had a two-run homer in a five-run first for the Gamecocks (23-5). Tyler Miller had a run-scoring single in the top of the second for the Spartans (11-19). Walker’s slam came in a six-run seventh. Brady Thomas had two hits and two RBI for South Carolina. Trey Richardson went 2 for 4 for USCU.


No. 5 Arizona State 10, Arizona 5

In Tucson, Ariz., Deven Marrero went 4 for 5 with four runs and Matt Newman drove in four as Arizona State outscored Arizona in front of 2,238 fans at Sancet Stadium. Newman had a two-run homer in the second to put the Sun Devils (22-6) ahead for good at 2-1. Newman had a sacrifice fly and Zack MacPhee (2 for 5, 3 RBI) added a two-run single in a four-run fourth as ASU took a 6-1 advantage. Johnny Field had three hits and one run, while Jett Bandy went 2 for 4 with two RBI for the Wildcats (20-10). Alex Blackford (3-0, 3 IP, 2 H, 1 K) earned the win in relief.


No. 7 Texas 8, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 1

In Corpus Christi, Texas, Sam Stafford pitched seven hitless innings as Texas topped Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Whataburger Field. Stafford (4-0) walked four and struck out a career-high 11. He left after seven after throwing 118 pitches. Josh Urban pitched a perfect eighth before Drew Vest singled to start the ninth for the Islanders (20-12). Tant Shepherd (3 for 5, 3 RBI) had a two-run double in the first for the Longhorns (22-7). Erich Weiss (2 R) and Paul Montalbano (1 R, 1 RBI) both had three hits for Texas. Jacob Perales had a run-scoring triple in the ninth for the Islanders.


No. 9 Oklahoma 8, Oklahoma State 3

In Norman, Okla., Garrett Buechele went 2 for 4 with two runs and four RBI to lead Oklahoma past Oklahoma State at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The Cowboys (21-8) put up three in the second before the Sooners (23-6) tied it with three in the third. OU added two in the fourth, one in the fifth and two in the sixth. Cody Reine had two hits, including a homer, and two RBI, while Tyler Ogle and Caleb Bushyhead both had two hits and two runs for the Sooners. Dane Phillips and Gabe Weidenaar both had three hits for OSU. Dillon Overton (5-2, 6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 8 K) earned the win in relief.


No. 10 North Carolina 12, Winthrop 6

In Chapel Hill, N.C., Tom Zengel had two hits and three RBI as North Carolina defeated Winthrop at Boshamer Stadium. The Tar Heels (27-4) scored four in the second to take their first lead and four in the sixth to snap a 6-6 tie. Seth Baldwin went 2 for 3 with three runs and two RBI, while Ben Bunting had three hits and two RBI for UNC. Patrick Gamblin went 4 for 5 with four RBI, and Chas Crane added three hits and three runs for the Eagles (14-14). Greg Holt (5-0, 1 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 3 K) picked up the win in relief.


No. 13 Cal State Fullerton 13, Pepperdine 3

In Fullerton, Calif., Carlos Lopez homered and drove in five in a nine-run fourth as Cal State Fullerton powered past Pepperdine at Goodwin Field. After the Waves (14-14) scored two in the second and one in the fourth, the Titans (21-8) erupted for nine in the bottom of the fourth. Lopez started the scoring with a three-run homer and capped the rally with a two-run single. Richy Pedroza had a three-run triple in the fourth for Fullerton. Anthony Trajano had two hits and two runs for the Titans. Sam Meyer went 2 for 2 with one run and one RBI for Pepperdine. David Hurlbut (2-0, 2 IP, 3 H, 2 K) earned the win in relief.


No. 14 TCU 2, UT Pan American 0

In Fort Worth, Texas, Erik Miller and Andrew Mitchell combined on the shutout as TCU blanked UT Pan American in front of 3,613 fans at Lupton Stadium. Miller (1-5) allowed seven hits in seven innings with no walks and four strikeouts to earn the win. Mitchell allowed one hit and one walk in two innings with two strikeouts to notch his second save. Luis Flores (0-2, 8 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) went the distance for the Broncs (9-9). Josh Elander had a run-scoring single in the second and Jantzen Witte added a RBI double in the eighth for the Horned Frogs (19-9). Vincent Mejia had two hits for UTPA.


No. 15 Stanford 5, San Jose State 2

In Stanford, Calif., four hurlers combined on a four-hitter as Stanford stopped San Jose State at Sunken Diamond. Starter Danny Sandbrink (2-0) allowed one walk in four hitless innings with two strikeouts. A.J. Vanegas (2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB), Scott Snodgress (2 IP, 1 H, 2 K) and Chris Reed (1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 K) finished on the mound for the Cardinal (14-7). Tyler Gaffney doubled and scored twice as Stanford scored one in the first and four in the second. Nick Borg had two hits, while Jason Martin had one hit, one run and one RBI for the Spartans (19-9).


Pacific 7, No. 16 California 4

In Berkeley, Calif., Tyger Pederson went 5 for 5 and Dustin Torchio had four hits as Pacific defeated Cal at Evans Diamond. The Tigers (9-16) scored one in the first, three in the fourth and two in the sixth in building a 6-0 lead. Pederson had one run and two RBI, while Torchio scored three and knocked in one. Marcus Semien went 4 for 5 with a run, while Austin Booker had two hits and two RBI for the Golden Bears (19-7). Brent McMinn (1-0, 3 IP, 4 H, 2 K) was the starter and winner, while Matthew Carvutto pitched a perfect ninth for his second save.


Mississippi State 5, No. 17 Southern Miss 4

In Pearl, Miss., Luis Pollorena pitched 5.2 innings of one-hit relief as Mississippi State edged Southern Miss at Trustmark Park. The Bulldogs (20-9) scored two in the first before the Golden Eagles (22-6) put up four in the second. Pollorena stopped the rally in the second and went on to strike out six in raising his record to 3-0. Caleb Reed allowed one hit and struck out one over the final 1.2 innings to notch his fourth save. MSU got a run in the sixth and took the lead with two in the seventh. C.T. Bradford had three hits and two RBI, while Jarrod Parks added two hits and two runs for the Bulldogs. Tyler Koelling and Marc Bourgeois both had two hits for Southern Miss.


No. 18 LSU 7, Tulane 5

In New Orleans, LSU tied it in the seventh and took the lead in the eighth as LSU rallied past Tulane in front of 5,131 fans at Turchin Stadium. Austin Nola and Mason Katz both drove in two, while Raph Rhymes and Tyler Hanover both had two hits and two runs for the Tigers (21-8). Matt Ryan went 2 for 4 with one run and two RBI for the Green Wave (18-11). Kevin Berry (2-0) pitched 2.2 hitless innings with one walk and one strikeout to record the victory.


UC Riverside 5, No. 19 UCLA 4 (11)

In Riverside, Calif., UC Riverside tied the game in the bottom of the ninth and plated the game-winner in the 11th in edging UCLA at Riverside Sports Complex. Tony Nix had a pinch-hit RBI single with two away in the ninth for the Highlanders (12-11) to tie the game at 4. In the 11th, Kyle Boudreau had a one-out double and came home on a two-bagger by Bryan Horst to give Riverside the victory. Ryan Goetz drove in two for the Highlanders. Beau Amaral went 2 for 4 with one run and one RBI for the Bruins (14-10). Mark Garcia (1-1) fanned two in the 11th to earn the win.


No. 20 Oregon State 11, Portland 1

In Portland, Ore., Parker Berberet homered and drove in four to lead Oregon State past Portland at Joe Etzel Field. The Beavers (21-7) scored four in the first and three in the second to take control. Jared Norris (2 for 3) and Danny Hayes (1 for 2, 3 R) both knocked in two for OSU. Sam Westendorf had two hits and one RBI for the Pilots (10-15). James Nygren (4-1, 7.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K) was the starter and winner.


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