April 7, 2011

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Roth and Price combine on shutout for South Carolina

BYU beats Air Force, Iona stops Stony Brook, Robbins hits 3 HRs for DBU


In Knoxville, Tenn., Michael Roth and Matt Price combined on the shutout as third-ranked South Carolina blanked Tennessee 4-0 Thursday in front of 3,435 fans at Lindsey Nelson Stadium in the inaugural ESPNU SEC Game of the Week. Roth (7-1) allowed six hits and one walk in 7.2 innings with four strikeouts. Matt Price gave up one hit and one walk over the final 1.1 innings with one punchout for his eighth save. Christian Walker had a RBI double and scored in the fourth as the Gamecocks (8-2, 24-5) took a 2-0 lead. Evan Marzilli hit his first homer in the sixth to extend the lead to 3-0. Jackie Bradley Jr. (2 for 4, 2 R) (pictured) doubled and scored on a single by Adrian Morales in the seventh to complete the scoring. Scott Wingo went 3 for 4 for South Carolina. Zach Osborne went 4 for 4 for the Volunteers (2-8, 19-11).


BYU 10, Air Force 4

In Provo, Utah, Dane Nielsen went 2 for 2 with two walks and three runs as BYU outlasted a 90-minute rain delay to defeat Air Force in the Mountain West series opener at Larry H. Miller Field. Nielsen doubled and scored on a groundout by Andrew Law in the bottom of the third to put the Cougars (4-3, 16-12) ahead 2-1. Nielsen added a run-scoring single to cap a two-run fourth as BYU led 4-1. Seth Kline had a two-run single in a three-run sixth as the Falcons (0-6, 12-16) tied the game at 4. Nielsen scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the frame and Alex Wolfe added a two-run single to push the lead to 7-4. Dillon Robinson had a RBI single in the seventh and Stephen Wells followed with a two-run double to complete the scoring. Matt Thorne had three hits and a run for Air Force. Justin Shutt (2-2, 2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 K) earned the win in relief.


Iona 10, Stony Brook 4

In Yaphank, N.Y., Chris Burke hit a two-run homer in a four-run fourth as Iona defeated Stony Brook. Tanner Nivins (2 for 4) had a two-run double in a three-run first for the Seawolves (16-7). The Gaels (9-17) got one in the second and two in the third to tie it before the four-run outburst in the fourth put Iona ahead for good. Kyle Charron (2 for 4, 2 R, 2 RBI) went deep in the sixth for the Gaels. Joshua Mason (2 for 3) homered for the first time in the seventh for Stony Brook. Burke finished with two hits and three RBI for Iona. Matt Marley (1-2, 7.1 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 3 K) was the starter and winner for the Gaels.


Dallas Baptist 20, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 0

In Dallas, Tyler Robbins belted three home runs and drove in six as Dallas Baptist bounced Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Robbins homered to spark an eight-run first for the Patriots (18-11). Robbins went deep twice in a nine-run fifth. Joel Hutter went 2 for 4 with four runs, while Kenny Hatcher homered with three runs and two RBI. Christian Matz had a hit and a walk for the Golden Lions (7-21). Brandon Williamson (6-1) allowed two hits and one walk in six innings with five strikeouts to earn the victory.


Southern Utah 4, North Dakota State 3

In Cedar City, Utah, Bo Cuthbertson had a two-run triple and scored on a wild pitch in the seventh as Southern Utah edged North Dakota State in the opener of a four-game Summit League set at Thunderbird Park. Zach Heidmann (2 for 3) had a RBI double in the top of the first for the Bison (0-1, 2-17) before Cuthbertson (3 for 4) singled and scored in the bottom of the frame. Max Casper had a run-scoring base hit in the second to give NDSU a 2-1 advantage. Cuthbertson’s heroics in the seventh gave the Thunderbirds (1-0, 12-14) a 4-2 lead. The final run for the Bison came in the eighth. Mitchell Kauweloa had two hits and one RBI for SUU. Tyler Steen had two hits and a run for NDSU. Chris Chung (5-3, 8.1 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) was victorious in his start, while Nick Newberry got strikeouts for the game’s final two outs to record his second save.


Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 7, Houston-Victoria 6

In Victoria, Texas, Michael Boyle tied a school record with his seventh save as Texas A&M-Corpus Christi nipped Houston-Victoria. Matt Holland (2 for 4) had a two-run double in the top of the ninth to give the Islanders a 6-5 advantage. He scored on a triple by Bobby Buckner (2 for 5) to make it 7-5. After a leadoff double in the bottom of the frame, Boyle came in and got a foulout, a sacrifice fly and a groundout to notch the save. Chris Vergne went 1 for 3 with a homer, two walks and two runs for the Islanders (21-12). A Kent went 3 for 4 with a homer, two runs and two RBI for Jaguars (21-20).


Bryant 12, Harvard 1

In Smithfield, R.I., Brian O’Neil allowed one run in seven innings as Bryant battered Harvard. O’Neil (3-2) surrendered four hits and two walks with two strikeouts. The Bulldogs (11-13) put up five in the third and added four in the seventh and three in the eighth. David Soltis and Mike Delponte both drove in two, and Jamie Skagerlind had three hits and one RBI for Bryant. Kyle Larrow had one hit and one RBI for the Crimson (3-21).


(photo by Jimmy Jones)