April 8, 2011
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Cole outduels Conley as
UCLA wins at Washington State
Hultzen pitches UVa past Ga. Tech, Jones of
Tulane earns 1,000th career win
Pullman, Wash., Gerrit Cole (right) outdueled Adam Conley as No.
19 UCLA claimed the opener of its Pac-10 series against
Washington State 3-1 Friday evening at Bailey-Brayton Field.
Cole (4-2) allowed five hits and one unearned run in going the
distance with one walk and seven strikeouts. Conley (4-3)
scattered nine hits and three runs with two walks and seven
strikeouts. The Bruins (6-1, 15-10) got all their runs in the
third as Chris Giovinazzo had a RBI double and Dean Espy (2 for
4) ripped a two-run double. The Cougars (1-6, 12-13) scored one
in the fourth as Brett Jacobs doubled, moved to third on an
error and scored on a groundout.
No. 2 Virginia 6, No. 12 Georgia Tech 2
In Atlanta, Danny Hultzen dominated on the mound,
and David Coleman’s three-run homer in the seventh helped
Virginia take its ACC series opener against Georgia Tech in
front of 2,171 spectators at Russ Chandler Stadium. The start
was delayed more than two hours due to a power failure in a bank
of stadium lights. Hultzen (7-0) pitched a season-high eight
innings with two runs (one earned), seven hits, one walk and 12
strikeouts. He tied the program record with 17 career wins. The
Yellow Jackets (11-2, 23-8) broke the scoreless tie in the fifth
as Sam Dove had a leadoff single and eventually scored on a bunt
hit by Kyle Wren (2 for 4). John Hicks and Ryan Levine both had
hits in the seventh before Coleman’s blast gave the Cavaliers
(12-1, 30-2) a 3-1 advantage. Virginia added one in the eighth
and two in the ninth, while Tech got its second run in the
eighth. The Cavaliers have won 11 straight and set a school
record with their 10th consecutive road victory. Keith Werman
went 3 for 4 with one run and one RBI for UVa. Mark Pope (7-1)
suffered his first loss, allowing seven hits and four runs with
two walks and six strikeouts. Mott Hyde had two hits for the
Tulane 10, UCF 8
In Orlando, Fla., Rick Jones earned his 1,000th
career victory as Tulane rallied past UCF in Conference USA
action. Jones has been a head coach for 26 years, recording 102
wins at Ferrum, 174 at Elon and 724 with the Green Wave. His
overall record is 1,000-459-3. Jones was not in the dugout at
the end of the contest, having been ejected in the seventh.
Jeremy Schaffer (2 for 5, 2 R) belted a three-run homer in the
top of the ninth to give Tulane a 10-8 advantage. Garrett
Cannizaro had two hits and three RBI, while Matt Ryan and Blake
Crohan both had two hits and three runs for the Green Wave (2-5,
19-11). Alex Facundus (6-1) allowed three hits and one run in
three innings of relief with one walk and two strikeouts to pick
up the win. Beau Taylor drove in three, while Jonathan Griffin
went 3 for 4 with a homer, three runs and two RBI for the
Knights (2-5, 20-10).
No. 1 Vanderbilt 11, Alabama 3
In Nashville, Tenn., Curt Casali had two hits and
drove in three as Vanderbilt topped Alabama in the opener of
their SEC series in front of a crowd of 3,118 at Hawkins Field.
The Commodores (8-2, 28-3) scored multiple runs in four of the
first six innings. Anthony Gomez had three hits and two runs,
while Aaron Westlake and Mike Yastrzemski both had two hits and
two RBI for Vanderbilt. Sonny Gray (7-1, 6 IP, 4 H, 2 UE, 4 BB,
4 K) registered the win. Jared Reaves had two hits and one RBI
for the Crimson Tide (7-3, 21-11).
No. 3 South Carolina 2, Tennessee 0
In Knoxville, Tenn., three South Carolina
pitchers combined on the second consecutive shutout against
Tennessee in front of 2,070 fans at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The
Gamecocks (9-2, 25-5) blanked the Volunteers (2-9, 19-12) 4-0 on
Thursday and clinched the SEC series. Starter Colby Holmes (3-0)
gave up three hits in seven innings with no walks and seven
strikeouts. John Taylor walked one in 1.2 innings with two
strikeouts, while Matt Price fanned the final batter for his
ninth save. Christian Walker whacked a two-run homer in the top
of the sixth for the game’s only runs. Khayyan Norfork went 2
for 4 with a double for Tennessee.
Mississippi State 7, No. 4 Florida 5
In Starkville, Miss., Jonathan Ogden belted a
two-run homer to cap a four-run first as Mississippi State
stunned Florida in the SEC series opener in front of a
season-high crowd of 7,123 at Dudy Noble Field. The Gators (7-3,
24-7) scored a pair in the top of the first before the blast by
Ogden (2 for 3, 2 R, 3 RBI) gave the Bulldogs (5-5, 21-9) the
lead for good at 4-2. Cody Freeman (2 for 5, 2 R, 2 RBI) had a
dinger in the second for MSU and Odgen went deep again in the
third as MSU took a 6-4 lead. C.T. Bradford had three hits and a
run for the Bulldogs. Brian Johnson had two hits and two RBI,
while Preston Tucker went 3 for 5 with one run for Florida.
Taylor Stark (2-0, 2 IP, 1 BB, 2 K) got the win in relief, while
Caleb Reed fanned four over the final two innings with one hit
to register his fifth save. Hudson Randall (5-1, 2.1 IP, 9 H, 6
R, 2 K) suffered his first loss.
No. 20 Oregon State 5, No. 5 Arizona State 3
In Corvallis, Ore., Sam Gaviglio went the
distance for the third time as Oregon State won the first of a
three-game Pac-10 set with Arizona State in front of a
season-high crowd of 2,547 at Goss Stadium. Gaviglio (6-1)
allowed nine hits and three runs with one walk and six
strikeouts. Joey DeMichele and Matt Newman (2 for 4) had
run-scoring singles in the top of the first for the Sun Devils
(5-2, 22-7). The Beavers (3-1, 22-7) cut the lead in half in the
fifth before a two-run double by Ryan Dunn (2 for 3, 2 R)
sparked a four-run seventh. Tyler Smith had two hits and two RBI
for OSU. Johnny Ruettiger and Zack MacPhee both had two hits and
a run for ASU.
Texas Tech 4, No. 6 Texas A&M 3 (12)
In Lubbock, Texas, Kelby Tomlinson had an infield
single to plate the game-winner in the bottom of the 12th as
Texas Tech claimed the Big 12 series opener against Texas A&M in
front of 3,881 fans at Dan Law Field. Bo Altobelli reached on a
one-out bunt single in the 12th, moved to second on a throwing
error, advanced to third on a groundout before Tomlinson’s base
hit ended the marathon. The Red Raiders (5-5, 20-11) scored
single runs in the seventh and eighth to take a 3-2 lead before
a two-out RBI single by Jacob House tied it in the top of the
ninth for the Aggies (7-3, 22-8). Jamodrick McGruder and Stephen
Hagen both had three hits, while Kevin Whitehead added two hits
and two RBI for Tech. Tyler Naquin went 4 for 6 and scored all
three runs for A&M. John Neely (4 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 3 K) picked up
his eighth win without a loss, the top victory total in the
No. 7 Texas 11, Baylor 3
In Waco, Texas, Lucas Kephart had two doubles and
three RBI in a nine-run sixth as Texas topped Baylor in their
Big 12 series opener in front of 3,908 fans at Baylor Ballpark.
Brandon Loy and Eric Weiss both had three hits and one RBI,
while Tant Shepherd and Paul Montalbano both drove in two for
the Longhorns (8-2, 23-7). The Bears (4-6, 17-14) scored via the
long ball, as Cal Towey (3 for 4) went deep twice and Max Muncy
homered once. Taylor Jungmann (7-0, 8 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 10 K) earned
the victory for Texas.
No. 8 Florida State 5, No. 10 North Carolina 3
In Tallahassee, Fla., Florida State used a
three-run eighth to get past North Carolina in the ACC series
lid-lifter in front of a crowd of 4,828 at Dick Howser Stadium.
James Ramsey tied the game at 3 with a RBI double and Jayce Boyd
put the Seminoles (9-4, 23-7) on top with a sacrifice fly.
Sherman Johnson added a run-scoring double for an insurance run.
Colin Moran (2 for 4) had belted a two-run homer in the top of
the eighth to give the Tar Heels (10-3, 27-5) a 3-2 advantage.
Rafael Lopez had two hits and a run, while Devon Travis went
deep for FSU. Daniel Bennett (0.1 IP, 1 K) picked up the win in
relief of Sean Gilmartin (7.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K).
Mike McGee worked around three walks in the ninth to notch his
Kansas State 2, No. 9 Oklahoma 0
In Manhattan, Kan., Kyle Hunter and James Allen
combined on the shutout as Kansas State blanked Oklahoma to
start their Big 12 series at Tointon Family Stadium. Hunter
(3-2) allowed four hits and three walks with two strikeouts.
Allen gave up one hit over the final 1.1 innings with two
strikeouts for his ninth save. Jake Brown (2 for 2) drew a
bases-loaded walk in the second to plate the game’s first run
before he singled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jason King in
the fifth for the Wildcats (3-7, 17-11). Tyler Ogle had a double
and a walk for the Sooners (5-4, 23-7). Michael Rocha (7-1, 6
IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) suffered his first loss.
San Jose State 3, No. 11 Fresno State 1
In San Jose, Calif., Roberto Padilla pitched San
Jose State past Fresno State in Municipal Stadium in the WAC
opener for both clubs. Padilla (6-2) allowed four hits in 8.1
innings with one run and seven strikeouts. Dusty Robinson (2 for
3) ripped a leadoff homer in the fourth for the Bulldogs (0-1,
20-4). Danny Stienstra (2 for 4) tied it in the sixth with a
run-scoring double for the Spartans (1-0, 20-9). Tim Quiery had
a two-run single in the bottom of the eighth to put SJSU on top.
Zach Jones got the final two outs in the ninth for his fifth
UC Irvine 15, No. 13 Cal State Fullerton 3
In Fullerton, Calif., Sean Madigan drove in four
to lead UC Irvine past Cal State Fullerton in the Big West
series opener in front of 1,987 fans at Goodwin Field. Christian
Ramirez (3 for 5, 3 RBI) had a two-run triple in a five-run
third and Jon Hurst added a two-run single to cap a five-run
fourth as the Anteaters (4-0, 20-6) built a 10-0 lead. Madigan
had three hits and two runs, while leadoff hitter D.J. Crumlich
had three hits and three runs for UCI. Tommy Reyes added two
hits and four runs for the Anteaters. Nick Ramirez homered and
scored twice for the Titans (3-1, 21-9). Matt Summers (4-2, 7.1
IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 8 K) earned the victory for UCI.
New Mexico 10, No. 14 TCU 5
In Fort Worth, Texas, Quay Grant went 3 for 5
with three RBI as New Mexico outscored TCU in the Mountain West
series opener in front of 4,288 fans at Lupton Stadium. The
teams scored all but one run over the final four innings. The
Lobos (5-2, 10-20) put up two in the sixth, one in the seventh,
three in the eighth to take the lead and four insurance runs in
the ninth. Alex Allbritton (2 for 5, 1 R) and Luke Campbell (1
for 3, 2 R) both drove in two for UNM. Josh Elander had three
hits, one run and one RBI for the Horned Frogs (5-2, 20-10).
Richard Olson (2-1) allowed three hits in two scoreless innings
with two strikeouts to earn the win.
No. 15 Stanford 8, USC 1
In Los Angeles, Mark Appel tossed a four-hitter
with seven strikeouts as Stanford stopped USC in the Pac-10
series opener at Dedeaux Field. Appel (2-3) did not allow a hit
for the first six innings. He surrendered one unearned run and
did not walk a batter in recording his first complete game.
Austin Wilson (2 for 4) had a two-run double to spark a four-run
fifth for the Cardinal (3-1, 15-7). Tyler Gaffney and Brian
Ragira both had three hits and two runs, while Zach Jones added
two hits and two RBI for Stanford. Adam Landecker had one hit
and one run for the Trojans (2-5, 11-19).
Arizona 5, No. 16 California 4
In Tucson, Ariz., Jett Bandy’s RBI single with
two outs capped a three-run rally in the bottom of the ninth as
Arizona edged California in the first of three Pac-10 contests
at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium. Josh Garcia ripped a pinch-hit
two-run double earlier in the frame to knot the score at 4. The
Golden Bears (5-2, 19-8) had scored a pair in the top of the
ninth to take a 4-2 advantage. Cole Frenzel finished with three
hits, while Bryce Ortega had two hits, including a homer, for
the Wildcats (3-4, 21-10). Austin Booker had two hits and three
RBI for Cal.
Memphis 6, No. 17 Southern Miss 5
In Memphis, Tenn., Memphis scored twice in the
bottom of the ninth to nip Southern Miss in the opener of their
Conference USA series at FedExPark. With the bases loaded and
one out in the ninth, Eli Hynes hit a grounder to second. A wide
throw on an attempted double play allowed two to score and end
the contest. The Golden Eagles (5-2, 22-7) scored four in the
eighth to take a 5-4 advantage, with the tying and go-ahead run
coming in on wild pitches. T.J. Rich went 4 for 4 with two RBI,
while Hynes also knocked in a pair for the Tigers (2-2, 18-11).
Isaac Rodriguez had two hits, including a homer, for Southern
Arkansas 2, No. 18 LSU 0
In Fayetteville, Ark., three hurlers combined on
the shutout as Arkansas edged LSU in the SEC series opener in
front of 9,854 fans at Baum Stadium. DJ Baxendale scattered
eight hits in five innings with one walk and seven strikeouts.
Barrett Astin (3-1) allowed two hits in 2.2 innings with three
strikeouts to pick up the win. Nolan Sanburn got the final four
outs for his fifth save. Dominic Ficociello homered in the
bottom of the sixth to break the scoreless tie. Tim Carver
scored an unearned run in the seventh for the Razorbacks (4-6,
21-8). Bo Bigham went 2 for 2 for Arkansas. Austin Nola went 3
for 4 for the Tigers (3-7, 21-9), who stranded 11. Raph Rhymes
and Ty Ross both had two hits for LSU.
(photo by Craig Jackson)