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


In 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 Jackets.


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 nation.


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 fifth save.


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 save.


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 Miss.


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)