April 9, 2011

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Florida pounds Mississippi State to even SEC series

South Carolina sweeps Tennessee, Birdsall pitches no-hitter for Quinnipiac


In Starkville, Miss., Mike Zunino had a grand slam to cap an eight-run second as fourth-ranked Florida evened its SEC series with Mississippi State 18-0 Saturday in front of 10,332 fans at Dudy Noble Field. The Gators (8-3, 25-7) finished the scoring with a six-run seventh. Zunino went 3 for 4 with four runs and five RBI. Daniel Pigott had two hits, two runs and three RBI for Florida. Brian Johnson (5-1, 6 IP, 6 H, 3 K) earned the victory. Cody Freeman had three of his team’s eight hits for the Bulldogs (5-6, 21-10).


No. 3 South Carolina 2, Tennessee 1

In Knoxville, Tenn., Forrest Koumas struck out seven in 7.1 innings, both career highs, as South Carolina completed a three-game SEC sweep of Tennessee at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Koumas (4-0) allowed three hits, two walks and one run. Matt Price (1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K) recorded his 10th save and third of the series. Khayyan Norfolk singled and scored in the first for the Volunteers (2-10, 19-13). In the sixth, Jackie Bradley Jr. had a sacrifice fly and Christian Walker added a RBI single to give the Gamecocks (10-2, 26-5) the lead. Scott Wingo went 2 for 3 with a walk for South Carolina. Andrew Toles and Zach Osborne both had two hits for Tennessee. The Gamecock pitching staff allowed one run in 27 innings in the series.


Quinnipiac 6-2, Monmouth 0-8

In Hamden, Conn., Kyle Birdsall pitched a seven-inning no-hitter for Quinnipiac in the first game of a NEC doubleheader with Monmouth. Birdsall (3-1) was perfect through 5.2 before walking Josh Boyd. Birdsall fanned a career-high 12 in tossing the program’s first no-hitter. Ben Farina had two hits, three runs and a shoestring catch in the second. Chris Migani homered for the Bobcats (9-6, 13-13). Dan Smith (1-2) went the distance in the nightcap for the Hawks (10-5, 14-14), scattering nine hits over seven innings with one walk and five strikeouts. Chris Perret had a three-run double in a five-run first for Monmouth.


No. 1 Vanderbilt 7, Alabama 0

In Nashville, Tenn., Grayson Garvin pitched 7.1 scoreless innings as Vanderbilt secured an SEC series win over Alabama in front of 3,141 onlookers at Hawkins Field. Garvin (6-1) gave up four hits and two walks while striking out seven. Mike Yastrzemski and Joe Loftus both has RBI singles in a three-run third as the Commodores (9-2, 29-3) took a 5-0 lead. Anthony Gomez had two hits and two runs for Vanderbilt. Jared Reaves had a double for the Crimson Tide (7-4, 21-12).


No. 2 Virginia 12, No. 12 Georgia Tech 9

In Atlanta, John Barr had three hits and three RBI as Virginia secured an ACC series win over Georgia Tech in front of a crowd of 3,025 at Russ Chandler Stadium. The Cavaliers (13-1, 31-2) took the lead for good with a five-run fifth. They added three in the seventh and one in the ninth for a 12-5 advantage. The Yellow Jackets (11-3, 23-9) put up four in the ninth to close the gap. Keith Werman went 2 for 4 with three runs and two RBI, while John Hicks added three hits and two RBI for UVa. The Cavaliers won their 12th straight game and 11th straight road game. Daniel Palka went 2 for 5 with two runs and a three-run homer in the ninth for Tech. Justin Thompson (2-0, 4.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 8 K) registered the win in relief.


No. 20 Oregon State 7, No. 5 Arizona State 6

In Corvallis, Ore., Brian Stamps drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth as Oregon State clinched a Pac-10 series win over Arizona State in front of 2,729 spectators at Goss Stadium. Deven Marrero launched a three-run homer in a four-run fifth as the Sun Devils (5-3, 22-8) built a 6-2 lead. Ryan Dunn had a RBI single to spark a three-run seventh as the Beavers (4-1, 23-7) pulled to within one. Tyler Smith had a run-scoring single in the eighth as OSU tied it at 6-6. Jared Norris had two hits and two RBI for the Beavers. Andy Workman whacked a two-run homer in the second for ASU. Scott Schultz (2-0, 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 3 K) picked up the win in relief.


No. 6 Texas A&M 5, Texas Tech 4

In Lubbock, Texas, Adam Smith smacked a three-run homer in the top of the eighth to snap a 2-2 tie as Texas A&M leveled its series with Texas Tech in front of 3,381 fans at Dan Law Field. The Aggies (8-3, 23-8) tallied single runs in the first and third before the Red Raiders (5-6, 20-12) countered with one in the fourth and one in the seventh. After the blast by Smith (2 for 4), Tech got two in the bottom of the eighth, but fell one run short. Krey Bratsen went 2 for 4 with a run for A&M. Stephen Hagen drove in two for the Raiders. Brandon Parrent (1-2, 0.1 IP, 1 UE, 1 BB) got the win in relief, while Joaquin Hinojosa pitched the final 1.2 innings for his eighth save.


Baylor 7, No. 7 Texas 6

In Waco, Texas, Josh Turley allowed three runs in eight innings as Baylor evened its Big 12 series with Texas at Baylor Ballpark. Turley (2-1, 8 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 5 K) faced one batter in the ninth and left with a 7-2 advantage. After the Longhorns (8-3, 23-8) pulled to within one, Max Garner came on to record the final out to notch his second save. Dan Evatt homered and drove in two for the Bears (5-6, 18-14), while Josh Ludy and Max Muncy also knocked in a pair for Baylor. Jonathan Walsh had a pinch-hit three-run homer in the ninth for Texas.


No. 10 North Carolina 8, No. 8 Florida State 5

In Tallahassee, Fla., North Carolina used a three-run second and four-run fifth to even its ACC series with Florida State in front of a crowd of 6,343 at Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles (9-5, 23-8) scored a pair in the fourth to take a 5-3 lead. Colin Moran drove in the tying run and scored the go-ahead run in a four-run fifth for the Tar Heels (11-3, 28-5). Rafael Lopez (2 R), Jesse Wierzbicki had two hits and two runs for UNC. Devon Travis and Jayce Boyd each had three hits for FSU. Shane Taylor (2-1, 4 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 5 K) earned the win in relief, while Michael Morin fanned one in the ninth for his first save.


No. 9 Oklahoma 14, Kansas State 3

In Manhattan, Kan., Casey Johnson went 3 for 4 with a homer and four RBI as Oklahoma evened its Big 12 set with Kansas State in front of 1,759 fans at Tointon Family Stadium. Johnson belted a two-run dinger in a three-run second for the Sooners (6-4, 24-7). OU added four in the fifth and put the game away with six in the ninth. Cameron Seitzer (3 for 4, 2 R) also went deep for the Sooners, a three-run shot in the fifth. Jared King sent 2 for 4 and Mike Kindel went 1 for 2 with a homer and two walks for the Wildcats (3-8, 17-12).


No. 11 Fresno State 5-3, San Jose State 1-4

In San Jose, Calif., Josh Poytress went the distance in the opener as Fresno State split a doubleheader with San Jose State at Municipal Stadium. Poytress (3-0) allowed six hits and one run in seven innings with five strikeouts. The Bulldogs (1-2, 21-5) scored one in the first and two in the second to take control. Kenny Wise went 3 for 3 with a run, while Garrett Weber had two hits and two RBI for FSU. Jason Martin had two hits for the Spartans (2-1, 21-10). In the nightcap, Anthony Bona belted a two-run homer in the seventh as SJSU built a 4-1 lead and held on for the split. Esteban Guzman (4-1) struck out 13 in seven innings with seven hits, one walk and one run to register the victory. Zach Jones (2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 3 K) earned his sixth save after going 3 for 5 at the plate with a double and one RBI. Danny Muno had two hits and drove in a pair for the Bulldogs.


No. 13 Cal State Fullerton 2, UC Irvine 1

In Fullerton, Calif., Noe Ramirez allowed one run over 7.2 innings as Cal State Fullerton edged UC Irvine in front of a crowd of 2,092 at Goodwin Field to even its Big West series. Ramirez (5-2) gave up seven hits and one walk with nine strikeouts. Nick Ramirez pitched the ninth for his seventh save after lofting a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first to start the scoring. Christian Ramirez had a RBI single in the second for the Anteaters (4-1, 20-7) to tie it at 1. The Titans (4-1, 22-9) took the lead in the fifth as Jared Deacon scored on an error. Drew Hillman went 2 for 4 with a run for UCI.


No. 14 TCU 11, New Mexico 4

In Fort Worth, Texas, Jason Coats launched a three-run homer in the eighth as TCU scored seven in its final two at-bats to even its Mountain West series with New Mexico in front of 4,292 fans at Lupton Stadium. Coats finished with two hits and two runs, while Taylor Featherston (2 for 4, 2 R) and Jantzen Witte (2 for 3, 1 R) both knocked in two for the Horned Frogs (6-2, 21-10). Jacob Nelson had a pinch-hit double with one run and one RBI, while Luke Campbell went 1 for 2 with a walk and two runs for the Lobos (5-3, 10-21). Matt Purke (4-1, 5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 7 K) picked up the win.


USC 3, No. 15 Stanford 1

In Los Angeles, Austin Wood allowed one unearned run in eight innings with a career-high eight strikeouts as USC evened its Pac-10 set with Stanford at Dedeaux Field. Wood (2-5) scattered seven hits and walked two. Chad Smith got the final three outs to earn his fourth save. The Trojans (3-5, 12-19) scored single runs in the third, fourth and fifth, while the Cardinal (3-2, 15-8) tallied one in the top of the fifth. Brandon Garcia went 2 for 4 with one RBI for USC. Stephen Piscotty, Tyler Gaffney and Zach Jones each had two hits for Stanford.


Memphis 16, No. 17 Southern Miss 8

In Memphis, Tenn., T.J Rich homered twice as Memphis clinched a Conference USA series win over Southern Miss at FedExPark. After his RBI single in the fourth gave the Tigers (3-2, 19-11) the lead for good at 7-6, a three-run bomb by Rich in the fifth made it 12-6. He added a two-run shot in a three-run eighth to finish 4 for 5 with three runs and six RBI. Jacob Wilson (3 for 5, 3 R, 4 RBI) had a two-run homer in the first for Memphis. Kameron Brunty (1 HR, 3 R) and Adam Doleac both had three hits and two RBI for the Golden Eagles (5-3, 22-8). Tyler Farley (1-0) pitched the final five innings with three hits, two runs and five strikeouts to garner his first win.


Arkansas 4, No. 18 LSU 3

In Fayetteville, Ark., James McCann mashed a three-run homer to cap a four-run ninth as Arkansas rallied past LSU in front of a Baum Stadium-record crowd of 11,103. The game was scoreless after eight before Mason Katz (2 for 4) drove in two with a triple and scored in the top of the ninth to give the Tigers (3-8, 21-10) a 3-0 advantage. Sam Bates (2 for 4) had a run-scoring single in the bottom of the frame and Dominic Ficociello reached on a base hit to set the table for McCann (2 for 4). Nolan Sanburn (2-1, 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 UE, 1 K) picked up the win. Kevin Gausman was superb in the start for LSU, allowing five hits and one walk in eight scoreless innings with five strikeouts.


No. 19 UCLA 10, Washington State 3

In Pullman, Wash., Trevor Bauer went the distance for the second time with 15 strikeouts as UCLA clinched a Pac-10 series victory over Washington State at Bailey-Brayton Field. Bauer (6-1) allowed six hits, two walks and three runs as he tied the school record for career wins with 27. He also added to his career strikeout record with 354. The Bruins (7-1, 16-10) broke a 3-3 tie with four in the seventh and added three insurance runs in the ninth. Cody Regis went 3 for 5 with four RBI for UCLA. Tommy Richards homered for the Cougars (1-7, 12-14).


(photo by Jimmy Jones)