April 12, 2011

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Scantling pitches Florida State past Florida

The Citadel upsets South Carolina, Vanderbilt nips Middle Tennessee


In Tallahassee, Fla., Hunter Scantling pitched seven scoreless innings to lead No. 10 Florida State past fourth-ranked Florida 3-1 Tuesday evening in front of 6,357 fans at Dick Howser Stadium. Scantling (2-0) allowed three hits and tied his career high with seven strikeouts. The Seminoles (24-9) won three of the four contests with the Gators (26-8). Stuart Tapley drove in the game’s first run with a base hit in the fourth for FSU. The Seminoles had two score on wild pitches in the bottom of the seventh to take a 3-0 advantage. Preston Tucker doubled and scored on a base hit by Brian Johnson (2 for 4) in the top of the ninth, but the Gators left the tying runs on base as the game ended. Daniel Bennett got the final three outs to earn his second save. Jayce Boyd (right) had two hits for FSU. Tyler Thompson went 2 for 4 for Florida.


The Citadel 2, No. 3 South Carolina 0

In Charleston, S.C., Logan Cribb pitched eight shutout innings as The Citadel blanked South Carolina in front of 5,032 fans at Joe Riley Park. Cribb (1-1) scattered eight hits with three walks and three strikeouts in his first career start. TJ Clarkson took the mound with the bases loaded and no outs in the ninth. He got a strikeout, a popout and a groundout to preserve the shutout and record his first save. Brad Felder (2 for 4) singled and scored in the bottom of the first for the Bulldogs (13-20). Justin Mackert added a run-scoring single in the fourth as The Citadel took a 2-0 advantage. Hughston Armstrong went 2 for 2 for the Bulldogs. Brady Thomas was 4 for 4 for the Gamecocks (26-6).


No. 1 Vanderbilt 1, Middle Tennessee 0

In Murfreesboro, Tenn., five hurlers combined on the shutout as Vanderbilt edged Middle Tennessee at Reese Smith Field. T.J. Pecoraro (6-0) allowed two hits in five innings with one walk and four strikeouts to pick up the win. Kevin Ziomek, Jack Armstrong, Corey Williams and Navery Moore each worked one scoreless innings. Moore pitched the ninth for his seventh save. Anthony Gomez singled in the top of the sixth to extend his hit streak to 29 and scored on a double by Mike Yastrzemski for the game’s lone run. Joe Loftus had two hits for the Commodores (31-3). Will Skinner had a hit and a walk for the Blue Raiders (9-23).


No. 2 Virginia 4, Georgetown 0

In Charlottesville, Va., Will Roberts tossed five shutout innings as Virginia blanked Georgetown at Davenport Field. The game was called after five innings due to lightning and heavy rain. Roberts (7-0) allowed two hits and faced one over the minimum. He extended his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 26. Chris Taylor was hit by a pitch and scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the first for the Cavaliers (32-3). Steven Proscia (3 for 3) belted a three-run homer in the third to complete the scoring. Sean Lamont had both hits for the Hoyas (18-17), including a double.


No. 5 Texas 3, Dallas Baptist 1

In Austin, Texas, Paul Montalbano had two hits and a run as Texas edged Dallas Baptist in front of a crowd of 5,894 fans at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Jason Krizan had a RBI double in the top of the first as the Patriots (21-12) took the early lead. Montalbano doubled and scored in the bottom of the frame to tie it at 1. Kevin Lusson’s RBI single in the fourth with two outs gave the Longhorns (25-8) a 2-1 advantage. Brandon Loy drew a leadoff walk in the fifth, moved to third on a single by Montalbano and scored on a double play to make it 3-1. Kenny Hatcher finished with two hits for DBU. Nathan Thornhill (1-0, 2.1 IP, 1 H, 2 K) earned the win in relief, while Corey Knebel worked around a hit in the ninth for his ninth save.


No. 6 North Carolina 5, East Carolina 3

In Chapel Hill, N.C., North Carolina scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the seventh to snap a 3-3 tie on its way to a victory over East Carolina in front of 1,612 fans at Boshamer Stadium. Michael Morin (3-2) allowed two hits over the final 2.1 innings with four strikeouts to register the win. Levi Michael went 3 for 4 with a triple and two runs, while Colin Moran was 2 for 4 with one run and one RBI for the Tar Heels (30-5). Jack Reinheimer and John Wooten both had three hits for the Pirates (22-11).


Rice 2, No. 7 Texas A&M 0

In Houston, John Simms and Tony Cingrani combined on the shutout as Rice nipped Texas A&M in front of 4,785 fans at Reckling Park. Simms (1-1) allowed three hits in 7.2 innings with no walks and 11 strikeouts. Cingrani fanned two over the final 1.1 innings for his fourth save. Michael Ratterree had a leadoff single in the second and scored on a groundout by Geoff Perrott to give the Owls (24-13) a 1-0 lead. Perrott started the eighth with a walk and came in on a base hit by Keenan Cook to give Rice a 2-0 advantage. Krey Bratsen had a hit and a stolen base for the Aggies (24-9).


No. 8 Cal State Fullerton 5, Loyola Marymount 0

In Los Angeles, Anthony Trajano and Carlos Lopez both had three hits as Cal State Fullerton defeated Loyola Marymount at Page Stadium. Trajano doubled and scored in the first and Lopez added a sacrifice fly later in the frame to give the Titans (24-9) a 2-0 advantage. Fullerton added two in the second and one in the third to take care of the scoring. Colin O’Connell (4-2) faced one over the minimum in six innings. He allowed two hits and struck out four. Michael Lorenzen went 2 for 3 with a run for the Titans. Matt Lowenstein, Jonathan Johnson, Ryan Hawthorne and Colton Plaia each had a hit for the Lions (19-12).


No. 12 Oklahoma 13, No. 11 TCU 6

In Norman, Okla., Tyler Ogle homered and drove in two as Oklahoma took advantage of four errors for six unearned runs in a victory over TCU in front of 1,893 fans at L. Dale Mitchell Park. Ogle had a sacrifice fly in a two-run first for the Sooners (25-8). OU added three in the third, three in the sixth and four in the eighth. Casey Johnson also drove in two, while Evan Mistich added two hits and two runs for the Sooners. Jantzen Witte had three doubles, two runs and three RBI to lead the Horned Frogs (22-11). Jordan John (3-0, 4 H, 1 R, 6 K) was the starter and winner.


No. 14 Georgia Tech 5, Georgia 3

In Atlanta, Matthew Grimes struck out a career-high 10 as Georgia Tech edged Georgia in front of 2,155 fans at Russ Chandler Stadium. Grimes (5-1) allowed eight hits and two runs in 6.2 innings. Luke Bard allowed two hits in a scoreless ninth for his fifth save. Colby May (3 for 4) homered in the second to give the Bulldogs (18-16) a 1-0 lead. The Yellow Jackets (25-9) scored a pair in the third and Daniel Palka (2 for 4) belted a two-run homer in the fourth as Tech took a 4-1 lead. After both teams scored in the seventh, Zach Cone went deep in the eighth for Georgia to make it 5-3. Sam Dove and Brandon Thomas both had two hits and a run for the Jackets. Levi Hyams went 3 for 5 with one RBI for the Bulldogs.


No. 16 UCLA 6, Long Beach State 4

In Los Angeles, Cody Keefer had two hits and three RBI as UCLA defeated Long Beach State at Jackie Robinson Stadium.  The Bruins (17-11) got a leadoff homer by Chris Giovinazzo (3 for 5) in the bottom of the first and a two-run triple by Keefer later in the frame for an early 3-0 lead. UCLA added two in the fifth for a 5-0 advantage. Mike Marjama, Johnny Bekakis and Kirk Singer all had RBI singles in a four-run sixth as the Dirtbags (16-15) pulled to within one. Keefer’s run-scoring double in the seventh gave the Bruins a two-run advantage. Dean Espy went 3 for 4 with two runs for UCLA. Ino Patron went 2 for 3 with a run for LBSU. Zach Weiss (2-1) pitched five shutout innings with two hits and five strikeouts to earn the win. Nick Vander Tuig got the final four outs with one strikeout to notch his fourth save.


No. 17 Arkansas 2, Missouri State 1

In Springfield, Mo., Arkansas scored two in the eighth to rally past Missouri State in front of 1,208 fans at Hammons Field. Ryne Stanek (2-0) allowed six hits and one run in seven innings with six strikeouts to earn the win. Trent Daniel tossed a scoreless eighth and Nolan Sanburn fanned one in the ninth for his sixth save. Pierce Johnson (3-3, 7 IP, 7 H, 2 UE, 1 BB, 9 K) was the tough-loser. Brett Marshall (2 for 3) singled and scored in the bottom of the third to give the Bears the early lead. In the eighth, Kyle Atkins was hit by a pitch and moved to second on a single by Bo Bigham. Matt Reynolds put down a sacrifice bunt and a wild throw allowed Atkins to score the tying run. Sam Bates had a sacrifice fly to plate Bigham with the go-ahead run. Jake Wise went 3 for 3 for the Razorbacks (24-8).


No. 18 Stanford 3, Pacific 1

In Stanford, Calif., Zach Jones had a RBI double and scored the go-ahead run in a three-run eighth as Stanford edged Pacific at Sunken Diamond. Trailing 1-0, Jake Stewart (2 for 3) had a leadoff triple in the eighth for the Cardinal (16-9) and scored on the double by Jones. Stephen Piscotty drove in Jones to give Stanford the lead. Piscotty scored an insurance run on a sacrifice fly by Brian Rigira to make it 3-1. Chris Reed (1-1) was perfect over the final two innings with three strikeouts to pick up the win. Tyger Pederson went 1 for 3 and drove in the lone run for the Tigers (10-19).


(photo by Jimmy Jones)