April 14, 2011

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Kilcrease pitches Alabama past Tennessee

UNLV beats BYU, UConn tops Brown, Rhode Island blanks Bryant


In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Nathan Kilcrease (right) allowed two runs over seven innings as Alabama topped Tennessee 8-2 Thursday evening in the SEC series opener in front of 4,012 fans at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Kilcrease (5-2) scattered seven hits with three walks and five strikeouts. Jonathan Smart fanned three in two hitless innings to secure the win. The Volunteers (2-11, 19-15) scored one in the top of the first before the Crimson Tide (8-5, 24-13) scored seven over the first six innings to take control. Andrew Miller (3 RBI) and Austen Smith (2 R) both had three hits, while Hunter Gregory had two hits and two RBI for Alabama. Charley Thurber and Tyler Horne both had two hits for Tennessee.



In Las Vegas, Tanner Peters struck out 11 in his fourth complete game as UNLV defeated BYU in the Mountain West opener at Wilson Field. Peters (6-2) allowed three hits and two runs. The Cougars (5-4, 17-13) got all its hits and runs in the third as Dane Nielsen and Stephen Wells both had RBI singles to give the visitors a 2-0 lead. Trent Cook (2 for 4, 2 RBI) both had run-scoring base hits in a four-run fifth as the Rebels (3-6, 23-13) took the lead. Trevor Kirk scored twice for UNLV.


Connecticut 6, Brown 2

In Storrs, Conn., Pat Butler allowed two runs in seven innings as Connecticut defeated Brown at J.O. Christian Field. Butler (1-1) allowed four hits and three walks with two strikeouts. LJ Mazzilli (2 for 4) and Nick Ahmed scored in the bottom of the first for the Huskies (18-12-1). Matt DeRenzi had a run-scoring single in a two-run second as the Bears (6-19) tied it at 2. Doug Elliot had a RBI single in the fourth to break the tie and Mazzilli added a two-run single later in the frame.


Rhode Island 4, Bryant 0

In Smithfield, R.I., Milan Adams went 3 for 4 with one run and one RBI as Rhode Island got by Bryant. Mike LeBel scored in the first and Adams added a run-scoring single in the fourth for the Rams (18-13). Tom Coulombe had a two-run double in the seventh to make it 4-0. Brian Bogjiak (3-1, 5.1 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 3 K) was the starter and winner, while Rob Curran (3.2 IP, 1 BB, 1 K) earned the save. Jordan English had a hit and a walk for the Bulldogs (13-16).


Central Connecticut State 5, Stony Brook 4

In New Britain, Conn., Anthony Turgeon’s two-run homer in the fourth put Central Connecticut State ahead to stay in its victory over Stony Brook. The Blue Devils (15-12-1) trailed 4-3 before Turgeon’s blast gave the home team a 5-4 advantage. Jake Matuszak and JP Sportman both had two hits for CCSU. William Carmona and Maxx Tissenbaum both delivered a pair of hits for the Seawolves (19-9). Todd Savatsky (4-2, 7 IP, 8 H, 4 $, 2 BB, 4 K) got the win, while Nick Boyd (2 IP, 1 K) notched his third save.


Tuskegee 8, Alabama State 6

In Tuskegee, Ala., Gene Moody and Cash Oliver both drove in two as Tuskegee outscored Alabama State at Washington Field. Moody’s two-run double in the seventh tied the game at 5 before the Golden Tigers (10-14) took the lead later in the frame. After the Hornets (11-18) tied it in the top of the eighth, Bradley Thomas and William McCrary had consecutive triples to put Tuskegee ahead to stay. Bryant Chambliss homered in the second for the Tigers. Draveon Moreland doubled and drove in two for Alabama State.


Le Moyne 3, Canisius 2

In Buffalo, N.Y., Don Schaaf knocked in the game-winner with a base hit in the top of the ninth as Le Moyne edged Canisius at the Demske Sports Complex. Jose Torralba (2 for 4) had a single and scored in the second  and added a run-scoring base hit in the sixth as the Golden Griffins (14-18) took a 2-0 lead. Ryan Mahoney (2 for 2) had a two-run homer in the seventh to tie it at 2. Brett Botsford (2 for 3, 2 R) drew a leadoff walk in the ninth, was sacrificed to second, stole third and scored on the base hit by Schaaf (2 for 4)  to give the Dolphins (12-22) the lead. Mike Anarumo (2-1, 2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 K) earned the victory, while Ed Kohout (1 IP, 2 BB, 2 K) registered his second save.


Dallas Baptist 17, Northwood 2

In Dallas, Ryan Behmanesh and Kenny Hatcher both drove in four as Dallas Baptist thumped Northwood at Patriot Field. The Patriots (22-12) scored five in the first, five in the second and four in the third in building a 14-1 lead. Behmanesh and Hatcher both had two hits, while Landon Anderson and Jason Krizan both went 3 for 5 with three runs and two RBI. Duncan McAlpine had a three-run homer in the first for DBU. Will Fontnow had two hits, including a dinger, for the Knights (33-11).


Longwood 9, NC Central 7

In Farmville, Va., Chris Briere tossed six shutout innings as Longwood defeated NC Central at Buddy Bolding Stadium. Briere (6-2) allowed four hits and one walk with three strikeouts. The Lancers (23-13) scored five in the second, three in the fourth and one in the fifth to take a 9-0 lead. The Eagles (4-31) scored two in the eighth and five in the ninth to make it close. Nate Smith (2 RBI) and Blake Murray both had three hits and two runs for Longwood. Michael Sims went 2 for 2 with a homer and three RBI for NC Central.


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