April 17, 2011

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South Carolina rallies to take series from Vanderbilt

Florida upends Georgia, NC State completes sweep of North Carolina


In Columbia, S.C., No. 3 South Carolina used a four-run seventh to turn a two-run deficit into a two-run lead in taking the rubber game of the SEC series with top-ranked Vanderbilt 5-3 Sunday in front of 8,242 fans at Carolina Stadium. The teams played in front of three sellout crowds, with a stadium-best three-game total of 24,726. Jackie Bradley Jr. (2 for 5) had a base hit in the seventh to tie the game at 3-3 and Scott Wingo (1 for 3, 2 RBI) plated the go-ahead run with a groundout. Matt Price (4-2) (pictured) struck out seven in three scoreless innings of relief with two hits to earn the victory. Peter Mooney finished with two hits and a run for the Gamecocks (12-3, 28-7). Jason Esposito (3 for 4, 2 R, 2 RBI) and Aaron Westlake both homered for the Commodores (11-4, 32-5). Curt Casali went 3 for 4 for Vanderbilt.


No. 4 Florida 14, Georgia 7

In Athens, Ga., Preston Tucker hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh and added a grand slam in the eighth as Florida won the rubber game of its SEC series with Georgia in front of 3,004 spectators at Foley Field. The Bulldogs (9-6, 19-18) scored two in the fifth and four in the sixth to take a 7-6 advantage. Tucker’s two-run shot in the seventh gave the Gators (11-4, 28-9) an 8-7 advantage. Tucker’s slam was part of a five-run eighth for Florida. Greg Larson (1-1) scattered five hits over the final 3.2 innings with no runs and one strikeout to register the victory. Brian Johnson (3 for 4, 3 RBI) also went deep, while Mike Zunino had three hits and three runs for the Gators. Kevin Ruiz went 3 for 3 with one run and one RBI for Georgia. Zach Cone had two hits and two RBI, while Peter Verdin went 2 for 4 with two runs for the Bulldogs.


NC State 10, No. 6 North Carolina 2

In Raleigh, N.C., John Gianis went 4 for 5 with one run and one RBI as NC State completed a three-game ACC sweep of North Carolina in front of a crowd of 2,828 at Doak Field. The Wolfpack (8-10, 21-16) scored four in the fifth and six in the sixth to take control. The Tar Heels (12-6, 30-8) put up two in the top of the ninth. Cameron Conner went 3 for 5 with two doubles and two RBI for NC State. Brian Holberton had two hits and one RBI for UNC. Rob Chamra (5-0, 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 BB) registered the win.


No. 2 Virginia 3-18, Duke 2-4 (Game 1 – 11 innings)

In Charlottesville, Va., Steven Proscia went 5 for 8 with a homer and three RBI as Virginia swept a doubleheader and ACC series from Duke in front of 3,432 spectators at Davenport Field. John Barr went 4 for 8 with four doubles and five RBI for the Cavaliers (16-2, 36-3). John Hicks had a base hit to drive in Barr with the game-winner in the bottom of the 11th in the opener. Branden Kline (3-0) struck out six in 3.1 scoreless innings of relief to earn the win. Virginia scored nine in the third in the nightcap to break a 2-2 tie. Barr had three doubles and drove in five. Jeff Kremer went 4 for 5, while Joe Pedevillano had two hits and three runs for the Blue Devils (4-14, 20-19).


No. 5 Texas 3, Texas Tech 1

In Austin, Texas, Tant Shepherd had a two-run triple to cap a three-run eighth as Texas won its Big 12 series against Texas Tech at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Nick Hanslik had a run-scoring single in the fourth as the Red Raiders (6-9, 23-15) took the early lead. Brandon Loy had a RBI base hit in the eighth to tie it before Shepherd’s three-bagger put the Longhorns (11-4, 27-9) ahead. Corey Knebel allowed one hit and struck out two in the ninth to notch his 11th save. Hoby Milner (4-2, 2 IP) got the win in relief. David Paiz had two hits for Tech.


No. 7 Texas A&M 2, Baylor 1

In College Station, Texas, Ross Stripling allowed four hits and struck out eight as Texas A&M edged Baylor to win the Big 12 series in front of 4,207 fans at Olsen Field. Stripling (7-2) went the distance with one run and two walks. Logan Verrett (3-4) also tossed a complete game for the Bears (6-9, 20-17), allowing six hits and a pair of unearned runs in eight innings with one walk and seven strikeouts. Baylor scored in the top of the first as Logan Vick ripped a leadoff double and came in on a base hit by Max Muncy. In the bottom of the seventh, Kevin Gonzalez had a RBI triple following an error to knot the score at 1-1. Tyler Naquin had a leadoff single in the eighth, moved to second on a passed ball, was sacrificed to third and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jacob House (2 for 3) to give the Aggies (11-4, 26-10) a 2-1 advantage. Krey Bratsen went 2 for 3 for A&M.


No. 8 Cal State Fullerton 5, UC Santa Barbara 4

In Fullerton, Calif., Anthony Trajano had a two-run single to tie it and Blake Barber won it with a base hit, both coming with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, as Cal State Fullerton completed a three-game Big West sweep of UC Santa Barbara at Goodwin Field. The Gauchos (2-4, 14-16) scored a run in the top of the ninth to take a 4-2 lead before the Titans (8-1, 27-9) rallied in the bottom of the frame. Trajano finished with two hits and three RBI, while Ivory Thomas had two hits and two runs for Fullerton. Mark Haddow went 2 for 4 with two runs and one RBI for UCSB.


No. 9 Arizona State 10, Washington State 4

In Tempe, Ariz., Matt Newman went 2 for 4 with a homer, two runs and two RBI as Arizona State completed a three-game Pac-10 sweep of Washington State at Packard Stadium. The Sun Devils (8-4, 25-9) scored three in the second, one in the third and five in the sixth in building a 9-2 lead. Joey DeMichele had three hits, one run and one RBI, while Andrew Aplin had two hits and two RBI for ASU. Cody Bartlett and Matt Argyropoulos both drove in two for the Cougars (2-10, 14-17). Jake Barrett (4-3, 5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 4 K) got the win for the Devils.


No. 10 Florida State 18, Virginia Tech 12

In Blacksburg, Va., Jayce Boyd went 5 for 5 with four runs and two RBI as Florida State won its ACC series against Virginia Tech in front of 1,361 fans at English Field. The Seminoles (11-7, 26-10) trailed 10-3 after four before scoring three in the fifth, six in the sixth and six more in the seventh to take control. Taiwan Easterling came off the bench to go 1 for 2 with two runs and five RBI for FSU. Devon Travis had two hits, three runs and two RBI for the Seminoles. Michael Seaborn went 3 for 5 with a homer, two runs and four RBI for the Hokies (4-14, 19-19).


No. 11 TCU 7, San Diego State 4 (10)

In San Diego, Joe Weik had a two-run double to cap a fourth-run 10th as TCU completed a three-game Mountain West sweep of San Diego State at Tony Gwynn Stadium. Jason Coats (2 for 4, 2 R, 1 RBI) had a one-out double in the 10th and scored on a two-base hit by Josh Elander (2 for 4, 2 RBI) to snap a 3-3 tie. Jerome Pena was intentionally walked with two away before Aaron Schultz singled in a run prior to the double by Weik that make it 7-3. Weik homered in the top of the seventh to give the Horned Frogs (10-2, 25-11) a 3-2 lead before Jomel Torres (2 for 4) had a run-scoring single in the bottom of the frame for the Aztecs (5-7, 11-25). Erik Miller (2-6, 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 K) picked up the win. Chris Wilson had three hits, while Brad Haynal had two hits and two RBI for SDSU.


Oklahoma State 11, No. 12 Oklahoma 10 (10)

In Oklahoma City, Davis Duren knocked in the game-winner with a base hit in the bottom of the 10th as Oklahoma State won its Big 12 and Bedlam Series over Oklahoma in front of 5,475 fans at RedHawks Field. The Sooners (7-7, 26-10) had two on in the top of the 10th before Andrew Heck (2-1, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K) got a strikeout to end the threat. Zach Johnson (3 for 5, 2 R, 4 RBI) had a leadoff single in the bottom of the frame and was sacrificed to second before the base hit by Duren (4 for 6, 2 RBI) plated Johnson with the game-winner. Jared Womack (2 for 5) had a two-run single in a seven-run eighth as the Cowboys (10-5, 27-9) took a 10-7 lead. Tyler Ogle (4 for 4, 3 R, 3 RBI) drove in two and Cameron Seitzer (3 for 5, 2 RBI) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth to knot the score at 10-10. Dane Phillips went 3 for 4 with three runs for OSU. Caleb Bushyhead (2 R) and Ricky Eisenberg both had three hits for OU.


No. 13 Oregon State 6, No. 18 Stanford 4

In Stanford, Calif., Kavin Keyes had two hits and drove in three as Oregon State swept Stanford for the first time in California. The Beavers (8-1, 27-7) have won nine straight, matching the longest streak in the country. OSU scored three in the third to take a one-run lead before adding two in the seventh and one in the eighth. The Cardinal (3-6, 16-12) put up two in the bottom of the ninth before Tony Bryant got a strikeout to end the game for his fifth save. Ben Wetzler (5-1, 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB) earned the win in relief. Tyler Smith went 2 for 2 with two walks and one run for the Beavers. Jake Stewart and Brian Ragira both had two hits and a run for Stanford.


No. 14 Georgia Tech 6, Wake Forest 5 (12)

In Winston-Salem, N.C., Jake Davies had a sacrifice fly in the top of the 12th to give Georgia Tech an ACC series win over Wake Forest at Gene Hooks Field. After the Yellow Jackets (14-4, 27-10) scored single runs in the seventh and eighth to take a 5-3 lead, the Demon Deacons (6-12, 14-23) plated a pair in the bottom of the eighth to knot it at 5-5. Mott Hyde went 3 for 5 with a homer and four RBI for Tech. Evan Martin also went deep for the Jackets. Carlos Lopez went 3 for 5 with two homers, a double and three RBI for WFU. Luke Bard (2-2, 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K) allowed two runs in the eighth but held the Deacons scoreless over the final four frames to earn the victory.


No. 16 UCLA 8, No. 19 Arizona 5

In Los Angeles, Beau Amaral went 3 for 4 with six RBI as UCLA won its Pac-10 series against Arizona in front of 1,319 fans at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Amaral had a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to tie the score at 5-5 and belted a three-run double in the eighth to give the Bruins (9-3, 19-12) the lead. Nick Vander Tuig (3-2, 1.2 IP, 1 H) pitched a perfect ninth to preserve the victory. Jeff Gelalich and Pat Valaika both scored twice for UCLA. Robert Refsnyder went 2 for 4 with a run for the Wildcats (5-7, 23-13).


Mississippi State 5, No. 17 Arkansas 3

In Fayetteville, Ark., Caleb Reed pitched 5.1 innings of scoreless relief as Mississippi State avoided the SEC sweep by Arkansas in front of 8,023 fans at Baum Stadium. Reed allowed one hit and one walk with two strikeouts to earn his sixth save. Luis Pollorena (4-2, 3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 1 K) picked up the win in relief. The Bulldogs (6-9, 22-14) trailed 3-1 before scoring one in the third, two in the fourth and one in the seventh. Jarrod Parks went 2 for 3 with two walks, two runs and one RBI for MSU. Kyle Robinson drove in two, while Dominic Ficociello and Jarrod McKinney both had two hits for the Razorbacks (8-7, 26-9).


No. 20 California 4, Washington 3

In Seattle, Chadd Krist went 3 for 4 with one run and one RBI as California completed a three-game Pac-10 sweep of Washington at Husky Ballpark. The Golden Bears (9-3, 23-9) scored one in the first and two in the fourth before the Huskies (2-7, 10-23) put up two in the bottom of the eighth. Both teams scored once in the ninth. Marcus Semien homered for Cal. Dixon Anderson (4-1, 7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 6 K) earned the win, while Matt Flemer got the final two outs for his fourth save. Brendan Gardner-Young went 2 for 3 with one RBI for Washington.


(photo by Craig Jackson)