April 23, 2011
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NC State earns ACC
split at top-ranked Virginia
Mississippi State knocks off South
Carolina, Texas A&M tops OSU
Charlottesville, Va., Rob Chamra (right) and NC State did what
no team could do in more than a year - beat Virginia's Danny
Hultzen. The Wolfpack scored six runs (two earned) in the sixth
inning in knocking off the top-ranked Cavaliers, who captured
the nightcap of their ACC doubleheader 3-1 Saturday after
falling 6-2 in the opener. Chamra (6-0) allowed four hits, two
runs (none earned) and struck out three in seven innings in
handing Hultzen his first loss since March 5, 2010 (Wright
State). Hultzen (8-1) saw his nation's-best 17-game win streak
end after allowing 11 hits in 7.1 innings. Chris Diaz had two
hits and two RBI for the Wolfpack, while Hultzen drove in the
Cavaliers' only runs. In the nightcap, Tyler Wilson (5-0)
allowed only one run and struck out seven in 6.1 innings, and
John Barr went 3 for 4 with a run for Virginia (17-3, 39-4).
Cory Mazzoni allowed three earned runs in 7.1 innings, and Matt
Bergquist contributed three hits and a run for NC State (9-11,
Mississippi State 5, No. 2 South Carolina 3
In Starkville, Miss., Ryan Collins had a two-run
single in a three-run sixth as Mississippi State evened its SEC
series with South Carolina in front of 2,648 fans at Dudy Noble
Field. After the Bulldogs (7-10, 24-15) put up two in the third,
Robert Beary had a two-run single in a three-run fourth as the
Gamecocks (13-4, 30-8) took a one-run lead. MSU tied it in the
bottom of the sixth before the base hit by Collins later in the
frame gave the lead to the Bulldogs for good. Jarrod Parks had
two hits, one run and one RBI for MSU. Luis Pollorena (5-2, 3
IP, 4 H, 1 UE, 1 BB, 3 K) registered the victory, while Caleb
Reed (2.2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 4 K) earned his seventh save. Christian
Walker went 2 for 2 with three walks and one run for South
No. 7 Texas A&M 5, No. 18 Oklahoma State 1
In College Station, Texas, Texas A&M moved into
first place in the Big 12 as Brandon Wood helped save Saturday's
game with Oklahoma State by robbing a potential three-run homer
with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Michael Wacha (5-2)
allowed only four hits and one unearned run while striking out
eight in 6.2 innings for the Aggies (13-4, 28-11), who captured
a school-record sixth straight series to open league play. Matt
Juengel drove in two runs for A&M. Nick Fleece pitched two
scoreless innings to close out the Cowboys (10-7, 28-11),
getting a big assist from Wood. Hunter Bailey went 2 for 3 for
No. 3 Vanderbilt 10, LSU 1
In Nashville, Tenn., Grayson Garvin fanned eight
over seven innings as Vanderbilt clinched an SEC series win over
LSU in front of a sellout crowd of 3,541 at Hawkins Field.
Garvin (8-1) allowed five hits, one walk and one run. The
Commodores (13-4, 34-5) broke a 1-1 tie with four in the sixth,
and added three in the seventh and two in the eighth. Conrad
Gregor (3 for 4) and Jason Esposito (2 for 4) both had a double
and drove in three. Mike Yastrzemski homered and scored twice.
Tyler Hanover went 2 for 3, while Raph Rhymes drove in the lone
run for the Tigers (4-13, 24-15).
Kansas 4, No. 4 Texas 2
In Lawrence, Kan., Brandon Macias led off the
game with a home run to spark Kansas to even its Big 12 series
with Kansas in front of 1,620 spectators at Hoglund Ballpark.
The Longhorns (13-6, 30-10) tied it on a dinger by Erich Weiss
(2 for 4, 2 RBI) in the fourth before the Jayhawks (9-9, 20-20)
took the lead for good with a pair in the bottom of the frame.
Alex DeLeon went 3 for 4, while Jake Marasco went 1 for 3 with
two runs for Kansas. Tanner Poppe (2-4, 5.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 BB,
3 K) earned the win, while Colton Murray walked one over the
final two innings to earn his seventh save. Jonathan Walsh had
two hits for Texas.
No. 5 Florida 9, Alabama 2
In Gainesville, Fla., Mike Zunino went 2 for 4
with two runs and four RBI as Florida secured an SEC series win
over Alabama in front of 4,917 fans at McKethan Stadium. A
three-run homer by Zunino in the seventh gave the Gators (13-4,
30-10) a 7-2 lead. Josh Adams drove in two for Florida. Jared
Reaves went 3 for 4, while Brock Bennett had two hits and one
run for the Crimson Tide (8-9, 25-17). Brian Johnson (5-1, 5 IP,
7 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 K) recorded the victory.
No. 6 Cal State Fullerton 9, Cal Poly 3
In San Luis Obispo, Calif., Nick Ramirez had two
homers and four RBI, and Tyler Pill improved to 5-0 as Cal State
Fullerton salvaged the third game of its Big West series with
Cal Poly. Casey Watkins had three hits as the Titans (28-11,
9-3) pounded out 15 hits to stay one game ahead of the Mustangs
(8-4, 18-17) in the Big West standings. Pill allowed only three
hits and one earned run in seven brilliant innings. Evan Busby
had two of Cal Poly's five hits.
Washington State 2, No. 8 Oregon State 0
In Corvallis, Ore., James Wise joined with two
relievers on a four-hit shutout as Washington State salvaged the
finale of its Pac-10 series with Oregon State in front of 3,041
fans at Goss Stadium. Wise (4-4) allowed three hits and five
walks in 7.2 innings with four strikeouts to earn the victory.
Anthony Drobnick registered the final out in the eighth with a
strikeout. Paris Shewey pitched the ninth for his seventh save.
The Cougars (3-12, 15-19) scored single runs in the third and
fifth, as Derek Jones and Jay Ponciano drove in runs for WSU.
Brett Jacobs and Jason Monda both had two hits for the Cougars.
Jared Norris and Tyler Smith both drew a pair of walks as the
Beavers (10-2, 29-8) snapped an 11-game win streak.
No. 9 Arizona State 6, No. 19 California 0
In Berkeley, Calif., Jake Barrett tossed a
five-hit shutout with two walks and two strikeouts as Arizona
State completed a Pac-10 sweep of California - the Sun Devils'
first three-game sweep in Berkeley since 2003. Joey DeMichele
and Zach Wilson each homered and drove in two for the Sun Devils
(11-4, 28-9), who allowed no runs and 10 hits over the final 18
innings of the series. Vince Bruno went 2 for 3 for the Golden
Bears (9-6, 24-12). Of note, Cal coach David Esquer was ejected
in the fourth inning after Dixon Anderson appeared to pick off
DeMichele at first on a first-and-third pick. In the sixth,
Bears assistant Dan Hubbs was tossed after arguing when Anderson
again was called for a balk on a first-and-third.
No. 10 TCU 2, UNLV 1
In Fort Worth, Texas, Jerome Pena’s sacrifice fly
in the sixth snapped a 1-1 tie to propel TCU to a Mountain West
sweep of UNLV in front of 3,846 onlookers at Lupton Stadium.
Brandon Bayardi (2 for 3) had a run-scoring double in the first
as the Rebels (4-10, 25-17) took the early lead. Jantzen Witte
tied it in the fifth with a sacrifice fly for the Horned Frogs
(13-2, 29-11). Trent Appleby (3-1, 2.2 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K)
earned the win in relief, while Stefan Crichton gave up one hit
and one strikeout over the final 1.1 innings for his third save.
No. 11 Florida State 10, Duke 3
In Tallahassee, Fla., Hunter Scantling allowed
three hits and one earned run over six innings as Florida State
secured an ACC series win over Duke in front of 5,058 fans at
Dick Howser Stadium. It was the 20th straight home victory for
the Seminoles (13-7, 30-10) over the Blue Devils (4-16, 20-22).
Scantling (3-0) walked one and struck out five. FSU scored
multiple runs in four of the first seven innings, including four
in the fifth. Mike McGee (2 for 2) and James Ramsey both drove
in two, while Sherman Johnson (2 for 4, 1 RBI) and Devon Travis
both scored twice. Jayce Boyd homered for the Seminoles. Dennis
O’Grady went 2 for 4 with a run for Duke.
No. 12 Georgia Tech 8, Boston College 1
In Atlanta, Jed Bradley surrendered one run over
seven innings and Georgia Tech put up six in the third to clinch
an ACC series victory over Boston College at Russ Chandler
Stadium. Bradley (4-2) allowed six hits and one walk while
striking out six. Brandon Thomas went 3 for 3 with a homer and
two RBI, while Sam Dove (2 for 3) and Daniel Palka (1 for 3, 2
R) both drove in two for the Yellow Jackets (16-4, 29-11).
Garret Smith went 2 for 3 with one RBI for the Eagles (6-13,
Miami (Fla.) 13-5, No. 13 North Carolina 6-3
(Game 1 – 10 innings)
In Chapel Hill, N.C., Chantz Mack had a key
two-run single in the sixth in the nightcap as Miami swept an
ACC doubleheader from North Carolina at Boshamer Stadium. Mack’s
base hit gave the Hurricanes (15-4, 27-12) a 5-2 advantage over
the Tar Heels (12-8, 31-10). Dale Carey went 3 for 3 with one
RBI, while Rony Rodriguez had two hits, including a homer, for
Miami. Jacob Stallings had two hits, one run and one RBI for UNC.
Eric Whaley (6-2, 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 4 K) picked up the win,
while Sam Robinson fanned three over the final 1.2 innings for
his fourth save. In the first game, Stephen Perez (2 for 5, 2 R)
had a three-run triple as the Hurricanes scored eight in the top
of the 10th. Nathan Melendres (5 for 6, 3 R, 4 RBI) added a
two-run homer later in the rally for Miami. Jesse Wierzbicki,
Chaz Frank and Greg Holt each had three hits and a run for the
Sacramento State 2-4, No. 14 Fresno State 1-12
In Sacramento, Calif., Kirby Young had a
game-winning single in the opener as Sacramento State split a
WAC doubleheader with Fresno State at John Smith Field. Derrick
Chuck tied the first game with a base hit in the seventh before
Young’s single ended the contest for the Hornets (1-7, 13-28).
Garrett Weber homered in the first for the Bulldogs (8-3, 28-7).
FSU scored six in the first of the nightcap and put the game
away with five in the fourth. Dusty Robinson and Jordan Ribera
both had two hits, including a homer, two runs and three RBI for
the Bulldogs. Justin Charles also went deep for FSU. Chung had
three hits, one run and one RBI for Sacramento State.
No. 15 Oklahoma 4, Nebraska 1
In Norman, Okla., Burch Smith allowed two hits
and one run in 7.1 innings to lead Oklahoma to a Big 12
series-clinching victory over Nebraska at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
Smith (7-2) walked six and struck out nine. Ryan Duke gave up
one hit and struck out a pair in the ninth to notch his fifth
save. Casey Johnson, Garrett Buechele and Cale Ellis each had
three hits and one RBI for the Sooners (9-7, 29-11). Kash
Kalkowski had a RBI double in the sixth for the Huskers (5-9,
Kentucky 3, No. 16 Arkansas 2
In Lexington, Ky., Kentucky scored a pair in the
bottom of the ninth as Kentucky rallied past Arkansas at Cliff
Hagan Stadium. The Razorbacks (8-8. 27-10) took a 2-1 lead in
the top of the ninth on a pair of errors. Chad Wright (2 for 5)
had a run-scoring single in the bottom of the frame to tie it at
2. Thomas McCarthy drew a bases-loaded walk with two away to
force in the game-winner for the Wildcats (3-13, 18-21). Michael
Williams went 3 for 4 with one RBI for Kentucky. James McCann
had one hit and one RBI for Arkansas. Alex Meyer (4-5) went the
distance for the Wildcats, with three hits, two runs (one
earned), four walks and 10 strikeouts. The second game of the
scheduled doubleheader was suspended in the bottom of the third
by weather. The scoreless contest will resume on Sunday at 1
Stanford 5, No. 17 UCLA 4
In Stanford, Calif., Kenny Diekroger drove in the
game-winner with a base hit to cap a four-run two-out rally in
the bottom of the ninth as Stanford won its Pac-10 series
against UCLA at Sunken Diamond. The Cardinal (5-7, 19-13) had
just three hits heading into the ninth when Brian Guymon (3 for
4) started the rally with a two-out base hit. Pinch-hitter
Justin Ringo walked before a single by Jake Stewart (2 for 5)
made it 4-2. Zach Jones had a double to plate two and tie it at
4. A pair of walks loaded the bases before Diekroger’s 3-2
single brought home Jones with the game-winner. Pat Valaika (2
for 3) homered for the Bruins (10-5, 21-14). Chris Reed (2-1, 1
IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 K) picked up the win for Stanford.
No. 20 UC Irvine 6, UC Davis 1
In Irvine, Calif., Matt Whitehouse struck out six
in 7.1 innings, both career highs, as UC Irvine won its Big West
series with UC Davis at Cicerone Field at Anteater Ballpark.
Whitehouse (2-0) allowed six hits and one run with one walk.
Tommy Reyes has a squeeze bunt in the second to score two as the
Anteaters (8-4, 26-10) took the early lead. Justin Andrade had a
RBI single in the fifth for the Aggies (3-6, 9-24). Sean Madigan
(2 for 3) had a run-scoring single and scored in a three-run
fifth as UCI took a 5-1 lead. Brian Hernandez had three hits and
one RBI for the Anteaters. Kevin Grove had two hits for UCD.
(photo courtesy of NC State Media