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


In 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, 24-17).


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 Carolina.


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 OSU.


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, 14-22).


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 Heels.


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, 25-16).


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 p.m. ET.


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 Relations Office)