May 1, 2011

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Roberts pitches eight shutout innings for Virginia at BC

Florida completes sweep of Ole Miss, Miami (Fla.) wins finale over FSU


In Chestnut Hill, Mass., Will Roberts (right) pitched eight scoreless innings as top-ranked Virginia won the rubber game of its ACC series with Boston College 4-0 Sunday at Shea Field. Roberts (9-0) allowed four hits and two walks with six strikeouts. Branden Kline tossed a hitless ninth to preserve the 14th shutout for the Cavaliers (20-4, 42-5). John Hicks went 2 for 3 with three RBI for UVa. He had a sacrifice fly in the first and a two-run double in the fifth. Matt McGovern had a hit and a walk, while Andrew Lawrence tripled for the Eagles (7-16, 16-26).


No. 4 Florida 7, Ole Miss 2

In Gainesville, Fla., Mike Zunino went 4 for 4 with three doubles and four RBI as Florida completed the SEC sweep of Ole Miss in front of a crowd of 3,240 at McKethan Stadium. The Gators (17-4, 34-10) scored two in the first, two in the third and three in the fifth to take control at 7-0. Zunino had two-run doubles in both the third and fifth. The Rebels (9-12, 24-20) tallied single runs in the seventh and eighth. Preston Tucker had two hits and two RBI for UF. Matt Smith and Will Allen both had two hits and one RBI for Ole Miss. Karsten Whitson (6-0, 6 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 4 K) registered the win for the Gators.


No. 17 Miami (Fla.) 5, No. 10 Florida State 1

In Coral Gables, Fla., E.J. Encinosa tossed six scoreless innings with nine strikeouts as Miami avoided the ACC sweep at the hands of Florida State at Alex Rodriguez Park. Encinosa (4-3) allowed three hits and three walks. The Seminoles (16-8, 33-11) loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the ninth, but Sam Robinson got a flyout to earn his fifth save. Rony Rodriguez went 3 for 5 with one run and two RBI for the Hurricanes (16-7, 29-15). James Ramsey homered for FSU.


No. 2 South Carolina 7, Auburn 3

In Columbia, S.C., Peter Mooney and Brady Thomas both had two hits and two RBI as South Carolina completed an SEC sweep of Auburn in front of a crowd of 8,020 at Carolina Stadium. Mooney had a run-scoring single in a two-run second as the Gamecocks (17-4, 35-8) took the lead for good at 3-1. He added a sacrifice fly in the fifth as the lead grew to 6-2. Adrian Morales went 3 for 5 with one run and one RBI for South Carolina. Wes Gilmer drove in two for the Tigers (9-12, 23-21). Forrest Koumas (5-0, 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 3 K) recorded the win, while Matt Price (1 H, 2 BB, 2 K) pitched two scoreless innings for his 13th save.


No. 3 Vanderbilt 19, Tennessee 3

In Nashville, Tenn., Curt Casali went 2 for 4 with two doubles, two runs and four RBI as Vanderbilt finished its SEC sweep of Tennessee in front of 3,434 fans at Hawkins Field. The Commodores (17-4, 38-5) led 8-0 before exploding for 11 in the sixth. Jason Esposito (3 for 6, 2 R) and Sam Lind (1 for 2, 1 HR) both drove in three, while Tony Kemp had two hits, two walks and four RBI. Ethan Bennett went 2 for 4 with one run and one RBI for the Volunteers (5-16, 22-20). Taylor Hill (4-0) pitched six scoreless innings with four hits, one walk and six strikeouts to secure the victory.


No. 13 Oklahoma 5, No. 5 Texas 2

In Austin, Texas, Dillon Overton earned his second win of the week over a ranked team as Oklahoma salvaged the finale of its Big 12 series with Texas in front of 6,777 fans at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Overton (7-3) pitched 4.2 scoreless innings in relief with two hits, four walks and three strikeouts. He also got a win on Tuesday at No. 9 TCU. The Sooners (10-9, 31-13) scored two in the third, two in the sixth and one in the seventh. Erik Ross drove in two, while Evan Mistich went 2 for 2 with one run for OU. Max White went deep for the Sooners. Tant Shepherd was 3 for 3 with a dinger for the Longhorns (15-6, 33-11).


No. 6 Texas A&M 3, Missouri 2

In Columbia, Mo., Ross Stripling fanned seven in seven innings as Texas A&M salvaged the finale of the Big 12 series with Missouri at Taylor Stadium. The game was called after seven innings due to rain. Stripling (9-2) allowed three hits and two unearned runs with three walks. The Tigers (6-11, 19-25) scored one in the first and one in the fourth before the Aggies (15-6, 30-14) got single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh. Jacob House doubled and scored the tying run in the sixth and drove in the game-winner with a base hit in the seventh. Jonah Schmidt went 1 for 3 with one run and one RBI for Missouri.


No. 18 UCLA 5, No. 7 Oregon State 2

In Los Angeles, Chris Giovinazzo went 3 for 4 with a double, two runs and two RBI as UCLA avoided the Pac-10 sweep to Oregon State in front of 1,107 spectators at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Giovinazzo had a two-run double to break a 1-1 tie and spark a four-run sixth for the Bruins (11-7, 23-16). Beau Amaral followed with a two-run single to push the lead to 5-1. Trevor Brown went 2 for 4 with a run for UCLA. Ryan Barnes and Jared Norris both had three hits for the Beavers (12-3, 32-9). Adam Plutko (3-3, 6.1 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 6 K) earned the win, while Nick Vander Tuig fanned two over the final 1.2 innings to notch his fifth save.


No. 8 Arizona State 7, Stanford 1

In Tempe, Ariz., Joey DeMichele homered three times and drove in five as Arizona State won its Pac-10 series against Stanford in front of 3,226 fans at Packard Stadium. After Tyler Gaffney scored on a wild pitch in the top of the first for the Cardinal (6-9, 21-16), DeMichele belted a two-run dinger in the bottom of the frame as the Sun Devils (13-5, 31-10) took the lead for good. DeMichele added a solo shot in the fifth and another two-run long ball in the seventh. Jake Barrett (6-3, 7 H, 1 R, 1 BB) fanned 10 in eighth innings to record the victory. Gaffney and Stephen Piscotty both had two hits for Stanford.


No. 11 Cal State Fullerton 6, Pacific 4

In Fullerton, Calif., Carlos Lopez smacked a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to snap a 4-4 tie and lead Cal State Fullerton to a Big West series victory over Pacific in front of a crowd of 1,762 at Goodwin Field. Anthony Trajano had a two-run single in the fourth to give the Titans (11-4, 30-13) a 4-2 advantage. The Tigers (6-9, 14-25) tied it with a pair in the sixth on a base hit by Matthew Carvutto and a sacrifice fly by Brian Martin. Nick Ramirez (1-0, 2 IP, 2 K) earned the win in relief.


Clemson 3, No. 12 Georgia Tech 1

In Clemson, S.C., Justin Sarratt pitched a career-best 8.1 innings with three hits and one unearned run as Clemson won its ACC series with Georgia Tech in front of 4,419 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Sarratt (5-1) walked two and struck out six. Scott Weismann got two strikeouts in the final 0.2 innings to earn his fourth save. Phil Pohl homered in the first for the Tigers (13-11, 29-15) before Jacob Esch’s RBI single in the fourth tied it. Jeff Schaus and Will Lamb had run-scoring hits in the bottom of the fourth to put Clemson on top to stay. Matt Skole (1 for 3) had a run and a walk for the Yellow Jackets (18-6, 31-14). Buck Farmer (7-2, 8 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 4 K) went the distance in taking the loss for Tech.


No. 14 Fresno State 4, Hawaii 2

In Fresno, Calif., Brennan Gowens went 3 for 3 with three RBI to lead Fresno State past Hawaii in WAC action. Gowens had a RBI single in the fifth to tie the game at 2 and belted a two-run homer in the seventh to give the Bulldogs (9-5, 29-9) a 4-2 advantage. Tyler Linehan (3-1, 7.1 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 7 K) got the win, while Taylor Garrison (1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 K) registered his first save. Zach Gallagher (4-2, 8 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 4 K) went the distance for the first-place Islanders (9-2, 24-18). Jesse Moore homered for Hawaii.


East Carolina 7, No. 16 Southern Miss 6

In Greenville, N.C., John Wooten had three hits and three RBI as East Carolina salvaged the finale of its Conference USA series with Southern Miss at Clark-LeClair Stadium. The Pirates (9-9, 28-16) scored two in the third and five in the fourth to take a commanding 7-0 lead. The Golden Eagles (11-4, 32-11) put up three in the eighth and three in the ninth, but fell one run short. Corey Thompson (2 for 5) and Mike Ussery (1 for 4) both knocked in a pair for ECU. Isaac Rodriguez went 3 for 4 with two doubles and three RBI for Southern Miss. Seth Maness (6-3, 4 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 2 K) earned the victory, while Brad Mincey recorded the final out for his first save.


Georgia 6, No. 19 Arkansas 5

In Athens, Ga., Zach Cone was plunked with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to force home Peter Verdin with the game-winner as Georgia won its SEC series with Arkansas at Foley Field. Verdin’s single earlier in the frame tied the game at 5. The Razorbacks (10-11, 29-13) used a two-run double by Collin Kuhn in the eighth and a run in the ninth to take a 5-3 lead. Levi Hyams had a two-run homer for the Bulldogs (13-8, 24-21). Tyler Maloof (1-0, 1.2 IP, 1 UE, 1 K) earned the victory for Georgia.


No. 20 UC Irvine 7, Cal State Bakersfield 0

In Bakersfield, Calif., Matt Whitehouse pitched a career-best eight innings as UC Irvine won its series against Cal State Bakersfield at Hardt Field. Whitehouse (3-0) allowed three hits, did not walk a batter and struck out seven. The Anteaters (28-12) scored one in the third and two in the fourth before adding four insurance runs in the top of the ninth. Drew Hillman (1 RBI) and Christian Ramirez both went 3 for 5 with a run. Oscar Sanay had two hits for the Roadrunners (25-15).


(photo courtesy of Virginia Media Relations Office)