May 17, 2011

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Niesman's ninth-inning single lifts ETSU past Georgia Tech

South Carolina beats UNCA, JU thumps Florida, Texas A&M edges UTA


In Atlanta, Derek Niesman had a two-run single in the top of the ninth to snap a 6-6 tie and propel ETSU past No. 13 Georgia Tech 8-6 Tuesday in front of 1,078 spectators at Russ Chandler Stadium. Bo Reeder (left) held the Yellow Jackets (37-16) off the board in the bottom of the ninth for his 17th save, an Atlantic Sun record. Derek Trent had a three-run homer in the sixth for the Bucs (35-17). Niesman, Reeder and Paul Hoilman each had two hits for ETSU. Matt Skole (3 for 5, 2 R, 2 RBI) and Daniel Palka (1 for 4, 2 RBI) both went deep for Tech.


No. 2 South Carolina 9, UNC Asheville 5

In Columbia, S.C., Jake Williams went 4 for 5 with three runs and four RBI as South Carolina outscored UNC Asheville in front of 7,116 fans at Carolina Stadium. Williams had a two-run double in a five-run fifth as the Gamecocks (42-11) took the lead for good. Adrian Morales (2 for 3) and Robert Beary (1 for 3) both knocked in two for South Carolina. Catlin Carter went 3 for 4, while Grand Gajdosz scored twice for the Bulldogs (15-34). Tyler Webb (3-1, 2 IP, 2 H, 3 UE, 3 K) got the win in relief, while Jose Mata (2.1 IP, 3 H, 2 K) earned his first save.


Jacksonville 11, No. 4 Florida 2

In Gainesville, Fla., Kevin Lehane had a two-run double in a three-run first as Jacksonville scored multiple runs in three of the first five innings in defeating Florida in front of 2,987 fans at McKethan Stadium. Daniel Gulbransen (2 for 3, 3 R, 2 RBI) homered in the third and Esterlin Perozo added a three-run dinger in the fifth for the Dolphins (33-18). Taylor Ratliff went 2 for 3 with three runs for JU. Mike Zunino had a two-run homer in the first for the Gators (39-14).


No. 12 Texas A&M 1, UT Arlington 0

In College Station, Texas, Kevin Gonzalez had a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh to plate the game’s lone run as Texas A&M edged UT Arlington in front of 2,785 fans at Olsen Field. Matt Juengel had a leadoff double in the seventh for the Aggies (37-16) and scored on the sac fly by Gonzalez. Joaquin Hinojosa (2-1), the fourth A&M hurler, fanned one in 1.1 innings to pick up the victory. Nick Fleece allowed a hit in the ninth with one strikeout to earn his second save. Krey Bratsen had two of his team’s five hits for the Aggies. Brian Nephew went 2 for 3 with a walk as the Mavericks (25-28) lost for the 10th straight time.


No. 8 TCU 6, Oral Roberts 4

In Fort Worth, Texas, Kyle Starratt allowed two runs in six innings as TCU edged Oral Roberts in front of 3,910 fans at Lupton Stadium. Starratt (1-1) tossed five scoreless innings before allowing a pair in the sixth. He gave up six hits and struck out four. Stefan Crichton (1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K) earned his fifth save. The Horned Frogs (37-15) scored in three of the first four innings in building a 4-0 lead. Jantzen Witte went 1 for 3 with two RBI for TCU. Cam Schiller went 3 for 4 with a double, a homer and four RBI, while Joey Winiecki had three hits and two runs for the Golden Eagles (29-20).


No. 14 North Carolina 7, Appalachian State 2

In Chapel Hill, N.C., Seth Baldwin had a two-run homer to cap a four-run eighth as North Carolina downed Appalachian State at Boshamer Stadium. The Tar Heels (41-12) led 3-2 before the eight-inning eruption. Levi Michael also drove in a pair for UNC. Preston Troutman and Jeremy Dowdy both had one RBI for the Mountaineers (29-24). Greg Holt (7-1, 4.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB) earned the win in relief with a career-high seven strikeouts.


No. 15 Clemson 19, Davidson 0

In Clemson, S.C., Will Lamb went 5 for 5 with three runs and three RBI as Clemson pounded Davidson in front of a crowd of 3,396 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Tigers (37-16) scored in each at-bat, including three in the first and second as well as four in the fourth and sixth. Chris Epps went 4 for 6 with a homer, two runs and three RBI. Richie Shaffer (2 for 2, 1 HR, 3 R) and Jon McGibbon (2 for 2, 1 R) also drove in three. Kevin Pohle (5-1, 5 IP, 6 H, 1 BB, 4 K) was the starter and winner. Drew Gadaire had two hits in the season finale for the Wildcats (18-30).


Florida Atlantic 7, No. 17 Miami (Fla.) 4

In Coral Gables, Fla., Raymond Church went 2 for 3 with a home and two RBI as Florida Atlantic upset Miami in front of a crowd of 2,326 at Alex Rodriguez Park. The Owls (31-20) scored in three of the first five innings in building a 5-2 lead. Andy Mee also drove in two, while Nick Delguidice went 2 for 4 with a homer and two runs for FAU. Jake Meiers (4-5, 6.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 UE, 1 BB, 2 K) was the starter and victor. Dale Carey went 2 for 5 with two RBI for the Hurricanes (32-19). The Owls went 2-1 this season against Miami, their first series win over the Hurricanes since 1984.


No. 19 UC Irvine 9, USC 2

In Irvine, Calif., Christian Ramirez drove in a career-high four as UC Irvine defeated USC at Anteater Ballpark. Ramirez had a two-run triple in a three-run third and added a two-run double in a four-run fifth. Jordan Leyland and Drew Hillman both had two hits and two RBI for the Anteaters (35-13). Kevin Swick had a run-scoring double in a two-run first for the Trojans (20-28). Andy Lines (4-2, 2.2 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 1 K) earned the win in relief for UCI.


Georgia 9, Kennesaw State 4

In Athens, Ga., Connor Welton and Kyle Farmer both drove in two as Georgia defeated Kennesaw State in front of 1,777 fans at Foley Field. The Bulldogs (27-26) scored in four of the first six innings in building a 9-0 lead. Zach Cone had three hits and one run for Georgia. Peyton Hart (1 R, 1 RBI) and Ray Anderson (1 R) both had three hits for the Owls (30-22). Patrick Boling (1-2, 3 IP, 2 H, 3 BB) was the starter and winner for the Bulldogs.


NC State 4, William and Mary 0

In Raleigh, N.C., Danny Healey and Chris Overman combined on the shutout as NC State blanked William and Mary at Doak Field. Healey (2-4) allowed six hits and two walks in 6.1 innings with two strikeouts. Overman gave up two hits in 2.2 innings with two punchouts to register his sixth save. Pratt Maynard (2 for 2, 2 BB) had a two-run homer in the bottom of the first for the Wolfpack (30-23). Chris Diaz went 3 for 4 and scored twice for NC State. Derrick Osteen and Tadd Bower both had two hits for the Tribe (24-28).


Missouri State 4, Oklahoma State 3

In Springfield, Mo., Clay Murphy pitched eight scoreless innings and Travis McComack drove in the game-winner with two outs in the bottom of the ninth as Missouri State nipped Oklahoma State at Hammons Field. Murphy allowed three hits and four walks while striking out 10, exiting with a 3-0 lead before the Cowboys (33-19) tied it with three in the top of the ninth. Davis Duren (2 for 4) had a RBI double and Luis Uribe added a two-run double for OSU. Brent Seifert got a one-out walk in the bottom of the ninth and moved to third on a hit-and-run single by Luke Voit before McComack’s sac fly gave the win to the Bears (31-18).


(photo courtesy of ETSU Media Relations Office)