May 19, 2011

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Kilcrease pitches Alabama past South Carolina

UNC blanks Virginia, Purke returns for TCU, Texas tops Texas A&M


In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Nathan Kilcrease (right) pitched a five-hitter as Alabama edged No. 2 South Carolina 2-1 Thursday to kick off their SEC series in front of 3,523 fans at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Kilcrease (6-4) allowed one unearned run with three walks and five strikeouts. Brett Booth had a two-run double in the bottom of the first for the Crimson Tide (14-14, 32-22). Taylor Dugas went 2 for 2 with two walks and a run for Alabama. Christian Walker went 2 for 4 with one RBI for the Gamecocks (20-8, 42-12).


No. 14 North Carolina 6, No. 1 Virginia 0

In Chapel Hill, N.C., Patrick Johnson tossed a four-hit shutout as North Carolina blanked Virginia to open their ACC series in front of 2,017 fans at Boshamer Stadium. Johnson (10-1) did not walk a batter, struck out nine and retired the final 15 hitters. The Tar Heels (18-10, 42-12) broke a scoreless deadlock with five in the sixth. Tommy Coyle had two hits and two RBI, while Jacob Stallings went 2 for 3 with a homer and two runs for UNC. Jesse Wierzbicki had three hits and a run for the home team. John Barr had two of the four hits for the Cavaliers (22-6, 45-7).


No. 8 TCU 9, New Mexico 0

In Albuquerque, N.M., Matt Purke allowed one hit in three scoreless innings as TCU won the Mountain West series opener over New Mexico at Isotopes Park. Purke (5-1) walked one and fanned four in his first start since April 19. Joe Weik went 4 for 4 with a double, a homer, two runs and three RBI. He extended his hit streak to 14. Taylor Featherston (1 for 4, 3 RBI) and Jimmie Pharr also went deep for the Horned Frogs (18-3, 38-15). Alex Allbritton and Quay Grant both had two hits for the Lobos (10-12, 16-37).


No. 5 Texas 4, No. 12 Texas A&M 2

In College Station, Texas, Taylor Jungmann tossed a complete game with 12 strikeouts to improve to 12-0 as Texas moved into a tie for first in the Big 12 with Texas A&M in the opener of their series in front of 7,082 fans at Olsen Field. Jungmann allowed seven hits and walked two. The Aggies (18-7, 37-17) scored single runs in the third and fifth before the Longhorns (18-7, 39-12) took the lead with three in the seventh and added an insurance run in the ninth. Brandon Loy went 3 for 4 with a double and two runs for UT. Matt Juengel had two hits and one RBI, while Andrew Collazo went 1 for 2 with two runs for A&M.


Georgia 5, No. 3 Vanderbilt 4

In Athens, Ga., Michael Palazzone set down 19 of the final 20 hitters as Georgia edged Vanderbilt in the SEC series opener at Foley Field. Palazzone (9-3) allowed eight hits and four runs in the complete-game victory with two walks and six strikeouts. The Commodores (20-8, 42-9) scored three in the second and one in the third to take a 4-1 lead. The Bulldogs (16-12, 28-26) tied it with a run in the sixth and went ahead with one in the seventh. Peter Verdin went 3 for 4 with a homer and two RBI. Chase Davidson also went deep, while Curt Powell had two hits and two runs for Georgia. Aaron Westlake had three hits, including a dinger, for Vanderbilt. Sonny Gray (9 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 6 K) lasted six innings for the Commodores.


No. 4 Florida 9, Kentucky 6

In Gainesville, Fla., Mike Zunino belted two homers and drove in five as Florida defeated Kentucky in the SEC series opener in front of 3,164 fans at McKethan Stadium. Zunino had a solo shot in the third that tied the game at 4, and his three-run blast in the sixth put the Gators (21-7, 40-14) ahead 7-5. Nolan Fontana knocked in two, while Bryson Smith went 2 for 3 with two runs and one RBI for Florida. Brian Johnson (8-3, 6 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) got the win, while Austin Maddox worked the ninth for his third save. Chad Wright had two hits and three RBI, while Thomas McCarthy went 3 for 4 with two RBI for the Wildcats (7-21, 24-29).


No. 7 Florida State 8, No. 15 Clemson 6

In Tallahassee, Fla., James Ramsey had two hits and three RBI as Florida State outscored Clemson to start their ACC series in front of 4,692 fans at Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles (19-9, 40-13) scored in five of the first six innings, including three in the third and two in the fourth, and clinched the Atlantic Division title. Justin Gonzalez drove in two, while Rafael Lopez homered and scored twice for FSU. Brad Miller and Richie Shaffer both went deep for the Tigers (15-13, 37-17). Sean Gilmartin (10-1, 7 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) registered the win, while Daniel Bennett (1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K) earned his 12th save.


Baylor 4, No. 9 Oklahoma 2

In Waco, Texas, Logan Verrett allowed two unearned runs in eight innings as Baylor bounced Oklahoma to start their Big 12 series in front of 3,290 spectators at Baylor Ballpark. Verrett (6-4) allowed four hits and three walks while striking out eight. Max Garner worked a scoreless ninth for his seventh save. Cody Reine belted a two-run homer in the top of the second to give the Sooners (13-10, 39-14) a 2-1 lead. Jake Miller (3 for 4) had a leadoff homer in the bottom of the frame and Max Muncy (2 for 4) added a RBI double to give the Bears (12-13, 28-23) a 3-2 lead. Joey Hainsfurther went 3 for 4 with one RBI for BU. Caleb Bushyhead had two hits and a walk for OU.


No. 13 Georgia Tech 11, Virginia Tech 4

In Blacksburg, Va., Jacob Esch went 4 for 6 with a homer and two RBI to lead Georgia Tech past Virginia Tech in the lid-lifter of their ACC series at English Field. The Hokies (10-18, 29-24) led 3-2 after six before the Yellow Jackets (21-7, 38-16) put up four in the seventh and five in the eighth. Zane Evans had two hits and three RBI for the visitors. Andrew Rash had two hits, including his 18th homer, and knocked in a pair for Virginia Tech. Mark Pope (11-3, 7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 7 K) picked up the victory.


Rice 4, No. 16 Southern Miss 0

In Hattiesburg, Miss., Austin Kubitza and Tony Cingrani combined on the five-hit shutout as Rice moved into a tie for first in Conference USA with its win over Southern Miss in the series opener in front of a crowd of 3,697 at Pete Taylor Park. Kubitza (6-3) allowed five hits and one walk in 8.1 innings with nine strikeouts. Cingrani got the final two outs for his 10th save. The Owls (15-7, 37-17) scored one in the sixth and three in the seventh. Keenan Cook, J.T. Chargois and Michael Ratterree each had two hits and a run, while Anthony Rendon walked three times for Rice. Kameron Brunty went 2 for 4 for the Golden Eagles (15-7, 37-14).


No. 17 Miami (Fla.) 4, Duke 1

In Coral Gables, Fla., Bryan Radziewski allowed one run in seven innings with eight strikeouts as Miami downed Duke in the ACC series opener in front of a crowd of 2,382 at Alex Rodriguez Park. Radziewski (9-2) surrendered four hits and walked one. The Hurricanes (18-9, 33-19) scored three in the first and added one in the seventh. Zeke DeVoss went 2 for 2 with two walks and two runs for Miami. Jeff Kremer doubled and scored for the Blue Devils (6-22, 25-29).


No. 18 Connecticut 3, Cincinnati 1

In Cincinnati, Matt Barnes tossed six shutout innings as Connecticut nipped Cincinnati in the Big East series opener at Marge Schott Stadium. Barnes (11-3) gave up three hits and two walks while striking out six. Kevin Vance got the final four outs with two strikeouts to record his 12th save. The Huskies (21-4, 38-14-1) scored two in the second and one in the fourth before the Bearcats (13-12, 29-24) got one in the seventh. LJ Mazzilli had two hits and one RBI for UConn. Jake Saylor went 1 for 3 with a run for Cincinnati.


Wright State 13, Butler 5

In Dayton, Ohio, Tristan Moore hit for the cycle as Wright State beat Butler in Horizon League action at Nischwitz Stadium. Moore went 5 for 5 with four runs and five RBI for the Raiders (15-6, 32-16). Moore had a RBI double in a three-run first, a run-scoring triple in the second, a leadoff single in a three-run fifth, a RBI single in a three-run sixth and a two-run homer in the eighth. Zach Tanner (1 for 3, 3 R) also went deep for WSU. Corey Moylan homered and drove in two for the Bulldogs (10-13-1, 22-25-1).


Michigan State 3, Northwestern 0

In East Lansing, Mich., senior Kurt Wunderlich pitched his first complete-game shutout in his final home appearance as Michigan State blanked Northwestern in the opener of their Big Ten series at McLane Stadium. Wunderlich (9-2) allowed three hits, did not walk a batter and struck out three. He faced two over the minimum and did not allow a runner to reach second. The first-place Spartans (14-8, 33-18) scored one in the first and two in the third. Brandon Eckerle went 2 for 3 with two runs for MSU. Chris Lashmet, Kyle Ruchim and Geoff Rowan each had a hit for the Wildcats (9-12, 19-28). Luke Farrell (6-3, 8 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) went the distance for NU.


Around the Tournaments



#4 Norfolk State 11, #2 Delaware State 1

#3 North Carolina A&T 11, #5 Maryland-Eastern Shore 1 (UMES eliminated)

#5 Maryland-Eastern Shore 11, #6 Florida A&M 6 (FAMU eliminated)


In Daytona Beach, Fla., Chris Warren went 4 for 4 with a double, two runs and three RBI as Norfolk State stayed unbeaten in the MEAC tournament by blitzing Delaware State at Jackie Robinson Park. The Spartans (23-27) snapped a scoreless tie with a run in the top of the fourth before adding three in the fifth, two in the seventh and five in the eighth. James Taylor (1 for 3, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 RBI) homered, and John Lynch went 3 for 5 with two run and two RBI for NSU. DJ Miller had two hits for the Hornets (25-28). Ryan Shook (4-3, 4 H, 1 UE, 6 BB) fanned nine in seven innings to earn the win.


In the final game of the day, Nick Oelker pitched a complete game as North Carolina A&T eliminated Maryland-Eastern Shore. Oelker (8-3) allowed three hits and one run in eight innings with four walks and eight strikeouts. The Aggies (21-33) blew the game open with six in the second. Andre McKoy added a two-run homer in a three-run third for A&T. Luke Tendler had two hits and two RBI, while Stefan Jordan went 3 for 4 with two runs and one RBI for the victors. Elliott Alston drove in the lone run for the Hawks (9-41).


In the day’s first game, Jacob Foreman allowed two earned runs in eight innings as Maryland-Eastern Shore eliminated Florida A&M. Foreman (3-9) gave up four hits and two walks while striking out six. Luis Mena (4 for 4, 3 R, 4 RBI) had a three-run homer to cap a four-run fourth as the Hawks took the lead for good. Tre-von Johnson went 5 for 5 with three runs and one RBI, while Elliott Alston had three hits and three RBI for UMES. Jimmie Terrell scored twice for the Rattlers (17-40).



W1 Southern 13, E2 Jackson State 6

E1 Alcorn State 20, W2 Grambling State 5

W3 Prairie View A&M 10, E4 Alabama State 0 (ASU eliminated)

W4 Texas Southern 6, E3 Mississippi Valley State 5 (11) (MVSU eliminated)


In Shreveport, La., SWAC Player of the Year Frazier Hall went 3 for 4 with three runs and five RBI as Southern stayed unbeaten in its bracket by beating Jackson State at Fair Grounds Field. The Jaguars (28-20) scored three in the third and four in the fourth to build an 8-2 lead. Kyle Smith went 2 for 4 and drove in four, while Taylor Roy went 3 for 3 with two walks and four runs for Southern. Stephen Curtis homered for the Tigers (26-25).


Kilby Perdomo had a grand slam and drove in five in a 15-run fourth as Alcorn State crushed Grambling State in seven innings to stay undefeated in its bracket. The Braves (24-27) led 3-1 before the explosion in the fourth. Perdomo had a bases-loaded walk early in the frame before his slam capped the 15-run outburst. Jann Butler (1 for 3, 2 R) drove in four for Alcorn State. Eldred Barnett had two homers, including a grand slam, for the Tigers (23-25). Troy Williams (7 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 3 K) went the distance for the Braves.


Brandon Brooks went 3 for 4 with one run and two RBI as Prairie View A&M eliminated Alabama State in a game called after seven innings. Brandon Williams (2 for 2, 2 R) and Kyle Bible (1 for 3) also drove in two for the Panthers (25-20). Giovanni Angel and Evan Richard both had three hits and two runs for Prairie View. Ryan Epperson had two hits for the Hornets (14-29).


In the day’s first game, Cameron Logan had a RBI double with two out in the top of the 11th to lift Texas Southern over Mississippi Valley State in an elimination game. Frankie Rivera (1 for 4, 3 RBI) had a sacrifice fly in the eighth for the Tigers (24-28) to knot the score at 5-5. Michael Norris went 3 for 5 for TSU. Scott Hornstra had two hits, including a three-run homer in the sixth, for the Delta Devils (22-38). Bryan Smith (2-5, 4.1 IP, 1 H, 3 BB, 4 K) got the win, while Kelvin Schulba (1 IP, 1 H) earned his first save.


(photo courtesy of Alabama Media Relations Offices)