May 22, 2011

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Around the Bases
USC edges Oregon State to win Pac-10 series in Corvallis

Washington blanks Arizona State, Sacred Heart & Alcorn State win titles


In Corvallis, Ore., Logan Odom pitched 6.1 solid innings and Ben Mount earned the save as USC handed Oregon State its first Pac-10 series loss with a 4-3 decision Sunday in front of 2,914 fans at Goss Stadium. Odom (5-5) allowed five hits and two runs with three walks and eight strikeouts. Mount (2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K) stranded the potential tying run at second as the game ended for his third save. Matt Foat homered, while Kevin Roundtree and Adam Landecker both had two hits and one run for the Trojans (12-12, 22-29). Ricky Oropesa added a sacrifice fly in the ninth for USC. Ryan Dunn had two hits and one RBI for the Beavers (17-7, 38-14). Josh Osich (6-3, 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 5 K) absorbed the loss.


Washington 3, No. 11 Arizona State 0

In Seattle, after being shut out in the first two games of the series, Washington turned the tables on Arizona State to salvage the finale of the Pac-10 series at Husky Ballpark. The Sun Devils (16-8, 38-14) were blanked for the first time in five years. The last shutout was on April 7, 2006, when Tim Lincecum allowed two hits and fanned 12 for Washington in an 8-0 win in Tempe. Jacob Clem (4-5) went the distance for the Huskies (6-18, 16-34) in his final home game, allowing six hits and one walk with two strikeouts. Washington scored all its runs in the fifth as Jacob Lamb had a RBI double and scored on a two-run double by Ryan Wiggins. Zach Wilson had three hits for ASU.


UC Riverside 2, No. 19 UC Irvine 1

In Riverside, Calif., UC Riverside scored twice in the bottom of the eighth to salvage the finale of its Big West series with UC Irvine at the Riverside Sports Complex. Ryan Goetz had a run-scoring double in the eighth to tie the game and scored the game-winner on a base hit by Tony Nix. Dustin Emmons (6-3) tossed two hitless innings with three strikeouts to earn the win for the Highlanders (9-12, 27-22). Matt Whitehouse pitched seven scoreless innings for the Anteaters (15-6, 37-14) with four hits, no walks and seven strikeouts.


Cal State Bakersfield 7, No. 20 Fresno State 4

In Bakersfield, Calif., Cal State Bakersfield scored three unearned runs in the bottom of the eighth to snap a 4-4 deadlock on its way to a series sweep of Fresno State at Hardt Field. Oscar Sanay had a leadoff single in the eighth for the Roadrunners (30-21) and moved to third on a one-out pinch-hit double by Stuart Smith. Both scored on a two-out error, and Ryan McIntyre (2 for 4, 2 RBI) added a RBI triple to make it 7-4. McIntyre and Martin Medina both homered for CSUB. Medina (3-3, 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 5 K) also picked up the win for the Roadrunners. Garrett Weber went 3 for 5 with a run and Jordan Ribera went deep for the Bulldogs (37-14).


Loyola Marymount 3, Portland 2 (10)

In Los Angeles, Aaron Griffin pitched a 10-inning complete game and Joe Vierra drove in the game-winner with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th as Loyola Marymount avoided the WCC sweep to Portland at Page Stadium. Griffin (7-3) allowed seven hits and two runs with no walks and five strikeouts. He faced just five over the minimum and needed 107 pitches to get through 10 innings. Matt Koch went 4 for 5 with one run for the Lions (8-10, 27-24), missing the cycle by a home run. Riley Hendricks (2 for 4) went deep, and Turner Gill had three hits and a run for the Pilots (8-10, 21-29).


Cal Poly 21, Pacific 0

In Stockton, Calif., Cal Poly had six homers, including four in a nine-run seventh, to win the Big West series against Pacific at Klein Family Field. Tim Wise (2 for 2, 6 RBI) and Bobby Crocker (5 for 6, 5 R) both homered twice and joined Jordan Hadlock (1 for 3, 2 RBI) and Jimmy Allen (3 for 3, 4 R) in going deep in the seventh for the Mustangs (15-9, 26-23). Joey Wagman (4-2, 7 IP, 2 H, 3 K) was the beneficiary of the offense in getting the victory. Tyger Pederson, Matthew Carvutto and Brian Martin had hits for the Tigers (8-13, 16-34).


Around the Tournaments



#2 Sacred Heart 9, #1 Monmouth 2 (MU eliminated)

#1 Monmouth 6, #4 Central Connecticut State 3 (CCSU eliminated)

Sacred Heart wins NEC Championship


In Norwich, Conn., Kody Kerski pitched the third straight complete game in the Northeast Conference Tournament for Sacred Heart as the Pioneers defeated Monmouth for their second tourney crown and first since 2006. Sacred Heart (34-21) was the runner-up each of the past two seasons and will make its second trip to the NCAA Tournament. Kerski (2-4) allowed six hits and one earned run with one walk and three strikeouts. Tourney MVP John Murphy walked and scored in a three-run second and added a run-scoring triple in the fifth as the Pioneers led 9-0 before the Hawks (36-19) plated a pair in the ninth. Dave Boisture went 3 for 5 with a homer, two runs and three RBI for SHU. Chris Perret had two hits for Monmouth.


In the earlier game, Pat Light went the distance as Monmouth eliminated CCSU to reach the championship round. Light (5-5) gave up nine hits and three runs with two walks and six strikeouts. Jamie Rosenkranz went 4 for 5 with a double, one run and one RBI for the Hawks. JP Sportman had two hits and two RBI for the Blue Devils (26-25-1).



E1 Alcorn State 12, W1 Southern 6 (SU eliminated)

Alcorn State wins SWAC Championship


In Shreveport, La., Kenny Rowan homered and drove in three as Alcorn State outscored Southern to capture its first SWAC title at Fair Grounds Field. Tournament MVP Kilby Perdomo homered in the first, Antolin Morales (2 for 4, 2 R) had a two-run single to highlight a four-run fourth and Rowan (2 for 3, 2 R) smacked a two-run homer to spark a four-run sixth as the Braves (26-27) built a 9-1 lead. Perdomo went deep in three of the four games for Alcorn. Brent Blaum (2-5, 5.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 1 K) recorded the win, while Steve Easter (3.2 IP, 2 H, 1 UE, 1 BB, 2 K) registered his first save. Cameron McGriff (2 for 4, 2 R, 3 RBI) homered for the Jaguars (29-21). The Braves will make their first trip to the NCAA Tournament.


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