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Around the Bases
Maine, New Mexico win
Summers throws no-hitter for UCI, Charlotte
and UR reach A-10 title game
No. 18 UC Irvine 2, Long Beach State 0
Irvine, Calif., Matt Summers (right) pitched the fourth
no-hitter in program history as UC Irvine blanked Long Beach
State in the Big West series opener at Cicerone Field at
Anteater Ballpark. Summers (10-2) faced one over the minimum in
his 105-pitch gem. In the second he walked Jeff Yamaguchi, who
was erased on a double play. He plunked Ino Patron with two away
in the eighth before a strikeout ended the frame for the
Dirtbags (10-12, 27-27). Summers finished with five punchouts
and improved to 8-0 against conference competition. Christian
Ramirez had a RBI double in the fourth and Sean Madigan added a
run-scoring single an inning later. Tommy Reyes finished with
three hits for the Anteaters (16-6, 39-14). (photo courtesy of
Around the Tournaments
#2 Maine 10, #4 Albany 1 (UA eliminated)
#4 Albany 4, #1 Stony Brook 1 (SBU eliminated)
Maine wins America East championship
In Stony Brook, N.Y., Stephen Perakslis and Shaun
Coughlin combined to hold Albany to one run as Maine won its
first America East title since 2006. Perakslis (6-4) allowed
three hits and one run in 7.1 innings with one walk and eight
strikeouts. Coughlin did not surrender a hit over 1.2 scoreless
innings to preserve the victory. The Black Bears (32-22) scored
four in the fourth to snap a 1-1 tie and put the game away with
four in the seventh. Justin and Ian Leisenheimer both homered in
the seventh for Maine. Most Outstanding Player Taylor Lewis and
Joey Martin both had three hits and two RBI for the Bears. Ralph
Rizzo went deep for the lone run for the Great Danes (21-31).
In the first game, Kasceim Graham authored a
complete game as Albany eliminated the host and top-seeded Stony
Brook at Joe Nathan Field. Graham (4-2) allowed six hits and one
run with two walks and seven strikeouts. Sal Intagliata (2 for
4) scored in the fifth to give the Seawolves (42-12) a 1-0 lead.
D.J. Hoagboon had a two-run double to spark a four-run seventh
for the Great Danes (21-30).
#6 New Mexico 4, #1 TCU 2 (TCU eliminated)
#1 TCU 14, #2 Utah 1 (Utah eliminated)
New Mexico wins Mountain West championship
In San Diego, Austin House and Bobby Mares held
TCU to a pair of runs as New Mexico won its first MWC title.
House (1-2) gave up eight hits and two runs (one earned) in
seven innings with four walks and nine strikeouts. Mares allowed
one hit over the final two innings with two walks and two
strikeouts for his first save. The Lobos (20-39) scored in each
of the first three innings in building a 4-0 lead. Kyle Stiner
and Trey Porras both had two hits, one run and one RBI for UNM.
Jason Coats had a two-run single in the seventh for the Horned
In the day’s first game, Josh Elander went 4 for
4 with two RBI as TCU pounded Utah at Tony Gwynn Stadium. Kyle
Von Tungeln had three hits and two RBI for the Horned Frogs.
Michael Beltran went 3 for 4 with one RBI for the Utes (29-21).
#1 Charlotte 5, #2 Rhode Island 2
#5 Richmond 10, #3 Dayton 3 (UD eliminated)
#5 Richmond 7, #2 Rhode Island 2 (URI eliminated)
Camden, N.J., Chad Rothlin pitched 3.1 hitless innings to earn
his second save as Charlotte got past Rhode Island at Campbell’s
Field to advance to the championship game. Rothlin walked one
and struck out three. He relieved starter Tyler Barnette (9-1),
who gave up five hits and two runs (one earned) in 5.2 innings
with no free passes and three punchouts. Ross Steedley went 3
for 3 with two RBI, while Justin Roland was also 3 for 3 with a
double, one run and one RBI for the 49ers (41-14). Jeff Roy had
two hits and one run for the Rams (31-21). URI must play an
elimination game later today. (photo courtesy of Atlantic 10)
In the second game, Chris Cowell had three hits
and drove in four as Richmond blitzed Dayton. The Spiders
(28-26-2) scored six in the first and four in the fourth in
building a 10-1 lead. Matt Zink and Mike Mergenthaler both had
two hits and two runs for UR. Matt Trent (2-4, 10 H, 3 R, 3 BB,
6 K) tossed the complete game. Mike Coughlin had two hits and
two RBI for the Flyers (32-27).
In the day’s final contest, Jacob Mayers went the
distance with 11 strikeouts as Richmond downed Rhode Island to
advance to Championship Saturday against top-seeded Charlotte.
The Spiders (29-26-2) must defeat the 49ers twice to take the
title. Mayers (2-2) gave up six hits and two runs with four
walks. Billy Barber had a three-run homer in the fourth to snap
a 1-1 tie. Mike Mergenthaler and JB Gadd both drove in a pair
for UR. Tom Coulombe went 2 for 3 with a double, one run and one
RBI for the Rams (31-22).
#1 Virginia 6, #5 Miami 4
#4 North Carolina 5, #8 Wake Forest 0 (suspended
In Durham, N.C., Kenny Swab had four hits and
four RBI to lead Virginia past Miami at Durham Bulls Athletic
Park. The game was delayed for more than seven hours in the
second due to inclement weather. The Cavaliers (47-9) took
control with two in the sixth and three in the seventh. Swab had
two doubles, while David Coleman added three hits for Virginia.
Rony Rodriguez hit a two-run homer in the first for the
Hurricanes (35-21). Justin Thompson (3-1, 2.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 4 K)
got the win in relief, while Branden Kline (1.2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 3
K) earned his 16th save.
North Carolina and Wake Forest were suspended at
1:55 a.m. due to inclement weather. The game will resume on
Sunday morning only if needed to determine the pod winner.
Patrick Johnson of UNC had a no-hitter through six.
#6 Belmont 6, #4 Mercer 4
#2 Jacksonville 5, #1 Stetson 3 (Stetson
#4 Mercer 1, #2 Jacksonville 0 (JU eliminated)
Nashville, Tenn., Derek Hamblen (right) hammered a two-run homer
with two gone in the top of the ninth to carry Belmont past
Mercer at Dugan Field. The Bruins (35-24) advance to Saturday’s
championship game. The Bears (38-19) will have an elimination
game this evening. Matt Zeblo had a two-run dinger in the sixth
for Belmont, his second homer of the tournament. Garrett
Fanchier (3-3) earned the win in relief, going 2.2 innings with
one hit, one run, two walks and two strikeouts. Jon Ivie worked
the ninth for his 12th save. (photo courtesy of Atlantic Sun)
Murphy had a two-run single in the top of the second to spark
Jacksonville past Stetson in an elimination game. Chris Moye had
three hits and a run for the Dolphins. Ben Carhart had two hits
and drove in all three runs for the Hatters (41-18). Jimmy
Appleby (2-0, 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K) got the win in
relief, while Chris Anderson (2 BB, 2 K) shut the door with
three hitless innings for his 11th save. (photo courtesy of
In the day’s final game, Mercer scored a run in
the first and made it stand up in advancing to the A-Sun title
game. Thomas Carroll had a run-scoring double in the first for
the Bears (39-19). Four hurlers combined on the shutout, as
Brandon Barker (4-0, 6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 BB, 8 K) got the win and JT
Odom (1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 K) earned his eighth save. Jonathan Murphy
had two hits for the Dolphins (36-22).
#6 Louisville 12, #3 Pittsburgh 2 (Pitt
#1 Connecticut 9, #8 Notre Dame 3 (ND eliminated)
In Clearwater, Fla., Cade Stallings had a grand
slam to cap a six-run eighth as Louisville run-ruled Pittsburgh
at Bright House Field. Jeff Gardner (2 for 4, 3 R, 2 RBI) also
went deep for the Cardinals (31-28), Ryan Wright had two hits
and drove in three for UL. Travis Tingle (3-1, 7 H, 2 R) struck
out 10 in six innings to earn the victory. David Chester and
Travis Whitmore both had two hits and a run for the Panthers
Mike Nemeth went 4 for 4 with one run and one RBI
as Connecticut defeated Notre Dame. Nemeth was a homer short of
the cycle. Billy Ferriter had two hits and three RBI, while LJ
Mazzilli went deep for the Huskies (41-16-1). Eric Jacielo had
two hits and two RBI for the Irish (23-29-1). Brian Ward (5-1,
5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 6 K) got the win, while David Fischer
(3.1 IP, 1 BB, 4 K) earned his second save.
#1 Coastal Carolina 3, #2 Liberty 2
#5 Gardner-Webb 5, #3 Charleston Southern 0 (CSU
#5 Gardner-Webb 5, #2 Liberty 1 (LU eliminated)
Lexington, Va., Keith Hardwick had a game-winning single in the
bottom of the ninth as Coastal Carolina edged Liberty at
Gray-Minor Stadium to advance to the championship game. Daniel
Bowman led off the ninth with a base hit and was sacrificed to
second before coming home on Hardwick’s hit. Ryan Cordell had a
two-run single in the top of the first as the Flame (35-23) took
the early lead. The Chanticleers (40-18) got one back in the
second and tied it in the seventh. Hardwick finished with three
hits, while Taylor Motter had two hits and two runs for Coastal.
(photo by Carlos Morales, Sideline Sports)
the day’s first game, Conner Scarborough and Jeff Howell
combined on the shutout as Gardner-Webb survived against
Charleston Southern at Gray-Minor Stadium. Scarborough (7-2)
allowed six hits and three walks in six innings. Howell retired
the nine batters he faced with a pair of strikeouts for his
seventh save. Benji Jackson and Jake Watts both had two hits and
two runs, while Aaron Miller (left) added two hits and one RBI
for the Bulldogs (33-22-1). Walt Quattlebaum had two hits,
including a double, for the Buccaneers (29-30). (photo by Carlos
Morales, Sideline Sports)
the day’s final contest, Gardner-Webb used a four-run fourth to
down Liberty and earn a spot in the Big South title game. Brett
Stackhouse (right) went the distance with five hits, one
unearned run, one walk and nine strikeouts to even his record at
2-2. Andrew McFarland went 2 for 4 with two runs and one RBI for
the Bulldogs (34-22-1). Matt Williams had two doubles and a run
for the Flames (35-24). (photo by Carlos Morales, Sideline
#1 Illinois 4, #2 Michigan State 1
#5 Minnesota 1, #3 Purdue 0 (PU eliminated)
#5 Minnesota 9, #4 Ohio State 4 (OSU eliminated)
In Columbus, Ohio, John Anderson pitched into the
eighth as Illinois downed Michigan State at Huntington Park to
reach the Big Ten title game. Anderson (7-6, 7.1 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 4
BB, 1 K) earned the victory, while Chris Pack got the final five
outs for his third save. Josh Parr drove in two, while Matt
Dittman homered for the Illini (27-25). Justin Scanlon had two
hits for the Spartans (36-19).
Four hurlers combined on the shutout as Minnesota
stayed alive, eliminating Purdue. AJ Pettersen had a RBI single
in the bottom of the seventh for the Golden Gophers (25-23).
Scott Matyas pitched the final two innings to notch his 11th
save. Eric Charles went 4 for 5 for the Boilermakers (37-20),
who stranded 12.
In the first game, Matt Puhl went 2 for 3 with a
homer, three runs and two RBI to lead Minnesota past Ohio State.
The Golden Gophers used a six-run sixth to erase a 3-1 deficit.
Kyle Geason (2 for 4, 2 RBI) also went deep for Minnesota. Tim
Wetzel had two hits and two RBI for the Buckeyes (26-27).
#1 Texas 9, #4 Oklahoma State 3 (OSU eliminated)
#6 Kansas State 4, #3 Oklahoma 3 (OU eliminated)
In Oklahoma City, Paul Montalbano and Jonathan
Walsh both drove in two as Texas ousted Oklahoma State at
RedHawks Field. The Longhorns (42-14) scored three in the third
and three more in the fifth to take control. Brandon Loy had
three hits and a run, while Tant Shepherd had two hits and three
runs for Texas. Devin Shines and Zach Johnson both homered for
the Cowboys (35-23).
Jason King had three hits and a run as Kansas
State nipped Oklahoma. Matt Giller drove in two, while Kent
Urban had two hits and two runs for the Wildcats (36-22).
Cameron Seitzer went 3 for 4 with one run and one RBI for the
#1 James Madison 13, #3 UNC Wilmington 7
#2 Old Dominion 4, #3 UNC Wilmington 3 (UNCW
#2 Old Dominion 7, #4 Georgia State 3 (GSU
In Wilmington, N.C., Johnny Bladel and Jake
Lowery both had four hits as James Madison outscored UNC
Wilmington at Brooks Field to reach the CAA title game. The
Dukes (38-17) trailed 6-3 after three before scoring three in
the fifth and sixth and adding four in the eighth. Bladel scored
four and drove in one, while Lowery had three runs and one RBI.
David Herbek had two hits and five RBI for JMU. Matt Campbell (2
for 4) and Hunter Ridge (1 for 5) both drove in two for the
In the last contest of the day, Edgar Hernandez
had a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth to lift Old Dominion
over UNC Wilmington. The win sends the Monarchs (30-25) to the
championship game for the first time since 1999. ODU will have
to beat James Madison twice to claim its first CAA crown since
1996. Phil McCarthy (9-4, 8 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 8 K) got the
win, while Adam Wisniewski stranded the tying run at third in
the bottom of the ninth for his 15th save. Christopher Baker
homered and drove in two for the Monarchs. Hunter Ridge had two
hits and two RBI for the Seahawks (31-28).
the first game, Ben Tomchick pitched a complete game as Old
Dominion stayed alive against Georgia State. Tomchick (8-4)
allowed six hits and two earned runs with one walk and 10
strikeouts. Christopher Baker (right) went 3 for 5 with a triple
and three RBI for the Monarchs (29-25). Shawn Sizemore had two
hits and drove in a pair for ODU. The Monarchs scored three in
the first and two in the second to take an early 5-0 lead. Bryan
Condotta had a two-run double in a three-run third for the
Panthers (37-21). (photo by Joe Browning, UNCW)
#1 Rice 4, #4 UCF 2
#5 Memphis 5, #8 UAB 4
#7 Tulane 7, #6 Houston 1
#3 East Carolina 4, #2 Southern Miss 0
In Pearl, Miss., J.T. Chargois had a triple and
scored twice as Rice defeated UCF at Trustmark Park to advance
to the title game against Houston. After the Knights (38-21)
scored in the top of the first, Craig Manuel had a two-run
single in the bottom of the frame for the Owls (40-19). Michael
Fuda had two hits for Rice. D.J. Hicks went 3 for 4 with two
RBI, while Ryan Breen added two doubles and a single for UCF.
After UAB tied it at 4 in the top of the eighth,
Robby Graham had a run-scoring single in the bottom of the frame
to give Memphis the victory. Jonathan Van Eaton (1-1) worked the
final 1.1 innings with two hits and one strikeout to register
the win. Drew Martinez went 2 for 4 with two runs and for RBI
for the Tigers (30-27). John Frost and Jacob German both had two
hits and one RBI for the Blazers (29-28).
Alex Byo allowed one unearned run in seven
innings as Tulane topped Houston. Byo (3-2) allowed six hits and
one walk while striking out two. Bowen Woodson had two hits and
three RBI for the Green Wave (31-26). Caleb Ramsey went 3 for 4
for the Cougars (27-31).
In the day’s final game, Seth Maness tossed a
three-hit shutout as East Carolina blanked Southern Miss. Maness
(9-3) walked one and struck out nine. Philip Clark had three
hits and drove in two for the Pirates (39-19). Justin Diliberto
had two hits for the Golden Eagles (39-16).
#3 Houston Baptist 7, #7 North Dakota 1 (UND
#3 Houston Baptist 6, #4 NYIT 3 (NYIT eliminated)
In Grand Forks, N.D., Stephen Nikonchik pitched a
complete game as Houston Baptist defeated North Dakota at Kraft
Field to reach the championship game. The Huskies (22-39) will
have to beat top-seeded Utah Valley twice to claim the crown.
Nikonchik (5-4) allowed eight hits and one run with two walks
and six strikeouts. Beau Warren had four hits, while Robbie
Buller (2 for 5) and Jake Gonzalez both drove in two. Kris Kwak
had two hits and one RBI for the Fighting Sioux (12-35).
In the first game of the day, Chase Hernandez
went the distance as HBU eliminated NYIT. Hernandez (4-5)
scattered 15 hits and gave up three runs with one walk and seven
strikeouts. Kolby Arnst had two hits and knocked in four for the
Huskies. Dan Lackner had three hits and three RBI for the Bears
#3 Milwaukee 5, #5 Butler 0 (BU eliminated)
#4 Valparaiso 11, #2 UIC 9
#1 Wright State 12, #6 Youngstown State 0
#2 UIC 1, #3 Milwaukee 0 (UWM eliminated)
In Dayton, Ohio, Eric Semmelhack hurled the
complete-game shutout as Milwaukee bounced Butler at Nischwitz
Stadium. Semmelback (3-4) allowed seven hits with no walks and a
career-high nine strikeouts. Tell Taylor had two hits and two
RBI, while Cole Kraft doubled twice and knocked in one for the
Panthers. Doug Dekoning homered for Milwaukee. Grant Fillipitch
had two hits for the Bulldogs (23-28-1).
Chris Manning had four hits and three runs as
Valparaiso outscored UIC. The Crusaders (24-30) trailed 9-8
before tallying two in the eighth on a base hit by Bobby Martin.
Jason Ganek went 3 for 4 with a homer and four RBI for the
Michael Woytek tossed a six-hit shutout as Wright
State blanked Youngstown State. Woytek (7-3) walked three and
fanned seven. Zach Tanner had three hits, including two doubles,
and four RBI for the Raiders (34-17). Joe Iacobucci had two hits
for the Penguins (13-40).
In the day’s finale, Matt Heaslip hurled a
five-hit shutout as UIC eliminated Milwaukee. Heaslip (5-5)
walked three and struck out seven. Andy Leonard had a RBI double
in the bottom of the third for the Flames (28-25). Cole Kraft
and Ryan Solberg both had two hits for the Panthers (28-28-1).
#1 Manhattan 8, #3 Siena 7
#4 Canisius 4, #2 Rider 3 (Rider eliminated)
In Trenton, N.J., Manhattan scored twice on a
throwing error with two outs in the bottom of the ninth in
edging Siena to reach the MAAC title game. The Saints (27-29)
scored five in the eighth to take a 7-5 lead. Dan Paolini had a
three-run homer and Kyle Baldani added a two-run single in the
eighth for Siena. Anthony Vega went 2 for 3 with a homer and
three RBI for the Jaspers (33-17).
the first game, Drew Pettit had a two-run double in the top of
the seventh to erase a 3-2 deficit as Canisius eliminated Rider.
Jose Torralba went 3 for 5 with one run and one RBI for the
Golden Griffins (26-31). Garrett Cortright (right) allowed six
hits and three runs in 7.1 innings with no walks and two
strikeouts to level his record at 4-4. Nick Crescenzo had two
hits and one run for the Broncs (33-18). (photo by Dave
#5 Eastern Michigan 12, #4 Northern Illinois 11
(10) (NIU eliminated)
#2 Central Michigan 13, #7 Western Michigan 12 (WMU
#5 Eastern Michigan 4, #1 Kent State 2
#3 Miami 5, #2 Central Michigan 2 (CMU
In Chillicothe, Ohio, Tucker Rubino had a RBI
double with two away in the top of the 10th as Eastern Michigan
outscored Northern Illinois at VA Memorial Stadium. The Eagles
scored five in the ninth to take an 11-10 lead. Sam Ott (2 for
4, 3 RBI) had a two-run single with two down and Kyle Peterson
(2 for 3) capped the rally with a two-run double. Kevin Smith
had a pinch-hit single with two gone in the bottom of the ninth
as the Huskies (30-27) for the extra frame. Jamison Wells went 5
for 6 with two runs and three RBI for NIU.
William Arnold had a game-winning RBI single to
cap a two-run rally in the bottom of the ninth as Central
Michigan edged Western Michigan. Sam Russell (3 for 5, 3 R, 2
RBI) had a leadoff single in the ninth and scored the tying run
on a wild pitch. Russell belted a pair of home runs in an
eight-run second as the Chippewas built a 10-3 lead. Troy Forton
homered and drove in four, while Ryan McMillin went 4 for 5 with
two doubles, three runs and three RBI for the Broncos (26-31).
Steve Weber pitched seven strong innings as
Eastern Michigan forced another game with Kent State for a spot
in the title game. Weber (6-3) allowed seven hits and two runs
(one earned) with six walks and three strikeouts. Collin Taylor
tossed two scoreless innings for his first save. Zack Leonard
drove in two for the Eagles (37-21). T.J. Sutton and Joe Koch
both had three hits and a run for the Golden Flashes (41-15),
who stranded 12.
Miami secured a berth in the championship game by
eliminating Central Michigan. Brooks Fiala (7-4, 7.2 IP, 7 H, 2
R, 1 ER, 7 K) earned the victory, while Sam Dawes got three
groundouts in the ninth for his ninth save. Ryan Kaup had a RBI
double in the seventh to snap a 2-2 tie and Nate Bowles added a
pinch-hit two-run single in the eighth. Nate Theunissen homered
and drove in both runs for the Chippewas (31-27).
#2 Wichita State 9, #6 Indiana State 0 (ISU
#1 Creighton 4, #4 Missouri State 3 (12) (MSU
In Omaha, Neb., Zach Beringer and Albert Minnis
combined on the four-hit shutout as Wichita State blanked
Indiana State to claim the first spot in Saturday’s championship
game. Beringer (3-3) allowed one hit and four walks over six
innings with three strikeouts to earn the victory. Minnis gave
up three hits and fanned five over the final three innings for
his first save. The Shockers (39-25) scored four in the first
and three in the second to take control. Chris O’Brien (2 R, 2
RBI) and Don Lambert (1 R, 1 RBI) both had three hits for WSU.
The Sycamores end their season at 29-28.
Anthony Bemboom scored on a wild pitch in the
bottom of the 12th inning as Creighton eliminated Missouri State
- the Bluejays' fifth win over the Bears in the past eight days.
Creighton (43-14) scored three times in the first, but reliever
J.C. Casey entered and threw 10 scoreless innings with five hits
and 11 strikeouts for Missouri State. The Bears turned the ball
over to Dan Kickham after Casey had thrown 136 pitches. Kickham
couldn't work around a leadoff walk to Bemboom, who was bunted
to second and moved to third on a fly ball.
#1 Austin Peay 4, #3 Jacksonville State 1
#2 Southeast Missouri 12, #6 UT Martin 7 (UTM
#2 Southeast Missouri 6, #4 Tennessee Tech 1 (TTU
In Jackson, Tenn., Austin Peay scored three in
the top of the ninth against Jacksonville State to earn a berth
in the OVC title game. Michael Blanchard had a two-run single to
cap the three-run outburst for the Govs (32-22). Ryne Harper
(1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K) got the win in relief of Jack Snodgrass
(9 H, 1 UE, 2 BB), who fanned 11 in 7.2 innings. Jake Sharrock
had three hits for the Gamecocks (35-22).
LaBruyere (left) worked 8.2 innings - throwing 159 pitches in
the process - as Southeast Missorui fought off elimination by
beating Tennessee Tach. LaBruyere (9-2) allowed 12 hits and
struck out nine for the Redhawks (34-21). Tim Rupp and Ky
Burgess each hit two-run homers for Southeast Missouri. (photo
courtesy of Ohio Valley Conference)
In the first game, Casey Jones homered twice and
drove in six as Southeast Missouri outscored UT Martin at
Pringles Park. Jones had a two-run shot in the second and a
grand slam to cap an eight-run fourth. Jon Dicus (6-4, 10 H, 7
R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K) went the distance for the Redhawks. Cody
Terry had three hits for the Skyhawks (20-36).
#2 Arkansas 4, #7 Alabama 1 (Alabama eliminated)
#5 Georgia 4, #1 South Carolina 2 (USC
In Hoover, Ala., Kyle Robinson went 2 for 3 with
a homer, two runs and two RBI as Arkansas eliminated Alabama.
Ryne Stanek (3-2, 7.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 5 K) got the win,
while Trent Daniel retired the final four hitters for his third
save. Dominic Ficociello had two hits and one RBI for the
Razorbacks (38-19). Jared Reaves doubled and scored for the
Crimson Tide (33-26).
Chase Davidson had a two-run single in a
three-run first as Georgia sent South Carolina home. Blake
Dieterich (3-3, 6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 2 K) earned the victory,
while Tyler Maloff pitched a perfect ninth for his 17th save.
Zach Cone had two hits and drove in one for the Bulldogs
(30-29). Evan Marzilli had two hits and drove in both runs for
the Gamecocks (45-14).
#6 Appalachian State 5, #7 Furman 0 (Furman
#5 College of Charleston 4, #8 Western Carolina 2
In Charleston, S.C., Seth Grant hurled a six-hit
shutout as Appalachian State stayed alive by downing Furman at
Riley Park. Grant (5-9) walked one and struck out five in his
first career whitewash. The Mountaineers (33-26) scored three in
the fourth and two in the sixth. Hector Crespo had a two-run
triple in the fourth for ASU. Will Callaway had three hits and
one run for the victors. Reese Wade had two hits for the
Marty Gantt went 4 for 5 with two doubles, one
run and one RBI to lead College of Charleston past Western
Carolina. Christian Powell (8-1, 7 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 8 K)
earned the victory, while Kyle Owings (2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K) got
his eighth save. Matt Leeds had a triple and drove in two for
the Cougars (38-21). Ross Heffley and Cody Jones both had two
hits for the Catamounts (23-31-1).
#3 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 2, #6 UTSA 1 (UTSA
#1 Texas State 13, #5 Sam Houston State 2 (SHSU
#3 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 11, #2 Stephen F.
#1 Texas State 14, #8 Nicholls State 2
San Marcos, Texas, Bobby Buckner (right) homered with two out in
the bottom of the ninth as Texas A&M-Corpus Christi nipped UTSA
at Bobcat Stadium. It was the first big fly of the season for
Buckner. Tanner Green (2-0) pitched a scoreless ninth to earn
the victory. He relieved starter Justin Meza (8 H, 1 R, 1 BB),
who fanned nine in eight innings. Mike Warren had a RBI single
in the top of the second as the Roadrunners (27-32) took an
early lead. Trey Hernandez tied it in the third for the
Islanders with a run-scoring double. (photo courtesy of
the second game, Tyler Sibley homered and drove in four as Texas
State run-ruled Sam Houston State. Clint Vest had two hits and
three RBI, while Casey Kalenkosky went 2 for 5 with a homer, two
runs and two RBI for the Bobcats. Kevin Miller went 1
for 3 with one RBI for the Bearkats (35-25). Colton Turner (9-2,
5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K) went the distance for TSU. It was the final
game for SHSU head coach Mark Johnson, who ends his 26-year
career with 1,043 wins. (photo courtesy of Southland Conference)
Facing elimination, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
scored eight in the top of the ninth to force a final contest
with Stephen F. Austin on Saturday for a spot in the Southland
title game. Caleb Marx started the rally with a pinch-hit homer
and Jumpy Garcia added a three-run shot later in the frame.
Jeramie Marek went 4 for 5 with two RBI for the Islanders
(37-23). Darren Crabtree had two hits and two RBI for the
In the day’s final game, Texas State pounded out
24 hits in forcing another game with Nicholls State for a berth
in the championship game. Cory Falvey went 5 for 6, while Jeff
McVaney and Casey Kalenkosky both had three hits and three RBI
for the Bobcats (38-21). Bear Comer had two hits and a run for
the Colonels (28-28).
#3 North Dakota State 5, #4 Western Illinois 3 (WIU
#1 Oral Roberts vs. #2 South Dakota State ppd.
(Sat. 12 pm)
#3 North Dakota State vs. Game 2 loser ppd. (Sat.
In Sioux Falls, S.D., Blake Turbak went 3 for 5
with one run and one RBI as North Dakota State edged Western
Illinois at Sioux Falls Stadium. The Bison (22-31) trailed 3-1
after six before scoring one in the top of the seventh, two in
the eighth and one in the ninth. Nic Obey had a two-run double
in the eighth to give NDSU the lead for good. Matt Igara and Tim
Lilja both had two hits and one RBI for the Leathernecks
(21-38). NDSU starter John Straka (left) worked six innings with
five hits, three runs, three walks and no strikeouts. Kyle
Kingsley (4-3, 2 IP, 1 BB, 1 K) picked up the victory, while
Json Mattila (1 IP, 2 H, 1 K) earned his seventh save. (photo by
The remaining two games were postponed due to
#7 Arkansas State 3, #3 Louisiana-Lafayette 0
#2 FIU 11, #6 South Alabama 0
#1 Troy 4, #4 Western Kentucky 2
Monroe, La., Andy Ferguson (left) tossed a four-hit shutout as
Arkansas State blanked Louisiana-Lafayette at Warhawk Field.
Ferguson (7-4) walked two and struck out 11. Zach Maggio had two
hits for the Red Wolves (26-31-1). Michael Faulkner had a triple
and scored, while Zach George doubled and drove in one for ASU.
Greg Fontenot had two hits for the Ragin’ Cajuns (31-26). (photo
courtesy of Sun Belt Conference)
Rudy Flores had three hits and five RBI as FIU
run-ruled South Alabama to earn a spot against UALR in the Sun
Belt title game. Jabari Henry homered and drove in three for the
Panthers (39-17-1). R.J. Fondon (6-5, 7 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 3 K) went
the distance for FIU. Taylor White had two hits for the Jaguars
Tyson Workman went 3 for 5 with one RBI as Troy
got past Western Kentucky. T.J. Rivera and Ali Knowles both had
two hits and a run for the Trojans (42-17). Ryan Hutchison
doubled for the Hilltoppers (33-24).
#2 Fresno State 11, #1 Hawaii 5
#3 Louisiana Tech 9, #5 San Jose State 5 (SJSU
#5 San Jose State 11, #4 Nevada 3 (Nevada eliminated)
In Mesa, Ariz., Dusty Robinson homered and drove
in three as Fresno State outscored Hawaii to advance to the WAC
championship game. Brennan Gowens had three hits and three RBI,
while Aaron Judge went 4 for 4 with two runs and two RBI for the
Bulldogs (39-14). Charlie Robertson pitched the final two
innings for his 12th save. Pi’ikea Kitamura and Kolten Wong both
drove in two for the Rainbows (33-24).
Will Alvis went 3 for 5 with a homer and two RBI
as Louisiana Tech stayed alive against San Jose State. Ryan
Gebhardt and Austin Hedges both went 2 for 4 with two runs and
one RBI for the Bulldogs (34-26). Jason Martin had two hits and
two runs for the Spartans (35-26).
Craig Hertler went 3 for 4 with two runs and two
RBI, and Jacob Valdez and Nick Borg each added two RBI as San
Jose State eliminated Nevada. Blake McFarland (8-2) tossed six
solid innings, allowing three earned runs and striking out six,
and John Austin threw the final three innings for his first save
for SJSU. Waylen Sing Chow had two hits and two RBI for Nevada