Feb. 17, 2012

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Stanford powers past Vanderbilt at Sunken Diamond

Florida outlasts Cal State Fullerton, UAB nips Clemson, BC edges Virginia


In Stanford, Calif., Stephen Piscotty, Christian Griffiths and Eric Smith (right) all homered to lead third-ranked Stanford past No. 13 Vanderbilt 8-3 Friday evening at Sunken Diamond. Piscotty went deep in the first and Griffiths homered in the second before the Cardinal (1-0) put up three in the third for a 5-0 advantage. Smith’s round-tripper in the fifth was an inside-the-park homer. Brian Ragira went 3 for 4 with a run and two RBI for Stanford. Mark Appel (1-0, 7 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K) got the win for the Cardinal. Vince Conde drove in two, while Chris Harvey had two hits and one run for the Commodores (0-1). (photo by Matthew C. Ersted of StanfordPhoto.com)


No. 1 Florida 7, No. 20 Cal State Fullerton 3

In Gainesville, Fla., Preston Tucker blasted a game-tying homer then added a sacrifice fly as part of a four-run seventh inning as Florida slipped past Cal State Fullerton before a crowd of 5,356 at McKethan Stadium. The Gators (1-0) trailed 3-2 in the sixth when Tucker hit the 42nd homer of his career. In the seventh, Daniel Pigott was hit with the bases loaded to give Florida a 4-3 lead. Tucker added a sacrifice fly – giving him 210 career RBI, four short of the school record held by Brad Wilkerson – and Mike Zunino and Brian Johnson (2 for 4) added RBI singles. Steven Rodriguez tossed 2.1 scoreless innings of relief to post the win. Freshman Taylor Gushue, one of three freshmen in the starting lineup, homered in his first Gators at-bat. Michael Lorenzen went 2 for 4 with a run, and Austin Kingsolver added two hits for the Titans (0-1).


UAB 2, No. 19 Clemson 1
In Clemson, S.C., Dillon Napoleon threw seven innings and limited Clemson to four hits and one run to get the win as UAB edged the Tigers. The Blazers (1-0) trailed after two innings as Spencer Kieboom (2 for 3) drove in Jon McGibbon with a RBI double to give Clemson (0-1) a 1-0 lead. Matt Morse’s sacrifice fly tied the game in the fifth and Tyler Mims gave UAB the lead with another sacrifice fly in the seventh. Keith DePew (2 for 2) scored both runs for the Blazers. Kevin Brady went five innings in the start for Clemson, allowing four hits and one run while striking out four.


Boston College 5, Virginia 3

In Conway, S.C., Spenser Payne’s three-run homer capped a four-run fourth as Boston College edged Virginia in the Caravelle Resort Tournament at Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field. The Cavaliers (0-1) led 3-0 after three before the fourth-inning uprising by the Eagles (1-0). Tom Bourdon had three hits and one run, while Anthony Melchionda went 2 for 4 with a double and a RBI for BC. Eric Stevens tossed six innings with three earned runs to post the win, and Hunter Gordon fanned one in a perfect ninth for the save. Jared King went 2 for 3 with a triple, run and RBI, and Branden Kline suffered the loss, allowing seven hits and five runs (one earned) in four innings for the Cavaliers.


Kent State 5, No. 9 Georgia Tech 0

In Rock Hill, S.C., David Starn tossed eight scoreless innings, allowing four hits and striking out nine, as Kent State knocked off Georgia Tech at the Rock Hill Coca-Cola Classic. Starn, a senior lefty, walked only two and moved into third place on the school’s all-time strikeouts list with 229. George Roberts, who opened the 2011 season 0 for 26, went 3 for 5 with a double, two RBI and a run for the Golden Flashes. He had a RBI single in the first and added a RBI double in the third, when Jason Bagoly added a RBI double to score Roberts and make it 3-0. Buck Farmer threw well for the Yellow Jackets, allowing seven hits and three runs (two earned) with nine strikeouts in six innings. Kent State scored single runs in the eighth and ninth innings off the Tech bullpen.


No. 9 Georgia Tech 5, Winthrop 0

Later in the day, Matt Grimes – a former fourth-round pick of the White Sox in 2010 – allowed one hit and struck out seven in seven scoreless innings to lead the Yellow Jackets past Winthrop. Zane Evans closed with two scoreless innings and four strikeouts in his first collegiate pitching appearance (he caught Tech’s first game) to finish the Yellow Jackets’ first combined one-hitter since 1994. Jake Davies and Paul Kronenfeld contributed two hits and a RBI, and Mitch Earnest had a two-run single in the eighth for Georgia Tech.


No. 2 South Carolina 2, VMI 1

In Columbia, S.C., L.B. Dantzler had a run-scoring single with two outs in the bottom of the eighth to lift South Carolina past VMI in front of a sellout crowd of 8,242 at Carolina Stadium. The Keydets (0-1) scored in the top of the second against Michael Roth (6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 6 K) on a RBI single by Drew Bryan. The Gamecocks (1-0) tied it in the third as Chase Vergason scored on a passed ball. Tyler Webb (2.1 IP, 1 H, 4 K) earned the win in relief, while Forrest Koumas got the final two outs with a caught stealing and a strikeout to pick up his first save. Coby Cowgill allowed seven hits and one unearned run in seven innings for VMI with one walk and two strikeouts. Evan Marzilli had three hits and a run for the victors.


No. 4 North Carolina 10-4, Xavier 2-10

In Chapel Hill, N.C., Kent Emanuel pitched six solid innings in the opener as North Carolina and Xavier split a doubleheader in front of 1,592 fans at Boshamer Stadium. Emanuel (1-0) allowed seven hits and two earned runs with no walks and three strikeouts. The Tar Heels (1-1) scored four in the first and two in the second to take control. Jacob Stallings went 2 for 4 with two runs and two RBI, while Tommy Coyle had two hits and three runs for UNC. Seth Willoughby homered for the Musketeers (1-1). In the nightcap, Derek Hasenbeck (3 for 3) and Mark Elwell (2 for 5) both drove in three as Xavier scored two in the second and three in the fifth to take a 5-0 lead. After the Tar Heels pulled to within one with three in the sixth and one in the seventh, the Musketeers put the game away with two in the eighth and three in the ninth. Stallings drove in two for UNC.


No. 6 Arkansas 11, Villanova 5

In Fayetteville, Ark., Jacob Morris went 2 for 3 with a homer, two runs and three RBI, and DJ Baxendale allowed four hits and struck out three in five scoreless innings as Arkansas beat Villanova before 6,317 at Baum Stadium. Matt Reynolds went 3 for 3 with a RBI and two runs, and Tim Carver added two hits a RBI and a run for the Razorbacks (1-0), who won on Opening Day for the 18th straight year. Sam Bates added a two-run double for Arkansas, which scored six times in the first and three more in the fourth. Matt Fleishman doubled, homered – a grand slam – and drove in four for the Wildcats (0-1).


No. 7 Rice 6, FIU 2
In Houston, Texas, Shane Hoelscher had two hits and four RBI to help lead Rice over FIU. Hoelscher’s three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh gave the Owls (1-0) a 6-1 cushion. Christian Stringer (1-4, 1 RBI) initially gave the Owls a 1-0 lead in the second when he delivered a solo home run. Austin Kubitza (1-0, 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K) was able to stymie the Golden Panthers (0-1) offense and earned the win. T.J. Shantz (1-4, 2 R) and Rudy Flores (2 for 4) led FIU offensively while starting pitcher R.J. Fondon caught the loss in an solid effort (0-1, 5 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 7 K).


No. 10 LSU 10, Air Force 2

In Baton Rouge, La., Kevin Gausman struck out seven in six innings as LSU topped Air Force in front of 8,006 fans at Alex Box Stadium. Gausman (1-0) allowed four hits and one run with two walks. Austin Nola went 2 for 4 with a double, one run and two RBI for the Tigers (1-0), who scored five in the first and four in the second to take control. Garrett Custons had two hits, including a home run, and scored both runs for the Falcons (0-2).


Coastal Carolina 7, James Madison 1

In Conway, S.C., Tyler Herb (right) tossed seven strong innings to lead Coastal Carolina past James Madison in the Caravelle Resort Tournament at Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field. Herb (1-0) allowed seven hits and one run with no walks and four strikeouts. Bryce Dial went 2 for 4 with a double, two runs and one RBI for the Chanticleers (1-0). Bradley Shaban had three hits, including a double, and one RBI for the Dukes (0-1). Sean Tierney (0-1, 4.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 K) was the starter and loser for JMU.


Ole Miss 7, No. 11 TCU 4

In Fort Worth, Texas, Alex Yarbrough went 2 for 5 with a homer and three RBI as Ole Miss defeated TCU in front of 5,912 fans at Lupton Stadium. Yarbrough’s two-run homer in the fifth snapped a 2-2 tie and put the Rebels (1-0) ahead to stay. The Horned Frogs (0-1) brought the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth, but Brett Huber got his second strikeout of the inning to secure his first save. Jason Coats drove in two, while Keaton Jones went 2 for 3 with two runs and one RBI for TCU.


No. 12 Florida State 9, Hofstra 2
In Tallahassee, Fla., Jose Brizuela, Jayce Boyd, James Ramsey and Seth Miller all homered to carry the Seminoles past the visiting Hofstra Pride. Brizuela hit a two-run homer in his first collegiate at-bat in the bottom of the second to give FSU a 2-1 lead. The Seminoles (1-0) added five runs in the sixth to put the game out of reach at 9-1, as Ramsey hit a solo shot and Miller added a grand slam. Freshman Brandon Leibrandt settled down after allowing a run in the first (1-0, 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K) to earn the victory. T.J. Thomas was 3 for 4 with one RBI for the Pride (0-1).


No. 14 Miami (Fla.) 6, Rutgers 2

In Coral Gables, Fla., Eric Erickson pitched six shutout innings to lead Miami past Rutgers at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field. After missing the 2011 season recovering from Tommy John surgery, Erickson allowed just four hits while striking out seven in his 83-pitch effort. Rony Rodriguez went 1 for 4 with one run and one RBI, while Peter O’Brien went 1 for 5 with a run in his first game for the Hurricanes (1-0). Nick Favatella had a two-run single in the eighth for the Scarlet Knights (0-1).


No. 15 Arizona 3, North Dakota State 1

In Tucson, Ariz., Arizona scored three in the first and made it stand up in defeating North Dakota State in front of 3,997 fans at Hi Corbett Field. Robert Refsnyder had a RBI single and scored on a Johnny Field triple in the first for the Wildcats (1-0). Kurt Heyer (1-0) allowed five hits and one run in seven innings with two walks and seven strikeouts to earn the victory. Stephen Manthei fanned three over the final two innings to record the save. Field went 4 for 4 with two doubles and a triple for Arizona. John Straka (0-1, 5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K) took the loss. Max Casper had two hits for the Bison (0-1).


No. 16 Oklahoma 4, Pepperdine 3

In Malibu, Calif., Jordan John tossed 3.1 innings of scoreless relief, and Garrett Carey had a two-out single in the top of the sixth to break a 3-3 tie as Oklahoma slipped past Pepperdine. Hunter Lockwood and Matt Oberste had RBI singles in the fourth to tie the game at 2, and Max White gave the Sooners (1-0) a short-lived lead with a RBI grounder in the fifth. In the bottom of the ninth, the Waves (0-1) put runners on first and second against closer Damien Magnifico, but Magnifico tipped Joe Sever’s line into the glove of second baseman Jack Mayfield, who flipped to shortstop Caleb Bushyhead for the game-ending double play. Zach Vincej had two hits and a RBI, and Matt Gelalich and Matt Forgatch contributed two hits apiece for Pepperdine.


Maryland 2, No. 17 UCLA 1

In Los Angeles, Maryland scored twice in the top of the ninth to edge UCLA and snap a 10-game losing streak in season openers. Jack Cleary was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the final frame to knot the score at 1 before Alfredo Rodriguez drew a walk to force in the go-ahead run. Jimmy Reed worked around a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth and struck out the side to earn his first save. Kyle Convissar had two hits for the Terps (1-0). Kevin Williams drove in the lone run for the Bruins (0-1) in the fourth. UCLA starter Adam Plutko struck out 10 in seven scoreless innings with five hits and one walk.


No. 18 Georgia 6, Presbyterian 1
In Athens, Ga., Brandon Stephens went 3 for 4 with two doubles and a solo home run to lead Georgia over Presbyterian. The Bulldogs (1-0) were able to limit Presbyterian (0-1) offensively thanks to a strong outing from starting pitcher Alex Wood (1-0, 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 7 K). Curt Powell also had three hits for the Bulldogs, while Kyle Farmer was 1 for 4 with 2 RBI. Brandon Paul was 1 for 3 with an RBI and walk for Presbyterian.


Arizona State 10, Western Michigan

In Tempe, Ariz., Abe Ruiz hit two two-run homers and drove in six, and Brady Rodgers allowed four hits and struck out seven in six scoreless innings as Arizona State opened its season with a win. Ruiz ripped a two-run homer to right in the first, and after Joey DeMichele drove in Deven Marrero with a double in the second, Ruiz hit his second homer. In the fifth, he singled to right field to score DeMichele (2 for 3, 3 R, RBI). Trever Allen went 3 for 5 with a run, and Max Rossiter contributed two hits and two RBI for the Sun Devils (1-0). Zach Thoma went 3 for 3 for WMU, which totaled five hits.


Notre Dame 13, Illinois 12

In St. Petersburg, Fla., Joe Hudson went 3 for 4 with two homers and four RBI, including the go-ahead dinger in the top of the ninth, as Notre Dame outlasted Illinois in the Big East-Big Ten Challenge at the Walter Fuller Baseball Complex. The Fighting Irish (1-0) scored in seven different innings, including each of the final three frames. Trey Mancini went 4 for 5 with a homer, three runs and three RBI for Notre Dame. Justin Parr (4 for 6, 3 R, 3 RBI) and Reid Roper (2 for 2, 2 R, 3 RBI) both went deep for the Illini (0-1). Dan Slania (1-0, 2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) earned the win in relief.

Liberty 12, Richmond 0

In Charleston, S.C., John Niggli (right) and four relievers combined on the six-hit shutout as Liberty blanked Richmond in The Citadel Memorial Challenge at Riley Park. Niggli (1-0) allowed four hits and two walks while fanning four in six innings. The Flames (1-0) scored four in the first, one in the second, three in the seventh and four in the eighth. Michael Robertson went 3 for 4 with a double, three runs and three RBI, while Danny Grauer also knocked in three for Liberty. Bryan Conway had two hits, including a double, for the Spiders (0-1).


Baylor 3, Oral Roberts 2

In Waco, Texas, Baylor used a double and four walks to score twice in the eighth to rally past Oral Roberts in front of 2,681 fans at Baylor Ballpark. Josh Ludy (2 for 4, 2 RBI) had a run-scoring double to knot the score at 2 in the eighth. Following an intentional walk to Logan Vick to load the bases, pinch-hitter Michael Howard walked to force in the go-ahead run. Dillon Newman fanned two in a perfect ninth for his first save. Trent Blank (1-0, 3.1 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 K) earned the win in relief. Max Muncy had two hits and a run for the Bears (1-0). Kevin Cho went 2 for 4 for the Golden Eagles (0-1).


Hawaii 4, Oregon 1

In Honolulu, Matt Sisto tossed seven scoreless innings as Hawaii defeated Oregon in front of a sellout crowd of 3,553 at Les Murakami Stadium. Sisto (1-0) allowed two hits and walked two while striking out five. Pi’ikea Kitamura went 2 for 3, while Collin Bennett drove in a pair for the Rainbows (1-0). Thomas Walker had two hits for the Ducks (0-1).


Florida Atlantic 5, Alabama 2

In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Ryan Garton allowed three hits and one run in six-plus innings with seven strikeouts as Florida Atlantic topped Alabama to give head coach John McCormack his 100th career victory. Kyle Newton had a sacrifice fly in the fourth and the Owls (1-0) took advantage of a two-out throwing error to plate four unearned runs in the sixth in building a 5-0 advantage. Mike Albaladejo went 3 for 4 with one run and one RBI for FAU. The Crimson Tide (0-1) scored its two runs in the seventh. Brett Booth had two hits for Alabama.


UNC Wilmington 6, Ohio 5 (10)

In Wilmington, N.C., Thomas Pope delivered a two-run single with two away in the bottom of the 10th to lift UNC Wilmington past Ohio at Brooks Field. Starter Matt Batts pitched seven hitless innings with one earned run, one walk and eight strikeouts for the Seahawks (1-0), departing with a 2-1 lead. The first hit for the Bobcats (0-1) was a run-scoring double by Garrett Black with two out in the eighth to knot the score at 2. Josh Abshire singled and scored in a two-run eighth as UNCW took a 4-2 lead. Ethan Newton had an infield hit with two gone to cap a two-run ninth as OU tied it at 4. After the Seahawks failed to score in the ninth, Ben Otto’s RBI double gave the Bobcats their first lead. Pope came to the plate with the bases loaded and two down in the bottom of the frame. His base hit gave UNCW the thrilling victory.


Austin Peay 9, Illinois State 6

In Clarksville, Tenn., Greg Bachman drove in six over the first four innings as Austin Peay outscored Illinois State at Raymond C. Hand Park. Bachman belted a three-run homer in the first and added a two-run single in the second to give the Govs (1-0) a 6-1 advantage. His run-scoring double in the fourth pushed his RBI total to six as Austin Peay took a 7-5 lead. Reed Harper went 4 for 5 with three runs and one RBI, while Cody Hudson homered and drove in two for the Govs. Matt Mirabal had three hits and Zac Johnson knocked in a pair for the Redbirds (0-1).


Pittsburgh 9, Michigan 8

In Dunedin, Fla., Pittsburgh scored four in the top of the ninth to upend Michigan in the Big East-Big Ten Challenge and give head coach Joe Jordano his 400th career victory. Rick Devereaux (3 for 5, 4 RBI) had a two-run single in the ninth to pull the Panthers (1-1) to within one. Eric Hess tied it with a sacrifice fly and Derik Wilson (3 for 5) knocked in the go-ahead run with a base hit. Freshman Tanner Wilt fanned two in the bottom of the ninth to record his first collegiate save. Boo Vazquez had four hits and three runs for Pittsburgh. Michael O’Neill homered and knocked in three for the Wolverines (0-1).


UC Irvine 5, Alabama State 3

In Houston, Jordan Fox went 2 for 2 with two RBI as UC Irvine edged Alabama State in the MLB Urban Invitational at Minute Maid Park. Fox had a RBI single in a two-run first and added a sacrifice fly in the third for the Anteaters (1-0). Phillip Ferragamo (1-0) tossed four scoreless innings in relief with one hit and two strikeouts to earn the win. The Hornets (0-1), under first-year head coach Mervyl Melendez, scored one in the top of the ninth and put the potential tying runs on second and third before Mitch Merten got a popout behind the plate to end the game and record his first save. Manny Rodriguez and Marcus Swint both had two hits for Alabama State.


Texas Southern 6, Grambling State 5 (10)

In Houston, Texas Southern tied it with four in the top of the ninth and added a run in the 10th to rally past Grambling State in a battle of Tigers at the MLB Urban Invitational at Minute Maid Park. C Logan went 2 for 5 with a double, a triple, two runs and one RBI for TSU (1-0). Hector Mejias drove in three for GSU (0-1).


Mississippi State 6, Washington State 2

In Starkville, Miss., Chris Stratton fanned three in four relief innings as Mississippi State defeated Washington State at Dudy Noble Field. Stratton (1-0) allowed just one hit. Taylor Stark has a run-scoring single in a three-run first for the Bulldogs (1-0). The Cougars (0-1) pulled to within one in the top of the fourth before MSU put up a pair in the bottom of the frame. Daryl Norris (3 for 4) added a RBI single in the eighth for the Bulldogs. Taylor Ard went 1 for 4 with one run and one RBI for WSU.


Kansas 7, Middle Tennessee 3

In Murfreesboro, Tenn., Alex DeLeon had two hits, including a three-run double, and four RBI as Kansas beat Middle Tennessee to give Ritch Price his 300th victory as coach of the Jayhawks. DeLeon delivered his three-run double in the sixth to provide the final margin. Kevin Kuntz had three hits for the Jayhawks (1-0). Johnny Thomas drilled a three-run homer to give the Blue Raiders (0-1) a 3-1 lead in the second.


Creighton 4, Central Arkansas 3

In Conway, Ark., Ty Blach fanned six in five innings as Creighton edged Central Arkansas to give head coach Ed Servais his 300th career win with the Bluejays. Blach (1-0) allowed two hits, three walks and one unearned run. Mike Gerber drove in a pair, while Scott Thornburg had two hits and one RBI for Creighton (1-0). Travis Snider went 3 for 4 with two runs, while Logan Moon knocked in two for the Bears (0-1).


Monmouth 10, Wright State 2

In Cary, N.C., Jake Gronsky went 3 for 5 with four RBI as Monmouth outscored Wright State at the USA Baseball Complex. The Hawks (1-0) trailed 1-0 after four before Gronsky’s bases-clearing double capped a four-run fifth as Monmouth took the lead for good. The Hawks added two in the sixth and four in the ninth. Josh Boyd (2 for 4, 2 R, 2 RBI) and Ed Martin (2 for 5, 1 2B, 2 R) added to the Monmouth offense. Pat Light (1-0, 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 6 K) was the starter and winner for the Hawks. Tristan Moore and Ryan Ashe both had two hits for the Raiders (0-1).


(photos courtesy of Coastal Carolina & Liberty Media Relations Offices)