Feb. 18, 2012

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Ragira leads Stanford past Vanderbilt

Florida gets by Fullerton, NDSU wins at Arizona, Pepperdine blanks OU


In Stanford, Calif., Brian Ragira (right) enjoyed his second straight three-hit game to lead third-ranked Stanford past No. 13 Vanderbilt 9-5 Saturday afternoon at Sunken Diamond. The Cardinal (2-0) scored in four of the first five innings against freshman Tyler Beede (0-1), who allowed nine hits and nine runs (five earned) in 4.1 innings with one walk and two strikeouts. Eric Smith went 2 for 5 with two RBI for Stanford. Connor Harrell homered twice and drove in four for the Commodores (0-2). Brett Mooneyham (1-0) earned the victory after missing last season with a finger injury. He allowed five hits and three earned runs in six innings with four walks and eight strikeouts. (photo by Matthew C. Ersted of StanfordPhoto.com)


No. 1 Florida 5, No. 20 Cal State Fullerton 2

In Gainesville, Fla., Austin Maddox allowed one hit and struck out three in four scoreless innings of relief as Florida beat Fullerton for the second straight day. Taylor Gushue had a two-run triple in a four-run fourth, and Mike Zunino and Preston Tucker each had two hits, a run and a RBI for the Gators (2-0). Starter Karsten Whitson (1-0) allowed two runs in five innings before yielding to Maddox, who was a third of an inning shy of his career high. Austin Kingsolver went 2 for 3, and Carlos Lopez had a RBI double for the Titans (0-2).


North Dakota State 8, No. 15 Arizona 2

In Tucson, Ariz., Luke Anderson (1-0) pitched seven innings of two-hit ball as North Dakota State downed Arizona at Hi Corbett Field to collect its first win against a ranked Division I opponent. The Bison (1-1) defeated the Wildcats (1-1) behind a six-run eighth sparked by a RBI double by Zach Wentz (2 for 5). NDSU tied the game in the fifth on a two-run homer by Kyle Kleinendorst. All the damage was done on the Wildcats bullpen. Arizona starter Konner Wade struck out 13 over 7.1 innings. Reliever Vincent Littleman (0-1) was stuck with his first loss. Robert Refsnyder had two of Arizona’s four hits.


Pepperdine 10, No. 16 Oklahoma 0

In Malibu, Calif., Scott Frazier tossed seven shutout innings as Pepperdine blanked Oklahoma. Frazier (1-0) allowed five hits while piling up six strikeouts for the Waves (1-1). Pepperdine had runners in scoring position in every inning, putting up runs in five of its final six at-bats. Freshman Aaron Brown went 3 for 5 with a double and three RBI to lead Pepperdine. Jonathan Gray (0-1) took the loss for the Sooners (1-1), throwing 2.2 innings with one run and six walks.


Virginia 9, Coastal Carolina 3

In Conway, S.C., Virginia scored eight runs late to turn a pitchers’ duel into a rout in defeating Coastal Carolina in the Caravelle Resort Tournament in front of a regular-season record crowd of 1,635 at Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field. The game was scoreless into the fifth. Josh Conway (right), the starter for the Chanticleers (1-1), pitched five shutout innings with three hits, five walks and two strikeouts. Bryce Dial delivered a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth to give Coastal a 2-0 advantage. Nate Irving drew a bases-loaded walk in the sixth to pull the Cavaliers (1-1) to within one. Jared King (3 for 5, 2 R, 4 RBI) connected on a three-run homer in the seventh to put Virginia on top to stay at 4-2. Chris Taylor had a three-run homer in a five-run eighth as the Cavs pulled away. Whit Mayberry (1-0, 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 4 K) picked up the win for UVa.


No. 2 South Carolina 3-13, VMI 2-1

In Columbia, S.C., Dante Rosenberg had a run-scoring double in the sixth to snap a 2-2 tie in the opener as South Carolina swept a doubleheader and the series from VMI at Carolina Stadium. The Keydets (0-3) scored twice in the top of the sixth without the benefit of a hit to knot the score at 2. Rosenberg had two doubles, one run and one RBI for the Gamecocks (3-0). Matt Price (2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) pitched five hitless innings, while Ethan Carter (1-0, 4 IP, 2 H, 6 K) picked up the win. South Carolina used a seven-run fourth to take command of the nightcap. L.B. Dantzler homered and drove in four, while T.J. Costen also went deep and knocked in two for the Gamecocks. Colby Holmes (1-0, 5 IP, 1 H, 6 K) earned the victory. Rob Dickinson had two hits for VMI.


No. 4 North Carolina 16, Xavier 10

In Chapel Hill, N.C., Mike Zolk had four RBI as North Carolina outscored Xavier to win the series at Boshamer Stadium. The Tar Heels (2-1) put up six in the bottom of the first before the Musketeers (1-2) answered with eight in the second. UNC tied it in the bottom of the frame and took the lead for good with five in the fourth. Tommy Coyle had three hits, including a triple, and two runs, while Cody Stubbs went 2 for 4 with a double, three runs and two RBI for the Heels. Derek Hasenbeck had two hits, including a double, and two RBI for Xavier.


No. 5 Texas A&M 10-9, UIC 0-2

In College Station, Texas, Texas A&M picked up two wins over UIC, the first the completion of Friday’s suspended contest. In the first game, Michael Wacha allowed one hit and struck out eight in 5.1 innings, and Jacob House homered and drove in three. Matt Juengel went 3 for 5 with a run and a RBI, and Tyler Naquin (2 for 4, 3 R, RBI) and Mikey Reynolds (2 for 4, 2 R) had big nights at the top of the Aggies’ lineup. On Saturday, House had another big day, going 3 for 4 with a homer and three RBI, and Naquin went 3 for 3 with three runs and a RBI. That was plenty of support for Ross Stripling, who allowed two earned runs and struck out eight in seven innings, retiring 15 in a row at one point for the Aggies (2-0). Alex De LaRosa went 2 for 4 with a RBI for the Flames.


No. 6 Arkansas 13, Villanova 1

In Fayetteville, Ark., Sam Bates had three hits, including a three-run homer, and drove in five as Arkansas coasted past Villanova. John Clay Reeves had two hits and two RBI, and Matt Reynolds contributed two hits and two runs for the Razorbacks (2-0). Ryan Stanek tossed four innings and was credited with win, allowing one run and striking out four.


No. 7 Rice 5, FIU 4 (12)
In Houston, Jeremy Rathjen belted a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 12th as Rice powered past FIU. Matthew Reckling provided the Owls (2-0) with another strong start (6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 7 K), but the Golden Panthers (0-2) fought back to tie the game in the ninth inning. FIU’s Rudy Flores (2-6) delivered an RBI single before teammate Jabari Henry (3-6, 2 R, 2 RBI) brought him home with a game-tying two-run homer. Rathjen went 3 for 5 with two RBI and made a winner of reliever Tyler Wall (3.1 IP, 2 H, 3 K).

No. 8 Texas 4-5, Duke 0-3

In Austin, Texas, Brooks Marlow went 2 for 3 with two homers and three RBI, and Nathan Thornhill and Corey Knebel combined to shut out Duke on three hits in the first game, and Mark Payton went 3 for 4 with two doubles and two RBI as the Longhorns rallied for the sweep. Thornhill allowed three hits in five innings, and Knebel finished the seven-inning game with two scoreless innings. Blue Devils starter Marcus Stroman allowed three runs on four hits but walked six in five innings. Hoby Milner picked up the win in Game 2, working five innings with four hits, three runs (two earned) and three strikeouts. Parker French tossed three scoreless innings, and Knebel closed with his second save of the day. Jeff Kremer had two hits, and Andy Perez drove in a run for the Blue Devils.


No. 9 Georgia Tech 5, Winthrop 3

No. 9 Georgia Tech 6, Kent State 2

In Rock Hill, S.C., Mitch Earnest went 3 for 3 with two RBI as Georgia Tech beat Winthrop to cap a day in which the Yellow Jackets also avenged Friday’s loss to Kent State with a win over the Golden Flashes. In the nightcap, Cole Pitts entered with the game tied at 2 and escaped a bases-loaded jam en route to four innings of one-run ball for Tech (3-1). Zane Evans posted his first save. TJ Olexczuk went 4 for 4 with two runs and a RBI for the Eagles (0-3). Earlier in the day, Dusty Isaacs tossed seven strong innings with one earned run, and Daniel Palka went 3 for 4 with a triple, homer, four runs and a RBI in the Yellow Jackets’ win over Kent State. Paul Kronenfeld added two hits and three RBI for Tech, which lost to Kent State 5-0 on Friday.


No. 10 LSU 19, Alcorn State 0

In Baton Rouge, La., LSU scored multiple runs in each of the first three innings in rolling past Alcorn State. The Tigers (2-0) tallied three in the first, two in the second and six in the third to take control. Mason Katz had a bases-clearing triple in the third and drove in four to lead the LSU offense. Ryan Eades (1-0) allowed one hit and one walk in five innings with eight strikeouts to earn the victory. Ryan Akins went 1 for 3 with a walk for the Braves (1-1).


No. 12 Florida State 10, Hofstra 8
In Tallahassee, Fla., Hunter Scantling came out of the bullpen to provide 5.1 innings of solid relief to earn the win as Florida State edged Hofstra. Scantling (1-0, 5.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 K) entered the game in the second inning when the Pride (0-2) led 4-0. The Seminoles (2-0) came from behind thanks to a four-run fifth. Freshman Jose Brizuela’s two-run double tied the game at 5 and an RBI groundout by Seth Miller (2 for 3) and RBI single from Devon Travis gave FSU a 7-5 lead. Danny Poma (4 for 5, SB, 2 RBI) and Dalton Roleau (1-3, 3 R, 2 BB, 2 SB) sparked the Hofstra offense.

No. 14 Miami (Fla.) 4, Rutgers 1 (12)

In Coral Gables, Fla., Rony Rodriguez launched a three-run homer in the bottom of the 12th to lift Miami past Rutgers. Dale Carey was hit by a pitch with two gone in the 12th and Peter O’Brien walked before the blast by Rodriguez. Carey went deep in the first for Hurricanes (2-0) before the Scarlet Knights (0-2) tied it in the third on a run-scoring double by Brian O’Grady. Eric Whaley fanned seven in a six-inning start for Miami with two hits and one run. A.J. Salcines (1-0) struck out two in a scoreless 12th to get the win.


No. 17 UCLA 6, Maryland 5

In Los Angeles, Tyler Heineman scored on a wild pitch in the fifth to break a 5-5 tie as UCLA nipped Maryland. The Bruins (1-1) led 5-1 before the Terps (1-1) tied the game with a four-run fifth, capped by Tim Kiene’s three-run blast. Cody Keefer (3 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI), Beau Amaral (2 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI) and Cody Regis (1 for 2, 2 RBI) paced the offense for UCLA. Nick Vander Tuig (1-0, 5 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K) picked up the win, while Scott Griggs worked a perfect ninth for his first save. Charlie Haslup (0-1) was saddled with the loss after allowing two runs in 1.2 innings of relief. K.J. Hockaday had two hits and two runs for the visitors.


No. 18 Georgia 5, Presbyterian 4
In Athens, Ga., Brett DeLoach played the role of hero for Georgia, as his pinch-hit, two-run double defeated Presbyterian. The Bulldogs (2-0) fell behind to the Blue Hose (0-2) early as Presbyterian scored three in the top of the third behind RBI singles from Jay Lizanich (1-3, 2 RBI) and Tony Micklon (2-3, 2 RBI). Curt Powell had two hits for the Bulldogs, and Levi Hyams’ RBI single in the bottom of the sixth pulled Georgia within one. Trailing 4-3 going to the bottom of the ninth, Hyams (1-3, 2 RBI) was hit by a pitch and Kyle Farmer singled before DeLoach’s double to left field ended Presbyterian’s hopes for an upset.

No. 19 Clemson 6-7, UAB 1-4

In Clemson, S.C., Dominic Leone pitched six scoreless innings in the opener as Clemson swept UAB in a doubleheader. The Tigers (2-1) were lead on offense in Game 1 by Richie Shaffer and Brad Felder, who both hit two-run homers. After being limited offensively Friday, Clemson jumped out early on Ben Bullard (3.2 IP, 8 H, 5 ER), UAB’s starting pitcher. Jason Stolz also helped to spark the Clemson offense, going 3 for 4 with a run and a stolen base. John Frost and Tyler Mims both had two hits for the Blazers (1-2). In the nightcap, Phil Pohl’s solo homer in the bottom of the seventh sparked Clemson to the sweep. Kevin Pohle (1-0) earned the win as he threw four scoreless innings after entering in the fifth. The Tigers struggled to score against UAB starter Michael Busby (6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2K), but Pohl’s (2-4, 2 R, 3 RBI) home run tied the game at two. In the bottom of the eighth, the Tigers scraped together five runs despite only two hits as an error, two walks, a hit batsman, wild pitch, and an error contributed to the big inning. Ivan De Jesus had three hits and an RBI for the Blazers.


Arizona State 13, Western Michigan 0

In Tempe, Ariz., Michael Benjamin totaled four RBI, including a three-run homer in a five-run third, as Arizona State blanked Western Michigan for the second straight game. After scoring one in the first and three in the second, the Sun Devils (2-0) blew it open with five in the third as Andrew Aplin (2 for 2, 3 R, 2 RBI) went deep following Benjamin’s three-run blast. Beau Maggi added three hits and two RBI for ASU. Freshman Adam McCreery (1-0) collected the win in his first career start by allowing just two hits in four innings with five strikeouts. Steve Laudicina (0-1) took the loss by allowing nine runs in just 2.1 innings. Ryan McMillin had two hits for the Broncos (0-2).


Santa Clara 5, Texas State 4 (13)

Santa Clara 7, Wichita State 1 (12)

In San Marcos, Texas, Santa Clara needed 25 innings to get it done, but posted wins over Texas State and Wichita State in the CenturyLink Bobcat Invitational. Picked to finish last in the West Coast Conference, the Broncos (2-0) defeated the favorite in the Southland and one of the top teams from the Missouri Valley. In the first game of the day, T.J. Braff struck out but reached first on a wild pitch with two away in the top of the 13th and eventually scored the go-ahead run on an error to give Santa Clara a 5-4 advantage. Paul Twining (1-0, 3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K) retired the Bobcats (0-1) in order in the bottom of the frame to give head coach Dan O’Brien his first victory. Pat Stover had two hits and two runs for the Broncos. Jeff McVaney went 2 for 5 with one run and one RBI for TSU. In the nightcap, Lucas Herbst (3 for 6) had a one-out single and scored the go-ahead run in the top of the 12th, paving the way for a six-run outburst. Brock Simon (8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) was strong as the starter for Santa Clara, while Powell Fansler (3 IP, 4 H, 2 K) picked up the win in relief. Ryan Hege went 2 for 4 with a double and one RBI for the Shockers (0-2).


Florida Atlantic 9, Alabama 2

In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Jake Meiers and Kevin Alexander combined to shut down Alabama as Florida Atlantic recorded its second straight win. Meiers (1-0) allowed seven hits and one run in six innings with no walks and three strikeouts. Alexander surrendered two hits and one run over the final three innings with no walks and four punchouts for his first save. Kyle Newton had a two-run single in the top of the first to start the scoring for the Owls (2-0). Mike Albaladejo (2 R, 1 RBI) and Geoff Jimenez (1 R, 2 RBI) both had three hits for FAU. Taylor Dugas went 3 for 3 with both runs for the Crimson Tide (0-2).


Georgia Southern 10, UT Martin 1

In Statesboro, Ga., Victor Roache hit a two-run homer in a three-run first as Georgia Southern rolled past UT Martin in front 1,568 fans at J.I. Clements Stadium. Eric Phillips went 3 for 5 with two runs and two RBI, and T.D. Davis had two hits, including a double, and drove in a pair for the Eagles (2-0). Matt Haynes went 2 for 4 for the Skyhawks (0-2).


UNLV 6, Loyola Marymount 1

In Los Angeles, Brandon Bayardi was a triple short of the cycle and drove in four as UNLV defeated Loyola Marymount at George C. Page Stadium to give second-year head coach Tim Chambers his 500th career win. Freshman Zak Qualls (1-0) carried a no-hitter into the seventh before allowing a double to Cullen Mahoney with two outs. He walked one and struck out five in 6.2 innings. Mark Shannon worked the final 2.1 hitless innings with one strikeout for the combined one-hitter. Trent Cook went 2 for 2 with a double, two runs and two RBI for the Rebels (1-1). Nick Devian drove in the lone run for the Lions (1-1).


Liberty 8, Towson 0

In Charleston, S.C., Liberty recorded its second straight shutout in blanking Towson in The Citadel Memorial Tournament at Riley Park. Patrick Eckelbarger (1-0, 5 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 4 K) combined with three relievers on the shutout for the Flames (2-0). Michael Robertson had three hits and three RBI as he did in the opener against Richmond. Ian Parmley had two hits and two runs for Liberty. Richie Blosser went 2 for 3 for the Tigers (1-1).


Virginia Tech 11, Bradley 1

In Kennesaw, Ga., Chad Pinder tied a school and ACC record with four doubles as Virginia Tech thumped Bradley at Stillwell Stadium. Pinder had career highs with five hits and four RBI. He had a triple to go along with his four doubles. Pinder had a run-scoring double in a five-run second as the Hokies (3-0) took control early. Mark Zagunis scored twice and knocked in three for Tech. Marc Zecchino (1-0, 5 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 6 K) earned the victory. Greg Partyka went 1 for 2 with a walk for the Braves (1-2).


(photo courtesy of Coastal Carolina Media Relations Office)