Feb. 20, 2012

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McVaney leads Texas State past Louisiana-Lafayette

UNLV nips UC Irvine, Saint Mary's stops Sacramento St., Oregon tops Hawaii


In San Marcos, Texas, Jeff McVaney went 4 for 5 with a double, two runs and two RBI as Texas State downed Louisiana-Lafayette 9-5 Monday afternoon in the final game of the CenturyLink Bobcat Invitational. The Bobcats (2-1) scored in five of their first six at-bats in building a 7-2 lead. Nick Smelser (3 for 4, 2 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI) and Tyler Sibley (2 for 5, 2 2B, 1 R) both added to the TSU offense, while Casey Kalenkosky went deep for the first time in 2012. Kyle Finnegan (1-0, 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) was the starter and winner for the Bobcats. Daniel Nichols drove in a pair for the Ragin’ Cajuns (1-2).


UNLV 3, UC Irvine 2

In Irvine, Calif., Erick Fedde pitched six scoreless innings as UNLV edged UC Irvine at Anteater Ballpark. Fedde (1-0) allowed five hits, walked two and struck out three. Mark Shannon allowed one hit over the final two innings with two strikeouts to notch his first save. Scott Dysinger (2 for 4) had a RBI double in the top of the first to give the Rebels the early lead. Danny Higa walked and scored on an error in the fifth, while Trent Cook added a run-scoring single in the seventh to make it 3-0. Jordan Fox (3 for 4) had a RBI double and Ronnie Shaeffer (2 for 4) added a run-scoring single in the eighth for the Anteaters.


Saint Mary’s 7, Sacramento State 2

In Sacramento, Calif., Ben Griset allowed one unearned run in seven innings as Saint Mary’s defeated Sacramento State at John Smith Field. Griset (1-0) allowed four hits and three walks while fanning seven. Troy Channing (3 for 4, 2 R) had a bases-clearing double in a four-run fourth for the Gaels (4-0). Kyle Moses (3 for 5) had a run-scoring single in the bottom of the frame for the Hornets (1-3). SMC took control with a three-run sixth, pushing its lead to 7-1. Chris Murphy had two hits and two RBI for the Gaels. SMC is off to a 4-0 start for the first time since 1977.


Oregon 12, Hawaii 6

In Honolulu, Ryon Healy went 2 for 4 with four RBI, including a two-run double to spark a seven-run third, as Oregon outscored Hawaii in front of 3,480 fans at Les Murakami Stadium. J.J. Altobelli went 5 for 6 with three doubles, two runs and two RBI, while Aaron Jones added two hits and three runs for the Ducks (3-1). Shaun Chase (2 for 5, 2 R, 2 RBI) homered for Oregon. Trevor Podratz (1 for 4, 2 RBI), Stephen Ventimilia (1 for 2, 3 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI) and Collin Bennett (2 for 2, 2 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI) led the offense for the Rainbows (1-3).


UC Davis 9, Utah 8 (10)

In Davis, Calif., David Popkins was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th to force in John Williams with the game-winner as UC Davis edged Utah at Dobbins Stadium. Shaun Cooper hit a two-run homer with two away in the top of the ninth for the Utes (1-3) to knot the score at 8 and force the extra frame. The Aggies (3-1) led 5-0 after two before Biss Larsen doubled and James Brooks walked to start the top of the third for Utah. Shortstop Alex Lipson turned a Tyson Gonzalez lineout into a triple play to escape the threat. Parker Morin had a bases-clearing double in the fifth and Brooks belted a three-run homer in the sixth as Utah took a 6-5 lead. UC Davis reclaimed the lead with a pair in the bottom of the frame as Williams had a pinch-hit RBI triple and scored to make it 7-6. Evan Wolf had a leadoff single in the bottom of the seventh and scored in a wild pitch as the Aggies took an 8-6 advantage. Lipson and Austin Logan both knocked in a pair for the Aggies.


Kentucky 6, USC Upstate 0

In Spartanburg, S.C., Corey Littrell recorded career highs by pitching seven innings and striking out eight as Kentucky blanked USC Upstate at Harley Park. Littrell (1-0) allowed two hits and one walk in earning the victory. J.T Riddle (3 for 5, 2 RBI) and Austin Cousino (3 for 5, 2 2B, 2 R, 1 RBI) led the offensive attack for the Wildcats (3-0). Jordan Stampler and Gaither Bumgardner both had hits for the Spartans (2-1).


CSU Bakersfield 8, Kansas State 1

In Bakersfield, Calif., D.C. Legg went 3 for 4 with two home runs and five RBI as CSU Bakersfield won its series against Kansas State. Legg belted a three-run homer in the bottom of the first and added a solo shot in the eighth for the Roadrunners (2-1). Taylor Aikenhead (1-0) went the distance for CSUB, allowing three hits, one earned run and five walks. Aikenhead threw 147 pitches and struck out seven. Oscar Sanay went 2 for 4 with a double, two runs and one RBI for the Roadrunners. Blair DeBord went 1 for 3 and drove in the lone run for the Wildcats (1-2).