Feb. 21, 2012

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Tennessee wins longest game in program history vs. WKU

Baylor bounces TCU, UT Arlington wins at Texas, Florida edges B-CU


In Knoxville, Tenn., Davis Morgan’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 13th lifted Tennessee over Western Kentucky 8-7 Tuesday in the longest game in program history (4:48) for UT. Dave Serrano is the first UT coach in 101 years and third overall to start his career 4-0. Drew Steckenrider, who had homerered earlier in the contest, drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth to knot the score at 6 and force extra innings. The Hilltoppers (1-3) took a one-run lead in the top of the 12th with a free pass with the bases full before Wes Walker’s pinch-hit RBI single in the bottom of the frame forced one more inning. Ethan Bennett had two this, including a double, and two RBI for the Volunteers. Casey Dykes and Jordan Cessna both went deep for WKU.


Baylor 7, No. 14 TCU 1

In Waco, Texas, three Baylor pitchers held TCU to one run on two hits as the Bears won at Baylor Ballpark. Trent Blank (2-0) tossed four hitless innings with three walks and two strikeouts. Kolt Browder did not allow a hit over the next three innings with two walks and two punchouts. Joey Hainsfurther worked the final two frames, as Josh Gonzales singled on an 0-2 pitch with two gone in the top of the eighth for the first hit by the Horned Frogs (1-2). TCU did get another single and a run in the top of the ninth, as Hainsfurther earned his first save. It was the first run allowed by the Baylor bullpen this season after 18 consecutive scoreless innings. The Bears (4-0) tallied single runs in the first, second and fourth before putting the game away with four in the eighth. Lawton Langford came off the bench to go 3 for 3 with a double and a run, while Josh Ludy drove in two for Baylor.


UT Arlington 7, No. 9 Texas 5

In Austin, Texas, Preston Beck had a two-run homer in a four-run third as UT Arlington won at Texas. The blast by Beck (2 for 3, 3 RBI) helped the Mavericks (3-1) erase a 3-1 deficit. Derek Miller went 2 for 4 with two doubles, two runs and one RBI. Lance Day (2-0, 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K) earned the win in relief, while Chad Nack recorded the final out for his first save. Mark Payton went 2 for 2 with three walks, two runs and one RBI, while Erich Weiss drove in two for the Longhorns (2-2).


No. 1 Florida 8, Bethune-Cookman 6

In Gainesville, Fla., Preston Tucker had a run-scoring single in the bottom of the eighth to snap a 6-6 tie as Florida nipped Bethune-Cookman at McKethan Stadium. Brian Johnson added a sacrifice fly later in the frame for an insurance run for the Gators (3-1). Mike Zunino (2 for 3, 3 R, 2 BB) had solo homers in the second and seventh innings, and Cody Dent was 3 for 3 for Florida. Austin Maddox (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings with two hits and two strikeouts to record the victory. Jordan Taylor went 4 for 5 with a double and two RBI for the Wildcats (2-2), who fell to 0-26 all-time against the Gators.


No. 3 Stanford 9, Pacific 7 (11)

In Stockton, Calif., Stephen Piscotty belted a two-run homer in the top of the 11th as Stanford escaped with a victory at Pacific. The Tigers (0-4) put up four in the bottom of the second before the Cardinal (4-0) scored in four of the next five innings to take a 7-4 lead in the top of the seventh. Pacific scored single runs in the seventh and eighth before tying the contest with a run in the bottom of the ninth. The home run for Piscotty (2 for 6, 2 R, 3 RBI) was his third. Tyler Gaffney went 3 for 4 with three runs and two RBI for Stanford. John Haberman (4 for 5, 1 R, 2 RBI) and Allen Riley (2 for 5, HR, 3 R) led the offense for the Tigers.


No. 4 Texas A&M 4, Stephen F. Austin 3

In College Station, Texas, Cole Lankford had a two-run single with two outs in the bottom of the sixth to put Texas A&M ahead for good in a victory over Stephen F. Austin in front of 4,284 fans at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park. The Aggies (4-0) scored a pair in the bottom of the first before the Lumberjacks (0-3) tied it on a two-run single by Bobby Loveless in the third. Max Lamantia homered in the fourth to give SFA a 3-2 advantage. Four relievers combined to hold the Lumberjacks scoreless over the final five innings. Jason Freeman (2 IP, 0 H, 3 K) earned the victory, while Daniel Mangden fanned two in the ninth for his first save. Tyler Naquin went 2 for 4 with one run for Texas A&M.


No. 5 Arkansas 8, Northwestern State 7

In Fayetteville, Ark., Jake Wise walked with the bases loaded and two gone in the bottom of the ninth to force in the game-winner as Arkansas edged Northwestern State at Baum Stadium. Jacob Morris has a RBI double and scored in a three-run eighth as the Razorbacks (4-0) took their first lead at 7-6. Matt Burns (2 for 5) singled and scored in the top of the ninth for the Demons to tie the score at 7. Dominic Ficociello went 2 for 4 with two RBI for Arkansas. Ray Frias (3 for 3, 2 R, 1 RBI) and Nick Hinojos (3 for 5, 1 RBI) led the offense for Northwestern State.


No. 6 Rice 7, New Mexico State 5

In Houston, Michael Fuda went 4 for 5 with one RBI to lead Rice past New Mexico State. The Owls (4-0) scored in each of their first at-bats in taking a 7-4 lead. Jeremy Rathjen (2 for 3, 2 R, 2 RBI) homered and Christian Stringer had two hits and three runs for Rice. Bryan Karraker went 3 for 3 with two runs, while Zach Voight went deep for the Aggies (3-2). Taylor Wall (2-0, 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 4 K) earned the win in relief, while J.T. Chargois pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save.


No. 11 Florida State 16, Jacksonville 9

In Tallahassee, Fla., Jayce Boyd had four hits and drove in a career-best five as Florida outscored Jacksonville at Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles (4-0) scored in four of the first five innings, including five in the fourth and six in the sixth. John Nogowski had two hits and drove in three, while Devon Travis doubled twice and scored a pair on his 21st birthday for FSU. Taylor Ratliff (2 for 6, 5 RBI) had a grand slam in a five-run second, and Kevin Lehane also went deep for the Dolphins (0-4). Mack Waugh (1-0, 3.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) got the win in relief.


No. 15 Arizona 12, Utah Valley 6

In Tucson, Ariz., Lucas Long pitched five solid innings in relief as Arizona downed Utah Valley at Hi Corbett Field. Long (1-0) allowed four hits and two runs with no walks and six strikeouts. The Wolverines (1-3) led 5-1 before the Wildcats (3-1) fought back with one in the fourth, two in the fifth and six in the sixth. Seth Mejias-Brean (2 for 5) and Riley Moore both drove in three, while Joey Rickard went 4 for 5 with two RBI for Arizona. Goose Kallunki went 3 for 4 with two runs and two RBI, while Jake Rickenbach added three hits and two runs for UVU.


UCLA 19, Cal State Northridge 7

In Northridge, Calif., Jeff Gelalich homered twice and drove in three as UCLA smothered Cal State Northridge at Matador Field. The Bruins (2-2) started the scoring with five in the third, and punctuated the victory with a nine-spot in the eighth. Trevor Brown had a double and a triple while driving in four, and Pat Valaika went 3 for 4 with four runs for UCLA. Todd Eskelin homered and knocked in three for the Matadors (2-2). Zack Ortiz (1-0, 2 IP 2.H, 3 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 k) picked up the win in relief.


NC State 10, UNC Wilmington 0

In Raleigh, N.C., NC State scored all 10 runs in the bottom of the eighth in defeating UNC Wilmington at Doak Field. Andrew Ciencin had three hits and drove in three for the Wolfpack (3-1). Ethan Ogburn (1-0) fanned six in four perfect innings of relief to earn the victory. Tyler McSwain pitched seven scoreless innings for the Seahawks (2-2) with four hits, two walks and two strikeouts.


Pepperdine 6, VCU 1

In Malibu, Calif., Corey Miller allowed three hits and one run over eight innings as Pepperdine downed VCU at Eddy D. Field Stadium. Miller (1-0) walked one and struck out five. He allowed a run in the first and then shut the door the rest of the way. The Waves (3-1) tied it in the third and took the lead with five in the fifth. Austin Davidson homered, and Zach Vincej went 2 for 3 with a double, one run and one RBI for Pepperdine. Jordan Weymouth had two of the three hits and scored the lone run for the Rams (1-3).


Wichita State 10, Oral Roberts 3

In Tulsa, Okla., Ryan Hege had three hits and drove in five as Wichita State spoiled the home opener for Oral Roberts. The Shockers (1-3) put up four in the first and added three in both the fourth and sixth. Don Lambert added four RBI for Wichita State. Four pitchers combined to hold the Golden Eagles (0-4) to three runs on two hits. Jared Schlehuber went 1 for 2 with two walks, one run and one RBI for ORU.


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