Feb. 24, 2012

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Bermudez has three hits as FIU wins at Florida State

Maine wins at Clemson, Stanford tops Texas, TCU edges Fullerton


In Tallahassee, Fla., Pablo Bermudez (right) had three hits and scored three runs to lead FIU past No. 11 Florida State 8-5 Friday evening. Bermudez, FIU’s leadoff hitter, set the table for the Golden Panthers (1-3) middle of the order. Adam Kirsch (3 for 5) and T.J. Shantz (1 for 5) both had 2 RBI for FIU. Sherman Johnson and Jayce Boyd both had two hits for the Seminoles (4-1). FIU starter R.J. Fondon fought through a 45-minute rain delay in the second inning to put in a gutty 110-pitch performance. Fondon (1-1, 5.1 IP, 8 H, 4 BB, 4 R, 3 ER) was able to work his way out of trouble with men on base, while FSU freshman Brandon Leibrandt (0-1, 2.2 IP, 5 H, 4 BB, 4 ER, 4 K) could not do the same and took the loss.

Maine 6, No. 16 Clemson 5
In Clemson, S.C., Fran Whitten and Mike Connolly delivered two-out RBI singles in the top of the eighth to lift Maine over Clemson. Starter Stephen Perakslis (6.1 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 K) of the Black Bears (1-0) kept the Tigers (2-2) off the scoreboard until the bottom of the seventh, when Clemson scored four to tie the game. Whitten (2 for 4, R, 2 RBI) and Connolly (1 for 4, R, RBI) put the Black Bears up 6-4 in the top half of the eighth, but Clemson rallied in the bottom of the ninth only to have its comeback effort fall short. Colin Gay had two hits and two RBI for Maine, while Phil Pohl and Thomas Brittle led the way for the Clemson offense as they both tallied three hits.

No. 3 Stanford 7, No. 7 Texas 2

In Stanford, Calif., Mark Appel set a career high with 10 strikeouts as Stanford topped Texas at Sunken Diamond. Appel (2-0) did not allow a hit over the first four innings, finished with three hits and one run in seven innings with three walks. The Cardinal (5-0) scored two in the first and three in the second to take control early. Brian Ragira had three hits, including two doubles, and three RBI, while Jake Stewart (HR, 3 R) and Tyler Gaffner (2B, 2 R) both had three hits for Stanford. Kevin Lusson went 1 for 3 with a double and one RBI for the Longhorns (2-3), who have lost three straight. Nathan Thornhill (1-1, 5 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) took the loss.


No. 14 TCU 3, No. 20 Cal State Fullerton 2

In Fullerton, Calif., Andrew Mitchell fanned a career-high 12 in five innings as TCU edged Cal State Fullerton in front of 2,515 fans at Goodwin Field. Mitchell allowed two hits and one run with three walks in the no-decision. Andrew Morrison (3 IP, 2 H, 1 K) picked up the win in relief, while Kaleb Merck gave up an unearned run in the ninth with a strikeout to notch his second save. The Horned Frogs (2-2) trailed 1-0 after seven before pinch-hitter Jerrick Suiter delivered a two-run triple with two outs in the top of the eighth in his first at-bat of the season to give TCU the lead. Suiter scored an insurance run on an error. Ricky Pedroza was hit by a pitch and scored in the bottom of the ninth for the Titans (1-3). Dylan Floro (0-1, 8 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 K) was the hard-luck loser for Fullerton.


No. 1 Florida 4, William and Mary 1

In Gainesville, Fla., Tyler Thompson went deep in the fifth to snap a 1-1 tie and help Florida get by William and Mary at McKethan Stadium. Hudson Randall (1-0) allowed five hits and one run in 6.1 innings with four strikeouts to secure the victory. Austin Maddox worked 2.2 scoreless innings with one hit and four strikeouts to secure his second save. Nolan Fontana went 3 for 4 with two doubles and a run, while Taylor Gushue added two hits and a run for the Gators (5-1). Josh Smith homered, and Michael Katz had two hits, including a double, for the Tribe (2-3).


No. 2 South Carolina 8, Elon 1

In Columbia, S.C., Michael Roth pitched seven hitless innings as South Carolina came within one out of a no-hitter against Elon at Carolina Stadium. Roth (1-0) walked three and struck out eight. Nolan Belcher walked one in a hitless eighth before Patrick Sullivan surrendered a home run to Garrett Koster with two away in the ninth. Christian Walker went 2 for 2 with a homer and five RBI for the Gamecocks (4-0). Koster and Quinn Bower both walked twice for the Phoenix (4-1).


No. 4 Texas A&M 3, Holy Cross 2 (11)

In College Station, Texas, Matt Juengel walked with the bases full in the bottom of the 11th as Texas A&M nipped Holy Cross on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park. Juengel (2 for 5) had a RBI double in the first and Scott Arthur executed a safety squeeze in the sixth as the Aggies (5-0) built a 2-0 lead. Steven Tkowski delivered a two-run single with two outs in the top of the ninth for the Crusaders (0-1) to extend the game. Michael Wacha allowed two hits in seven scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts for TAMU. Nate Koneski struck out nine in 5.1 innings for Holy Cross, but allowed four hits, seven walks and two runs. Evan Ocello went 3 for 4 with a run for the Crusaders.


No. 5 Arkansas 7, Valparaiso 3

In Fayetteville, Ark., D.J. Baxendale struck out six in six innings as Arkansas defeated Valparaiso at Baum Stadium. Baxendale (2-0) allowed five hits, three runs and two walks. Cade Lynch surrendered one hit and one walk over three scoreless innings with three strikeouts to pick up his first save. Bo Bigham (2 for 5) and Jake Wise (2 for 4, 2B) both drove in two for the Razorbacks (6-0). Chris Manning homered and Spencer Mahoney drove in two for the Crusaders (2-2).


No. 6 Rice 6, Dallas Baptist 5

In Houston, Michael Fuda snapped a 5-5 tie with a leadoff homer in the bottom of the seventh as Rice nipped Dallas Baptist at Reckling Park. Fuda also doubled and scored twice for the Owls (6-0). Shane Hoelscher (2 for 4) had a three-run double in a four-run fourth for Rice. Austin Elkins and Duncan McAlpine both had two hits for the Patriots (3-2). John Simms (2-0, 3.2 IP, 2 H, 1 UE, 1 BB, 4 K) earned the win in relief, while J.T. Chargois got the final two outs via the strikeout to secure his second save.


No. 7 North Carolina 17, Wright State 3

In Chapel Hill, N.C., Tommy Coyle had three hits and three RBI as North Carolina thumped Wright State at Boshamer Stadium. The Tar Heels (3-1) scored eight in the second and rolled from there. Cody Stubbs (2 for 4, 2 R, 2 RBI) and Michael Russell (2 for 4, 3 R, 2 RBI) both had two doubles for UNC. Kent Emanuel (2-0) allowed three hits and two walks in six scoreless innings with five strikeouts to earn the win. Tristan Moore had three hits and Corey Davis drove in two for the Raiders (1-3).


No. 8 LSU 4, Appalachian State 0

In Baton Rouge, La., Kevin Gausman (2-0) hurled seven innings of four-hit shutout baseball as LSU beat Appalachian State in front of 5,585 fans at Alex Box Stadium. Gausman (2-0) increased his scoreless streak to 12 innings. The Tigers (5-0) struck first in the bottom of the second when Ty Ross’s (2 for 2, 2 BB, RBI) single landed just inside the right field foul line. Seth Grant (0-1) received the loss after giving up four runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings for the Mountaineers (2-2).


No. 10 Georgia Tech 12, Ohio State 4
In Atlanta, Georgia Tech starter Buck Farmer struck out 13 Ohio State batters and earned his first win. Farmer (1-1, 6 IP, 4 H, 4 BB, 3 ER) allowed three solo home runs to OSU’s first baseman Josh Dezse. But the outburst could not save the visiting Buckeyes (2-2) as the Georgia Tech (5-1) offense was able to jump to and maintain an early lead. Brandon Thomas, Jake Davies and Paul Kronfield all had two hits, while Sam Dove had three for the Yellow Jackets.

No. 12 Miami (Fla.) 15, Albany 4

In Coral Gables, Fla., Eric Erickson (2-0) pitched seven innings of four-hit baseball with nine strikeouts as Miami defeated Albany at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field. The Hurricanes (5-0) started early as they put up three in the first and would come back in the fourth with a home run by Esteban Tresgallo (2 for 3, 4 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB). Zach Kraham (0-1) picked up the loss for Great Danes (0-1) as he gave up four runs on five hits in five innings.


No. 13 Georgia 13, Winthrop 5

In Athens, Ga., Hunter Cole went 4 for 5 and knocked in two as Georgia took care of Winthrop at Foley Field. The Bulldogs (5-0) scored four in the bottom of the fifth to erase a 4-3 deficit and added five in the eighth to put the game away. Brett DeLoach went 3 for 5 with two doubles, three runs and two RBI for Georgia. Alex Wood (2-0, 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 5 K) picked up the win. Leighton Daniels and Matt Lobacz both had two hits and two RBI for the Eagles (0-5).


No. 15 Arizona 8, Auburn 1

In Tucson, Ariz., Alex Mejia had a two-run homer in the second to ignite Arizona over Auburn at Hi Corbett Field. Mejia finished with three hits and four RBI. A five-run second and a one-run seven-inning gem by Kurt Heyer (2-0) is all the Wildcats (4-1) would need. Derek Varnadore (1-1) picked up the loss after giving up seven runs on 11 hits over six innings. Creede Simpson went 2 for 4 with a run for the Tigers (3-3).


No. 17 Oklahoma 9, Hartford 6
In Norman, Okla., Hunter Lockwood hit two home runs to propel Oklahoma to a victory over visiting Hartford. The dingers by Lockwood (2-5, 3 RBI) came in the third and sixth, the first of which put the Sooners (2-2) ahead 4-2. Hartford (0-1) had jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the third thanks to solid play from their first and second-place hitters, Brian Estevez (2 for 4, BB, R) and Simon Kudersnatch (4 for5, BB, 2 R, RBI). Oklahoma starter Dillon Overton (1-0, 6.1 IP, 8 H, 4 BB, 4 ER) earned the victory.


San Diego State 18, No. 18 Oregon State 2

In San Diego, John Spirk went 3 for 4 with a double, two runs and three RBI as San Diego State spanked Oregon State at Tony Gwynn Stadium. Jake Romanski (2 for 5, 2 R), Avondre Bollar (2 for 2) and Jomel Torres all drove in three for the Aztecs (2-4). SDSU scored four in the first and put the game away with seven in the seventh. Michael Conforto and Max Gordon both had two hits for the Beavers (4-2).


Oregon 4, No. 19 Vanderbilt 2

In Nashville, Tenn., Brett Thomas had a pinch-hit RBI single in the top of the sixth to snap a 2-2 tie and lift Oregon past Vanderbilt at Hawkins Field. Alex Keudel (1-1, 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 3 K) picked up the win, while Jimmie Sherfy (2 IP, 2 K) recorded his first save. Aaron Jones doubled and drove in a pair for the Ducks (5-1). Anthony Gomez went 1 for 4 with one run and one RBI for the Commodores (1-4).


Arizona State 11, UC Riverside 3

In Tempe, Ariz., Brady Rodgers went seven shutout innings as Arizona State cruised past UC Riverside at Packard Stadium. Rodgers (2-0) allowed five hits and struck out nine for the Sun Devils (4-0). Abe Ruiz fell a triple shy of the cycle on his three-hit, four-RBI day. His three-run homer in the seventh push the lead to 10-0. Dylan Stuart (1-1) was tagged with the loss after giving up six runs on 11 hits in 5.2 innings. Clayton Prestridge finished the day going 2 for 4 with an RBI for the Highlanders (2-3).


Baylor 15, UCLA 3

In Los Angeles, Logan Vick went 4 for 5 with four doubles, three runs and two RBI as Baylor bounced UCLA at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Bears (6-0) led 6-2 after six before putting the game away with eight in the seventh. Nathan Orf (4 for 5, 2 R, 2 RBI) and Cal Towey (2 for 3, 3 RBI) both had two doubles, while Adam Toth went 3 for 5 with three runs and two RBI for the visitors. Trent Blank (3-0, 1 H, 1 K) earned the win in relief. Cody Keefer and Trevor Brown both had two hits for the Bruins (2-3). Adam Plutko (0-1, 3.1 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 3 K) took the loss.


Houston 2, Texas State 1

In Houston, Jacob Lueneburg was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and two away in the bottom of the ninth to give Houston the win over Texas State at Cougar Field. Both starters were outstanding. Jared Ray allowed two hits and one run in seven innings with four walks and seven strikeouts for the Cougars (4-1), while Colton Turner fanned 12 in six scoreless innings with four hits and three walks for the Bobcats (2-3). Jordan Mannisto (1-0) pitched two hitless innings to pick up the win. Casey Kalenkosky (2 for 3) homered in the fourth to give Texas State the lead. Jake Runte (3 for 4) drove in the tying run with a two-out double in the bottom of the seventh. Landon Appling had two hits and two runs for UH.


Troy 3, Southern Miss 0

In Hattiesburg, Miss., Tyler Ray and Nate Hill combined on the six-hit shutout as Troy blanked Southern Miss in front of 3,339 fans at Pete Taylor Park. Ray (2-0) allowed six hits in seven innings with no walks and three strikeouts, while Hill worked two hitless innings with two walks and two strikeouts to record his first save. Ray has 29 career victories and 14 straight without a loss, top marks among active Division I pitchers. Boone Shear had a RBI single in the top of the first to give the Trojans (3-1) the early lead. Tyler Hannah added a run-scoring single in the second and walked with the bases full in the ninth for Troy. Mason Robbins had two hits for the Golden Eagles (2-3). Jay Myrick struck out nine in 6.2 innings of relief with two hits, two walks and one unearned run.


Ole Miss 2, UNC Wilmington 0

In Oxford, Miss., Bobby Wahl allowed one hit and struck out nine as Ole Miss edged UNC Wilmington in front of 8,010 fans at Swayze Field. Wahl (2-0) walked two in seven scoreless innings. Brett Huber got a strikeout and two groundouts in the ninth for his second save. Mat Batts (0-2) surrendered seven hits and one earned run in seven innings with two walks and seven strikeouts for the Seahawks (2-3). Tanner Mathias scored both runs for the Rebels (3-1). He singled and scored on a base hit by Alex Yarbrough (2 for 4) in the third, and reached on an error and came in on a base hit by Auston Bousfield (2 for 3) in the seventh. Michael Bass had both hits for UNCW and also drew a walk. The game took 2:05 to play.


Minnesota 1, Milwaukee 0

In Minneapolis, T.J. Oakes and Kevin Kray combined on the three-hit shutout as Minnesota edged Milwaukee at the Metrodome. Oakes (2-0) allowed two hits and one walk in seven innings with four strikeouts, while Kray gave up one hit and struck out one in two innings to register his first save. The Gophers (2-2) put two of their four hits together to get their one run. With two away in the bottom of the fifth, Matt Halloran doubled and scored on a triple by Michael Handel. Drew Pearson had two hits for the Panthers (0-4). Eric Semmelhack (0-2, 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 6 K) was the tough-luck loser for Milwaukee.


Oklahoma State 7, Bowling Green 2

In Stillwater, Okla., Andrew Heaney struck out a career-high 12 as Oklahoma State topped Bowling Green to give head coach Frank Anderson his 300th career victory at OSU. Heaney (1-1) allowed seven hits, two walks and one run in 7.1 innings. Gage Green has a RBI single to spark a four-run second for the Cowboys (3-3). Aaron Cornell had a pair of sacrifice flies for OSU. Logan Walker and Andrew Kubuski both had two hits for the Falcons (0-3).


Pittsburgh 22, Wofford 12

In Spartanburg, S.C., Elvin Soto went 3 for 5 with two homers, four runs and four RBI as Pittsburgh pounded Wofford at King Field. The Panthers (2-3) scored seven in both the second and fifth. Casey Roche (3 for 6, 2 2B, 2 R, 5 RBI), Stephen Vranks (4 for 6, 3 R, 2 RBI), Sam Parente (2 for 4, 2 R, 3 RBI) and Rick Devereaux (2 for 4, HR, 4 R, 2 RBI) all had big days for Pitt. Taylor Rozier doubled twice and scored two, while Mac Doyle drove in three for the Terriers (2-2). All but one of the Pitt runs were earned.


San Francisco 3, Missouri 1

In San Francisco, Kyle Zimmer allowed two hits in five scoreless innings as San Francisco edged Missouri at Benedetti Diamond. Zimmer did not walk a batter and struck out five. Adam Clear had a run-scoring single in the bottom of the eighth to snap a 1-1 tie for the Dons (3-2). Matt Chavez had a RBI single later in the frame for an insurance run. Brannon Champagne has a RBI groundout in the top of the eighth for the Tigers (2-2) that evened the score at 1-1. Elliott Waterman (1-0) allowed one hit over the final 1.2 innings with one strikeout to earn the victory. Ben Turner had two of his team’s four hits for Missouri.


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