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Stripling tosses eight
shutout innings for Texas A&M
Florida wins at Miami, Stanford blanks FSU,
Guttin reaches 1,000 wins
College Station, Texas, Ross Stripling (right) pitched eight
scoreless innings as No. 5 Texas A&M blanked Michigan State 4-0
Saturday afternoon at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park. Stripling
(2-0) allowed five hits and two walks with five strikeouts.
Daniel Mengden struck out three in the ninth to preserve the
shutout. Tyler Naquin and Matt Juengel both went 1 for 4 with
one RBI for the Aggies (10-1). A&M scored three in the second to
take control early. Jordan Keur and Torsten Boss both had a hit
and a walk for the Spartans (4-5).
No. 1 Florida 13, No. 8 Miami (Fla.) 5
In Coral Gables, Fla., Taylor Gushue homered
twice and knocked in four as Florida powered past Miami to
clinch a series victory. Brian Johnson (4 for 5, 2 R, 5 RBI)
went deep as well for the Gators (9-1). After trailing 3-0 after
three, UF scored in each of its final six at-bats, including
five in the fifth to take the lead for good. Daniel Pigott (4
for 5, 2 R) and Nolan Fontana (3 for 5, 3 R) also had big days
at the plate for the Gators. Peter O’Brien (2 for 3, 3 RBI) and
Stephen Perez (2 for 4, 2 RBI) both homered for the Hurricanes
(8-2). Greg Larson (1-0, 4.2 IP, 4 K) earned the win in relief.
No. 2 Stanford 16, Fresno State 0
In Fresno, Calif., Brett Mooneyham matched his
career high with 13 strikeouts as Stanford stomped Fresno State
to even the series. Mooneyham (3-0) did not allow a hit until
the sixth and surrendered two hits and two walks in seven
innings. Jake Stewart (2 for 5, 2B, 4 RBI), Eric Smith (2 for 3,
2B, 3 R, 3 RBI) and Austin Wilson (2 for 3, 3 R) all homered for
the Cardinal (9-1). Trent Garrison had two of the four hits for
the Bulldogs (5-6).
Missouri State 8, Northwestern 3
In Natchitoches, La., Pierce Johnson struck out
12 in eight innings as Missouri State edged Northwestern State
to give head coach Keith Guttin his 1,000th career victory.
Johnson (1-1) allowed 10 hits, two walks and two runs. Tyler
Burgess fanned two in the ninth for his second save. Brent
Seifert had two doubles and two RBI as the Bears (8-3) scored
three in the fifth. Will Watson went 3 for 4 with one run and
one RBI for the Demons (2-8).
No. 3 South Carolina 9, No. 14 Clemson 6
Columbia, S.C., Adam Matthews went 2 for 4 with a homer, two
runs and three RBI, and Evan Beal tossed four solid innings of
relief as South Carolina beat Clemson for the second straight day. The Tigers (4-4) took an
early lead off Matt Price when Jason Stolz singled up the middle
with two outs in the second for a 2-0 lead. The Gamecocks (9-0)
scored three times in the bottom half, with LB Dantzler hitting
a solo homer and Dante Rosenberg adding a RBI ground out.
Clemson starter Dominic Leone hit Chase Vergason and walked Evan
Marszilli to load the bases, then hit Tanner English to give
South Carolina a 3-2 lead. Matthews ripped a three-run homer in
the third for a 6-2 edge. Richie Shaffer, who had two hits, two
runs and three RBI, doubled in a run and later scored on Phil
Pohl’s grounder as Clemson closed to 6-4. But the Gamecocks,
with Beal (1-0) quieting Clemson, pulled away with a run in the
fifth and two more in the eighth.
No. 4 Rice 6, Texas Tech 2
In Houston, Michael Ratterree had a three-run
homer in the bottom of the first to erase a 2-0 deficit and
propel Rice past Texas Tech in the Houston College Classic at
Minute Maid Park. Michael Fuda went 3 for 4 with a double and
two runs for the Owls (10-1). Matthew Reckling (2-0, 6.2 IP, 4
H, 2 R, 3 BB, 3 K) picked up the win, while Tyler Duffey (2.1
IP, 4 K) earned his second save. Barrett Barnes went 2 for 4
with one run and one RBI for the Red Raiders (8-3).
Houston 4, No. 6 Arkansas 1
In Houston, Cory Kay went 2 for 3 with a homer,
two runs and two RBI as Houston knocked off Arkansas in the
Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park. Jordan Lewis (2-1)
allowed four hits and one run in six innings with three walks
and three strikeouts to earn the victory for the Cougars (6-4).
Codey Morehouse surrendered two hits in three scoreless innings
with one walk and four strikeouts to register his first save.
Tim Carver and Jake Wise both had two hits for the Razorbacks
No. 7 North Carolina 1, USC 0
In Chapel Hill, N.C., Jacob Stallings had a RBI
single in the bottom of the eighth as North Carolina nipped USC
to secure a series win. Chris Munnelly (1 H, 3 BB, 2 K) tossed
seven scoreless innings for the Tar Heels (8-1). Shane Taylor
(2-0) got the final out in the eighth to record the win, while
Michael Morin worked the ninth for his second save. Ben Mount
(1-1, 7.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 6 K) was the tough-luck loser for
the Trojans (7-3).
No. 9 Georgia 3, Western Illinois 2
In Athens, Ga., Kevin Ruiz hit a bases-loaded
single with one out in the bottom of the ninth as Georgia edged
Western Illinois. Colby May singled – the first Bulldogs hit in
four innings – with one out in the ninth and moved to third on a
dropped fly ball in the outfield. After an intentional walk,
Ruiz singled to right to give Georgia (10-1) the win. Blake
Dieterich (2-0) tossed two scoreless innings for the win as the
Dawgs’ bullpen combined for five scoreless innings. Conor Welton
had three of Georgia’s six hits. Dustin Hunter tossed seven
innings with four hits, one earned run, four walks and eight
strikeouts for the Leathernecks (3-6).
No. 11 Georgia Tech 9, Rutgers 4
In Atlanta Ga., Daniel Palka had three
hits to help push Georgia Tech past Rutgers. Palka, (3 for 4, 2
R, RBI) who extended his hitting streak to ten games, led the
way for a Yellow Jacket (9-2) offense that pounded out 14 hits.
Jake Davies also enjoyed a successful day at the plate, going 2
for 3 with a homer and three RBI. Starter Matt Grimes (2-1)
earned the victory for Georgia Tech, lasting six innings and
allowing four hits and two earned runs, while striking out six.
Steve Zavala and Patrick Kivlehan both were 2 for 4 with a
double for the Scarlet Knights (3-5).
No. 12 Arizona 3, Harvard 1
In Tucson, Ariz., Konner Wade and Mathew Troupe
combined for 12 strikeouts in Arizona’s win over Harvard in
front of 2,187 at Hi Corbett Field. The Wildcats (7-2) scratched
across two unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth and that
was all Wade (2-0) would need against the Crimson (0-2). Wade
struck out ten along with five walks and two hit batsmen over
7.2 innings. He carried a no-hitter into the sixth. Troupe
fanned two over the final 1.1 innings for his first save. Joey
Rickard went 3 for 3 for the Wildcats. Crimson starter Joey
Novak (0-1) took the loss despite giving up no earned runs over
five innings. Andrew Ferreira went 1 for 1 with two walks for
No. 13 LSU 16, Dartmouth 3
In Baton Rouge, La., Ty Ross and Mason Katz helped to power
LSU past visiting Dartmouth. Katz (2 for 4, 3 RBI) hit a solo
home run in the bottom of the fourth to break a scoreless tie.
Ross (2 for 3, R, 5 RBI) hit a three-run double later in the
inning to put the Tigers (9-2) ahead 4-0. Austin Nola also had a
solid day offensively, going 3 for 3. The Big Green (0-2)
struggled defensively, committing five errors. Chris O’Dowd and
Matt Patterson both had two hits for Dartmouth. Ryan Eades (2-1)
earned the win for LSU, striking out five and allowing five hits
and one earned run in six innings.
No. 15 Cal State Fullerton 2, Utah Valley 0
In Fullerton, Calif., Kenny Mathews struck out
seven over six innings while only giving up two hits for Cal
State Fullerton against Utah Valley at Goodwin Field. Michael
Lorenzen sealed the win for the Titans (7-3) with a scoreless
ninth for his fourth save. Mathews (1-0) didn’t allow his first
hit until he had two outs in the fifth. A leadoff triple and an
RBI sacrifice fly by Ricky Pedroza (1 for 3, 2 RBI) in the first
was all Fullerton would need. Utah Valley starter Adam Gunn was
saddled with the loss after going 6.1 innings and giving up one
run on five hits. Cole Butcher had two hits and a walk for the
Pepperdine 3-1, No. 16 Louisville 2-3
In Louisville, Ky., Joe Sever’s two-run homer in the top of the
sixth proved to be the difference in the opener for Pepperdine
in its doubleheader split at Louisville. Sever (2 for 3) gave
the Waves (8-3) a 3-0 advantage with his home run before the
Cardinals (7-3) scored two in the bottom half of the inning.
Pepperdine only managed three hits, but was able to escape with
the victory thanks to a strong effort by starting pitcher Jon
Moscot (1-1) who allowed two earned runs in his seven
innings. Justin Amlung was the hard-luck loser for the Cardinals
as he worked seven innings and struck out six. In the finale,
Jeff Thompson and Matt Koch combined to stymie Pepperdine’s
offense as Louisville won Game 2. Thompson (3-0) went seven
innings, allowed only four hits, and struck out five in a
dominating effort, while Koch earned his third save as he struck
out three in his two-inning stint. Mason Snyder (2 for 4) and
Zak Wasseman (3 for 4) both delivered RBI hits in the Cardinals’
three-run third. Tony Cooper had two hits in a losing effort for
No. 17 Oklahoma 10, New Mexico 5
In Albuquerque, N.M., Cody Reine had a
career-high four hits with three doubles, a three-run homer,
four runs and four RBI as Oklahoma outscored New Mexico. The
Sooners (6-3) were tied 2-2 after three before scoring three in
the fourth and four in the fifth. Steven Okert (2-0, 6 IP, 4 H,
2 R, 4 BB, 7 K) picked up the win. Garrett Carey went 3 for 4
with two runs and two RBI for OU. Ben Woodchick went 1 for 3
with a walk and three runs for the Lobos (2-7).
Tennessee 5, No. 18 Texas 4
In Houston, Drew Steckenrider went 2 for 3 with
two RBI as Tennessee edged Texas in the Houston College Classic
at Minute Maid Park. The Volunteers (8-2) scored four in the
first to take control early. Davis Morgan also drove in two for
Tennessee. Brooks Marlow was a homer away from the cycle, going
3 for 3 with two RBI for the Longhorns (4-6). Zack Godley (2-0,
7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 3 K) picked up the win, while Nick
Williams (2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K) recorded his second save.
No. 19 Ole Miss 11, Miami (Ohio) 3
In Oxford, Miss., R.J. Hively fanned seven in six
scoreless innings as Ole Miss evened its series with Miami.
Hively (2-0) allowed two hits and walked one. Alex Yarbrough
went 3 for 5 with two runs and two RBI, while Zach Kirksey
homered and drove in three for the Rebels (8-2). Ryan Brenner
drove in two for the RedHawks (4-4).
No. 20 Oregon 3, Long Beach State 2 (13)
In Eugene, Ore., Vernell Warren scored the
game-winner for the second night in a row as Oregon edged Long
Beach State. Kyle Garlic’s base hit in the 13th gave the Ducks
(9-1) their ninth win in a row and secured the series win over
the Dirtbags (4-6). Jake Reed (7.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER) and Jimmie
Sherfy (2-0, 5.2 IP, 1 ER) combined for 14 strikeouts. LBSU
starter Matt Anderson went 6.2 innings and gave up two runs
while striking out five, but reliever Jon Maciel took the loss.
Arizona State 17, Winthrop 2
In Surprise, Ariz., Joey DeMichele went 4 for 6
with three runs and five RBI to lead Arizona State past Winthrop
in the Coca-Cola Classic. The Sun Devils (8-1) racked up 19 hits
against the Eagles (1-10). Michael Benjamin went 5 for 5 with
three RBI for the Sun Devils. Six first-inning runs were all the
support ASU starter Trevor Williams (3-0) would need as he only
gave up four hits over six scoreless innings. Winthrop starter
Mitchell Knox (0-3) lasted only .2 innings while giving up six
runs on five hits.
East Carolina 2, Stony Brook 1
In Greenville, N.C., East Carolina and Stony
Brook played a one-run game for the second straight day. And for
the second straight day, the Pirates came away victorious.
Philip Clark had a sacrifice fly to score Jay Cannon in the
bottom of the seventh that provided the difference. Tanner
Merritt (1-1) posted 1.2 innings of scoreless relief, and Drew
Reynolds earned his second save of the series and fifth on the
year. Tyler Joyner gave the Pirates (7-2) a quality start with
6.1 innings with a run and two strikeouts. Brandon McNitt (1-1)
tossed a complete game with four hits, one earned run and four
strikeouts for the Seawolves (4-2). Maxx Tissenbaum had two hits
for the second straight day for Stony Brook.
(photo courtesy of Texas A&M Media