March 4, 2012

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Holmes tosses no-hitter for Wake Forest vs. Marshall

Florida completes sweep at Miami, Clemson hands South Carolina first loss


In Winston Salem, N.C., Brian Holmes pitched a no-hitter as Wake Forest downed Marshall 5-1 Sunday at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park. Holmes (3-0) allowed one walk and struck out a career-high 10. It was his first no-hitter at any level. Holmes retired the final nine batters and got a flyout to center to end the contest. The Thundering Herd (4-7) got a run in the sixth on two hit batsmen, a walk and a sacrifice fly by Nathan Gomez. It was the first run this season against Holmes, who has an ERA of 0.45 with 22 strikeouts and five walks in 20 innings. Mac Williamson went 2 for 3 with one run and one RBI for the Demon Deacons (9-4).


No. 1 Florida 8, No. 8 Miami (Fla.) 5

In Coral Gables, Fla., Mike Zunino hit a game-tying, two-run double with one out in the top of the ninth to spark a five-run frame as Florida rallied to beat Miami to complete a sweep. The Gators (10-1) trailed 5-3 but took advantage of timely hitting and wildness from Hurricanes pitchers. Zunino, whose double extended his hitting streak to 14 games, moved to third on a wild pitch. E.J. Encinosa (0-1) hit Taylor Gushue, then threw a wild pitch that scored Zunino for a 6-5 Gators lead. After another walk, Christian Diaz relieved and walked Casey Turgeon to load the bases and Cody Dent to force in another run. Tyler Thompson ended the barrage with a single off the second-base bag. Johnny Magliozzi (1-0) picked up the win for Florida, and Daniel Gibson posted his first career save. Brad Fieger went 3 for 5 with a run and a RBI for the Hurricanes (8-3). Bryan Radziewski started and threw well for Miami, working 6.2 innings with eight hits and three earned runs.


No. 14 Clemson 6, No. 3 South Carolina 5

In Clemson, S.C., Steve Wilkerson singled in Jon McGibbon with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning as Clemson ended South Carolina’s 19-game winning streak dating to last year and salvaged the third game of their series. Trailing 5-3, Phil Pohl ripped a two-run homer in the eighth inning for the Tigers (5-4), who overcame a deficit of four or more runs for the third time this year. Richie Shaffer went 2 for 2 with two runs and a RBI for the Tigers, and Scott Firth (1-0) allowed just three hits and one run and struck out four in four innings of relief. Grayson Greiner went 2 for 3 with two runs and four RBI, including a three-run homer in the second that helped the Gamecocks (9-1) take a 4-0 lead.


No. 2 Stanford 9, Fresno State 2

In Fresno, Calif., Lonnie Kauppila had a pair of RBI singles as Stanford won its series at Fresno State. Kauppila had a run-scoring single in a four-run first and drove in another with a base hit in a four-run seventh for the Cardinal (10-1). Austin Wilson and Eric Smith also drove in two for Stanford. John Hochstatter (3-0, 5.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K) earned the victory. Aaron Judge had two doubles, one run and one RBI for the Bulldogs (5-7).


No. 4 Rice 11, Tennessee 1

In Houston, Jordan Stephens tossed seven scoreless innings to lead Rice past Tennessee in the finale of the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park. Stephens (1-0) allowed two hits, walked two and had a career-high eight strikeouts. The freshman was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. Michael Fuda had three hits, including a homer, and two RBI, while Christian Stringer added three hits and two runs for the Owls (11-1). Stringer was a home run short of the cycle. Steve Weaver had two hits for the Volunteers (8-3).


No. 5 Texas A&M 9, Michigan State 8

In College Station, Texas, Mikey Reynolds went 3 for 3 with three RBI as Texas A&M completed a three-game sweep of Michigan State. The Aggies (11-1) scored three in the sixth and four in the seventh to take a 9-4 advantage. Jacob House drove in two for A&M. Jimmy Pickens and Ryan Krill both homered and drove in two for the Spartans (4-6). Estevan Uriegas (2-0, 2 IP, 1 K) picked up the win in relief, while Daniel Mengden (1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 K) struggled through the ninth to record his second save.


No. 6 Arkansas 7, No. 18 Texas 3

In Houston, D.J. Baxendale earned his fourth win as Arkansas topped Texas in the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park. Baxendale (4-0) allowed three hits and two runs (one earned) in five innings with two walks and four strikeouts. Dominic Ficociello drove in two, while Matt Reynolds went deep for the Razorbacks (11-2). Jonathan Walsh went 3 for 4 with a double, one run and one RBI for the Longhorns (4-7).


USC 5, No. 7 North Carolina 2

In Chapel, N.C., Stephen Tarpley struck out seven in six innings as USC salvaged the finale of its three-game series at North Carolina. Tarpley (1-0) allowed four hits and two runs in six innings with two walks. Martin Viramontes (2.1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K) notched his second save. Kevin Roundtree and Jake Hernandez (2 for 4) both drove in two in a five-run fifth for the Trojans (8-3). Jacob Stallings went 2 for 3 with a run for the Tar Heels (8-2).


Western Illinois 7, No. 9 Georgia 4

In Athens, Ga., Nick Smith struck out seven as Western Illinois avoided the sweep at Georgia. Smith (1-0) allowed six hits and four runs (two earned) in 7.2 innings with four walks. Seth Fuller (1.1 IP, 1 H). Ryan Cowhey went 2 for 3 with a double and two runs for the Leathernecks (4-6). Peter Verdin drove in a pair for the Bulldogs (10-2).


No. 10 Florida State 18-10, Maine 2-0
In Tallahassee, Fla., Jayce Boyd and James Ramsey helped Florida State cruise past Maine in Game 1 of a doubleheader sweep. Boyd (4 for 4, 3 R, 3 RBI) and Ramsey (3 for 3, 3 R, RBI) helped the Seminoles (9-1) jump out to a 6-0 lead after two innings. Florida State added six runs in the fourth, two in the fifth, and four in the sixth, before the game was called after seven innings. Maine (3-5) committed six errors, but the Black Bears were lead at the plate by Colin Gay and Troy Blake who both recorded two hits. In the finale, it was much of the same as Ramsey and Boyd again led a potent offensive attack for FSU. The Seminoles jumped ahead early again, scoring five runs in the first. Ramsey (2 for 4, 3 R, 3 RBI) hit his fourth home run while Boyd (3 for 5, 2 R) tallied his fifth double in a two-run bottom of the second that put the game out of reach. Peter Miller (2-0) was the pitcher of record, allowing two hits, walking four, and striking out five over five innings. Michael Fransoso had two hits for the Black Bears.

No. 11 Georgia Tech 6, Rutgers 3
In Atlanta, Zane Evans hit a two-run triple in the bottom of the seventh to break open a one-run game and allowed Georgia Tech to complete a series sweep of Rutgers. Evans (2 for 4, R) was one of many Yellow Jackets (10-2) to produce offensively, as Georgia Tech was able to pound out 12 hits. Sam Dove and Evan Martin both finished the day 3 for 4. Conversely, Rutgers (3-6) managed only five hits, yet only trailed 3-2 before Evans’ triple sparked a three-run seventh. Patrick Kivlehan had another strong game for the Scarlet Knights, going 2 for 4.

No. 12 Arizona 13, Harvard 2

In Tucson, Ariz., James Farris gave up two runs on eight hits while striking out six over seven innings as Arizona completed the sweep of Harvard in front of 1,745 at Hi Corbett Field. Farris improved to 2-1 for the Wildcats (8-2). Four Wildcats finished with two RBI. Crimson starter Jacob Kremers (0-1) took the loss after giving up three runs over three innings. Kyle Larrow went two for four for Harvard (0-3).


No. 13 LSU 5, Dartmouth 4
In Baton Rouge, La., Tyler Hanover came through with a walk-off RBI double in the bottom of the ninth to help LSU sweep its three-game series with Dartmouth.  Hanover ‘s (1 for 3, 2 RBI) game-winning hit came at the expense of Dartmouth center fielder Jake Carlson, who was battling the sun and could not recover in time to make the play. Raph Rhymes and Austin Nola both went 4 for 5 to lead the Tigers’ (10-2) offense. Thomas Roulis, Nick Lombardi and Matt Robinson all had two hits for the Big Green (0-3).

No. 15 Cal State Fullerton , Utah Valley 0

In Fullerton, Calif., Carlos Lopez went 3 for 3 with two RBI to lead Cal State Fullerton to a three-game sweep of Utah Valley in front of 2,139 at Goodwin field. Seven different Titans (8-3) recorded an RBI. Fullerton starter J.D Davis moved to 2-0 after giving up two runs on seven hits over five innings. Starter Blake Krahenbuhl (1-2) was saddled with the loss for the Wolverines (2-8) after giving up two earned runs on one hit and five walks over four innings.


No. 16 Louisville 7, Pepperdine 3
In Louisville, Ky., Stewart Ijames hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth to put Louisville ahead of Pepperdine, snapping a 1-1 tie. Teammate Alex Chittenden’s two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth put the finishing touches on another win for the Cardinals (8-3). Pepperdine (8-4) was limited to five hits as Louisville starting pitcher Travis Tingle (2-0) was able to shut down the Waves. Tingle’s (6 IP, 3 H, ER, 4 K) only earned run came courtesy of a Sam Meyer (1 for 3) home run in top of the third.  Derek Self struck out one in two innings to earn his third save.


No. 17 Oklahoma 4, New Mexico 0

In Albuquerque, N.M., Jonathan Gray and Jordan John combined on the five-hit shutout as Oklahoma completed a three-game sweep of New Mexico. Gray (1-2) walked three and gave up four hits in five innings with two strikeouts to earn the victory. John allowed one hit in four innings with three punchouts. Evan Mistich homered in a two-run first for the Sooners (7-3). Erik Ross and Garrett Carey both had three hits for OU. Kyle Stiner and Alex Allbritton both went 2 for 3 for the Lobos (2-8).


No. 19 Ole Miss 2, Miami (Ohio) 1

In Oxford, Miss., Mike Mayers tossed seven scoreless innings as Ole Miss won its series with Miami. Mayers (1-1) allowed four hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Brett Huber gave up three hits and one run in the ninth, but earned his fourth save. Jake Overbey has a RBI single in the second and Andrew Mistone added a sacrifice fly in the sixth for the Rebels (9-2). Matt Honchel had two hits and Bryce Redeker drove in the lone run for the RedHawks (4-5).


No. 20 Oregon 8, Long Beach State 7

In Eugene, Ore., Vernell Warren scored the game-winner for the third time in as many days as Oregon walked off Long Beach State again. The Ducks (10-1) rallied from as many as five runs down to complete the sweep of the Dirtbags (4-7). Joey Housey picked up his first win after coming in relief of starter Brando Tessar, who went 4.2 innings and gave up five runs on eight hits. Brett Thomas had two big triples in the game that either tied the game or led to the game-winner. LBSU reliever Nick Sabo (0-2) took the loss after giving up one run on two hits in 0.2 innings. Juan Avila went three for five with two RBI for LBSU.


Saint Mary’s 4, Arizona State 3

In Surprise, Ariz., Toby Demello’s sac fly scored Chris Murphy in the 11th as Saint Mary’s edged Arizona State in the finale of the Coca-Cola Baseball Classic. The Gaels (8-4) went 3-1 in the tournament. The Gaels tied the game in the sixth with two RBI from Troy Channing and Brenden Kalfus. SMC reliever Patrick Keane picked up his second win after giving up no runs on two hits over 5.2 innings. ASU reliever Jake Barrett (0-1) was tagged with the loss after surrendering one run on two hits over two innings. Joey DeMichele went 3 for 5 with two runs for the Sun Devils (8-2).