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Texas State scores two
in bottom of ninth to nip Rice
Florida spanks FAU, Stanford blanks SMC,
Texas Tech wins at Arizona State
In San Marcos, Texas, Tyler Sibley had a two-run
single in the bottom of the ninth to lift Texas State over
fourth-ranked Rice 3-2 Tuesday evening in front of 1,920 fans at
Bobcat Ballpark. Sibley (2 for 5) drove in a run in the seventh
to snap a scoreless tie. J.T. Chargois had a run-scoring single
in the top of the eighth for the Owls (11-2). It was the first
run allowed by the Bobcats (9-3) in 57.2 innings, just 6.1
innings away from the NCAA record of 64 set by Arizona State in
1972. Rice took the lead in the top of the ninth on a RBI double
by Shane Hoelscher. Mitchell Pitts pitched seven scoreless
innings with three hits, one walk and three strikeouts for the
Bobcats (9-3). Dylan Adamek (1-1, 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB) got the
win in relief. Rice starter Andrew Benak (4 H, 1 R, 2 BB) struck
out 10 in six innings.
No. 1 Florida 16, FAU 1
In Gainesville, Fla., Mike Zunino stayed red hot,
going 3 for 3 with two homers and five RBI, and Tyler Thompson
added a homer and five RBI as Florida routed FAU. The Gators
(11-1) scored 14 runs in the first four innings, highlighted by
a six-run second. Preston Tucker also had a nice night, going 2
for 4 with three runs and two RBI. Ricky Santiago had two hits
and a RBI for the Owls (8-5).
No. 2 Stanford 5, Saint Mary’s 0
In Moraga, Calif., A.J. Vanegas and two relievers
combined on the five-hit shutout as Stanford blanked Saint
Mary’s. Vanegas (1-0) allowed three hits and three walks in five
innings with five strikeouts. Sahil Bloom (3 IP, 2 H, 2 K) and
David Schmidt (1 IP, 1 BB) completed the shutout for the
Cardinal (11-1). Kenny Diekroeger had two hits and drove in
three, while Austin Wilson went 2 for 4 and 2 RBI. Ricky Boas
and Collin Ferguson both had two hits for the Gaels (8-5).
Texas Tech 8, Arizona State 4
In Tempe, Ariz., Texas Tech used a four-run
seventh to pull away from Arizona State. The Sun Devils (8-3)
led 1-0 after three before the Red Raiders (10-3) took the lead
with two in the fourth. Tech added single runs in the fifth and
sixth before the seventh-inning explosion pushed the advantage
to 8-1. Kevin Whitehead went 1 for 1 with a double, two walks,
two runs and two RBI, while Scott LeJeune and Bo Altobelli both
had two hits and two runs for the Raiders. John Neely (2-1, 3
IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K) got the win in relief. Trever Allen had
two hits, including a double, and two RBI off the bench for ASU.
No. 5 Texas A&M 10, Prairie View A&M 1
In College Station, Texas, Jacob House went 2 for
2 with three walks, two runs and two RBI as Texas A&M thumped
Prairie View A&M to extend its win streak to seven. The Aggies
(12-1) blew open a close game with four in the fifth and four in
the seventh. Scott Arthur also knocked in two, while Jac Statum
went 4 for 5 with two runs for A&M. Stef Hernandez drove in the
lone run for the Panthers (5-7).
No. 7 North Carolina 5, Davidson 4
In Chapel Hill, N.C., Tom Zengel’s sacrifice fly
in the bottom of the eighth snapped a 4-4 tie and led North
Carolina past Davidson at Boshamer Stadium. R.C. Orlan (3-0, 2
IP, 1 H, 3 K) earned the win in relief, while Michael Morin
pitched a scoreless ninth with one strikeout for his third save.
Shell McCain had a two-run double in the second for the Tar
Heels (9-2). Andrew Barna and Calvin Sigelbaum both went 2 for 4
with one run and one RBI for the Wildcats (4-5).
No. 8 Florida State 7, UCF 6
In Orlando, Fla., James Ramsey went 4 for 5 and
drove in a pair in a seven-run sixth as Florida State nipped UCF
at Jay Bergman Field. Devon Travis went 2 for 4 with one run for
the Seminoles (10-1). Mack Waugh (2-0, 2 IP, 1 H, 1 K) earned
the win in relief, while Robert Benincasa fanned one in a
scoreless ninth for his third save. Chris Taladay (3 for 4) and
James Vasquez (2 for 4) both drove in two for the Knights
No. 10 Arizona 6, UC Davis 0
In Tucson, Ariz., Lucas Long tossed 6.2 scoreless
innings with seven strikeouts to lead Arizona past UC Davis.
Seth Mejias-Brean and Trent Gilbert each drove in two runs for
the Wildcats (9-2). Austin Logan and Austin March each went 2
for 3 for the Aggies (6-6).
No. 11 Georgia 3, Kennesaw State 2
In Lawrenceville, Ga., Kyle Farmer’s ninth-inning
single scored pinch-runner Nelson Ward as Georgia edged Kennesaw
State. Kevin Ruiz pinch-hit and reached on an infield error.
Ward entered and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. A wild
pitch moved him to third, and KSU loaded the bases to face
Farmer (2 for 4). Blake Dieterich struck out three over 2.1
innings to pick up the win for the Bulldogs.
No. 13 LSU 5, Tulane 0
In New Orleans, freshman Aaron Nola tossed eight
shutout innings with six strikeouts in LSU’s win over Tulane.
Nola (2-0) threw 78 pitches, 62 for strikes, and allowed three
hits without walking a batter. Ty Ross had a two-run single with
two outs in the top of the second for a 2-0 lead. Grant Dozar
and Raph Rhymes added RBI for the Tigers (11-2). Tulane fell to
USC 7, No. 14 Cal State Fullerton 4
In Los Angeles, Kevin Roundtree’s two-run single
sparked a five-run seventh inning as USC rallied to beat Cal
State Fullerton, ending the Titans’ seven-game winning streak.
Roundtree, who finished with three RBI, followed Garrett Stubbs’
RBI single with a bases-loaded single that gave the Trojans
(9-3) a 5-4 lead. Brandon Garcia added a RBI single in the frame
and was later picked off but stayed in the rundown long enough
for Roundtree to score. Richy Pedroza had a two-run triple as
Fullerton (8-4) took a 4-0 lead in the fifth inning – Garcia
didn’t allow a hit until that inning.
No. 16 Ole Miss 20, UT Martin 4
In Oxford, Miss., Zach Kirksey went 2 for 4 with
two homers, three runs and seven RBI, and Austin Anderson and
Alex Yarbrough added three hits apiece as Ole Miss routed UT
Martin. Matt Snyder drilled a three-run homer in the first for a
3-0 edge, and the Rebels (10-2) kept adding runs until they sent
15 batters to the plate in a nine-run eighth inning. Jordan Owen
homered for the Skyhawks (3-10).
No. 17 Oklahoma 9, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 4
In Norman, Okla., Jake Smith had two doubles and
drove in a pair as Oklahoma downed Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Hunter
Lockwood homered and drove in two, while Max White went 2 for 5
with a double and two RBI for the Sooners (8-3). Dillon Overton
(2-0, 2 IP, 2 K) earned the win in relief. James Boulware went
deep for the Golden Lions (1-11).
No. 19 UCLA 4, UC Riverside 0
In Los Angeles, Grant Watson and four relievers
combined on a four-hit shutout as UCLA blanked UC Riverside at
Jackie Robinson Stadium. Watson (3-0) surrendered two hits in
5.1 innings with one walk and one strikeout in recording the
victory. Shane Zeile (0.0 IP, 2 BB), Chase Brewer (1.2 IP, 1 H,
1 BB, 1 K), Ryan Deeter (1 IP, 1 H. 1 K) and Scott Griggs (1 IP,
1 BB, 1 K) completed the shutout. Beau Amaral went 3 for 5 with
a double, one run and one RBI, while Cody Regis had two hits and
two runs for the Bruins (9-3). Vince Gonzalez went 2 for 4 for
the Highlanders (4-8).
No. 20 Louisville 13, Indiana 4
In Louisville, Ky., Mason Snyder went 2 for 4
with a triple and two RBI to lead Louisville past Indiana at
Patterson Stadium. The Cardinals (9-3) scored five in the first
and four more in the fifth to take control. Ty Young and Cameron
O’Brien also knocked in two for Louisville. Jared Ruxer (1-0, 5
IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K) earned the victory. Michael Basil went
2 for 4 with two RBI for the Hoosiers (3-7).