March 7, 2012

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Schmitz leads Georgia State past Georgia Tech

Florida tops Florida A&M, FSU nips UCF, South Carolina beats UNCA


In Atlanta, Max Schmitz (right) allowed one unearned run in five innings as Georgia State knocked off ninth-ranked Georgia Tech 5-4 Wednesday at the GSU Baseball Complex. Schmitz (2-1) allowed three hits and four walk with four strikeouts. Hunter Cash (1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K) picked up his first save. The Panthers (7-6) scored two in the fourth and three in the fifth to take a 5-1 lead before the Yellow Jackets (10-3) answered with two in the seventh and one in the ninth. Brandon Williams went 1 for 2 with two walks and two runs for GSU. Jake Davies went 2 for 4 with one walk and one run, while Daniel Palka homered for Tech, which stranded 13.


No. 1 Florida 15, Florida A&M 2

In Gainesville, Fla., Justin Shafer had a career-high six RBI as Florida pounded Florida A&M. Shafer knocked in four with three sacrifice flies and added a two-run double in a four-run seventh. He also struck out the side in the ninth. Nolan Fontana went 1 for 1 with three walks, three runs and two RBI for the Gators (12-1). Greg Larson (2-0, 3 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 4 K) earned the win in relief. Aaron Smith went 2 for 3 with a double and one RBI for the Rattlers (1-12).


No. 8 Florida State 1, UCF 0

In Orlando, Fla., Jayce Boyd homered in the top of the fourth for the game’s lone run as Florida State nipped UCF in front of 2,917 fans at Jay Bergman Field. Boyd (3 for 4) had half of the six hits for the Seminoles (11-1). Scott Sitz (1-0) allowed three hits and two walks in five innings with one strikeout to earn the win, while Robert Benincasa fanned one in the ninth for his fourth save. Darnel Sweeney had two hits for the Knights (10-4).


No. 3 South Carolina 8, UNC Asheville 1

In Columbia, S.C., Christian Walker went 2 for 4 with three RBI as South Carolina defeated UNC Asheville. Walker had a run-scoring single in a four-run first as the Gamecocks (10-1) took control early. L.B. Dantzler went 3 for 5 with a double, two runs and two RBI for South Carolina. Joel Seddon (1-0, 5 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 K) was the starter and winner for the Gamecocks. Jordan Lurie doubled and scored for the Bulldogs (7-7).


No. 4 Rice 7, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 2

In Houston, Michael Ratterree and Michael Fuda both went 3 for 5 with a double, one run and one RBI as Rice downed Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Reckling Park. The Owls (12-2) scored three in the second, two in the fifth and two in the seventh. Christian Stringer (2 for 5) and Craig Manuel (1 for 2) both drove in two for Rice. Zach Lemond (1-0, 2 IP, 2 H, 4 K) got the win in relief. Omar Garcia had two hits and a run for the Islanders (7-7).


No. 7 North Carolina 3, Elon 0

In Elon, N.C., Benton Moss and Michael Morin combined on the shutout as North Carolina blanked Elon. Moss (1-0) allowed three hits and two walks in 8.1 innings with eight strikeouts to earn the win. Morin got the final two outs for his fourth save and second in the past two days. Tommy Coyle had two hits and a run as the Tar Heels (10-2) scored single tallies in the third, fourth and seventh. Alex Swim had two of the three hits for the Phoenix (7-5).


No. 10 Arizona 6, UC Davis 4

In Tucson, Ariz., Trent Gilbert had a RBI single to spark a three-run eighth as Arizona rallied past UC Davis at Hi Corbett Field. The Aggies (6-7) tied the game at 3 with a run in the seventh and took a one-run lead in the eighth before the Wildcats (10-2) fought back. Gilbert drove in two, while Seth Mejias-Brean went 2 for 3 with two runs for Arizona. Mathew Troupe (1-0, 2 IP, 1 H, 1 UE, 2 K) earned the win in relief. Kevin Barker had two doubles, one run and one RBI for UCD.


No. 15 Miami (Fla.) 4, Miami (Ohio) 3

In Coral Gables, Fla., Brad Fieger drove in the tying run with a sacrifice fly, and Miami scored the winning run on an infield error as the Hurricanes rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth to overcome Miami (Ohio), which was making its first trip to Coral Gables in more than 30 years. Trailing 3-2, the Hurricanes (9-3) loaded the bases on an error, single and a walk. After Fieger (2 for 4) drove in the tying run, Esteban Tresgallo (2 for 5, 11 game hitting streak) grounded a ball to short that was mishandled. Bryan Beaver had two RBI for the RedHawks (4-7), who allowed three runs in three runs in the final two frames.


No. 17 Oklahoma 5, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 4

In Norman, Okla., Max White drove in a pair of runs, and Jacob Rhame tossed five splendid innings as Oklahoma edged Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The Sooners (9-3) led 1-0 before White’s two-run single highlighted a three-run fourth inning. Garrett Carey and Erik Ross had two hits and a run apiece, and Rhame allowed three hits and one run and struck out three for Oklahoma. Tyler Hill went 2 for 4 with two RBI for the Lions (1-12).


No. 18 Clemson 16, Holy Cross 4

In Clemson, S.C., Richie Shaffer tied a program record with three doubles as Clemson clobbered Holy Cross. The Tigers (6-4) scored in seven of their eight at-bats, including multiple runs in six innings. Shaffer walked twice and scored three. Phil Pohl went 3 for 3 with two doubles, four runs and five RBI, while John McGibbon homered and drove in four for Clemson. David Haselden (1-0, 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 2 K) earned the victory. Jordan Enos, Stephen Wadsworth and Andrew Barry all had two hits for the Crusaders (3-5).