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Plutko fans 11 in
shutout for UCLA at Georgia
Stanford tops Rice in 10, Texas A&M beats
Fullerton, UNC wins at Clemson
Athens, Ga., Adam Plutko (right) pitched his second career
shutout and compiled 11 strikeouts as No. 19 UCLA edged No. 11
Georgia 2-0 Friday in the opener of their three-game series.
Plutko (2-1) allowed five hits and did not walk a batter. Jeff
Gelalich went 4 for 4 and Trevor Brown belted a two-run homer in
the fourth for the Bruins (10-3). Nelson Ward had two hits for
the Bulldogs (11-3). Alex Wood (3-1, 6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 5
K) took the loss.
No. 2 Stanford 4, No. 4 Rice 2
In Stanford, Calif., Justin Ringo ripped a
two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th to lift Stanford over
Rice in the opener of their three-game series. David Schmidt
(2-0) allowed one hit in the 10th to pick up the victory after
Mark Appel (4 H, 2 R, 2 BB) struck out 14 in nine innings. The
Owls (12-3) got a two-run single from J.T. Chargois in the top
of the first before the Cardinal (12-1) answered with a pair in
the bottom of the third. Tyler Gaffney scored twice for
No. 5 Texas A&M 6, No. 14 Cal State Fullerton
In College Station, Texas, Michael Wacha struck
out eight in six innings as Texas A&M took the series opener
from Cal State Fullerton. Wacha (3-0) allowed two hits, one walk
and one unearned run. Tyler Naquin (1 R, 2 RBI) and Jacob House
(1 RBI) both had three hits for the Aggies (13-1). A&M scored
one in the first and three in the second to take the early lead.
Matt Chapman went 2 for 3 with a sacrifice fly in the sixth for
the Titans (8-5).
No. 7 North Carolina 4, No. 18 Clemson 3
In Clemson, S.C., Kent Emanuel allowed one earned
run over seven innings as North Carolina edged Clemson in the
opener of their ACC series in front of 4,441 fans at Doug
Kingsmore Stadium. It was the 600th career win at UNC for head
coach Mike Fox. Emanuel (4-0) allowed six hits and three total
runs with no walks and seven strikeouts. Michael Morin (1.1 IP,
1 H, 1 BB, 2 K) earned his fifth save. Tommy Coyle had a RBI
double to snap a 1-1 tie and spark a three-run sixth for the Tar
Heels (1-0, 11-2). Colin Moran drove in two, while Chaz Frank
had two hits and two runs for UNC. Richie Shaffer went 3 for 4
with a triple, one run and one RBI for the Tigers (0-1, 6-5).
Kevin Brady (0-1, 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 6 K) took the loss.
No. 1 Florida 4, FGCU 2
In Gainesville, Fla., Mike Zunino hit a two-run
homer to tie the game in the sixth then ripped a two-run homer
with two outs in the bottom of the eighth as Florida slipped
past FGCU. Steven Rodriguez (3-0) posted the win, thanks in part
to Zunino, who threw out a would-be base stealer in the eighth.
Zunino, who is hitting .440 with seven homers and 19 RBI and is
slugging .960, hit a two-strike homer to left in the bottom half
of the inning to put the Gators (13-1) on top. Hudson Randall
allowed six hits and two earned runs and struck out six, while
FGCU starter Ricky Knapp allowed five hits and two earned runs
in seven solid innings. Eagles catcher Andrew Valencia had two
hits, including a two-run homer.
3 South Carolina 2, Princeton 1
In Columbia, S.C., Michael Roth limited Princeton
to six hits and one earned run over 8.2 innings while striking
out 10 to help South Carolina edge Princeton, giving head coach
Ray Tanner his 700th career victory at the school. Evan Marzilli
had three doubles and Kyle Martin added three hits for the
Gamecocks (11-1). Zak Hermans (1-1) took the loss for the Tigers
(2-3), even after surrendering only five hits and one earned run
over five innings. Mike Ford (1 for 4) drove in the only run for
Princeton in the top of ninth on an RBI groundout. Evan Beal
relieved Roth (2-0) to retire the only hitter he faced and pick
up his first save.
No. 6 Arkansas 4,
In Fayetteville, Ark., Ryan Stanek shut down
Binghamton to help lift Arkansas to the victory. Stanek (4-0)
picked up the victory, throwing 81 pitches over seven innings
and allowing only two hits, two walks and striking out
six. Arkansas (12-2) had eight hits compared to three by
Binghamton (0-4), with Derrick Bleeker (2 for 3, 2 R, 2 RBI)
leading the way for the Razorback offense. Bearcats pitcher Mike
Augliera (0-2) was the tough-luck loser, allowing four hits and
two runs over his six innings.
No. 8 Florida State 5, Duke 3
In Durham, N.C., James Ramsey
delivered a two-run triple in the top of the eighth to put
Florida State ahead of Duke in the ACC opener for both programs.
Ramsey’s (2 for 4, 2 R, 2 RBI) eighth-inning triple was his
second of the night and gave Florida State (1-0, 12-1) a 4-3
lead. The Blue Devils (0-1, 7-9) had taken the lead in the
bottom of the seventh thanks to an RBI single from Mike
Rosenfeld. Grant McCabe and Angelo LaBruna both had two hits for
Duke, but in the end it was not enough as Robert Benicasa struck
out the side in the ninth to earn his fifth save.
No. 9 Georgia Tech 14, NC State 6
In Raleigh, N.C., Zane Evans had three hits and four RBI to help
lead visiting Georgia Tech past NC State in ACC competition.
Kyle Wren and Connor Winn also had three hits for a Yellow
Jackets (1-0, 11-3) offense that pounded out 14 hits. Buck
Farmer (6 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 7 H, 3 BB, 6 K) picked up his third win
as he was able to work out of trouble on multiple occasions.
Ryan Mathews (3 for 5) and Andrew Ciencin (1 for 4) both hit
home runs in a losing effort for the Wolfpack (0-1, 9-2).
No. 10 Arizona 9, Eastern Michigan 2
In Tucson, Ariz., Robert Refsnyder had two hits
and drove in three as Arizona defeated Eastern Michigan. The
Wildcats (11-2) scored four in the first, three in the second
and two in the fourth. Joey Rickard had two doubles and scored
twice for Arizona. Kurt Heyer (4-0, 8 IP, 6 H, 2 UE, 1 BB, 8 K)
earned the victory. Bo Kinder had two hits for the Eagles (3-9).
No. 13 LSU 6, Michigan 0
In Baton Rouge, La., Kevin Gausman allowed two
hits in eight scoreless innings while striking out a career-best 11 as LSU
blanked Michigan. Gausman (4-0) did not walk a batter. Joey
Bourgeois fanned two in the ninth to secure the shutout. Raph
Rhymes went 3 for 4 with a double, two runs and two RBI, while
Grant Dozar added a pair of doubles and drove in two for the
Tigers (12-2). Brett Winger and John Lorenz both went 1 for 3
for the Wolverines (6-7). Brandon Sinnery (0-1, 8 IP, 12 H, 6 R,
2 K) went the distance for Michigan.
No. 15 Miami (Fla.) 7, Boston College 3
In Coral Gables, Fla., Stephen Perez blasted a
three-run homer to key a five-run seventh inning as Miami beat
Boston College in the ACC opener for both teams. Eric Erickson
(3-1) pitched into the eighth, allowing three earned runs and
striking out five for the Hurricanes (1-0, 10-3). Rony Rodriguez
had two hits and two RBI, and Brad Fieger added a pair of hits
and a RBI for Miami. Blake Butera drove in two for the Eagles
No. 16 Ole Miss 8, Houston 0
In Oxford, Miss., Bobby Wahl allowed one hit in
six innings with a career-high 10 strikeouts as Ole Miss humbled
Houston. Wahl (3-0) walked three. Matt Snyder (2 for 4) had a
run-scoring single to spark a six-run first for the Rebels
(11-2). Alex Yarbrough had three hits and two RBI, while Tanner
Mathis went 2 for 4 with two runs for Ole Miss. Keegan Sanford
had a double for the Cougars (6-7).
No. 20 Louisville 7, Oral Roberts 3
In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Nick Ratajczak went 4 for 5
with three RBI as Louisville topped Oral Roberts in the DRASH
Alabama Classic. Ratajczak had a run-scoring single in a
five-run second and added RBI base hits in the seventh and
ninth. Cole Sturgeon went 2 for 4 with two runs and one RBI for
the Cardinals (10-3). Justin Amlung (2-2, 7.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1
BB, 6 K) earned the victory, while Derek Self (1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 K)
recorded his fourth save. Cam Schiller provided the offense for
the Golden Eagles (6-6) with a two-run homer in the bottom of
the first and a solo shot in the eighth.
East Carolina 3, Alabama 1
In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Kevin Brandt allowed one run
in eight innings as East Carolina edged Alabama in the DRASH
Alabama Classic. Brandt (3-1) allowed six hits and two walks
while striking out seven. Tanner Merritt (1 IP, 2 H, 2 K)
notched his second save. Corey Thompson had a two-run double and
scored in the third as the Pirates (9-3) took the early lead.
Brett Booth (1 for 3, 2B, BB) had a RBI groundout in the fourth
for the Crimson Tide (5-8). Taylor Dugas and Kenny Roberts both
had two hits for ‘Bama.
Arizona State 3, Long Beach State 2 (12)
In Long Beach, Calif., Andrew Aplin delivered a
run-scoring single in the top of the 12th as Arizona State
outlasted Long Beach State. Jake Barrett (1-1) fanned two in
three hitless innings of relief to earn the win. Brady Rodgers
(9 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 7 K) of the Sun Devils (9-3) and Shawn
Stuart (9 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) of the Dirtbags (4-9)
both turned in strong starts. Aplin, Abe Ruiz, Max Rossiter and
Trever Allen each had two hits for ASU. Jeff McNeil went 2 for 5
with one run and one RBI for LBSU.
Liberty 12, St. John’s 2
In Lynchburg, Va., Ryan Cordell had two hits and
five RBI, and Michael Robertson added two hits and four RBI as
Liberty routed St. John’s to improve to 14-1. The Flames, who
have won seven straight, tied the 1995 squad for best start in
school history. John Niggli (4-0) went eight strong innings,
allowing eight hits and two earned runs with six strikeouts.
Liberty broke from a 2-1 game with a four-run fifth inning,
highlighted by two-run singles from Robertson and Cordell. Kyle
Hansen (0-4) allowed six earned runs and seven hits in five
innings for the Red Storm (4-7).
UNC Wilmington 10, James
Wilmington, N.C., Andrew Cain had four hits and Thomas Pope
(right) drove in four as UNC Wilmington defeated James Madison
in the CAA opener for the top two teams in the conference
preseason poll. The Dukes (0-1, 5-8-1) led 5-0 in the fourth
before the Seahawks (1-0, 4-9) rallied for four in the fourth
and four more in the fifth to take the lead for good. Cain had
two runs and three RBI, while Pope went 3 for 5 with a triple
and two runs. Evan Scott went 2 for 4 with a homer and three RBI
for UNCW. Tyler McSwain (2-2, 6 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 5 K) earned
the victory, while Jack Lane worked the final 1.2 innings with
one strikeout for his first save. Sean Tierney (2-2, 4.2 IP, 7
H, 8 R, 4 BB, 1 K) was the starter and loser for JMU.
Virginia Tech 10, Virginia 8 (11)
In Charlottesville, Va., Virginia Tech scored
four in the top of the ninth, one in the 10th and two in the
11th to win its ACC series opener at Virginia in front of 2,926
fans at Davenport Field. Chad Morgan (1 for 5, 3 RBI) had a
two-run single to cap the four-run ninth for the Hokies (1-0,
12-2). Sean Keselica (2 for 5) has a RBI double to put Tech
ahead for good in the 11th. Clark Labitan (3-0, 1.2 IP, 1 H)
earned the win, while Branden Kline (2-2, 3 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 6 ER,
4 BB, 4 K) took the loss out of the pen for the Cavaliers (0-1,
7-5-1). Chris Taylor, Stephen Bruno and Keith Werman each drove
in two for Virginia.
Elon 4, Georgia Southern 3
In Elon, N.C., Kyle Webb pitched into the ninth
as Elon won its Southern Conference series opener against
Georgia Southern. Webb (2-2) allowed seven hits and three runs
(two earned) in 8.1 innings with no walks and six strikeouts.
Nate Young fanned the final two batters to earn his second save.
Sebastian Gomez (2 for 4) snapped a 2-2 tie with a two-run homer
in the bottom of the seventh for the Phoenix (3-1, 8-5). Eric
Phillips had two hits and T.D. Davis went deep for the Eagles
(0-1, 7-7). Chris Beck (1-2, 8 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 8 K)
absorbed the loss.
Kentucky 19, Canisius 9
In Lexington, Ky., Luke Maile went 2 for 3 with
two runs and three RBI against Canisius as Kentucky remained
undefeated through 14 games. Cameron Flynn (HR, 3 R, 3 RBI), J.T.
Riddle (2 R, 2 RBI) and Matt Reida (2B, 2 R, 2 RBI) all had
three hits for the Wildcats (14-0). Michael Williams also went
deep for UK. Drew Petit went 4 for 5 with a grand slam in the
seventh for the Golden Griffins (7-6).
New Mexico 11, Gonzaga 6
In Albuquerque, N.M., Trey Porras had a pinch-hit
sacrifice fly to snap a 6-6 tie and spark a five-run rally in
the bottom of the eighth as New Mexico handed Gonzaga its first
loss. Kyle Stiner (1 for 3, 4 RBI) tied the game with a two-run
double in the seventh. Josh Melendez went 3 for 5 with three
runs and two RBI for the Lobos (3-9), finishing a homer away
from the cycle. Gera Sanchez (1-0, 3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 5 K)
registered the victory. Alex Stanford went 2 for 5 with a double
and one RBI for the Bulldogs (10-1).
Oregon State 11, West Virginia 0
In Corvallis, Ore., Ben Wetzler tossed a one-hit
shutout as Oregon State run-ruled West Virginia in seven innings
in the Nike College Showcase. The lone hit was an infield single
by Billy Fleming in the third. Wetzler (3-0) walked one and
struck out eight. The Beavers (9-4) blew the game open with
seven in the top of the seventh. Tyler Smith (2 for 5, 2B) and
Jake Rodriguez (2 for 3, 2B, 2 R) both drove in three for OSU.
Purdue 5, Murray State 2
In Murray, Ky., Blake Mascarello set down 13 of
the 14 hitters he faced in 4.1 innings of one-hit relief as
Purdue downed Murray State. Mascarello (3-0) allowed a two-out
single in the seventh and struck out four. Kevin Plawecki (2 for
5) had a RBI double to cap a three-run third as the Boilermakers
(9-1) took the lead for good. Eric Charles had two hits and two
RBI for Purdue. Jacob Rhodes had three hits and one RBI for the
Thoroughbreds (8-6). The last time Purdue won nine of its first
10 games was in 1959. The Boilermakers have earned their wins
against nine different teams.
Richmond 3, Quinnipiac 0
In Richmond, Va., Jacob Mayers allowed two hits
in eight scoreless innings as Richmond defeated Quinnipiac for
its ninth straight victory. Mayers (3-1) walked two and struck
out nine, a career high. Andrew Brockett fanned one in the ninth
for his third save. Chris Cowell (2 for 4, 2B) hit his seventh
home run, while Adam McConnell and Adam Forrer both drove in
runs for the Spiders (9-3). Kyle Nisson had two hits for the
Ohio State 17, Marist 2
In Conway, S.C., Ryan Cypret drove in a
career-best six as Ohio State pounded Marist in the Chanticleer
Classic at Watson Stadium. Cypret (3 for 5, 3 R) had a grand
slam in a seven-run fourth and added a two-run double in a
four-run eighth for the Buckeyes (7-4). Brad Hallberg (2 for 3)
and Greg Solomon (2 for 2) both drove in two, while David Corna
(2 for 3, 3 R) went deep for OSU. Brett McKinney (2-2, 8 IP, 11
H, 2 R, 1 BB, 5 K) was the starter and winner for the Bucks.
Mike Orefice went 3 for 4 with a double and one RBI for the Red
Temple 10, Central Connecticut 6
In Ambler, Pa., Steve Nikorak had four extra-base
hits to lead Temple past CCSU at Skip Wilson Field. Nikorak went
4 for 5 with three doubles, a triple and four runs. Ekijah
Yarborough went 4 for 4 with four RBI for the Owls (4-8). Tyler
McIntyre had a three-run homer, while Josh Ingham went 2 for 2
with two runs for the Blue Devils (1-5).
(photos courtesy of UCLA & UNCW
Media Relations Offices)