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Tucker homers and
drives in three as Florida tops FSU
Rice beats Arizona, Louisville nips Ole Miss, DBU
rallies past Oklahoma
Gainesville, Fla., Preston Tucker (right) went 2 for 4 with a
double, a homer, two runs and three RBI as top-ranked Florida
flattened No. 6 Florida State 9-2 Tuesday in front of 6,005 fans
at McKethan Stadium. Tucker’s three-run homer in the third
erased a 2-0 deficit and put the Gators (16-1) on top for good.
Nolan Fontana (2 for 3, 2 BB, 3 R, 2 RBI) also homered for
Florida. Daniel Pigott and Mike Zunino both drove in a pair for
the Gators. Sherman Johnson and Stephen McGee both went 1 for 3
with a run for the Seminoles (14-2).
No. 7 Rice 5, No. 9 Arizona 1
In Houston, Andrew Benak took advantage of four
early runs and pitched 5.2 solid innings as Rice knocked off
Arizona, giving head coach Wayne Graham 1,500 career victories.
Michael Ratterree and Jeremy Rathjen had RBI doubles, and J.T.
Chargois and Shane Hoelscher added RBI in a four-run first
inning for the Owls (14-4). Benak (3-0) allowed six hits and
struck out one in pitching into the sixth inning. Seth
Mejias-Brean went 2 for 3 with a RBI, and Alex Mejia went 3 for
4 for the Wildcats (13-3).
Louisville 4, No. 14 Ole Miss 3
In Louisville, Ky., Ty Young had a two-run triple
and scored in a three-run first as Louisville edged Ole Miss.
Nick Ratajczak went 4 for 4 with one run, while Zak Wasserman
homered in the sixth for the Cardinals (11-5). Jared Ruxer (2-0,
5.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K) earned the victory, while Derek
Self recorded the final two outs for his fifth save. Blake
Newalu had two hits, including a double, and one RBI for the
Dallas Baptist 7, No. 17 Oklahoma 6
In Dallas, Joel Hutter had a game-winning RBI
single to cap a four-run ninth as Dallas Baptist rallied past
Oklahoma. Boomer Collins had a three-run homer in the third and
Austin Elkins (2 for 5, 2 R) delivered a two-run single in the
ninth for the Patriots (10-6). Aaron Gilbreath (1-1) got the
final two outs in the top of the ninth to pick up the victory.
Max White went 2 for 4 with two RBI, while Cody Reine was 3 for
4 with two runs for the Sooners (11-6).
No. 3 South Carolina 5, Charleston Southern 2
In Columbia, S.C., Tanner English went 3 for 4
with a double and a run as South Carolina defeated Charleston
Southern in front of 6,836 fans at Carolina Stadium. Grayson
Greiner added a pinch-hit two-run single in the seventh for the
Gamecocks (14-1). Adam Westmoreland (1-0, 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1
BB, 4 K) earned the win, while Joel Seddon got a strikeout to
end the game and record his first save. Alex Tomasovich and
Chase Shelton both went 2 for 4 with a double and a run for the
No. 4 North Carolina 5, UNC Greensboro 1
In Greensboro, N.C., Benton Moss tossed 5.2
scoreless innings as North Carolina topped UNC Greensboro in
front of 2,726 fans at UNCG Stadium. Moss (2-0) allowed four
hits, did not walk a batter and struck out five in earning the
victory. Tommy Coyle went 1 for 4 with two runs and one RBI for
the Tar Heels (14-2). Kris Richards, Thomas Troelstrup and Lloyd
Enzor each had two hits for the Spartans (10-6).
No. 5 Arkansas 1, Gonzaga 0
In Fayetteville, Ark., Arkansas had five pitchers
combine on a six-hit shutout against Gonzaga in the opener of a
two-game series. Colby Suggs (1 IP, 1 H, 1 K) earned the win in
relief of Chris Oliver (3.2 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 2 K) and Cade Lynch
(2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K). Ty Wright fanned the first hitter in
the eighth before Barrett Astin retired the final five hitters
with one strikeout to record his fourth save. Dominic Ficociello
(2 for 3) homered in the seventh for the game’s lone run. Marco
Gonzales and Travis Forbes both had two hits, including a
double, for the Bulldogs (10-4), a team that has lost four
No. 8 Texas A&M 10, Texas-Pan American 4
In College Station, Texas, Mikey Reynolds had two
doubles, two walks and two runs as Texas A&M downed Texas-Pan
American. Tyler Naquin (1 for 4), Jacob House (2 for 3), Troy
Stein (1 for 3) and Jace Statum (1 for 2, 2 R) each drove in two
for the Aggies (14-3). Texas A&M used a four-run sixth to break
a 4-4 deadlock. Estevan Uriegas (3-0, 1 IP, 1 K) earned the win
in relief. Derek Hagy went 3 for 5 with a double, one run and
one RBI as the Broncs (8-1) suffered their first loss.
No. 11 Miami (Fla.) 11, Illinois State 6
In Coral Gables, Fla., Peter O’Brien homered
twice and drove in four as Miami defeated Illinois State.
Stephen Perez added a three-run homer for the Hurricanes (13-3),
which scored five in the first to take control. Javi Salas (1-0,
3.1 IP, 2 H, 1 UE, 1 BB, 5 K) earned the win in relief. Ty
Wiesemeyer went 3 for 5 with two runs for the Redbirds (10-4).
No. 12 UCLA 7, USC 2
In Los Angeles, Grant Watson tossed six strong
innings, and Trevor Brown went 3 for 4 with two doubles, two
runs and two RBI as UCLA beat USC in the third-annual Dodgertown
Classic presented by Coca-Cola before a crowd of 6,034 at Dodger
Stadium. Watson improved to 4-0, allowing seven hits and one run
with five strikeouts for UCLA, which has won 16 of the past 21
games against the Trojans (12-4). The Bruins (13-3) scored twice
in each of the fourth and fifth innings, and Kevin Williams
delivered a solo homer in the fifth. James Roberts went 3 for 3
with two runs for USC.
No. 16 Georgia Tech 15, Wagner 4
In Atlanta, Georgia Tech scored five in the
first, fourth and fifth in whipping Wagner to give head coach
Danny Hall career win No. 999. Jake Davies (2 for 3, 3 R, 3
RBI), Sam Dove (2 for 4, 2 R, 2 RBI) and Paul Kronenfeld (2 for
3, 3 RBI) hit consecutive homers in the first for the Yellow
Jackets (12-5). Zane Evans went 3 for 3 with three runs and two
RBI for Tech. Hayden Hunter was 2 for 4 with a double, two runs
and two RBI for the Seahawks (3-10).
No. 18 Georgia 8, Alcorn State 5
In Athens, Ga., Justin Bryan had a two-run double
to spark a seven-run sixth as Georgia got past Alcorn State.
Levi Hyams had two hits and one run for the Bulldogs (12-5).
Luke Crumley (1-0, 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 K) got the win in relief.
Angel Rosa went 2 for 4 and knocked in two for the Braves
No. 19 Kentucky 9, Wright State 1
In Lexington, Ky., A.J. Reed allowed one run in
six innings and had three hits, including a home run, with three
RBI as Kentucky topped Wright State to stay undefeated at 17-0.
Reed (3-0) allowed seven hits and struck out six without
surrendering a walk. Reed had a RBI single in a three-run first
and added a two-run homer in the fourth as the Wildcats led 9-0
after four. Michael Williams went 2 for 4 with two RBI, while
Cameron Flynn homered for the fifth time for UK. Cody Simon (2
for 2) went deep for the Raiders (6-8).
Arizona State 9, Utah Valley State 0
In Tempe, Ariz., Deven Marrero and Abe Ruiz hit
first-inning homers, and Arizona State coasted to a win over
Utah Valley State. Marrero finished 2 for 3 with three runs and
two RBI, and Ruiz went 2 for 3 with two runs and two RBI for the
Sun Devils (11-4). James McDonald added two hits and three RBI
to give plenty of support to Adam McCreery, who picked up his
first collegiate win with four innings, two hits and five
strikeouts. Utah Valley State fell to 5-9.
Pepperdine 3, UC Irvine 2
In Los Angeles, Zach Vincej had a sacrifice fly
to snap a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the fifth as Pepperdine edged
UC Irvine in the Dodgertown Classic at Dodgertown Stadium. Sam
Meyer had two hits and one RBI for the Waves (12-4). Jeff
Stephens went 1 for 3 with one RBI for the Anteaters (8-7). Matt
Mauer (3-0, 5.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 5 BB, 4 K) was the starter and
winner, while Michael Swanner got the final out for his first
Wake Forest 14, Georgia Southern 4
In Winston-Salem, N.C., Mac Williamson went 3 for
4 with a homer, two runs and three RBI as Wake Forest thumped
Georgia Southern for its 14th consecutive victory. The Demon
Deacons (15-4) scored two in the first, three in the second and
five in the fourth to take a 10-0 lead. Carlos Lopez (2 for 3, 2
R, 2 RBI) and Charlie Morgan (1 for 4, 2 R, 3 RBI) both went
deep, while Evan Stephens (2 for 3, 2 R, 2 RBI) an
inside-the-park home run. Chris Wilson (2-0, 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1
BB, 6 K) earned the victory. Eric Phillips went 3 for 4 with one
RBI for the Eagles (7-10).
VCU 18, East Carolina 11
In Greenville, N.C., Bill Cullen went 4 for 6
with five runs and four RBI as VCU outscored East Carolina.
Cullen had three doubles and a triple for the Rams (11-6). Joey
Cujas (2 for 4) also drove in four, while Vimael Machin had
three hits, including two doubles, and three runs for VCU. Heath
Dwyer (2-0, 6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 K) earned the win in relief.
Zach Wright had a two-run homer in a five-run first for the
(photo by Jimmy Jones)