March 14, 2012

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Hart triples twice and drives in five as UVU wins at ASU

Gardner-Webb upsets UNC, UTPA downs Texas A&M, Arizona defeats Rice


In Tempe, Ariz., ninth-place hitter Jordy Hart had two triples and drove in five as Utah Valley knocked off Arizona State 9-6 Wednesday. Hart had a bases-loaded triple and scored in the second as the Wolverines (6-9) took a 4-0 lead. He added a two-run three-bagger in the sixth and scored to give UVU a 7-2 advantage. Billy Burgess drove in two for the Wolverines. Jeremy Gendlek (2-3, 5.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R) (pictured right) earned the victory, while Josh Swenson (3.2 IP, 2 H, 2 K) recorded his first save. Nathaniel Causey homered and drove in two for the Sun Devils (11-5).


Gardner-Webb 7, No. 4 North Carolina 4 

In Chapel Hill, N.C., Brad Collins had three hits and drove in five as Gardner-Webb downed North Carolina. Collins had a three-run homer in a four-run second and a two-run double in a three-run seventh for the Bulldogs (10-7), finishing a single short of the cycle. Adam McFarland had three hits and two runs for Gardner-Webb. Mitch Warner (1-0, 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K) picked up the win in relief, while Adam Izokovic pitched two hitless innings with two walks and one strikeout for his fourth save. Tommy Coyle and Jacob Stallings both had three hits, while Brian Holberton drove in two for the Tar Heels (14-3). UNC had 11 hits and drew nine walks, but stranded 17.


Texas-Pan American 5, No. 8 Texas A&M 2

In College Station, Texas, Colby McCasland and Jonathan Sa combined on the five-hitter as Texas-Pan American split its two-game set at Texas A&M. McCasland went 4.2 in the start with three hits, one run, two walks and one strikeout. Sa (1-0) worked the final 4.1 innings with two hits, one run and four punchouts. Chris Torres had a RBI single in a three-run third and added a two-run double in the fifth for the Broncs (9-1). Angel Ibanez had three hits and one run, while Shane Klemcke added two hits for UTPA. Brandon Wood had a double and a run for the Aggies (14-4).


No. 9 Arizona 8, No. 7 Rice 5

In Houston, Seth Mejias-Brean went 3 for 5 with a double, two runs and two RBI as Arizona split its two-game series at Rice. The Owls (14-5) scored three in the third before the Wildcats (14-3) scored the next eight runs, taking the lead with two in the top of the eighth. Joey Rickard went 3 for 5 with two runs, while Riley Moore knocked in a pair for Arizona. Stephen Manthei (1-0, 2 IP, 1 BB) picked up the victory, while Matthew Troupe (2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 4 K) notched his second save. Christian Stringer and Michael Fuda both drove in two for the Rice.


No. 19 Kentucky 2, Murray State 1

In Lexington, Ky., Cameron Flynn belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth as Kentucky edged Murray State to stay undefeated at 18-0. A.J. Reed had two hits and one run for the Wildcats. Alex Phillips (2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 K) got the win, while Trevor Gott gave up one hit and struck out two in the ninth for his third save. Travis Isaak went 2 for 4 with a double and one RBI for the Thoroughbreds (8-9).


No. 3 South Carolina 6, Appalachian State 4

In Columbia, S.C., Evan Marzilli had a three-run double to erase a 4-3 deficit in the bottom of the seventh as South Carolina rallied past Appalachian State. Will Callaway had a three-run homer and Tyler Tewell added a solo shot later in the frame as the Mountaineers (14-3) led 4-0 in the top of the first. Marzilli had a RBI double in the second and Christian Walker’s run-scoring single capped a two-run fourth as the Gamecocks (15-1) pulled to within one. Walker finished with three hits, while LB Dantzler went 2 for 4 with three runs for South Carolina. Tyler Webb (2-0, 1.2 IP, 2 K) earned the victory, while Evan Beal got a game-ending double play to record his third save.


No. 5 Arkansas 5, Gonzaga 3

In Fayetteville, Ark., Matt Reynolds drove in two as Arkansas completed a two-game sweep of Gonzaga. The Razorbacks (16-2) scored two in the fourth and three in the fifth. Sam Bates (2 R, 1 RBI) and Jacob Morris (2 2B) both had two hits for Arkansas. Brandon Moore (3 IP, 1 H, 1 K) earned the win in relief, while Barrett Astin worked around a hit in the ninth to record his fifth save. Royce Bolinger had a two-run homer in the seventh for the Bulldogs (10-5), which lost its fifth straight.


No. 11 Miami (Fla.) 3, UCF 2

In Orlando, Fla., Michael Broad scored the game-winner in the top of the eighth as Miami nipped UCF in front of 2,298 fans at Jay Bergman Field. With Broad on third and Jarred Mederos on first with one out in the eighth, Dale Carey sent a fly ball to right on which Alex Friedrich made a diving catch. Broad touched home before Mederos was doubled off first, snapping the 2-2 tie. Nick Carrillo (2 for 4) and Ronnie Richardson (3 for 3) both drove in runs for the Knights (13-5) in the bottom of the fifth as the home team took a 2-1 lead. The Hurricanes (14-3) tied it with a Tyler Palmer homer in the sixth. Alexander Fernandez (2-0, 0.2 IP, 1 H) picked up the win, while E.J. Encinosa (1 IP, 1 K) recorded his fourth save.


No. 13 LSU 13, Northwestern State 0

In Baton Rouge, La., Mason Katz had a two-run single in a seven-run fifth as LSU blanked Northwestern State. Katz drove in three, while Raph Rhymes added two hits and four RBI for the Tigers (14-3). Aaron Nola (3-0, 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K) was the starter and winner. Nick Hinojos had two hits, including a double, for the Demons (5-11).


No. 14 Ole Miss 18, Louisville 8

In Louisville, Ky., Zach Kirksey smacked two home runs as Ole Miss outscored Louisville to split their two-game series. The Rebels (14-3) scored multiple runs in four of the first five innings, as a seven-run fifth gave the visitors a 15-5 lead. Kirksey scored three and drove in five. Leadoff hitter Tanner Mathis went 5 for 7 with three runs, while Matt Snyder 3 for 4 with two doubles, a homer, three runs and five RBI for Ole Miss. Will Allen went 4 for 4 with three RBI for the Rebels. Tanner Bailey (1-0, 3 IP, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K) earned the victory. Stewart Ijames drove in three for the Cardinals (11-6).


No. 18 Georgia 23, Alcorn State 6

In Athens, Ga., Georgia scored seven in the first and rolled to a two-game sweep of Alcorn State. The Bulldogs (13-5) put up six in both the sixth and eighth. Hunter Cole went 4 for 5 with a double, a homer, two runs and four RBI, while Kyle Farmer had three doubles and two runs for Georgia. Justin Bryan added a grand slam for the Bulldogs. Chase Hawkins (1-0, 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 K) earned the victory in relief. Jann Butler (1 for 4, 3 RBI) and Rodney Warren (4 for 5) both homered for the Braves (3-13).


Wake Forest 12, NJIT 7

In Winston-Salem, N.C., Carlos Lopez homered and drove in four as Wake Forest downed NJIT to extend its win streak to 15. The streak is the second-longest in program history, as the 1949 squad won its first 20. The Demon Deacons (16-4) scored multiple runs in each of the first three innings in building a 10-1 after three. James Harris had three hits and two RBI, while Stephen Schoettmer had two hits, including a homer, for WFU. Bryan Bleakley (1 for 4, 3 RBI) and Brian Keane (3 for 5, 2 R) both went deep for the Highlanders (4-6).


Western Carolina 8, Clemson 4

In Cullowhee, N.C., Luke Gragg started a seven-run fourth with a pinch-hit single and added a two-run base hit later in the frame as Western Carolina downed Clemson. Gragg had three hits for the Catamounts (13-4), as did Cody Jones. Ross Heffley (2 for 4, 2 RBI) homered for WCU. Jon Nadale (2-0, 4 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 K) earned the victory for the Catamounts. Steve Wilkerson went 3 for 4 with one run and one RBI for the Tigers (6-8).


Bowling Green 24, Malone 11

In Bowling Green, Ohio, Jake Thomas set a school record with six hits as Bowling Green thumped Malone. The Falcons (5-11) had a program-best 30 hits, as Brandon Howard went 5 for 6 with four runs and four RBI. BGSU scored 14 in the bottom of the fourth to erase a 6-4 deficit. TJ Losby (3 for 5, 3 R, 3 RBI), Alex Davison (2 for 5, 3 R, 4 RBI) and Tyler Wynn (2 for 6, 2 R) all homered for the Falcons. Bob Suitca went 2 for 4 with a home run for the Pioneers (6-10).


UC Irvine 6, Washington State 0

In Irvine, Calif., Nick Hoover, making his first start in two years, allowed one hit in a career-high 7.2 innings as UC Irvine blanked Washington State. Hoover (2-0) walked three and fanned five. Mark Trentacosta finished the game with one hits and three strikeouts in the final 1.1 innings. Jordan Fox went 4 for 5, while Tommy Reyes had two hits, two walks and two runs for the Anteaters (9-7). Adam Nelubowich and Ian Sagdal both went 1 for 3 for the Cougars (9-6).


Presbyterian 9, Kennesaw State 6

In Kennesaw, Ga., Andrew Williams whacked three home runs as Presbyterian defeated Kennesaw State. The game was tied at 6 after seven before the Blue Hose (9-10) scored a pair in the eighth and Williams hit his third dinger in the top of the ninth to complete the scoring. Nathan Chong (3 for 4, 2 R, 2 RBI) also went deep for Presbyterian. Beau Dees (1-2, 1.2 IP, 1 BB, 1 K) earned the win in relief, while Gabe Grammer allowed one hit and struck out three in the ninth for his sixth save. Chris McGowan went 2 for 5 with a double, a homer, two runs and three RBI for the Owls (9-8).


(photo courtesy of UVU Media Relations Office)