March 16, 2012

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Emanuel wins 12th straight as UNC beat Maryland

Kentucky edges South Carolina, Hall of Georgia Tech reaches 1,000 wins


In College Park, Md., Kent Emanuel (right) won his 12th straight decision as fourth-ranked North Carolina rallied to beat Maryland 4-3 Friday in the ACC. Emanuel (5-0) allowed three earned runs and struck out seven in 7.1 innings, and Michael Morin picked up his seventh save for the Tar Heels (4-0, 15-3). Jacob Stallings had a two-run single in the top of the fifth to give Carolina a 3-2 lead. Kyle Convissar had two hits and a run for the Terrapins (0-4, 13-5).


No. 19 Kentucky 4, No. 3 South Carolina 3

In Lexington, Ky., Luke Maile ripped a game-winning, two-run homer to center in the bottom of the ninth as Kentucky edged South Carolina 4-3 Friday night before a crowd of 2,032 fans at Cliff Hagan Stadium. The Wildcats equaled the 2007 and 2008 team’s 19-0 start to the season and are the last unbeaten in college baseball. Trailing 3-2, Austin Cousino was hit by Evan Beal (1-1), who struck out the side in the eighth. Zac Zellers sacrificed Cousino to second and Maile followed with his fourth homer and seventh game-winning RBI of the season. Erik Payne had two hits and a RBI, and Michael Roth allowed two runs in 6.2 innings for the Gamecocks (0-1, 15-2).


No. 16 Georgia Tech 12, Virginia Tech 3
In Atlanta, Jake Davies had four hits and five RBI to boost Georgia Tech past visiting Virginia Tech in ACC action, giving long-time head coach Danny Hall his 1,000th career win. Davies delivered an RBI single in the first, and he helped to break the game open in the bottom of the second with a two-run single. Daniel Palka (1 for 4, HR), Paul Kronenfield (4-4, 3 RBI, 2B), and Sam Dove (2 for 4, 3 R) also had productive nights for the Yellow Jackets (2-2, 13-5), who were able to tag Hokies (1-3, 14-5) starting pitcher Manny Martir (0-1) for nine runs. Buck Farmer (7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) had another strong start and earned his fourth win. Chad Morgan had two hits for the Hokies.

Kansas State 15, No. 8 Texas A&M 12

In College Station, Texas, Wade Hinkle had a grand slam to cap a seven-run second and Kansas State took the lead for good with four in the eighth in outscoring Texas A&M to open their Big 12 series. Hinkle had three hits and three runs, as did Tanner Witt (3 for 5, 3 R, 4 RBI) for the Wildcats (1-0, 12-6). Matt Giller went 4 for 4 with two runs for the victors. Jared Moore (2-1, 2 IP, 2 K) earned the win in relief. Troy Stein went 3 for 4 with a double, two runs and three RBI, while Tyler Naquin (2 for 6, 2 RBI) homered for the Aggies (0-1, 14-5). Michael Wacha gave up 11 hits and nine runs (eight earned) in 5.1 innings with three walks and five strikeouts for A&M.


Georgia State 13, Northeastern 12

In Atlanta, Georgia State scored 11 in the bottom of the ninth, including 10 with two outs, to shock Northeastern in CAA action. Kody Adams had a single to plate Alex Prescott with the game-winner. Prescott’s two-run double had knotted the score at 12. The Panthers (1-0, 8-11) trailed 12-3 with two outs, but used seven hits and two walks to pull out the victory. The game was scoreless after four before the Huskies (2-2, 8-5) built an 8-2 lead prior to an hour-long weather delay in the seventh. NU added three in the eighth and one in the ninth for a 12-2 advantage. Jason Vosler went 3 for 5 with a double, two homers, three runs and four RBI for the Huskies.


No. 1 Florida 10, Vanderbilt 2

In Gainesville, Fla., Preston Tucker drove in three runs, and Hudson Randall allowed two runs in 6.2 innings as Florida set a school record with its 15th straight win. Tucker went 2 for 5, and Daniel Pigott went 3 for 5 with two runs as the Gators (1-0, 17-1) scored five times in the fifth and four times in the seventh. Randall (3-0) struck out a season-high six. Conrad Gregor went 2 for 4 with a RBI for the Commodores (0-1, 7-11).


No. 5 Arkansas 4, Alabama 3 (12)

In Fayetteville, Ark., Jake Wise walked with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 12th to carry Arkansas past Alabama in SEC action. Jacob Morris (2 for 4) had a RBI double in the bottom of the ninth for the Razorbacks (1-0, 17-2) to force extra innings. Barrett Astin (2-0, 3.1 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 3 K) picked up the victory. Ben Moore went 3 for 6 for the Crimson Tide (0-1, 8-10).


Washington State 6 at No. 9 Arizona 0

In Tucson, Ariz., J.D Leckenby (3-2) was the opening act in Washington State’s shutout of Arizona to open Pac-12 play. Leckenby (3-2) went 6.1 innings and only gave up five hits. Kurt Heyer (4-1) took the loss for the Wildcats (0-1, 14-4) after he went 5.2 innings and gave up three runs on eight hits. The Cougars (1-0, 10-6) had their two through eight hitters all collect a hit and hitters six through eight each had two hits. Patrick Claussen went 2 for 4 with two RBI for WSU.


No. 10 Cal State Fullerton 2-2, Long Beach State 1-1

In Fullerton, Calif., Kenny Mathews allowed five hits and one run in 7.2 innings in the nightcap at Cal State Fullerton swept a non-conference doubleheader from Long Beach State. Mathews (2-0) gave up one run, did not walk a batter and struck out six. Grahamm Wiest got the final four outs for his first save. Derek Legg and Chad Wallach both drove in runs in the fourth for the Titans (12-6). Ino Patron went 2 for 4 with a run for the Dirtbags (5-12). Fullerton has won the past five series with LBSU, including winning 14 of the past 15 games. In the opener, Richy Pedroza (2 for 4) delivered a two-run single with two away in the bottom of the eighth as the Titans rallied past the Dirtbags. Dylan Floro (2-2, 8 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K) earned the win, while Michael Lorenzen (1 IP, 1 H) notched his seventh save. Michael Hill had a run-scoring single in the second for LBSU.


Duke 5, No. 11 Miami (Fla.) 1
In Durham, N.C., Marcus Stroman struck out 13 over seven innings as Duke defeated Miami to get it first ACC victory. Stroman (2-2) only walked two Hurricanes (3-1, 14-4) and allowed six hits in an impressive outing at Durham Bulls Park. Stroman received some early run support thanks to an RBI double from Andrew Istler (2 for 4) in the bottom of the second. The Blue Devils (1-3, 8-12) added another run in the third when Will Piwnica-Worms (3 for 4) drove in Grant McCabe with a single. Peter O’Brien and Rony Rodgriguez both went 2 for 4 for Miami.

No. 12 UCLA 6, Arizona State 5

In Los Angeles, Kevin Williams smacked a home run with two away in the bottom of the ninth to give UCLA a Pac-12 win over Arizona State. Deven Marrero (2 for 4) had a two-run triple and Trever Allen added a three-run homer in a five-run third for the Sun Devils (0-1, 11-6). Jeff Gelalich’s two-run single highlighted a five-run sixth for the Bruins (1-0, 14-3). UCLA starter Adam Plutko went 7.1 innings with four hits, five runs, three walks and three strikeouts. David Berg (2-0) got the final two outs in the ninth to record the victory. Brady Rodgers (10 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 K) worked eight innings for ASU.


No. 13 LSU 3, Mississippi State 2 (10)

In Baton Rouge, La., JaCoby Jones drove in the game-winner in the bottom of the 10th as LSU rallied past SEC foe Mississippi State. Mitch Slauter homered in the top of the 10th to give the Bulldogs (0-1, 14-6) a 2-1 advantage. Tyler Hanover had a leadoff single in the bottom of the frame for the Tigers (1-0, 15-3) and was sacrificed to second before a double by Grant Dozar plated Hanover with the tying run. Arby Fields pinch-ran for Dozar on a wild pitch. After a pair of intentional walks, Jones (2 for 5, 2 R) brought home Fields with a base hit. Kevin Gausman (4 H, 1 R, 4 BB) struck out 11 in 8.2 innings for LSU. Chris Stratton (4 H, 1 R, 2 BB) fanned 17 in 8.2 innings for MSU.


No. 14 Ole Miss 2, Auburn 1
In Oxford, Miss., Bobby Wahl outdueled Derek Varnadore to lead Ole Miss past Auburn to begin SEC play. Wahl (4-0, 6 IP, 6 H, BB, 6 K) was able to work out of trouble and only surrendered an unearned run on the night. Varnadore (2-2, 6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 K) was not as fortunate, as he surrendered four walks on the night and the Rebels (1-0, 15-3) came up with key hits. Will Allen (1 for 3) and Zach Kirksey (1 for 2, BB) delivered RBI singles for Ole Miss in the second and fourth respectively. Ryan Tella was 3 for 3 with a double for the Tigers (0-1, 10-8).

Washington 8, No. 15 Oregon 3

In Seattle, Aaron West went six solid innings as Washington topped Oregon in its Pac-12 opener. West (3-1) gave up only three runs on five hits. Oregon starter Alex Keudell (1-3) took the loss after surrendering four earned runs on eight hits over 6.2 innings. Chase Anselment and B.K Santy combined to go 4 for 7 and an RBI, while Ryan Wiggins added a pinch-hit two-run homer in the seventh for the Huskies (1-0, 11-6). Kyle Garlick went 2 for 4 with a homer and two runs for the Ducks (0-1, 12-4).


Texas 7, No. 17 Oklahoma 6 (12)

In Norman, Okla., Jonathan Walsh delivered a two-run double with two outs in the top of the 12th as Texas outlasted Oklahoma in Big 12 play. Jack Mayfield and Caleb Bushyhead had two-run homers in the bottom of the first for the Sooners (0-1, 11-7). The Longhorns (1-0, 8-8) fought back and took a 5-4 lead in the seventh before a Cody Reine dinger in the bottom of the ninth forced extra frames. Tanner Toal (3 for 5) went deep in the bottom of the 12th for OU. Jonathan Walsh had two hits, including a double, and three RBI, while Erich Weiss had a double, a homer and two RBI for UT. Hoby Milner (2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K) got the win, while Parker French recorded the final two outs for his second save.


No. 18 Georgia 4, Tennessee 0 
In Athens, Ga., Connor Welton and Nelson Ward delivered RBI singles in a three-run second as Georgia defeated Tennessee in Dave Serrano’s first SEC contest. The hits by Welton (1 for 2, SB, R, RBI) and Ward (1 for 4, 2 RBI) helped to knock out UT starting pitcher Nick Blount (1.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, 2 K) who fell to 2-2 with the loss. Starter Alex Wood of the Bulldogs (1-0, 14-5) only lasted four innings, thanks to an hour-long weather delay, but Bryan Benzor, Earl Daniels, Luke Crumely, and Blake Dieterich combined for six shutout innings in relief. Chris Pierce and Chris Fitts both had two hits for the Volunteers (0-1, 10-7).


Clemson 6, Boston College 4

In Clemson, S.C., Tom Bourdon went 3 for 5 with two homers and three RBI, and Kevin Brady worked into the seventh inning as Clemson knocked off Boston College in the ACC. Brady allowed three runs and struck out nine for the Tigers, who stopped a four-game losing streak and improved to 1-3, 7-8. Brad Felder had a two-run homer for the Eagles (0-4, 6-9).


Missouri State 5, Oral Roberts 3

In Tulsa, Okla., Luke Voit had a three-run double in a four-run ninth as Missouri State claimed its second straight win over Oral Roberts. Derek Mattea went 3 for 4 for the Bears (13-6). Grant Gordon (2-0, 3 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 K) earned the win in relief, while Tyler Burgess worked around two walks in a scoreless ninth for his fourth save. Bennett Pickar went 4 for 4 with one run and one RBI, while Cam Schiller (2 for 5) had a two-run homer in the third for the Golden Eagles (9-8).


Purdue 10, Wichita State 5

In Wichita State, Kan., Sean McHugh had a three-run homer in a four-run sixth as Purdue defeated Wichita State for the second straight day, its 10th straight victory. Cameron Perkins belted a two-run dinger in the top of the eighth, while Stephen Talbott had three hits and one RBI for the Boilermakers (14-1). Joe Haase (2-0, 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 5 K) was the starter and winner. Kevin Hall (2 for 4) and Taylor Doggett (1 for 4) both drove in two, while Johnny Coy went deep for the Shockers (10-10).


Utah 1-3, USC 0-1

In Los Angeles, Utah made its Pac-12 debut with a doubleheader sweep at USC. Joe Pond and Tyler Wagner combined on a three-hit shutout in the opener. Pond (3 H, 2 BB) struck out seven in six innings, while Wagner (1-0) tossed three hitless innings with one walk and two strikeouts. Connor Eppard had a run-scoring single in the top of the eighth for the Utes (2-0, 6-11). Andrew Triggs (2-2, 9 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 11 K) absorbed the loss for the Trojans (0-2, 12-6). Utah got outstanding pitching again in the nightcap, as Brock Duke (2-0, 7 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K) earned the win and Mitch Watrous (2 IP,1 H, 1 BB, 2 K) picked up the save. The Utes scored a pair in the seventh to snap a 1-1 tie. Alex Sherrod had two hits and one RBI for USC.


Baylor 9, Texas Tech 4

In Waco, Texas, Lawton Langford went 3 for 4 with two RBI as Baylor bounced Texas Tech in the Big 12 series opener. The Bears (1-0, 12-7) scored in five of the first seven innings, including three frames with multiple runs. Josh Ludy had three hits, including two doubles, while Michael Howard added two hits and two RBI for Baylor. Josh Turley (2-0, 6.1 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 K) earned the win, while Kolt Browder (2.2 IP, 3 K) picked up his first save. Barrett Barnes had a two-run homer in the fourth for the Red Raiders (0-1, 12-6).


Florida Atlantic 5, FIU 1

In Miami, Ryan Garton hurled seven scoreless innings with eight strikeouts as Florida Atlantic downed FIU in the Sun Belt series opener. Garton (4-1) surrendered four hits and two walks. R.J. Alvarez (2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 5 K) finished the game for his first save. Mitch Morales went 3 for 4 with one run, while Corey Keller went 2 for 4 with a home run for the Owls (1-0, 12-7). Aramis Garcia (2 for 4) went deep in the bottom of the ninth for the Panthers (0-1, 8-8).


Central Michigan 12, Tennessee Tech 11 (10)

In Cookeville, Tenn., ninth-place hitter Eric Wrozek drove in a career-high seven and Nate Theunissen had a run-scoring single in the top of the 10th as Central Michigan outscored Tennessee Tech. Wrozek had a RBI groundout in the fourth, a grand slam in the sixth and a two-run single in the seventh for the Chippewas (8-10). Theunissen (3 for 4, 2 R, 3 RBI) also homered for CMU. Chad Hayes went 3 for 5 with a double, two runs and five RBI, while Zach Stephens went 3 for 6 with a homer and two RBI for the Golden Eagles (6-11).


NC State 9, Wake Forest 5

In Raleigh, N.C., Chris Diaz went 4 for 5 with a double, two runs and one RBI as NC State defeated Wake Forest in the ACC series opener. The Demon Deacons (3-1, 16-5) had their 15-game win streak snapped. The Wolfpack (3-1, 13-3) scored in four of the first six innings in building a 9-3 lead. Danny Canela went 2 for 5 with two runs and one RBI for NC State. Ethan Ogburn (2-1, 6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 3 K) picked up the win, while Chris Overman recorded the final two outs for his second save. Mark Rhine went 3 for 4 with one run, while Mac Williamson homered and knocked in two for WFU.


UNC Wilmington 22, Delaware 3

In Newark, Del., Drew Farber and Tyler Molinaro both had three hits and drove in four as UNC Wilmington thumped Delaware in the opener of their three-game CAA series. The first-place Seahawks (4-0, 8-9) scored four in each of the first eight innings, plating four in the third and eight in the fourth for a 16-2 lead. Molinaro had a double and a homer for UNCW. Matt Campbell (3 for 5, 2B, HR, 3 R) and Andrew Cain (2 for 6, HR, 3 R) both knocked in three for the Seahawks. Tyler McSwain (3-2, 6 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 2 K) picked up the victory. Jimmy Yezzo went 3 for 4 with two RBI for the Blue Hens (2-2, 7-10).


San Francisco 3, Hawaii 0

In Honolulu, Kyle Zimmer tossed a shutout with fanning 11 as San Francisco downed Hawaii. Zimmer (1-1) allowed three hits and walked four. Mason Morioka has a sacrifice fly in the second for the Dons (10-9). Justin Maffei (2 for 4) scored on an error in the third and USF added another unearned run in the sixth. Max Duval went 2 for 3 for the Rainbows (12-7).


Monmouth 3, Fairleigh Dickinson 1

In Long Branch, N.J., Pat Light tossed a six-hitter with 13 strikeouts as Monmouth won its Northeast Conference opener against Fairleigh Dickinson. Light (3-1) allowed two walks and one earned run. Danny Avella (2 for 4) had a two-run single in a three-run first for the Hawks (1-0, 8-6). Jamie Rosenkranz went 3 for 3 with one run for Monmouth. Eric Anderson went 2 for 3 with one RBI for the Knights (0-1, 3-7-1).


Army 5, Iowa 1

In Lakeland, Fla., Chris Rowley tossed seven solid innings as Army defeated Iowa. Rowley (4-0) allowed four hits and one run with two walks and two strikeouts. The Black Knights (10-4) scored four in the fifth to snap a 1-1 deadlock. J.T. Watkins went 2 for 4, while Cody Murtle doubled and scored for Army. Mike McQuillan had two hits and one run for the Hawkeyes (6-10).


Belmont 8, ETSU 2

In Johnson City, Tenn., Dylan Craig and Jamie Ritchie both had two hits, including a homer, and two RBI as Belmont won its Atlantic Sun opener at ETSU. Ritchie’s two-run shot came in a three-run second and Craig’s two-run blast capped a five-run fourth as the Bruins (1-0, 12-7) built an 8-0 lead. Chase Brookshire (2-1, 7 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K) registered the victory. Derek Niesman went 2 for 4 with one RBI for the Bucs (0-1, 9-7),


Kent State 2, Pepperdine 0

In Malibu, Calif., David Starn and Casey Wilson combined on the six-hit shutout as Kent State blanked Pepperdine. Starn (3-2) gave up six hits and one walk in seven innings with five strikeouts to earn the victory. Wilson tossed two hitless innings with one strikeout to record his second save. Evan Campbell went 2 for 3 with two runs, while George Roberts had three hits and one RBI for the Golden Flashes (8-6). Zach Vincej and Sam Meyere both had two hits for the Waves (13-5). Jon Moscott (3-2) went the distance for Pepperdine with nine hits, two earned runs, one walk and nine strikeouts.


(photo by Jimmy Jones)