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Harman hurls eight
scoreless innings for Maryland vs. UNC
Kentucky sweeps South Carolina, Florida
takes three from Vanderbilt
College Park, Md., Brett Harman (right) pitched eight scoreless
innings with eight strikeouts as Maryland salvaged the finale of
its ACC series with fourth-ranked North Carolina by posting a
1-0 victory. Harman (3-1) allowed seven hits and two walks.
Korey Wacker struck out one in a hitless ninth for his first
save. Jordan Hagel had a RBI single to plate K.J. Hockaday (2
for 2) in the bottom of the fourth for the Terps (1-5, 14-6).
Benton Moss (2-1, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB) struck out a career-best 10 in
six innings. Chaz Frank had three hits for the Tar Heels (5-1,
16-4), who were 1 for 16 with runners on base. Maryland has six
shutouts this season, its highest total since recording six in
1972. (photo by Greg Fiume/Maryland Athletics)
No. 19 Kentucky 6, No. 3 South Carolina 3
In Lexington, Ky., Michael Williams had a two-run
single to snap a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the sixth as Kentucky
completed a three-game SEC sweep of South Carolina in front of a
season-high crowd of 2,571 at Cliff Hagan Stadium. Luke Maile (2
for 4) had a two-run homer in the first for the Wildcats (3-0,
21-0), who have set a program record for consecutive victories.
Walter Wijas (2-0, 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 K) earned the win in relief,
while Trevor Gott fanned two in a hitless ninth for his fifth
save and second in two days. L.B. Dantzler went 2 for 4 with a
double and one RBI for the Gamecocks (0-3, 15-4).
No. 1 Florida 8, Vanderbilt 2
In Gainesville, Fla., Jonathon Crawford tossed
five shutout innings as Florida swept Vanderbilt in their SEC
series. Crawford (2-1) allowed three hits and two walks while
fanning six. Preston Tucker, Taylor Gushue and Casey Turgeon (2
for 2, 2 R) all homered for the Gators (3-0, 19-1), who have won
17 straight. Connor Harrell had two hits and one run for the
Commodores (0-3, 7-13).
No. 5 Arkansas 7, Alabama 4
In Fayetteville, Ark., Matt Vinson went 2 for 3
with two walks and two RBI as Arkansas completed its SEC sweep
of Alabama. The Razorbacks (3-0, 19-2) scored in each of the
first three innings in building a 6-1 lead. Matt Reynolds went 2
for 4 with two runs and one RBI for Arkansas. Nolan Sanburn
(2-1, 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 K) picked up the win in relief, while
Barrett Astin needed just five pitches to retire the side in
order in the ninth for his sixth save. Andrew Miller and James
Tullidge both had two hits, including a double, and two runs,
while Jared Reaves drove in two for the Crimson Tide (0-3,
No. 6 Florida State 4, Virginia 3
In Tallahassee, Fla., Jayce Boyd had a two-run
single in a three-run eighth as Florida State clinched an ACC
series win over Virginia. Boyd’s base hit tied the game at 3
before a RBI groundout by Stephen McGee (2 for 4) gave the
Seminoles (5-0, 16-2) their first lead. Robert Benincasa struck
out the side in the top of the ninth to earn his sixth save,
giving the win to Bryant Holtmann (1-0, 1 IP, 1 H). Reed
Gragnani went 1 for 4 and drove in a pair for the Cavaliers
(2-3, 11-7-1). Branden Kline (6.1 IP, 4 H, 1 UE, 6 K) pitched
well in his start for UVa.
Grambling State 5, No. 7 Rice 4
In Houston, Grambling State scored three in the
first and two in the fifth and hung on to beat Rice. Thomas
Brown III had two hits and one RBI for the Tigers (11-7).
Richard Bautista (2-0, 8 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 1 K) earned the
victory, while Zach Moreau pitched a scoreless ninth with one
strikeout for his third save. Shane Hoelscher had two sacrifice
flies for the Owls (15-6).
No. 8 Texas A&M 7, Kansas State 2
In College Station, Texas, Rafael Pineda went the
distance as Texas A&M won its Big 12 series with Kansas State.
Pineda (3-0) scattered eight hits and allowed one earned run
while walking one and fanning three. Jacob House had a two-run
single in a four-run third as the Aggies (2-1, 16-5) took a 5-0
lead. Troy Stein added a two-run homer in the bottom of the
fifth for Texas A&M. Matt Filler and Tanner Witt both had two
hits and a run for the Wildcats (1-2, 12-8).
Long Beach State 7, No. 10 Cal State Fullerton
In Fullerton, Calif., Richard Prigatano had three
hits and ignited a six-run sixth as Long Beach State salvaged
the finale of its non-conference series at Cal State Fullerton.
The Dirtbags (6-12) trailed 2-1 before Prigatano had a single to
start the six-run uprising in the sixth. Jeff McNeil went 2 for
4 with two runs and one RBI, while Matt Duffy drove in a pair
for LBSU. Edgar Gomez (1-0, 1.2 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 1 K) earned the
win in relief. Carlos Lopez had two doubles, two walks and a
run, while Ivory Thomas went 2 for 5 with a double and one RBI
for the Titans (12-7).
No. 11 Miami (Fla.) 7, Duke 1
In Durham, N.C., Peter O'Brien had four hits to help power
Miami over Duke in the rubber match of their ACC series. In the
third inning, O'Brien (4 for 5, 4 RBI) hit a two-run homer, his
seventh, to put the Hurricanes (5-1, 16-4) up 3-0, and he added
an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth to make the score 7-1
and put the game out of reach. Steven Ewing worked 5.2 innings,
allowed five hits, and struck out five to earn the victory. Mike
Rosenfeld went 3 for 4 with two doubles for the Blue Devils
Arizona State 4-2, No. 12 UCLA 3-4
In Los Angeles, Grant Watson allowed two runs in
six innings in the nightcap as UCLA split a Pac-12 doubleheader
with Arizona State to capture the series. Watson (3-0) gave up
four hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Scott Griggs
fanned two in a hitless ninth for his fifth save. Eric Filia-Snyder
went 2 for 3 with a run for the Bruins (2-1, 15-4). Abe Ruiz had
one double and one RBI for the Sun Devils (1-2, 12-7). In the
opener, Ruiz homered twice and Joey DeMichele went deep as ASU
powered past UCLA. Trevor Williams (5-0, 7 IP, 10 H, 1 R, 1 BB,
1 K) earned the victory, while Jake Barrett (1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1
K) earned his first save. Cody Keefer went 3 for 3 with one RBI,
while Jeff Gelalich homered for the Bruins.
Mississippi State 7, No. 13 LSU 1
In Baton Rouge, La., Kendall Graveman earned the
complete-game victory as Mississippi State avoided the SEC sweep
at LSU. Graveman (2-0) scattered 10 hits with three walks and no
strikeouts, while his defense turned four double plays behind
him. Wes Rea went 2 for 4 with a double, a homer and two RBI for
the Bulldogs (1-2, 15-7). Demarcus Henderson had two hits,
including a double, and two runs, while Adam Frazier had a pair
of two-baggers with one run and one RBI for MSU. Raph Rhymes
went 4 for 4 for the Tigers (2-1, 16-4).
Auburn 3, No. 14 Ole Miss 2
In Oxford, Miss., Garrett Cooper had
an RBI single in the top of the ninth to push Auburn past Ole
Miss. Trailing 2-1, Ryan Tella (1 for 4) started the two-out
rally in the top of the ninth with a double. Wacker (3 for 4)
drove in Tella with a double of his own and evened the score at
2. Cooper's single brought in Wacker and allowed the Tigers
(2-1, 12-8) to clinch the series. Ole Miss starting pitcher Mike
Mayers (2-2, 8.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 5 K) was the tough-luck loser.
Tanner Mathis had two hits for the Rebels (1-2, 15-5).
No. 16 Georgia Tech 9, Virginia Tech 1
In Atlanta, Daniel Palka's homer in
the first capped a four-run inning and helped Georgia Tech
cruise to a comfortable ACC series-clinching victory over
visiting Virginia Tech. The first-inning blast by Palka (2 for
3, 2 R, 3 RBI) was his seventh. Zane Evans (3 for 4, 2 R), Kyle
Wren (2 for 5, R), Paul Kronenfield (2 for 4, 2 RBI), and
Brandon Thomas (2 for 4, 2 R) also had multi-hit games. Chad
Pinder was 2 for 3 for the Hokies (2-4, 15-6).
Texas 9, No. 17 Oklahoma 4
In Norman, Okla., Mark Payton homered and drove
in three as Texas completed the Big 12 sweep of Oklahoma. The
Longhorns (3-0, 10-8) scored in six of their nine at-bats.
Jonathan Walsh had two hits, two walks and two runs, while Jacob
Felts added two doubles, one run and one RBI for Texas. Parker
French (3-0, 6.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 4 K) earned the win, while
John Curtiss allowed one hit over the final two scoreless
innings with one strikeout for his first save. Max White had a
two-run single in the sixth and Hunter Lockwood drilled a
two-run homer in the seventh for the Sooners (0-3, 11-9).
Tennessee 3, No. 18 Georgia 0
In Athens, Ga., Nick Williams shut down the Georgia offense over
six innings as Tennessee was able to salvage a victory in the
opening weekend of SEC play. Williams (2-2) allowed only two
hits and walked one, while striking out five to pick up the
win. Davis Morgan (1 for 3) hit a two-run homer in the top of
the fourth to give the Volunteers (1-2, 11-8) the lead. Will
Maddox contributed three of Tennessee's nine hits. Nelson Ward
had two hits for the Bulldogs (2-1, 15-6).
Oregon State 13, No. 20 California 5
In Berkeley, Calif., Michael Conforto had three
hits, including a double, and drove in six as Oregon State swept
its Pac-12 series at California. Conforto had two-run singles in
both the second and third and knocked in a pair with a double in
the sixth. Kavin Keyes went 4 for 5 with three runs, while Tyler
Smith went 3 for 5 with three runs and one RBI for the Beavers
(3-0, 14-5). Jace Fry (1-0, 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K)
picked up the win. Chad Bunting went 2 for 5 with a homer, two
runs and two RBI for the Golden Bears (0-3, 11-7).
Clemson 5, Boston College 1
In Clemson, N.C., Joe Costigan had a two-run
single to highlight a five-run third as Clemson completed an ACC
sweep of Boston College. Kevin Pohle (3-0, 6.2 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 5
K) earned the victory for the Tigers (3-3, 9-8). Tom Bourdon had
three doubles and scored in the top of the first for the Eagles
(0-6, 6-11), who have lost nine straight.
Missouri State 3, Oral Roberts 2
In Springfield, Mo., Clay Murphy struck out 10 in
7.2 innings as Missouri State nipped Oral Roberts to win the
series three games to one. Murphy (3-1) allowed two hits, two
walks and two runs. Erik Shannahan got the final two outs for
his first save. Luke Voit had a RBI double in the first for the
Bears (15-6). Brock Chaffin had a run-scoring single to cap a
two-run third as Missouri State took a 3-0 lead. Jose Trevino
had a pair of solo home runs for the Golden Eagles (9-10).
Pepperdine 10, Kent State 4
In Malibu, Calif., Aaron Brown had two hits,
including a triple, and drove in four as Pepperdine defeated
Kent State. Floyd Given and Kolten Yamaguchi both had three hits
and one RBI for the Waves (14-5). Scott Frazier (3-2, 6 IP, 4 H,
1 UE, 2 BB, 3 K) registered the victory. Tommy Monnot had a
three-run double in the seventh for the Golden Flashes (8-7).
NC State 5, Wake Forest 4
In Raleigh, N.C., Matt Bergquist had a sacrifice
fly in the bottom of the seventh to snap a 4-4 tie and propel NC
State to an ACC series sweep of Wake Forest. Anthony Tzamtzis
(2-1, 3 IP, 1 H, 2 BB) recorded the victory. Ryan Mathews had
two hits and one RBI for the Wolfpack (5-1, 15-3), which has won
six straight. Pat Blair (1 for 2, 3 BB, 2 R, 2 RBI) homered for
the Demon Deacons (3-3, 16-7).
Louisville 13, Ball State 5
In Louisville, Ky., Stewart Ijames and Ty Young
hit consecutive homers in an eight-run first as Louisville
completed a weekend sweep of Ball State. Ijames (2 for 5, 3 RBI)
had a two-run blast before Young (2 for 3, 2 R) delivered a solo
shot. Zach Lucas went 3 for 5 with two runs and one RBI, while
Adam Engel was 2 for 5 with two runs and two RBI for the home
Cardinals (14-6). Travis Tingle (3-1, 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 4 K)
earned the victory. Elbert Devarie had three hits and three RBI
for Ball State (3-12).
UNC Wilmington 7,
In Newark, Del., Jordan Ramsey and three
relievers combined on the shutout as UNC Wilmington won its CAA
series at Delaware. Ramsey (1-1) allowed seven hits in 5.2
innings with two walks and four strikeouts. Jack Lane gave up
two hits in 1.1 innings, while Tom Timoney and William Prince
both worked one hitless inning. The first-place Seahawks (5-1,
9-10) scored single runs in the first, second and fourth before
putting the game away with four in the ninth. Thomas Pope had a
three-run triple in the ninth, while Matt Campbell went 4 for 5
with a double, two runs and one RBI for UNCW. Drew Farber had
three hits and a run, while Corey Dick homered for the Seahawks.
Cameron Travalini had two hits, including a double, for the Blue
Hens (3-3, 8-11).
TCU 15, UNLV 6
In Las Vegas, Josh Elander drove in three as TCU
finished a Mountain West sweep at UNLV. Kyle Von Tungeln (2 for
4, 1 RBI) scored four, while Brance Rivera (2 for 7, 2B) and
Jason Coats (1 for 4, 2 BB) both had three runs for the Horned
Frogs (3-0, 11-6). Zac Jordan went 3 for 5 with a double, two
runs and two RBI for TCU. Justin Scharf (1 IP, 1 H, 1 K) picked
up the win in relief. Trent Cook drove in two for the Rebels
Rutgers 7, Stetson 0
In DeLand, Fla., Rob Corsi of Rutgers pitched his
first career shutout at Stetson. Corsi (3-2) allowed seven hits
and one walk while striking out four. Ross Costello had three
hits, including a double, and three RBI, while Brian O’Grady and
Patrick Kivlehan both had three hits and two runs for the
Scarlet Knights (8-9). Spencer Theisen and Mark Jones both had
two hits for the Hatters (15-4).