March 30, 2012

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Buccilli homers twice as Coastal Carolina nips Radford

Ole Miss blanks Florida, Arizona stuns Stanford, LSU outscores Arkansas


In Radford, Va., Alex Buccilli (right) homered twice and scored three as Coastal Carolina edged Radford 4-2 Friday in the Big South series opener. Buccilli had solo shots in both the first and ninth for the Chanticleers (1-0, 17-7). Josh Conway (3-1, 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 6 K) earned the victory, while Austin Kerr recorded the final out for his second save. Matt Hillsinger went deep for the Highlanders (3-1, 14-12). Eddie Butler (2-2, 7.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 9 K) took the loss.


No. 20 Ole Miss 3, No. 1 Florida 0

In Oxford, Miss., Bobby Wahl tossed eight scoreless innings as Ole Miss blanked Florida to open their SEC series in front of 9,311 fans at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field. Wahl (5-0) allowed two hits and three walks with six strikeouts. Brett Huber gave up one hit in the ninth with one strikeout to register his sixth save. The Rebels (4-3, 19-7) scored all three runs in the bottom of the first as Alex Yarbrough (2 for 4, 2B) had a RBI single and Matt Snyder (2 for 4) followed with a two-run homer. Daniel Pigott had a double for the Gators (5-2, 23-3). Hudson Randall (3-1, 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 4 K) took the loss.


No. 12 Arizona 8, No. 2 Stanford 7

In Tucson, Ariz., Arizona scored four in the bottom of the ninth to rally past Stanford in Pac-12 action. Bobby Brown (3 for 5, 3 RBI) had a two-run single to tie it at 7 and the winning run scored on an error by the center fielder. The Cardinal (2-2, 16-4) took advantage of three errors in the top of the seventh to take a 7-4 lead. Seth Mejias-Brean went 4 for 5 with two doubles, two runs and three RBI for the Wildcats (5-2, 19-7). Stephen Piscotty went 3 for 4 with a double, two runs and three RBI, while Alex Blandino drove in a pair for Stanford. Stephen Manthei (5-2, 1 IP, 1 K) picked up the win in relief of Kurt Heyer (8 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 11 K). David Schmidt (2-1, 0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K) took the loss in relief of Mark Appel (8 IP, 12 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 5 K).


No. 14 LSU 10, No. 3 Arkansas 6

In Baton Rouge, La., Raph Rhymes went 2 for 4 with a homer and four RBI as LSU outscored Arkansas in the SEC series opener. The Tigers (4-3, 20-6) scored multiple runs in three of the first five innings. JaCoby Jones had four hits and Austin Nola added three hits, while Ty Ross (2 for 5, 2 R) and Tyler Hanover both went deep for LSU. Kevin Gausman (5-0, 6.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 12 K) earned the win, while D.J. Baxendale (2.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 4 K) got knocked out early for the Razorbacks (5-2, 22-4). Matt Reynolds had two doubles and two RBI for Arkansas.


No. 4 Florida State 5, Virginia Tech 2
In Tallahassee, Fla., Devon Travis went 3 for 4 and scored twice as Florida State defeated Virginia Tech in an ACC contest. With the Seminoles (9-1, 22-4) up 1-0, Travis led off the third with a double and was immediately driven in by a double off the bat of James Ramsey (1 for 2, 2 RBI, R, BB). FSU’s Jayce Boyd also contributed offensively, going 3 for 4 with 2 RBI. Brandon Leibrandt (3-1) allowed five hits and one walk in seven shutout innings to earn the victory.  Johnny Morales was 2 for 3 with a double and a run to lead the Hokies (2-8, 18-10).

Wake Forest 7, No. 5 North Carolina 6

In Chapel Hill, N.C., Mark Rhine’s sacrifice fly in the top of the 12th plated Carlos Lopez with the eventual game-winner as Wake Forest outlasted North Carolina in the ACC series opener. The Tar Heels (7-3, 20-6) scored five in the bottom of the eighth to knot the score at 6. Mark Rhine went 2 for 4 with a double, two runs and one RBI, while Charlie Morgan homered for the Demon Deacons (5-5, 19-9). Parks Jordan went 3 for 6 with a double and three RBI for UNC. Michael Dimock (1-2, 3.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 5 BB) got the win in relief of Tim Cooney (7.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K). Jack Fischer allowed two hits and fanned one in the bottom of the 12th for his first save. Kent Emanuel (6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB) struck out nine for the Tar Heels.


No. 6 Texas A&M 8, Missouri 6

In College Station, Texas, Scott Arthur was hit by a pitch in the eighth and scored on a balk to break a 6-6 tie as Texas A&M won its Big 12 series opener with Missouri. Jacob House (2 for 5, 2 R, 2 RBI) homered for the Aggies (3-1, 21-5). Kyle Martin (2-2, 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 K) earned the win, while Michael Wacha (6.1 IP, 12 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) struggled in the start. Ben Turner and Dillon Everett both had three hits, while Dane Opel added two hits and two runs for the Tigers (2-2, 15-10).


Clemson 3, No. 8 Miami  (Fla.) 1
In Clemson, S.C., Matt Campbell came out of the bullpen and struck out seven in his four innings of relief and Clemson scored twice in the bottom of the sixth to defeat Miami in ACC play. Campbell (1-2) allowed only one hit and came on in the fourth to replace Kevin Brady (1-2, 3.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 4 K). Thomas Brittle (2 for 3) broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the sixth with a sacrifice fly, and Steve Wilkerson (2 for 4, R) followed with an RBI double to help the Tigers (4-6, 13-12) take a 3-1 lead. Scott Firth (1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 K) came on and earned his first save. Peter O’Brien was 1 for 4 for the Hurricanes (7-3, 20-6).

No. 9 UCLA 16, Utah 0

In Salt Lake City, Adam Plutko and Zack Ortiz combined on the shutout as UCLA blanked Utah to start their Pac-12 series in front of 2,000 fans at Spring Mobile Ballpark. Plutko (4-1) allowed four hits and five walks in 6.2 innings with six strikeouts to earn the victory. Ortiz surrendered one hit in 2.1 innings. The Bruins (5-2, 18-5) scored in seven of the first eight innings. Jeff Gelalich went 3 for 5 with a homer, three runs and two RBI, while Pat Valaika tripled and drove in three for UCLA. Beau Amaral (3 for 5, 3B, 2 R) and Eric Filia-Snyder (2 for 4, 2 R) both drove in two for the Bruins. James Brooks and Parker Morin both went 2 for 4 for the Utes (3-4, 7-17).


No. 10 South Carolina 8, Vanderbilt 3

In Nashville, Tenn., Christian Walker homered twice and drove in three as South Carolina captured the opener of its SEC series at Vanderbilt. Walker went deep in the top of the first and Brison Celek had a two-run double in a five-run third as the Gamecocks (2-5, 19-7) took a 6-0 lead. Walker added a two-run shot in the seventh. Michael Roth (3-0, 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 3 K) recorded the victory, while Matt Price walked one and struck out five in three hitless innings for his first save. Mike Yastrzemski went 1 for 4 with a double, one run and one RBI for the Commodores (2-5, 10-16).


No. 11 Rice 6, Southern Miss 3

In Houston, Rice snapped a 2-2 tie with three in the sixth as Rice doubled Southern Miss to start their Conference USA series. Michael Fuda had a two-run single in the sixth to put the Owls (3-1, 20-8) on top for good. Matthew Reckling (5-0, 6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 7 K) got the win, while Tyler Duffey got the final two outs for his third save. Dillon Day drove in a pair for the Eagles (2-2, 15-11).


No. 13 Cal State Fullerton 7, Cal State Northridge 2

In Fullerton, Calif., Dylan Floro went the distance as Cal State Fullerton beat Cal State Northridge in Big West action. Floro (3-2) allowed seven hits and two runs. Richy Pedroza, Carlos Lopez, and Chad Wallach each had three hits for the Titans (1-0, 16-9). Vincent Roberts (0-4) took the loss after giving up five runs on nine hits over four innings for the Matadors (0-1, 11-14).


No. 15 UCF 8, Houston 3

In Houston, Brian Adkins picked up the win as UCF cruised past Houston in Conference USA play. Adkins (2-0) went 5.2 innings while giving up two runs on eight hits for the Knights (3-1, 21-6). Jared Ray (1-3) took the loss after 6.1 innings and gave up six runs on 11 hits for the Cougars (1-3, 10-14). UCF’s Darnell Sweeney, Chris Taladay, and Ryan Breen combined to go 9 for 14.


No. 17 NC State 5, Virginia 1
In Raleigh, N.C., Ethan Ogburn pitched eight solid innings to lift NC State past Virginia in ACC play. Ogburn allowed only four hits and one run while striking out seven Cavaliers (5-5, 17-9-1). Leadoff man Trea Turner helped sparked the Wolfpack (7-3, 18-6) as the third baseman had two hits, two stolen bases and two runs. NC State’s Brett Austin and Logan Ratledge both went 1 for 3 with two RBI. UVa’s Reed Gragnani went 2 for 4.

No. 18 Louisville 12, Villanova 1
In Louisville, Ky., Justin Amlung allowed only one hit in seven innings as Louisville breezed past Villanova in Big East play. Amlung (4-2) struck out nine and received ample run support from his teammates. Zach Lucas (3 for 5, R) hit a two-run double in the bottom of the first and Mason Snyder (3 for 4, 2 R, 3 RBI) had an RBI single in third. Snyder added a two-run double in the fifth to help the Cardinals (4-0, 19-7) break the game open. Tyler Sciacca had the lone hit for the Wildcats (1-3, 14-13).


Purdue 9, Penn State 3

In West Lafayette, Ind., Eric Charles went 2 for 3 with a double and three RBI as Purdue won its Big Ten series opener with Penn State. Tyler Spillner went 2 for 3 a triple and three runs for the Boilermakers (3-1, 19-4). Joe Haase (4-0, 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 5 K) picked up the win. Matt Paradise went 3 for 4 with one RBI for the Nittany Lions (1-3, 7-17).


San Diego 6, San Francisco 1

In San Francisco, Calvin Drummond outdueled Kyle Zimmer as San Diego won its West Coast Conference series opener at San Francisco. Drummond (6-1, 7 H, 1 R, 1 BB) went the distance with seven strikeouts for the Toreros (4-0, 22-6). Zimmer (7.1 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 6 K) fell to 2-2. Dillon Haupt (3 for 5, HR) and Andrew Daniel (2 for 5, 2B) both drove in two for USD. Justin Maffei had two hits and one run for the Dons (0-1, 13-15).


East Carolina 11, UAB 6

In Greenville, N.C., East Carolina erased an early five-run deficit to claim a Conference USA series-opening win over UAB. Tim Younger went 3 for 4 with a double and four RBI, while Jay Cannon went 4 for 5 with a double and three runs for the Pirates (2-2, 17-8). John Wooten went 2 for 5 with a homer, two runs and two RBI for ECU. Dylan Dickens (1-0, 4 IP, 2 H, 2 K) earned the win in relief, while Tanner Merritt fanned three over the final 1.2 innings to notch his fourth save. John Frost went 3 for 5 with a homer, two runs and two RBI for the Blazers (2-2, 17-10).


Baylor 7, Oklahoma State 4

In Waco, Texas, Lawton Langford had a run-scoring single to snap a 4-4 tie and spark a three-run rally in the bottom of the eighth as Baylor beat Oklahoma State in Big 12 play to extend its win streak to nine. Jake Miller went 3 for 3 with one RBI, while Josh Ludy (2 for 3, 2B) and Dan Evatt (1 for 5, 2B) both drove in two for the Bears (7-0, 20-7). Bran Kuntz (3-2, 3 IP, 2 H, 6 K) earned the victory in relief. Mark Ginther went 2 for 4 with a double and two runs for the Cowboys (1-3, 14-12).


Dallas Baptist 6, Missouri State 5

In Dallas, Austin Elkins went 3 for 4 with two RBI as Dallas Baptist edged Missouri State. Ronnie Mitchell went 2 for 5 with a homer and two RBI for the Patriots (16-8). Jake Johansen (2-1) walked two and struck out eight in 3.2 hitless innings of relief to earn the victory, while Stuart Pudenz tossed two hitless innings with one walk and two punchouts for his second save.  Brock Chaffin drove in a pair for the Bears (20-7), who snapped their eight-game win streak.


Notre Dame 8, USF 3 (10)

In Tampa, Fla., pinch-hitter Conor Biggio had a two-run single to snap a 3-3 tie and spark a five-run 10th as Notre Dame defeated USF in Big East action. Buddy Putnam had a pinch-hit two-run double for the Bulls (3-1, 18-9) in the bottom of the eighth to knot the score at 3. Alex Robinson went 2 for 4 with a double and two RBI for the Irish (4-0, 16-8). Dan Slania (3-0, 2.1 IP, 4 BB, 3 K) earned the win.


North Dakota State 1, North Dakota 0

In Grand Forks, N.D., John Straka went the distance with a career-high 11 strikeouts and North Dakota State nipped North Dakota at Kraft Field, matching a program record with nine straight wins. Straka (3-2) allowed four hits in nine innings with one walk in recording his second straight shutout for the Bison (15-5). Tim Colwell (2 for 4) had a two-out infield single and moved to second on a throwing error. He scored on an infield base hit by older brother Nick Colwell (2 for 4). Kris Kwak went 2 for 4 with a double for UND (2-13). Andrew Thome (0-4, 9 IP, 5 H, 1 UE, 6 K) was the tough-luck loser.


Illinois 15, Mississippi Valley State 6

In Champaign, Ill., Illinois set a program record with five triples in defeating Mississippi Valley State. The Illini (13-10) scored eight in the fifth to extend a 4-2 lead. Thomas Lindauer (3 for 6, 2 R, 2 RBI) and Willis Argo (2 for 3, 2 R) both had two triples for the victors. Kevin Johnson (5-1, 7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) earned the win. Joseph Germaine had a double and drove in two for the Delta Devils (6-21).


Florida Atlantic 7, Louisiana-Lafayette 3

In Boca Raton, Fla., Florida Atlantic used three home runs to power past Louisiana-Lafayette to start their Sun Belt series. Robert Buckley (1 for 3, 2 RBI), Corey Keller (2 for 3, 2 RBI) and Mike Spano all went deep for the Owls (6-1, 17-10). Ryan Garton (5-2, 6.1 IP, 11 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) registered the win, while Ahmed Garcia (2.2 IP, 2 H, 2 K) earned his first save. Tyler Frederick went 2 for 5 with one run and one RBI for the Ragin’ Cajuns (3-4, 13-12).


Georgia Southern 4, College of Charleston 2

In Statesboro, Ga., Chris Beck struck out 16 in six innings as Georgia Southern downed first-place College of Charleston in the opener of their Southern Conference series. Beck (3-2) allowed seven hits, two walks and two runs. Drew Johnson and Jarret Leverett both worked scoreless innings in relief before Kyle Rowe (1 IP, 1 H, 3 K) earned this first save. Eric Phillips went 3 for 3 with a double, one run and one RBI for the Eagles (4-6, 13-14). Bradley Goodson and Cody Martin both had three hits, while Brandon Murphy went deep for the Cougars (10-3, 20-7).


Illinois State 3, Indiana State 2

In Terre Haute, Ind., Eric Aguilera homered in the top of the seventh to snap a 2-2 tie as Illinois State nipped Indiana State in Ohio Valley action. Aguilera went 3 for 4 with two RBI for the Redbirds (1-0, 17-6). Matt Mirabal (2 for 4) and Zac Johnson (2 for 3, 1 RBI) both scored in the fourth for Illinois State. Chris Razo (4-1, 6 IP, 4 H, 2 UE, 2 BB, 6 K) earned the victory, while Kenny Long (2 IP, 1 BB, 3 K) registered his seventh save. Ryan Walterhouse went 2 for 3 with a walk for the Sycamores (2-2, 21-6).


UC Irvine 5, Pacific 4

In Irvine, Calif., Taylor Sparks smacked a game-winning two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth as UC Irvine edged Pacific to kick off Big West play. Jimmy Litchfield (1.2 IP, 1 BB, 2 K) earned the victory for the Anteaters (1-0, 15-9). Erik Lockwood went 3 for 3 one RBI for the Tigers (0-1, 8-17).


Dayton 13, Saint Louis 12

In Dayton, Ohio, Josh Jeffery hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth as Dayton rallied from a 10-1 deficit to edge Saint Louis in the Atlantic 10 series opener. The Billikens (3-1, 19-7) scored three in the third and seven in the fourth to take a 10-1 lead before Dayton tied it with nine in the bottom of the fourth. Brian Blasik went 2 for 3 with a double, two runs and three RBI, while Bobby Glover (2 for 4, 2 R) homered for the Flyers (3-1, 11-15). Alex Kelly went 5 for 5 with two doubles and four RBI, while Mike Vigliarolo went 2 for 5 with a homer and two RBI for Saint Louis.


(photo courtesy of Coastal Carolina Media Relations Office)