March 31, 2012

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Beede pitches Vanderbilt past South Carolina

Florida rallies past Ole Miss, Arizona stops Stanford, LSU nips Arkansas


In Nashville, Tenn., Tyler Beede allowed one run over six innings to record his first collegiate victory as Vanderbilt prevailed 12-4 to even its SEC series with No. 10 South Carolina in front of 3,113 fans at Hawkins Field. Beede (1-3) surrendered five hits with one walk and seven strikeouts. Brian Miller (3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) registered his second save. The Commodores (3-5, 11-16) broke a scoreless tie with seven in the bottom of the fourth. Tony Kemp (pictured) (2 for 4, 1 R), Riley Reynolds (2 for 3, 2 R) and Jack Lupo (2 for 3, 1 R) each drove in a pair for Vandy. Tanner English had two hits and one RBI for the Gamecocks (2-6, 19-8).


No. 1 Florida 9, No. 20 Ole Miss 4

In Oxford, Miss., Vickash Ramjit had a three-run homer to highlight a six-run eighth as Florida evened its SEC series with Ole Miss in front of 10,064 fans at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field. Head coach Kevin O’Sullivan recorded his 200th career victory for the Gators (6-2, 24-3). The Rebels (4-4, 19-8) led 3-2 after seven before Florida took control in the eighth. Ramjit had three hits, including a double, and scored twice. Daniel Pigott had three hits and two runs for the Gators. Matt Snyder (1 for 3, 2 R) and Will Allen (1 for 5, 2 RBI) both went deep for Ole Miss. Johnny Magliozzi (4-0) got the final out in the seventh to pick up the win. R.J. Hively (5.1, 8 H, 2 R, 2 BB) struck out eight in the start for the Rebels.


No. 12 Arizona 4, No. 2 Stanford 2

In Tucson, Ariz., Konner Wade went the distance as Arizona clinched its Pac-12 series against Stanford. Wade (4-0) allowed three hits and one earned run with one walk and seven strikeouts. Brett Mooneyham (5-1, 7.1 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 7 K) took the loss. The Wildcats (6-2, 20-7) scored twice in the sixth to take the lead for good. Alex Mejia went 2 for 4 with one run and one RBI, while Joey Rickard added two hits for Arizona. Jake Stewart had a double and a run for the Cardinal (2-3, 16-5).


No. 14 LSU 2, No. 3 Arkansas 1

In Baton Rouge, La., Ty Ross knocked in the game-winner with a base hit with one away in the bottom of the ninth as LSU clinched a SEC series win over Arkansas. Chris Cotton (3-0, 1.2 IP, 1 K) earned the win in relief of Ryan Eades (7.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 K). Ryne Stanek (6 H, 1 R, 1 BB) struck out 10 in seven innings for the Razorbacks (5-3, 22-5). The Tigers (5-3, 21-6) scored in the bottom of the first on a hit by Raph Rhymes (3 for 4). Derrick Bleeker knocked in the equalizer with a single in the top of the second for Arkansas.


No. 4 Florida State 2, Virginia Tech 1
In Tallahassee, Fla., Mike Compton outpitched Marc Zecchino as Florida State squeaked past Virginia Tech and clinched the ACC series. Compton (7.2 IP, 1 ER, 8 K) scattered six hits and worked his way out of trouble to pick up his sixth win. Zecchino (2-4, 7 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) was the hard-luck loser as he only allowed three hits to the Seminoles (10-1, 23-4). Florida State scored its two runs in the bottom of the fourth as Devon Travis led off with a double and advanced to third on a single by James Ramsey. Jayce Boyd drove in Travis (1 for 3) with a ground ball to second. Ramsey (1 for 2, BB) later scored on a sacrifice fly by Stephen McGee. Tyler Horan was 1 for 3 with a home run, and Brendon Hayden had two hits for the Hokies (2-9, 18-11).

No. 5 North Carolina 7, Wake Forest 3

In Chapel Hill, N.C., Michael Russell had a two-run double in a five-run first as North Carolina evened its ACC series with Wake Forest. Russell finished with two hits and three RBI. Jacob Stallings went 3 for 4 with a double, one run and one RBI for the Tar Heels (8-3, 21-6). Hobbs Johnson (1-0, 2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 UE, 3 BB, 4 K) earned the win in relief. Charlie Morgan was 2 for 4 with one run and one RBI for the Demon Deacons (5-6, 19-10).


Missouri 4, No. 6 Texas A&M 3

In College Station, Texas, Texas A&M scored three in the seventh to pull to within one, but the potential tying run was gunned down at the plate in the bottom of the ninth to end the game as Missouri evened the Big 12 series. Blake Brown homered in a two-out fourth and the Tigers (3-2, 16-10) added two more in the top of the fifth to take a 4-0 lead. Mikey Reynolds (2 for 4) had a two-run single in the seventh for the Aggies (3-2, 21-6). Blake Holovach (5-0, 6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K) earned the victory, while Jeff Emens (2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K) registered his first save. Ross Stripling (4-1, 7.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 6 K) suffered his first loss.


Georgia 7-8, No. 7 Kentucky 6-9

In Athens, Ga., Peter Verdin tripled and drove in three in the opener as Georgia split an SEC doubleheader with Kentucky in front of a season-high crowd of 3,100 at Foley Field. The Bulldogs (4-4, 18-10) built a 6-0 lead before the Wildcats (6-2, 26-2) tied it with six in the top of the seventh. Hunter Cole (2 for 4, HR, 2 R) delivered a run-scoring double in the bottom of the frame to give Georgia the lead. Bryan Benzor (4-1, 0.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R) got the win, while Blake Dieterich (2 IP, 1 H, 2 K) notched his fifth save. Brett DeLoach went 3 for 4 with a double, two runs and one RBI for the Bulldogs. Austin Cousino (2 for 3) had a three-run homer for UK. In the nightcap, Michael Williams had three hits, including a double, and drove in four for the Wildcats. Cameron Flynn (3 for 5, 2 R, 2 RBI) and Thomas McCarthy both went deep for UK. Alex Phillips (4-0, 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 K) earned the win in relief, while Trevor Gott worked a scoreless ninth for his sixth save. DeLoach and Conor Welton both had three hits and two RBI for Georgia.


Clemson 3, No. 8 Miami (Fla.) 1
In Clemson, S.C., Dominic Leone outdueled Eric Whaley as Clemson defeated Miami and clinched the ACC series. Leone (4-2) earned the win, allowing only one run and six hits while striking out six over seven innings. The Tigers (5-6, 14-12) and Hurricanes (7-4, 20-7) were tied 1-1 going into the bottom of the seventh, but Richie Shaffer (1 for 3) hit a two-out double off Whaley (3-2, 6.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 3 K) to drive in two runs and give Clemson the edge. Rony Rodriguez and Brad Fieger both had two hits for Miami.

No. 9 UCLA 9, Utah 6

In Salt Lake City, Tyler Heineman went 3 for 3 with a double, three runs and two RBI as UCLA clinched a Pac-12 series win against Utah. Trevor Brown drove in three for the Bruins (6-2, 19-5). Nick Vander Tuig (3-1, 5.2 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 K) picked up the win, while Scott Griggs (1.1 IP, 1 H, 2 K) notched his sixth save. James Brooks (3 for 5, 2 RBI) had a home run, while Trey Nielsen (3 for 5, 2 R) had two doubles for the Utes (3-5, 7-18).


Southern Miss 2, No. 11 Rice 1

In Houston, Jake Drehoff allowed one run in 8.2 innings as Southern Miss evened its Conference USA series with Rice in front of 3,409 fans at Reckling Park. Drehoff (4-0) scattered nine hits and walked three. Bradley Roney recorded the final out for his fourth save. Mason Robbins had a RBI fielder’s choice in the top of the first to give the Golden Eagles (3-2, 16-11) the early lead. Chase Fowler had a run-scoring single in the third to give Southern Miss a 2-0 advantage. Christian Stringer (2 for 4) had a RBI single in the bottom of the third for the Owls (3-2, 20-9). J.T. Chargois and Jeremy Rathjen both had two hits for Rice.


No. 13 Cal State Fullerton 8, Cal State Northridge 6

In Fullerton, Calif., Carlos Lopez went 2 for 4 with three RBI to lead Cal State Fullerton past Cal State Northridge in Big West action at Goodwin Field. Anthony Trajano went 4 for 4 with a double and three runs for the Titans (2-0, 17-9). Dimitri DeLaFuente (1-0) picked up the win after going 3.1 innings while giving up one run on three hits. Michael Lorenzen recorded his 10th save. Alex Muren (5-2) was saddled with the loss after giving up five runs on 14 hits over seven innings. Nate Ring drove in a pair for the Matadors (0-2, 11-15).


No. 15 UCF 9, Houston 1

In Houston, a three-run homer in the fifth by D.J. Hicks capped a six-run inning as UCF clinched a Conference USA series win. Chris Matulis (4-0) registered the win after giving up no earned runs on four hits over six innings. Jordan Lewis (3-4) took the loss after allowing four runs on three hits in 4.1 innings. Darnell Sweeney went 2 for 4 with two RBI for the Knights (4-1, 22-6). Taylor White had two hits for the Cougars (1-4, 10-15).


No. 16 Oregon 1-3, Arizona State 0-1

In Eugene, Ore., Alex Keudell’s complete-game shutout in the opener led Oregon to a Pac-12 doubleheader sweep of Arizona State. Keudell (3-3) gave up only four hits and two walks. Brady Rogers (4-1) picked up his first loss after one run on four hits in a complete-game effort. The only run came on a homer by Aaron Jones in the sixth. Ryon Healy went 2 for 3 for the Ducks (5-3, 17-8). Andrew Aplin was 2 for 4 for the Sun Devils (3-5, 16-11). In the nightcap, Kyle Garlick’s two home runs led Oregon to the sweep of ASU. Jake Reed (2-2) went 7.1 innings of shutout ball while giving up five hits and striking out four. Jimmie Sherfy picked up his fifth save. Trevor Williams (5-2) gave up three runs on six hits over eight innings in absorbing the loss. Joey DeMichele went deep for the Sun Devils.


Virginia 5, No. 17 NC State 2
In Raleigh, N.C., Derek Fisher hit a game-tying two-run homer in the top of the seventh to spark a Virginia comeback at NC State. After the dinger by Fisher (1 for 4), the Cavaliers (6-5, 18-9-1) added two more in the eighth, as Keith Werman (2 for 4) led off with a triple and was driven home on a single by Chris Taylor (1 for 5)--who later scored on a fielder’s choice. Both starting pitchers, UVa’s Branden Kline (6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 10 K), and NC State’s Carlos Rodon (6.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 12 K) pitched well but picked up no-decisions. Danny Canela and Tarran Senay provided the offense for the Wolfpack (7-4, 18-7) as both hit solo home runs. Shane Halley (1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, K) came out of the bullpen to pick up his second win.


Villanova 5, No. 18 Louisville 2
In Louisville, Ky., Pat Young was able to shut down Louisville’s offense as Villanova evened the Big East series at one game apiece. Young (8 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) recorded his fourth victory and pitched into the ninth inning in a 111-pitch effort. Kevin Wager (3 for 5, 3B, 2 R) and Matt Fleishman (2 for 5, 3B, RBI) paced the Wildcats (2-3, 15-13) offensively. Zach Lucas had one hit and two RBI for the Cardinals (4-1, 19-8).

Washington 3-0, No. 19 Oregon State 2-9 (Game 1 – 10 innings)

In Corvallis, Ore., Tyler Kane picked up his first win after going 2.2 innings in relief in the opener as Washington split a Pac-12 doubleheader at Oregon State. The Huskies (3-2, 16-8) scored a pair in the top of the 10th before the Beavers (5-3, 16-8) tallied one in the bottom of the frame. Joe Meggs and Robert Pehl combined to go 2 for 7 with two RBI for UW. Tony Bryant (3-2) picked up the loss after giving up two runs on three hits. In the second game, Dan Child (3-1) picked up the shutout win after giving up six hits over eights innings. Tyler Davis (2-1) took the loss after giving up five runs on eight hits over 4.2 innings. Michael Conforto, Ryan Dunn, Danny Hayes, Ryan Gorton combined to go 7 for 17 with eight RBI. Jayce Ray went 2 for 4 for Huskies.


USF 11, Notre Dame 6

In Tampa, Fla., Alex Mendez and Luis Llerena both drove in three as USF evened its Big East series with Notre Dame. Mendez went 1 for 3, while Llerena went 2 for 3 with a double and two runs for the Bulls (4-1, 19-9). Joey Lovecchio (6-0, 6.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) picked up the win. Eric Jagielo went 2 for 5 with a homer and three RBI for the Irish (4-1, 16-9).


San Diego State 6, Air Force 2

In San Diego, San Diego State used a five-run second to defeat Air Force in a Mountain West contest at Tony Gwynn Stadium. Cody Smith went 1 for 4 with two RBI, while Evan Potter was 1 for 1 with two walks, two runs and one RBI for the Aztecs (2-3, 13-15). Travis Pitcher (3-2, 5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 5 BB, 5 K) was the winner, while T.J. Kendzora (3.1 IP, 2 H, 1 K) earned his first save. Brian Sicher had a two-run double in the fourth for the Falcons (2-3, 6-19). Ben Bertelson (0-5, 8 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 4 BB) struck out 13 for Air Force, setting a program record for strikeouts in a conference game.


Radford 6, Coastal Carolina 3

In Radford, Va., Matt Mack had a three-run double in the third as Radford evened its Big South series against Coastal Carolina. Cory Turner homered and drove in two for the Highlanders (4-1, 15-12). Tyler Costello (5-0, 6 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K) earned the victory, while Jason Patten pitched 2.2 hitless innings with one walk and two strikeouts for his fourth save. Daniel Bowman had three hits for the Chanticleers (1-1, 17-8).


(photo by Jimmy Jones)