April 1, 2012

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Walker homers in 13th to lead South Carolina past Vandy

Ole Miss downs UF, Arizona sweeps Stanford, Kaufmann no-hitter for Cornell


In Nashville, Tenn., Christian Walker (right) belted a two-run homer in the top of the 13th as No. 10 South Carolina edged Vanderbilt 6-4 to capture the SEC series in front of 2,851 fans at Hawkins Field. Walker finished with three hits, two walks and two runs. Jordan Montgomery (2-0, 2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K) picked up the win, following Matt Price (6 IP, 1 H, 1 UE, 4 BB, 7 K) on the mound. L.B. Dantzler went 2 for 6 with a homer and three RBI, while Joey Pankake added two doubles and a run for the Gamecocks (3-6, 20-8). Tony Kemp had two doubles and two RBI for the Commodores (3-6, 11-17).


No. 20 Ole Miss 7, No. 1 Florida 6

In Oxford, Miss., Ole Miss scored on an error in the bottom of the ninth just ahead of the travel curfew to claim the SEC series win over Florida in front of a crowd of 8.616 at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field. The series drew 27,991 fans, the second-highest series total in the history of the facility. Alex Yarbrough went 4 for 5 with two runs and three RBI for the Rebels (5-4, 20-8), missing the cycle by a home run. Matt Snyder had two hits, including a double, and two RBI, while Zach Kirksey went deep for Ole Miss. Daniel Pigott (2 for 5), Preston Tucker (2 for 4, 2 R) and Nolan Fontana (3 for 4, 2 R) all homered for the Gators (6-3, 24-4). Brett Huber (1-1, 2 IP, 1 K) registered the win.


No. 12 Arizona 6, No. 2 Stanford 2

In Tucson, Ariz., James Farris twirled a complete game as Arizona completed the three-game Pac-12 sweep of Stanford in front of 2,959 fans at Hi Corbett Field. Farris (4-1) allowed six hits and two runs in nine innings with no walks and five strikeouts. Austin Wilson had a RBI triple and scored in the top of the fourth as the Cardinal (2-4, 16-6) took a 2-0 lead. The Wildcats (7-2, 21-7) answered with two in the fourth, three in the fifth and one in the sixth. Robert Refsnyder went 2 for 3 with a homer, two runs and three RBI, while Trent Gilbert drove in a pair for Arizona. Brian Ragira had two hits and a run for Stanford.


Cornell 2, Dartmouth 0

In Ithaca, N.Y., Connor Kaufmann tossed a no-hitter as Cornel downed Dartmouth in Ivy League action. Kaufmann (4-1) walked two and struck out four in seven innings for the Big Red (2-1). The game was scheduled to be the opener of a doubleheader, but Game 2 was postponed by rain. It was the first no-hitter for Cornell since April 5, 1989, and the first solo no-no since April 8, 1979, when Greg Myers beat Canisius 1-0 in five innings. The last solo no-hitter of at least seven innings came on April 25, 1968, as Larry Rafalski blanked Hartford. Ben Swinford had a RBI single in the second and Frank Hager homered in the fourth. Mitch Horacek (1-2, 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 5 K) took the loss for the Big Green (1-2, 4-12).


No. 14 LSU 3, No. 3 Arkansas 2 (11)

In Baton Rouge, La., Jared Foster knocked in the game-winner with a base hit in the bottom of the 11th as LSU completed a three-game SEC sweep of Arkansas. Mason Katz had two hits and two runs for the Tigers (6-3, 22-6). Joey Bourgeois (1-1, 2 IP, 3 K) earned the victory. Dominic Ficociello and Derrick Bleeker both homered for the Razorbacks (5-4, 22-6).


No. 4 Florida State 11, Virginia Tech 4
In Tallahassee, Fla., Justin Gonzalez helped power Florida State to an ACC series sweep over visiting Virginia Tech. Gonzalez (2 for 5) hit a grand slam in the bottom of the first as the Seminoles (11-1, 24-4) jumped out to a 6-0 lead. Florida State’s offense was also buoyed by James Ramsey (2 for 4, 3B, 2 RBI) and John Holland (3 for 3, 3 R, RBI). Chad Pinder hit two solo home runs for the Hokies (2-10, 18-12).

No. 5 North Carolina 4, Wake Forest 3

In Chapel Hill, N.C., Parks Jordan drove in the game-winner with a base hit in the bottom of the ninth as North Carolina won its ACC series against Wake Forest. Brett Armour doubled and scored on an error in the top of the ninth as the Demon Deacons (5-7, 19-11) knotted the score at 3. Chaz Frank went 3 for 4 with a double, one run and one RBI for UNC. Michael Morin (4-1, 1 IP, 1 H, 1 UE, 1 K) picked up the win. Mark Rhine had two hits and one RBI, while Mac Williamson homered for WFU.


No. 6 Texas A&M 7, Missouri 6

In College Station, Texas, Krey Bratsen had a game-winning RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth as Texas A&M won its Big 12 series with Missouri in front of 3,947 fans at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park. Bratsen finished with three hits and three RBI, while Scott Arthur had two hits and two RBI for the Aggies (4-2, 22-6). The Tigers (3-3, 16-11) scored five in the top of the ninth to knot the score at 6. Kyle Martin (3-2, 0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER) earned the victory. Scott Sommerfeld and Ben Turner both had two hits and one run for Missouri.


No. 7 Kentucky 11, Georgia 2

In Athens, Ga., J.T. Riddle went 3 for 3 with a double, a homer, four runs and two RBI as Kentucky won its SEC series at Georgia for the first time since 2000. After the Bulldogs (4-5, 18-11) scored a run in the bottom of the first, the Wildcats (7-2, 27-2) responded with four in the second and two in both the fourth and fifth. Austin Cousino (2 for 5, HR, 2 R) and Thomas McCarthy (2 for 6, 2B) both drove in three, while Matt Reida went 3 for 3 with a double and two runs for UK. Corey Littrell (4-0, 7.2 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K) earned the win. Hunter Cole went 2 for 3 with a homer for Georgia.


No. 8 Miami (Fla.) 4, Clemson 2
In Clemson, S.C., Dale Carey delivered a decisive two-run single in the top of the seventh as Miami came from behind to defeat Clemson and salvage a victory in the ACC series. Trailing 2-1, Carey (1 for 4, BB) singled home Chantz Mack (2 for 4) and Michael Broad (1 for 4) who had both singled to start the rally. Stephen Perez (2 for 4) then gave the Hurricanes (8-4, 21-7) a 4-2 lead with an RBI triple. Kevin Pohle (6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 3 K) pitched well for the Tigers (5-7, 14-13) but received a no-decision. Clemson’s Phil Pohl went 2 for 3 with two RBI.

No. 9 UCLA 5, Utah 1
In Salt Lake City, Grant Watson tossed six solid innings, and Tyler Heineman went 2 for 2 and reached base in all five plate appearances for the second straight day as UCLA completed a Pac-12 sweep of Utah. Watson (6-1) allowed one run on six hits with five strikeouts and two walks for the Bruins (7-2, 20-5). Jeff Gelalich went 2 for 5 with a run and a RBI, and Trevor Brown drove in two. Beau Amaral added his second homer and two runs for UCLA, which has won 18 of 20. Tyler Relf went 3 for 3 with two walks and a run for the Utes (3-6, 7-19).

No. 11 Rice 8, Southern Miss 6

In Houston, Michael Fuda had a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to erase a 6-5 deficit and help Rice win its Conference USA series against Southern Miss. Fuda finished with two hits and two runs for the Owls (4-2, 21-9). J.T. Chargois (2-1, 3.1 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 3 K) earned the win in relief, while Tyler Duffey struck out two in the final 1.1 innings to record his third save. Ashley Graeter went 3 for 4, while Travis Creel drove in two for the Golden Eagles (3-3, 16-12).


Cal State Northridge 5, No. 13 Cal State Fullerton 1

In Fullerton, Calif., Jerry Keel threw a complete game as Cal State Northridge avoided the Big West sweep against Cal State Fullerton at Goodwin Field. Keel (2-1) gave up only one run on nine hits for the Matadors (1-2, 12-15). Northridge used four runs in the third to take control against the Titans (2-1, 17-10). Grahamm Wiest (1-3) took the loss after going nine innings and giving up four earned runs on nine hits with six strikeouts. Miles Williams went 2 for 4 with two RBI for Northridge.


No. 15 UCF 3, Houston 1 (10)

In Houston, D.J Hicks and Chris Taladay drove home runs in the 10th as UCF completed the Conference USA series sweep, outscoring Houston 20-5 in three games. Ray Hanson went 5.2 innings and allowed just one run on six hits, but the win went to Joe Rogers (3-0) after he gave up only two hits over the final three innings for the Knights (5-1, 23-6). Chase Wellbrock (1-1) took the loss after giving up two runs on two hits in 0.1 innings for the Cougars (1-5, 10-16).


No. 16 Oregon 4, Arizona State 3

In Eugene, Ore., Aaron Jones went 2 for 3 with three RBI as Oregon completed the Pac-12 sweep of Arizona State. Brando Tessar (4-0) stayed perfect on the season after throwing 6.1 shutout innings for the Ducks (6-3, 18-8). He gave up two hits and walked a season-high six. Darin Gillies (0-3) received the loss after giving up one run on four hits over four innings. Joey DeMichele went 1 for 5 with two RBI for the Sun Devils (3-6, 16-12).


No. 17 NC State 7, Virginia 6
In Raleigh, N.C., pinch-runner Bryan Adametz scored the winning run on a throwing error in the bottom of the ninth as NC State came from behind to defeat Virginia in the rubber match of the weekend ACC series, giving head coach Elliott Avent his 800th career victory. The Wolfpack (8-4, 19-7) held a 5-3 lead entering the top of the ninth, but the Cavaliers (6-6, 18-10-1) rallied for three runs, as Steven Bruno (2 for 5) delivered a two-run triple and Derek Fisher (2 RBI) drove him in with a sacrifice fly. In the bottom half of the frame, Logan Ratledge (2 for 3) stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded and one out and delivered an RBI single. The next hitter, Matt Bergquist (1 for 5), hit a groundball to the third baseman, Nick Howard, who delivered an errant throw home in an attempt to cut down the winning run.


No. 18 Louisville 6, Villanova 1
In Louisville, Ky., Stewart Ijames helped Louisville establish an early lead and down Villanova in the decisive third game of the Big East series. Ijames (2 for 4, 2 RBI, R) had an RBI single and scored later in the inning, as the Cardinals (5-1, 20-8) scored three runs in the first. One inning later, Ijames delivered another RBI single to help put Louisville ahead 5-1 after two frames. Travis Tringle (5-1) earned the win, striking out five and allowing seven hits and one unearned run over six innings. Kevin Wager went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI for the Wildcats (2-4, 15-14).

No. 19 Oregon State 5, Washington 3

In Corvallis, Ore., Jace Fry went seven innings while giving up no earned runs on two hits as Oregon State won its Pac-12 series with Washington. for the Beavers at Goss Stadium. Fry (2-1) surrendered three unearned runs with four walks and seven strikeouts, while Tony Bryant (1 IP, 2 H, 1 K) picked up his fifth save. Austin Voth (4-1) picked up his first loss on the year after giving up four runs on three hits over 4.1 innings for the Huskies (3-3, 16-9). Tyler Smith went 2 for 4 with two RBI for the Beavers (6-3, 17-8).


Coastal Carolina 5, Radford 3
In Radford, Va., Tucker Frawley had three hits and two RBI to lead Coastal Carolina to a win over Radford in the deciding game of their three-game Big South series. The Chanticleers (2-1, 18-8) scored three times in the fourth, with Frawley delivering a RBI single and Brian Pruett (2 for 2, 2 walks) scoring two more on a two-out single to right for a 4-3 lead. Ryan Connolly (1-1) tossed 2.2 innings of scoreless relief, and Aaron Burke picked up his fourth save with 2.1 scoreless innings. Matt Hillsinger went 2 for 4, and Cory Turner had a RBI double for the Highlanders (4-2, 15-13).

East Carolina 6, UAB 5 (13)

In Greenville, N.C., East Carolina tied it with three in the bottom of the ninth and a sacrifice fly by Ben Fultz plated the game-winner in the 13th in a Conference USA series sweep of UAB in front of 2,339 fans at Clark-LeClair Stadium. John Wooten went 2 for 5 with a homer and two RBI, while Chase McDonald added a two-run single in the ninth for the Pirates (4-2, 19-8). Drew Reynolds (2-0, 4 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 6 K) registered the victory, while going 3 for 5 at the plate with a double and two runs. Ryan Ussery went 3 for 6 with two runs, while Patrick Palmeiro had two hits, including a double, and two RBI for the Blazers (2-4, 17-12).


Long Beach State 4, Cal Poly 0

In San Luis Obispo, Calif., Shawn Stuart threw a one-hit shutout as Long Beach State blanked Cal Poly to win the Big West series. Stuart (2-0) walked one and struck out nine in nine innings. Brennan Metzger (2 for 3) had a sacrifice fly to cap a two-run first for the Dirtbags (2-1, 10-16). Metzger’s RBI single capped a two-run fifth as LBSU doubled its lead to 4-0. David Armendariz had a one-out triple in the fifth for the lone hit for the Mustangs (1-2, 17-10).


USF 6, Notre Dame 4

In Tampa, Fla., James Ramsay had a two-run single to snap a 3-3 tie in a three-run seventh as USF defeated Notre Dame to win the Big East Series in front of 1,274 fans at USF Baseball Stadium. Ramsay finished with two hits and three RBI, while Alex Mendez went 3 for 5 with two doubles and two runs for the Bulls (5-1, 20-9). Derrick Stultz (4-1, 7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 3 K) picked up the win, while Ray Delphey (1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 K) earned his third save. Joe Hudson went 2 for 3 with a homer and two runs for the Irish (4-2, 16-10).


(photo by Jimmy Jones)