April 9, 2012

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Piscotty drives in seven as Stanford spanks California

Oregon nips USF, Oregon State edges Nevada, Virginia sweeps WFU


In Berkeley, Calif., Stephen Piscotty (left) had seven RBI to lead sixth-ranked Stanford past California 19-6 Monday in a non-conference contest. Kenny Diekroeger (3 for 6, 2 2B, 4 RBI) had a two-run double to cap a four-run first before Piscotty’s three-run homer in the second pushed the lead to 7-0. Piscotty (3 for 5, 3 R) had a two-run single to spark a four-run third and added a sacrifice fly in the fifth to make it 12-4.Brian Ragira went 5 for 6 with a homer and five RBI for the Cardinal (20-7), extending his hit streak to 12. Austin Wilson went 3 for 4 with a double and five runs for Stanford. Sahil Bloom (1-0, 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 BB) picked up the win. Vince Bruno had three hits, while Tony Renda drove in a pair for the Golden Bears (17-13).


No. 17 Oregon 4, San Francisco 2

In Eugene, Ore., Brett Thomas had a two-run single in a three-run fifth as Oregon edged San Francisco at PK Park. The Dons (14-21) led 2-1 in the middle of the fifth before Connor Hofmann (2 for 3, 1 RBI) scored on a wild pitch to tie the game and the base hit by Thomas put the Ducks (21-9) on top for good. Jordan Spencer (1-1, 4.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 2 K) got the win in relief, while Jimmie Sherfy (0.2 IP, 1 H) earned his seventh save. Bradley Zimmer had a double and one RBI for USF.


Oregon State 6, Nevada 5

In Reno, Nev., Tyler Smith had a three-run homer in the third to put Oregon State on top for good in a win at Nevada. The Wolf Pack (16-15) got a RBI single by Brooks Klein (2 for 4, 2 RBI) and a run-scoring double by Carlos Escobar Jr. in the first before Smith’s blast gave the Beavers (19-11) a 3-2 advantage. OSU added three in the seventh before Garrett Yrigoyen (2 for 3) had a two-run triple and scored in a three-run eighth as Nevada pulled to within one. Taylor Starr (2-1, 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 3 K) got the win, while Tony Bryant (1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K) notched his sixth save.


Virginia 11, Wake Forest 2

In Charlottesville, Va., Nate Irving drove in four as Virginia completed a three-game ACC sweep of Wake Forest in front of 3,241 fans at Davenport Field. The Cavaliers (9-6, 22-10-1) trailed 2-1 before scoring two in the fifth and sixth prior to putting the game away with six in the eighth. Irving had a RBI groundout in the fifth and a three-run triple in the eighth. Stephen Bruno went 2 for 3 two runs and two RBI, while Chris Taylor and Colin Harrington both had two hits and two runs for UVa. Kyle Crockett (3-2, 4 IP, 1 H, 2 K) earned the win in relief, while Justin Thompson (1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K) registered his sixth save. Mac Williamson went 2 for 4 with a double and one RBI for the Demon Deacons (5-10, 19-14).


New Mexico 15, Arizona State 6

In Albuquerque, N.M., D.J. Peterson went 3 for 5 with two homers and four RBI as New Mexico pounded Arizona State in front of a season-high crowd of 1,970 at Isotopes Park. The Sun Devils (19-13) scored single runs in the first and second before the Lobos (15-16) put up 15 runs from the second through sixth innings. Trey Porras (3 for 4, 2 R, 2 RBI) homered, while Kyle Stiner (3 for 5, 2B, 3B, 2 R) and Mitchell Garver (2 for 4, 2B, 2 R) both drove in two for UNM. Rudy Jaramillo (3-2, 7.1 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) earned the victory. Max Rossiter went 3 for 4 with a run for ASU.


San Diego 6, San Diego State 2

In San Diego, Louie Lechich went 2 for 4 with a homer, two runs and two RBI as visiting San Diego downed San Diego State at Tony Gwynn Stadium. John Spirk went deep in the second and the Aztecs (17-17) added a run in the third in taking a 2-0 lead. Lechich tied it with a two-run homer in the fourth and Kris Bryant (2 for 4) added a RBI single in the fifth to give the Toreros (26-8) the lead. Bryan Haar (2 for 4, 1 R) added a two-run double in the sixth to give the visitors some breathing room. Drew Jacobs (1-1, 3 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 1 K) got the win in relief, while Michael Wagner (2 IP, 1 H, 2 K) secured his 15th save, the top mark in Division I.


Fairfield 3, Rider 1

In Fairfield, Conn., Brett Shulick went the distance as Fairfield won the finale of its MAAC series with Rider. Shulick (3-3) allowed seven hits, did not walk a batter and struck out four. Shulick retired the final eight hitters and 15 of the final 17. Nick Crescenzo had a RBI single in the top of the first as the Broncs (4-5, 11-21) took the early lead. Ryan Plourde had a leadoff triple and scored on a wild pitch in the second as the Stags (3-6, 12-19) knotted the score at 1. Larry Cornelia had a run-scoring single in the seventh and Mike Bennett drove in a run with a pinch-hit double as Fairfield took the lead for good. Greg Fazio finished with two hits for Rider.


Valparaiso 12, Grace 5

In Valparaiso, Ind., Will Hagel drove in five as Valparaiso downed Grace at Emory G. Bauer Field. Grant Yoder homered and knocked in four for the Crusaders (11-19). Hagel and Yoder both had two-run singles in a four-run first, and Valpo added two in the second to take the early lead. The Lancers (12-17) put up five in the top of the fifth before Hagel’s bases-loaded triple in the bottom of the frame made it 9-5. Yoder went deep in the sixth for the home team. Ryan Kennedy (1-0, 3.2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K) took the win in relief. Josh Petry and Jacob Bloom both had two hits, one run and one RBI for Grace.


Gonzaga 6, Washington 4

In Seattle, Clayton Eslick went 3 for 5 with two runs as Gonzaga got past Washington at Husky Ballpark. Erik Forgione had a two-run triple in the second to give the Huskies (17-12) the early lead. Royce Bolinger (1 for 4, 2 R) had a RBI double and scored in a three-run third as the Bulldogs (21-9) took the lead for good. Clayton Eslick (2 R) and Alex Stanford (2B) both had three hits for Gonzaga. Kenny Smith (2-0, 5.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 2 K) picked up the win, while Derek Peterson (3.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 K) recorded his second save. Joe Meggs went 2 for 3 for Washington.


Connecticut 12, Quinnipiac 7

In Hamden, Conn., Jon Testani and Tom Verdi both drove in three as Connecticut outscored Quinnipiac. After scoring single runs in the first two innings, LJ Mazzilli (2 for 5) had a solo homer in the third and Testani followed with a two-run shot as the Huskies (19-13) built a 5-1 lead. The Bobcats (3-25) pulled to with one after five before Verdi’s three-run double capped a six-run sixth for UConn. Ted Hurvul (1-0, 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 K) earned the win in relief. Scott Donaghue went 3 for 4 with a double, a homer, two runs and two RBI for Quinnipiac.


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