April 10, 2012

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Florida uses three homers to rally past Florida State

Louisville blanks UK, UT Arlington edges Texas A&M, LSU downs Alcorn St.


In Tallahassee, Fla., No. 4 Florida used three home runs to erase a 3-0 deficit in defeating top-ranked Florida State 6-3 Tuesday in front of 6,730 fans at Dick Howser Stadium, completing a three-game sweep of the regular-season series. Devon Travis (3 for 4, 2 R) homered in the bottom of the first and the Seminoles (27-6) added a pair in the third for a 3-0 advantage. Daniel Pigott (2 for 4) had a RBI single in the fourth and a two-run homer by Mike Zunino (pictured) in the fifth tied it at 3. Casey Turgeon (3 for 5) put the Gators (26-7) ahead in the sixth with a run-scoring single. Nolan Fontana (2 for 3, 3 R) homered in the seventh and Brian Johnson (2 for 5) went deep in the ninth to complete the scoring. Ryan Harris (1-0, 3 IP, 1 K) secured the win in relief, while Austin Maddox (1.2 IP, 2 K) earned his ninth save.


Louisville 12, No. 2 Kentucky 0

In Lexington, Ky., Jared Ruxer and two relievers combined on the four-hitter as Louisville dominated Kentucky in front of 3,563 fans at Cliff Hagan Stadium. Ruxer (5-0) allowed three hits and one walk in six innings with six strikeouts. Cole Sturgeon (1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K) and Matt Koch (1.1 IP, 3 K) completed the shutout. Ty Young homered and drove in two, while Nick Ratajczak went 2 for 5 with a double and three runs for the Cardinals (24-9). Thomas McCarthy went 2 for 4 with a double for the Wildcats (30-4). Louisville won by its largest margin of victory in the series history.


UT Arlington 3, No. 3 Texas A&M 2

In College Station, Texas, Adam Westbrook and three relievers held Texas A&M to a pair of runs as UT Arlington pulled the upset in front of 3,321 fans at Blue Bell Park. Westbrook surrendered five hits and two runs in four innings with two walks and one strikeout. Chase Weaver (3-0, 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 K) earned the win in relief, while Chad Nack (2 H, 1 BB, 2 K) held the Aggies (26-7) scoreless for two innings before Adam Boydston recorded the final our for his second save. Preston Morrow (3 for 4) had a run-scoring single in the top of the fifth to snap a 2-2 tie and give the Mavericks (21-12) the lead. Michael Guerra had two hits, including a double, and two runs for UTA. Brandon Wood homered for Texas A&M.


No. 5 LSU 7, Alcorn State 2

In Baton Rouge, La., Mason Katz and Jordy Snikeris both homered as LSU downed Alcorn State. The Tigers (26-7) snapped a 1-1 tie with two in the fifth and added two in the seventh and eighth. Ty Ross and Tyler Moore both drove in two for LSU. Joe Broussard (4-0, 6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 8 K) earned the win. Eduardo Gonzalez went deep for the Braves (7-26).


Oklahoma 4, No. 9 Arkansas 0

In Norman, Okla., Damien Magnifico pitched a career-best 8.2 innings as Oklahoma blanked Arkansas in front of 1,537 fans at L. Dale Mitchell Park. Magnifico (1-0) allowed three hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Steven Okert struck out the final batter to record his first save. Max White had a pair of RBI doubles, while Caleb Bushyhead went 1 for 4 with a double and two runs for the Sooners (19-14). Dominic Ficociello went 2 for 4 for the Razorbacks (24-8).


No. 11 Baylor 7, ULM 5

In Waco, Texas, Max Muncy had a two-run single in the bottom of the sixth to erase a 5-4 deficit as Baylor beat ULM to stretch its win streak to 15. Muncy finished with two runs and three RBI, while Adam Toth scored twice and drove in one for the Bears (26-7). Ryan Smith (1-0, 4.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 K) earned the win, while Brad Kuntz fanned two in a hitless ninth for his first save. Corben Green went 2 for 4 with one run and one RBI for the Warhawks (16-16).


No. 12 South Carolina 8, The Citadel 0

In Columbia, S.C., Grayson Greiner’s grand slam highlighted a six-run seventh as South Carolina defeated The Citadel. Nolan Belcher (2-1, 5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 7 K) combined with Tyler Webb (2 IP, 2 K) and Hunter Privette (1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 K) for the shutout. Christian Walker went 3 for 4 with a double, two runs and one RBI, while Tanner English went 3 for 3 with a run for the Gamecocks (24-9). Mason Davis had two hits for the Bulldogs (13-20).


No. 13 Rice 6, Texas State 5

In Houston, Jeremy Rathjen went 3 for 3 with a triple and three RBI as Rice rallied past Texas State in front of 3,594 fans at Reckling Park. The Bobcats (20-12) led 5-1 after three before the Owls (24-11) scored single runs in the fourth and fifth prior to a three-run seventh. Ford Stainback went 3 for 5 with one run and two RBI for Rice. Cody Lovejoy had a three-run double in a four-run third for Texas State. Tyler Duffey (1-1, 3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 K) picked up the win, while J.T. Chargois (2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K) registered his sixth save.


No. 14 UCLA 4, No. 15 Cal State Fullerton 2

In Los Angeles, Grant Watson pitched six solid innings as UCLA edged Cal State Fullerton at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Watson (7-1) allowed four hits and two runs with two walks and three strikeouts. Scott Griggs pitched a perfect ninth with one strikeout to record his eighth save. The Bruins (22-7) scored one in the first and three in the fourth before the Titans (21-11) plated their two runs in the top of the fifth. Beau Amaral and Tyler Heineman both had two hits for UCLA. Anthony Hutting and Chad Wallach both drove in runs for Fullerton.


No. 16 UCF 16, Florida A&M 4

In Orlando, Fla., Spencer Haynes went 4 for 5 with two doubles, three runs and one RBI as UCF pounded Florida A&M. The Knights (27-7) erased a 3-2 deficit with two in the fourth and put the game away with four in the sixth and eight in the seventh. Nick Carrillo drove in three, while D.J. Hicks and Chris Taladay both had two hits, including a double, three runs and two RBI for UCF. Ben Lively (5-0, 3 IP, 1 BB, 6 K) was outstanding in relief in earning the victory. John Scott went 2 for 2 for the Rattlers (6-31).


No. 17 Oregon 4, San Francisco 1

In Eugene, Ore., Jeff Gold pitched five hitless innings as Oregon completed a two-game sweep of San Francisco. Gold (4-2) did not walk a batter and struck out three. After the leadoff hitter reached on an error, Gold retired the next 15 straight batters. Ryon Healy had a two-run double in the fifth, while J.J. Altobelli and Aaron Jones both went 2 for 4 with a run for the Ducks (22-9). Nik Balog drove in the lone run for the Dons (14-22).


No. 19 Ole Miss 2-4, Central Arkansas 1-0

In Oxford, Miss., Tanner Mathis had four hits and three runs as Ole Miss swept a doubleheader from Central Arkansas. Mathis singled and scored in the bottom of the first for the Rebels (23-10) in the opener. Sam Smith (2-2, 5 IP, 2 H, 1 UE, 1 BB, 2 K) earned the win, while Brett Huber (1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K) secured his seventh save. Jonathan Davis went 2 for 2 with a double and a run for the Bears (13-17). In the nightcap, Mathis went 3 for 3 with two runs for Ole Miss. Matt Snyder went 2 for 3 with a double, one run and one RBI for the Rebels. Josh Laxer (3-0, 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K) picked up the victory. Michael Marietta was 2 for 2 for UCA.


Illinois State 22, Northern Illinois 3

In DeKalb, Ill., Chad Hinshaw homered twice and drove in seven as Illinois State stomped Northern Illinois. The Redbirds (20-10) scored multiple runs in each of the first five innings, including seven in the fourth, in building a 19-1 lead after five. Hinshaw had a two-run homer in the second, a two-run double in the third and a three-run dinger in the ninth. Ty Wiesemeyer (3 for 7, 2B, 3B, 2 R, 4 RBI) and Kevin Tokarski (3 for 6, 2B, 3 R, 3 RBI) also homered for Illinois State. Brad Sorkin (2-2, 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 5 K) picked up the win. Alex Jones had two hits and two runs for the Huskies (8-24).


Oregon State 10, Nevada 7 (10)

In Reno, Nev., Michael Conforto cranked a pair of three-run homers, including one in the top of the 10th, as Oregon State swept a two-game set at Nevada. Conforto’s first three-run blast came in the fourth as the Beavers (20-11) built a 7-0 lead. The Wolfpack (16-16) scored two in the fifth and four in the sixth before plating a run in the bottom of the ninth to force the extra frame. Garrett Yrigoyen went 4 for 5 with a double, a triple and four RBI for Nevada. Ryan Gorton (1-0, 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K) earned the victory, while Tony Bryant (1 IP, 1 H, 2 K) notched his seventh save.


East Carolina 3, Elon 2 (10)

In Elon, N.C., John Wooten delivered a sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th as East Carolina edged Elon. Tim Younger (2 for 2) had a leadoff double in the 10th for the Pirates (23-8-1) and was sacrificed to third before Wooten’s fly ball brought in Younger with the go-ahead run. The game was scoreless through eight, as ECU starter Jeff Hoffman (8 IP, 3 H, 1 BB) struck out 10. David Whitehead (6 H, 3 BB, 2 K) pitched six shutout innings for the Phoenix (19-15). Jack Reinheimer (2 for 4) had a two-run double with two away in the top of the ninth to put the Pirates on the board. Elon scored a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the frame to send it to the 10th. Drew Reynolds (3-0, 2 IP, 3 H, 2 UE) picked up the win.


Joe Nuxhall Classic

Miami (Ohio) 1, Xavier 0

In Oxford, Ohio, Matt Honchel went 2 for 3 and scored the game’s lone run on a pinch-hit groundout by Jacob Wolf in the bottom of the seventh as Miami edged Xavier to advance to the championship game of the Joe Nuxhall Classic. The Redhawks (17-15) will face Wright State on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., while the Musketeers (13-19) will meet Cincinnati in the consolation contest at 3 p.m. Matt Rosinski (1-1, 2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 K) earned the win in relief of starter Charles Zubrod (6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 BB, 5 K). Patrick Paligraf and Mark Elwell both had two hits for Xavier, which stranded 12.


Wright State 3, Cincinnati 2

In the earlier game, Zach Tanner went 1 for 3 with two RBI as Wright State edged Cincinnati to advance to the championship game of the Joe Nuxhall Classic. The Raiders (20-10) scored single runs in the first, fourth and fifth to build a 3-1 lead. The Bearcats (11-20) pulled with one in the eighth and had the tying run in scoring position in the ninth, but fell short. Garrett Gray went 2 for 2 with a run for WSU. Joey Hoelzel (3-3, 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K) was the starter and winner, while Michael Schum (1.1 IP, 1 H, 3 K) earned his seventh save. Jake Proctor went 2 for 5 with one run for UC.


Beanpot Classic

Massachusetts 4, Northeastern 1

In Lowell, Mass., Conor LeBlanc pitched Massachusetts past Northeastern and into the championship game of the Beanpot Classic. The Minutemen (10-10) will face Harvard for the title on April 18, while the Huskies (12-15) will meet Boston College in the consolation contest. LeBlanc (2-0) limited Northeastern to three hits and one run in 7.2 innings with four walks and two strikeouts. Ryan Lubreski got the final out of the eighth before Leif Sorenson pitched a scoreless ninth for his fourth save. Jason Vosler (2 for 4) had a RBI double in the top of the second for the Huskies before Tom Conley walked and scored on a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the frame. Nik Campero belted a two-run homer in the fourth to put UMass on top to stay.


Harvard 5, Boston College 2

In the earlier game, Matt Timoney allowed one earned run in 7.1 innings to lead Harvard past Boston College to reach the championship game of the Beanpot Classic. Timoney (1-1) allowed seven hits and two total runs with three walks and three strikeouts. Zack Olson ended the game with a strikeout to record his third save. Jake McGuiggan went 4 for 5 with two runs and two RBI for the Crimson (6-22). Tom Bourdon went 3 for 5 with a double and one RBI for the Eagles (13-20).


(photo courtesy of Florida Media Relations Office)