April 13, 2012

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Sisson throws no-hitter for Davidson against Wofford

Arkansas edges Kentucky, Oregon nips Stanford in 10, Baylor win streak at 17


In Davidson, N.C., Henry Sisson (left) pitched a no-hitter for Davidson as it edged Wofford 1-0 Friday in the Southern Conference series opener. (click here for video link) Sisson (2-1) walked three and struck out nine. He got a pair of groundouts and a popout in the ninth to complete the no-hitter. Michael Zeblo homered in bottom of the fifth for the game’s lone run. Jake Berman and Ryan Lowe both finished with two hits for the Wildcats (4-12, 12-19). Brandon Yarusi (3-4, 8 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 9 K) suffered the loss for the Terriers (3-10, 14-20).


No. 9 Arkansas 8, No. 2 Kentucky 7

In Fayetteville, Ark., Derrick Bleeker hit a go-ahead three-run triple with two outs in the bottom of the seventh as Arkansas rallied past Kentucky in the opener of their SEC set in front of 6,825 fans at Baum Stadium. The Razorbacks (8-5, 25-8) trailed 7-5 before Bleeker’s three-bagger gave the home team an 8-7 advantage. Cade Lynch (1-1, 5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K) earned the win in relief. Tim Carver went 4 for 4 with a double, three runs and two RBI, while Dominic Ficociello had a triple and drove in a pair for Arkansas. Thomas McCarthy went 3 for 4 with two doubles, one run and two RBI for the Wildcats (9-4, 30-5).


No. 17 Oregon 4, No. 6 Stanford 2 (10)

In Stanford, Calif., Oregon scored four unearned runs, including three in the top of the 10th, in defeating Stanford in the Pac-12 series opener. Alex Keudell (5-3, 9 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K) earned the win, while Stephen Piscotty (2-1, 0.1 IP, 1 H, 3 UE, 1 BB) took the loss in relief of starter Mark Appel (9 IP, 10 H, 1 UE, 2 BB, 13 K). Piscotty had three hits, including a double, and two RBI for the Cardinal (4-6, 21-8). Kyle Garlick and Connor Hofmann both had two hits and a run for the Ducks (9-4, 23-9).


No. 11 Baylor 5, Kansas State 2

In Manhattan, Kan., Josh Turley tossed a six-hitter as Baylor beat Kansas State to open the Big 12 series and extend its win streak to 17. Turley (5-0) allowed one earned run, did not walk a batter and struck out six. Josh Ludy (2 for 5) had a two-run single in the top of the seventh for the Bears (13-0, 28-7) to snap a 2-2 tie. Max Muncy (3 for 5, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI) homered in the top of the ninth for an insurance run. Dan Klein went 3 for 4 with one run and one RBI for the Wildcats (3-7, 17-16).


No. 1 Florida State 6, Boston College 5
In Chestnut Hill, Mass., Jayce Boyd helped visiting Florida State squeak past Boston College in the opening game of the ACC series. Trailing 6-5 in the top of the ninth, Boyd (2 for 5, R, RBI) delivered a game-tying RBI double that drove in Devon Travis. Later in the inning Jose Brizuela knocked in Boyd on a fielder's choice. The Seminoles (15-1, 28-6) were up 4-1 after five and a half innings, but the Eagles (4-12, 13-21) responded for two in the bottom of the sixth to cut the deficit to one. Boston College took a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the eighth when Marc Perdios (1 for 4) singled home Anthony Melchionda (3 for 5, 2 R) and Rob Moir (3 for 5, 2 R). FSU closer Robert Benicasa (1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) picked up his third win while Nate Bayuk took the loss (2-2, 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K).

No. 3 Texas A&M 8, Kansas 0

In Lawrence, Kan., Michael Wacha pitched a four-hit shutout as Texas A&M blanked Kansas in the Big 12 series opener in front of 1,111 fans at Hoglund Ballpark. Wacha (5-0) did not walk a batter and struck out six. Mikey Reynolds had a three-run homer in the top of the fifth as the Aggies (8-2, 27-7) built a 4-0 lead. Texas A&M added four in the eighth to put the game away. Krey Bratsen had two hits and two runs for the Aggies. Tucker Tharp had two of the four hits for the Jayhawks (2-8, 12-22).


No. 4 Florida 3, Tennessee 1

In Knoxville, Tenn., Nolan Fontana went 4 for 4 with two doubles, one run and one RBI as Florida edged Tennessee to kick off their SEC series in front of 3,401 fans at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Will Maddox (2 for 5) drove in a run with a base hit in the bottom of the second as the Volunteers (6-7, 20-14) took the early lead. Fontana doubled and scored the tying run in the fourth on a single by Brian Johnson (2 for 4). Mike Zunino and Fontana both had RBI doubles in the fifth as the Gators (8-5, 27-7) took the lead for good. Jonathon Crawford (4-1, 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 5 K) earned the win, while Austin Maddox (2 IP, 2 H, 3 K) registered his 10th save. Chris Fritts went 2 for 3 for Tennessee. Chris Pierce went 2 for 4 with a run for the Vols.


No. 5 LSU 10, Alabama 2

In Baton Rouge, La., Kevin Gausman threw eight strong innings to lead LSU past SEC-rival Alabama. Gausman (6-1) allowed six hits and two runs with two walks and seven strikeouts. The Tigers (9-4, 28-7) rallied for six runs in the fourth to break open a close game against the Crimson Tide (4-9, 13-21). Trey Pilkington (1-3) took the loss for Alabama after he went 3.2 innings and gave up eight runs on five hits. Mason Katz and Austin Nola both homered for the Tigers and account for seven of LSU’s RBI.


No. 7 Miami (Fla.) 6, Virginia Tech 4
In Blacksburg, Va., Peter O'Brien and Chantz Mack led Miami past Virginia Tech in the ACC series opener. O'Brien (2 for 3, BB, 2 R) had an RBI single in the top of the third to give the Hurricanes (12-4, 25-9) an early edge over the Hokies (5-11, 23-13). Mack's lone hit, a two-run single, came in the top of the seventh and gave Miami a 4-0 lead. Eric Erickson (6-3) worked 6.2 innings and allowed six hits and two earned runs to pick up the victory. Gabe Ortiz (3 for 5, R) and Mark Zagunis (2 for 4, 2 2B, 2 RBI) helped lead a late Virginia Tech rally, as the Hokies scored two runs in both the seventh and eighth innings. E.J. Encinosa (2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 K) came on for the Hurricanes to pick up his eighth save.

No. 8 Arizona 4, No. 14 UCLA 3

In Tucson, Ariz., Kurt Heyer threw his second straight complete game and Arizona scored an unearned run in the eighth to get a big Pac-12 Conference win over UCLA in front of 4,080 at Hi Corbett Field. The Wildcats (10-3, 24-9) broke the tie to beat the Bruins (8-5, 22-8) after Joseph Maggi reached on an error and was brought in by a Joey Rickard RBI single. Heyer (6-1) gave up two earned runs on eight hits in his complete-game performance. David Berg (4-1) took the loss after giving up one hit and one unearned run over two innings in relief of Adam Plutko (6 IP, 11 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 0 K). Joey Rickard, Alex Mejia, Robert Refsnyder, and Seth Mejias-Brean all tallied two hits for the Wildcats.


No. 10 North Carolina 2, Virginia 1 (10)

In Charlottesville, Va., Jacob Stallings homered in the top of the 10th as North Carolina eked out a win at Virginia in the ACC series opener. R.C. Orlan (6-0) fanned two in the ninth to take the win in relief of Kent Emanuel (8 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 7 K). Michael Russell went 4 for 4 for the Tar Heels (10-6, 25-9). Stephen Bruno doubled and scored in the seventh for the Cavaliers (9-7, 23-11-1). Branden Kline (5 H, 1 R, 3 BB) struck out 10 in six innings for Virginia.


No. 12 South Carolina 7, Mississippi State 6

In Columbia, S.C., South Carolina scored four in the bottom of the eighth to rally past Mississippi State to start their SEC series in front of 8,105 fans at Carolina Stadium. The Gamecocks (6-7, 25-10) trailed 6-3 with two away in the eighth before Grayson Greiner (2 for 4) homered to make it 6-4. Adam Matthews singled and moved to third on a double by Brison Celek. Pinch-hitter Sean Sullivan tripled on a 0-2 pitch to plate both runners and knot the score at 6. Sullivan scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch. Matt Price then pitched a perfect ninth for his second save, giving the win to Evan Beal (2-3, 0.1 IP). C.T. Bradford (2 for 4, 3B, 2 R, 3 RBI) and Wes Rea both homered for the Bulldogs (5-8, 21-13). Chris Stratton (7.2 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 11 K) took the loss for MSU.


No. 13 Rice 9, Marshall 0
In Charleston, W. Va., Matthew Reckling outdueled Aaron Blair and Rice scored seven runs in the ninth inning to defeat Marshall in Conference USA action. Reckling (6.2 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 7 K) moved to 6-0 and was able to shut down the Thundering Herd (1-6, 13-20). Marshall's Blair also pitched well (6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) but caught the loss as the Owls' (7-3, 25-11) bullpen picked up where Reckling had left off and did not allow a hit.  J.T. Chargois had three hits on the evening and drove in Rice's first run in the top of the fifth with an RBI single. Ryan Lewis was 2 for 5 and drove in two runs in Rice's seven-run ninth.

Southern Miss 1, No. 16 UCF 0 (14)

In Hattiesburg, Miss., pinch-hitter Mason Robbins delivered a walk-off RBI double as Southern Miss outlasted Conference USA foe UCF in extra innings. Both starting pitchers were outstanding, as Southern Mississippi's Andrew Pierce struck out 10 over his nine innings and UCF's Brian Adkins allowed only three hits and struck out three in his seven innings. The Golden Eagles (3-3, 19-13) received solid relief work from Bradley Roney (1-0), who earned his first win after allowing only one hit and one walk and striking out five over five innings. UCF catcher Ryan Breen had two of the Knights' (7-2, 28-7) six hits.


No. 18 Purdue 3, Illinois 0

In West Lafayette, Ind., Joe Haase and two relievers combined on the shutout as Purdue blanked Illinois in the Big Ten series opener. Haase (6-0) allowed five hits in 7.2 innings with no walks and three strikeouts. Blake Mascarello got the final out in the eighth before Nick Wittgren worked a hitless ninth for his sixth save. Tyler Spillner (2 for 4, 2R, RBI) singled and scored on a double by Cameron Perkins (2 for 4) in the bottom of the first as the Boilermakers (8-2, 26-5) took the early lead. Spillner had a run-scoring double in the eighth and came home on a base hit by Eric Charles to push the lead to 3-0. Reid Roper went 2 for 3 for the Illini (3-4, 18-14). Kevin Johnson (5-3, 8 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 1 K) went the distance for Illinois.


Georgia 6, No. 19 Ole Miss 3

In Athens, Ga., Curt Powell went 2 for 4 with a double and two RBI as Georgia clinched an SEC series win over Ole Miss in front of 2,649 fans at Foley Field. Alex Wood (5-1, 7.1 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 7 K) got the win, while Bryan Benzor (1.2 IP, 1 H) earned his first save. Conor Welton had two hits, two runs and one RBI for the Bulldogs (7-7, 22-13). Auston Bousfield and Alex Yarbrough both had two hits and a run for the Rebels (6-8, 23-12).


Rain postponed No. 15 Cal State Fullerton at UC Irvine and La Salle at No. 20 San Diego.


Arizona State 5, USC 1

In Tempe, Ariz., Brady Rodgers (right) allowed one run in eight innings as Arizona State won its Blackout Game against Pac-12 opponent USC in front of 3,040 spectators at Packard Stadium. Rodgers (6-1) scattered six hits, did not walk a batter and struck out seven. Deven Marrero (HR) and Abe Ruiz (2B) both drove in two, while Joey DeMichele went 2 for 4 with a triple and two runs for the Dun Devils (7-6, 21-13). Kevin Roundtree had two hits for the Trojans (5-7, 19-12).


Ohio State 10, Nebraska 2

In Columbus, Ohio, Greg Solomon had a three-run triple to highlight a seven-run first as Ohio State downed Nebraska in a battle for second place in the Big Ten. Josh Dezse (3 for 5) had a two-run single in the first for the Buckeyes (6-4, 21-12), while Solomon added a two-run homer in the third to finish with five RBI. Jaron Long (3-1) went the distance for OSU, allowing eight hits and two runs with no walks and nine strikeouts. Josh Scheffert (2 for 4) homered and drove in two for the Huskers (5-5, 23-13).


UNC Wilmington 10, Hofstra 3

In Wilmington, N.C., Hunter Ridge went 3 for 4 with two RBI as UNC Wilmington hammered Hofstra in the CAA series opener. The first-place Seahawks (11-2, 19-15) scored in four of the first six innings, including three in the first and sixth, in building an 8-1 lead. Tyler Molinaro went 2 for 4 with a double and three runs, while Andrew Cain was 2 for 4 with a double, two runs and two RBI for UNCW. Tyler McSwain (5-2, 6.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 K) picked up the win. Dalton Rouleau went 2 for 4 with a triple, two runs and one RBI for the Price (9-4, 18-14).


Eastern Kentucky 5, Eastern Illinois 4 (11)

In Richmond, Ky., Eastern Kentucky tied it with two in the ninth and won it with a pair in the 11th to start its OVC series with Eastern Illinois. Richie Rodriguez (2 for 4) drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth and Austin Grisham tied it at 3 with a RBI fielder’s choice. Trailing 4-3 in the 11th, Justin Trent had a leadoff double and scored on an error to knot the score at 4. Steve Ferraro homered to give the win to the Colonels (7-3, 15-16). Matt Fyffe (5-0, 3.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 6 K) earned the victory. T.J. McManus went 4 for 5 with a double, a homer, two runs and two RBI for the Panthers (4-5, 13-18).


(Sisson photo courtesy of Davidson Media Relations Office, Rodgers photo by Jason Wise, ASU)