April 14, 2012

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Stripling pitches eight innings as Texas A&M tops Kansas

Tennessee upends Florida, Parmley hit streak at 43, UK wins two at Arkansas


In Lawrence, Kan., Ross Stripling (left) pitched eight solid innings as No. 3 Texas A&M clinched a Big 12 series win over Kansas with a 6-4 decision Saturday. Stripling (6-1) allowed six hits and three runs with two walks and seven strikeouts. Kyle Martin surrendered one hit and one unearned run in the ninth with two strikeouts for his second save. After a scoreless first two innings, The Aggies (9-2, 28-7) scored six runs over the next four innings. Jacob House went 3 for 4 with one run and two RBI for Texas A&M. Dakota Smith drove in a pair for the Jayhawks (2-9, 12-23).


Tennessee 5, No. 4 Florida 4

In Knoxville, Tenn., Richard Carter went 2 for 3 with a double and three RBI as Tennessee evened its SEC series with Florida in front of 2,838 fans at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Carter had a squeeze bunt in the bottom of the fifth to give the Volunteers (7-7, 21-14) a 5-4 advantage. The Gators (8-6, 27-8) loaded the bases in the top of the ninth with one away before a double play ended the threat and the game. Davis Morgan had two hits, including a double, and two runs for UT. Dalton Saberhagen (4-0, 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K) earned the win in relief, while Nick Blount (1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB) registered his ninth save. Brian Johnson (3 for 5, 2 RBI) had a double and a homer, while Preston Tucker doubled twice and drove in one for Florida.


Southeast Missouri 9, Morehead State 4

In Morehead, Ky., Kenton Parmley singled up the middle in the seventh inning to extend his hitting streak to 43 games to break the OVC record – and finished 2 for 4 with an eighth-inning grand slam – as Southeast Missouri knocked off Morehead State. Teammate Trenton Moses has reached base in 56 straight games for the Redhawks (3-8, 11-25).


No. 2 Kentucky 5-2, No. 9 Arkansas 4-1

In Fayetteville, Ark., Cameron Flynn had a two-run homer in the top of the fourth of the nightcap as Kentucky swept a doubleheader from Arkansas to win the SEC series at Baum Stadium. Corey Littrell (6-0, 6.1 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K) notched the victory, while Trevor Gott (1.1 IP, 2 K) secured his eighth save for the Wildcats (11-4, 32-5). D.J. Baxendale (6-2, 8 IP, 6 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) suffered the loss. Dominic Ficociello went 3 for 4 with one run for the Razorbacks (8-7, 25-10). In the opener, Thomas McCarthy went 2 for 5 with two runs and one RBI for UK. The Wildcats scored three in the top of the first, only to see Arkansas answer with two in the first and two in the second. Kentucky put up two in the top of the fourth to complete the scoring. Chandler Shepherd (3-0, 3.2 IP, 1 H) got the win in relief, while Tim Peterson (2 IP) notched his first save.


No. 1 Florida State 6, Boston College 3

In Chestnut Hill, Mass., Jayce Boyd drove in two runs as Florida State clinched an ACC series victory over Boston College. Boyd (3 for 5) helped the Seminoles (16-1, 29-6) jump out to an early 2-0 lead when he delivered a double in the top of the first. FSU's Devon Travis (2 for 5, RBI, R) and Sherman Johnson (2 for 3, 2 2B, 2 BB, R) also had solid days offensively. Marc Perdios had three of the Eagles' (4-13, 13-22) seven hits. Hunter Scantling came on in relief to pick up the victory (4-0, 4.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 K).


No. 5 LSU 7, Alabama 1

In Baton Rouge, La., Ryan Eades gave up one run over 7.1 innings as LSU upended Alabama. Eades (5-1) allowed two hits and four walks with five strikeouts. The Tigers (10-4, 29-7) took the series win over the Crimson Tide (4-10, 13-22) and have now won 12 times in the last 13 games. Justin Kamplain (1-3) took the loss after giving up three runs on seven hits over seven innings. Ty Ross led LSU offensively after going 2 for 4 with a triple and three RBI. Raph Rhymes went 3 for 4 with a double, two runs and one RBI for the Tigers.


No. 17 Oregon 5, No. 6 Stanford 0

In Stanford, Calif., Jake Reed and Jeff Gold combined on the three-hit shutout as Oregon secured a Pac-12 series victory over Stanford in front of a crowd of 2,115 at Sunken Diamond. Reed (4-2) allowed two hits and two walks in seven innings with two strikeouts. Gold surrendered one hit and fanned three to secure the shutout. The Ducks (10-4, 24-9) scored two in the third and Ryon Healy (3 for 4, 2 R) belted a three-run homer in the fourth to complete the scoring. Aaron Payne went 3 for 5 with a double and two runs for Oregon. Eric Smith, Lonnie Kauppila and Jake Stewart all went 1 for 3 for the Cardinal (3-7, 21-9). Brett Mooneyham (5-3, 4 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 BB) fanned eight in four innings in taking the loss for Stanford.


Virginia Tech 5, No. 7 Miami (Fla.) 4

In Blacksburg, Va., Alex Perez drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth as Virginia Tech came from behind to earn a walk-off victory and even the series against visiting ACC rival Miami. Trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the eighth, the Hokies (6-11, 24-13) responded as Ronnie Shaban (1 for 3, 2 RBI) drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. Then, in the bottom of the ninth, Chad Pinder (1 for 4) doubled and Brendon Hayden (2 for 4) singled before Adam Sargent (0-2, 0.1 IP 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB) surrendered back-to-back walks to suffer the loss. Stephen Perez and Chantz Mack both had two hits for the Hurricanes (12-5, 25-10).


No. 14 UCLA 15, No. 8 Arizona 3

In Tucson, Ariz., Beau Amaral went 4 for 6 with two triples, four runs and four RBI as UCLA pounded Arizona at Hi Corbett Field. Nick Vander Tuig (4-2) picked up the win after he went 5.2 innings and gave up only three runs on eights hits. The Bruins (9-5, 23-8) banged out 20 hits compared to 10 hits for the Wildcats (10-4, 24-10). Konner Wade (4-1) took the loss for Arizona after he gave up five earned runs on 10 hits over three innings. Amaral, Tyler Heineman, and Cody Keefer led the way for the Bruins as UCLA’s 1 through 3 hitters combined to go 11 for 16 with seven runs and five RBI.


No. 10 North Carolina 6, Virginia 2

In Charlottesville, Va., Chaz Frank had two hits and two RBI as North Carolina secured an ACC series win over Virginia in front of 5,074 fans at Davenport Field. After the Cavaliers (9-8, 23-12-1) scored a run in the first, the Tar Heels (11-6, 26-9) put up two in the second and two in the third for a 5-1 lead. Adam Griffin went 2 for 3 with a triple, one run and one RBI for UNC. R.C. Orlan (7-0, 2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K) was given the win in relief. Stephen Bruno went 3 for 5 with a double and one RBI for UVa.


No. 12 South Carolina 5, Mississippi State 3

In Columbia, S.C., Tanner English went 3 for 4 with a triple, two runs and one RBI as South Carolina clinched a SEC series win over Mississippi State in front of 8,242 fans at Carolina Stadium. The Gamecocks (7-7, 26-10) scored two in the third, one in the fifth and two in the sixth to take a 5-0 advantage. L.B. Dantzler went 2 for 3 with two RBI for South Carolina. Jordan Montgomery (3-0, 6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K) picked up the win, while Matt Price (2 IP, 2 H, 2 K) earned his third save. Trey Porter (2 for 3) homered in a three-run seventh for the Bulldogs (5-9, 21-14).


No. 13 Rice 5, Marshall 1

In Charleston, W. Va., Austin Kubitza threw 6.2 scoreless innings as Rice clinched a Conference USA series victory over Marshall. Kubitza (4-3) allowed four hits, walked four and struck out six in picking up the victory as the Owls (8-3, 26-11) struck for all five of their runs in the top of the fifth. J.T. Chargois (3 for 5, R) and Shane Hoelscher (2 for 5, RBI) led the way for Rice offensively. The Thundering Herd (1-7, 13-21) committed six errors, but Alfredo Brito and Thor Meeks both were 2 for 4.


UC Irvine 4-2, No. 15 Cal State Fullerton 1-13

In Irvine, Calif., in the make-up of Friday’s rainout, Andrew Thurman (3-2) allowed one hitter over a career-high eight innings for UC Irvine in beating Cal State Fullerton at Cicerone Field at Anteater Ballpark. The Anteaters (4-4, 18-13) tallied eight hits over one hit for the Titans (6-2, 22-12). Dylan Floro (5-3) took the loss for Fullerton after he gave up two earned runs over six innings. Kris Paulino led UCI after going 2 for 4 with an RBI. In the nightcap, Kenny Mathews (4-0) picked up the win for Fullerton after he gave up two runs over seven innings while striking out seven against UCI. The Titans cranked out 18 hits in their lopsided win. Crosby Slaught (3-3) took the loss after a going only 1.2 innings while giving up five runs. Matt Chapman went 3 for 5 with three RBI, while Clay Williamson (2 for 6, 3B, 2R) and Michael Lorenzen (2 for 5, 2B, 1R) also drove in three for the Titans.


No. 16 UCF 11, Southern Miss 6

In Hattiesburg, Miss., Travis Shreve drove in four runs as UCF outslugged Southern Miss to even up the Conference USA series at one game apiece. Shreve (2 for 5) had an RBI single in the top of the second as the Knights (7-3, 28-8) jumped out to an early 3-0 lead. The Golden Eagles (4-3, 20-13) scored three of their own to even it up in the bottom of the third. UCF added one run in the fifth, two in the sixth, and one in the eighth to take a 7-3 lead, but Southern Miss cut into the deficit when Mason Robbins (1 for 2) drove in two runs with a single and Connor Barron scored on wild pitch. The Knights responded in the top half of the ninth when Shreve drove in a pair with a single and D.J. Hicks (2 for 3, 3 RBI, R) contributed with a sacrifice fly. Isaac Rodriguez had four hits to lead Southern Miss.


No. 19 Ole Miss 8, Georgia 3

In Athens, Ga., Tanner Mathis went 4 for 6 with two RBI as Ole Miss salvaged the finale of its SEC series at Georgia. The Rebels (7-8, 24-12) scored two in the first and three in the fourth to take a 5-1 lead. Will Allen had two hits, including a triple, and two RBI for Ole Miss. Chris Ellis (3-0, 0.2 IP, 1 H) took the victory. Brett DeLoach went 3 for 5 with a double, two runs and one RBI for the Bulldogs (7-8, 22-14).


No. 20 San Diego 4-2, La Salle 1-0

In San Diego, Calvin Drummond got the win in the opener as San Diego swept a doubleheader against La Salle. Drummond (7-2) went 6.2 innings and gave only one run. The Toreros (28-8) took the lead early and never lost it after they pushed across a run in the first. Eric Van Wyk (3-4) took the loss for the Explorers (16-18) after he gave up four runs on seven hits over 6.1 innings. Kris Bryant went 2 for 3 with two RBI and a solo home run for USD. In the nightcap, Dylan Covey (5-2) picked up the win for the Toreros after giving up zero runs on five hits in seven innings with seven strikeouts. USD set a program record for best start through 36 games. Ryan Donahue (1-1) took the loss after giving up zero earned runs on four hits over 6.1 innings with six walks. Andrew Daniel led the way for the Toreros after going 1 for 2 with a run and two walks. Brendan Norton and Joe Bennie both had two hits for La Salle.


San Jose State 4-4, Fresno State 0-3

In Fresno, Calif., San Jose State swept a WAC doubleheader from Fresno State, giving head coach Sam Piraro his 800th career victory. He is the 28th active Division I head coach to reach the milestone and the third this season, following Roger Cador at Southern and Elliot Avent at NC State. Three pitchers combined on the Game 1 shutout for the Spartans (2-0, 16-14). Johnny Melero (2-4) allowed five hits and a walk in five innings with three strikeouts. Jason Kafka worked one hitless inning before Kalei Contrades needed just 15 pitches to retire the final nine hitters for his first save. SJSU scored one in the first, two in the fifth and one in the sixth. Nick Schulz went 2 for 3 with two walks and two runs. Patrick Hutcheson had two hits for the Bulldogs (1-4, 15-18). In the nightcap, the Spartans scored four in the second and made it stand up. Tyler Christian had a double, one run and one RBI for SJSU. Patrick Hutcheson went 2 for 4 with a homer and two runs for FSU. Esteban Guzman (1-0, 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R) earned the victory, while Zack Jones fanned three over the final 1.2 innings for his sixth save. Thomas Harlan (4-5, 9 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 3 K) went the distance in a losing effort for the Bulldogs.


Norfolk State 11-4, Maryland-Eastern Shore 10-11 (Game 1 – 10 innings)

In Princess Anne, Md., Tre-Von Johnson went 9 for 10 as Maryland-Eastern Shore split a MEAC doubleheader with Norfolk State. Johnson was 6 for 6 in the opener with two doubles, three runs and one RBI for the Hawks (8-6, 9-26). He had a leadoff single in the bottom of the ninth to spark a three-run rally to tie the game at 10 before the Spartans (6-7, 10-20) scored one in the 10th to claim the victory. Jeffrey Fleetwood was 4 for 5 with a triple, three runs and three RBI for UMES. Mikey Bruno had two hits and three RBI, while Ross Cardwell added three hits and three runs for NSU. Johnson went 3 for 4 in the nightcap with a double, two runs and one RBI, while Brandon Schott had three hits, including a homer, and three RBI for the Hawks. Jacob Foreman (4-4) went the distance for UMES, tossing six scoreless innings before surrendering four runs (one earned) in the seventh and final inning. He walked four and fanned six.


Oregon State 12, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 2

In Corvallis, Ore., Jace Fry tossed a three-hitter as Oregon State run-ruled Arkansas-Pine Bluff to give head coach Pat Casey his 600th win at OSU. Casey is the 15th Pac-12 coach to reach the milestone and is 13 away from tying Jack Riley for the program mark. Fry (3-2) allowed two unearned runs, did not walk a batter and struck out two. Michael Conforto drove in three, while Ryan Dunn (2 for 3, 3 R, 2 RBI) and Joey Matthews (2 for 3, 2 R, 2 RBI) both homered for the Beavers (21-11). Wilton Guzman and James Boulware both had one hit and one run for the Golden Lions (6-27-1).


NC State 3, Clemson 1

In Clemson, S.C., Carlos Rodon allowed one run in eight innings as NC State evened its ACC series with Clemson. Rodon (6-0) gave up three hits and four walks while striking out eight. Chris Overman got the final two outs for his third save. Trea Turner doubled and drove in two for the Wolfpack (10-7, 23-10). Andrew Ciencin had two hits and one run for NC State. Joe Costigan went 2 for 2 for the Tigers (9-8, 20-16).


Louisville 12, Seton Hall 7

In Louisville, Ky., Jeff Gardner went 4 for 4 with two doubles, a homer, three runs and three RBI as Louisville evened its Big East series with Seton Hall. The Cardinals (8-3, 25-10) scored five in the first and five in the sixth. Ty Young also drove in three for Louisville. Jeff Thompson (7-1, 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) earned the victory. Zack Granite went 3 for 5 with three runs and one RBI, while Giuseppe Papaccio had three hits and two RBI for the Pirates (6-5, 18-16).


Texas 5-3, Oklahoma State 0-2

In Austin, Texas, Mark Payton’s eighth-inning homer broke a 2-2 tie and gave Texas a doubleheader sweep of Oklahoma State in the Big 12. In the first game, Parker French tossed eight shutout innings to lead the Longhorns (9-3, 20-13) to the win. Dillon Peters (3-0) was one of three relievers who combined to throw five shutout innings with six strikeouts in the nightcap. Vince Wheeland had a complete-game loss, with five hits and two strikeouts, for the Cowboys (5-7, 18-16). Payton also played a role in the opener, delivering a two-run single in a three-run frame that extended Texas’ lead to 5-0. Hoby Milner closed both games, picking up a save in Game 2.


Arizona State 4, USC 0

In Tempe, Ariz., Trevor Williams tossed a four-hit shutout as Arizona State clinched a Pac-12 series win over USC in front of 2,680 fans at Packard Stadium. Williams (7-2) did not walk a batter and struck out six. The Sun Devils (8-6, 22-13) scored one in the bottom of the first and added two in the seventh and one in the eighth. Abe Ruiz went 3 for 4 with a double and a run for ASU. James Roberts and Dante Flores both reached twice for the Trojans (5-8, 19-13) with a single and being hit by a pitch.


UNC Wilmington 2, Hofstra 1

In Wilmington, N.C., Michael Bass singled in Jake Koenig with the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth as UNC Wilmington slipped past Hofstra in the CAA. The first-place Seahawks (12-2, 20-15) have captured each of their five league series. Ricky Holden (2-0) tossed two innings in relief of Mat Batts (7 IP, 8 H, 6 K, 1 R) for the win. Matt Ford had three hits, and John Tiedemann (8 IP, 4 H, 8 K, 1 R) posted a solid start for the Pride (9-5, 18-15).


(photo courtesy of Texas A&M Media Relations Office)