April 15, 2012

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Johnson uses arm, bat to help Florida win at Tennessee

Boston College blitzes Florida State, Kansas edges Texas A&M


In Knoxville, Tenn., Brian Johnson pitched six scoreless innings and ripped a three-run double in the first as fourth-ranked Florida won the rubber game of its SEC series with Tennessee by a score of 8-1 Sunday in front of 3,322 fans at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Johnson (5-1) allowed six hits and one walk while striking out four. The Gators (9-6, 28-8) scored in each of the first four innings, including four in the first. Vickash Ramjit went 2 for 4 with a homer and two runs, while Nolan Fontana and Preston Tucker both had two hits and a run for Florida. Drew Steckenrider went 2 for 3 with a walk for the Volunteers (7-8, 21-15).


Boston College 17, No. 1 Florida State 6

In Chestnut Hill, Mass., Tom Bourdon had four hits and Boston College put up eight runs in the bottom of the eighth to blow away Florida State and salvage a victory in the ACC series. The Eagles (5-13, 14-22) outhit the Seminoles (16-2, 29-7) 19 to 11. Bourdon had two doubles, scored four and also knocked in three, while Anthony Melchionda (3 for 4, 2B, 4 R, 2 RBI) also had a strong day at the plate. Kyle Prohovich (1-1, 3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, BB, 3 K) picked up his first win, coming out of the bullpen to provide solid relief work after Boston College starting pitcher Taylor Lasko only lasted an inning and a third. Jayce Boyd and Josh Delph both had two hits for the Seminoles.


Kansas 5, No. 3 Texas A&M 3

In Lawrence, Kan., Thomas Taylor gave up one run in seven innings as Kansas avoided the Big 12 sweep at the hands of Texas A&M. Taylor (4-4) allowed four hits and three walks while fanning four. James Stanfield went 3 for 5 with a double, one run and one RBI, while Jordan Dreiling had two hits, including a double, and two runs for the Jayhawks (3-9, 13-23). Matt Juengel went 2 for 3 with one RBI for the Aggies (9-3, 28-8).


No. 5 LSU 5, Alabama 1

In Baton Rouge, La., Aaron Nola led LSU to a victory over Alabama. Nola (5-1) allowed just one run on three hits in five innings at Alex Box Stadium. The Tigers (11-4, 30-7) have now won 13 times in their last 14 games after the series sweep over the Crimson Tide (4-11, 13-23). Alabama starter Jon Keller (1-3) took the loss after he gave up four runs on six hits in five innings. Arby Fields led the way for all LSU starters after his 3-for-4 day with two RBI.


No. 6 Stanford 4, No. 17 Oregon 2

In Stanford, Calif., A.J. Vanegas and David Schmidt combined to hold Oregon to a pair of runs as Stanford salvaged the finale of the Pac-12 series. Vanegas (2-0, 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) registered the win, while Schmidt (3.1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB) earned his third save. Brett Michael Doran drove in the first two runs in the second for the Cardinal (5-7, 22-9) with a base hit and scored the final two runs, one in the fifth and one in the seventh. Tyler Gaffney went 3 for 4 with one RBI for Stanford. Head coach Mark Marquess picked up his 1,444th career victory, tying him with Chuck Hartman for No. 5 all-time among Division I coaches. J.J. Altobelli went 2 for 5 with one RBI for the Ducks (10-5, 24-10).


Virginia Tech 3, No. 7 Miami 2

In Blacksburg, Va., Mark Zagunis' walk-off single helped Virginia Tech secure an ACC series victory over Miami. Zagunis' only hit of the day capped off a two-run rally in the bottom of the ninth and gave the Hokies (7-11, 25-13) back-to-back walk-off victories. With Virginia Tech leading 1-0 after eight innings, the Hurricanes (12-6, 25-11) scored two runs to take the lead when Chantz Mack (2 for 4) singled home Brad Fieger and Michael Broad. The Hokies responded immediately as Alex Perez singled, Gabe Ortiz was hit by a pitch, Johnny Morales singled, and Tyler Horan was hit by a pitch before Zagunis provided the winning hit. E.J. Encinosa (2-2, 0.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER) caught the loss. Virginia Tech's Andrew Aizenstadt (8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) and Miami's Steven Ewing (8 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) both pitched well but had no-decisions.


No. 14 UCLA 6, No. 8 Arizona 2

In Tucson, Ariz., Beau Amaral went 2 for 5 with a double and two RBI to lead UCLA to a series victory over conference leader Arizona. The Bruins (10-5, 24-8) put themselves in a three-way tie for first place in the Pac-12 with the Wildcats (10-5, 24-11) and Oregon after the series win. UCLA starter Zach Weiss (2-1) picked up the win after limiting Arizona to two runs on five hits in six innings. Jeff Gelalich had three hits, including a double, one run and one RBI for the Bruins. James Farris (4-2) took the loss after giving up three runs on six hits over 4.2 innings. Seth Mejias-Brean went 3 for 4 with a double and a run for the Wildcats.


No. 10 North Carolina 5, Virginia 3

In Charlottesville, Va., Brian Holberton had a two-run single to spark a four-run second as North Carolina completed a sweep of its ACC series at Virginia, its first sweep in Charlottesville since 1994. Adam Griffin went 2 for 3 with one run and one RBI for the Tar Heels (12-6, 27-9). Benton Moss (3-2, 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 9 K) earned the victory, while Michael Morin (1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB) recorded his 10th save. Stephen Bruno homered and drove in two, while Brandon Downes was 3 for 3 off the bench with a double and two runs for the Cavaliers (9-9, 23-13-1).


No. 11 Baylor 14-12, Kansas State 12-11 (Game 2 – 11 innings)

In Manhattan Kan., Michael Howard homered in the top of the 11th in the nightcap to give Baylor a doubleheader and Big 12 series sweep at Kansas State, extending its win streak to 19, one away from the school record. Josh Ludy went 5 for 6 with three home runs and seven RBI for the Bears (15-0, 30-7). Blair DeBord went 3 for 6 with two doubles, two runs and three RBI for the Wildcats (3-9, 17-18). Head coach Steve Smith earned his 649th career victory, tying him with Mickey Sullivan for the program’s most career wins. In the first game, the completion of Saturday’s suspended contest, Baylor scored five in the sixth and seventh to erase a 10-4 deficit. Jake Miller homered and drove in three, while Nathan Orf went 2 for 5 with a homer, two runs and three RBI for the Bears. Ludy homered and drove in two. Mike Kindel knocked in three for KSU.


No. 12 South Carolina 6, Mississippi State 4

In Columbia, S.C., Evan Marzilli went 3 for 4 with a triple and two runs as South Carolina swept Mississippi State in their SEC series in front of a crowd of 7,011 at Carolina Stadium. The Gamecocks (8-7, 27-10) scored one in the third, three in the fifth and two in the eighth. Joey Pankake had two hits and two RBI for the home team. Colby Holmes (5-0, 8.1 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 K) earned the win, while Tyler Webb recorded the final two outs for his second save. Mitch Slauter was 2 for 4 with one run and one RBI for the Bulldogs (5-10, 21-15).


No. 13 Rice 3, Marshall 1

In Charleston, W. Va., starting pitcher Andrew Benak struck out nine and helped Rice completed a Conference USA sweep of Marshall. Benak (5-1) only allowed four hits and did not walk any opposing hitters in his 6.1 innings. The Owls (9-3, 27-11) were buoyed offensively by Jeremy Rathjen and Chase McDowell. McDowell was 3 for 4 with a double, while Rathjen was 2 for 4 and hit a solo home run in the top of the sixth. Sergio Leon and Isaac Ballou both had two hits for the Thundering Herd (1-8, 13-22).


No. 15 Cal State Fullerton 5, UC Irvine 3

In Irvine, Calif., J.D. Davis’ two-run home run in the sixth pushed Cal State Fullerton to a Big West series victory over UC Irvine. The home run broke a 2-2 tie and ended up giving the Titans (7-2, 23-12) the victory over the Anteaters (4-5, 18-14). Grahamm Wiest (3-3) picked up the win after giving up only two earned runs on three hits over 5.1 innings. Phillip Ferragamo (3-4) was saddled with the loss after surrendering two earned runs in 4.2 innings of relief. Matt Chapman went 2 for 4 with two RBI for Fullerton.


No. 16 UCF 12, Southern Miss 3

In Hattiesburg, Miss., Ryan Breen drove in four runs as UCF cruised to victory in the rubber match against Conference USA foe Southern Miss. Breen (2 for 5, R) hit a two-run triple in the top of the fourth that put the Knights (8-3, 29-8) ahead 3-0. Chris Taladay (2 for 3, 2 R) and D.J. Hicks (1 for 4, 3 R) both had 2 RBI and also helped Breen lead UCF's potent offense to a 13-hit day. Isaac Rodriguez had two hits and an RBI for the Golden Eagles (4-4, 20-14). UCF's Ray Hanson (6.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) picked up his third victory of the year.


No. 18 Purdue 4-5, Illinois 1-3

In West Lafayette, Ind., starting pitchers Lance Breedlove and Connor Polkul combined to allow one earned run in 14 innings as Purdue pulled off a doubleheader and Big Ten series sweep of Illinois. Head coach Doug Schreiber recorded his 408th career win in the nightcap to become the program’s leader in career victories. Breedlove (6-2) allowed five hits in 7.2 scoreless innings in the opener with two walks and seven strikeouts. Nick Wittgren (1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 K) registered his seventh save. Stephen Talbott went 2 for 4 with two steals for the Boilermakers (10-2, 28-5). Jordan Parr had two hits and a run for the Illini (3-6, 18-16). In the nightcap, Purdue scored twice in the bottom of the eighth to snap a 3-3 tie. Eric Charles went 2 for 4 with a double and two runs for the Boilermakers. Blake Mascarello (6-1, 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 UE, 1 BB, 1 K) got the win in relief of Podkul (6.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 K). Justin Parr homered for Illinois.


No. 20 San Diego 5, La Salle 3

In San Diego, Dillon Haupt went 1 for 3 with two RBI as San Diego finished the weekend strong with a victory over La Salle for the series sweep. With the win over the Explorers (16-19), Rich Hill of the Toreros (29-8) picked up his 803rd career win. Jack Shannon (1-0) earned the win after throwing a scoreless 1.2 innings in relief. La Salle starter Kevin Christy (1-2) took the loss after giving up three earned runs on five hits over six innings. Michael Wagner picked up his 18th save, which ties the WCC single-season record. Jeff Flax went 3 for 4 with a run and two RBI for La Salle.


Morehead State 16, Southeast Missouri 14

In Morehead, Ky., Taylor Pickens went 1 for 3 with a double, three runs and four RBI to lead Morehead State past Southeast Missouri in OVC action. The Eagles (7-5, 21-15) erased a 6-0 deficit with six in the fourth and wiped out a 12-11 deficit with a five-run eighth. Andrew Deeds went 2 for 4 with a double and three RBI for Morehead State. Trenton Moses went 5 for 5 with a double, two homers, four runs and five RBI, while Kenton Parmley (3 for 6, 3 R) tripled in the first to extend his hit streak to 44 for the Redhawks (3-9, 11-26).


Kent State 31, Bowling Green 20

In Bowling Green, Ohio, Kent State scored 10 in the top of the first and avoided the MAC series sweep at Bowling Green. Jason Bagoly went 4 for 4 with two doubles, a homer, four runs and seven RBI, while T.J. Sutton (3 for 6, 2B, HR, 5 R) and Sawyer Polen (2 for 3, 2 HR, 2 BB, 4 R) both drove in six for the Golden Flashes (10-2, 20-15). John Birkbeck (2-0, 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 K) earned the win in relief. T.J. Losby went 3 for 3 with a double, a homer, three runs and five RBI for the Falcons (4-8, 14-21). The score was higher than when the teams met in football this past fall, as Kent State prevailed 27-15 on Oct. 29.


Seton Hall 9, Louisville 4

In Louisville, Ky., Will Walsh went 3 for 5 with two doubles and three RBI as Seton Hall won its Big East series with Louisville. The Pirates (7-5, 19-16) scored three in the fourth, sixth and eighth. Mike Genovese went 4 for 5 with two RBI for Seton Hall. Ryan Harvey (3-3, 6 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 5 K) earned the win in relief. Cole Sturgeon went 2 for 4 with a double and two RBI, while Zak Wasserman was 3 for 4 for the Cardinals (8-4, 25-11).


Arizona State 8, USC 1

In Tempe, Ariz., Rouric Bridgewater went 2 for 3 with a homer and four RBI as Arizona State completed a Pac-12 sweep of USC. James McDonald (3 for 4, 3 R) and Abe Ruiz also went deep for the Sun Devils (9-6, 23-13). Darin Gillies (1-3, 5 IP, 3 H, 1 UE, 1 BB, 2 K) picked up the win. Dante Flores went 2 for 4 for the Trojans (5-9, 19-14).