May 2, 2012

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Benincasa records 12th save as Florida State blanks JU

South Carolina nips Davidson, Rice rallies past Texas Southern in 11


In Jacksonville, Fla., six pitchers combined on the four-hit shutout as top-ranked Florida State blanked Jacksonville 3-0 Wednesday in front of 1,207 fans at John Sessions Stadium. Bryan Holtmann (2-0, 2 IP, 2 K) earned the win in relief, while Robert Benincasa (right) allowed one hit in the ninth with one strikeout for his 12th save. The Seminoles (37-7) scored one in the sixth and two in the top of the ninth. James Ramsey went 2 for 4 with a double, while Sherman Johnson had two hits and one run for FSU. Chris Anderson and Ethan Loosen both doubled for the Dolphins (14-32).


No. 3 South Carolina 2, Davidson 1

In Columbia, S.C., Tanner English went 2 for 3 with one run as South Carolina nipped Davidson in front of 7,177 fans at Carolina Stadium. James Cerbie doubled and scored in the second as the Wildcats (16-26) took the early lead. Tanner English (2 for 3, BB) singled and scored the tying run in the third on a sacrifice fly by Evan Marzilli (1 for 2). Kyle Martin had a run-scoring double an inning later to give the lead to the Gamecocks (34-11). Forrest Koumas (2-2, 1 IP, 1 K) got the win in relief, while Matt Price (1.1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K) recorded his sixth save. Forrest Brandt had two hits for Davidson.


No. 7 Rice 6, Texas Southern 5 (11)

In Houston, Michael Ratterree drove in three and scored the game-winner as Rice rallied from a 5-0 deficit to edge Texas Southern in 11 innings in front of 5,250 fans at Reckling Park. Chris DeLeon had a two-run double to cap a five-run first as the Tigers (23-24) took the early lead. Ratterree (2 for 3, 2 R) homered in the bottom of the fifth to put the Owls (31-12) on the scoreboard. Ratterree drew a bases-loaded walk and Lewis had a two-run single in the sixth as Rice pulled to within one. Ratterree had a RBI single in the eighth to even the score at 5. Ratterree drew a leadoff walk and scored on an error in the bottom of the 11th to give the Owls the victory. John Simms (3-0), the sixth Rice hurler, pitched a 1-2-3 top of the 11th to pick up the victory. Cameron Logan went 2 for 6 with one run and one RBI for TSU.


No. 10 Oregon 8, Gonzaga 7

In Spokane, Wash., Oregon scored multiple runs in three of the first five innings and held on for its second straight one-run win at Gonzaga. Shaun Chase had a two-run double in the top of the fifth to give an 8-6 lead. Closer Jimmie Sherfy walked two and hit a pair in the bottom of the ninth as the Bulldogs (27-16) pulled to within one, but Sherfy forced Travis Forbes to foul out to first to leave the bases loaded for his 12th save. David Wylie (1-0, 4 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 K) picked up the win. Kyle Garlick went 3 for 5 with a double, two runs and one RBI for the Ducks (32-13). Royce Bolinger went 3 for 3 with two doubles, two walks, three runs and one RBI for Gonzaga.


No. 12 North Carolina 2, Winthrop 0

In Chapel Hill, N.C., Hobbs Johnson and five relievers combined to blank Winthrop at Boshamer Stadium. Johnson (3-1) allowed two hits and struck out six in four innings. Michael Morin worked the final 1.1 innings to record his 11th save. Colin Moran went 2 for 4 and drove in both runs for the Tar Heels (31-13). Moran had a run-scoring single in the first and added a home run in the sixth. Justin Hopper, T.J. Olesczuk, Chas Crane and Patrick McLendon each had a hit for the Eagles (13-30).


No. 16 Arkansas 2, Missouri 0

In Fayetteville, Ark., Trent Daniel and three relievers combined on the four-hit shutout as Arkansas completed a two-game sweep of Missouri in front of 3,047 fans at Baum Stadium. Daniel allowed two hits in five innings with one walk and four strikeouts, departing with the game still scoreless. Matt Reynolds had a pinch-hit two-run double in the sixth to give the Razorbacks (33-13) the lead. Michael Gunn (1-0, 1.2 Ip, 2 BB, 1 K) picked up the win, while Colby Suggs (1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 K) held the lead before Barrett Astin (1 IP, 1 H) notched his eighth save. Jacob Mahan went 2 for 3 for Arkansas. Andreas Plackis, Conner Mach, Jake Ivory and Dillon Everett each had a hit for the Tigers (23-21).


No. 17 UCF 5, Stetson 4 (13)

In DeLand, Fla., Ronnie Richardson belted a solo homer in the top of the 13th as UCF outlasted Stetson in front of 1,084 fans at Melching Field. Travis Shreve (2 for 5) had a leadoff double and scored on a sacrifice fly by Darnell Sweeney (2 for 5) in the top of the 10th for the Knights (36-10), only to see the Hatters (29-15) tie it in the bottom of the frame. James Vasquez went 2 for 3 with one RBI for UCF. Bryan Brown (2-0) pitched three scoreless innings with one hit and two strikeouts to earn the victory. Robert Crews had two hits and two RBI for Stetson.


Elon 3, Wake Forest 2

In Elon, N.C., Joey Tomko had a two-run homer in the second to help Elon edge Wake Forest at Latham Park. Tomko went 2 for 2 with a walk for the Phoenix (27-21). Casey Jones added a sacrifice fly in the fourth as Elon took a 3-0 advantage. The Demon Deacons (27-20) tallied single runs in the sixth and eighth. Evan Stephens went 2 for 3 and scored both runs for WFU. David Whitehead (3-3, 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K) registered the win, while Nate Young got the final two outs for his seventh save. It was just the second midweek loss for the Demon Deacons.


Valparaiso 7, Notre Dame 4

In Notre Dame, Ind., Valparaiso scored four in the fourth and three in the seventh to down Notre Dame at Frank Eck Stadium to extend its win streak to eight. Elliott Martin went 1 for 4 with one run and one RBI, while Andrew Bain, Tanner Vavra and Spencer Mahoney each had two hits, one run and one RBI for the Crusaders (23-20). Will Robinson (3-2, 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 1 K) earned the victory. Kevin DeFilippis (R, RBI) and Joe Hudson both had three hits, while Eric Jagielo drove in a pair for the Irish (23-21). It was the first win for Valpo over the Irish since 2001, when Notre Dame was ranked No. 1.


Northern Illinois 11, UIC 9

In Chicago, Jeff Zimmerman homered twice and knocked in six as Northern Illinois outscored UIC. Zimmerman (3 for 4) had a three-run homer in the top of the first to give the Huskies (14-31) the early lead. His two-run blast in the seventh gave NIU a 9-6 advantage before the Flames (16-26) tallied three in the bottom of the frame to knot the score at 9. Troy White (3 for 4, 3 R, 3 RBI) and Alex Klonowski (2 for 5) had run-scoring singles in the top of the ninth as the Huskies reclaimed the lead. Kyle Glancy walked one and struck out one in the bottom of the ninth for his 11th save, giving the win to Klonowski (3-0, 1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K). Jacob McNamara went 2 for 2 with two RBI for UIC.


Massachusetts 7, Northeastern 6

In Amherst, Mass., Adam Picard drove in a pair as Massachusetts edged Northeastern for the program’s 1,500th victory. Kyle Adie and Anthony Serino both went 1 for 2 with a walk and two runs for the Minutemen (17-16). Tim Stoops (1-1, 3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K) picked up the historic win in relief, while Leif Sorenson got the final four outs for his seventh save. Matt Miller went 3 for 4 with two RBI for the Huskies (17-23).


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