May 5, 2012

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Stripling strikes out 13 for Texas A&M vs. Texas Tech

UCLA takes two from Purdue, Arkansas edges South Carolina, UK nips UF


In College Station, Texas, Ross Stripling (left) struck out 13 in eight innings as No. 9 Texas A&M clinched a Big 12 series win with a 7-2 decision over Texas Tech Saturday in front of 4,775 at Blue Bell Park. Stripling (8-2) allowed four hits and two runs (one earned) with no walks. Jacob House went 3 for 4 with a pair of homers and three RBI, while Brandon Wood (2 for 2, 2 R) and Krey Bratsen (1 for 3, 2 R, 2 RBI) both went deep for the Aggies (34-13, 13-7). Jamodrick McGruder (2 for 4, R) and Bo Altobelli (2 for 3, R, RBI) both had doubles for the Red Raiders (5-15, 26-24).


No. 14 UCLA 5-3, No. 13 Purdue 1-2

In Los Angeles, Kevin Williams singled and scored the go-ahead run in the fifth in the nightcap as UCLA swept a doubleheader from Purdue in front of 1,374 fans at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Boilermakers (34-9) scored in the second and third to take a 2-0 lead before the Bruins (31-12) answered with runs in the third, fourth and fifth. Jeff Gelalich had two hits and a run for UCLA. Nick Vander Tuig (5.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 5 K) got the win, while Scott Griggs fanned three and allowed one hit in the ninth for his 11th save. David Miller (3 for 4) homered for Purdue. In the opener, Adam Plutko (6-3, 8.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 7 K) was dominant on the mound for the Bruins. Cody Keefer drove in two, while Trevor Brown went deep for UCLA. Miller went 1 for 2 and scored the lone run for the Boilermakers.


No. 16 Arkansas 7, No. 3 South Carolina 6

In Fayetteville, Ark., Matt Reynolds had three hits and two RBI to key a 17-hit attack as Arkansas used six pitchers to hold off South Carolina and even their SEC series and end the Gamecocks’ 12-game league winning streak. Reynolds extended his streak of reaching base to 31 games and contributed a RBI single in the eighth that proved to be a key insurance run. Jacob Morris added two hits and two RBI, and Tim Carver and Derrick Bleeker each contributed three hits for the Razorbacks (12-11, 34-14). Tyler Wright (1-0) tossed 1.2 hitless innings, and Barrett Astin earned his ninth save, despite allowing a run and two hits in the top of the ninth as the Gamecocks (15-8, 35-12) threatened to steal a win for the second straight day. Christian Walker went 3 for 4 with his ninth homer and two RBI for South Carolina.


No. 5 Kentucky 2, No. 6 Florida 1

In Lexington, Ky., Corey Littrell took a shutout into the ninth and got a little help from Trevor Gott, who posted his school-record ninth save, as Kentucky salvaged the third game of its SEC series with Florida. Littrell (7-0) allowed a homer to Daniel Pigott but not much else the rest the day, scattering nine hits and striking out five. Luke Maile and Matt Reida drove in runs, and Austin Cousino and Michael Williams each had two hits and a run for the Wildcats (15-9, 37-11). Justin Shafer went 3 for 4 to lead four Gators (14-10, 35-13) with multiple hits.


No. 1 Florida State 10, Maryland 3
In Tallahassee, Fla., Devon Travis, James Ramsey, Sherman Johnson, and Justin Gonzalez all homered to power Florida State past Maryland in Game 1 of the ACC series. Travis (2 for 3, 2 R, BB) and Ramsey (2 for 3, 2 R, BB) hit back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the first as the Seminoles (20-2, 38-7) jumped out to an early 3-0 lead. In the third, Johnson (2 for 4, 2 RBI, R) homered and Stephen McGee (1 for 2, R, BB) drove in two with a single. Gonzalez (1 for 3, 3 RBI) added a two-run shot in the fifth and put FSU ahead 10-0. KJ Hackaday (1 for 4) helped the Terrapins (8-17, 29-21) cut in to the lead with an RBI single in the top of the ninth.

Ole Miss 7, No. 4 LSU 4

In Oxford, Miss., Zach Kirksey homered in a three-run fourth inning, and Auston Bousfield hit a two-run homer in the seventh as Ole Miss evened its SEC series with LSU. Tanner Mathis (3 for 5, R, 2 RBI) added and Andrew Mistone added RBI singles in the big fourth inning, answering LSU’s four-run top half and tying the game at 4. Tanner Bailey (2-1) worked two innings to post the win, and Brett Huber earned his eighth save for the Rebels (11-12, 31-17). JaCoby Jones had two hits, including a two-run single, to lead the Tigers (15-8, 37-11).


No. 7 Rice 4, Houston 3 (10)

In Houston, Jeremy Rathjen’s sacrifice fly scored Christian Stringer with the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th as Rice evened its Conference USA series with Houston. Jordan Lewis was brilliant for the Cougars (4-12-1, 16-27-1), taking a 2-0 lead into the eighth. But a pair of errors led to an unearned run in the eighth and another in the ninth as the Owls (12-5, 32-13) sent the game into extras – Michael Fuda’s safety squeeze scored Michael Ratterree with the tying run. Pinch-hitter Jake Runte singled in Jonathan Davis (2 for 4, 2 R), who had doubled to give the Cougars a 3-2 lead in the 10th. J.T. Chargois singled in Chase McDowell to tie the game again in the bottom of the 10th before Rathjen delivered the game-winner. Chargois (4-1) tossed the final 2.1 innings to post the win for Rice.


Oregon State 4, No. 8 Stanford 2

In Corvallis, Ore., Jace Fry threw a complete-game five-hitter as Oregon State edged Stanford. Fry (5-3) walked four and fanned two as the Beavers (10-10, 29-15) moved a game closer to catching the Cardinal (11-9, 29-13) in the Pac-12 standings. Dean McArdle (3-2) picked up the loss for Stanford after giving up one run on one hit in two innings. Joey Mathews led the Beavers after going 3 for 4 with a run, while Ryan Barnes added a home run. Alex Blandino drove in a pair, while Austin Wilson had two hits and a run for the Cardinal.


No. 11 Arizona 12, No. 10 Oregon 6

In Tucson, Ariz., Johnny Field led Arizona over Oregon with a 3-for-5 game with a homer and three RBI. The Wildcats (13-7, 30-14) picked up a game on the Ducks (15-8, 33-14) in the Pac-12 standings. Tyler Crawford recorded the win after giving up only two hits over 4.1 innings of scoreless relief. Jake Reed took the loss for the Ducks after giving up eight earned runs on 10 hits in 4.2 innings. Alex Mejia went 4 for 5 with one run and one RBI for Arizona. Ryan Hambright went 2 for 5 with two RBI, while Brett Thomas (2 for 5) homered for Oregon.


No. 12 North Carolina 6, Boston College 5
In Chapel Hill, N.C., Brian Holberton had two hits, including a go-ahead RBI double, as North Carolina edged Boston College in Game 2 of the ACC series. Both starting pitchers were bounced early and the Eagles (9-17, 20-28) had an early 3-1 advantage after two innings. Blake Butera (2 for 4, 2 RBI), Andrew Lawrence (2 for 4, 2 RBI, 2B) and John Hennessy (2 for 3, RBI) led the way for a BC offense that pounded out 13 hits. However, the Tar Heels (15-8, 33-13) managed to score three runs in the bottom of the fifth as RBI hits by Jacob Stallings and Parks Jordan tied the score at 5. Two innings later, Holberton’s (2 for 3) double drove in Tommy Coyle, and UNC never relinquished the lead.

No. 15 Cal State Fullerton 21, Pacific 4

In Stockton, Calif., Carlos Lopez had a big day Cal State Fullerton as he went 2 for 7 with six RBI in the Big West win over Pacific. The Titans (11-3, 29-14) had 21 hits and runs in the victory over the Tigers (1-13, 11-33) in Game 2 of the series. Lopez started the scoring with a two-run single in the top of the first and capped it with a grand slam in the ninth. Anthony Hutting drove in three, while Michael Lorenzen added three hits and three runs for Fullerton. Kenny Mathews (5-0) picked up the win for Fullerton after giving up three runs on three hits in seven innings. Travis Lumby (1-4) took the loss for Pacific after allowing three earned runs on five hits in two innings. Allen Riley (2 for 4) and Daniel Johnston both homered for Pacific.


No. 17 UCF 8, Presbyterian 1

In Orlando, Fla., D.J. Hicks went 3 for 4 with a double, two runs and three RBI as UCF won its series opener against Presbyterian in front of 1,204 fans at Jay Bergman Field. The Knights (37-10) scored three in the first and two in the second to take control. James Vasquez drove in two, while Alex Friedrich went 2 for 4 with a double, one run and one RBI for UCF. Ben Lively (8-1, 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 8 K) earned the victory. Andrew Williams went 1 for 4 with a triple and one run for the Blue Hose (19-26).


West Virginia 4-6, No. 19 Louisville 3-7

In Morgantown, W.Va., Ryan Seiz had a grand slam in a five-run first in the nightcap as Louisville split a Big East doubleheader with West Virginia. Zach Lucas had two doubles and scored twice, while Stewart Ijames drove in a pair for the Cardinals (13-7, 32-15). Jeff Thompson (9-1, 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) registered the win, while Cole Sturgeon (2.2 IP, 1 H, 2 K) notched his first save. Billy Fleming went 4 for 5 with two RBI for the Mountaineers (6-14, 18-28). In the opener, Flemming had a two-run double to cap a three-run ninth as WVU rallied past UL. Corey Walter (5-4, 9 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 5 K) went the distance for the Mountaineers. Justin Amlung struck out 10 in eight innings for the Cardinals with two hits, one run and one walk.


No. 20 San Diego 12, BYU 6

In Provo, Utah, A.J. Robinson went 5 for 6 with three doubles and three RBI to lead San Diego to a three-game WCC sweep of BYU at Larry H. Miller Field. Calvin Drummond (8-4) picked up the win after only giving up one run on four hits in 5.1 innings. The Toreros (13-5, 36-11) out-hit the Cougars (7-8, 18-21) 17 to 9. Andrew Daniel (2 for 4, R) and Louie Lechich (2 for 6) both drove in a pair for USD. Adam Miller (1-4) took the loss for BYU after giving up three earned runs on five hits in three innings. Dillon Robinson had a triple and drove in four for the Cougars.


Ivy Championship Series

Cornell 11-1, Dartmouth 3-7

In Ithaca, N.Y., Marshall Yanzick went 5 for 5 in the opener for Cornell and Kyle Hunter pitched 8.2 solid innings in the nightcap for Dartmouth as the teams split the first two games of the Ivy Championship series at Hoy Field. The teams will play the deciding game for the league title and the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on Sunday at 1 p.m. In Game 1, the Big Red (30-15-1) scored a run in the first and four in the second to take control. Yanzick had a double, two runs and three RBI, while Brenton Peters went 2 for 2 with a double, a homer, three walks and five runs for Cornell. Connor Kaufmann (7-2, 6.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 1 K) earned the win. Thomas Roulis drove in a pair for the Big Green (24-17). In the second game, Hunter (3-4) allowed six hits and one run with one walk and three strikeouts. Roulis again drove in two, while Ennis Coble went 3 for 4 with two runs for Dartmouth. Frank Hager had two hits, including a double, and one RBI for Cornell.


Hawaii 1, New Mexico State 0

In Honolulu, Garrett Champion had a RBI double in the fifth to plate the game’s lone run as Hawaii completed a three-game sweep of New Mexico State to take sole possession of first in the WAC in front of 4,581 fans at Les Murakami Stadium. Champion went 2 for 2 and was hit by a pitch. David Longville (2-2) pitched 2.2 hitless innings of relief to pick up the victory for the Rainbows (8-4, 28-18), while Brent Harrison recorded the final out of the game to record his eighth save. Michael Ormseth (7-1, 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K) suffered his first loss for the Aggies (7-5, 30-17).


Appalachian State 5, UNC Greensboro 4

In Boone, N.C., Daniel Kassouf hit a game-winning homer in the bottom of the ninth as Appalachian State defeated UNC Greensboro in Southern Conference action at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium. Kassouf has 16 home runs, tying the school record for dingers in a season. The Mountaineers (18-5, 34-10) scored one in the first and three in the sixth to take a 4-0 lead. The Spartans (6-17, 21-23) answered with one in the seventh and two in the eighth before tying it with a run in the top of the ninth. Tyler Zupcic had three hits, while Trey Holmes also went deep for ASU. Thomas Troelstrup went had three hits, while Cambric Moye was 3 for 5 with a homer and two RBI for UNCG.


Wright State 3, Valparaiso 2
In Fairborn, Ohio, Garrett Gray delivered a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift Wright State past Valparaiso a day after Valpo won a slugfest between the leaders of the Horizon League. Ryan Ashe hit a two-run homer for the Raiders (17-6, 32-15) in the bottom of the first, and after that, Crusaders starter Kevin Wild and Raiders starter Andrew Elliott were stingy. Valpo (16-7, 24-21) loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth but couldn't scratch as Jordan Marker (8-1) tossed the final two innings for the win. Will Hagel went 3 for 3 for the Crusaders in defeat.

St. John’s 6, USF 2
In Queens, N.Y., Sean Hagan threw seven innings and allowed only one unearned run as St. John’s evened the series with Big East foe USF. Hagan (6-2) scattered four hits, walked one, and struck out two in a winning effort. The Red Storm (15-5, 30-17) gave Hagan some early run support as RBI hits from Jeremy Baltz (3 for 4, 2 R, 2B) and Sean O’Hare (2 for 2, R) helped put St. John’s ahead 3-0 in the bottom of the first. Multi-hit days from Frank Schwindel (2 for 4) and Kyle Richardson (2 for 5) also helped St. John’s to add three more insurance runs in the sixth. Alex Mendez (2 for 5) and Kyle Copack (1 for 4, R, 2B) were top offensive performers on a Bulls (13-7, 30-17) team that managed just five hits.


Stetson 6, USC Upstate 3
In DeLand, Fla., Mark Jones went 2 for 4 with three RBI, and Lindsey Caughel tossed six solid innings as Stetson evened its A-Sun series with USC Upstate. Jones' two-run single up the middle sparked a three-run fifth inning for the Hatters (12-8, 30-16). And Caughel (6-2) allowed three earned runs and struck out five to limit the league-leading Spartans (14-6, 31-14). Spencer Theisen contributed two hits and two runs for Stetson. Gaither Bumgardner went 4 for 5 with a run for USC Upstate.

Indiana State 6, Wichita State 3
In Terre Haute, Ind., Rob Ort ripped a three-run homer as Indiana State scored four times in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie and capture its Missouri Valley Conference series with Wichita State. Sean Manaea worked into the eighth inning, allowing two earned runs and striking out nine for the Sycamores (10-4, 36-11), who moved into a tie for first with Missouri State. He held the Shockers (6-8, 28-21) scoreless until Taylor Doggett had a RBI single and Dayne Parker added a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 2 in the eighth. Kris Gardner tossed seven solid innings for WSU, allowing one earned run and striking out four.


Eastern Kentucky 16, UT Martin 3

In Martin, Tenn., Richie Rodriguez hit for the cycle as Eastern Kentucky evened its OVC series with UT Martin at Skyhawk Field. Rodriguez doubled in the first, singled in the second, homered in the sixth and tripled in the eighth. Rodriguez went 4 for 6 with four runs and three RBI. Dustin Dunlop went 5 for 6 with a double for the Colonels (13-7, 23-20). Jacob Daniel went 3 for 6 with two doubles, a homer and three RBI. Matt Fyffe (7-0, 8 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) picked up the win. Chase Okey went 2 for 2 with a walk and two RBI for the Skyhawks (6-14, 12-33).


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