May 6, 2012

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Purdue scores 10 in top of ninth to rally past UCLA

Cruz homers in 11th as Cornell wins Ivy title, South Carolina tops Arkansas


In Los Angeles, after scoring eight runs in the first 26 innings of the series, No. 13 Purdue exploded for 10 runs in the top of the ninth to outscore No. 14 UCLA 15-11 Sunday and salvage the finale of their three-game series in front of 1,529 fans at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Boilermakers (35-9) trailed 10-5 after eight. Four of the first five hitters in the ninth drew walks. A single and a sacrifice fly were followed by seven straight hits. David Miller (left) drew a bases-loaded walk to start the scoring in the ninth and had a RBI double to cap the 10-run outburst. Barrett Serrato (4 for 6, HR, 3 R, 3 RBI), Angelo Cianfrocco (3 for 5, 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI) and Andrew Dixon (2 for 5, R, 3 RBI) all had big days at the plate for Purdue. Nick Wittgren (1-0, 4 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 K) earned the victory. Cody Keefer went 3 for 4 with two doubles, three runs and two RBI, while Jeff Gelalich added three hits, one run and one RBI for the Bruins (31-13).


Ivy Championship Series

Cornell 3, Dartmouth 1 (11)

Cornell wins Ivy Championship

In Ithaca, N.Y., Chris Cruz cranked a two-run homer in the bottom of the 11th to give Cornell the win over Dartmouth in the rubber game of the Ivy Championship Series at Hoy Field. The Big Red (31-15-1) won its first Ivy title since the league added baseball 20 years ago. It will be Cornell’s second NCAA Tournament appearance and first since 1977. Thomas Roulis had a RBI single in the top of the third as the Big Green (24-18) got on the board first. Cruz (1 for 4, 3 RBI) had a sacrifice fly to shallow center in the sixth to knot the score at 1. The homer by Cruz was his 12th, tying the school’s single-season record. Kellen Urbon (3-1, 5 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K) got the win in relief of starter Brian McAfee (6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K). Thomas Olson (1-4, 5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 4 K) suffered the loss after taking over for Dartmouth starter Adam Frank (5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB). Olson had not allowed a run in more than a month, covering 21 innings, before the blast by Cruz. Brenton Peters and Brandon Lee both had two hits for Cornell. Nick Lombardi went 2 for 4 with a run for the Big Green. Dartmouth has played in all three extra-inning Ivy Championship contests, falling in all three as the opponent clinched the series. Princeton won 6-5 in 10 innings in Game 3 in 2001 and 5-4 in 10 innings in Game 2 in 2004.


No. 3 South Carolina 10, No. 16 Arkansas 7

In Fayetteville, Ark., South Carolina scored four in the seventh and six in the eighth to win at Arkansas in front of 8,461 fans at Baum Stadium to capture the SEC series. The game was scoreless through six before a two-run single by Tanner English (2 for 3, 3 RBI) capped the four-run seventh for the Gamecocks (16-8, 36-12). The Razorbacks (12-12, 34-15) answered with three in the bottom of the frame, keyed by a two-run base hit off the bat of Jacob Morris (1 for 1, 2 BB). South Carolina put up six in the eighth, highlighted by a two-run single by Grayson Greiner (1 for 4, 2 R) and a two-run double by Michael Roth (1 for 2). Matt Price (4-3, 3.2 IP, 10 H, 2 BB) got the win in relief despite giving up all seven runs. Forrest Koumas (5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 4 K) had a solid start for the Gamecocks. Chase Vergason went 3 for 4 with two doubles, two runs and two RBI for South Carolina. Arkansas starter D.J. Baxendale (7 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 7 K) suffered the defeat. Dominic Ficociello had three hits for the Razorbacks.


No.1 Florida State 9, Maryland 2
In Tallahassee, Fla., Jayce Boyd had four hits as Florida State secured a series victory over Maryland. The Seminoles (21-2, 39-7) jumped out to an early lead, scoring four in the bottom of the second and four more in the third. Boyd (4 for 5, 2 R, RBI) led off the second with a single and scored when Stephen Spradling drove in two with a base hit later in the frame. In the third, FSU’s offense was led by Justin Gonzalez (2 for 2, 2 R, 2 BB), who hit a grand slam to left center field. Mike Compton (5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) pitched well enough to improve to 9-0. Jordan Hagel (1 for 2, 2B, 2 BB) and reliever Charlie Haslup (4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 3 K) were bright spots for the Terrapins (8-18, 29-22).

No. 4 LSU 12, Ole Miss 3

In Oxford, Miss., JaCoby Jones homered and drove in five as LSU won its SEC series at Ole Miss in front of 7,650 fans at Swayze Field. Jones (3 for 5) had a two-run double in the second and a three-run dinger in the sixth, one of four home runs by the Tigers (16-8, 38-11). Ty Ross (1 for 4, 2 BB) had a solo homer to spark a five-run fourth, capped by a three-run shot by Austin Nola. Mason Katz (2 for 5) added a solo shot in the sixth. Aaron Nola (6-2, 7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 3 K) picked up the win. Alex Yarbrough went 3 for 4 with a run, Matt Snyder had a two-run single in the third and Auston Bousfield homered in the seventh for the Rebels (11-13, 31-18).


No. 7 Rice 8, Houston 2

In Houston, Rice scored in five of the first seven innings in winning the Conference USA series against visiting Houston in front of 3,772 fans at Reckling Park. Jeremy Rathjen (3 for 3, 2 R, 3 RBI) had a two-run homer in the fourth to snap a 2-2 tie. Ford Stainback had two hits and two runs, while Ryan Lewis doubled and drove in a pair for the Owls (13-5, 33-13). John Simms (4-0, 5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 4 K) registered the win, while Tyler Duffey (3.1 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 K) earned his fourth save. John Cannon went 2 for 2, while Jonathan Davis drew a pair of walks and scored twice for the Cougars (4-13-1, 16-28-1).


Oregon State 5, No. 8 Stanford 4 (10)

In Corvallis, Ore., Ryan Dunn's base hit that narrowly missed a diving Jake Stewart was the game-winner for Oregon State in the 10th inning over Stanford in the series finale. The win by the Beavers (11-10, 30-15) over the Cardinal (11-10, 29-14) put them into a tie with Stanford in the Pac-12 standings. Tyler Smith had two hits and two RBI, while Joey Matthews went 2 for 3 with a double and two runs for the Beavers. OSU starter Dan Child didn't factor into the decision, but gave up only one run on four hits in seven innings. Tony Bryant (5-1) picked up the win after giving up one run on three hits in two innings of relief. Stephen Piscotty (2-2) took the loss after giving up two runs on six hits in 4.2 innings of relief, but Piscotty did go 4 for 5 with an RBI at the plate.


Texas Tech 8, No. 9 Texas A&M 4 (12)

In College Station, Texas, Stephen Hagen had a leadoff homer in the 12th to snap a 4-4 tie and Scott LeJeune added a three-run double later in the frame as Texas Tech avoided the Big 12 sweep against Texas A&M in front of 4,389 fans at Blue Bell Park. The Aggies (13-8, 34-14) trailed 4-2 before scoring single runs in the eighth and ninth to force extra frames. Jamodrick McGruder went 3 for 6 with a homer and three runs, while Reid Redman had four hits and one RBI for the Red Raiders (6-15, 27-24). Andre Wheeler (1-0, 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB) registered the win. Tyler Naquin went 3 for 4 with two doubles, one run and one RBI for Texas A&M.


No. 10 Oregon 3, No. 11 Arizona 1

In Tucson, Ariz., Oregon scored single runs in each of the final three innings to secure the Pac-12 series win over Arizona. Jimmie Sherfy (4-2) held the Wildcats (13-8, 30-15) scoreless over the final 3.2 innings with one hit and two strikeouts to earn the win in relief of Jeff Gold (5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K). James Farris (5-3) took the loss for Arizona after giving up two runs on four hits in 7.2 innings. Aaron Jones went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI for the first-place Ducks (16-8, 34-14). Bobby Brown homered for the Wildcats.


No. 12 North Carolina 4, Boston College 1
In Chapel Hill, N.C., Hobbs Johnson and three relievers combined to limit Boston College to three hits as North Carolina completed an ACC series sweep. Johnson (4-1, 5.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER) struggled to keep his pitch count down as he walked five and struck out seven batters.  However, Shane Taylor (0.2 IP, 0 H), R.C. Orlan (2 IP, 1 H, 3 K), and Michael Morin (1 IP, 0 H, 1 K) combined for 3.2 shutout innings to keep the Eagles (9-18, 20-29) at bay, with Morin recording his 13th save. Adam Griffin, Chaz Frank and Cody Stubbs all had two hits to lead the Tar Heels (16-8, 34-13) offensively. Spenser Payne’s solo home run in the top of the fourth provided BC with its only run.

No. 15 Cal State Fullerton 10 at Pacific 0

In Stockton, Calif., Grahamm Wiest threw a complete-game shutout as Cal State Fullerton completed the Big West sweep over Pacific. Wiest (4-3) allowed three hits and one walk while striking out four. The Titans (12-3, 30-14) out-hit the Tigers (1-14, 11-34) 17 to 3. Mike Hager (3-5) took the loss after giving up seven runs on 11 hits in three innings. Carlos Lopez went 2 for 3 with two doubles, two runs and three RBI, while Richy Pedroza was 3 for 5 with a double and two runs for the Titans. Taylor Murphy went 1 for 3 with a double for Pacific.


Presbyterian 7, No. 17 UCF 2

In Orlando, Fla., Chandler Knox went the distance as Presbyterian knocked off UCF at Jay Bergman Field. Knox (4-2) allowed eight hits and two earned runs with three walks and six strikeouts in recording the first complete game of the season for the Blue Hose (20-26). Presbyterian scored six in the second, keyed by a two-run double from Jay Kizanich and a two-run homer by Andrew Williams. D.J. Hicks and Alex Friedrich had solo homers for the Knights (37-11).


No. 18 NC State 2-10, CSU Bakersfield 0-7
In Raleigh, N.C., Ethan Ogburn struck out nine in the opener as NC State swept the doubleheader and series from CSU Bakersfield. Ogburn (7.1 IP, 5 H) only walked one and improved to 4-2 with the victory. The Wolfpack (33-12) scored their runs in the bottom of the third when Ryan Mathews drove in Trea Turner and Chris Diaz with a double. Spenser Messmore (3-4, 8 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) provided the Roadrunners (19-23) with a solid start in the losing effort. In the nightcap, Andrew Ciencin drove in four as NC State outslugged CSU Bakersfield to complete a series sweep. Ciencin (3 for 4, 2B, R) was one of four Wolfpack players with multiple-hit nights. Kevin Younger and Kyle Desimone helped the Roadrunners score early, and they carried a 5-1 lead going into the bottom of the fifth. Younger (2 for 5) drove in two with a double in the top of the second and Desimone (3 for 5, 2 R, 3 RBI) singled in the top of the fifth to drive in two more. However, Ryan Mathews and Ciencin both delivered two-run doubles en route to a five-run bottom of the fifth that saw NC State regain the lead. 

No. 19 Louisville 8, West Virginia 4

In Morgantown, W.Va., Nick Ratajczak went 2 for 4 with three RBI as Louisville won its Big East series over West Virginia. Ratajczak had a two-run single to snap a 2-2 tie in the top of the seventh, sparking a four-run rally for the Cardinals (14-7, 33-15). Matt Helms went 2 for 2 with a walk and two runs, while Stewart Ijames homered for UL. Jared Ruxer (6-1, 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) picked up the win. John Polonius went 3 for 4 with a double and one RBI for the Mountaineers (6-15, 18-29).


Utah Valley 8, Houston Baptist 6

In Houston, Utah Valley used a five-run eighth to rally past Houston Baptist to complete a Great West series sweep and extend its win streak to 28. The Wolverines (20-0, 35-11) trailed 3-1 after seven before Willie Pratt (3 for 4, 2 2B) had a three-run double to cap the five-run uprising as UVU took a 6-3 lead. After the Huskies (10-10, 18-25) tallied one in the bottom of the eighth, the Wolverines tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the ninth. Billy Burgess went 3 for 4 with three runs, while Goose Kallunki had two hits, including a double, and two RBI for UVU. Adam Gunn (8-3, 8 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) earned the victory. Kolby Arnst went 2 for 3 with a double and one RBI, while Josh Fousst was 1 for 2 with a walk and two runs for HBU.


St. John’s 5, USF 4
In Queens, N.Y., Frank Schwindel delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to lift St. John’s to a series-clinching win over Big East foe USF. The Bulls (13-8, 30-18) rallied for two runs in the top of the ninth to tie the game at 4 as James Ramsay (1 for 3) drove in Luis Llerena (2 for 4, R) with a single and Alex Mendez (3 for 5, 2 R) scored later in the inning on a wild pitch. The Red Storm (16-5, 31-17) rallied in the bottom of the ninth as Pat Talbut led off with a single before Schwindel (2 for 5) drove him in two batters later. Both starting pitchers, St. John’s Kyle Hansen (7.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 8 K) and USF’s Derrick Stultz, (6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, BB, 3 K) pitched well but received no-decisions.


(photos courtesy of Purdue & Cornell Media Relations Offices)