May 12, 2012

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Stripling pitches no-hitter for Texas A&M against SDSU

Purdue wins first Big Ten title since 1909, Oklahoma sweeps DH from Baylor


In College Station, Texas, Ross Stripling tossed a no-hitter with seven strikeouts as ninth-ranked Texas A&M edged San Diego State 1-0 Saturday to clinch a series victory in front of 4,208 fans at Blue Bell Park. Stripling (9-2) was one batter from a perfect game, as Seby Zavala drew a one-out walk in the fifth for the Aztecs (22-29). Zavala was gunned down trying to steal, as Stripling faced the minimum 27 batters. He struck out pinch-hitter Matt Munoz to end the contest. It was the 11th no-hitter in program history and first nine-inning no-hitter since 1996, when Matt Blank accomplished the feat against Texas-Pan American. The Aggies (36-14) got their run in the bottom of the second as Chance Bolcerek reached on an error, moved to second on a failed pickoff attempt and scored on a two-out base hit by Blake Allemand (2 for 3).


No. 18 Purdue 14, Michigan 3

In West Lafayette, Ind., Lance Breedlove allowed one hit over seven innings, retiring the final 20 hitters he faced, as Purdue spanked Michigan in front of 1,070 fans at Lambert Field to clinch at least a share of the Big Ten title, its first since 1909. Breedlove (7-4) did not walk a batter and struck out six. After a scoreless first, the Boilermakers (16-4, 39-9) scored in each of the next seven innings. Purdue was led on offense by Cameron Perkins (2 for 5, 2B, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI), Ryan Bridges (2 for 4, R, 3 RBI), Kevin Plawecki (3 for 5, 2 R, 2 RBI), Andrew Dixon (3 for 5, 3 R, RBI), Barrett Serrato (3 for 4, 2 R) and Tyler Spillner (1 for 4, 2B, 2 BB, 3 R, 2 RBI). Coley Crank had a two-run homer in the eighth for the Wolverines (6-14, 20-31).


Oklahoma 1-2, No. 2 Baylor 0-1 (Game 1 – 10 innings)

In Norman, Okla., Erik Ross has a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 10th in the opener as Oklahoma swept a doubleheader from Baylor, its first Big 12 losses. The base hit by Ross plated Evan Mistich, who led off the inning with a single. Matt Oberste finished with two hits for the Sooners (12-10, 32-19). Steven Okert (6-6, 1.1 IP, 1 H) won in relief of Jordan John (8.2 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 5 K). Max Muncy went 2 for 4 for the Bears (18-2, 39-10). Josh Turley (7 IP, 3 H, 6 K) was effective in the start for Baylor. Jonathan Gray (6-4, 7.1 IP, 5 H, 1 UE, 2 BB, 9 K) took the victory in the nightcap, while Okert (1.2 IP, 3 K) recorded his third save. Cody Rein went 2 for 2 with a triple and a run for OU. Nathan Orf went 2 for 3 with one RBI for the Bears. Trent Blank (9-1, 8 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 K) went the distance and suffered his first loss.


Clemson 7, No. 1 Florida State 2

In Clemson, S.C., Spencer Kieboom, Richie Shaffer, and Phil Pohl powered Clemson past Florida State in the first game of the ACC series. The Tigers (15-10, 30-20) were trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth when Brad Felder homered to cut the lead in half. In the sixth, Shaffer hit a solo home run, Pohl (2 for 4, 2 RBI) doubled, and Kieboom put Clemson ahead with a three-run homer. The Tigers added two more runs in the bottom of the seventh when Pohl drove in two with another double. Clemson’s Daniel Gossett (5-2, 2 H, 0 ER, 5 BB, 3 K) came out of the bullpen and pitched four scoreless innings to earn the victory. Devon Travis had two hits for the Seminoles (21-4, 40-10)


Georgia 6, No. 3 South Carolina 5 (10)

In Athens, Ga., Joey Delmonico had a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 10th as Georgia evened its SEC series with South Carolina in front of 2,686 fans at Foley Field. The Gamecocks (17-9, 38-13) scored four in the top of the ninth to force the extra frame. Delmonico finished with three hits and two RBI, while Peter Verdin went 4 for 5 with two runs and Curt Powell had three hits and one run for the Bulldogs (13-13, 29-22). Pete Nagel (1-1, 1.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K) got the win after Michael Palazzone (7 IP, 6 H, 1 UE, 7 K) gave Georgia a solid start. Tanner English was 4 for 5 with two runs and one RBI for South Carolina.


Vanderbilt 6, No. 4 LSU 3

In Baton Rouge, La., Anthony Gomez collected four hits to lead Vanderbilt past LSU in front of 7,087 fans at Alex Box Stadium, evening their SEC series at one game apiece. Gomez had two doubles, two runs two RBI for the Commodores (12-14, 25-25). Vandy led 1-0 after five before scoring five times over the next three innings to build a 6-1 lead. Sam Selman (8-3, 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 5 K) earned the victory, while Will Clinard (1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 K) registered his third save. Austin Nola had two walks and scored twice for the Tigers (17-9, 39-12).


Mississippi State 2, No. 5 Florida 0

In Gainesville, Fla., Kendall Graveman and Jonathan Holder combined on the shutout as Mississippi State evened its SEC series with Florida in front of 4,593 fans at McKethan Stadium. Graveman (4-3) allowed three hits and a walk in 7.2 innings with three strikeouts to earn the victory. Holder fanned two in 1.1 hitless innings for his fourth save. Adam Frazier went 2 for 3 with two walks and two runs, while Hunter Renfroe was 3 for 4 with a double and one RBI for the Bulldogs (13-13, 31-19), who scored runs in the first and fifth. Justin Shafer went 2 for 4 for the Gators (15-11, 37-14).


No. 6 Rice 12-8, UAB 2-6

In Houston, J.T. Chargois had four hits and three RBI in the first game as Rice took two from UAB in Conference USA action at Reckling Park. In the completion of Friday’s suspended contest, Michael Ratterree had two doubles, two runs and two RBI, while Ford Stainback added three hits and a run for the Owls (15-5, 36-13). Matthew Reckling (8-1, 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 5 K) got the win, while Zech Lemond (4 IP, 2 H, 3 K) recorded his first save. Jacob German had two hits and one RBI for the Blazers (7-13, 27-25). In the second game, Stainback went 4 for 4 with two doubles, three runs and two RBI to pace the Rice offense. The Owls led 8-2 before UAB put up four in the ninth. Christian Stringer had four hits and a run, while Michael Fuda (2 for 4) and Craig Manuel both went deep for Rice. Austin Kubitza (5-3, 6.1 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K) earned the victory. Chase Davis went 3 for 5 with one run and one RBI for the Blazers.


No. 7 Kentucky 7-8, Alabama 6-1

In Lexington, Ky., J.T. Riddle and Michael Williams drove in two runs each as Kentucky came from behind to defeat Alabama in the opener of a doubleheader. Riddle (2 for 5, R) drove in two with a double in a five-run seventh inning that gave the Wildcats (18-9, 41-11) a 6-5 lead. The Crimson Tide (7-20, 18-33) responded for a run in the top of the eighth to tie the game as Jared Reaves drove in James Tullidge with a single. The Wildcats quickly regained the lead in the bottom half when Williams (1 for 4) drew a bases-loaded walk. Kentucky reliever Trevor Gott (3-0, 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, BB, 3 K) earned the win, while Alabama reliever Josh Rosecrans (0-2, 0 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K) caught the loss. In Game 2 of the doubleheader, Williams, Austin Cousino and Brian Adams all hit homers as Kentucky breezed to an easy victory to sweep Alabama. Cousino (1 for 3, 2 R, RBI, BB), Williams (2 for 4, 2 R, RBI), and Adams (3 for 4, 2 R, 2B, 3 RBI) paced an offense that pounded out 14 hits. The Wildcats received a strong start from Corey Littrell (6.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) who earned the win and moved to 8-0. James Tullidge (3 for 4, RBI) and Jon Kelton (2 for 4) led the Crimson Tide offense.


No. 8 Oregon 4, USC 3

In Eugene, Ore., Ryan Healy and Brett Thomas had RBI doubles in a three-run fifth as Oregon eked past USC in the Pac-12 series opener in front of 2,951 fans at PK Park. Healy went 2 for 5, while Thomas was 3 for 5. Aaron Jones homered in the third for the first-place Ducks (17-8, 36-14). Alex Keudel (9-3, 6.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 4 K) took the win, while Jimmie Sherfy (1.1 IP, 4 K) recorded his 14th save. Alex Sherrod went 3 for 4 with a double and two runs, while Matt Foat drove in a pair for the Trojans (7-14, 22-22).


No. 10 North Carolina 15, Duke 1

In Durham, N.C., Parks Jordan and Chaz Frank both drove in three runs as North Carolina secured a series victory over in-state rival Duke. Jordan (4 for 6, 3B, 2 R, 3 RBI) and Frank (3 for 5, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 BB, R) were just two of five Tar Heels (18-8, 37-13) with multiple-hit days. UNC’s R.C. Orlan came out of the bullpen to pick up the victory. Orlan (2.1 IP, 3 H, 0 ER) struck out two and moved to 8-1 on the season. Jeff Kremer and Andrew Istler both had two hits to lead the Blue Devils (7-19, 19-31)


No. 11 UCLA 11, Washington 3

In Seattle, Jeff Gelalich went 3 for 5 with a homer and two runs as UCLA secured a Pac-12 series win over Washington at Husky Ballpark. The Bruins (14-9, 34-13) trailed 3-1 after three before scoring 10 over the next three innings. Cody Regis had two hits and four runs, while Kevin Williams went 2 for 3 with three RBI for UCLA. Nick Vander Tuig (7-3, 6.1 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 K) picked up the win. Jacob Lamb went 3 for 4 with a two-run homer in the third for the Huskies (11-12, 26-20).


UC Santa Barbara 7, No. 12 Cal State Fullerton 1

In Santa Barbara, Calif., Brandon Trinkwon went 2 for 3 with two runs as UC Santa Barbara beat Cal State Fullerton to even their Big West series. Lance Roenicke had a two-run homer in the seventh and Greg Mahle also knocked in a pair for the Gauchos (10-10, 24-23). Matthew Vedo (5-4, 3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 5 K) earned the win in relief, while Mahle (1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 K) notched his fifth save. Carlos Lopez had two hits, including a double, for the Titans (13-4, 31-15), who stranded 13.


No. 13 Stanford 8, Washington State 3

In Stanford, Calif., Stephen Piscotty went 3 for 3 at the plate and picked up the win on the mound as Stanford clinched a Pac-12 series win over Washington State in front of 1,905 fans at Sunken Diamond. Piscotty (3-2) went 6.1 innings in his first career start with six hits, one earned run, no walks and three strikeouts. Garrett Hughes (2.2 IP, 2 H, 3 K) finished the game for the Cardinal (13-10, 31-14). Piscotty walked twice and scored a pair. Austin Wilson had a three-run homer in a four-run third for Stanford. Collin Slaybaugh and Kyle Johnson both had two hits and a run for the Cougars (9-13, 24-22).


No. 14 Arizona 4, California 1

In Berkeley, Calif., Konner Wade pitched a three-hitter as Arizona secured a Pac-12 series win over California. Wade (7-1) allowed one earned run with four walks and seven strikeouts. Joey Rickard had a leadoff homer and Bobby Brown (2 for 4) added a two-run single as the Wildcats (15-8, 32-15) put up three in the top of the first. Tony Renda went deep in the bottom of the sixth for the Golden Bears (9-14, 25-21). Robert Refsnyder (2 for 4, 2 R) had a dinger in the eighth for Arizona to complete the scoring.


Auburn 12, No. 15 Arkansas 5

In Fayetteville, Ark., Jay Gonzalez had three hits and three runs as Auburn won its SEC series against Arkansas in front of 8,512 onlookers at Baum Stadium. Gonzalez had a double, two walks and one RBI, while Dan Glevenyak went 1 for 2 with three walks and three runs for the Tigers (12-15, 28-23). Auburn scored in each of the first eight innings. Ryan Tella and Bobby Andrews both had three hits, one run and one RBI, while Patrick Savage homered and drove in two for Tigers. Slade Smith (4-5, 2 IP, 2 H, 2 BB) got the win in relief, while Justin Bryant (3.1 IP, 1 H, 2 K) registered his fifth save. Dominic Ficociello homered for the Razorbacks (12-14, 35-17).


No. 16 NC State 4-6, Virginia Tech 2-2

In Blacksburg, Va., Ryan Mathews hit a two-run home run to push NC State past Virginia Tech in the first game of the ACC series. The Wolfpack (18-8, 36-12) and the Hokies (10-16, 32-18) resumed play Saturday afternoon, after play was suspended in the middle of the tenth inning on Friday night. Mathews’ home run put NC State ahead 4-2 and Chris Overman (6 SV) pitched a scoreless eleventh to secure the victory. Mark Zagunis went 3 for 5 to lead the Virginia Tech offensive attack. In Game 2, Mathews hit another two-run homer as NC State came from behind to defeat Virginia Tech and clinch the series. With the game tied 2-2 in the top of the seventh, Mathews hit his 10th dinger to give the Wolfpack the lead. Trea Turner (2 for 4, 2 R, RBI) and Logan Ratledge (2 for 4, 2 R) also had solid games at the plate for NC State. The Hokies held a 2-1 advantage early in the game thanks to a two-run single from Mark Zagunis. Virginia Tech’s Joe Mantiply (5-5, 7 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, BB, 2 K) caught the loss in a solid effort, while NC State’s Travis Orwig (1-1, 3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K) came out of the bullpen to earn the victory.


Marshall 9, No. 17 UCF 6

In Charleston, W.Va., Sergio Leon went 4 for 4 with a homer and three RBI to lead Marshall past UCF, squaring their Conference USA series at one game each. Leon had a three-run homer in the fourth and Gray Stafford added a three-run blast in the sixth as the Thundering Herd (4-16, 16-33) built a 7-3 lead. Aaron Blair (2-7, 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 3 K) took the victory, while Joe Church (3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 K) got his first save. Ronnie Richardson (3 for 4, 3 RBI) homered twice for the Knights (14-6, 39-12).


Loyola Marymount 8, No. 19 San Diego 6

In San Diego, Colton Plaia had a two-run single to cap a four-run second as Loyola Marymount defeated San Diego for the second straight day at Cunningham Stadium. Plaia went 3 for 4, while Alex Guthrie (2 for 4) and Cullen Mahoney (2 for 3, 2 R, 2 RBI) both homered for the Lions (11-6, 23-22). Trevor Megill (5-6) struck out 12 in seven innings with seven hits and two runs to earn the victory. Matt Florer got the final two outs for his first save. Corey LeVier (2 for 5, 2B, 3 RBI), Andrew Daniel (2 for 5, 2 RBI) and Connor Joe (2 for 4) all went deep for the Toreros (13-7, 37-13).


Utah 4, No. 20 Oregon State 3 (11)

In Salt Lake City, Jo Jo Sharrar had a two-run single in the bottom of the 10th to give Utah the win over Oregon State, leveling their Pac-12 series at one game apiece. Parker Morin went 2 for 5 with a double, one run and one RBI, while Tyler Relf scored twice for the Utes (7-19, 13-34). Nick Green (1-0) fanned the final batter in the top of the 10th to pick up the win. Danny Hayes went 2 for 2 with a double, one run and one RBI, Max Gordon had two hits and two RBI, and Kavin Keyes doubled twice for the Beavers (12-11, 31-17).


Utah Valley 4-10, NYIT 3-0

In Old Westbury, N.Y., Preston Olson tossed a two-hit shutout with a school-record 16 strikeouts in the nightcap as Utah Valley took two from NYIT in Great West action to extend its win streak to 31. Olson (7-0) walked two and hit one in his eight-inning gem. Alex Exon (3 for 5, 2 R, 2 RBI), Austin Heaps (2 for 4, 3 RBI) and Sean Moysh (1 for 3, 2 R, 2 RBI) all homered for the Wolverines (23-0, 38-11). Sebastian Grazziani doubled for the Bears (3-20, 5-39). In the opener, UVU scored a pair in the top of the seventh to rally past NYIT. Willie Pratt had a two-run double in the second for the Wolverines. Taylor Mangum (4-0, 2 IP, 1 K) earned the win in relief of Jeremy Gendlek (5 IP, 6 K, 3 R, 1 BB, 9 K). Michael Fermin had a three-run homer in the first for the Bears.


St. John’s 6, Louisville 2

In Louisville, Ky., Sean Hagan twirled a five-hitter as St. John’s evened its Big East series with Louisville in front of 1,881 spectators at Patterson Stadium. Hagan (7-2) allowed two earned runs with one walk and six strikeouts. The first-place Red Storm (17-6, 32-18) scored one in the second, two in the fourth and three in the sixth before the Cardinals (15-8, 34-17) scored a pair in the bottom of the sixth. Jeremy Baltz went 4 for 5 with a homer and three runs, while Danny Bethea added two hits and three RBI for St. John’s. Nick Ratajczak went 2 for 4 with a run for Louisville.


Virginia 4, Georgia Tech 2

In Charlottesville, Va., Chris Taylor had two hits, including a double, and two runs as Virginia clinched an ACC series win over Georgia Tech in front of 3,906 fans at Davenport Field. Stephen Bruno drove in a pair for the Cavaliers (16-10, 34-14-1), who have won 10 straight. Shane Halley (9-1, 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K) got the win in relief, while Justin Thompson worked around three walks in the bottom of the ninth to register his 10th save. Zane Evans had a two-run homer in the fourth for the Yellow Jackets (10-16, 30-21).


Arizona State 10, Gonzaga 1

In Spokane, Wash., Michael Benjamin went 4 for 5 with a homer and career-high five RBI as Arizona State pounded Gonzaga in front of 1,338 fans at the Patterson Complex. Benjamin had a three-run homer in a five-run first, while the Sun Devils (31-17) added two in the second and third to build a 9-1 lead. Abe Ruiz (2 for 5, 3 R) and Andrew Aplin also went deep for ASU. Trevor Williams (10-2, 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 6 K) earned the win. Clayton Eslick went 2 for 3 with a run for the Bulldogs (29-19).


Stetson 2, ETSU 0

In Johnson City, Tenn., Josh Powers and two relievers combined on the shutout as Stetson won at ETSU to give head coach Pete Dunn career win No. 1,200. Powers (4-1) allowed four hits and a walk in 8.1 innings with one strikeout. Cameron Griffin got the second out in the ninth before Robbie Powell record the final out for his 17th save. After a scoreless six innings, the Hatters tallied single runs in the seventh and eighth. Mitchel Brennan had two doubles and one RBI, while Sam Kimmel went 2 for 4 for Stetson. Andrew Green had a pair of hits for the Buccaneers (7-16, 22-28). John Long (6-6, 9 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 K) went the distance in suffering the loss for ETSU.


Patriot League – Semifinal Series

#1 Army 8-6, #4 Lafayette 7-3

In West Point, N.Y., Army rallied from a six-run deficit in the opener in sweeping a pair from Lafayette to reach the Patriot League Championship Series. The Black Knights (39-12) will host second-seed Holy Cross next weekend in the best-of-three title series. Army trailed 6-0 in the opener before getting on the board with a run in the bottom of the fourth. Mark McCants (1 for 4, 4 RBI) and J.T. Watkins (2 for 4, 3 RBI) both belted two-run homers in a six-run sixth as the Knights took the lead. Chris Rowley (7 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 3 BB, 5 K) raised his record to 11-0, while Gunnar Carroll (2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 3 K) recorded his seventh save. Andrew Santomauro went 3 for 4 with a double and four runs, while Parker Hills had three hits and two RBI for the Leopards (14-37-1). In the second contest, Daniel Cortes went 3 for 4 with a double and two runs to lead Army to the sweep. Logan Lee (7-2, 6.1 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 6 K) picked up the victory, while Carroll recorded the final two outs to register his second save of the day and eighth of the season. Thomas Dunleavy homered for Lafayette.


#2 Holy Cross 1-4, #3 Navy 0-2 (Game 2 – 10 innings)

In Worcester, Mass., John Colella got the save in the opener and the win in the nightcap as Holy Cross to two from defending champion Navy to advance to the Patriot League Championship series next weekend at top-seed Army. In Game 1, Nate Koneski (7-2, 7 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 6 K) was the starter and winner for the Crusaders (32-20), while Colella (2 BB, 2 K) worked the final 1.2 innings to record his 11th save. Steve Tkowski and Brandon Cipolla had consecutive doubles in the bottom of the sixth to account for the game’s lone run. Dave Milanes had a two-bagger for the Midshipmen (23-29). Preston Gainey (3-3, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB) fanned nine in seven innings in suffering the loss. In the second contest, pinch-hitter Patrick Puentes and Evan Ocello drew bases-loaded walks in the top of the 10th as Holy Cross completed the sweep. Colella (5-1, 1.2 IP, 3 BB, 3 K) struck out a pair with the bases loaded in the ninth and worked a scoreless 10th to earn the victory. Nikolai Simonsen had a two-run homer in the fifth for Navy.


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