May 15, 2012

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Miller homers twice as Samford stops Florida

Murray State downs Kentucky, UCLA wins at Fullerton, Utah tops UVU


In Birmingham, Ala., Brandon Miller homered twice and drove in four as Samford knocked off third-ranked Florida 12-7 Tuesday in front of 1,722 fans at J.L. Griffin Field. The Bulldogs (34-19) scored in each of the first seven innings, including multiple runs in five of those frames. Miller raised his home run total to 20, the top mark in Division I. C.K. Irby (4-1, 5 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB) earned the win and went 2 for 5 at the plate with a triple and three RBI. Mike Zunino had a three-run homer in the seventh, while Preston Tucker went 2 for 3 with three runs for the Gators (38-15).


Murray State 7, No. 4 Kentucky 3

In Paducah, Ky., Jacob Rhodes had a bases-clearing double with two away in the bottom of the eighth to snap a 3-3 tie and propel Murray State to the win over Kentucky in front of 1,379 fans at Brooks Stadium. Brand Eggenschwiler went 3 for 5 with a run for the Thoroughbreds (23-30). Will Handlin (5-3, 2 IP, 3 H, 1 K), the last of seven pitchers, picked up the win. Luke Maile had a two-run homer in the fourth, while Michael Williams added three hits for the Wildcats (41-12).


No. 11 UCLA 6, No. 12 Cal State Fullerton 3

In Fullerton, Calif., UCLA scored three in the top of the ninth to snap a 3-3 tie and propel UCLA past Cal State Fullerton in front of 2,264 fans at Goodwin Field. Trevor Brown had a base hit to plate the first run in the ninth and Shane Zeile added a two-run single for insurance runs for the Bruins (36-13). Cody Keefer went 3 for 5 with a double and one RBI for UCLA. Scott Griggs (1-1, 1.2 IP, 3 K) picked up the victory. Matt Chapman went 3 for 5 with two runs for the Titans (32-16).


Utah 11, Utah Valley 10

In Orem, Utah, Ethan Leiter and James Brooks both had four hits as Utah ended Utah Valley’s 32-game win streak in front of 4,739 fans at Brent Brown Ballpark. Leiter had a homer, three runs and three RBI, while Brooks added a double, a homer, two runs and two RBI. The Utes (14-35) trailed 7-1 before tying the game with three in the fourth and three in the fifth. Utah took an 8-7 advantage with a run in the sixth and added to the lead with three in the ninth. Nick Green (2-1, 4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K) earned the win in relief. Willie Pratt went 2 for 3 with a double and three RBI for the Wolverines (39-12).


No. 5 Baylor 14, UTSA 3

In Waco, Texas, Cal Towey homered and drove in three as Baylor bounced UTSA in front of 2,807 fans at Baylor Ballpark. Towey went 2 for 2 with a double, a homer, three walks and three runs as the Bears (40-11) won their 21st straight home game, a program record. Logan Vick went 3 for 4 with a double and two RBI for Baylor. Kolt Browder (1-1, 3 IP, 2 H, 3 K) got the win in relief. John Welborn and Matthew James both doubled and drove in a run for the Roadrunners (21-30).


No. 6 Rice 5, Sam Houston State 0

In Huntsville, Texas, Andrew Benak tossed 7.1 scoreless innings with nine strikeouts as Rice blanked Sam Houston State. Benak (7-2) allowed five hits and did not walk a batter. Christian Stringer had two hits and three RBI for the Owls (37-14). Kevin Miller had two hits for the Bearkats (34-17).


No. 8 LSU 9, Nicholls 6

In Baton Rouge, La., Austin Nola went 4 for 4 with a double and two runs as LSU outscored Nicholls in front of 6,050 fans at Alex Box Stadium. The Colonels (25-26) led 2-0 before the Tigers (40-13) scored five in the third and three in the sixth. Mason Katz went 2 for 5 with a double, a homer and four RBI for LSU. Kurt McCune (3-4, 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K) recorded the win. Blake Bergeron went 3 for 5 with two doubles and two RBI for Nicholls.


No. 9 North Carolina 10, UNC Asheville 4

In Asheville, N.C., Chaz Frank went 4 for 6 with two doubles, two runs and one RBI as North Carolina defeated UNC Asheville in front of 2,847 fans at McCormick Field. The Tar Heels (39-13) scored four in the first and built a 10-1 lead after six. Tommy Coyle went 2 for 3 with a homer, two runs and three RBI, while Jacob Stallings doubled twice, scored two and drove in a pair for UNC. Hobbs Johnson (5-1, 4 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K) recorded the win. Cody Buck knocked in a pair for the Bulldogs (24-26).


No. 10 Texas A&M 5, Texas State 1

In College Station, Texas, Daniel Mengden allowed one run in seven innings as Texas A&M topped Texas State in front of 4,213 fans at Blue Bell Park. Mengden (2-3) gave up seven hits, did not walk a batter and struck out five. The Aggies (38-14) scored three in the second to take control. Cole Lankford had two hits and two RBI, Blake Allemand went 3 for 4 and Troy Stein (2 for 4, 2 R) homered for Texas A&M. Tyler Sibley and Isaac Nuti both had two hits for the Bobcats (29-21).


No. 13 Stanford 6, San Francisco 3

In Stanford, Calif., Stanford scored four in the bottom of the eighth to rally past San Francisco in front of 1,513 fans at Sunken Diamond. Eric Smith tied the game with a double and Tyler Gaffney drew a bases-loaded walk to push across the go-ahead run. Brian Ragira went 2 for 5 with a double and one RBI for the Cardinal (33-14). David Schmidt (3-1, 2 IP, 2 H) took the victory, while A.J. Vanegas (1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K) worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth to notch his fourth save. Jason Mahood (3 for 5, 2 RBI) and Tom Barry both homered for the Dons (27-29).


No. 15 NC State 7, UNC Greensboro 0

In Raleigh, N.C., Logan Jernigan fanned eight in 6.2 scoreless innings as NC State shut out UNC Greensboro in front of 1,231 fans at Doak Field. Jernigan (5-1) allowed one hit and three walks. Chris Diaz went 3 for 5 with a double, two runs and two RBI, while Ryan Mathews added a two-run homer for the Wolfpack (37-13). Trevor Edwards went 1 for 3 with a walk for the Spartans (24-25).


No. 16 Purdue 2, Indiana State 1 (10)

In West Lafayette, Ind., Sean McHugh had a pinch-hit homer with two away in the bottom of the ninth and David Miller singled and scored with two away in the 10th as Purdue rallied to edge Indiana State in the final game at Lambert Field. Miller went 2 for 3 with a double for the Boilermakers (40-10), who reached 40 wins for the first time in program history. Nick Wittgren (2-0, 2 IP, 1 H, 1 K) earned the victory. Jon Hedges had two hits for the Sycamores (40-13), including a RBI double in the fourth.


No. 18 Arkansas 6, Louisiana Tech 5 (10)

In North Little Rock, Ark., Matt Reynolds stole third and scored on a throwing error in the bottom of the 10t as Arkansas edged Louisiana Tech in front of 10,512 fans at Dickey-Stephens Park. It capped a huge game for Reynolds, who went 4 for 5 with a double, a homer, three runs and three RBI for the Razorbacks (36-17). Tim Carver went 3 for 6 with a double and a run for Arkansas. Barrett Astin (3-5, 2 IP, 1 BB, 4 K) recorded the victory. Bre’shon Kimbell had a two-run double in the third for the Bulldogs (23-24).


No. 20 San Diego 4, UC Irvine 3

In Irvine, Calif., Connor Joe had two hits and two RBI as San Diego edged UC Irvine at Anteater Ballpark. Andrew Daniel (3 for 5, 2B, 3B, 2 R, RBI) also contributed to the offense for the Toreros (39-13), who scored in three of the first five innings in building a 4-0 lead. Michael Wagner (4-1, 4 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 4 K) registered the win, while James Pazos (3.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 3 K) earned his fourth save. D.J. Crumlich went two for five with a double and a run for the Anteaters (28-21).


Ohio State 10, Toledo 1

In Columbus, Ohio, Ryan Cypret went 3 for 5 with a double, three runs and two RBI as Ohio State topped Toledo in front of 3,764 fans at Bill Davis Stadium to give head coach Greg Beals his 300th career victory. The game was tied 1-1 after three before the Buckeyes (31-22) scored in each of the next five innings, including four in the sixth. Kirby Pellant went 2 for 3 with a double and three runs for OSU. Trace Dempsey (3-1, 3 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 1 K) picked up the win in relief. Mark Lapikas homered in the top of the second for the lone run for the Rockets (27-25).


Rain forced the cancellation of USC Upstate at No. 1 South Carolina and Stetson at No. 17 UCF.