May 16, 2012

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Germaine drive in five as MVSU upsets Southern

Norfolk State edges North Carolina A&T, Arizona wins at Arizona State


SWAC Tournament

E4 Mississippi Valley State 6, W1 Southern 4

E2 Alcorn State 6, W3 Grambling State 2

W2 Prairie View A&M 14, Alabama State 4

E1 Jackson State 7, W4 Texas Southern 0

In Baton Rouge, La., Joseph Germaine (right) drove in five as Mississippi Valley State upset Southern 6-4 Wednesday in the opening round of the SWAC Tournament. Southern built a 4-0 lead after five. Germaine had a three-run double in a four-run eighth and put the Delta Devils on top with a two-run single in the ninth. Cody Parker fanned two over the final 1.1 innings to record the victory. Demario Ellis drove in a pair and scored one for the Jaguars. (photo by Sidney Jackson)


In the day’s first game, Justin Barney had two hits and two RBI as Alcorn State downed Grambling State. Rodney Warren went 2 for 4 with a double and two runs for the Braves. Steve Easter (9 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 5 K) went the distance to pick up the win. Thomas went 2 for 3 with a double for the Tigers.


In the third game, Prairie View A&M erased a 4-3 deficit with 11 in the seventh to run-rule Alabama State. Evan Richard (2 for 3, 2 R) had a two-run triple to highlight the 11-run rally for the Panthers. Brad Benes went 3 for 3 with a double, two runs and one RBI for Prairie View. Daniel Castillo (2 IP, 1 K) earned the victory. Waldyvan Estrada had a two-run double in the third for the Hornets.


In the day’s final game, Desmond Russell tossed a six-hit shutout as Jackson State blanked Texas Southern. Russell (10-2) walked one and struck out five. Jose Cruz drove in a pair, while Frank Solis and Charles Epperson both had two hits and a run for the victorious Tigers. Ray Hernandez and Jaron Brown both went 2 for 4 for the TSU Tigers.


MEAC Tournament

N2 Norfolk State 4, S3 North Carolina A&T 3

In Norfolk, Va., Ross Cardwell went 2 for 4 with a double, one run and one RBI as Norfolk State edged North Carolina A&T in the first round of the MEAC Tournament at Marty L. Miller Field. The Spartans (22-26) scored three in the first and one in the fifth before the Aggies (18-35) tallied three in the sixth. Chris Horne (7-5, 5.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) earned the victory, while Jordan Egan (3.1 IP, 2 H, 1 K) registered his third save.


Rain suspended the second game (Bethune-Cookman leading Coppin State 8-4 in the top of the seventh) and postponed the final two games.


No. 14 Arizona 10, Arizona State 2

In Tempe, Ariz., Bobby Brown homered and drove in three as Arizona downed Arizona State in front of 3,098 fans at Packard Stadium. The Wildcats (34-15) scored three in the first and added five in the sixth in building a 10-0 lead. Brown had two hits and two runs, as did Riley Moore. Mathew Troupe (3-1, 5 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 6 K) recorded the victory, while Tyler Crawford (4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 K) earned his second save. Abe Ruiz went deep in the ninth for the Sun Devils (32-18). ASU raised $3,447 for the Cory Hahn Foundation on its second “Pass the Bucket Night.”


Washington 3, Portland 0

In Seattle, Aaron West and four relievers combined on the staff’s eighth shutout as Washington downed Portland at Husky Ballpark. West (7-5) allowed four hits and one walk in three innings while striking out five. Joshua Fredendall walked one and fanned one in a hitless ninth to earn his ninth save. The Huskies (27-21) scored single runs in the first, fifth and sixth. Caleb Brown and Robert Pehl both had two hits for Washington. Kris Kauppila doubled for the Pilots (25-20), who stranded 10.


New Mexico State 5, CSU Bakersfield 3

In Bakersfield, Calif., Casey Collins pitched into the eighth inning as New Mexico State defeated CSU Bakersfield to give head coach Rocky Ward his 400th career victory. Collins (4-4) held the Roadrunners (20-27) scoreless for seven innings before surrendering three runs (two earned) in the eighth. He allowed six hits, walked two and fanned out a pair. Adam Mott struck out the side in the ninth for his first save. Robert Lecount had two hits and two RBI, while Bryan Karraker went 2 for 5 with a double, two runs and one RBI for the Aggies (32-20). Andrew Letourneau, Kevin Younger and Dylan Christensen each had a hit and a run for CSUB.


Elon 2, The Citadel 1

In Elon, N.C., Dylan Clark allowed one run over 8.1 innings as Elon nipped The Citadel in the Southern Conference series opener at Latham Park. Clark (9-3) surrendered four hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Nate Young recorded the final two outs for his ninth save. Quinn Bower went 2 for 3 with one RBI, while Chris Bresnahan went 1 for 2 with one run for the Phoenix (18-10, 29-24). Nick Orvin went 2 for 4 for the Bulldogs (13-15, 24-29). Austin Pritcher (9-3, 8 IP, 5 H, 2 UE, 3 BB, 5 K) went the distance for The Citadel.


Iona 5, Rutgers 4

In Piscataway, N.J., Eric Capowski had a RBI single to cap a three-run top of the ninth as Iona rallied past Rutgers at Bainton Field. Matt Kriss went 2 for 3 with two runs for the Gaels (19-32). Conan Leon (1-1) fanned one in the eighth to record the victory, while Tom Kriss struck out one in the ninth for his sixth save. Patrick Kivlehan homered and drove in a pair for the Scarlet Knights (28-23).