May 19, 2012

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Slaid leads LSU past South Carolina to take SEC crown

FSU takes down NC State, Rice defeats UCF, Auburn edges Florida


In Columbia, S.C., Jackson Slaid had a pinch-hit RBI single to spark a two-run top of the 10th as No. 8 LSU edged top-ranked South Carolina 3-2 Saturday to claim the SEC regular season title in front of 8,242 fans at Carolina Stadium. Mason Katz (2 for 5, 2 RBI) also drove in a run in the final frame for the Tigers (19-11, 42-14). Chris Cotton (6-0, 3 IP, 1 BB, 4 K) earned the victory, while Nick Goody (1 IP, 2 H, 1 R) recorded his second save. Evan Marzilli went 2 for 5 with a double, a triple and two runs for the Gamecocks (18-11, 39-15).


No. 2 Florida State 6, No. 15 NC State 2

In Tallahassee, Fla., Josh Delph had three RBI as Florida State won the rubber match against visiting NC State. Delph (2 for 4) helped the Seminoles (24-6, 43-12) jump out to an early 6-0 lead as he delivered a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first and a two-run single in the fourth. FSU starting pitcher Mike Compton (6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, BB, 7 K) earned the win and moved to 10-1. Ryan Mathews went 2 for 4 with a two-run homer for the Wolfpack (19-11, 38-15).


No. 6 Rice 5, No. 17 UCF 2

In Orlando, Fla., Ford Stainback went 4 for 4 with one run and one RBI as Rice defeated UCF to claim the Conference USA regular season crown in front of 2,131 fans at Jay Bergman Field. Craig Manuel went 2 for 3 with two runs for the Owls (17-7, 39-15). John Simms (5-0) allowed seven hits and one earned run in 5.1 innings with three walks and two strikeouts to earn the victory. Tyler Duffey (2 IP 1 BB, 5 K) recorded his fifth. D.J. Hicks had two hits and two RBI for the Knights (16-8, 41-14).


Auburn 5, No. 3 Florida 4

In Auburn, Ala., Justin Bryant drove in  pair in a three-run seventh and pitched two scoreless innings to record his sixth save as Auburn salvaged the finale of its SEC series against Florida in front of 2,983 fans at Plainsman Park. Bryant allowed two hits and one walk while striking out one to save the game for Derek Varnadore (4-7, 7 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K). Zach Alvord went 2 for 4 with a double, one run and one RBI for the Tigers (13-17, 30-26). Casey Turgeon had a triple and knocked in a pair for the Gators (18-12, 40-16).


Mississippi State 11, No. 4 Kentucky 3

In Starkville, Miss., Demarcus Henderson had two hits and three RBI as Mississippi State completed a three-game SEC sweep of Kentucky in front of 3,629 fans at Dudy Noble Field. The Bulldogs (16-14, 34-21) scored three in the fourth, five in the fifth and three in the seventh. Sam Frost went 3 for 4 with one run and one RBI for MSU. Jacob Lindgren (2-2, 5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 7 K) earned the win in relief. Michael Williams had two hits and one RBI for the Wildcats (18-12, 41-15).


Texas 2, No. 5 Baylor 1

In Austin, Texas, Jonathan Walsh scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the eighth to snap a 1-1 tie and allow Texas to avoid the Big 12 sweep to Baylor in front of 6,475 fans at Disch-Falk Field. Mark Payton went 3 for 3 with a double and a run for the Longhorns (14-10, 30-20), who turned five double plays. Hoby Milner (7-4, 4.1 IP, 2 H, 3 BB) recorded the win. Adam Toth went 2 for 4 with a double for the Bears (20-4, 42-12), who stranded 10.


No. 7 Oregon 5, Seattle 4

In Eugene, Ore., Aaron Jones had a RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to lift Oregon over Seattle. The Ducks (40-14) scored single runs in each of the final four innings. Jones had two hits and a run, while Aaron Payne scored twice for Oregon. Thomas Thorpe (2-0, 0.2 IP, 1 K) earned the win. Doug Kincaid had three hits for the Redhawks (22-26).


No. 9 North Carolina 6, Virginia Tech 2

In Chapel Hill, N.C., Hobbs Johnson struck out 10 over eight innings as North Carolina defeated Virginia Tech. Johnson (6-1) allowed three hits, two unearned runs, and did not walk any Hokies (11-19, 34-21) as the Tar Heels (22-8, 42-13) secured an ACC series sweep. Brendon Hayden was 1 for 3 with a RBI for a Virginia Tech team that managed only four hits. Jacob Stallings (3 for 5, 2 R, RBI, 2B) and Chaz Frank (2 for 5, 2B, R) had big days at the plate for North Carolina.


No. 10 Texas A&M 5, Oklahoma State 4

In Stillwater, Okla., Daniel Mengden belted a pinch-hit three-run homer in the top of the ninth as Texas A&M rallied to sweep the Big 12 series at Oklahoma State. Mengden struck out the final three hitters in the bottom of the ninth with the tying run in scoring position to record his third save. Jacob House drove in a pair for the Aggies (16-8, 41-14). Saulyer Saxon had two hits, including a double, and three RBI for the Cowboys (13-11, 32-23).


No. 11 UCLA 8, California 5

In Berkeley, Calif., UCLA scored four in the first and three in the third on its way to a victory over California to secure a Pac-12 series win. Matt Giovinazo had two hits and three RBI to lead the Bruins (17-9, 38-13), who have won seven straight. Nick Vander Tuig (8-3, 5.1 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 2 K) picked up the win, while Scott Griggs struck out two over the final 1.1 innings for his 14th save. Chad Bunting went 3 for 4 with a double, three runs and one RBI for the Golden Bears (9-17, 26-24).


UC Riverside 6, No. 12 Cal State Fullerton 3

In Fullerton, Calif., Phil Holinsworth had two home runs and drove in four as UC Riverside evened its Big West series with Cal State Fullerton in front of 1,976 fans at Goodwin Field. Holinsworth had a two-run homer in the top of the first and capped the scoring with a two-run dinger in the eighth for the Highlanders (8-12, 20-28). Trevor Frank (2-7, 7.1 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) earned the win, while Ben Doucette fanned two over the final 1.2 innings to record his fifth save. Richy Pedroza went 3 for 4 with a double, two runs and one RBI for the Titans (15-5, 33-17).


No. 13 Stanford 8, Utah 1

In Salt Lake City, Brett Mooneyham struck out 10 as Stanford clinched a Pac-12 series win over Utah. Mooneyham (7-4) allowed four hits, one walk and one run in 8.1 innings. Brian Ragira (2 for 5, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI) homered for the Cardinal (16-10, 35-14). Cory Hunt was 1 for 2 with one RBI for the Utes (7-22, 14-37).


USC 8, No. 14 Arizona 4

In Los Angeles, Kevin Roundtree had a two-run single to cap a six-run sixth as USC evened its Pac-12 series with Arizona. Garret Houts (1 for 3, RBI) scored twice for the Trojans (8-18, 23-26). Andrew Triggs (5-6, 7 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 3 K) was the starter and winner for USC. Joseph Maggi drove in a pair with a triple in the fourth for the Wildcats (17-9, 35-16).


Iowa 7, No. 16 Purdue 6

In Iowa City, Iowa, Mike McQuillan went 4 for 5 with a homer and two runs as Iowa won its Big Ten series against first-place Purdue. Chett Zeise added four hits, while Dan Sheppard had two doubles among his three hits for the Hawkeyes (10-14, 23-27). Jarred Hippen (4-7, 7.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) picked up the victory, while Nick Brown (1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 UE, 1 K) notched his seventh save. Eric Charles went 2 for 4 with three RBI for the Boilermakers (17-7, 41-12).


No. 18 Arkansas 8, Tennessee 2

In Knoxville, Tenn., Tim Carver drove in two runs as Arkansas scored six runs over the last three innings to defeat Tennessee and secure a series sweep of their SEC opponent. Carver’s (1 for 4, BB, 2 R) RBI single in the top of the seventh made the score 3-2 and gave the Razorbacks (16-14, 39-17) their first lead since the fifth. Arkansas’ Brian Anderson also had a good day at the plate, going 2 for 4 with 3 RBI and homer. Davis Morgan had two hits to lead the Volunteers (8-22, 24-31).


Maryland 6, No. 19 Virginia 5

In College Park, Md., Jordan Hagel capped off a two-run bottom of the ninth with an RBI double to help Maryland come from behind and win in walk-off fashion over Virginia. Cavaliers (18-12, 36-16-1) starting pitcher Artie Lewicki, pitched well (6.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) but received a no-decision. Hagel’s (2 for 5, R, RBI) decisive, two-out double drove in Alfredo Rodriguez, who had a RBI single earlier in the inning. Terrapins (10-20, 32-24) reliever Sander Beck (1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K) earned the victory and moved to 6-2. Nate Irving was 3 for 3 with two runs to lead the UVa offense.


NEC Tournament

#2 Sacred Heart 5, #1 Monmouth 1 (Monmouth eliminated)

#1 Monmouth 5, #4 Fairleigh Dickinson 3 (11) (FDU eliminated)

In Norwich, Conn., Kody Kerski pitched a five-hitter as Sacred Heart downed Monmouth to claim its second straight NEC crown. Kerski (4-4) allowed two walks and one run in nine innings with three strikeouts. John Murphy went 3 for 3 with two runs for the Pioneers (25-30). Derick Horn (2 for 4) had a two-run double and scored in a three-run second for the Pioneers (25-30). Chris Perret had two hits for the Hawks (35-24).


In the earlier game, Jake Gronsky had a RBI single in the top of the 11th and Jamie Rosenkranz added a sacrifice fly later in the frame as Monmouth eliminated Fairleigh Dickinson. Josh Boyd had three hits and a run, while Chris Perret added three hits for the Hawks. Jordan Ritz had three hits and one run for the Knights (25-28-1).


MEAC Tournament

S1Bethune-Cookman 3, N3 UMES 0

N1 Delaware State 4, S4 North Carolina A&T 2 (NCAT eliminated)

N1 Delaware State 7, N3 UMES 2 (UMES eliminated)

In Norfolk, Va., Rayan Gonzalez pitched eight scoreless innings as Bethune-Cookman advanced to the MEAC title game by blanking UMES. Gonzalez (9-1) allowed four hits and struck out seven. Jordan Daily pitched a hitless ninth for his 11th save. David Lee had a two-run single and scored in the fifth for the Wildcats (33-24). James Newsome had two hits for the Hawks (14-38).


In the day’s second game, Scott Davis and Tony Gatto both drove in two in the fourth as Delaware State eliminated North Carolina A&T. Ryan Haas (4-1, 7 IP, 4 H, 2 UE, 1 BB, 3 K) got the win, while Derek Marshalsea (2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB) recorded his first save for the Hornets (38-16-1). Marquis Riley had two hits for the Aggies (20-36).


In the day’s finale, Bobby Brown pitched 7.1 solid innings as Delaware State eliminated UMES. Brown (2-1) allowed 11 hits and one earned run with one strikeout. Tony Gatto had two hits and drove in two for the Hornets (39-16-1). Byron Campbell had three hits and one RBI for the Hawks (14-39).


SWAC Tournament

W2 Prairie View A&M 8, W4 Texas Southern 5 (TSU eliminated)

In Baton Rouge, La., Prairie View A&M scored five in the third and took the lead for good with three in the sixth in defeating Texas Southern to advance to Sunday’s SWAC Championship Game against Mississippi Valley State. Dominiq Harris had two hits and two RBI for the Panthers. Steven Lunsford (6.2 IP, 4 H, 1 UE, 4 BB, 2 K) won in relief. Anthony Flenoy (3 for 5, 2 R, 1 RBI) and Lacy Jackson (3 for 5, 2 RBI) led the offense for the Tigers.