May 22, 2012

Rankings are from CBI Composite Poll

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Around the Bases
Blach tosses one-hitter as Creighton stuns Indiana State

Army wins Patriot, Kentucky blanks Ole Miss, Radford defeats Gardner-Webb


Around the Tournaments


Missouri Valley

#8 Creighton 5, #1 Indiana State 0

#4 Illinois State 10, #5 Evansville 3

#6 Southern Illinois 6, #3 Wichita State 3

#7 Bradley 5, #2 Missouri State 3


In Springfield, Mo., Ty Blach (left) tossed a one-hit shutout as Creighton upset top-seeded Indiana State in the first round of the MVC Tournament. Blach (6-5) walked two and struck out six. Chance Ross went 3 for 5 with three RBI for the Bluejays (23-28), contributing a two-run single in a three-run fifth and a RBI base hit in a two-run seventh. Rob Ort had a leadoff single in the second for the lone hit by the Sycamores (41-16).


In the day’s first game, Eric Aguilera had three doubles and two RBI as Illinois State downed Evansville. The Redbirds (32-17) scored two in the first and second while adding four in the fourth for an 8-0 lead. Ty Wiesemeyer (2 for 4, 3B, 2 R), Matt Mirabal (1 for 5) and Brett Kay (1 for 3, 2B, 3 R) each drove in two for ISU. Chris Razo (7-4, 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 K) earned the win. Trentt Copeland had three hits and one run for the Purple Aces (31-26).


Chris Serritella had three hits, including a homer, and drove in two as Southern Illinois defeated Wichita State. Brian Bajer (2 for 4, 2 R) and Donny Duschinsky (3 for 4, 2 RBI) also went deep for the Salukis (29-27). Cody Fortythe (5-4, 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 8 K) earned the victory, while Todd Eaton (2 IP, 3 H, 2 K) recorded his ninth save. Erik Harbutz drove in two for the Shockers (35-24).


In the finale of Day 1, Mike Tauchman had a two-run single in the top of the ninth to snap a 3-3 tie and propel Bradley past Missouri State. Patrick Flanagan (3-3, 2 IP, 2 H, 2 K) earned the win in relief of Joe Bircher (7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 9 K) for the Braves (27-25-1). Keenen Maddox had three hits and two RBI for the Bears (37-19).



#1 Army 8, #2 Holy Cross 4

Army wins Patriot League Championship


In West Point, N.Y., J.T. Watkins belted a three-run homer to cap a four-run seventh as Army defeated Holy Cross to win the Patriot League Championship. Mark McCants had a sacrifice fly in the eighth to snap a 4-4 tie prior to the blast by Watkins (2 for 3, 2 R). Zach Price had three hits and two runs, while Kevin McKague added two hits and two runs for the Black Knights (41-13). Gunnar Carroll (2-0, 3 IP, 2 BB, 1 K) earned the win in relief of Nick Dignacco (6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K). Mike Ahmed drove in two, Brandon Cipolla had two hits and two runs, and Patrick Puentes homered for the Crusaders (33-22).



#4 Kentucky 2, #9 Ole Miss 0

#7 Mississippi State 9, #6 Arkansas 1

#3 Florida 6, No. 10 Auburn 1

#5 Vanderbilt 4, #8 Georgia 1


In Hoover, Ala., A.J. Reed pitched 5.2 scoreless innings and went 4 for 4 at the plate with a home run as Kentucky blanked Ole Miss in the first round of the SEC Tournament. Reed (5-2) allowed five hits and one walk in 5.2 innings with three strikeouts to earn the victory. Taylor Rogers (3.1 IP, 2 H, 2 K) recorded his first save for the Wildcats (42-15). Matt Snyder went 4 for 4 for the Rebels (34-23).


In the day’s second contest, Wes Rea homered and drove in three as Mississippi State defeated Arkansas. Adam Frazier went 3 for 4, while Demarcus Henderson had two hits and two runs for the Bulldogs (35-21), who scored three in the top of the second and six in the ninth. Brandon Woodruff (1-2, 5 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 5 K) was the starter and winner, while Jonathan Holder (1.2 IP, 1 BB, 1 K) registered his seventh save. Matt Vinson went 2 for 4 with one RBI for the Razorbacks (39-18).


Jonathon Crawford had a career-high nine strikeouts as Florida downed Auburn. Crawford (5-2) allowed two hits, four walks and one unearned run in 5.2 innings. The Gators (41-16) scored two in the second and three in the sixth to build a 5-1 lead. Justin Shafer had two hits and three RBI for Florida. Bobby Andrews went 1 for 4 with a run for the Tigers (30-27).


In the day’s final game, Spencer Navin had two hits and two RBI as Vanderbilt defeated Georgia. Drew VerHagen (6-2, 5.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 K) got the win, while Brian Miller (3.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K) notched his fifth save for the Commodores (30-25). Levi Hyams doubled and scored for the Bulldogs (31-25).


Big South

#1 Coastal Carolina 9, #8 Charleston Southern 8

#5 Radford 8, #4 Gardner-Webb 2

#3 Liberty 9, #6 UNC Asheville 2

#7 High Point 2, #2 Campbell 1 (suspended top 3)

In High Point, N.C., Justin Creel had three hits and drove in the winning run with an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth as Coastal Carolina came from behind to defeat Charleston Southern in the first round of the Big South Tournament. The Chanticleers (38-17) scored seven of their nine runs in the last three innings. The Buccaneers (20-35) jumped out to an early 7-2, as John Faircloth and Harrison Wilkins each drove in two runs and helped knock out Coastal Carolina starting pitcher Tyler Herb after 3.2 innings. Rich Witten hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to cut into the lead, and in the bottom of the ninth the Chanticleers capitalized off of three Buccaneer errors to score two before Creel’s (3 for 5) single brought home Jacob May. Aaron Burke (9-5, 5.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) came out of the bullpen to earn the victory. (photo by Todd Drexler - Sideline Sports)


In the day's first game, Eddie Butler struck out 10 as Radford defeated Gardner-Webb. The Highlanders (29-26-1) were able to secure a 5-0 lead after five innings, as Carl Travers and Josh Gardinger had RBI singles and Matt Mack added an RBI double. Butler (7-4) allowed eight hits and two earned runs over his eight innings. Dusty Quattlebaum hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh for the Bulldogs (30-27).


In the third game, Trey Wimmer drove in four runs as Liberty comfortably defeated UNC Asheville. The Flames (39-18) held a 5-0 lead after four innings. Starting pitcher John Niggli struck out four and allowed six hits and one earned run in seven innings to earn the victory. Wimmer (2 for 4) drove in two in the bottom of the second with a single and two in the seventh with a double. Dalton Sype (3 for 3, R, RBI) and Tyler Cox (2 for 4, 2 R, 2 RBI) also had solid games offensively for the Flames. Ian Graham went 2 for 3 with two doubles for the Bulldogs (25-29).


Game 4 was suspended in the top of the third with High Point leading Campbell 2-1. That contest will resume at 9:30 am on Wednesday.


Great West

#6 North Dakota 1, #3 NJIT 0

#2 Texas-Pan American 10, #7 Chicago State 4

#5 Houston Baptist 10 at #4 Northern Colorado 3

#1 Utah Valley 17, #8 NYIT 10


In Orem, Utah, Andrew Thome pitched a two-hit shutout as North Dakota downed NJIT in the opener of the Great West Tournament. Thome (5-5) did not walk a batter and struck out nine. Jeff Campbell had a leadoff double and scored on a base hit by Sam Alt in the seventh. Kris Kwak and Kyle Bolander both had two hits for the Sioux (18-35). Tom Bouck had a double for the Highlanders (25-26).


In the second game, Angel Ibanez had two hits, including a homer, and drove in four as Texas-Pan American defeated Chicago State. The Broncs (30-20) led 5-3 before plating five in the seventh. Derek Hagy drove in three, while Iradier Hernandez and Riley Goulding both had three hits for UTPA. Jonathan Sa (5-2, 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 5 K) picked up the victory. Jeremy Ratajczyk had three hits and two RBI for the Cougars (12-39).


Collin Hetzler pounded out a 3-for-6 performance with an RBI for Houston Baptist in its win over Northern Colorado. The Huskies (25-31) were able to capitalize on their 16 hits by scoring 10 runs, while the Bears (25-32) were able to only score three runs on their 15 hits. Dalton Schafer (5-8) picked up the win after giving up three runs on 15 hits over 6.1 innings. Joe Willman (5-7) took the loss after allowing one earned run on six hits in just one inning. Colby Harrison went 2 for 5 with a homer and two RBI for Northern Colorado.


In the finale of Day 1, Alex Exon went 4 for 6 with four RBI for Utah Valley as they outscored NYIT. Jeremy Gendlek surrendered only two earned runs over 3.2 innings for the Wolverines (44-12), but the Bears (5-45) scored nine runs when he was on the mound. Ryan Chadwick (6-1) picked up the win after giving up one run on six hits in 5.1 innings of relief. John Duggan (3-8) took the loss after allowing five runs on six hits over three innings of relief. Ali Rodriguez went 3 for 5 with two RBI for NYIT.


(photo courtesy of Creighton Media Relations Office)