May 23, 2012

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CBI Live: Michigan State 10, Nebraska 9

CBI Live: Ohio State 12, Penn State 5

Around the Bases
Davies homers twice as Georgia Tech edges Florida State

Oklahoma nips Oklahoma State, Saint Joseph's blanks Rhode Island


Around the Tournaments


#8 Georgia Tech 5, #1 Florida State 4
#3 NC State 3, #6 Miami 2

#2 North Carolina 6, #7 Wake Forest 0


In Greensboro, N.C., Jake Davies hit two home runs to power Georgia Tech past Florida State to open the ACC Tournament. Davies (2 for 3, 2 R, 4 RBI) hit a two-run homer in the top of the first and added a solo blast in the fifth as the Yellow Jackets (33-24) jumped out to a 5-0 lead. Georgia Tech starting pitcher Buck Farmer (6 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 6 K) out-pitched his counterpart Scott Sitz (4.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) and earned the victory. James Ramsey (3 for 4, R, 2 RBI) hit a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth to pull the Seminoles (43-13) within one, but FSU could not scratch out another run. (photo by Sara D. Davis,

In the second game of the day, NC State rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth to knock off Miami. Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth, the Wolfpack (39-15) loaded the bases thanks to a pair of singles and a walk. Then Chris Diaz beat out a groundball to third when Miami first basemen Esteban Tresgallo could not come up with a lowthrow. Hurricanes (34-20) closer E.J. Encinosa then proceeded to walk Ryan Mathews on five pitches and force in the game-winning run.


In the third game, six pitchers combined for a four-hitter as North Carolina shut out Wake Forest. The Tar Heels (43-13) scored four in the bottom of the third and Jacob Stallings (2 RBI) and Cody Stubbs (RBI) both finished the night with two hits apiece. Tim Cooney pitched admirably for the Demon Deacons (32-23) despite catching the loss. Cooney (7.2 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 1 BB) struck out 10 batters, bringing his season tally up to 100.


Big 12

#4 Oklahoma 1, #5 Oklahoma State 0

#1 Baylor 11, #8 Kansas State 1

#2 Texas A&M 10, #7 Kansas 4

#6 Missouri 5, #3 Texas 0


In Oklahoma City, Okla., Garrett Carey homered to lead off the bottom of the ninth to lift Oklahoma past Oklahoma State in the first game of the Big 12 Tournament. Steven Okert (7-6, 1.2 IP, 2 K) got the win for the Sooners (36-21) in relief of Dillon Overton (7.1 IP, 6 H, 8 K). Andrew Heaney (8-1, 8 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 K) suffered the loss for the Cowboys (32-24).


In the day’s second game, Josh Turley tossed a five-hitter as Baylor run-ruled Kansas State. Turley (9-0) allowed one run in seven innings with two walks and one strikeout. The game was scoreless after three before the Bears (43-12) scored three in the fourth, fifth and sixth before tallying two in the seventh. Josh Ludy belted two homers and drove in six for Baylor. Tanner Witt went 2 for 3 with a run for the Wildcats (26-30).


Tyler Naquin had four hits and three runs as Texas A&M  downed Kansas. Jacob House and Scott Arthur both had two hits and three RBI for the Aggies (42-14), who scored four in the fifth, two in the sixth and three in the seventh to take a 10-1 lead. Daniel Mengden (3-3, 6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 UE, 1 BB, 5 K) got the win. Tucker Tharp went 2 for 4 with one run and one RBI for the Jayhawks (22-33).


In the day’s finale, Rob Zastryzny pitched 8.1 scoreless innings as Missouri blanked Texas. Zastryzny (5-5) allowed five hits, did not walk a batter and struck out three. Blake Brown went 2 for 4 with two doubles, two runs and two RBI for the Tigers (29-26). Erich Weiss had a pair of hits for the Longhorns (30-21).


Atlantic 10

#6 Saint Joseph’s 3, #3 Rhode Island 0

#5 Richmond 9, #4 Massachusetts 5


In the Bronx, N.Y., Alex Pracher tossed a complete game with five hits and five strikeouts as Saint Joseph’s beat Rhode Island in its first appearance in the A-10 tourney. Pracher (5-9) earned his second shutout in the past three weeks, and Kevin Taylor hit a solo homer and also scored on Brian O’Keefe’s ninth-inning double for the Hawks (24-30), who advance to meet Dayton. Anthony Pisani (4-2) pitched well but suffered the loss for the Rams (32-24-1), who meet Massachusetts in an elimination game.

Earlier, Jacob Mayers blasted a three-run homer in the first, and Chris Cowell ripped a two-run shot to give Richmond the lead for good in a win over Massachusetts. Phil Ruzbarsky (3 for 5) also homered, and Mayers finished with four RBI for the Spiders (28-24), who meet top-seeded Saint Louis Thursday. Anthony Serino went 3 for 5 with two RBI for the Minutemen (22-20), who meet Rhode Island. 


America East

#1 Stony Brook 14, #4 Maine 6

#3 Binghamton 2, #2 Albany 1


In Stony Brook, N.Y., Travis Jankowski and Kevin Krause both had four hits and two runs as Stony Brook took care of Maine. The Seawolves (44-11) built a 7-0 lead after three and added four in the sixth and three in the seventh. Pat Cantwell and Kevin Courtney both drove in three for SBU. Tyler Johnson (9-1, 7.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K) got the win. Fran Whitten had a three-run homer in the fourth for the Black Bears (26-27).


In the earlier game, John Howell went 4 for 4 as Binghamton edged Albany. Mike Augliera (6-7) went the distance for the Bearcats (23-24), allowing one hit and one run with one walk and seven strikeouts. Nolan Gaige had the lone hit for the Great Danes (22-31-1), an RBI single in the sixth.


Atlantic Sun
#5 Mercer 11, #2 USC Upstate 2
#4 FGCU, #3 Kennesaw State 4
#1 Belmont 4, #6 Stetson 3 (15)


In DeLand, Fla., Nick Backlund had four hits as Mercer jumped out to an early lead and comfortably defeated USC Upstate in the opening game of the Atlantic Sun Tournament. The Bears (38-19) came out hot and held a 7-0 lead after four innings. Backlund (4 for 5) was one of five Mercer players with multiple hit days. Mercer starting pitcher Brandon Love shut down the Spartans (33-19), going seven innings, striking out three and allowing only four hits, two walks, and one run. USC Upstate’s Tyler Miller went 1 for 4 with an RBI double. (photo courtesy of

In the second game of the day, Brandon Bednar had three hits as FGCU used a six-run sixth to defeat Kennesaw State. The Eagles (25-29) and Owls (31-25) were tied at 3 until FGCU’s Kirby Retzer (2 for 5, 2 R) delivered a bases-loaded RBI single, Brandon Anderson worked a RBI walk, and Sean Dwyer drove in two more with a double. The Eagles added two more runs later in the inning thanks to one of five Owl errors. Kennesaw State’s Aaron Dobbs was 3 for 5 with a RBI.


In the third game, Judah Akers’ walk-off single in the bottom of the 15th allowed Belmont to edge Stetson. The Bruins (36-21) forced extra innings when they scored one run in the bottom of the ninth off of the Hatters’ (34-22) closer, Robbie Powell. Belmont’s Zac Mitchell and Drew Turner both had two hits in the low-scoring affair, but it was Akers’ (3 for 7, R, RBI) third base-hit that capped the longest game in Atlantic Sun Tournament history. Powell (1-1, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) performed admirably and lasted six full innings, but he caught the loss. Stetson’s Ben Carhart and Spencer Thiesen had both had two hits.


Big East
#1 Louisville 8, #8 Pittsburgh 4
#5 Connecticut 7, #4 USF 2
#3 Seton Hall 6, #6 Rutgers 1
#2 St. John’s 12, #7 Notre Dame 2 (7)

In Clearwater, Fla., Alex Chittenden went 4 for 4 with two runs, and Louisville scored four times in the eighth inning to escape Pittsburgh. Kyle Gibson went 2 for 4 with two RBI, including a RBI triple in the eighth inning for the Cardinals (39-18). Chad Green (5-0) worked five solid innings, and Cole Sturgeon, who went 3 for 5 with a run and a RBI at the plate, earned his third save with two innings of relief. Stephen Vranka went 3 for 5 with a run and two RBI, and Elvin Soto went 3 for 4 with a solo homer and two RBI for the Panthers (28-27). (photo courtesy of Big East Conference - J Meric)

In the nightcap, Billy Ferriter went 2 for 4 with two runs and two RBI, and David Fischer allowed two earned runs in 6.2 innings as Connecticut knocked off USF. Ryan Fuller had two hits and two RBI for the Huskies (30-25-1). James Ramsay went 3 for 5 with a run for the Bulls (34-21).

Jon Prosinski allowed one earned run in six innings, and Scott Kalamar went 3 for 4 with a run and two RBI as Seton Hall slipped past Rutgers. Prosinski improved to 9-3, and Henry Warner tossed three innings to post his first save for the Pirates (34-22). Brian O’Grady and Nick Favatella each had three hits, combining for six of the eight hits for the Scarlet Knights (31-24).

Danny Bethea had a two-run double down the right-field line as part of a seven-run first and finished with three RBI as St. John’s routed Notre Dame. Kyle Richardson went 2 for 3 with a run and two RBI for the Red Storm (34-21). Trey Mancini went 3 for 4 with a run for the Fighting Irish (29-26).

Big South

#1 Coastal Carolina 5, #5 Radford 3

#4 Gardner-Webb 4, #8 Charleston Southern 3 (CSU eliminated)
#7 High Point 7, #6 UNC Asheville 1 (UNCA eliminated)

In High Point, N.C., Ryan Connolly came out of the bullpen to help Coastal Carolina beat Radford. Connolly (3-2, 6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) entered in the top of the fourth when the Chanticleers (39-17) were trailing 3-2. Coastal Carolina responded for two runs in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead. Daniel Bowman and Jacob May both had two hits and two runs, while Tripp Martin went 2 for 4 with a solo home run for the Chants. Brent Mollenhauer and Jeff Kemp both had two hits to lead the Highlander (29-27-1) offense.


Earlier, Benji Jackson delivered a two-run double in a four-run seventh inning as Gardner-Webb came from behind to eliminate Charleston Southern. The Bulldogs (31-27) were trailing 2-0 before Brad Collins led off the seventh inning with a double. After a groundout and an error, Jackson (1 for 4) came through with a one-out double to left center to tie the game at 2. Gardner-Webb added two more runs in the inning thanks to an RBI single from Adam Tiller (1 for 2, R) and a bases-loaded walk to Dusty Quattlebaum. Jaren Sustar went 2 for 4 with a RBI for the Buccaneers (20-36).

Jared Avidon struck out five and allowed only one run over six innings as High Point defeated UNC Asheville in an elimination game. Devin Bujnovsky, Josh Spano and Ryan Retz each had two hits and two RBI as the Panthers (27-30) jumped out to a 5-0 lead after three innings. Hunter Bryant had three hits for the Bulldogs (25-30).


#5 VCU 11, #4 George Mason 7

#3 Delaware 8, #6 Towson 7 (12)


In Harrisonburg, Va., Jordan Weymouth homered and drove in four as VCU outscored George Mason. The teams withstood a four-hour rain delay in the fourth. Bill Cullen also went deep and drove in three, while Paul Nice (right) went 1 for 4 with a run for the Rams (33-23). Zack Helgeson (2 for 3, 4 RBI) and Chris Cook (2 for 4) also homered for the Patriots (33-23). (photo by Cathy Kushner)


In the second game, pinch-runner Dan Gatto scored on an error in the bottom of the 12th as Delaware edged Towson. Jimmy Yezzo (3 for 5, 2 RBI) led off with a single and was replaced by Gatto. Eric Young followed with a bunt single and a throwing error allowed Gatto to come all the way around to score the game-winner for the Blue Hens (25-23). Brandon Gonnella went 2 for 4 with two walks and two runs for the Tigers (26-30).


Conference USA

#5 Memphis 14, #4 Southern Miss 3

#1 Rice 7, #8 Houston 5

#3 Tulane 4, #6 East Carolina 3


In Pearl, Miss., Derrick Thomas had two hits and drove in three as Memphis mauled Southern Miss. The Tigers (30-26) erased a 3-2 deficit with nine in the top of the seventh. Jacob Wilson homered and drove in two for Memphis. Blake Brown went 2 for 4 with two RBI for the Golden Eagles (30-25)


Rice battled back from an early 5-1 hole to defeat Houston. Michael Fuda had two hits and two RBI, while J.T. Chargois went 3 for 5 with two doubles, two runs and one RBI for the Owls (40-15). Landon Appling scored twice for the Cougars (17-34-1).


In the final game of the day, Alex Byo outdueled Kevin Brandt as Tulane edged East Carolina. Byo (9-4) allowed 11 hits and three runs in eight innings with one walk and three strikeouts. Brandt (7-6) gave up eight hits and two earned runs in eight innings with three punchouts for the Pirates (34-21-1). D.J. Ponder pitched a scoreless ninth for the Green Wave (38-18) for his 12th save. Garrett Cannizaro drove in a pair for Tulane.


Great West

#1 Utah Valley 9, #5 Houston Baptist 8

#6 North Dakota 18 at #2 Texas-Pan American 7

#7 Chicago St 11, #3 NJIT 7 (NJIT eliminated)

#4 Northern Colorado 11, #8 NYIT 1 (NYIT eliminated)


In Orem, Utah, Billy Burgess went 2 for 5 with three RBI as Utah Valley beat Houston Baptist. Though the Wolverines (45-12) were out-hit by the Huskies (25-32) 15-8, Utah Valley pushed across nine runs in its win. Josh Swenson (2-0) picked up the victory after throwing 1.2 innings of shutout baseball. Jake Gonzalez (2-2) took the loss after giving up a run on two hits in 0.2 innings. Curtis Jones went 3 for 4 with three RBI for HBU.


Jeff Campbell tossed a complete game for North Dakota and drove in a career-high six runs in the win over Texas-Pan American. The Sioux (19-35) scored 18 runs on 14 hits, taking full advantage of the nine walks that the Broncs (30-21) gave them. Campbell (4-7) gave up six earned runs on 12 hits over seven innings. Campbell also went 4 for 5 with four runs and six RBI. Colby McCasland (3-1) took the loss as he gave up three runs on one hit in just 0.2 innings for Texas-Pan American. Vincent Mejia went 2 for 4 with two runs and three RBI for UTPA.


Jonathan Carpen's grand slam down the right field line in the top of the ninth proved to be the difference for Chicago State in its win over NJIT to stay alive in the first elimination game. The Cougars (13-39) were more efficient at the plate, scoring 11 runs on 12 hits, while the Highlanders (25-27) were only able to score seven runs on their 13 hits. Andrew Watson (2-7) picked up the win after throwing 1.2 innings of shutout baseball. Austin McAuliffe (2-1) took the loss after giving up four runs on two hits in two innings. Bryan Bleakley went 3 for 5 with two runs for NJIT.


Jake Johnson (2-1) threw a complete game (seven innings) for Northern Colorado, allowing one run on four hits in the win over NYIT. Northern Colorado (26-32) cruised to an 11-1 win as the game ended in seven innings due to a 10-run rule over NYIT (5-46). Jose Checo (0-3) took the loss after giving up six runs on 10 hits in six innings. Michael Fermin went 2 for 3 with an RBI for NYIT. Jensen Park went 3 for 4 with two runs and two RBI for UNC.


#6 Youngstown State 8, #3 Milwaukee 4

#5 UIC 10, #4 Butler 1


In Chicago, Drew Dosch went 2 for 5 with a double, triple and three RBI, and Jeremy Banks went 3 for 5 with two RBI as Youngstown State surprised Milwaukee. Russ Harless (3-6) was effective in six innings, allowing three earned runs for Youngstown (10-42). Jonathan Capasso went 3 for 4 with a run and a RBI for Milwaukee (26-26).


UIC made easy work of Butler, scoring five times in the first and cruising to a win. Alex Grunenwald went 3 for 4 with a homer, three RBI and two runs, and Joe Betcher also drove in three for the Flames. Joey Begel allowed four hits in seven shutout innings.



#1 Kent State 9, #8 Buffalo 0

#5 Western Michigan 4, #4 Ohio 2

#6 Eastern Michigan 4, #3 Central Michigan 3

#7 Miami 5, #2 Toledo 0


In Avon, Ohio, top-seeded was the only higher seed to win in the first round of the MAC tourney, shutting out Buffalo. David Starn (9-3) (right) hurled eight scoreless innings with three walks and four strikeouts. Sawyer Polen went 4 for 4, a homer short of the cycle, with two RBI for the Golden Flashes (38-17). Mike Scarcello went 2 for 2 for the Bulls (18-35). (photo courtesy of KSU Media Relations Office)


In the day’s first game, Zach Thoma went 3 for 5 with two doubles, one run and one RBI as Western Michigan took care of Ohio. Casey Webber (5-5, 7.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 K) got the win for the Broncos (26-27), while Monty Porter (1.1 IP, 2 K) registered his third save. Jensen Painter went 2 for 3 with one run and one RBI for the Bobcats (28-28).


Brent Ohrman and Tucker Rubino both drove in two as Eastern Michigan nipped Central Michigan. Neil Butara (5-5, 6.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 7 K) got the in, while Joe Battistelli pitched a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts for his seventh save for the Eagles (25-29). Jordan Adams went 2 for 3 with two runs for the Chippewas (30-28).


Shawn Marquardt pitched a five-hit shutout as Miami blanked Toledo. Marquardt (7-5) allowed no walks and struck out one. Dan Walsh had three hits for the Redhawks (29-27). Joe Corfman went 2 for 3 for the Rockets (30-26).


MVC Tournament

#8 Creighton 11, #4 Illinois State 5

#6 Southern Illinois 9, #7 Bradley 8 (10)

#5 Evansville 8, #1 Indiana State 5 (ISU eliminated)

#2 Missouri State 7, #3 Wichita State 0 (WSU eliminated)


In Springfield, Mo., Mike Gerber went 4 for 5 with two runs and three RBI as Creighton topped Illinois State to stay unbeaten in the MVC tourney. Gerber was a triple short of the cycle. Chance Ross also homered for the Bluejays (24-28) and drove in three. Kyle Stanton drove in a pair for the Redbirds (32-18).


Chris Serritella drove in the game-winner with a single in the bottom of the 10th as Southern Illinois edged Bradley to remain undefeated in the tourney. Serritella finished with two hits and three RBI for the Salukis (30-27). David Compitello had two hits and three runs for the Braves (27-26-1).


Eric Stamets went 3 for 4 with two RBI as Evansville eliminated top-seeded Indiana State. The Purple Aces (32-26) used a six-run second to take control. Kyle Pollock homered and drove in two for Evansville. Jon Hedges (2 for 4, 2 RBI) and Koby Kraemer (2 RBI) both went deep for the Sycamores (41-17).


Cody Schumacher (8-1) tossed a two-hit shutout with three walks and eight strikeouts as Missouri State eliminated Wichita State (35-25). The Bears (38-19) scored five in the first to take control.


#4 Eastern Illinois 2, #5 Morehead State 1

#6 Southeast Missouri 4, #3 Jacksonville State 1


In Jackson, Tenn., Ryan Dineen had a RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth as Eastern Illinois edged Morehead State. The Eagles (28-26) had tied the game in the top of the ninth as pinch-runner Bud Morton scored on an error. Dineen finished with three hits, while Ben Thoma homered in the fourth for the Panthers (27-27). Mike Hoekstra (5-3, 9 IP, 2 H, 1 UE, 2 BB, 4 K) allowed two hits, singles in the second and ninth, in recording the win.


In the second game, Christian Hull allowed two hits in five innings of relief as Southeast Missouri downed Jacksonville State. Hull (4-7) walked three and struck out three. The Redhawks (22-34) erased a 1-0 deficit with three in the sixth. Kody Campbell went 3 for 4 with a run for the victors. Sam Eberle had three hits for the Gamecocks (26-29).



#9 Ole Miss 2, #6 Arkansas 0 (Arkansas eliminated)

#7 Mississippi State 3, #1 LSU 2

#10 Auburn 3, #8 Georgia 2 (UGA eliminated)

#5 Vanderbilt 3, #2 South Carolina 2


In Hoover, Ala., Mike Mayers tossed seven scoreless innings as Ole Miss blanked Arkansas in an elimination game. Mayers (5-3) allowed five hits and one walk while fanning eight. Brett Huber (2 IP, 1 H, 4 K) notched his 10th save. Alex Yarbrough went 3 for 4 for the Rebels (35-23). Brian Anderson had two hits for the Razorbacks (39-19).


Chris Stratton struck out eight in six innings as Mississippi State knocked off top-seeded LSU. Stratton (11-1) allowed five hits, two walks and two runs. Jonathan Holder fanned two in a hitless ninth for his eighth save. Adam Frazier and Brent Brownlee both had two hits and one RBI for the Bulldogs (36-21). Mason Katz drove in a pair for the Tigers (42-15).


Daniel Koger tossed 5.1 scoreless innings as Auburn eliminated Georgia. Koger (4-5) allowed seven hits and one walk while striking out one. Justin Bryant (1.1 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 K) registered his seventh save and also homered for the Tigers (31-27). Peter Verdin had two hits and a run for the Bulldogs (31-26).


In the day’s final game, Vanderbilt erased an early 2-0 deficit with single runs in the fifth, sixth and eighth to edge South Carolina. Vince Conde doubled and scored the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth for the Commodores (31-25). Kevin Ziomek (5-6, 2 IP, 2 BB, 3 K) earned the win, while Will Clinard (2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K) recorded his fifth save. Tanner English had a two-run single in the second for the Gamecocks (39-16).



#7 The Citadel 8, #2 College of Charleston 6 (11)

#6 Georgia Southern 19, #3 Elon 2

#1 Appalachian State 7, #8 Furman 5

#4 Samford 7, #5 Western Carolina

In Greenville, S.C., Tyler Griffin went 3 for 5 with two RBI, including the game-winner in the top of the 11th as The Citadel upset College of Charleston to open the tourney. Justin Mackert went 2 for 4 with a homer and three RBI for the Bulldogs (25-31), who led all the way until allowing four runs to tie the game at 6 in the eighth. Tyler Jackson had a pinch-hit three-run double for the Cougars (37-19) in that big frame. Griffin’s RBI double in the 11th gave the Bulldogs the lead, and they added one more on an error, the fourth of the day for the Cougars.


In another first-round game, Michael Burruss went 4 for 5 with two runs and three RBI, and Tyler Avera went 4 for 6 with two runs and three RBI as Georgia Southern routed Elon, scoring all of its runs in the final five innings. The Eagles (31-26) pounded out 23 hits giving Chris Beck (6-7) more than enough support. Beck finished with seven innings, one earned run and six strikeouts. Elon (31-25) will face College of Charleston in an elimination game. 


Top-seeded Appalachian State survived a scare from host Furman as Ryan Arrowood improved to 10-0 on the season and set a school record with his 27th career win. Tyler Zupcic and Daniel Kassouf each drove in two for the Mountaineers (39-14). Arrowood was touched for five runs, four earned, in seven innings. Will Owens went 3 for 5 with two runs for the Paladins (26-30).

In the late game, Josh Martin struck out seven and allowed three hits and four walks in seven scoreless innings, and Austin Allison went 2 for 3 with three RBI and two runs as Samford blanked Western Carolina. Martin (12-1) became the first D-I pitch to reach 12 wins this season.

#8 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 9, #1 Sam Houston State 2
#2 Southeastern Louisiana 6, #7 Central Arkansas 3
#3 Texas State 11, #6 Stephen F. Austin 1 (7)
#4 UT Arlington 6, #5 McNeese State 2

In San Marcos, Texas, Daniel Minor silenced top-seeded Sam Houston State to the tune of two runs (one earned) in eight splendid innings as Texas A&M-Corpus Christi pulled off an upset of the Bearkats. The win marked the fourth time in the past five years that the 8-seed has beaten the 1-seed in the Southland tourney. Eric Weiss homered and drove in two, and Jonathan Gonzales and Weston Montgomery contributed two RBI apiece for the Islanders (24-31). Kevin Miller had two hits and a RBI for the Bearkats (36-19).

In the nightcap, Harry Slade went 2 for 5 with two RBI, and Alex Marse went 3 for 4 with two runs as Southeastern Louisiana earned a win over Central Arkansas. Jason Greenleaf tossed 2.1 innings of relief to improve to 3-1, and Stefan Lopez picked up his 20th save for the Lions (37-19). Travis Snider went 2 for 4 with two runs for the Bears.

Morgan Mickan went 3 for 5 with four runs, and Travis Ballew (right) tossed seven innings to improve to 11-4 as Texas State stomped Stephen F. Austin. Ballew (11-4) went the distance with seven hits, one run, two walks and five strikeouts. (photo courtesy of Southland Conference)


Michael Guerra went 4 for 4 with his second homer and three RBI, and Travis Sibley had two hits and two RBI as UT Arlington knocked off McNeese State. Lance Day worked seven solid innings to improve to 11-3, and Adam Boydston earned his eighth save for the Mavericks (33-23). Nick Eubanks had two hits, including a homer, and two RBI for McNeese State (24-29).

Sun Belt
#5 ULM 7, #4 South Alabama 4 (10)
#2 Arkansas State 12, #7 Middle Tennessee 1 (7)

In Bowling Green, Ky., Lee Aulds had the go-ahead RBI single, and Joey Rapp added two insurance runs as ULM scored three times in the ninth to upend South Alabama. Caleb Clowers and Taylor Abdalla each drove in two, and conference player of the year Jeremy Sy went 2 for 4 with two runs for the Warhawks (29-27). Nolan Earley had three hits and two runs for USA (21-34).

Jacob Lee improved to 9-1 with seven innings of one-run ball, and Logan Uxa went 2 for 4 with his 10th homer, two runs and three RBI as Arkansas State steamrolled Middle Tennessee. Leadoff man Michael Faulkner contributed two runs and two RBI as ASU (33-21) used a six-run fifth to break from a 3-0 game. MTSU fell to 29-28.



#5 Fresno State 8, #4 Hawaii 2

#3 Nevada 4, #6 Louisiana Tech 3


In Mesa, Ariz., Aaron Judge had himself a day by going 4 for 5 with a RBI triple and two doubles as Fresno State went on to beat Hawaii in the WAC Tournament. The Bulldogs (26-25) capitalized on their 12 hits by pushing across eight runs where the Rainbows (30-24) were able to only push across two runs on their 11 hits. Thomas Harlan (7-7) picked up the win after giving up two runs on eight hits with strikeouts over 6.1 innings. Jarrett Arakawa (7-6) took the loss after giving up four runs on eight hits in five innings of work. Patrick Hutcheson went 2 for 4 with a run and an RBI for Fresno State.


Carlos Escobar hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth to give Nevada the win over Louisiana Tech. The Wolf Pack (32-23) will face Sacramento State in the second round after its win over the Bulldogs (24-27). Braden Shipley (9-4) picked up the win after giving up three runs on five hits over nine innings with nine strikeouts. Caleb Dudley (4-5) took the loss after allowing the walk-off home run to the only batter his faced. Alex Williams went 1 for 4 with an RBI for La Tech.