May 25, 2012

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Stony Brook wins America East championship

Liberty to face Coastal Carolina for Big South title, UR vs. Dayton in A-10


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America East

#1 Stony Brook 13, #4 Maine 6 (Maine eliminated)

#4 Maine 5, #3 Binghamton 1 (BU eliminated)

Stony Brook wins America East title


In Stony Brook, N.Y., William Carmona went 2 for 5 with a triple, a homer and four RBI as Stony Brook defeated Maine to win the America East title. Travis Jankowski went 3 for 3 with three runs and three RBI, while Maxx Tissenbaum was 3 for 3 with two RBI for the Seawolves (46-11). Stony Brook scored in six of its eight at-bats, snapping a 6-6 tie with a run in the sixth. The Seawolves added four in the seventh and two in the eighth. James Campbell (5-0, 4 IP, 2 H, 3 K) earned the win in relief. Ian Leisenheimer went 2 for 3 with a homer and two RBI for the Black Bears (28-28). (photo courtesy of America East)


In the day’s first game, Mike Connolly (5-6, 8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 6 K) pitched Maine past Binghamton to reach the title game. Colin Gay had two hits and two runs for the Black Bears. Scott Hagan homered for the Bearcats (23-26).


Big South

#3 Liberty 4, #4 Gardner-Webb 3 (GWU eliminated)

#1 Coastal Carolina 4, #7 High Point 3 (HPU eliminated)


In Asheville, N.C., Trey Wimmer hit a walk-off two-run homer as Liberty eliminated Gardner-Webb and advanced to the championship game. With the Flames (41-18) down to their last out and the tying run on third base, Wimmer (2 for 4) swung at the first pitch he saw from Bulldogs (32-28) reliever Jeff Howell (3-4, 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, K) and deposited it over the left field fence. Liberty’s starting pitcher, Brooks Roy (7.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) pitched well. John Harris went 2 for 4 with a homer for the Bulldogs. (photo courtesy of Big South)


In the second game, Tripp Martin’s RBI single in the bottom of the sixth pushed Coastal Carolina past High Point. With the game tied at 3, Martin’s only hit of the day brought home Alex Buccilli and gave the Chanticleers (40-17) the 4-3 lead. Rich Witten went 2 for 4 with two RBI and Aaron Burke (4.1 IP, 5, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K) came out of the bullpen to register the win and move to 9-5. Spencer Angelis went 3 for 4 with three doubles for the Panthers (28-31). The Chanticleers will meet the Liberty Flames in the championship game on Saturday at 4 p.m..


Atlantic 10

#5 Richmond 3, #1 Saint Louis 2 (St. Louis eliminated)

#1 Saint Louis 3, #6 St. Joseph’s 0 (St. Joe’s eliminated)

#2 Dayton 9, #5 Richmond 5

#6 St. Joseph’s 3, #3 Rhode Island 2 (URI eliminated)


In Bronx, N.Y., Richmond reached the A-10 tourney championship for the second straight year when Matt Zink’s grounder was misplayed at second, allowing pinch-runner Nick Poulos to score the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth. The Spiders (30-25) would need two wins over Dayton (30-28), which has yet to lose in the tourney and beat Richmond Friday. Closer Andrew Brockett (3-8) posted the win with three hitless innings, including pitching out of a jam in the seventh when the Spiders trailed 2-1. Richmond tied it when Mike Small scored from second on a throwing error on a double-play attempt. The Billikens finished 41-18, a school record for wins.


Clay Smith tossed a complete-game, three-hit shutout as Saint Louis avoided elimination by beating pesky St. Joseph’s, which was playing its third game in less than 24 hours. Connor Gandossy had a RBI single, and Alec Sole added a RBI single as the Billikens (41-17) took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second. Brett Tiagwad went 2 for 3 for the Hawks (25-32).


Tim Bury tossed 7.2 innings to improve to 8-2, and Brian Blasik homered and drove in two as Dayton held off Richmond. The Spiders (29-25) made three errors in the fourth – and six in the game – that led to four runs for the Flyers (30-28). Matt Zink had two RBI for Richmond, which chipped away and closed to 7-5 in the eighth inning.


In the early game, Brett Taigwad (3 for 4) scored the game-winning run on Kevin Taylor’s bouncer to first in the bottom of the ninth as St. Joseph’s eliminated Rhode Island. The Hawks took the field a mere 10 hours after finishing their extra-inning game against Dayton the night before. Daniel Thorpe (3-2) tossed a complete game, allowing five hits and striking out seven for St. Joe’s. The Rams finished 33-25-1.



#8 Georgia Tech 17, #4 Virginia 5

#5 Clemson 9, #1 Florida State 7

#6 Miami 6, #7 Wake Forest 3


In Greensboro, N.C., Jake Davies, Zane Evans, and Mott Hyde all hit home runs to power Georgia Tech past Virginia. The Yellow Jackets (34-24) were trailing 3-0 until they exploded for six runs in the bottom of the third. Davies (2 for 3, 2 R, 3 RBI), Evans (3 for 4, 2 R, 6 RBI) and Hyde (1 for 3, R, 3 RBI) helped Georgia Tech add four in the fourth, two in the sixth, and five in the seventh before the game was called due to the 10-run rule. Colin Harrington was 3 for 4 with two runs for the Cavaliers (37-17-1). (photo by Sara D. Davis/


In the second game, Jon McGibbon hit a walk-off three-run homer as Clemson defeated Florida State. The Tigers (33-25) trailed 7-4 entering the bottom of the eighth, but Spencer Kieboom (2 for 4) drove in two with a single to make it a one-run game. Then in the bottom of the ninth McGibbon (3 for 5, 2 R, 4 RBI) homered off of Robert Benicasa, the Seminoles’ (43-14) closer. Florida State’s Justin Gonzalez was 2 for 4 with a solo home run. With the victotry, Clemson can still win its pool and move into the championship game if it beats Georgia Tech on Saturday.


In the third game, Eric Whaley threw eight strong innings as Miami defeated Wake Forest. Whaley (4-4) allowed seven hits and two runs (one earned) while striking out six Demon Deacons (33-24). An RBI double in the sixth by Brad Fieger broke a 2-2 tie, and a Fieger RBI single in the seventh helped the Hurricanes (36-20) extend their lead. Miami’s Rony Rodriguez was 1 for 4 with a solo homer and a sacrifice fly. Brett Armour was 2 for 4 with two RBI for Wake Forest.


Atlantic Sun

#1 Belmont 10, #5 Mercer 3 (Mercer eliminated)

#3 Kennesaw State 5, #6 Stetson 4 (Stetson eliminated)

#1 Belmont 6, #4 FGCU 4


In DeLand, Fla., Zac Mitchell and Matt Beaty drove in two runs apiece as Belmont eliminated Mercer. Mitchell (3 for 5, 2 R) and Beatty (2 for 4, R) helped pace a Bruins (37-22) offense that pounded out 12 hits. Derrick Workman and CJ Reed both had two hits for the Bears (38-21). Belmont starting pitcher James Buckelew (5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 6 BB, 3 K) fought through some control issues and picked up his seventh win. 


In the second game, Max Pentecost drove in three with a bases-clearing double in the bottom of the eighth to help Kennesaw State squeeze past Stetson in an elimination game. The Owls (33-24) were trailing 4-1 entering the eighth inning until Andy Chriscaden’s RBI single made it a two-run game. Pentecost (2 for 4) followed with a double that gave the Owls their first lead of the game. Ben Carhart was 2 for 4 with an RBI double for the Hatters (35-23). Justin McCalvin (3-1, 5 K) came out of the bullpen and earned the win, allowing only one hit and no runs in his four innings. (photo courtesy of Atlantic Sun)  


In the third game, Jared Breen drove in two runs as Belmont edged FGCU. Breen (1 for 3) delivered a two-run double in the bottom of the eighth as the Bruins (38-22) broke a 4-4 tie. Belmont’s Judah Akers (3 for 5, R, RBI) and Alec Diamond (2 for 2, 2 BB, 2 RBI) were also key offensive contributors. Brady Anderson was 1 for 4 with a triple and two RBI for the Eagles (26-30).  With the win Belmont advances to the championship game and will face the winner of FGCU and Kennesaw State.


Big East

#4 USF 6, #1 Louisville 2 (Louisville eliminated)

#5 Connecticut 4, #1 Louisville 1

#7 Notre Dame 4, # 3 Seton Hall 3 (Seton Hall eliminated)


In Clearwater, Fla., Alex Mendez and Daniel Rockhold each went 2 for 4 with a homer and three RBI, and Matt Reid allowed one earned run in 7.1 innings as USF eliminated Louisville. Mendez hit a three-run homer in the fifth, and Rockhold hit an 0-2 offering for a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth for the Bulls (36-21). Nick Ratajczak had a pair of hits for the Cardinals (39-20).


Earlier, lefty Anthony Marzi (right) allowed four hits and one unearned run in 8.2 innings as Connecticut stayed unbeaten by beating Louisville. Marzi, who entered 2-8 with a  2.80 ERA, struck out five and retired 13 in a row at one point. LJ Mazzilli went 3 for 4, and Ryan Fuller and Tom Verdi had RBI singles as the Huskies took a 2-0 lead in the third inning off Justin Amlung, the conference pitcher of the year. Zac Wasserman went 2 for 4 for the Cardinals (39-19). (photo courtesy of Big East Conference/J.Meric)


Notre Dame (31-26) stayed alive by beating Seton Hall as Eric Jagielo hit his 12th homer in the bottom of the fifth, and Adam Norton allowed two runs in seven strong innings. The Pirates finished (34-24).


Big Ten

#6 Ohio State 6, #4 Nebraska 2 (Nebraska eliminated)


In Columbus, Ohio, Kirby Pellant went 3 for 3 with a pair of triples, two runs and one RBI as Ohio State eliminated Nebraska. The Buckeyes (33-26) scored two in the second and never trailed. Greg Solomon drove in two for OSU. Brian King (5-5, 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 4 K) earned the win. Josh Scheffert went 2 for 3 with a walk and a run for the Huskers (35-23).


Big 12

#1 Baylor 11, #8 Kansas State 2 (KSU eliminated)

#7 Kansas 5, #2 Texas A&M 3 (TAMU eliminated)


In Oklahoma City, Max Muncy had three hits and two RBI as Baylor eliminated Kansas State. The Bears (44-13) scored in six different innings, with four in the eighth. Muncy was a homer short of the cycle, while Josh Ludy homered and drove in two for Baylor. Jon Davis went deep for the Wildcats (27-31).


In the second game, Thomas Taylor (5-7, 7 IP, 3 R, 3 BB, 9 K) went the distance as Kansas bounced Texas A&M. Dakota Smith homered and drove in two for the Jayhawks (24-33). Ross Stripling (10-3, 8 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 6 K) pitched the complete game for the Aggies (42-16).



#1 UNC Wilmington 3, #3 Delaware 2

#2 Hofstra 4, #5 VCU 2 (VCU eliminated)

#3 Delaware 12, #2 Hofstra 9 (HU eliminated)


In Harrisonburg, Va., UNC Wilmington scored two in the seventh and one in the eighth to edge Delaware and advance to the CAA title game. Mat Batts (6-4, 9 IP, 10 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 11 K) went the distance for the Seahawks (37-20). Hunter Ridge went 3 for 4 with a home run for UNCW. Alex Maruri went 3 for 4 with a homer for the Blue Hens (29-26).


Kenny Jackson had three hits and three RBI, while Matt Ford went 3 for 4 with two runs as Hofstra eliminated VCU. T.J. Thomas added two doubles for the Pride (34-21). Chris Ayers had three hits for the Rams (34-25).


In the day’s final game, Jimmy Yezzo went 3 for 5 with a double, a homer, three runs and four RBI as Delaware outscored Hofstra to reach the title game. The Blue Hens (30-26) erases a 7-2 deficit with a 10-run seventh. Matt Ford and Kenny Jackson both drove in two for the Pride (34-22).


Conference USA

#7 UAB 6, #3 Tulane 3

#2 UCF 11, #6 East Carolina 1

#8 Houston 7, #5 Memphis 3


In Pearl, Miss., Tanner Bryant went 3 for 3 with one run and one RBI as UAB topped Tulane to advance to Sunday’s championship game against Memphis. Keith DePew scored twice for the Blazers (31-27). Blake Crohan had two hits and a run for the Green Wave (38-19).


Chris Taladay went 3 for 5 with a homer and five RBI as UCF pounded East Carolina. Ronnie Richardson scored four for the Knights (42-15). Ben Lively (9-2, 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 2 K) got the win. Drew Reynolds had three hits for the Pirates (34-22-1).


In the day’s final game, Codey Morehouse had two hits and three RBI as Houston downed Memphis. Jacob Lueneburg had two hits and drove in two for the Cougars (18-35-1). Ford Wilson went 3 for 3 for the Tigers, who reached the championship game despite the loss.


Great West

#5 Houston Baptist 13, #6 North Dakota 8 (UND eliminated)

#5 Houston Baptist 11, #4 Northern Colorado 5 (UNC eliminated)


Asai Adame led HBU over North Dakota with his 2-for-4 day while he added three RBI as the Huskies advanced to the championship game. HBU (28-32) capitalized on its seven-run first inning against North Dakota (19-37) while they cruised to the win. Ross Kennell (5-4) picked up the win after giving up three earned runs on 11 hits in 7.1 innings with 11 strikeouts. Ben Clark (1-5) took the loss after lasting only 0.1 innings where he gave up six runs on four hits for North Dakota.


In the earlier game, Jake Gonzalez set the Great West Conference Tournament record with seven RBI after he went 3 for 4 with a double and a triple for Houston Baptist as it eliminated Northern Colorado at Brent Brown Ballpark. Houston Baptist's (27-32) Gonzalez banged out his 46th career double that moved him into fourth place on HBU's all-time list in the win over Northern Colorado (27-33). Curtis Jones (6-5) picked up the victory after giving up five runs on nine hits. Kevin Willman (1-3) suffered the loss after allowing us two runs on seven hits in 3.2 innings. Tony Curdo went 4 for 4 with two RBI for Northern Colorado.



#1 Valparaiso 4, #4 UIC 3

#2 Wright State 2, #3 Milwaukee 1 (UWM eliminated)

#6 Youngstown State 5, #2 Wright State 4 (WSU eliminated)


In Chicago, Mark Johnson tied it with a two-run single and Steven Scoby capped a three-run eighth with a RBI single to plate the eventual game-winner as Valparaiso edged UIC to advance to the Horizon title game. Kevin Wild (6-3, 8 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 1 K) got the win, while Jarad Miller worked a scoreless ninth for his eighth save for the Crusaders (34-22). Alex Jurich had two hits and two RBI for the Flames (21-33).


Garrett Gray had a RBI single in the bottom of the 12th as Wright State eliminated Milwaukee. Jake Hibberd and Michael Timm both had two hits and a run for the Raiders (37-20). Ryan Solberg drove in a run for the Panthers (27-27).


In the day’s finale, Wright State built a 4-0 lead after two before Youngstown State rallied to send the Raiders home. Craig Goubeaux scored twice for the Penguins (11-43). Zach Tanner had two hits and two RBI for WSU (37-21).


Metro Atlantic

#2 Canisius 10, #4 Rider 3

#1 Manhattan 1, #3 Fairfield 0 (Fairfield eliminated)


In Troy, N.Y., Shane Zimmer drove in three as Canisius downed Rider to stay undefeated in the MAAC Tournament. Connor Panas had three hits, while Mike Krische scored three for the Golden Griffins (33-25). Adam Wayman had two hits and a run, while Eric Strano drove in two for the Broncs (22-33).


In the earlier game, Taylor Sewitt (9-1) tossed a four-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts as Manhattan eliminated Fairfield. Shulick (6-5, 8 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 2 K) went the distance for the Stags (27-28). Anthony Vega walked twice and scored in the first for the Jaspers (30-25).



#1 Kent State 8, #8 Buffalo 3 (Buffalo eliminated)

#3 Central Michigan 11, #7 Miami 10 (will meet again Saturday)

#8 Buffalo 10, #5 Western Michigan 8 (WMU eliminated)

#3 Central Michigan 6, #6 Eastern Michigan 4 (EMU eliminated)


In Avon, Ohio, Jimmy Rider drove in three as Kent State downed Buffalo to reach the MAC title game. George Roberts had four hits and two RBI for the Golden Flashes (40-17). Tom Murphy homered and drove in a pair for the Bulls (20-36).


In the day’s fourth game, Jordan Adams had three hits, including a homer and two doubles, and drove in four as Central Michigan defeated Miami to force a deciding game on Saturday for a spot in the MAC championship game. Jordan Dean had three hits and three RBI for the Chippewas (33-28). Bryce Redeker had three hits, including two doubles, and two RBI for the Redhawks (30-28).


Alex Baldock had three hits and five RBI as Buffalo (20-35) eliminated Western Michigan (26-29).


Nate Theunissen homered twice and drove in three as Central Michigan (32-28) eliminated Eastern Michigan (25-31).


Mountain West

#1 New Mexico 5, #2 TCU 2

#3 San Diego State 15, #4 UNLV 9 (UNLV eliminated)


In Las Vegas, Gera Sanchez (8-2) came up huge for New Mexico as he out-dueled TCU's Preston Morrison (9-1) as New Mexico advances to the finals. Sanchez went 6.1 innings with just two runs on six hits while tacking on six strikeouts. New Mexico (35-22) came up big on offense with a 13-hit and five-run game, while TCU (36-18) was able to only put together seven hits and two runs. Bobby Mares picked up his fifth save after throwing 2.1 innings of shutout baseball while adding on six strikeouts. Morrison took the loss after giving up three earned runs on nine hits in six innings for TCU. It was Morrison's first loss on the year. Trey Porras went 2 for 4 with two RBI for New Mexico.


After Thursday's intense game with TCU, SDSU repeated it by blowing a seven-run lead, but this time the Aztecs rallied back to win behind Ryan Muno's 3-for-6 and three-RBI day. SDSU (25-33) was out-hit 15-13 against UNLV (26-31), but SDSU was able to capitalize on nine free passes to score 15 runs. Michael Cederoth (4-4) threw four innings in relief to pick up the victory, giving up an unearned run on two hits. Zak Qualls (4-6) took the loss after giving up five runs on six hits in 4.1 innings of relief. Mark Shannon went 3 for 5 with four RBI for UNLV.


Ohio Valley

#4 Eastern Illinois 7, #6 Southeast Missouri 6

#3 Jacksonville State 9, #2 Eastern Kentucky 4 (EKU eliminated)

#1 Austin Peay 7, #3 Jacksonville State 6 (11) (JSU eliminated)


In Jackson, Tenn., T.J. McManus had two hits and two RBI as Eastern Illinois edged Southeast Missouri to advance to the title game. Ben Thoma (2 RBI) and David Ciaglia both homered for the Panthers (29-27). Andy Lennington had three hits and two RBI for the Redhawks (23-35).


Ben Waldrip drove in four as Jacksonville State erased an early three-run deficit with three in the sixth and five in the seventh to eliminate Eastern Kentucky. Kyle Bluestein had three hits and one RBI for the Gamecocks (28-29). Richie Rodriguez went 3 for 4 with a homer and two RBI for the Colonels (31-23).


Greg Bachman (4 for 5, HR, 3 R) scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 11th as Austin Peay eliminated Jacksonville State. Kyle Bluestein homered and drove in three for the Gamecocks (28-30).



#1 LSU 3 vs. #7 Mississippi State 4, #1 LSU 3 (10) (LSU eliminated)

#3 Florida 7, #2 South Carolina 2 (USC eliminated)


In Hoover, Ala., Matthew Britton had a RBI single in the bottom of the 10th as Mississippi State edged LSU to reach the SEC semifinals. The Tigers (43-16) led 3-0 in the second before the Bulldogs (37-22) scored one in the eighth and two in the ninth to force the extra frame. Adam Frazier had three hits for MSU. Ty Ross had a two-run single in the first for LSU.


In the second game, Mike Zunino homered and drove in three as Florida downed South Carolina to reach the semifinals. Nolan Fontana had two hits, two walks and three runs for the Gators (42-17). Chase Vergason had a pair of hits for the Gamecocks (40-17).



#8 Furman 13, #1 Appalachian State 4 (ASU eliminated)

#3 Elon 7, #7 The Citadel 3 (Citadel eliminated)


In Greenville, S.C., Chris Ohmsted went 4 for 4 with two doubles, a run and three RBI as Furman scored seven runs in the first inning – and 11 in the first three innings – in upsetting Appalachian State and eliminating the Mountaineers. Elliott Warford (6-0) tossed eight innings with three earned runs and eight strikeouts for the Paladins (28-30), who advance to play Samford Saturday. Furman needs two wins over the Bulldogs to reach Sunday’s final. Jake Jones went 3 for 5 with two runs and two RBI, and Paul Nitto went 2 for 4 with two RBI for Furman. At 39-16, the Mountaineers are expected to claim an at-large bid to the NCAA tourney.


Joey Tomko and Ryan Kinsella each blasted two-run homers, and David Whitehead spun a complete game as Elon eliminated The Citadel. The Phoenix (33-25) advance to the semifinals, where it will need two wins over Georgia Southern to reach Sunday’s final against Samford/Furman. Whitehead (5-3) allowed eight hits and struck out a season-high six. The Bulldogs finished (25-33).



#4 UT Arlington 7, #1 Sam Houston State 6 (SHSU eliminated)

#3 Stephen F. Austin 4, #2 Southeastern Louisiana 3 (teams meet again Saturday)

#1 Sam Houston State 4, #8 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 3 (A&M eliminated)

#6 Stephen F. Austin 9, #3 Texas State 7 (Texas State eliminated)


In San Marcos, Texas, Preston Beck ripped a game-winning homer in the bottom of the ninth inning as UT Arlington advanced to the championship game by eliminating Sam Houston State. Kevin Miller blasted a three-run homer to give the Bearkats (38-20) a 6-5 lead in the top of the eighth, but the Mavericks (35-23) tied it at 6 on Travis Sibley’s RBI single and won it in dramatic fashion on Beck’s 12th homer. Sibley finished 3 for 4 with two runs.


In the late game, Jordon Lenaburg had a RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Stephen F. Austin past Southeastern Louisiana. The same teams will play Saturday, with the winner advancing to play UT Arlington in a winner-take-all final. The Lions (38-20) led 3-0, getting runs on a wild pitch, infield grounder and an infield hit that allowed Brock Hebert to score from second. But Max Lamantia had two hits and two RBI, and Cory Ochs tossed three innings of relief after Chase Greening got past his rough start for the Lumberjacks (26-32).


Earlier in the day, it was Sam Houston State celebrating a game-winning homer in the bottom of the ninth as Anthony Azar ripped a leadoff homer to eliminate Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. John Hale also homered for the Bearkats (38-19), who built a 3-0 lead. But Jeramie Marek had a two-run double to tie the game at 3 in the sixth. The Islanders finished 24-33.


Bobby Loveless hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth – his third of the tourney – as Stephen F. Austin beat Texas State in an elimination game. Loveless’ homer came after Jeff McVaney (3 for 4, 3 R, 5 RBI) ripped a grand slam to give the Bobcats a 7-6 lead in the top of the eighth.



#3 North Dakota State 4, #1 Oral Roberts 3 (10)

#2 Oakland 4, #4 Southern Utah 2 (SUU eliminated)

#1 Oral Roberts 3, #2 Oakland 2 (Oakland eliminated)


In Tulsa, Okla., Wes Satzinger had a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th as North Dakota State edged Oral Roberts to reach the title game. The Bison (40-18) scored three in the eighth to tie the game. Max Casper went 2 for 4 with one run and one RBI for NDSU. Jose Trevino doubled and drove in one for the Golden Eagles (34-23).


In the first game, Oakland scored three in the top of the eighth to eliminate Southern Utah. Jason Hager (5-3, 8 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 6 K) got the win, while Greg Welke pitched a perfect ninth for his second save for the Grizzlies (25-30). Aaron Cieslak and Nolan Jacoby both drove in two for Oakland. Brad Royer had three hits for the Thunderbirds (18-36).


In the final game of the day, Giller (6-4, 6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) got the win and Rush (2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 K) earned his fourth save as Oral Roberts eliminated Oakland. The Golden Eagles (35-23) scored two in the sixth to erase a 2-1 deficit. John Estes had two hits and one RBI for the Grizzlies (25-31).


Sun Belt

#4 South Alabama 5, #1 Florida Atlantic 4 (10)

#7 Middle Tennessee 12, #3 FIU 6

#6 Troy 8, #2 Arkansas State 3


In Bowling Green, Ky., Nick Zaharion singled in the game-winning run run in the bottom of the 10th inning as South Alabama improved to 2-1 in pool play by beating Florida Atlantic, the second straight day the Owls have lost an extra-inning game. Payton Gardner (2-6) threw six splendid innings of relief for the Jaguars (23-34), allowing three hits and one earned run. Whitt Dorsey went 5 for 5 with a run and a RBI, and Zaharion had three hits and three RBI for USA. Geoff Jimenez went 3 for 4, and Nathan Pittman homered for FAU (32-22), which is 1-2 and may fall back onto the NCAA bubble.


Hank Larue had two hits, including his fifth homer, and drove in three as Middle Tennessee pounded out 16 hits in improving to 1-1 in pool play by beating FIU. Ryan Ford went 3 for 5 with two runs, and Johnny Thomas went 3 for 4 with a run and a RBI as the Blue Raiders (30-28) scored three in the first and six in the third. Nathan Burns had two hits and three RBI for FIU (31-25), which is 0-2 in pool play.


Boone Shear had a three-run double in a five-run first as Troy knocked off Arkansas State. Ali Knowles had two hits and two RBI, and Jakob Nixon had three hits and two runs for the Trojans (28-29), who are 2-0 in pool play. Ryan Roberts went 2 for 3 with a solo homer for ASU (33-22), 1-1 in pool play.



#2 Sacramento State 8, #5 Fresno State 3

#7 Louisiana Tech 18, #2 Nevada 5 (Nevada eliminated)

#7 Louisiana Tech 15, #1 New Mexico State 12 (NMSU eliminated)


In Mesa, Ariz., Clay Cederquist led Sacramento State after going 3 for 5 with three RBI en route to a victory over Fresno State that sent the Hornets to their first WAC Tournament title game. Sac State (31-26) tacked on 15 hits and eight runs, while holding Fresno State (27-26) to just five hits and three runs. Brennan Leitao (7-5) came up the victor after giving up three runs on four hits in 6.1 innings. Cody Kendall (4-3) was saddled with the loss after giving up eight runs on 14 hits in eight innings for the Bulldogs.


Bre'shon Kimbell and La Tech were facing elimination for the third time and they evaded it again as Kimbell went a perfect 4 for 4 with five RBI in the win over Nevada. The Bulldogs (27-27) cranked out a staggering 18 runs on 20 hits in their win over the Wolf Pack (32-25). Jamie Gilley (3-4) picked up the win after throwing 3.1 shutout innings for La Tech. Tim Culligan (2-2) took the loss after giving up three runs on five hits in 3.2 innings. Kyle Hunt went 2 for 3 with two RBI for Nevada.


Taylor Terrasas and La Tech sent #1 New Mexico State packing after their 15-12 victory where Terrasas went 3 for 5 with a home run and five RBI. La Tech's (26-27) top four hitters went a combined 10 for 19 with 11 runs and eight RBI in their win over NMSU (35-22). Chris Sadberry (3-1) picked up the win after going a career long 5.1 innings in relief where he gave up three earned runs on nine hits. Adam Mott (6-3) took the loss after giving up six earned runs on eights hits with six strikeouts and four walks in 4.1 innings. Tanner White went 3 for 5 with four RBI for NMSU.