May 26, 2012

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Davies pitches, homers as Ga. Tech reaches ACC finals

Dayton, Belmont, Coastal Carolina win conference titles


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#8 Georgia Tech 5, #5 Clemson 1

#4 Virginia 7, #1 Florida State 0
#2 North Carolina 4, #3 NC State 0 (12)


In the first game, Jake Davies hit a home run and pitched six solid innings as Georgia Tech beat Clemson to advance to the ACC Championship game tomorrow.  Davies’ (1 for 5, 2 RBI) two-run blast in the top of the first was his fourth homer of the tournament.  Davies also started the game for the Yellow Jackets (35-24) and lasted six innings, giving up two hits and one run, while striking out three en route to his first win of the season.  Steve Wilkerson had one of only five hits for the Tigers (33-26), going 1 for 4 with a solo home run in the bottom of the first. (photo by Sara D. Davis/


In the second game, Artie Lewicki threw seven shutout innings as Virginia defeated Florida State. Lewicki (3 H, 2 BB) struck out four and improved to 4-2 on the year with the win. Colin Harrington (3 for 3, R) and Derek Fisher (2 for 3, 2 R) both drove in two runs for the Cavaliers (38-17-1). Devon Travis had two hits for the Seminoles (43-15).

In the third game, Adam Griffin brought in the first run of the game with a RBI single in the top of the 12th as North Carolina defeated NC State. The Tar Heels (44-14) and Wolfpack (39-17) matched zeroes for 11 innings until Griffin (1 for 1) came through with a bases-loaded single off of Vance Williams. NC State’s Carlos Rodon (9 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 12 K) was magnificent as was North Carolina closer Michael Morin (5 IP, H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K), who improved to 6-3 on the season after earning the win. Parks Jordan and Cody Stubbs were the only Tar Heels with multiple-hit nights, and NC State’s Jake Fincher was 2 for 4 and had a critical outfield assist that ended a scoring threat in the top of the ninth. With the North Carolina win, NC State has been knocked out of ACC championship contention, and Miami will play Georgia Tech in the championship game at noon on Sunday.


Atlantic 10

#2 Dayton 3, #5 Richmond 0 (UR eliminated)

Dayton wins A-10 title


In Bronx, N.Y., Parker Schrage tossed 6.1 scoreless innings and tourney MVP Burny Mitchem finished the shutout off as Dayton beat Richmond to advance to the NCAA tourney for the first time. The Flyers (31-28) took a 1-0 lead in the first on Bobby Glover’s RBI single. Brian Blasik added a RBI grounder in the third, and Jared Broughton stole home on a double steal in the seventh. Jacob Mayers went 2 for 3 for the Spiders (30-26), who lost in the championship round for the second straight year.


Atlantic Sun

#1 Belmont 10, #3 Kennesaw State 4 (KSU eliminated)
#3 Kennesaw State 13, #4 FGCU 4 (FGCU eliminated)

Belmont wins A-Sun title


In DeLand, Fla., Judah Akers had five hits as Belmont defeated Kennesaw State in the Atlantic Sun championship game. The Owls (34-25) scored one run in the second and third to take an early lead as Max Pentecost (1 for 3) had an RBI double and Ronnie Freeman (1 for 4) delivered a RBI single. However, Bruins (39-22) starter Chase Brookshire was able to settle in. Brookshire (8-3, 6 IP, 4 ER, 2 BB) scattered nine hits and struck out five to pick up the victory. Akers (5 for 5, 2B, 2 R, 4 RBI) had a RBI single in the bottom of the third to even the score at 2, and Belmont added four more runs in the bottom of the fifth to take control of the game. Zac Mitchell (3 for 4, 2 R, RBI) hit a solo homerun in the bottom of the eighth to provide some Belmont with some insurance.

In the earlier game, Andy Chriscaden drove in seven runs as Kennesaw State easily defeated FGCU to advance to the Atlantic Sun Championship Game. Chriscaden (2 for 4, BB, R) hit a grand slam in the bottom of the first as the Owls (34-24) jumped out to an early lead. Travis Dean (4-1, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K) pitched eight solid innings to pick up the victory. Brady Anderson had three hits for the Eagles (26-31).


Big South

#1 Coastal Carolina 4, #3 Liberty 1

Coastal Carolina wins Big South title

In High Point, N.C., Alex Buccilli drove in two runs with a single in a three-run first inning as Coastal Carolina held off Liberty to claim its sixth straight Big South championship. The Chanticleers (41-17) never gave up their lead, but the Flames (41-19) added one run in the third. Liberty was threatening in the top of the fourth when Chanticleer starter Tyler Herb was pulled after giving up back-to-back walks. Relief ace Ryan Connolly induced a double play and a groundout to get out of the inning unscathed. Connolly (5-2, 5.1 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, BB, 5 K) would end up pitching into the ninth and picked up the win. Tyler Cox, Zack Haley, and Alex Close all had two hits for the Flames.

Big East

#2 St. John’s 2, #7 Notre Dame 1 (ND eliminated)

#4 USF 1-2, #5 Connecticut 0-1 (UConn eliminated)


In Clearwater, Fla., Kyle Hansen allowed one run in 7.1 innings as St. John’s edged Notre Dame to earn a spot in the Big East title game. Hansen (4-5) allowed five hits, did not walk a batter and struck out seven. Stephen Rivera (1.2 IP, 1 BB) recorded his fourth save. Jeremy Baltz had a sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth to snap a 1-1 tie for the Red Storm (36-21). Eric Jagielo homered in the seventh for the Irish (30-27).


Derrick Stultz pitched a three-hit shutout as USF forced a second game with Connecticut for a berth in the Big East championship game. Stultz (9-1) allowed two walks and struck out four. Jimmy Falla had both hits for the Bulls (37-21), including a home run in the fourth. Eric Yavarone went 1 for 3 for the Huskies (31-26).


In the finale of the day, Daniel Rockhold and Jimmy Falla both scored on wild pitches in the bottom of the seventh as USF eliminated Connecticut to advance to the Big East title game. Falla went 2 for 3 for the Bulls (38-21). Steven Leasure (2-0, 1 IP, 1 H) earned the win, while Austin Adams pitched two hitless innings for his fifth save. L.J. Mazzilli went 2 for 4 with one RBI for the Huskies (31-27).


Big 12

#4 Oklahoma 7, #1 Baylor 2 (BU eliminated)

#6 Missouri 12, #7 Kansas 2 (KU eliminated)


In Oklahoma City, Matt Oberste homered twice and drove in three as Oklahoma defeated Baylor for the fifth straight time this season to advance to the Big 12 title game against Missouri. The Sooners (38-21) scored three in the second and three in the fifth in building a 7-1 lead. Jonathan Gray (8-4, 7.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 5 K) earned the victory. Josh Ludy homered and drove in two for the Bears (44-14).


In the second game, Dane Opel had three hits and five RBI to lead Missouri past Kansas to reach the Big 12 Championship Game. Opel was a homer short of the cycle and scored three. Michael McGraw had three hits and three RBI, while Ben Turner went 3 for 4 with three runs and two RBI for the Tigers (31-26). Tucker Tharp homered and drove in two for the Jayhawks (24-34).



#1 UNC Wilmington 10, #3 Delaware 8

#3 Delaware 11, #1 UNC Wilmington 9

UNC Wilmington wins CAA title


In Harrisonburg, Va., Thomas Pope singled in Hunter Ridge and then scored on a Jake Koenig sacrifice fly as UNC Wilmington scored twice in the ninth and claimed their first CAA championship since 2006. The Seahawks (38-21) trailed 6-0 after Jimmy Yezzo – the tourney MVP who set a CAA tourney record with 15 hits – doubled and scored on a double by Tyler Powell. Tyler Molinaro (3 RBI) had a two-run homer in the third to get UNCW going. Andrew Cain drove in a pair of runs, and Pope finished 3 for 4 with two RBI for the Seahawks. DJ Long went 4 for 5 with two RBI for the Blue Hens (31-27).


Earlier in the day, Jimmy Yezzo went 4 for 5 with a triple, homer, three runs and four RBI, and Nick Ferdinand went 2 for 4 with two runs and three RBI as Delaware beat UNC Wilmington to force a winner-take-all game.


Conference USA

#2 UCF 6, #3 Tulane 2

#6 East Carolina 10, #7 UAB 3

#4 Southern Miss 4, #1 Rice 2


In Pearl, Miss., the three contests on Saturday did not have an effect on Sunday’s championship match-up between #5 Memphis and #7 UAB. In the opener, Spencer Haynes had two hits and two RBI as UCF topped Tulane. Chris Taladay walked twice and scored a pair for the Knights (43-15). UCF scored three in the eighth to snap a 2-2 tie. Nick Schneeberger had a two-run homer in the first for the Green Wave (38-20).


In the second game, Corey Thompson went 3 for 4 with three runs and two RBI as East Carolina downed UAB. John Wooten and Zach Wright both had three hits and two RBI for the Pirates (35-22-1), who blew a close game open with six in the top of the ninth. Patrick Palmeiro and Tyler Mims both had two hits and one RBI for the Blazers (31-28).


In the day’s finale, Blake Brown walked with the bases loaded to snap a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the seventh as Southern Miss edged Rice. Bradley Roney added a RBI single later in the frame for an insurance run for the Golden Eagles (32-24). Dillon Day and Michael Sterling both scored twice for Southern Miss. J.T. Chargois went 2 for 4 with a double, one run and one RBI for the Owls (40-17).


Great West

#1 Utah Valley 10, #5 Houston Baptist 6 (HBU eliminated)

Utah Valley wins Great West title


In Orem, Utah, Bill Burgess' two-run home run broke a 4-4 tie and sparked Utah Valley's five-run eighth inning as it captured its third straight Great West Conference Tournament title. The Wolverines (47-12) scored half of their runs in the eighth in their win over the Huskies (28-33). Josh Swenson (3-0) picked up the win in relief after giving up two runs on three hits in 2.1 innings. Dalton Schafer (5-9) took the loss after giving up six earned runs on nine hits in seven innings. Josh Foust went 2 for 3 with two RBI for Houston Baptist. Alex Exon went 4 for 5 with three runs and two RBI for UVU.



#4 UIC 4, #1 Valparaiso 3 (rematch for title Sunday)

#4 UIC 6, #6 Youngstown State 0 (YSU eliminated)


In Chicago, the trio of Mike Schoolcraft, Tim Tarter and Chris Hoffman combined to allow six hits and quiet top-seeded Valparaiso as UIC edged the Crusaders to force a winner-take-all game between the teams Sunday. Joe Betcher ripped a two-run homer in the first, and the Flames (23-33) added a third run when Alex Grunenwald doubled and scored on an error. Valpo (34-23) got two RBI from John Loeffler, including the game-tying run in the seventh. Alex Jurich then singled in the game-winning run in the eight as the Flames advanced to their first title game since 2009.


Earlier in the day, Tim Suminski tossed a shutout with four hits, two walks and three strikeouts as UIC eliminated Youngstown State. Jon Ryan had two hits and two RBI for the Flames.


Metro Atlantic

#1 Manhattan 5, #2 Canisius 4 (10)

#1 Manhattan 6, #4 Rider 5 (Rider eliminated)


In Troy, N.Y., Nick Camastro had a leadoff triple in the bottom of the 10th and scored on a base hit by Brendan Slattery as Manhattan edged Canisius, forcing one more meeting on Sunday for the MAAC championship. The Jaspers (32-25) trailed 4-1 after seven before scoring a pair in the eighth and getting a homer by Joe Rock (3 for 4) with one away in the ninth to force the extra frame. Taylor Sewitt (10-1, 2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 3 K) earned the win. Ronnie Bernick had two hits and two RBI for the Golden Griffins (33-26).


In the earlier contest, Ramon Ortega (2 for 4, 4 RBI) had a RBI single in the bottom of the eighth to snap a 5-5 tie and help Canisius eliminate Rider. Michael Scarinci (6-4, 4 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K) got the win in relief, while Jacob Marchus pitched the ninth for his eighth save. Ian Lindsay had two hits and a run for the Broncs (22-34).



#1 Kent State 3, #3 Central Michigan 1

#3 Central Michigan 7, #7 Miami 0 (Miami eliminated)

Kent State wins MAC title


In Avon, Ohio, Ryan Mace and tourney MVP David Starn (10-3) combined to shut down Central Michigan over seven innings as Kent State won its fourth straight MAC tourney title. T.J. Sutton had a two-run double down the right-field line to give the Golden Flashes (41-17) a 2-1 lead. Alex Miklos added a RBI grounder in the sixth, and Josh Pierce and Brian Clark combined to close out CMU over the final two innings. William Arnold went 2 for 4 with a RBI for the Chippewas (34-29), who won four straight after losing the first game.


Earlier in the day, Rick Dodridge tossed a complete-game shutuout with six hits, three walks and three strikeouts – and an 8-3-6 triple play in the second – as Central Michigan eliminated Miami.


Missouri Valley

#8 Creighton 8, #6 Southern Illinois 6

Creighton wins MVC title


In Springfield, Mo., Jake Peter had a two-run single in a four-run seventh inning as Creighton beat Southern Illinois for its second straight conference title. Chance Ross and Mike Gerber each had three hits and two runs for the Bluejays (26-28), who trailed 5-1. Creighton used six pitchers, with the final four allowing just three hits and one earned run over the last five innings. Jordan Sivertsen and Brian Bajer each had two hits and two RBI for the Salukis (31-28).


Mountain West

#1 New Mexico 22, #3 San Diego State 3

#3 San Diego State 12, #2 TCU 11 (TCU eliminated)


In Las Vegas, New Mexico and Alex Real had big days at the plate as Real went 3 for 3 with seven RBI. The Lobos (36-22) pounded out 26 hits and 22 runs and held the Aztecs (26-34) to three runs on nine hits in winning a second straight MWC title. Josh Walker (8-2) picked up the after giving up just one earned run on eight hits in seven innings while piling up five strikeouts. Ethan Miller (3-2) picked up the loss after giving up three earned runs on five hits in just 0.2 innings.


In the earlier game, with the bases loaded in the ninth and the game tied at 9, Spencer Thornton came through with an infield single that proved to be the game-winning run as SDSU went on to beat TCU. With the win, the Aztecs (26-33) eliminated the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament in the Horned Frogs (36-19) Justin Hepner (5-3) picked up the win after giving up two runs on four hits in the last 1.1 innings of the game. Kevin Allen (5-3) took the loss after surrendering two runs on two walks in 0.2 innings of relief. Jake Romanski went 3 for 5 with four RBI for SDSU. Kevin Cron went a perfect 3 for 3 with two RBI and two walks for TCU.


Ohio Valley

#1 Austin Peay 7, #4 Eastern Illinois 0

#1 Austin Peay 10, #6 Southeast Missouri 6 (SEMO eliminated)


In Jackson, Tenn., Kacy Kemmer tossed a five-hit shutout as Austin Peay blanked Eastern Illinois to force another meeting on Sunday for the OVC title. Kemmer (2-0) walked two and struck out three. The Govs (37-22) scored two in the first and three in the third to take control early. Jordan Hankins went 2 for 4 with a homer, three runs and two RBI for APSU. Ben Thoma had two hits for the Panthers (29-28).


In the earlier contest, Greg Bachman had four hits and three RBI as Austin Peay eliminated Southeast Missouri. Kenton Parmley had two hits, including a homer, for the Redhawks (23-36).



#7 Mississippi State 2, #4 Kentucky 1 (UK eliminated)

#5 Vanderbilt 8, #3 Florida 6 (UF eliminated)


In Hoover, Ala., four pitchers combined to hold Kentucky to one run as Mississippi State advanced to the SEC title game. Nick Routt (3-5, 3.1 IP, 3 H, 4 K) earned the victory, while Jonathan Holder pitched a scoreless ninth for his ninth save. Trey Porter and Wes Rea both drove in runs for the Bulldogs (38-22). J.T. Riddle went 3 for 4 with a homer for the Wildcats (43-16).


In the nightcap, Will Cooper had a two-run single to cap a five-run ninth as Vanderbilt edged Florida to move on to the SEC Championship Game. The Commodores (33-25) also pulled off a triple steal in the ninth, with Anthony Gomez getting the straight steal of home. Brian Johnson went 4 for 5 with four RBI for the Gators (42-18).



#4 Samford 12, #8 Furman 2 (Furman eliminated)

#6 Georgia Southern 10, #3 Elon 7 (Elon eliminated)


In Greenville, S.C., Phillip Ervin went 3 for 4 with a grand slam in the fourth inning, and Austin Allison went 3 for 3 with three runs and two RBI as Samford advanced to the championship game by eliminating Furman. Kyle Putkonen tossed his first complete game of the year, allowing two runs on eight hits with five strikeouts for the Bulldogs (38-21). Paul Nitto and Taylor Johnson had two hits apiece for the Paladins (28-31).


Chase Griffin went 3 for 4 with three RBI as Georgia Southern eliminated Elon to gain a spot in Sunday’s championship, where the Eagles (33-26) will try to defend their title. Tyler Avera, Michael Burruss and Garren Palmer each drove in two runs for Georgia Southern, which led 8-1 before the Phoenix (33-26) put six on the board in the seventh inning. Ryan Kinsella capped a monster tourney with three RBI – 10 for the tourney – for the Phoenix (33-26).



#4 UT Arlington 13, #2 Southeastern Louisiana 4

#2 Southeastern Louisiana 5, #6 Stephen F. Austin 4 (SFA eliminated)

UT Arlington wins Southland title


In San Marcos, Texas, Preston Beck homered and drove in five as UT Arlington defeated Southeastern Louisiana to capture the Southland title. The Mavericks (36-23) scored in each inning from the third to eighth, including multiple runs in four frames. Beck went 2 for 2 with a grand slam, four walks and four runs, while Ryan Walker was 4 for 4 with two walks, four runs and two RBI for UTA. Lance Day (12-3, 5.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 3 K) got the win, while Zach Thompson (3.1 IP, 3 H, 1 UE, 1 K) notched his first save. Jonathan Pace had three hits and a run, while Jacob Fisher drove in a pair for the Lions (39-21).


In the first game, Ladd Rhodes had a RBI single in the bottom of the ninth as Southeastern Louisiana nipped Stephen F. Austin to advance to the title game. Rhodes went 4 for 5 with two runs for the Lions. Hunter Dozier had two hits and two RBI for the Lumberjacks (26-33).



#1 Oral Roberts 4, #3 North Dakota State 3

#3 Oral Roberts 4, #3 North Dakota State 1

Oral Roberts wins Summit title


In Tulsa, Okla., Jared Schlehuber ripped a two-run homer to highlight a four-run fifth inning as Oral Roberts capped a doubleheader sweep of North Dakota State to capture its 15th straight conference title. The Golden Flashes (37-23) got six splendid innings of relief from Joe Spring, and conference pitcher of the year Drew Bowen closed with 2.1 innings of relief on one day’s rest. Before Schlehuber (3 for 3) put ORU on top, Cam Schiller tied the game at 2 with a two-run single. Nick Anderson had two RBI for the Bison (40-20).


In the first game, Jose Trevino ripped a three-run homer in the top of the ninth to force a winner-take-all game between the teams.


Sun Belt

#2 Arkansas State 12, #3 FIU 4 (FIU eliminated)

#7 Middle Tennessee 8, #6 Troy 5 (Troy eliminated, MTSU eliminated)


In Bowling Green, Ky., Stuart Levy went 3 for 5 with a  homer and four RBI, and Zach George went 2 for 4 with a homer, two runs and three RBI as Arkansas State advanced to Sunday’s title game against Louisiana-Monroe by eliminating FIU. Zach Maggio had two hits and scored four times out of the leadoff spot, and Michael Faulkner went 3 for 5 with two runs for the Red Wolves (34-22). Roche Woodard had two hits and two runs for FIU (31-26).


Reliever Paul Mittura tossed 5.1 innings with four strikeouts and one earned run as Middle Tennessee eliminated Troy. Justin Guidry went 3 for 5 with two runs and a RBI, and Robert Lawrence went 2 for 3 with two runs, a RBI and three stolen bases for the Blue Raiders (31-28). Trent Miller ripped a three-run homer in the first for MTSU, which was eliminated when Arkansas State beat FIU. Danny Collins went 3 for 4 with a RBI for the Trojans (28-30).



#5 Fresno State 9, #2 Sacramento State 6

#5 Fresno State 6, #7 Louisiana Tech 4 (LT eliminated)


In Mesa, Ariz., Fresno State used a four-run seventh inning to come-from-behind to beat Sacramento State and force a winner-take-all game Sunday for the WAC Tournament title. The Bulldogs (29-26) took full advantage of the nine walks that were handed to them by the Hornets (31-27) by scoring nine runs along with nine hits. Gene Escat (3-0) picked up the win after giving up just one run on six hits in 3.1 innings of relief. Tyler Hoelzen (3-2) took the loss after allowing two runs on no hits and two walks without recording an out.


Jordan Luplow propelled Fresno State to the WAC Tournament finals against Sacramento State after he went 3 for 4 with a double and triple and four RBI. Fresno State (28-26) ended Louisiana Tech's (27-28) three-game run of eliminating teams from the tournament. Taylor Garrison (1-2) earned the win after throwing 5.1 innings of shutout baseball while adding up six strikeouts. Caleb Dudley (4-6) took the loss after giving up two runs on five hits in 1.2 innings. Tyler Qualls went 3 for 3 with two runs and two RBI for La. Tech.