Feb. 17, 2013

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Turner's grand slam carries Ole Miss past TCU

WIU surprises Arkansas, Rice blanks Stanford, LBSU bounces Vandy


In Oxford, Miss., Ole Miss rode a grand slam by Stuart Turner (right) in the first to a 5-2 win and a series sweep of TCU on Sunday in the presence of 7,177 fans at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field. The Horned Frogs (0-3) got a run in the top of the first on a homer by Jantsen Witte (3 for 4, 2B, 2 R), but Turner’s tater made that lead short-lived. Josh Laxer (1-0, 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB) took the win in relief, while Tanner Bailey fanned two over the final 1.2 innings for his first save. Auston Bousfield had two hits and a run for the Rebels (3-0).


Western Illinois 7, No. 1 Arkansas 5

In Fayetteville, Ark., Western Illinois scored in three of the first four innings to claim the finale of the series at Arkansas in front of 5,833 fans at Baum Stadium. The Leathernecks (1-2) tallied two in the first, one in the second and three in the fourth for a 6-3 advantage. Steve Kedroski drove in a pair, while Brent Turner and Dan Dispensa both had two hits for the WIU. Mason Pingel (1-0, 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 5 K) was the starter and winner, while Brian Loconsole pitched 1.2 hitless innings to record his first save. Brian Anderson had two doubles and three RBI, while Tyler Spoon went 3 for 4 with two runs and two RBI for the Razorbacks (2-1).


Rice 3, No. 6 Stanford 0

In Houston, John Simms carried a no-hitter into the eighth as Rice won its series against Stanford in front of a crowd of 4,041 at Reckling Park. Austin Barr had a leadoff double in the top of the eighth for the only hit of the day for the Cardinal (1-2). Simms (1-0) worked 7.1 innings with four walks and three strikeouts. Zech Lemond pitched the final 1.2 innings with one walk and two strikeouts to record his second save. Shane Hoelscher (4 for 4) had a two-run single to cap a three-run first for the Owls (2-1). Keenan Cook had two hits for Rice.


Long Beach State 13, No. 3 Vanderbilt 9

In Nashville, Tenn., Jeff McNeil, Richard Prigatano and Eric Hutting each drove in three as Long Beach State salvaged the finale of its series against Vanderbilt in front of 2,282 fans at Hawkins Field. The game was called after eight innings due to travel curfew for the Dirtbags (1-2). LBSU put up crooked numbers in each of the first three innings, building a 9-2 advantage. Ryan Millson (1-0, 0.2 IP 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K) registered the win in relief. Connor Harrell had two hits, including a double and a homer, and knocked in four for the Vols (2-1).


Bethune-Cookman 7, Arizona State 6

In Tempe, Ariz., Bethune-Cookman scored five in the second without benefit of a hit in salvaging the series finale against Arizona State in front of 2,074 fans at Packard Stadium. After a scoreless first, Darin Gillies (0-1) walked the first five batters in the top of second and all five Wildcats (1-2) scored: two on wild pitches, one on a bases-loaded walk, one on a RBI groundout and one on a picked-off runner at second. The Sun Devils (2-1) got a pair in the seventh to pull to within one at 7-6, but could get no closer. Eros Modena drove in a pair for B-CU. Scott Garner (1-0, 6.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) earned the victory, while Jordan Dailey allowed two hits over the final 2.1 innings with one strikeout to record his first save. Michael Benjamin and Max Rossiter both had two RBI for ASU.


Pittsburgh 11, Wichita State 3

In Wichita, Kan., Pittsburgh put up six in the top of the first and rolled to a win over Wichita State in front of 2,428 spectators at Eck Stadium. The Panthers (3-0) became the first team to sweep a three-game home set from the Shockers (0-3) in 43 years. Creighton was the last in 1970. Wichita State head coach Gene Stephenson had not lost a home game in the month of February during his 35-year career with the Shockers. Eric Hess (2 for 4, 4 RBI) and Casey Roche (2 for 4, 3 R, 2 RBI) both homered for Pitt. Rhys Aldenhoven (1-0, 6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 K) registered the win for the Panthers. Garrett Bayliff had two hits and drove in a pair for WSU.


No. 2 North Carolina 17, Seton Hall 2

In Chapel Hill, N.C., North Carolina used six-run outbursts in both the second and fifth to complete a two-game series sweep of Seton Hall at Boshamer Stadium. Lassiter Landon (4 for 4, 2 R, 2 RBI), Skye Bolt (4 for 5, 3 RBI) and Colin Moran (2 for 5, 3 R, 2 RBI) led the way at the plate for the Tar Heels (2-0). Grayson Atwood had a pinch-hit grand slam in a six-run fifth for UNC. Benton Moss (1-0, 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 7 K) picked up the win. Scott Kalamar homered, drew three walks and scored twice for the Pirates (0-2).


No. 4 LSU 14, Maryland 3

In Baton Rouge, La., JaCoby Jones went 2 for 3 with a homer, three runs and two RBI as LSU spanked Maryland in front of 6,462 fans at Alex Box Stadium to complete the three-game sweep. The Tigers (3-0) broke a 2-2 tie with three in the fourth and put the game away with an eight-run seventh. Ty Ross ripped a three-run homer, while Alex Bregman went 3 for 3 with two walks, three runs and one RBI for LSU. Nate Fury (1-0) pitched a perfect fifth with one strikeout to record the victory. Jordan Hagel and Matt Bosse both had two hits for the Terrapins (0-3).


No. 5 UCLA 14, Minnesota 1

In Los Angeles, Grant Watson worked six shutout innings with a career-high eight strikeouts as UCLA whipped Minnesota to win the series at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Watson (1-0) allowed two hits and did not walk a batter. The Bruins (2-1) scored six in the first and never looked back. Eric Filia went 2 for 4 with three runs, Trent Chatterton was 3 for 5 with a double, two runs and two RBI, and Kevin Kramer (1 for 3, 2B) and Pat Gallagher (2 for 3, 2B, 2 BB) both drove in three for UCLA. Dan Olinger drove in the lone run for the Golden Gophers (1-2) in the eighth.


No. 6 South Carolina 8-2, Liberty 7-3

In Columbia, S.C., South Carolina scored seven times in the final two innings of the first game, but Liberty slipped past the Gamecocks in the second as the teams split a doubleheader. In the first game, Ryan Cordell had a three-run double in a six-run seventh inning as the Flames took a 7-0 lead. South Carolina came back with three in the eighth and five in the ninth, capping it on Kyle Martin’s RBI single that went off pitcher Josh Richardson and a throwing error to allow another run to score. In the nightcap, Justin Sizemore went 2 for 3 with a homer as the Flames (1-2) scored twice in the fourth inning and captured the final game of the series. Joey Pankake went 2 for 2 with a RBI for the Gamecocks (2-1).


No. 8 Oregon 9, Hawaii 5

In Honolulu, Aaron Payne and Ryon Healy both had four hits as Oregon outscored Hawaii in front of 3,683 fans at Les Murakami Stadium to secure a series victory. Payne scored three times, while Healy homered and drove in three. The Rainbows (0-3) scored in the bottom of the first before the Ducks (3-0) answered with one in the fourth and two in the fifth. Oregon added six runs over the final three innings, while Hawaii put up two in the seventh and eighth. Cole Irvin (1-0, 7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 4 K) earned the victory. Pi’ikea Kitamura went 2 for 3 with a double, a walk, two runs and two RBI to lead the Rainbows.


No. 9 Oregon State 14, UC Riverside 3

In Palm Springs, Calif., Dylan Davis went 2 for 3 with a triple and three RBI as Oregon State run-ruled UC Riverside in the seventh at Palm Springs Stadium. The Beavers (3-0) scored in five of the first six innings, including six in the bottom of the first. Andy Peterson had three hits, including a double, and two runs, while Tyler Smith scored three and knocked in two for OSU. Andrew Moore (1-0, 5.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) picked up the victory. Eddie Young had two hits, including a double, for the Highlanders (1-2).


No. 11 Kentucky 20, Niagara 3

In Spartanburg, S.C., J.T. Riddle set a program record by going 6 for 6 as Kentucky thumped Niagara at Wofford’s Russell C. King Field. Austin Cousino contributed a grand slam, while Matt Reida had three hits and three RBI for the Wildcats (2-0). Jerad Grundy (1-0) pitched six innings with four hits, two unearned runs, one walk and nine strikeouts, matching a career high. Christian Vangelson had a RBI single for the Purple Eagles (0-3).


No. 12 Mississippi State 7-6, Portland 1-0

In Starkville, Miss., Mississippi State took a doubleheader from Portland to complete a four-game sweep at Dudy Noble Field. In the opener, Kendall Graveman (1-0) pitched 6.1 scoreless innings with two hits, four walks and four strikeouts to earn the victory. The Bulldogs (4-0) scored three in the fourth, one in the fifth and three in the sixth. Mitch Slauter went 2 for 3 with two walks, a homer, three runs and two RBI, while Adam Frazier added two hits and two RBI. Jeff Melby went 2 for 3 with a walk for the Pilots (0-4). In the nightcap, Luis Pollorena (1-0, 4.1 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 6 K) grabbed the win in relief. MSU tallied single runs in the second and fifth before a four-run eighth secured the victory. Demarcus Henderson had two hits and two RBI, while Hunter Renfroe added two doubles, one run and one RBI. Kramer Scott and Beau Fraser both had two hits for Portland.


No. 14 Florida 16, Duke 5

In Gainesville, Fla., Zach Powers pounded a pair of grand slams and drove in nine as Florida outscored Duke in front of 3,581 fans at McKethan Stadium to capture the weekend series. The Gators (2-1) trailed 3-2 before taking the lead with four in the sixth. Powers hit a granny in the seventh and another in a six-run eighth. Powers is just the second Gator to have two grand slams in the same game. Preston Tucker accomplished the feat on April 8, 2009, against UCF. Casey Turgeon went 1 for 3 with two walks and three runs for UF. Ryan Harris (1-0, 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB) earned the win in relief. Matt Berezo (2 for 3) and Chris Marconcini (1 for 4, 2B) both knocked in a pair for the Blue Devils (1-2).


No. 15 Florida State 8, Rhode Island 6 (10)

In Tallahassee, Fla., DJ Stewart belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th as Florida State completed a weekend sweep of Rhode Island in front of 4,183 fans at Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles (3-0) trailed 6-2 before Brett Knief’s two-run double keyed a four-run eighth to knot the score at 6. Gage Smith (1-0) pitched a hitless 10th to pick up the win. Joe Landi had two hits and two RBI for the Rams (0-3).


No. 16 Louisville 9, Purdue 4

In St. Petersburg, Fla., Louisville scored five over the final two innings to pull away from Purdue in the Big East/Big Ten Challenge at Al Lang Stadium. The Cardinals (2-1) scored three in the second and one in the third before the Boilermakers (1-2) answered with four in the bottom of the third to tie it at 4. UL plated three in the eighth and two more in the ninth for the final margin. Sutton Whiting (3 for 5, 2 R, 2 SB) and Adam Engel (2 for 5, SB) both drove in a pair for the Cards. Anthony Kidston (1-0, 3 IP, 1 BB, 5 K) earned the win in relief. Josh Estill went 2 for 3 with one RBI for Purdue.


No. 17 Oklahoma 7, Hofstra 4

In Norman, Okla., Matt Oberste ripped a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning as Oklahoma posted its second straight walkoff win and completed a four-game sweep of Hofstra. Oberste, who tied Saturday night’s game with a two-run single in the ninth, drove in nine on the weekend. Max White went 3 for 4 with two runs and two RBI, and Jack Mayfield added two hits and two runs for the Sooners (4-0). Austin Nyman doubled to plate two, then stole third and scored on an infield single as the Pride (0-4) scored three times in the eighth to knot the game at 4.


No. 18 Georgia Tech 5, Akron 3

In Atlanta, Kyle Wren and Brandon Thomas each had three hits and a run, and Daniel Palka had two hits and two runs as Georgia Tech held off Akron to earn a weekend sweep. Matt Gonzalez drove in a pair of runs to help the Yellow Jackets (3-0) take a 5-1 lead. Brady Stewart doubled in a run as the Zips (0-3) brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth, but Zane Evans closed the door for his first save. Daulton Mosbarger went 2 for 3 with a run for Akron.


No. 19 Arizona 13, Coppin State 9

In Tucson, Ariz., Trent Gilbert scored twice and drove in a pair as Arizona outscored Coppin State to complete the weekend sweep in front of 2,680 fans at Hi Corbett Field. The Wildcats (3-0) scored five in the first to take the early lead. The Eagles (0-3) tallied two in the second and third before a five-spot in the fourth tied it at 9. David Hamlett had an inside-the-park grand slam in the fourth for CSU. Arizona added single runs in the fourth and fifth before completing the scoring with two in the eighth. Sam Parris (2 for 3) and Joseph Maggi (2 for 3) both drove in two for the Wildcats. Augey Bill (1-0, 3.1 IP, 1 H, 3 K) earned the win in relief, while Mathew Troupe fanned the final four Eagles to notch his first save.


San Diego State 5, No. 20 San Diego 3

In San Diego, San Diego State freshman closer Bubba Derby entered in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded and no outs. He promptly struck out the side to preserve the win and an Aztecs sweep of San Diego, which opened its sparkling Fowler Park with three straight losses. Tim Zier had a two-run single in a three-run third, and Avondre Bollar (2 for 4) added a RBI triple for SDSU (3-0). Logan Davis went 3 for 3 with two runs as the Toreros (0-3) battled back.


Georgia Southern 11, Georgia 2

In Statesboro, Ga., Ben Morgan went 4 for 5 with a double, a homer, three runs and three RBI as Georgia Southern won its series against Georgia in front of 3,024 fans at J.I. Clements Stadium. The Eagles (2-1) scored four in the first and three in the second to take control early. T.D. Davis went 2 for 3 with a homer and three RBI, while Hunter Thomas added two doubles and two RBI for GSU. Jason Richman (1-0, 5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 6 K) got the win for the Eagles. Zack Bowers went 2 for 4 with a homer and two RBI for the Bulldogs (1-2).


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