Feb. 19, 2013

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Arkansas blanks New Orleans twice in Fayetteville

Dallas Baptist downs Rice, Vanderbilt wins at Belmont, LSU tops Lamar


In Fayetteville, Ark., No. 2 Arkansas posted a pair of shutouts against visiting New Orleans Tuesday at Baum Stadium, 14-0 and 3-0. In the opener, Colin Poche (1-0, 5 IP, 1 H, 3 BB, 6 K) and Cade Lynch (2 IP, 1 BB, 3 K) combined on the one-hitter for the Razorbacks (4-1). Arkansas scored multiple runs in five of the first six innings, including five in the first. Jacob Mahan went 3 for 4 with a double and four RBI, while Tyler Spoon (2 for 5, 2 R, 3 RBI) and Willie Schwanke (1 for 2, 3 BB, 3 R, 3 RBI) both homered. Dan Perkins had the lone hit for the Privateers (0-5). In the nightcap, The Razorbacks scored single runs in the second, sixth and seventh. Jake Wise drove in a pair for Arkansas. Four relievers combined on the four-hitter. Landon Simpson (1-0, 3 IP, 3 H) was the starter and winner. Michael Gunn fanned six in four innings of relief with one hit and one walk. Jalen Beeks retired the side in order in the ninth for his first save. Chaz Boyer had two hits for New Orleans.


Dallas Baptist 6, No. 13 Rice 4

In Houston, Dallas Baptist built an early lead and held on to defeat Rice at Reckling Park. The Patriots (1-3) scored one in the first and three in the third to build a 4-0 lead. The Owls (2-2) brought the tying run to the plate in the seventh and eighth, but could not capitalize. Jay Calhoun (1-0, 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 2 K) was the starter and winner for DBU. Caulin Cragle (1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 K) got the final out of the seventh and pitched into the ninth, while Michael Smith fanned the final two batters to earn the save. Mike Wesolowski went 1 for 4 with two RBI, while Michael Miller (2 for 5) and Boomer Collins (1 for 3, 2 BB, 1 RBI) both scored twice for the Patriots. Blake Fox went 3 for 3 with two RBI for Rice.


No. 3 Vanderbilt 9, Belmont 3

In Nashville, Tenn., Philip Pfeifer struck out 10 in 6.2 innings as Vanderbilt beat Belmont at the Bruins’ Rose Park. Pfeifer (1-0) allowed four hits, three walks and one run. The Commodores (3-1) scored two in the first, three in the fourth and three in the fifth in building an 8-0 lead. Leadoff hitter Tony Kemp went 5 for 5 with two doubles, one run and one RBI, while Mike Yastrzemski went 2 for 5 with a homer and two RBI for Vanderbilt. Drew Turner had two hits, including a dinger, and two RBI for Belmont (3-1).


No. 4 LSU 8, Lamar 1

In Baton Rouge, La., LSU used a six-run eighth to blow open a close game against Lamar in front of 3,660 fans at Alex Box Stadium. The Cardinals (4-1) scored in the top of the first before the Tigers (4-0) answered with a run in the second on a home run by JaCoby Jones (2 BB, 2 R). LSU took the lead in the sixth on a RBI double by Mason Katz before the six-run outburst in the eighth. Hunter Devall (1-0, 1.1 IP, 1 K) got the win in relief, while Chris Cotton (1.1 IP, 1 H, 3 K) earned his second save. Darian Johnson went 2 for 3 with a walk for Lamar.


No. 11 Mississippi State 2, Grambling State 0

In Starkville, Miss., Brandon Woodruff and five relievers combined on the six-hit shutout as Mississippi State edged Grambling State in front of 5,650 onlookers at Dudy Noble Field. Woodruff (1-0) allowed five hits in six innings with one walk and eight strikeouts. Jonathan Holder fanned the final four batters of the game to record his second save. Demarcus Henderson had a RBI single in the second to snap the scoreless tie. C.T. Bradford singled in a run in the fifth to make it a 2-0 contest. Darren Farmer and Jose Longoria both had two hits for the Tigers (0-4).


No. 12 NC State 5, Charlotte 0

In Raleigh, N.C., Logan Jernigan and Ethan Ogburn combined on the four-hit shutout as NC State blanked Charlotte to give head coach Elliott Avent his 600th career victory. Jernigan (4 IP, 3 H, 4 BB, 5 K) started the contest, while Ogburn (1-0, 5 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K) picked up the win in relief. The Wolfpack (1-1) got one run in the third before putting up two in both the seventh and eighth. Trea Turner went 2 for 3 with a double, two runs and one RBI, while Jake Armstrong delivered a two-run triple in the eighth. Michael Green had two hits for the 49ers (1-1).


No. 16 Florida 5, UCF 3

In Orlando, Fla., Florida scored in four of the first six innings in building a 5-0 lead and held on to defeat UCF in front of a record crowd of 3,678 at Jay Bergman Field. Vickash Ramjit (2 for 5, 2 R) and Zack Powers (3 for 4, 2 R) both went deep for the Gators (3-1). Parker Danciu (2-0, 3.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K) earned the win in relief, while Johnny Magliozzi retired the final five hitters to record his second save. James Vazquez went 2 for 4 with a homer for the Knights (2-2).


No. 17 Georgia Tech 16, Georgia State 5

In Atlanta, Matt Gonzalez went 3 for 4 with a homer, two runs and four RBI as Georgia Tech thumped Georgia State in front of 1,062 spectators at Russ Chandler Stadium. The Yellow Jackets (4-0) scored in each of the first seven innings, including multiple runs in six of those seven frames. A.J. Murray had three hits and three runs for Georgia Tech. Josh Heddinger (1-0, 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 3 K) was the starter and winner. Joey Roach homered and drove in two for the Panthers (2-2).


No. 19 Oklahoma 4-11, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 2-1

In Norman, Okla., Oklahoma raised its record to 6-0 with a doubleheader sweep of Arkansas-Pine Bluff at L. Dale Mitchell Park. In the opener, the Sooners scored three in the bottom of the third to take the lead for good. Adam Choplick (1-0, 5 IP, 1 H, 1 UE, 6 K) picked up the win, while Jacob Evans (2 IP, 1 H, 5 K) recorded his first save. Hunter Haley went 2 for 2 with a double, a triple, one run and one RBI to lead OU. Cody De Mera drove in both runs for the Golden Lions (2-3). In Game 2, the Sooners scored in five of their eight at-bats, putting up crooked numbers in four frames. Matt Oberste (2 for 4, 2B, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI) and Hector Lorenzana (3 for 3, 2 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI) paced the OU offense. Dillon Overton (2-0, 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R) got the win in relief. De Mera and Kirby Campbell both had two hits for UAPB.


Campbell 6, East Carolina 4

In Greenville, N.C., Elijah Trail homered and scored twice as Campbell won at East Carolina. Trail’s solo shot in the fourth gave the Fighting Camels (2-1) a 2-0 lead. When Campbell put up three in the sixth, it increased its lead to 6-2. Nick Ray went 2 for 4 with a double and two RBI for the Camels. Logan Self (1-0, 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K) got the win in relief, while Ryan Thompson (3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) notched his first save. Jack Reinheimer went 4 for 5 with one run for the Pirates (0-3).


Alabama State 4, Mercer 0

In Montgomery, Ala., Anthony Ricciardi fanned seven in 4.1 scoreless innings as Alabama State blanked Mercer at the Wheeler-Watkins Baseball Complex. Ricciardi (1-0) allowed three hits and walked two. Four relievers combined to keep the Bears (3-1) off the board the rest of the way. The Hornets (4-0) tallied one in the second, two in the fourth and one in the eighth. Leo Rojas and Dillon Cooper both had two hits and two runs. Derrick Workman went 1 for 2 with two walks for Mercer. Alabama State is 4-0 for the first time since moving to Division I prior to the 1983 season.