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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
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
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
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.