Feb. 20, 2013

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Watson walks to lead Georgia Southern past Florida in 12

Vandy downs UCA, Stanford blanks Cal, Ole Miss mauls UT Martin


In Gainesville, Fla., Cole Watson drew a bases-loaded walk in the top of the 12th as Georgia Southern outlasted No. 16 Florida 8-7 Wednesday in front of 2,759 at McKethan Stadium. Kyle Rowe (1-0) worked four scoreless innings with one hit, four walks and two strikeouts to earn the victory. The Eagles (3-1) built a 6-1 lead before the Gators (3-2) rallied for five in the fifth to knot the score at 6, capped by a three-run homer off the bat of Justin Shafer. Florida took the lead in the bottom of sixth when Harrison Bader grounded into a double play. Georgia Southern eventually tied it with two away in the ninth on a base hit by T.D. Davis (3 for 5, 3 R). Hunter Thomas had two hits and two RBI, while Ben Morgan (pictured above) added two hits and two runs for the Eagles.


No. 3 Vanderbilt 10, Central Arkansas 2
In Nashville, Tenn., Conrad Gregor went 2 for 3 with two RBI , two runs and two stolen bases, and Connor Harrell and Xavier Turner contributed two RBI apiece as Vanderbilt coasted past Central Arkansas. Four Commodores pitchers limited the Bears to four hits, although they also yielded 11 walks - eight came from starter Walker Buehler, who allowed two hits and one earned run and struck out six in four innings. Steven Rice tossed three scoreless innings in relief to pick up the win for Vandy (4-1). Forrestt Allday went 2 for 3 with a run for the Bears (3-1).

No. 10 Stanford 5, California 0

In Stanford, Calif., four pitchers combined on the five-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts as Stanford blanked California in a non-conference contest in front of 1,198 onlookers at Sunken Diamond. Dean McArdle (2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K) was the starter, while David Schmidt (1-0, 3.2 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 K) got the win in relief. Marcus Brakeman (1.1 IP, 3 K) and Sam Lindquist (2 IP, 4 K) finished the game and secured the shutout. The Cardinal (2-2) scored in four of the first five frames. Austin Slater went 2 for 3 with one RBI, while Drew Jackson had two hits and one run for Stanford. Jacob Wark and Max Dutto both had a hit and a walk for the Golden Bears (3-1).


No. 14 Ole Miss 15, UT Martin 2
In Oxford, Miss., Preston Overby went 2 for 5 with two RBI and four runs, and Andrew Mistrone went 1 for 2 with a three-run double in Ole Miss' rout of UT Martin. Austin Anderson went 2 for 3 with two runs and two RBI, and Cameron Dishon scored three runs off the bench for the Rebels (4-0). Six Rebels pitchers allowed only five hits, with starter Sam Smith earning the win with three scoreless innings. Wade Collins went 2 for 3 with a run for the Skyhawks (0-5).


No. 15 Florida State 9, Jacksonville 7

In Tallahassee, Fla., Florida State used a seven-run fourth to build a 9-0 lead and held on for the victory over Jacksonville at Dick Howser Stadium. Stephen McGee went 2 for 2 with a walk, two runs and two RBI, while Justin Gonzalez (1 for 2, 2 R) and Marcus Davis (1 for 2, 2 RBI) both homered for the Seminoles (4-0). Luke Weaver (1-0) allowed one hit over six scoreless innings with nine strikeouts. Bobby Coles got the final two outs via strikeouts to earn his first save. The Dolphins (1-3) scored two in the eighth and five in the ninth to make the game close. Braddock Rowe (2 for 5) and Drew Luther (1 for 4) both drove in a pair for JU.


No. 18 Louisville 17, Eastern Kentucky 6

In Louisville, Ky., Adam Engel went 3 for 4 with three runs and four RBI as Louisville thumped Eastern Kentucky in front of 1,122 fans at Patterson Stadium. Engel was a home run short of the cycle. The Cardinals (3-1) put up five in the bottom of the second to take control early. Cole Sturgeon (4 for 5, 2 R, 1 RBI) and Sutton Whiting (3 for 3, 2 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI) had big days at the plate for UL. Dace Kime (1-0, 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K) was the starter and winner. Sean Hagen had two hits, including a double, and three RBI for the Colonels (1-3).


Long Beach State 5-1, No. 20 Arizona 4-3

In Long Beach, Calif., Long Beach State won the completion of Tuesday’s suspended game, but Arizona rebounded to win the regularly-scheduled contest. The first game was suspended in the bottom of the eighth with the Dirtbags (2-3) leading 5-4. Jon Maciel pitched a perfect ninth, saving it for Nick Sabo (5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K). Eric Hutting (2 for 3) had a two-run double and Josh Guerra followed with a two-run homer in a four-run fourth for LBSU. Brandon Dixon went 3 for 4 with one RBI for the Wildcats (4-1). In the second game, the UA scored single runs in three of the first four innings. Kevin Newman had two hits, including a double, and two runs, while Ryan Koziol added two hits, including a double, and two RBI for Arizona. Tyler Crawford (1-0, 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 UE, 3 BB, 3 K) registered the victory, while Mathew Troupe (1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K) earned his second save. Jeff Yamaguchi had two hits for the Dirtbags.


Miami (Fla.) 5, Florida Atlantic 4 (11)

In Boca Raton, Fla., Brad Fieger delivered a run-scoring single in the top of the 11th as Miami rallied past Florida Atlantic in front of a crowd of 1,074 at FAU Stadium. The Owls (3-1) led 4-2 before a two-run homer by David Thompson in the eighth tied it at 4. Michael Broad had three hits for the Hurricanes (4-0). Eric Nedeljkovic (1-0, 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K) earned the victory. Tyler Rocklein (3 for 6) had a two-run homer for the Owls (3-1).


Bethune-Cookman 1, FIU 0

In Daytona Beach, Fla., Montana Durapau tossed a three-hit shutout as Bethune-Cookman nipped FIU at Jackie Robinson Park. Durapau (2-0) did not walk a batter and struck out four. The Wildcats (2-3) scored their lone run in the second as Eric Sams singled and scored on a bases-loaded walk to Chris Biocic. Josh Johnson also had two hits for B-CU. Josh Anderson, Zach Sweety and Oscar Aguirre each had a hit for the Golden Panthers (3-1).


Cal State Fullerton 6, Pepperdine 3

In Malibu, Calif., Chad Wallach went 3 for 4 with three RBI as Cal State Fullerton defeated Pepperdine at Eddy D. Field Stadium. Wallach had a two-run double in a three-run first and added a RBI single in the fifth for the Titans (5-0). Richy Pedroza and J.D. Davis both had two hits for Fullerton. Davis (1-0, 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 K) was also the starter and winner. Michael Lorenzen fanned two in the ninth for this second save. Bryan Langlois had two hits and two runs for the Waves (4-1).


Kennesaw State 2, Georgia 1

In Athens, Ga., Andy Almonte scored the go-ahead run on a two-out fielder’s choice in the top of the ninth as Kennesaw State nipped Georgia at Foley Field. Max Pentecost had a RBI single in the fourth to give the Owls (4-0) a 1-0 advantage. Kyle Farmer had a run-scoring double in the sixth for the Bulldogs (1-3) to knot the score at 1. Kai Simmons drove in Almonte in the ninth to make it 2-1. Justin McCalvin (1-0, 2 IP, 1 H, 3 K) earned the victory, while James Connell pitched a hitless ninth for his first save.


(photo by Frank Fortune)