Feb. 21, 2013

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Herb leads Coastal Carolina past Kansas State

LSU rallies past BYU, Oregon State wins at SDSU, KSU rebounds to beat UK


In Myrtle Beach, S.C., Tyler Herb (right) hurled eight strong innings as Coastal Carolina nipped Kansas State 2-1 Thursday in the opening game of the Caravelle Resort Tournament. Herb (2-0) allowed three hits and one unearned run with four walks and five strikeouts. He also has two putouts and seven assists, having a hand in 14 of the 24 outs while he was in the contest. Seth Lamando fanned two in a hitless ninth for his second save. The Wildcats (2-2) got on the board in the top of the second as Ross Kivett had a leadoff single and scored on an error. The Chanticleers (3-1) tied it in the fourth as Ted Blackman started the inning with a base hit and scored on a double play. Coastal took the lead in the seventh as Jake Kane had an infield single to lead off the frame and later scored on a throwing error. Alex Buccilli went 2 for 2 with two walks, while Colin Hering also registered a pair of hits for the Chants. Tanner Witt went 1 for 3 with a walk for KSU.


No. 4 LSU 6, BYU 5

In Baton Rouge, La., LSU scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to rally past BYU in front of 1,833 fans at Alex Box Stadium. Christian Ibarra hit a one-out homer in the ninth for the Tigers (5-0) to tie the game and Raph Rhymes’ base hit plated the game-winner. The Cougars (2-3) scored four in the third, keyed by a three-run homer by Jaycob Brugman (2 for 4, 4 RBI) to erase a 1-0 deficit before LSU tallied two in the third and one in the seventh to tie it at 4. BYU scored one in the eighth before LSU’s rally in the ninth. Mark Laird went 4 for 5 with a double and two runs, while JaCoby Jones drove in a pair for the Tigers. Mason Katz also went deep for LSU. Joey Bourgeois (1-0, 1 BB, 4 K) picked up the victory. Hayden Nielsen had two hits and two runs for BYU.


No. 6 Oregon State 8, San Diego State 1

In San Diego, Oregon State used a five-run seventh to pull away from San Diego State at Tony Gwynn Stadium. Tyler Smith’s two-run double was the key hit in the seventh as the Beavers (5-0) extended their lead to 7-1. Dan Child (2-0, 5.1 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 6 K) recorded the win. Andy Peterson went 1 for 3 with two runs, while Michael Conforto had a triple and a RBI for OSU. Brad Haynal (3 for 4) and Jake Romanski (2 for 4) led the offense for the Aztecs (3-1).


Kansas State 7, No. 9 Kentucky 5

In Myrtle Beach, S.C., Shane Conlon went 5 for 5 to lead Kansas State past Kentucky in the Caravelle Resort Tournament. The victorious Wildcats (3-2) scored five in the fifth to erase a 3-0 deficit and Conlon cranked a two-run homer in the eighth for insurance. Damion Lovato had a two-run single in the fifth for KSU. Levi MaVorhis (1-0, 2 IP, 2 H, 1 UE, 1 K) earned the win in relief. A.J. Reed went 2 for 4 with a homer and three RBI for UK (3-1).


No. 12 NC State 14, Villanova 3

In Raleigh, N.C., NC State scored all its runs in the first four innings in thumping Villanova at Doak Field. The Wolfpack (2-1) scored three in the first, six in the third and five in the fourth. Jake Fincher (2 for 2, 2B, 2 R) drove in three, while Tarran Senay had two doubles, two runs and two RBI for the victors. Brad Stony (1-0, 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K) earned the victory. Connor Jones had two doubles and two runs for the Wildcats (0-2).


UNLV 9, Pacific 1

In Stockton, Calif., UNLV scored three in both the second and sixth in rolling past Pacific at Klein Family Field. Joey Swanner and Justin Jones both had three hits, including a double, and two RBI for the Rebels (4-1). Erick Fedde (1-0, 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 7 K) got the win, while Brady Zuniga (3 IP, 1 H, 2 K) garnered the save. Tyger Pederson went 1 for 3 with one RBI for the Tigers (1-3).


Dallas Baptist 18, Mississippi Valley State 1

In Dallas, Justin Wall went 3 for 5 with four RBI and Austin Listi hit the first home run in Horner Ballpark as Dallas Baptist bounced Mississippi Valley State. The Patriots (2-3) scored in each of its eight at-bats with the exception of the third, including four in the second and sixth. Ronnie Mitchell also drove in four, while Mike Wesolowski went 2 for 2 with a double and three RBI. Cy Sneed (1-0, 6 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 8 K) earned the victory. Joseph Germaine went 2 for 4 with a double and one RBI for the Delta Devils (1-5).


East Carolina 8, Illinois 2

In Greenville, N.C., Travis Watkins drove in three at East Carolina downed Illinois on the first day of the Keith LeClair Classic in front of 2,242 fans at Clark-LeClair Stadium. After the Illini (1-3) scored in the top of the first, the Pirates (1-3) responded with a two-run homer in the fourth by Zach Houchins to give the home team the lead for good. EcU added four in the sixth and two in the seventh. Drew Reynolds had two hits and two runs for the Pirates. Jeff Hoffman (1-1, 6.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 9 K) earned the victory. Justin Parr had two hits for Illinois.


Campbell 9, Hartford 2

In Buies Creek, N.C., Ryan Mattes fanned seven in seven innings as Campbell outscored Hartford at Jim Perry Stadium. Mattes (2-0) allowed three hits, three walks and two runs. Ryan Thompson (2 IP, 1 H, 3 K) notched his second save. Ryan Lukach (2 for 3) had a two-run homer in the top of the second to give the Hawks (0-1) the early lead. The Fighting Camels (3-1) answered with two in the second before plating two in the sixth, one in the seventh and four in the eighth. Nick Ray went 3 for 5 with one run and one RBI, while Michael Felton and Elijah Trail both drove in a pair for Campbell.


Winthrop 3, Delaware State 2

In Rock Hill, S.C., Matt Lobacz had a two-run double to spark a three-run sixth as Winthrop edged Delaware State at The Winthrop Ballpark. Matt Pierpont (1-0, 6 IP, 5 H, 1 UE, 1 BB, 7 K) registered the win, while Eric Ruth (2.1 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 3 K) notched his first save for the Eagles (2-2). Jordan Elliott worked five hitless innings for the Hornets (0-2) with four walks and seven strikeouts. JP Frey went 3 for 5 with one run for DSU.


Stetson 6, Maine 3

In DeLand, Fla., Patrick Mazeika had four of his team’s 15 hits as Stetson doubled up Maine at Melching Field. Sam Balzano scored in the third for the Black Bears (0-5) before Mazeika’s RBI double tied it in the bottom of the frame. Maine broke the tie in the top of the sixth before the Hatters (2-2) put up three in the seventh and two in the eighth. James Rasmussen (2 for 4) delivered a two-run double in the seventh for Stetson. Austin Perez (1-0, 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K) won in relief of starter Kurt Schluter (6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K). Alex Calbick had two hits and a run for the Black Bears.


Gardner-Webb 3, Morehead State 2 (11)

In Boiling Springs, N.C., Brantley Smith delivered a run-scoring single with two outs in the bottom of the 11th to left Gardner-Webb past Morehead State. Conner Scarborough (1-0) got the final out in the top of the 11th to pick up the win. Starter Beau Hilton struck out eight in five innings. He allowed five hits, including a two-run double to Chris Robinson in the fourth that erased a 1-0 deficit. The Runnin’ Bulldogs (3-0-1) tied it in the eighth in a RBI double by Brad Collins (3 for 4, 3 2B). Kane Sweeney and Jeff Birkhofer both had two hits for the Eagles (3-2).


North Carolina A&T 10, Marshall 7

In Greensboro, N.C., North Carolina A&T scored a pair in each inning from the fourth to seventh in outscoring Marshall at War Memorial Stadium. The Aggies (3-2) trailed 4-2 before tying it in the fourth and taking the lead for good in the fifth. Luke Tendler had three hits, including two doubles, and three RBI, while Dairio Little (3 for 5, R) and Brandon Wilkerson (1 for 3) both knocked in two for A&T. Josh Ganus (2-0, 7 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) picked up the win. Eric Escobedo (2 for 5) and Alfredo Brito (1 for 3, 2 BB, 2 R) both drove in two for the Thundering Herd (1-2).


Georgia State 20, Alabama A&M 0

In Atlanta, Nick Squeglia carried a no-hitter into the sixth and had a career-best eight strikeouts as Georgia State blanked Alabama A&M at the GSU Baseball Complex. Squeglia (1-0) surrendered a single to Deon Hall with one away in the sixth. He allowed just that one hit in six innings with three walks. Josh Merrigan (4 for 6, 2 R, 4 RBI), Mark Hogan (3 for 4, 4 R, 3 RBI), Chad Prain (2 for 4, 1 R, 3 RBI) and Matt Rose (2 for 5, 2 2B, 1 R, 3 RBI) led the offense for the Panthers (3-2). Norbert Riggins had the only other hit for the Bulldogs (1-5).


Charlotte 7, Pfeiffer 4

In Charlotte, N.C., Tyler Barnette set a career best with nine strikeouts as Charlotte defeated Pfeiffer at Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium. It was win No. 999 in program history. Barnette (1-0) allowed six hits and two runs in eight innings with no strikeouts. Sean Geoghegan retired the final batter for his first save. The 49ers (3-1) scored four in the second to take control. Brad Elwood went 4 for 4 with three RBI, while Brett Lang was 3 for 4 with a run and Matt Creech had two doubles and three runs. Jon Gray and Johnny Brown, Jr. both homered for the Falcons (1-10).


(photo courtesy of Coastal Carolina Media Relations)