Feb. 22, 2013

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Rice needs 17 innings to get past Hawaii

LMU wins at Oregon, FGCU downs Florida, Arkansas tops Evansville


In Honolulu, No. 13 Rice rallied for two runs in the top of the 17th to outlast Hawaii 2-0 Friday in front of 3,071 fans at Les Murakami Stadium. Michael Ratterree led off the top of the 17th with a double, was sacrificed to third and scored on a base hit by Ford Stainback (2 for 7). Geoff Perrott (2 for 5, 2 BB) added a RBI later in the frame for the Owls (3-2). The Rainbows (0-5) got consecutive one-out single in the bottom of the 17th, but a pair of groundouts ended the contest. Austin Kubitza (4 H, 5 BB) had 13 strikeouts in seven innings for the Owls. John Simms (2-0, 3 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 5 K) earned the victory. Hawaii starter Scott Squier (4 H, 1 BB) fanned nine in seven innings, while Matt Cooper (1 H, 2 BB) struck out another eight in 6.1 innings of relief. Pi’ikea Kitamura had three hits for the Rainbows, who stranded 17.


Loyola Marymount 7, No. 8 Oregon 2

In Eugene, Ore., Colin Welmon struck out nine in six scoreless innings as Loyola Marymount downed Oregon in front of 1,278 soggy fans at PK Park. Welmon (1-1) allowed four hits and three walks. Matt Lowenstein (2 for 5) had a two-run single in a four-run fifth as the Lions (3-2) built a 5-0 lead. Cullen Maloney had two hits and three RBI for LMU. Scott Heineman went 3 for 3 with a double and one RBI for the Ducks (4-1). Jake Reed (1-1, 5 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 8 K) took the loss.


FGCU 8, No. 16 Florida 2

In Gainesville, Fla., Brooks Beisner’s three-run homer in the sixth gave FGCU a 3-1 lead and a five-run eighth put the game away in a win at Florida. Zack Tillery had a three-run double in the eighth for the Eagles (3-1). Ricky Knapp (2-0) went the distance for FGCU with six hits, two runs and four strikeouts. Jonathon Crawford (0-1, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K) held the Eagles hitless, but departed just prior to Beisner’s blast to suffer the loss for the Gators (3-3).


No. 2 Arkansas 10, Evansville 4

In Fayetteville, Ark., Jake Wise and Jordan Farris both homered and drove in three as Arkansas powered past Evansville. Wise went 3 for 4 with three runs, while Farris added two hits and two runs. Tyler Spoon drove in three for the Razorbacks (5-1). Arkansas scored two in the fourth to snap a 2-2 tie and added three in the sixth and three in the seventh. Brandon Moore (1-0, 3.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 K) earned the win in relief of Ryne Stanek (3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K). Kevin Kaczmarski went 2 for 3 with a double and three RBI for the Purple Aces (1-3).


No. 3 Vanderbilt 5, Monmouth 1

In Nashville, Kevin Ziomek struck out a career-best 11 – including 10 in 12 batters at one point – in seven brilliant innings as Vanderbilt slipped past Monmouth. Ziomek (2-0) allowed five hits and one run, a RBI from Owen Stewart in the second inning.  Jack Lupo went 2 for 4 with a RBI, and Xavier Turner went 1 for 3 with a run and a RBI for the Commodores (5-1). Craig Sweeney went 2 for 4 with a run for the Hawks (1-1).


No. 5 UCLA 4, Baylor 3

In Waco, Texas, UCLA built a 4-1 lead and held on to edge Baylor in front of 2,715 fans at Baylor Ballpark. The Bruins (3-1) scored single runs in the first, third, sixth and seventh before the Bears (1-4) tallied runs in the seventh and ninth but left the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to fall one run short. Brian Carroll had three hits and one RBI for UCLA. Adam Plutko (1-0, 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K) earned the victory, while James Kaprielian (1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K) struggled to notch the save. Adam Toth and Nathan Orf both had three hits for Baylor.


No. 6 Oregon State 2, San Diego State 0

In San Diego, Matt Boyd tossed 8.1 scoreless innings and Danny Hayes had a run-scoring single in the eighth to snap a scoreless tie as Oregon State edged San Diego State at Tony Gwynn Stadium. Boyd (2-0) allowed five hits and one walk while fanning a career-high nine. Scott Schultz recorded the final two outs for his first save. Hayes (2 for 4) scored on a double by Dylan Davis in the eighth to give the Beavers (6-0) an insurance run. Avondre Bollar went 1 for 3 with a double for the Aztecs (3-2).


No. 9 Kentucky 6, Elon 1

In Myrtle Beach, S.C., Jerad Grundy pitched seven strong innings to lead Kentucky past Elon in the Caravelle Resort Invitational. Grundy (2-0) allowed three hits and one run with two walks and three strikeouts. Ryne Combs retired the final six hitters of the contest. The Wildcats (4-1) took control with five in the bottom of the fourth. Austin Cousino had two doubles and a run for UK. Ryan Kinsella homered in the seventh for the lone run for the Phoenix (2-3).


No. 10 Stanford 3, Fresno State 1

In Stanford, Calif., Mark Appel pitched a three-hitter with 11 strikeouts as Stanford edged Fresno State at Sunken Diamond. Appel (1-1) walked one and threw 105 pitches in nine innings. The Cardinal (3-2) needed a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth to snap a 1-1 tie. Danny Diekroeger, Justin Ringo and Austin Slater each had two hits for Stanford. Trent Garrison had one hit and one run for the Bulldogs (1-3).


No. 11 Mississippi State 3, Purdue 2

In Starkville, Miss., Jonathan Holder fanned three of the final four batters of the game as Mississippi State edged Purdue in a rain-delayed affair at Dudy Noble Field. Jacob Robson had a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth to break a 2-2 tie and allow Holder (1-0) to earn the victory. Hunter Renfroe homered and drove in two for the Bulldogs. Brandon Kreig had two hits and a run for the Boilermakers (3-3).


No. 14 Ole Miss 8, Rhode Island 1

In Oxford, Miss., Will Jamison had two hits and three RBI to lead Ole Miss past Rhode Island at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field. Jamison had a two-run double to cap a five-run first for the Rebels (5-0). Will Allen had two hits and two runs, while Stuart Turner drove in a pair for Ole Miss. Bobby Wahl (2-0, 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 6 BB, 4 K) was the beneficiary of the early offense. Chris Famiglietti had a hit and two walks for the Rams (0-4).


No. 18 Louisville 7, Akron 0

In Louisville, Ky., Chad Green allowed one hit in seven innings to lead Louisville to a shutout victory against Akron. Green (1-1) walked one and struck out three. Ty Young (3 for 4, 1 R) was a triple shy of the cycle and had three RBI, including a run-scoring single in the first that gave the Cardinals (4-1) the lead. Sutton Whiting (2 for 3) also hit a solo homer, and Nick Ratajczak (2 for 5, 1 3B) scored twice. Devan Ahart (1 for 3) had the only walk and one of three hits, all singles, for the Zips (4-1).


No. 19 Oklahoma 3, Iowa 1

In Corpus Christi, Texas, Dillon Overton hurled eight scoreless innings with nine strikeouts as Oklahoma edged Iowa in the opener of the Kleberg Bank Classic. Overton (3-0) allowed seven hits and did not walk a batter. Robert Tasin allowed an unearned run in the bottom of the ninth, but recorded his second save. The Sooners (7-0) scored single runs in the sixth, eighth and ninth. Max White drove in two, while Jack Mayfield went 2 for 4 with a run for OU. Kris Goodman (3 for 4) and Jake Yacinich (2 for 3) had multiple hits for the Hawkeyes (1-3).


No. 20 Arizona 8, San Jose State 7

In Tucson, Ariz., Brandon Dixon delivered a game-winning three-run triple with two away in the bottom of the ninth as Arizona rallied past San Jose State. With two away, an error and two walks set the table for Dixon’s heroics. Johnny Field (2 for 4, 3 R, 3 RBI) homered for the Wildcats (5-1). Augey Bill (2-0, 0.2 IP, 1 BB, 1 K) picked up the victory after starter Konner Wade (7.2 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 1 BB, 5 K) struggled. Michael Gerlach drove in a pair for Spartans (2-3).


Cal State Fullerton 7, TCU 2

In Fort Worth, Texas, Thomas Eshelman fanned eight in 5.2 scoreless innings as Cal State Fullerton topped TCU in front of 4,294 fans at Lupton Stadium. Eshelman (2-0) allowed three hits and did not walk a batter. Tyler Peitzmeier retired the final four hitters for his first save. The Titans (6-0) led 4-0 before the Horned Frogs (0-4) put up two in the seventh on a two-run single by Keaton Jones. Fullerton added three in the ninth to put the game away. Michael Lorenzen (2 for 5, 2B, 2 RBI) and Carlos Lopez (1 for 5, 3B) both drove in two, while Keegan Dale went 2 for 2 with two runs for the Titans. Jones and Jantzen Witte both had two hits, including a double, for TCU.


San Diego 2, Kent State 1

In San Diego, AJ Robinson delivered a game-winning RBI double in the bottom of the ninth as San Diego edged Kent State for its first win in Fowler Park. Evan Campbell homered in the top of the seventh for the Golden Flashes (0-5), the first long ball in the new stadium. Pinch-hitter Dillon Checkal drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the ninth for the Toreros (1-3). One batter later, Dillon Haupt doubled to plate pinch-runner Chris Wolley with the tying run. With two away, Robinson fell behind 0-2 and fouled off several pitched before doubling to bring home Haupt with the game-winner. PJ Conlon (1-0, 2 IP, 1 BB, 3 K) earned the win in relief of Michael Wagner (7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K). Tyler Skulina (2 H, 2 BB, 6 K) was brilliant in eight scoreless innings for KSU.


Arizona State 4, Tennessee 0

In Knoxville, Tenn., Trevor Williams tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out eight, and Trever Allen ripped a three-run homer in the top of the fifth as Arizona State beat Tennessee. Williams (1-0) was in command throughout, walking one and falling one short of his career-high in strikeouts. Zack Godley (0-1) yielded little other than Allen’s big blast, and struck out nine in seven innings. Max Rossiter went 2 for 3 with a run for the Sun Devils (3-1). The Volunteers dropped to 1-4.


Notre Dame 2, Tulane 1

In New Orleans, Eric Jagielo jacked a two-run homer in the sixth and Dan Slania worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the ninth as Notre Dame edged Tulane at Turchin Stadium. Slania gave up a single, a walk and a single to load the bases with one away in the ninth. He was able to get a strikeout and a flyout for his first save. Sean Fitzgerald (1-0, 6.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 K) earned the victory for the Fighting Irish (3-1), while Tony Rizzotti (1-1, 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 6 K) was saddled with the loss. Brennan Middleton had three hits and scored in the seventh for the Green Wave (3-2).


UC Riverside 2, Sacramento State 1

In Sacramento, Calif., Dylan Stuart fanned five in going the distance as UC Riverside nipped Sacramento State at John Smith Field. Stuart (1-1) allowed seven hits, one walk and one run. The Highlanders (2-3) scored single runs in the first and third as Eddie Young (1 for 1, BB, R) and Clayton Prestridge (2 for 4) drove in runs. Justin Higley had a leadoff double in the seventh and was driven in by Scotty Burcham for the lone run for the Hornets (1-3). Four players were ejected in the third after Young was caught in a rundown between second and third. SSU second baseman Andrew Ayers gave Young a shove on the tag and Young struck Ayers in the face. After both benches emptied, Ayers, Young, UCR catcher Drake Zarate and UCR reliever Zach Varela were ejected. Per NCAA rules, all must serve a four-game suspension.


Virginia 15, Toledo 0

In Charlottesville, Va., Brandon Waddell fanned 15 in six innings as Virginia thumped Toledo at Davenport Field. Waddell (1-0) allowed six hits and a walk. It was the highest strikeout total by a Cavalier freshman since Seth Greisinger fanned 16 in 1994 against North Carolina. UVa (5-0) scored in each of the first six innings, including seven in the fourth. Nick Howard (4 for 5, 2 2B, 3 R), Kenny Towns (2 for 4, 2B, R) and Nate Irving (2 for 3, R) each drove in three, while Branden Cogswell had three hits and three runs for the Cavs. Zack Michael had two hits for the Rockets (1-2).


VCU 1, Saint Joseph’s 0

In Richmond, Va., Heath Dwyer and Matt Lees combined on a four-hit shutout as VCU nipped Saint Joseph’s at The Diamond. Dwyer (2-0) allowed three hits and one walk over seven innings with six strikeouts. Lees (2 IP, 1 H, 4 K) notched his second save. Bill Cullen (2 for 4) had a leadoff double in the bottom of the first and scored on a base hit by Joey Cujas for the game’s only run. James Bunn had two hits for the Rams (3-0). Anthony Cirillo went 2 for 3 for the Hawks (2-2).


Alabama 5, Florida Atlantic 2

In Boca Raton, Fla., Ben Moore’s RBI single sparked a three-run eighth as Alabama defeated Florida Atlantic. Moore’s base hit snapped a 2-2 tie and put the Crimson Tide (5-0) ahead for good. George Salem went 3 for 5 with one run and one RBI, while Kenny Roberts went 2 for 3 with one run and one RBI for Alabama. Tucker Hawley (2-0, 2 IP, 1 BB, 1 K) picked up the win in relief, while Jake Hubbard got a game-ending double play from the only batter he faced for his second save. Tyler Rocklein had two hits for the Owls (3-2).


South Alabama 29, New Orleans 6

In Mobile, Ala., South Alabama set a program record for runs in a game in a thumping of New Orleans at Stanky Field. The offensive explosion was capped by a 13-run eighth. Nolan Earley led the attack for the Jaguars (5-0), going 3 for 3 with two doubles, three walks, four runs and five RBI. Graham Odom (3 for 5, 2B, 3 R) also drove in five, while Cole Billingsley had four hits, three runs and three RBI. Chaz Boyer and Andre Damiens both had three hits for the Privateers (0-6).


Troy 10, Texas Tech 3

In Orlando, Fla., Logan Pierce went 4 for 5 with two doubles, two runs, two RBI, and a stolen base to propel Troy past Texas Tech in the first game of the Wawa Weekend Classic. The Trojans (5-0) scored their first three runs in the bottom of the third, with Trae Santos (2 for 5, 3 RBI) providing a two-run single. Garrett Pitts scored the winning run on a solo homer in the fourth, and Tyler Vaughn (3 for 5, 2 R, 2 RBI) had a RBI single in the sixth to extend the lead to 6-3. Clay Holcomb (3 for 3, 3 R, 1 RBI) had two doubles for Troy. Will Starling (2-0, 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 SO) got the win, and Matthew Howard stuck out five in two innings of relief. Devon Conley (2 for 4) had a two-run single in the first for the Red Raiders (4-1).


Richmond 8, Jacksonville 3

In Jacksonville, Fla., Jansen Fraser had two hits and four RBI as Richmond defeated Jacksonville. The Spiders (5-0) put up five in the top of the first to take control. Jacob Mayers went 3 for 4 with a double, three runs and one RBI for UR. Jonathan de Marte (2-0, 5 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K) earned the victory, while Ryan Cook worked four hitless innings of relief with one walk and four strikeouts for his second save. Brady North homered and drove in all three runs for the Dolphins (1-4).


Northern Kentucky 5, Saint Louis 3 (14)

In Nashville, Tenn., Northern Kentucky scored a pair in the top of the 14th to outlast Saint Louis and claim its first Division I victory. Pat Hyde (3 for 5, 2 2B) drove in a pair for the Norse (1-4). Brett Loeding (1-1) pitched 6.2 scoreless in relief with five hits, two walks and two strikeouts. The Billikens (2-2) scored three in the second before NKU answered with one in the fifth and two in the sixth. Alec Sole was 2 for 6 with two RBI, while Braxton Martinez went 4 for 6 with one run for SLU.


Texas Southern 1, Southern 0

In Houston, Felix Gomez pitched eight scoreless innings to lead Texas Southern past Southern in the first game of the MLB Urban Invitational at Minute Maid Park. Gomez (1-0) allowed four hits and three walks with three strikeouts. Denzel Pipkin struck out the side in the ninth for his first save in a game that took 90 minutes to complete. Tyler Flanagan homered in the third for the Tigers (4-2) for the game’s lone run. Jesse Holliday (1-1, 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 9 K) suffered the loss.


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