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Dwyer's three-run blast
in 11th lifts FGCU over Florida
No-hitters for UCA's Biggerstaff & South
Carolina staff, Stanford tops FSU
Gainesville, Fla., Sean Dwyer (right) belted a three-run homer
in the top of the 11th as FGCU defeated No. 16 Florida 7-4
Sunday to complete the three-game sweep. Dwyer went 4 for 6 with
two runs. The Eagles (5-1) scored a pair in the second before
the Gators (3-5) got one in the fifth and three in the sixth.
Brooks Beisner (3 for 6, 2B) smacked a two-run homer in the top
of the seventh to knot the game at 4. Harrison Cooney (1-1, 5
IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 5 K) earned the victory for FGCU. Richie Martin
went 3 for 6 with one RBI for Florida.
Central Arkansas 13, Jackson State 0
In Conway, Ark. Bryce Biggerstaff twirled the
second no-hitter in program history as Central Arkansas blanked
Jackson State to complete an undefeated weekend. Biggerstaff
(1-0) did not walk a batter and struck out a career-high nine.
The lone baserunner for the Tigers (2-5) was pinch-hitter
Phillip Harvey, who was plunked leading off the sixth. The Bears
(6-1) erupted for eight in the bottom of the first, with two-run
singles by Michael Marietta (2 for 4, 3 R), Scott Zimmerle (2
for 2, 3 RBI) and Forrestt Allday (2R). The first no-hitter in
UCA history was by Mike Moore against UALR in 1969.
No. 7 South Carolina 14-6, Albany 1-4
In Columbia, S.C., Colby Holmes got the win in
his first decision, combining with Forrest Koumas and Josh Knab
to throw a no-hitter in Game 1 of a doubleheader the Gamecocks
(5-1) swept. Holmes (1-0) went six innings with one walk, one
unearned run and three strikeouts. Koumas walked three and
fanned one in two innings, while Knab hurled a perfect ninth.
South Carolina trailed into the fifth but scored nine runs that
inning, sparked by Chase Vergason's (3 for 4, 2 R, 3 RBI)
lead-off homer. L.B. Dantzler (2 for 4, 3 R, 4 RBI) also homered
for the Gamecocks. In Game 2, South Carolina scored only in the
first three innings, including a three-run first, in which
Dantzler (3 for 4, 2 2B, 2 R) had an RBI double. Max Schrock (2
for 4, 1 R) had an RBI triple in the second. Nolan Belcher (1-1,
6 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 7 K) got the win, and Tyler Webb (0.2 IP, 1 H,
1 K) recorded his second save. Adam Mund (3 for 4) singled and
scored to spark a ninth-inning rally that fell short for the
Great Danes (0-5).
No. 10 Stanford 7, Fresno State 4
In Stanford, Calif., Danny Diekroeger’s two-run
homer capped a three-run eighth as Stanford outscored Fresno
State to complete the three-game sweep at Sunken Diamond. The
Cardinal (5-2) trailed 3-0 in the second before taking a 4-3
lead in the sixth. The Bulldogs (1-5) tied it in the seventh
before an RBI double by Wayne Taylor (2 for 4, R, 2 RBI) in the
eighth gave Stanford a 5-4 lead. Diekroeger’s shot gave the
Cardinal a couple insurance runs. Austin Slater had a double, a
homer and two runs for the victors. Bobby Zarubin (1-0, 6.2 IP,
5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 11 K) earned the victory, while Sam Lindquist
got the final out to pick up the save. Aaron Judge went 5 for 5
with a homer and three RBI for FSU.
No. 1 North Carolina 7-9, Stony Brook 1-8
In Chapel Hill, N.C., Stony Brook was one out
from picking up its first win – against the top-ranked team in
the country, no less – Landon Lassiter tied the second game of a
doubleheader with a RBI single in the bottom of the ninth, and
Mike Zolk delivered the game-winner as North Carolina completed
a sweep of the Seawolves. Earlier in the day, Colin Moran had
two hits and three runs, and Cody Stubbs and Skye Bolt each
drove in two as UNC captured the first game. In the second game,
Stony Brook (0-6) scored six times in the eighth inning to take
an 8-6 lead before the Tar Heels (6-0) rallied. Bolt went 3 for
5 with two runs and a RBI, and Brian Holberton had two runs and
two RBI off the bench for UNC. Johnny Caputo, Tanner Nivins and
Anthony Italiano each drove in two runs for Stony Brook.
No. 2 Arkansas 10, Evansville 2
In Fayetteville, Ark., Matt Vinson had three of
his team’s season-high 15 hits as Arkansas pounded Evansville to
complete the three-game sweep at Baum Stadium. The Razorbacks
(7-1) led 4-2 before a five-run seventh put it away. Vinson
scored three runs, while Jake Wise added two hits and three RBI.
Brian Anderson (2 RBI) and Joe Serrano both had two hits and two
runs, while Jacob Mahan homered for the home team. Trey Killian
(1-0, 4.2 IP, 2 H, 2 UE, 5 K) was awarded the win. Jason
Hockemeyer and Andy Lasher both had a hit and a run for the
Purple Aces (1-5).
No. 3 Vanderbilt 13, Monmouth 1
In Nashville, Kyle Smith went 2 for 2 with a
double, triple, two runs and four RBI, and Tony Kemp scored four
times as Vanderbilt completed a sweep of Monmouth. Philip
Pfeifer (2-0) allowed an unearned run in the first inning and
finished with six innings, two hits, one walk and six strikeouts
in his second win of the week. Conrad Gregor contributed two
RBI, and Vince Conde went 2 for 4 with two runs for the
Commodores (7-1), who outscored the Hawks (1-3) 29-3 over the
No. 4 LSU 13, Southeastern Louisiana 1
In Baton Rouge, La, Raph Rhymes and Mason Katz
combined to drive in 11 as LSU thumped Southeastern Louisiana in
the completion of Friday’s suspended contest at Alex Box
Stadium. Rhymes went 4 for 5 with two doubles, three runs and
five RBI, while Katz had three hits, including a double and a
dinger, and six RBI. The Tigers (6-1) scored multiple runs in
five of the first seven innings, including four in the first.
Mark Laird had three hits and four runs for LSU. Ryan Eades
(1-0, 6 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K) earned the victory. Aaron Haag
had two hits and a run, while Ben Hernandez added two hits and
one RBI for the Lions (5-2).
No. 5 UCLA 5, Baylor 4
In Waco, Texas, Brian Carroll drew a leadoff and
scored on a passed ball in the top of the ninth to snap a 4-4
tie as UCLA edged Baylor to win the weekend series. After
Carroll walked to start the ninth, he moved to second on a
passed ball, advanced to third on a throwing error by the
catcher on a sac bunt attempt, and came home on a passed ball.
James Kaprielian struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth
for his second save, securing the win for David Berg (1-0, 1.1
IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 K). The Bruins (4-2) led 4-0 in the fifth before
the Bears (2-5) got one in the fifth, two in the seventh and the
equalizer in the eighth. Tyler Scott had a pinch-hit two-run
single in the fifth for UCLA. Jake Miller had two hits and a
run, while pinch-hitter Duncan Wendel drove in a pair with a
base hit in the seventh for BU.
No. 6 Oregon State 7, San Diego State 1
In San Diego, Kavin Keyes, Jeff Hendrix and Andy
Peterson each had two runs and two RBI as Oregon State completed
a four-game sweep of San Diego State to improve to 8-0, the
Beavers’ best start in 51 years. Dylan Davis contributed three
hits and a run, and Michael Conforto added two hits and two
runs. Brandon Jackson tossed 4.1 scoreless innings in relief to
post the win for OSU. Avondre Bollar went 2 for 3 for the Aztecs
(3-4), who were swept one week after opening the season with a
sweep of San Diego.
No. 8 Oregon 6, Loyola Marymount 1
In Eugene, Ore., Cole Irvin allowed one run in
eight innings as Oregon won its series against Loyola Marymount.
Irvin (2-0) allowed six hits, did not walk a batter and struck
out three. Tanner Donnels (2 for 3) had a RBI single in the top
of the fourth to give the Lions (3-4) the early lead. Tyler
Baumgartner delivered a three-run double in a four-run sixth as
the Ducks (6-1) took the lead for good. Oregon added a pair in
the seventh for insurance. Aaron Payne and Scott Heineman both
scored twice for the Ducks. Colton Plaia had three hits for LMU.
No. 9 Kentucky 8, Coastal Carolina 2
In Myrtle Beach, S.C., Luke Witt had a three-run
double to highlight a six-run ninth as Kentucky defeated Coastal
Carolina 8-2 Sunday afternoon. Both teams scored single runs in
the third and fifth before the Wildcats (5-1) erupted in the top
of the ninth. Paul McConkey drove in a pair for UK. Trevor Gott
(2-0, 1.2 IP, 1 H, 2 K) earned the victory after starter Corey
Littrell (4 H, 2 R, 5 BB, 4 K) worked 6.1 innings and Walter
Wijas (1 H, 1 BB, 1 K) pitched one inning. Ted Blackman went 2
for 4 with a homer and two runs for the Chanticleers (3-2).
No. 11 Mississippi State 8, Samford 1
In Starkville, Miss., Will Cox allowed two hits
in seven innings as Mississippi State downed Samford to complete
an undefeated weekend in the Diamond Classic. Cox (1-0) walked
one and struck out seven. Alex Detz had three hits and three RBI
for MSU (9-0), contributing a RBI single in a three-run fourth
and a two-run double in a four-run fifth. MSU is off to its best
start since going 18-0 in 2006. Phillip Ervin homered in the
seventh for Samford (5-4).
No. 12 NC State 18-25, Wagner 0-4
In Raleigh, N.C., NC State punished Wagner in a
doubleheader sweep, outscoring the Seahawks 43-4. Brett Williams
went 7 for 9 on the day with three homers, three doubles, five
runs and 10 RBI. Trea Turner and Grant Clyde both drove in seven
on the day. Clyde had a grand slam in the opener, while Turner
launched a grand slam in the nightcap. Sam Morgan sent deep
twice for the Wolfpack (5-1). Chris Smith had a grand slam in
the first inning of the nightcap for Wagner (1-2).
No. 13 Rice 7, Hawaii 5
In Honolulu, Rice rallied for three in the ninth
to upend Hawaii and secure a series victory. Trailing 5-4,
pinch-hitter Skyler Ewing drew a leadoff walk and was sacrificed
to second before heading to third on a fly out. Keenan Cook (2
for 5, 2 R) picked up two strikes before a base hit plated Ewing
with the tying run. Ford Stainback (2 for 5, 2 R) and Shane
Hoelscher (3 for 4, R) had back-to-back singles to load the
bases before a walk and a hit batsman brought in two more runs.
Zech Lemond kept the Rainbows (0-7) off the board in the bottom
of the ninth for his third save, giving the win to Chase
McDowell (1-0, 6.1 IP, 2 H, 4 BB, 3 K). Christian Stringer had
three hits and four RBI for the Owls (5-2). Adam Hurley had a
two-run single to cap a five-run second for Hawaii.
No. 14 Ole Miss 5, Rhode Island 3
In Oxford, Miss., Will Allen had a two-run homer
to cap a three-run first as Ole Miss edged Rhode Island to sweep
the three-game series. Aaron Greenwood (2-0, 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1
K) earned the win in relief, while Brett Huber hurled a perfect
ninth for his third save for the Rebels (7-0). Joe Landi and
Chris Famiglietti both had three hits, while Shane O’Connell
added two hits and two RBI for the Rams (0-6).
No. 15 Florida State 8-5, USF 0-2
In Tallahassee, Fla., Florida State received 14
scoreless innings from its starting pitchers in a doubleheader
sweep of USF at Dick Howser Stadium. In Game 1, Scott Sitz (1-0,
4 H, 2 BB) worked eight shutout innings with six strikeouts for
the Seminoles (7-0). FSU took control early, with four runs in
the bottom of the first. Marcus Davis, Jose Brizuela and John
Sansone each drove in two. Kyle Teaf went 2 for 3 with a double
for the Bulls (1-5). In the second game, Peter Miller (1-0, 2 H,
1 BB) fanned five in six scoreless innings as FSU completed the
series sweep. DJ Stewart had three hits, including a double, and
three RBI, while Davis doubled and homered for the Seminoles.
Jimmy Falla had two hits, including a double, for the USF.
No. 17 Georgia Tech 10, St. John's 1
In Atlanta, Matt Gonzalez had a bases-clearing
double in Georgia Tech's five-run fifth to blow open its rubber
match against St. John's. Gonzalez finished with three hits and
two runs. Daniel Palka (1 R, 1 RBI) also went 3 for 4 for the
Yellow Jackets (6-1). Cole Pitts (2-0, 2 BB 4 K) held the Red
Storm (1-6) to four hits and one earned run in six innings to
earn the win. Frank Scwindel (2 for 3) knocked in the only run
for St. John's with a sacrifice fly in the fourth.
No. 18 Louisville 2, Akron 1
In Louisville, Ky., Adam Engel had a leadoff
single in the bottom of the eighth and scored on a sacrifice fly
by Nick Ratajczak to snap a 1-1 tie and lead Louisville to a
three-game sweep of Akron at Patterson Stadium. Anthony Kidston
(2.1 IP, 5 K) picked up the win, while Nick Burdi fanned three
in a hitless ninth for his first save. Joey Havrilak doubled and
scored in the second for the Zips (0-6).
No. 19 Oklahoma 10, New Mexico 8
In Corpus Christi, Texas, Jack Mayfield belted a
three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to erase an 8-7
deficit against New Mexico to win the Kleberg Bank Classic at
Whataburger Field. The Lobos (2-4) led 8-5 in the seventh before
the Sooners (9-0) put up two in the seventh and three in the
eighth. OU is 9-0 for the second time in three seasons, as the
Sooners started 16-0 in 2011. Mayfield went 2 for 5 with three
runs, while Matt Oberste was 3 for 4 with a homer and three RBI.
Ralph Garza, Jr. (1-0, 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 K) picked up the
victory. DJ Peterson went 3 for 5 with three runs and two RBI,
finishing a single short of the cycle.
No. 20 Arizona 9, San Jose State 4
In Tucson, Ariz., Arizona was held hitless for
six innings before Trent Gilbert, Ryan Koziol and Joseph Maggi
each drove in two runs as the Wildcats scored nine times in the
seventh and eighth innings to complete a sweep of San Jose
State. D.J. Slaton held a 3-0 lead before allowing his first hit
in the seventh inning, leaving after allowing four earned runs.
Gilbert went 2 for 4 with two runs, and Kevin Newman and Riley
Moore scored two runs apiece for Arizona (7-1). Stephen Manthei
(1-0) allowed six hits and three earned runs and struck out
three in 7.2 innings to pick up the win. Tim Quiery had three
hits and three RBI for the Spartans (2-5).
Cal State Fullerton 7, TCU 0
In Fort Worth, Texas, Grahamm Wiest tossed 7.1
scoreless innings as Cal State Fullerton completed the
three-game sweep of TCU. Wiest (1-0) allowed four hits with one
walk and five strikeouts. The Titans (8-0) built a 5-0 lead
after four before adding a pair in the ninth. Mark Chapman (3
for 4) and Carlos Lopez (1 for 4) both drove in two, while
Michael Lorenzen went 2 for 4 with a triple and two runs. Austin
Diemer scored three times and has two steals for Fullerton.
Derek Odell, Jantzen Witte, Brett Johnson, Jerrick Suiter and
Paul Hendrix each had a hit for the Horned Frogs (0-6).
Cal Poly 4, Seattle 1
In San Luis Obispo, Calif., Bryan Granger pitched
into the ninth as Cal Poly remained undefeated with the series
sweep of Seattle. Granger (2-0, 8 H, 1 R, 1 BB) fanned five in
eight innings. Taylor Chris worked a perfect ninth with one
strikeout to record his first save. The Mustangs (7-0) snapped a
1-1 tie with a run in the sixth and added a pair of insurance
runs in the seventh. Brian Mundell went 3 for 5 with one RBI for
Cal Poly. Ryan Somers had two hits for the Redhawks (1-6).
Miami (Fla.) 7, Milwaukee 6
In Coral Gables, Fla., Dale Carey had a two-run
homer to cap a five-run sixth as Miami swept its series with
Milwaukee to stay unbeaten. The Hurricanes (7-0) trailed 4-1 in
the sixth before Brad Fieger (3 for 4) had a RBI double and
Michael Broad delivered a two-run single to knot the score at 4.
Carey’s blast gave Miami a 6-4 advantage. Alex Hernandez had
three hits and two runs for the Hurricanes. Frank Grandinette
(1-0, 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB) got the win, while AJ Salcines (1
IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER) struggled through the ninth for his first
save. Jonathan Capasso had two hits and two RBI, while Michael
Porcaro added a pair of sacrifice flies for the Panthers (2-5).
South Alabama 4-5, New Orleans 1-2
In Mobile, Ala., Jacob Noble struck out a
career-best eight in the opener as South Alabama swept a
doubleheader from New Orleans to remain undefeated. Noble (2-0)
surrendered five hits, one walk and one run to earn the victory.
Brandon Boyle tossed three scoreless innings for his second
save. Dustin Dalken went 3 for 3 with a double, a homer and
three RBI for the Jaguars (7-0). Zacary Hawkins was 3 for 4 with
a double and one RBI for the Privateers (0-8). In the nightcap,
Cole Billingsley had three hits and a run to pace the USA
offense. Dylan Stamey (1-0, 2.1 IP, 4 K) earned the win in
relief. Hawkins had three hits, including a double, and one RBI
VCU 2, Saint Joseph’s 0
In Richmond, Va., Ryan Farrar allowed three hits
in eight scoreless innings as VCU completed a three-game sweep
of Saint Joseph’s. Farrar (2-0) walked one and struck out six.
Seth Greene retired the side in order in the ninth on four
pitches for his first save. The Rams (5-0) scored twice in the
bottom of the first on RBI singles by Chris Ayers (2 for 3) and
Vimael Machin. Greg Kumpel had two of the three hits for the
San Diego 14, Kent State 2
In San Diego, Louis Lechich had two hits and
three RBI in an eight-run second as San Diego overwhelmed Kent
State to secure a series victory at Fowler Park. After the
Golden Flashes (1-7) tallied a run in the top of the second,
Lechich had a RBI single to tie the game. His two-run double
later in the frame capped the eight-run outburst. Lechich
finished with four RBI, while Chris Woolley (2B, R) and Connor
Joe (2B, 3 R) both had three hits and two RBI for the Toreros
(3-4). Max Homick (1-0, 5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K) earned the
win in relief. Evan Campbell had three hits and two RBI for KSU.
Arizona State 5, Tennessee 1
In Knoxville, Tenn., James McDonald and Trever
Allen both had two-run homers as Arizona State won its series
against Tennessee at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Allen (2 for 4, 2
R) gave the Sun Devils (4-2) a 2-1 advantage with his dinger in
the fourth and McDonald pushed the lead to three an inning
later. Ryan Kellogg (2-0, 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 6 K) earned the
victory. Will Maddox went 2 for 4 with a double and a run for
the Volunteers (2-5), who stranded eight.
Missouri State 5, Eastern Illinois 4
In Hattiesburg, Miss., Koby Peebles had a
game-winning RBI double in the bottom of the ninth to give
Missouri State a win over Eastern Illinois and an undefeated
weekend at the Southern Miss Invitational. The Bears (5-1) led
4-2 after six before the Panthers (2-5) tallied single runs in
the seventh and eighth to tie it. Eric Cheray went 3 for 4 with
one run and two RBI for MSU. Treysen Vavra had two hits,
including a triple, and a run for EIU.
Florida Atlantic 3, Alabama 0
In Boca Raton, Fla., Jeremy Strawn pitched eight
scoreless innings as Florida Atlantic avoided the series sweep
to Alabama at FAU Baseball Stadium. Strawn (1-0) allowed four
hits, did not walk a batter and struck out six. Hugh Adams
retired the side in order in the ninth for his first save. The
Owls (4-3) tallied one in the first on a RBI single by Mark
Nelson and added to the lead on a two-run base hit by Brendon
Sanger. Georgie Salem, Kyle Overstreet, Brett Booth and Ryan
Blanchard each had a hit for the Crimson Tide (6-1), who
suffered their first lost.
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