Feb. 24, 2013

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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


In 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 weekend.


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 for UNO.


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 Hawks (2-4).


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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