Feb. 27, 2013

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Williams uses bat & glove to help NCSU top NMSU

UNC whacks St. John's, Vanderbilt blanks Evansville, MSU tops URI


In Raleigh, N.C., Brett Williams went 2 for 3 with three RBI and made a splendid catch in left-center field as No. 11 NC State knocked off New Mexico State 9-2 Wednesday. Williams is batting .458 on the season and has reached base in 15 of his past 18 at-bats. Tarran Senay had a two-run triple in the first inning and finished with three RBI, and Jack Armstrong scored three times and Trea Turner (left) twice for the Wolfpack (6-1). Quinnton Mack scored both runs for the Aggies (3-5).


No. 1 North Carolina 18, St. John’s 5

In Chapel Hill, N.C., Cody Stubbs and Tom Zengel each drove in three runs, and Colin Moran went 2 for 2 with three runs and two RBI as North Carolina scored nine times in the second and seven more in the sixth in a rout of St. John’s. Michael Russell went 3 for 5 with three runs, and Landon Lassiter added three runs for the Tar Heels (7-0). Martin Kelly went 3 for 4 with two runs for the Red Storm (1-7).


No. 3 Vanderbilt 13, Evansville 0

In Nashville, Connor Harrell homered for the second day in a row, this time a grand slam in a nine-run sixth inning as Vanderbilt blanked Evansville. Harrell went 2 for 4 and his four RBI gave him 21 on the season – he had 26 all of last year. Tony Kemp went 3 for 3 with his third double, eighth stolen base, three runs and three RBI for the Commodores (9-1). Vince Conde contributed two hits, two runs and two RBI. Tyler Ferguson (1-0) tossed five shutout innings to post his first win. Jake Mahon went 2 for 4 for the Aces (1-6).


No. 9 Mississippi State 17, Rhode Island 5

In Starkville, Miss., Alex Detz went 3 for 4 with two runs and two RBI, and Sam Frost contributed four RBI off the bench as Mississippi State routed Rhode Island for the second straight day. Jacob Robson had three RBI off the bench, and Adam Frazier went 3 for 4 with a RBI and two runs for the Bulldogs (11-0). Pat Fortunato went 2 for 3 with a run and a RBI for the Rams (0-8).


No. 10 Kentucky 6, Eastern Kentucky 2

In Lexington, Ky., J.T. Riddle went 2 for 3 with two runs, extending his hitting streak to 11 games, and Matt Reida had two RBI as Kentucky topped Eastern Kentucky. Reida’s two-run double came in a four-run fourth as the Wildcats (7-1) managed only eight hits off 10 EKU pitchers. Riddle’s two hits improved his season average to .528 (18 for 34). Also of note, Austin Cousino failed to reach base for just the fourth time in 70 games. Sean Hagen and Luke Wurzelbacher each had two hits for the Colonels (3-4).


No. 15 Ole Miss 7, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 2

In Oxford, Miss., Brady Bramlett fanned seven in five innings as Ole Miss downed Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Bramlett (1-0) allowed two hits and did not walk a batter. Stuart Turner (2 for 3, 2 R) had a two-run homer to cap a four-run third for the Rebels (8-1). Cody DeMara had two hits and one RBI for the Lions (2-7).


No. 17 Arizona 14, Utah Valley 5

In Tucson, Ariz., Brandon Dixon homered and drove in three as Arizona split a two-game set with Utah Valley. Dixon (3 for 3, 3R) had a two-run homer in the third to snap a 1-1 tie for the Wildcats (8-2). Arizona put the game away with a six-run fifth. Kevin Newman (1 for 3) and Sam Parris (2 for 4, 2 2B) woth drove in two, while Johnny Field (2 for 3) scored three for the Wildcats. Cody Moffett (1-0, 5.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K) picked up the win. Colby Croft (2 for 3, 2B, 2 R) drove in two for the Wolverines (4-5).


No. 20 Georgia Tech 14, Georgia Southern 8

In Statesboro, Ga., Daniel Palka homered and equaled a career high with four hits as Georgia Tech outscored Georgia Southern to sweep their two-game series at J.I. Clements Stadium. The Yellow Jackets (8-1) scored in each of the first four innings, including four in the third, to build a 9-4 lead. Palka scored three and knocked in two, while Sam Dove (1 for 3, 2 BB, 2 R) and Zane Evans (2 for 3, 2 BB, 3 R) also went deep for Tech. Matt Gonzalez had three RBI and Brandon Thomas (2 for 4, 2B, 2 R) knocked in a pair for the Jackets. Chase Griffin (2 for 4, 2 R) and T.D. Davis (3 for 5, 2 2B, R) both had three RBI for the Eagles (4-4).


Virginia 11, George Washington 0

In Charlottesville, Va., Trey Oest tossed five scoreless innings to run Virginia starters’ scoreless streak to 34.1 innings as the Cavaliers blanked George Washington. Oest (2-0) allowed two hits and struck out two. Brandon Downes went 3 for 5 with a homer, two RBI and three runs, and Nick Howard went 2 for 4 with a double, three RBI and two runs for the Cavaliers (8-0).


South Alabama 8, Jacksonville State 3

In Jacksonville, Ala., Jordan Patterson had a two-run double in a four-run first as South Alabama completed a two-game sweep at Jacksonville State. Patterson finished with two hits and three RBI, while Jeff DeBlieux (2 for 5, 2B, 3B) scored three as the Jaguars remained undefeated at 9-0. Matt Bell (1-0, 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 K) registered the victory and retired 14 of the final 15 hitters he faced. Coty Blanchard had a three-run homer in the bottom of the first for the Gamecocks (3-7).


Winthrop 3, Clemson 2 (11)

In Clemson, S.C., Clay Altman had a sacrifice fly in the top of the 11th as Winthrop edged Clemson in front of 4,299 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Leighton Daniels (1 for 3, 2B) scored twice for the Eagles (3-5), including the game-winner, while Nick Bateman homered for the visitors. Eric Ruth (1-0, 2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K) picked up the win. Shane Kennedy and Garrett Boulware both drove in runs for the Tigers (5-2).


Liberty 14, East Carolina 4

In Greenville, N.C., Trey Wimmer and Ryan Cordell each blasted grand slams, and Bryan Aanderud went 3 for 3 with two runs and two RBI as Liberty beat East Carolina. Dalton Sype went 3 for 4 with two runs and two RBI as the Flames (5-2) pounded out 14 hits. Chase McDonald went 2 for 4 with a RBI for the Pirates (3-4).


Texas A&M 2, Northwestern State 1

In College Station, Texas, Daniel Mengden and Blake Allemand both drove in runs as Texas A&M edged Northwestern State at Blue Bell Park. Mikey Reynolds and Troy Stein both had two hits and a run for the Aggies (7-3). Jason Freeman (1-0, 1.1 IP, 1 H, 2 K) was the third of seven pitchers and earned the victory. Jason Jester (1.1 IP, 1 H) recorded his third save. Toby Cornejo, Will Watson and Todd Wallace each had two hits for the Demons (5-4).


Bethune-Cookman 6, UCF 0

In Daytona Beach, Fla., Montana Durapau tossed a complete-game shutout with four hits and five strikeouts as Bethune-Cookman stopped a 10-game losing streak to UCF. Anthony Stokes went 3 for 5 with two RBI, and Josh Johnson and Eros Modena contributed three hits and two runs apiece for the Wildcats (3-6). Chris Taladay led the Knights (4-4) with a 2-for-3 effort.


Louisiana-Lafayette 5, Nicholls 1

In Lafayette, La., Dex Kjerstad’s two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning broke a 1-1 tie and led Louisiana-Lafayette to a victory over Nicholls. Kjerstad went 3 for 5 with two runs and two RBI, and Ryan Wilson gave the Cajuns (8-2) seven strong innings, allowing seven hits and one earned run. Matt Hicks (2-0) tossed the final two innings to pick up the win for Louisiana-Lafayette. Philip Lyons and Keith Cormier each had two hits for the Colonels (6-3).


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