March 3, 2013

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Hymel hurls no-hitter for Southeastern Louisiana

Pacific surprises Arkansas, Stanford sweeps Texas, UNC thumps Texas A&M


In Hammond, La., Jordan Hymel (left) threw a no-hitter, the fourth in program history, as Southeastern Louisiana blanked Texas Southern 9-0 Sunday at Alumni Field. Hymel (1-1) walked six and struck out seven. It was the first no-hitter for SLU since 1979. Aaron Haag was a monster at the plate, going 3 for 4 with two doubles, a home run and seven RBI. Haag had a two-run dinger in the first, a three-run double in a five-run fourth, a run-scoring double in the seventh and a RBI fielder’s choice in the eighth. Jesse Buratt (2 BB), Harry Slade (1 for 3, BB, RBI) and Brett Hoffman (3 BB) each scored twice for the Lions (8-2). Manny Cabral and Ellis Stephney both walked twice for the Tigers (7-6).


Pacific 4, No. 2 Arkansas 3

In Surprise, Ariz., Eric Lockwood’s game-winning RBI single capped a three-run rally in the bottom of the ninth as Pacific dealt Arkansas its fourth straight defeat. Brett Sullivan (3 for 5, 2 2B, 2 R) had a run-scoring single to pull the Tigers (4-6) to within one in the ninth before an error allowed the tying run to score. Jason Taasaas went 3 for 4 with a run for Pacific. Kevin Hammann (1-0) got the final out in the top of the ninth to pick up the win. Tyler Spoon and Brett McAfee both had two hits and one RBI for the Razorbacks (7-5).


No. 12 Stanford 2, Texas 1

In Stanford, Calif., Lonnie Kauppila had a game-winning RBI double in the bottom of the ninth as Stanford edged Texas in front of 2,280 fans to complete the three-game sweep. Alex Blandino (2 for 4) had a one-out single in the ninth for the Cardinal (9-2) and scored from first on the two-bagger by Kauppila (2 for 4). Garrett Hughes (2-0) pitched a hitless ninth and recorded the win in relief of Bobby Zarubin (8 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 2 K). Corey Knebel (0-1, 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 K) suffered the loss. Erich Weiss drove in the run for the Longhorns (6-5) in the third.


No. 1 North Carolina 14, Texas A&M 2

In Houston, Landon Lassiter went 2 for 2 with three runs as North Carolina thumped Texas A&M to complete a 3-0 weekend at the Astros Foundation College Classic at Minute Maid Park. The Tar Heels (10-0) scored in each of the first five innings, including three in the first, five in the second and four in the third. Lassiter had two walks, a double and a RBI, while Skye Bolt went 2 for 3 with two walks, one run and one RBI. Chris Munnelly (1-0, 2.2 IP, 1 H, 4 BB, 5 K) picked up the win in relief. Mikey Reynolds went 1 for 3 with one walk, one run and one RBI for the Aggies (8-5).


No. 3 Vanderbilt 3, UIC 1 (10)

In Nashville, Tenn., Rhett Wiseman whacked a game-winning two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th as Vanderbilt completed the sweep of UIC at Hawkins Field. After seven scoreless innings, Grunenwald singled and scored on an error in the top of the eighth for the Flames (3-6). The Commodores (12-1) responded immediately in the bottom of the frame as Jack Lupo was hit by a pitch with the bases full. Vince Conde had two hits and a run for Vanderbilt. Brian Miller (2-0, 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K) earned the victory. Both starters were strong, Philip Pfeifer (6 IP, 3 H, 4 BB, 7 K) for Vanderbilt and Joey Begel (7.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K) for UIC.


No. 4 LSU 2, Nicholls 0

In Baton Rouge, La., Cody Glenn allowed three hits in seven scoreless innings as LSU edged Nicholls at Alex Box Stadium. Glenn (2-0) walked one and struck out five. Joey Bourgeois fanned two in a hitless eighth, while Chris Cotton struck out three in the ninth for his third save. Mark Laird (1 for 2, 2 BB) and Alex Bregman (1 for 4) had consecutive RBI singles in the bottom of the sixth for the Tigers (10-1). Christian Ibarra went 2 for 3 with a run for LSU. Matt Richard, Leo Vargas, Zachary LeBeouf and Mike Barba each had a hit for the Colonels (7-5).


No. 5 Oregon State 14, Bryant 0

In Corvallis, Ore., Michael Conforto homered twice and drove in seven as Oregon State completed a series sweep at Goss Stadium. Conforto (3 for 5, 3 R) blasted a grand slam in an eight-run sixth to push the lead to a commanding 10-0. He added a three-run dinger in the seventh to make it 13-0. Danny Hayes had three hits, two RBI and a run, while Tyler Smith and Dylan Davis (2 2B) both had two hits and two runs for the Beavers (12-0). Brandon Jackson (3 IP, 2 H, 5 K) earned the win in relief. Jordan Mountford, Robby Rinn and Carl Anderson each had a hit for the Bulldogs (0-6-1).


No. 6 South Carolina 8, Clemson 0
In Columbia, S.C., Nolan Belcher tossed a complete-game shutout - the first for South Carolina since Sam Dyson in 2010 - as the Gamecocks captured their series with Clemson. Belcher (2-1) yielded three singles and struck out seven in his mastery of the Tigers (6-4). Connor Bright went 2 for 3 with two RBI, and Grayson Greiner went 2 for 4 with two runs and a RBI to lead the Gamecocks (8-2), who scored five runs in the sixth inning to break from a 1-0 game.

No. 7 Oregon 9, No. 18 Cal State Fullerton 1

In Fullerton, Calif., Ryan Hambright had three hits and three RBI as Oregon beat Cal State Fullerton in front of 2,574 fans at Goodwin Field to avoid the series sweep. The Ducks (8-3) had three multi-run innings, with two in the second and sixth and three in the eighth. J.J. Altobelli (2 for 4, 2B), Brett Thomas (2 for 5, 2B, RBI) and Kyle Garlick each scored twice for Oregon. Cole Irvin (3-0, 7 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K) earned the victory. Carlos Lopez and Jake Jefferies both had three hits for the Titans (10-1).


No. 8 UCLA 10, Wright State 2

In Los Angeles, Pat Valaika tied his career high with four RBI as UCLA completed a three-game sweep of Wright State at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Bruins (8-2) scored two in the first and blew the game open with five in the third. Ty Moore (1 for 2, 3B) drove in three, while Pat Gallagher (1 for 2, 2 R) homered and knocked in a pair for UCLA. Grant Watson (2-0, 7 IP, 3 H, 1 UE, 1 BB, 4 K) earned the victory. Sam Picchiotti went 2 for 4 with a run for the Raiders (3-6).


No. 9 Mississippi State 3-2, Saint Joseph’s 2-0

In Starkville, Miss., Alex Detz had five hits on the day as Mississippi State swept a doubleheader and the four-game series from Saint Joseph’s at Dudy Noble Field. Detz was 3 for 4 in the opener with a run and two RBI. C.T. Bradford had two hits, including a double, a stolen base and two runs for the Bulldogs (15-0). Luis Pollorena (2-0, 1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K) earned the win in relief. Ben Bracewill (1 IP, 1 H, 2 K) notched his first save. Chris Hueth and John Brue both had two hits for the Hawks (2-8). In the nightcap, Detz was 2 for 3 with a walk for MSU. The Bulldogs scored both their runs in the third. Will Cox (2-0, 5 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 6 K) secured the win, while Jonathan Holder fanned three in the ninth for his fifth save. Greg Kumpel had two hits for Saint Joe’s.


No. 10 Kentucky 9, Akron 2

In Lexington, Ky., Austin Cousino had a three-run homer in a five-run second as Kentucky completed the three-game sweep of Akron at Cliff Hagan Stadium. A.J. Reed had a three-run double and scored in the fourth as the Wildcats (10-1) built a 9-0 lead. Michael Thomas went 3 for 3 with two runs and one RBI for UK. Corey Littrell (1-0, 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R) struck out a career-high 8. Devan Ahart had three hits, including a double, and two RBI for the Zips (0-9). Kentucky outscored Akron 37-4 in the three contests.


No. 11 NC State 5, Coastal Carolina 4 (10)

In Myrtle Beach, S.C., Trae Turner delivered a RBI single in the top of the 10th as NC State edged Coastal Carolina in the finale of Baseball at the Beach. Sam Morgan (2 for 4, 2 R) drew a one-out walk in the 10th and advanced to second when Bryan Adametz (2 for 2) was plunked. A base hit by Turner (4 for 6, 2 R) plated Morgan with the go-ahead run. Turner committed an error with one away in the bottom of the 10th, but made a leaping catch of a line drive and doubled the pinch-runner off first to end the contest. Ryan Wilkins (2-0, 3.2 IP, 1 BB, 2 K) notched the victory. Jake Kane had three hits and two RBI for the Chanticleers (4-6).


Baylor 9, No. 13 Rice 2

In Houston, Logan Brown belted a three-run homer in the sixth as Baylor bounced Rice in the final game of the Astros Foundation College Classic at Minute Maid Park. Brown had two hits, including a triple, and two runs for the Bears (5-6). Cal Towey (3 for 4) had a two-run double to cap a three-run fifth for BU. Max Garner (1-2, 8.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 8 K) recorded the victory. Skyler Ewing hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth for the Owls (6-5).


No. 14 Florida State 2, Villanova 1

In Tallahassee, Fla., three pitchers combined on the four-hitter as Florida State completed the sweep of Villanova in front of 3,959 fans at Dick Howser Stadium to remain undefeated. Peter Miller (2-0, 5.1 IP, 3 H, 4 BB, 8 K) was the starter and winner for the Seminoles (10-0). Robby Coles (1 H, 1 BB, 5 K) held the Wildcats (1-6) scores over the next 2.2 innings before Jameis Winston (1 IP 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K) picked up his second save. FSU scored single runs in the third and fifth, while Villanova tallied its lone run in the ninth. Winston had two hits, including a double, for the Seminoles. John Cialone had one double and one RBI for the Wildcats. Josh Harris (1-1, 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 K) suffered the loss.


No. 15 Ole Miss 8, FIU 1

In Miami, Sam Smith did not allow an earned run in six innings as Ole Miss completed the three-game sweep at FIU. Smith (2-0) allowed six hits and one unearned run with one walk and five strikeouts. The Rebels (11-1) scored all their runs from the fourth through seventh innings. Stuart Turner (3 for 4, 2 2B, 3B, 2 R, 3 RBI) and Andrew Mistone (2 for 4, 2 2B, 2 RBI) led the Ole Miss offense. Julius Gaines had three hits for the Panthers (7-5).


No. 16 Oklahoma 8, Pepperdine 1
In Norman, Okla., Jack Mayfield went 2 for 3 with a homer, two runs and three RBI, and Max White and Garrett Carey also homered to help Oklahoma claim its series with Pepperdine. Craig Aikin added two hits and two RBI, and Matt Oberste had a double to extend his hitting streak to 15 dating to last year. Adam Choplick (2-0) tossed 5.1 innings with three strikeouts, and Billy Waltrip struck out seven in 3.2 scoreless innings for the Sooners (11-1). Bryan Langlois went 2 for 4 with a RBI for the Waves (7-5).


San Francisco 9, No. 17 Arizona 2
In Tucson, Ariz., Zachary Turner and Ryan Matranga drove in two runs apiece, and Christian Cecilio allowed only two hits in 5.2 innings as San Francisco salvaged the third game of its series with Arizona. Cecilio (1-0) allowed one earned run and struck out four, and Haden Hinkle closed the final 3.1 innings for the Dons (5-7). Jason Mahood scored three times for San Francisco. Kevin Newman led the Wildcats (10-3) with a pair of hits.

Kent State 3, No. 19 Louisville 2

In Louisville, Ky., Tommy Monnot had a two-run double in the top of the sixth to break a 1-1 tie as Kent State edged Louisville at Patterson Stadium to avoid the series sweep. T.J. Sutton had three hits, including a double, and one run for the Golden Flashes (2-9). Casey Wilson (1-2, 5.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K) earned the win, while Eric Dorsch recorded the final out for his first save. Nick Ratajczak (3 for 5, RBI) and Sutton Whiting (2 for 3, R) led the offense for the Cardinals (9-2).


No. 20 Georgia Tech 12, Rutgers 0

In Atlanta, Kyle Wren had four of his team’s 18 hits as Georgia Tech blanked Rutgers to complete the three-game sweep. Wren scored twice, stole two bases and knocked in one, while Daniel Palka and Mott Hyde were both 1 for 4 with two RBI. The Yellow Jackets (11-1) scored six in the first and three in both the third and seventh. Cole Pitts (3-0, 5 IP, 2 H, 4 K) earned the victory. Steve Zavala went 1 for 3 with a double for the Scarlet Knights (2-7), the game’s only extra-base hit.


VCU 6, Pittsburgh 4

In Charleston, S.C., Ryan Farrar fanned a career-high 11 in 8.2 innings as VCU defeated Pittsburgh in the Charleston Crab House Shootout to stay unbeaten. Farrar (3-0) allowed three hits, four walks and four runs (three earned). The Rams (8-0) scored in their final four at-bats, with a three-run homer in the top of the ninth by Vimael Machin pushing the lead to 6-1. Farrar surrendered a three-run dinger to Steven Shelinsky Jr. with two away in the bottom of the ninth as the Panthers (5-4) narrowed the gap to 6-4. Closer Matt Lees gave up a walk and a double to put the tying runs in scoring position. A 1-0 pitch eluded catcher Walker Haymaker, but it ricocheted off the backstop back to him. Haymaker threw to Lees, who tagged the runner out at the plate to end the contest. It was save No. 5 for Lees. Bill Cullen went 3 for 4 with a triple, a run and one RBI for the Rams.


Western Carolina 7-6, Hofstra 6-2

In Cullowhee, N.C., Jacob Hoyle went 5 for 8 with two doubles, two homers and nine RBI while earning his first collegiate pitching victory, as Western Carolina swept a doubleheader from Hofstra. The Catamounts (6-6) used a four-run fifth to win the opener. Hoyle had three hits (a triple short of the cycle) and drove in four. Aaron Attaway also went deep. Hoyle made his first collegiate start on the mound in Game 2, going five innings and allowing one run. He helped his own cause, hitting his second home run of the day and knocking in five.


Dartmouth 5, Utah 2

In Minneapolis, Thomas Roulis had three hits, including a RBI triple in the seventh to snap a 2-2 tie, as Dartmouth downed Utah to win the Dairy Queen Classic in the Metrodome. Roulis was a homer short of the cycle. Matt Parisi, Ennis Coble and Nick Lombardi each had two hits and one RBI for the Big Green (3-0). Michael Johnson (1-0, 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 5 K) earned the victory, while Thomas Olson worked a scoreless ninth for his second save. Konnor Armijo and Tyler Relf both had a hit and a run for the Utes (5-5).


Loyola Marymount 23, Bradley 10

In Las Vegas, Matt Lowenstein set a program record with three triples as Loyola Marymount pounded Bradley at the Rebel Classic. The Lions (5-7) tied program marks with five triples and seven stolen bases. Lowenstein scored three and matched his career best with four RBI. LMU trailed 7-3 in the second before erupting for seven in the third and six in the fourth. Zac Fujimoto (3 for 5, 2 2B, 3 R) also drove in four, while Cullen Mahoney (2 for 4, 3B, 3 BB, 2 RBI) scored four for the Lions. Greg Partyka (3 for 5, 5 RBI) and Paul Solka (1 for 5, 2 RBI) both homered for the Braves (3-8).


Virginia 9, Bucknell 1

In Charlottesville, Va., Nick Howard strikes out 11 in six innings as Virginia beat Bucknell at Davenport Field to remain undefeated. Howard (2-0) allowed five hits and one run. The Cavaliers (12-0) scored four in the second and three in the fifth. Branden Cogswell (2 for 2, 2B, 3B, 2 BB, 2 R, 2 RBI), Jared King (2 for 4, 2 RBI) and Brandon Downes (3 for 4, 3B, RBI) led the offense for UVa. Rob Krentzman went 2 for 3 with a double and one RBI for the Bison (1-9).


Florida 6, Miami (Fla.) 3

In Gainesville, Fla., Justin Shafer had three hits, including two doubles, to help Florida defeat Miami in front of 3,786 fans at McKethan Stadium to win the weekend series. The Gators (5-7) have won the past four regular-seasons series against the Hurricanes (10-2). UF used a four-run third to take the lead for good. Harrison Bader had two hits, including a triple, and one RBI, while Casey Turgeon scored twice for the victors. Jay Carmichael (1-1, 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K) earned the win in relief. Garrett Kennedy went deep for Miami.


Indiana 7, UMBC 1

In Myrtle Beach, S.C., Aaron Slegers fanned six in six scoreless innings as Indiana defeated UMBC to complete an undefeated weekend in Baseball at the Beach. Slegers (1-0) allowed five hits and did not surrender a walk. Justin Cureton (1 for 4, 2 R, 2 RBI), Sam Travis (2 for 2, RBI) and Michael Basil (2 for 5, 2B, RBI) led the offensive attack for the Hoosiers (6-2). Anthony Gatto (3 for 4) homered in the bottom of the ninth for the Retrievers (0-3).


(front photo by Helen Addison, head shot by Randy Bergeron of Southeastern Public Info)