March 4, 2013

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Healy drive in four as Oregon tops Cal State Northridge

Rice nips Cal, UNLV thumps Hawaii, FGCU downs Michigan


In Eugene, Ore., Ryon Healy went 3 for 5 and tied a career best with four RBI as No. 14 Oregon topped Cal State Northridge 12-4 Monday at PK Park. Healy had a three-run double in a five-run eighth for the Ducks (9-3). Oregon also scored five in the fourth. Ryan Hambright had two hits and two runs, while Steven Packard (2 for 5, 3B) and J.J. Altobelli (1 for 3, 2 R) both drove in two for the Ducks. Brando Tessar (1-0, 2.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 K) earned the win in relief, while Jimmie Sherfy fanned the final four batters for his fourth save. Miles Williams (2 for 4) had a two-run homer in the first for the Matadors (5-7).


Rice 1, California 0

In Houston, Ford Stainback had a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth as Rice edged Cal at Reckling Park. Geoff Perrott (4 for 4) had a one-out single and advanced to second on an infield hit by Leon Byrd (2 for 5). Pinch-runner John Williamson took over at second for Perrott and scored the game-winner on Stainback’s single. Chase McDowell (2-0) went the distance for the Owls (7-5) with five hits and two strikeouts. Chris Paul went 2 for 2 for the Golden Bears (5-7).


UNLV 14, Hawaii 1

In Las Vegas, Mark Shannon had two singles and three RBI in a nine-run sixth while picking up the win on the mound as UNLV overwhelmed Hawaii at Wilson Stadium for their sixth straight victory. Shannon (3 for 5, 2B, 2 R, 4 RBI) had a RBI bunt single to start the scoring in the sixth for the Rebels and capped the rally with a two-run base hit. Joey Armstrong had a three-run double in the sixth. Joey Swanner went 3 for 4 with a double, three runs and one RBI for UNLV. Shannon (1-0) allowed five hits and one run in seven innings with five strikeouts. Pi’ikea Kitamura went 2 for 4 with one run for the Rainbows (1-12).


FGCU 11, Michigan 6

In Fort Myers, Fla., Brandon Bednar drove in five and Zack Tillery allowed one hit in six innings as FGCU handled Michigan at Swanson Stadium. Bednar (3 for 5) had a RBI sac bunt in a four-run third, a run-scoring single in the fourth, a two-run base hit in the fifth and a RBI single in the seventh for the Eagles (9-3). Dane Wisneski (2 for 4, 2B) scored four, while Michael Suchy (2 for 5) drove in two for FGCU. Tillery (1-1) walked two and struck out three. Patrick Biondi and Michael O’Neill both had two hits and a run for the Wolverines (5-6).


UC Santa Barbara 10, Saint Mary’s 1

In Santa Barbara, Calif., UCSB scored multiple runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh in downing Saint Mary’s for its fourth straight victory. Luke Swenson (2 for 4, 2 R) had a two-run double in a three-run fifth and Tyler Kuresa (2 for 5) added a three-run double an inning later. Kenny Chapman (2-1, 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 3 K) secured the win. Collin Ferguson had a RBI single in the first for the Gaels (4-8).


Austin Peay 10, Michigan State 7

In Clarksville, Tenn., Cody Hudson lined a game-winning three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth as Austin Peay powered past Michigan State at Raymond C. Hand Park. The Govs (9-2) used a three-run seventh to tie the game at 7. Hudson had two hits, two runs and four RBI, while Jordan Hankins (2 for 2, 3 BB, RBI) scored four times for APSU. Reed Harper (1 for 4, 3 RBI) had a two-run homer in the first for the Govs. Tyler Rogers (1-0, 2 IP, 1 H, 3 BB, 2 K) picked up the win. Ryan Krill had a two-run single in a six-run fifth for the Spartans (4-5).


Western Kentucky 6, Southern Illinois 4

In Carbondale, Ill., Ryan Messex had a two-run single to cap a four-run eighth as Western Kentucky rallied past Southern Illinois at Abe Martin Field. Regan Flaherty (2 for 5, R) also drove in a pair for the Hilltoppers (4-6). Tanner Perkins (2-0, 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K) picked up the win, while Taylor Haydel (2 IP, 1 H, 2 K) registered his first save. Jake Welch had two hits and two runs for the Salukis (5-5).


Georgetown 4, Valparaiso 3

In Port Charlotte, Fla., Danny Poplawski had a two-run double in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game and scored the go-ahead run on a double by Nick Collins as Georgetown rallied past Valparaiso. Chris Manning (2 for 4) had a two-run single in the fourth to give the Crusaders (2-7) a 3-1 advantage. Collins finished with two hits, while Justin Leeson went 3 for 3 with one run and one RBI for the Hoyas (4-4). Thomas Polus (1-1, 8 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 4 K) picked up the victory, while Charlie Steinman fanned one in a scoreless ninth for his second save. Chris DeBoo (7 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 1 K) suffered the loss. Elliott Martin went 3 for 4 with a double, one run and one RBI for Valpo.


Northeastern 6, St. Bonaventure 5 (10)

In Port Charlotte, Fla., Northeastern tied it with three in the top of the eighth and won it with a run in the 10th against St. Bonaventure. The Huskies (6-4) tallied single runs in the third and fourth before a two-run single by Bret Heath (2 for 4) in the sixth tied it as 2. The Bonnies (3-6) scored three in the seventh to take a 5-2 advantage. Justin Kessler had three hits, while Brad Burcroff went 2 for 3 with two walks and a run for NU. Dylan Maki (1-0, 3 IP, 1 BB, 1 K) earned the victory.


Ball State 4-12, Morehead State 1-2

In Spartanburg, S.C., Scott Baker struck out 11 in seven innings in Game 2 as Ball State swept a doubleheader from Morehead State. Baker (3-0) allowed six hits, one walk and two runs. Cody Campbell (1 for 3, 2B, R), Jake Hines (1 for 2, 2B) and Kevin Schlotter (1 for 3) all knocked in two for the Cardinals (4-7). Chase Greenwell had two hits and one RBI for the Eagles (5-4). In the opener, Billy Wellman had two doubles, including a three-run two-bagger in the eighth to snap a 1-1 tie, for BSU. Jon Cisna (1-0, 2.1 IP, 2 H, 3 K) won in relief of Chris Marangon (6.2 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 6 K). Greenwell went 3 for 3 for Morehead State.


Milwaukee 5-3, Evansville 4-7

In Evansville, Ind., Michael Porcaro went 2 for 3 with three RBI in the opener as Milwaukee split a doubleheader at Evansville. The Panthers (3-7) built a 5-0 lead before the Purple Aces (3-7) put up four in the bottom of the eighth. Derek Peake went 3 for 4 with one run for Milwaukee. Mike Schneider (2-1, 7.2 IP, 7 H, 1 UE, 3 BB, 5 K) earned the victory, while Joshua Uhen (1 IP, 1 BB) picked up his first save. Andy Lasher was 3 for 4 with one RBI for Evansville. In the nightcap, the Purple Aces scored two in the first and four in the second to take control. John Day went 2 for 4 with two runs and two RBI for Evansville. Kyle Lloyd (1-1, 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) recorded the win, while Jake Naumann (1 IP, 1 K) notched his second save. Will Fadness had two hits and two RBI for the Panthers.


NC Central 9, Saint Augustine’s 8 (10)

In Durham, N.C., NC Central erased a five-run deficit with two in the seventh and three in the bottom of the ninth and scored the game-winner on a passed ball in the 10th in edging Saint Augustine’s at Durham Athletic Park. Troy Marrow (3 for 4, R) and Tyson Simpson both drove in two for the Eagles (7-5). Andrew Vernon (1-1, 2.2 IP, 2 H, 2 K) earned the victory. Jason Baytop (2 for 5, 3B, 2 R) and Pat Hall (2 for 4, 2B) both knocked in a pair, while Claren Peace (3 for 5, 2 R) had two doubles for the Falcons (11-8).