March 9, 2013

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Garner pitches Michigan State past Kentucky

Central Arkansas hands Mississippi State its first loss, Clemson tops NCSU


In Lexington, Ky., David Garner (left) was brilliant in pitching into the ninth inning, and battery-mate Joel Fisher went 3 for 4 with two RBI as Michigan State ended No. 10 Kentucky's nine-game winning streak with a 6-1 victory Saturday. Garner (3-0) allowed four hits and one run and struck out six in 8.1 innings to help the Spartans (6-6) even the series. Justin Hovis added two RBI, and leadoff man Anthony Cheky went 2 for 5 with a homer and two runs - the homer was the first allowed by the Wildcats (12-2) in 290 plate appearances. Paul McConkey went 2 for 4 with a solo homer for Kentucky.

Central Arkansas 7, No. 5 Mississippi State 5 (10)
In Starkville, Miss., Blake Marchal walked and scored on an error in the 10th inning, and Michael Marietta added an insurance run with an RBI single as Central Arkansas handed Mississippi State its first loss of the season. Marietta and Scott Zimmerle each drove in a pair of runs, and Ethan Harris had two hits and two runs for the Bears, who at 13-2 are off to their best start since 1995. The Bulldogs (17-1) trailed 5-3 heading to the bottom of the ninth, when Hunter Renfroe (2 for 5) and Demarcus Henderson (3 for 4) delivered RBI singles. Zach Barr (2-0) posted the win and Ethan McKinzie his first save for Central Arkansas, which used six pitchers; MSU sprinkled in 10 pitchers.

Clemson 7, No. 9 NC State 4
In Raleigh, N.C., Thomas Brittle blasted a grand slam and Clemson pitchers stranded 15 runners as the Tigers beat NC State for the second straight day. Kyle Schnell (2-0) tossed 2.2 innings of scoreless relief to earn the victory, and Matt Campbell worked a scoreless ninth for his fourth save as the Tigers improved to 2-0, 9-4. Brett Austin went 3 for 5 with two runs to lead the Wolfpack (0-2, 11-4).

No. 15 Oklahoma 4, No. 7 UCLA 0

In Los Angeles, Jonathan Gray fanned eight in seven scoreless frames as Oklahoma blanked UCLA at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Gray (3-1) allowed five hits and one walk. Matt Oberste belted a three-run homer in the top of the fourth to snap a scoreless tie. Max White doubled and scored twice for the Sooners (12-3). Eric Filia went 2 for 4 for the Bruins (10-3). Nick Vander Tuig (2-2, 6.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) took the loss.


UNLV 12, No. 8 Stanford 2

In Stanford, Calif., Erik VanMeetren went 3 for 5 with three runs and two RBI as UNLV clinched a series win at Stanford. The Rebels (12-3) led 4-0 in the third and added three in the fifth, two in the seventh and three more in the eighth. Mark Shannon went 3 for 5 with a double and two runs for UNLV. Buddy Borden (2-1, 6.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 6 K) earned the win. Danny Diekroeger and Brant Whiting both had two hits and one RBI for the Cardinal (10-4).


No. 1 North Carolina 20, Wake Forest 6
In Winston-Salem, N.C., Colin Moran and Brian Holberton each hit two of eight North Carolina homers in a rout of Wake Forest. Moran finished 3 for 5 with three runs and six RBI, and Holberton went 2 for 4 with two runs and five RBI for the Tar Heels (2-0, 13-0). Cody Stubbs added a homer, three runs and three RBI as UNC bolted to an 11-0 lead after two innings. Evan Stephens went 3 for 4 with two runs, and Matt Conway added three hits and a RBI for the Demon Deacons (0-2, 9-7).


No. 2 Vanderbilt 4, No. 14 Oregon 2

In Eugene, Ore., Tyler Beede struck out seven in 6.2 innings as Vanderbilt beat Oregon to clinch a series victory at PK Park. Beede (4-0) allowed two hits, six walks and one unearned run to pick up the win. Brian Miller (2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 UE, 3 K) registered his third save. Tony Kemp went 3 for 4 with a double, one run and one RBI for the Commodores (15-1). Ryon Healy had a double and a run for the Ducks (10-5).

No. 3 LSU 8, Washington 4

In Baton Rouge, La., Mason Katz homered twice and drove in five as LSU secured a series win over Washington in front of 7,254 fans at Alex Box Stadium. A three-run shot by Katz (2 for 3, 2 BB) in the first started the scoring for the Tigers (14-1). His solo blast in the third gave LSU a 5-0 cushion. Alex Bregman (2 for 4) had two doubles and two runs for the victors. Ryan Eades (3-0, 6.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 6 K) earned the win. Robert Pehl went 1 for 3 with a walk and a run for the Huskies (4-10).


No. 4 Oregon State 6, Texas State 3

In Corvallis, Ore., Jake Rodriguez had three hits and two RBI as Oregon State clinched a series win over Texas State at Goss Stadium. The Beavers (14-0) erased a 1-0 deficit with three in the bottom of the fourth. Tyler Smith had two hits, including a triple, and two runs for OSU. Andrew Moore (4-0, 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) earned the victory, with Brandon Jackson (3.1 IP, 1 H, 5 K) recording his first save. Ben McElroy had two hits and one RBI for the Bobcats (5-9).


No. 6 South Carolina 9, Rider 5
In Columbia, S.C., Joey Pankake homered for the third time in four games, and Connor Bright homered, scored twice and drove in two as South Carolina topped Rider. Chase Vergason added two hits and two RBI for the Gamecocks (12-2), who bear the Broncs (6-3) for the second straight day. Joel Seddon (1-0) tossed an inning for the win, and Adam Westmoreland closed with 3.2 scoreless innings for his first save. Jerry Mulderig went 2 for 3 with two RBI to lead Rider.

No. 11 Cal State Fullerton 2, Texas A&M 0

In Fullerton, Calif., Justin Garza pitched seven shutout innings as Cal State Fullerton evened its series with Texas A&M in front of 2,004 fans at Goodwin Field. Garza (4-0) allowed five hits and one walk with six strikeouts. Michael Lorenzen tossed a scoreless ninth for his fourth save. The Titans (12-3) scored single runs in the fifth and sixth. Austin Diemer went 2 for 3 with a double and one run. Mikey Reynolds had three hits and Mitchell Nau added two for the Aggies (10-6).


No. 12 Florida State 9, Boston College 4

In Tallahassee, Fla., Josh Delph had a two-run single and DJ Stewart added a two-run triple in a seven-run second as Florida State clinched an ACC series win over Boston College in front of 4,534 fans at Dick Howser Stadium. Delph finished with two hits and two runs. Seth Miller had two doubles and two runs, and Stephen McGee homered for the Seminoles (2-0, 14-0). Scott Sitz (3-0, 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) took home the win, while Gage Smith (1.2 IP, 1 H) garnered his first save. Matt McGovern went 2 for 4 with a double and one RBI for the Eagles (0-2, 3-10).


No. 13 Ole Miss 8, Lipscomb 5

In Oxford, Miss., Auston Bousfield homered, had three runs and two RBI as Ole Miss secured a series win over Lipscomb and made head coach Mike Bianco the program’s career wins leader, passing Jake Gibbs. Bianco has 486 victories with the Rebels (15-1). Stuart Turner added two hits, including a double, and two RBI for the home team. Mike Mayers (2-0, 6 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 7 K) picked up the win, while Brett Huber (1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K) recorded his sixth save. Taylor Stewart (2 for 4) had a two-run single in a five-run seventh for the Bison (6-9).


No. 16 Georgia Tech 14, Virginia Tech 9
In Blacksburg, Va., Matt Gonzalez went 3 for 5 with four runs and two RBI, and Brandon Thomas added three hits, two runs and a RBI as Georgia Tech reached double-figures in runs for the ninth straight game in an ACC win over Virginia Tech. The Yellow Jackets (2-0, 14-1) plated six runs in the seventh innings, when they sent 12 batters to the plate. Daniel Spingola drove in three, and Kyle Wren and Mott Hyde contributed two RBI apiece for the Jackets. Chad Pinder went 2 for 4 with three RBI, and Sean Keselica had two hits, two runs and two RBI for the Hokies (0-2, 11-4).

No. 17 Louisville 6, Alabama 0

In Louisville, Ky., Jeff Thompson tossed seven shutout innings as Louisville secured a series victory in front of 3,022 fans at Patterson Stadium. Thompson (4-0) allowed two hits and two walks with four strikeouts. The Cardinals (11-2) scored all their runs in the seventh, keyed by a two-run single by Adam Engel and a two-run double by Alex Chittenden. Brett Booth and Kenny Roberts both had hits for the Crimson Tide (8-6).


Columbia 8, No. 18 Arizona 4

In Tucson, Ariz., Columbia used a five-run seventh to even its series with Arizona. It was the first win in program history against a defending national champion. David Vandercook drove in three for the Lions (1-5). Joey Donino (1-0, 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K) earned the victory. Zach Gibbons had three hits and a run, while Brandon Dixon drove in two for the Wildcats (12-5).


No. 19 Arkansas 8-4, San Diego State 2-1

In Fayetteville, Ark., Tyler Spoon went 3 for 4 with a homer, two runs and two RBI as Arkansas beat San Diego State in the first game of a doubleheader, giving coach Dave Van Horn his 1,000th career win. In the second game, Jacob Morris' two-run triple keyed a four-run sixth inning as the Razorbacks (11-5) captured the sweep. Freshman Trey Killian (2-1) tossed seven no-hit innings and struck out seven in the first game. Randall Fant, Michael Gunn (1-0) and Barrett Astin combined to allow one run on seven hits in the second game. Danny Sheehan went 2 for 4 with a RBI for the Aztecs (7-9) in the second game.


No. 20 Virginia 7-5, Maryland 6-0

In Charlottesville, Va., Derek Fisher went 4 for 4 and delivered a game-winning RBI double with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning of the first game as Virginia swept an ACC doubleheader with Maryland. Fisher scored twice and added three RBI, and Joe McCarthy scored three times in the first game. Kyle Crockett tossed 1.1 shutout innings to post his first win for Virginia. Kyle Convissar went 3 for 3 with a double, run and a RBI, LaMonte Wade added two RBI as the Terps touched Brandon Waddell for eight hits and five runs (three earned) in six innings. In the second game, Scott Silverstein (3-0) worked six shutout innings with four hits and three strikeouts, and Jared King tripled and drove in three runs as the Cavaliers improved to 2-0, 14-0. Wade and Kevin Martir each went 2 for 3 for Maryland (0-2, 9-5).


Old Dominion 10, Northeastern 8
In Norfolk, Va., Ben Verlander went 4 for 4 with three homers - including a grand slam - and drove in seven as Old Dominion slipped past Northeastern for the second straight day in the CAA. Verlander's three homers tied the school record set by Nick Boothe, now the head baseball coach at Virginia Wesleyan, in 1985. Rob Fonseca went 2 for 4 with a homer, three runs and three RBI for the Huskies (0-2, 7-6). ODU improved to 2-0, 8-4.

Furman 6, Appalachian State 5
In Greenville, S.C., Taylor Johnson went 2 for 4 with four RBI, and Matt Solter bent but did not break in picking up his fourth save as Furman clinched its SoCon series with Appalachian State. Jordan Simpson went 2 for 4 with two runs, and Paul Nitto extended his hitting streak to 23 games for the Paladins (4-1, 12-3). Will Callaway had his second straight big game, going 3 for 4 with a run and a RBI for the Mountaineers (2-3, 7-4).

(photo courtesy of MSU Media Relations)