March 11, 2013

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Cullen's grand slam helps VCU down Wagner

Ohio State nips Coastal Carolina, Gonzaga outlasts Hawaii in 12


In Richmond, Va., Bill Cullen (right) hit a grand slam and drove in five as VCU outscored Wagner 11-8 Monday at The Diamond. Cullen drew a bases-loaded walk in the second and belted a grand slam in the fifth as the Rams (10-3) snapped a three-game losing skid. Seth Greene (1-0, 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 K) earned the win in relief. Nick Dini went 4 for 5 with a double, two runs and one RBI for the Seahawks (2-9).


Ohio State 3, Coastal Carolina 2

In Myrtle Beach, S.C., Joe Ciamacco singled and scored in the top of the ninth as Ohio State edged Coastal Carolina. Ciamacco went 3 for 3 with two runs for the Buckeyes (9-5). Ryan Riga (1-0, 3 IP, 1 H, 1 UE, 1 K) earned the win in relief. Trace Dempsey (1 IP, 1 H) picked up his fourth save. Colin Hering went 1 for 4 with one RBI for the Chanticleers (7-9).


Gonzaga 3, Hawaii 1 (12)

In Honolulu, Cabe Retten had a two-run triple with two away in the top of 12th as Gonzaga outlasted Hawaii in front of 2,410 fans at Les Murakami Stadium. Alex Bonczyk went 2 for 3 with a run for the Bulldogs (9-4-1). Michael Rucker (1-0, 3.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K) won in relief of Derek Callahan (8.1 IP, 5 H,1 R, 2 BB, 3 K). Marc Flores (2 for 5, 2B) homered for the Rainbows (1-15). Scott Squier (4 H, 1 R) struck out six in nine innings for Hawaii.


Stony Brook 3, Fordham 2

In Stony Brook, N.Y., Tanner Nivins knocked in all three runs as Stony Brook edged Fordham at Joe Nathan Field. Nivins had a two-run single in the first and drove in the eventual game-winner in the third. Cole Peragine (2 for 4, 2B, R) and Jack Parenty (2 for 4, 2 R, SB) had multiple hits for the Seawolves (4-10). Tim Kresnik (2-0, 3.1 IP, 2 BB, 3 K) earned the win, while Tyler Honahan (1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K) recorded his third save. Tim Swatek (2 for 3) stole two bases and Ryan McNally (2 for 3) had a two-run homer in the fourth for the Rams (7-6).


Bucknell 5, Fairfield 1

In Winter Haven, Fla., Dan Goldstein pitched into the ninth as Bucknell downed Fairfield. Goldstein (2-2) allowed three hits, six walks and one run in 8.1 innings with three strikeouts. Ryan Plourde had a RBI double in the bottom of the first for the Stags (3-6). The Bison (3-9) were held hitless over the first six innings by Jeremy Soule (0-3, 7 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 K), but tallied two runs in the seventh and three more in the ninth. Anthony Gingerelli (2 for 4, 1 R, 2 RBI) and Corey Furman (1 for 4) both drove in two Bucknell.


Utah 3, Saint Mary’s 1

In Moraga, Calif., Dalton Carroll allowed one run in 5.1 innings of relief as Utah edged Saint Mary’s at Louis Guisto Field. Carroll (1-1) surrendered four hits and three walks while striking out four. Ryan Brockett (1-2, 9 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 6 K) went the distance for the Gaels (5-11). Tyler Yagi went 2 for 3 with a triple and one RBI, while Trey Nielsen added two hits, including a double, and a run for the Utes (8-6). Brenden Kalfus went 3 for 3 for SMC.


Miami (Ohio) 8, LIU Brooklyn 1

In Winter Haven, Fla., Nathan Williams allowed one run over seven innings as Miami defeated LIU Brooklyn. Williams (2-1) gave up four hits and one walk while striking out six. John Crummy had two hits, including a three-run double in the fifth for the RedHawks (5-6). Pete Leonello had two hits for the Blackbirds (0-9).


North Dakota State 5, Navy 1

In Winter Haven, Fla., Trevor Jaunich pitched a career-high eight innings to lead North Dakota State past Navy. Jaunich (1-0) allowed five hits and one unearned run with one walk and four strikeouts. Tom Colwell had three hits and two RBI for the Bison (6-6). Brandon Beans, Chris Campbell and David Wiedeman each had two hits for the Midshipmen (6-8).


Albany 3-2, NYIT 2-0

In Brookhaven, N.Y., Albany pitchers recorded 28 strikeouts in a doubleheader sweep of NYIT. In the opener, Kasceim Graham (2-1, 5 IP, 3 H, 1 BB) notched a career-high 10 strikeouts for the Great Danes (3-7). Ryan Stinar pitched a perfect ninth with a strikeout to earn his second save. Evan Harasta had two hits, including a double, and two RBI for Albany. Michael Fermin had two hits and one RBI for the Bears (0-7). In the nightcap, Derek Zielinski and Austin Chase combined on the shutout. Zielinksi (1-3) allowed two hits, did not walk a batter and fanned seven over the first five innings. Chase gave up a hit and a walk in the final four frames with six punchouts to earn his first save. John Nethaway (2 for 2, 2B, R) and Jeff Welsh knocked in runs in the third. Danny Lackner had a hit and a steal for NYIT.


(photo courtesy of VCU Media Relations)