March 15, 2013

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Ziomek pitches Vanderbilt past Auburn

Miami hands UNC its first loss, LSU wins at MSU, Maryland tops FSU


In Auburn, Ala., Kevin Ziomek (right) was brilliant again, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning, and Connor Harrell homered and drove in three runs as second-ranked Vanderbilt opened SEC play with a 5-2 win over Auburn Friday. Ziomek (5-0) tossed 8.1 innings with five hits, two runs (one earned) and five strikeouts – he’s allowed two earned runs and struck out 33 in his past three starts spanning 26.1 innings. Conrad Gregor also homered and finished 2 for 4 with two runs for the Commodores (1-0, 17-2). Garrett Cooper and Jordan Ebert drove in runs for the Tigers (0-1, 13-4).


Miami (Fla.) 4, No. 1 North Carolina 1

In Chapel Hill, N.C., Chris Diaz allowed one run in seven innings as Miami handed North Carolina in the opener of their ACC series at Boshamer Stadium. Diaz (2-1) surrendered six hits and three walks while fanning four. AJ Salcines (1 IP, 1 H, 1 K) pitched a scoreless eighth before Eric Nedeljovic pitched a hitless ninth for his second save. Chantz Mack (2 for 4) had a two-run single to cap a three-run fifth for the Hurricanes (2-2, 15-5). Colin Moran and Skye Bolt (2B, RBI) both had two hits for the Tar Heels (3-1, 16-1). Kent Emanuel (3-1, 6.1 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 3 K) suffered the loss.


No. 3 LSU 6, No. 12 Mississippi State 4 (10)

In Starkville, Miss., Mason Katz clobbered a pair of two-run homers, including one in the top of the 10th, as LSU outlasted Mississippi State at Dudy Noble Field. The first blast by Katz (2 for 4, 3 R) came in the sixth and pulled the Tigers (1-0, 17-1) to within one at 4-3. Ty Ross tied the game in the seventh by scoring on a wild pitch. Joey Bourgeois (2-0, 1.1 IP, 2 K) earned the victory, while Chris Cotton fanned two in the bottom of the 10th for his sixth save. Hunter Renfroe (2 for 5, 3 RBI) had a two-run homer in the first for the Bulldogs (0-1, 18-3).


Maryland 5, No. 8 Florida State 3

In College Park, Md., Jimmy Reed scatted five hits and allowed two earned runs in eight solid innings as Maryland handed Florida State its first defeat. Reed (3-1) pitched around three walks and three hit batters and got a little help from his defense – shortstop Blake Schmit stranded two runners with a play up the middle in the third, and second baseman Kyle Convissar and left fielder Matt Bosse also turning in nice plays. Convissar also starred at the plate, driving in three, two coming on a single in the sixth for a 3-2 lead. Jordan Hagel had three hits and three runs, and K.J. Hockaday scored twice for the Terrapins (2-2, 12-15). LaMonte Wade added a RBI double after Hagel scored on a wild pitch in a two-run eighth inning for Maryland. Stephen McGee went 3 for 3 with a run and a RBI to lead the Seminoles (3-1, 16-1).


No. 4 Oregon State 6, Arizona 2

In Tucson, Ariz., Michael Conforto crushed a three-run homer in the top of the first to spark Oregon State past Arizona in the Pac-12 opener at Hi Corbett Field. Conforto finished with three hits and two runs, while Kavin Keyes went 2 for 5 with a double, a run and a RBI for the Beavers (1-0, 17-1). Matt Boyd (4-0, 7 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) earned the victory. Johnny Field went 1 for 4 with one RBI for the Wildcats (0-1, 15-6).


No. 5 South Carolina 4, Missouri 1

In Columbia, Mo., Evan Beal struck out a career-high 10 as South Carolina downed Missouri in the SEC opener in front of 3,145 fans at Taylor Stadium. Beal (2-0) allowed eight hits and one run in 6.1 innings with one walk. Tyler Webb (1.1 IP, 2 K) recorded his sixth save. Grayson Greiner (2 for 3, 2 R) homered, while TJ Costen had two hits and two RBI for the Gamecocks (1-0, 16-2). Kendall Keeton had three hits and a run for the Tigers (0-1, 5-8). Due to inclement weather forecast for Sunday, the team will play a doubleheader on Saturday at 2 p.m. CT.


No. 6 Ole Miss 7, No. 15 Arkansas 1

In Fayetteville, Ark., Preston Overbey belted a second-inning grand slam to propel Ole Miss past Arkansas in the SEC opener at Baum Stadium. Overbey finished with two hits, while Will Allen added two hits and two runs for the Rebels (1-0, 19-1). Sikes Orvis also went deep for Ole Miss. Bobby Wahl (5-0, 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 5 BB, 5 K) earned the win, while Scott Weathersby tossed two hitless innings with one walk and three strikeouts to secure the victory. Tyler Spoon (1 for 4) drove in the lone run in the bottom of the first for the Razorbacks (0-1, 13-6).


Washington 2, No. 7 UCLA 0 (suspended bottom 4)

In Los Angeles, the game between UCLA and Washington was suspended in the bottom of the fourth due to fog. The contest will resume on Saturday at 1 p.m. PT.


Florida 4, No. 9 Kentucky 1

In Gainesville, Fla., Florida scored three unearned runs in the seventh to get past Kentucky in the SEC opener in front of 3,540 fans at McKethan Stadium. Josh Tobias (2 for 2) homered for the Gators (1-0, 9-10). Ryan Harris (3-1, 2 IP) earned the victory, while Johnny Magliozzi (1 IP, 1 H) registered his fourth save. A.J. Reed went 2 for 4 with a double and one RBI for the Wildcats (0-1, 14-3) and suffered the loss (6.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K).


No. 10 Georgia Tech 12, Boston College 5

In Atlanta, Georgia Tech scored the game’s final eight runs in rallying past Boston College in ACC action at Russ Chandler Stadium. Kyle Wren had three hits and three RBI, while Zane Evans (3 for 5, 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI) and Brandon Thomas (2 for 4, 3B) both homered for the Yellow Jackets (3-1, 15-2). Buck Farmer (4-0, 6 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 7 K) picked up the victory. Joe Cronin had three hits, including a double, and three RBI for the Eagles (0-4, 3-13).


No. 11 Cal State Fullerton 5, Oral Roberts 0

In Tulsa, Okla., Thomas Eshelman and Koby Gauna combined on the shutout as Cal State Fullerton won the series opener at Oral Roberts. Eshelman (4-1) allowed six hits in 6.1 innings with one strikeout. He has not walked a batter in 35 innings this season. Gauna (2.2 IP, 2 K) notched his first save. Anthony Hutting had a two-run single in the top of the seventh to snap the scoreless tie. Keegan Dale drove in two on a sacrifice bunt to cap a three-run eighth for the Titans (14-3). Nate Goro went 3 for 3 with a double for the Golden Eagles (5-11).


No. 13 Louisville 6, Xavier 1

In Louisville, Ky., Chad Green allowed one run over seven innings as Louisville dispatched of Xavier to open their series at Patterson Stadium. Green (3-1) scattered six hits with one walk and four strikeouts. Dace Kime (2 IP, 3 H, 2 K) recorded his first save. Zak Wasserman drove in a pair for the Cardinals (14-2). Selby Chidemo had two hits, including a double, and one RBI for the Musketeers (6-9). Jon Richard (2-2, 8 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) went the distance for Xavier.


No. 14 Oregon 5, USC 2

In Los Angeles, Jake Reed hurled seven solid innings as Oregon defeated USC to begin Pac-12 play at Dedeaux Field. Reed (2-3) allowed five hits and two runs with four walks and two strikeouts. Jimmie Sherfy (1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K) picked up his sixth save. The Trojans (0-1, 7-10) scored twice in the fourth to take a 2-1 advantage as Blake Lacey and James Roberts (1 for 2, BB) both drove in runs. The Ducks (1-0, 14-5) reclaimed the lead with two in the sixth and added runs in the seventh and eighth. Scott Heineman and J.J. Altobelli both had two hits and one RBI for Oregon.


Washington State 15, No. 16 Arizona State 4

In Tempe, Ariz., Collin Slaybaugh went 4 for 5 with a double, three runs and three RBI to lead Washington State past Arizona State in the Pac-12 lid-lifter in front of 3,467 fans at Packard Stadium. The Cougars (1-0, 10-6) started the scoring with four in the third and put the game away with a six-run ninth. Adam Nelubowich (2 for 6, R) also drove in three, while Nick Tanielu (2 for 5, R) and Trace Tam Sing (2 for 4, 3 R) both knocked in a pair for WSU. Joe Pistorese (2-1, 6.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 2 K) earned the victory. Michael Benjamin had three hits, including a double, and one run for the Sun Devils (0-1, 11-3-1).


No. 17 Virginia 6, Clemson 5 (11)

In Clemson, S.C., Mike Papi had a pinch-hit RBI single in the top of the ninth to tie the game and a go-ahead homer in the 11th as Virginia rallied past Clemson in the ACC series opener in front of 4,823 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Papi’s base hit in the ninth capped a three-run rally as the Cavaliers (3-1, 16-1) knotted the score at 5. Nick Howard drove in a pair for Virginia. Kyle Crockett (2-0, 2.2 IP, 1 H, 4 K) registered the victory. Shane Kennedy homered and drove in three for the Tigers (2-2, 10-6).


No. 18 NC State 12, Wake Forest 6

In Winston-Salem, N.C., Tarran Senay set a career high with five hits as NC State outscored Wake Forest to kick off their ACC series at WF Baseball Park. Senay went 5 for 5 with a homer, three runs and three RBI, while Jake Armstrong (2 for 3, HR, 2 R) drove in four for the Wolfpack (2-2, 15-4). NCSU scored multiple runs in the third through sixth innings, building an 11-3 advantage. Carlos Rodon (2-2, 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 8 K) got the win, while Josh Easley (3 IP, 2 H, 5 K) notched his first save. Brett Armour drove in two, while Jimmy Redovian went deep for the Demon Deacons (0-4, 11-9).


No. 20 Notre Dame 1, Cal Poly 0

In San Luis Obispo, Calif., Adam Norton and Dan Slania combined on the shutout as Notre Dame evened its series with Cal Poly in front of 2,076 fans at Baggett Stadium. Norton (5-0) allowed seven hits and one walk in eight innings with five strikeouts. Slania worked around one hit and fanned two for his fourth save. Frank DeSico had an infield RBI single with two away in the top of the ninth for the Irish (11-5). Brian Mundell and David Armendariz both had two hits for the Mustangs (15-3). Matt Imhof (7.2, 6 H, 2 BB) struck out 11 for Cal Poly.


Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 23, Texas State 7

In San Marcos, Texas, Jonathan Gonzales went 6 for 6 with two doubles, four runs and eight RBI as Texas A&M-Corpus Christi thumped Texas State. The Islanders (10-7) scored multiple runs in six of their seven at-bats. Gonzales had two-run doubles in the first and second, RBI singles in the fifth and sixth, and a two-run single in the seventh. Brad Lamberti (2 for 3, 3 R) homered and drove in four for the victors. Colby Tarqun went 3 for 3 with a double and two RBI for the Bobcats (5-13).


Oklahoma 1, Northwestern State 0

In Norman, Okla., Jonathan Gray recorded a career-high 12 strikeouts in the shutout as Oklahoma edged Northwestern State. Gray (4-1) allowed five hits and did not walk a batter. Matt Oberste homered in the bottom of the fourth for the Sooners (15-4). Todd Wallace had two hits for the Demons (9-11). Robert Baker (2-1, 8 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K) suffered the loss.


Indiana State 2, Minnesota 1

In Minneapolis, both pitchers went the distance, but Sean Manaea was a little better than Tom Windle as Indiana State edged Minnesota at the Metrodome. Manaea (2-1) allowed six hits and one unearned run in nine innings with one walk and nine strikeouts in his first complete game. Windle (2-2) surrendered four hits and one earned run with one walk and one punchout. Landon Curry scored both runs for the Sycamores (6-6), one in the fourth and another in the sixth. The Golden Gophers (11-7) tallied their run in the seventh on a base hit by Ryan Abrahamson. Minnesota loaded the bases with two away in the bottom of the ninth when a pitch eluded the ISU catcher. He threw to Manaea, who tagged out the runner trying to score from third to end the contest.


New Mexico 3, UNLV 2 (10)

In Las Vegas, Josh Melendez had a RBI double in the top of the 10th as New Mexico edged UNLV to start Mountain West action at Wilson Stadium. Melendez (2 for 3) had a run-scoring single in the eighth for the Lobos (1-0, 7-9) to tie the game at 2. Gabe Aguilar (2-0, 1.2 IP, 3 K) earned the victory, while Josh Walker (1 IP, 1 H, 1 K) recorded his third save. Matt McCallister went 1 for 2 with a run for the Rebels (0-1, 14-4).


UC Irvine 2, Nebraska 1

In Irvine, Calif., Andrew Thurman went the distance with a career-high 11 strikeouts as UC Irvine edged Nebraska in the series opener at Anteater Ballpark. Thurman (2-2) allowed five hits, one walk and one unearned run. Taylor Sparks (3 for 3) and Kris Paulino (1 for 2) drove in runs in the bottom of the first fir the Anteaters (14-4). Chad Christensen (1 for 3) had a sacrifice fly in the sixth for the Cornhuskers (5-10).


James Madison 17, UNC Wilmington 5

In Harrisonburg, Va., Matt Tenaglia and Chad Carroll each drove in four runs, and Conner Brown contributed three RBI as James Madison scored 12 times in the fourth and fifth innings in a CAA rout of UNC Wilmington. Ty McFarland added two hits, two RBI and three runs for the Dukes (4-0, 11-6). Hunter Ridge drove in three, and Michael Bass went 3 for 3 with two runs and a RBI for the Seahawks (0-1, 11-7).


Fresno State 1, San Diego State 0

In Fresno, Calif., Tyler Linehan tossed a shutout in his first start of the season as Fresno State nipped San Diego State to begin Mountain West play. Linehan (1-3) scattered eight hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. Taylor Ward (2 for 3) had a RBI double in the sixth for the Bulldogs (1-0, 4-12). Greg Allen, Jake Romanski and Evan Potter each had two hits for the Aztecs (0-1, 7-11).


Baylor 10, New Orleans 0

In Houston, Dillon Newman tossed a one-hitter as Baylor blanked New Orleans at Houston’s Cougar Field. Newman (3-0) walked one and struck out six in seven innings. Reese Kanter had a single in the second for the lone hit for the Privateers (3-15). Nate Goodwin had two hits and three RBI, while Grayson Porter (3 for 4, 2 R, 2 RBI) and Jake Miller (2 for 4) both homered for the Bears (8-10).


(photo by Jimmy Jones)