March 16, 2013

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Rodriguez, Moore help Oregon State win at Arizona

UNC batters Miami, Vandy tops Auburn, LSU defeats Mississippi State


In Tucson, Ariz., Jake Rodriguez delivered a pair of sacrifice flies to lead fourth-ranked Oregon State past Arizona 4-3 Saturday in front of 3,503 fans at Hi Corbett Field to clinch a Pac-12 series victory. The first sac fly for Rodriguez in the fifth tied the game at 1. His second capped a three-run sixth as the Beavers (2-0, 18-1) took the lead for good at 4-3. Dylan Davis had a two-run double in the sixth for OSU. Andrew Moore (5-0, 5.2 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 K) (pictured) earned the victory, while Scott Schultz fanned the final two batters of the game for his third save. Riley Moore drove in a pair, while Cody Ramer went 2 for 4 with a triple, two runs and one RBI for the Wildcats (0-2, 15-7). (photo by Hank Hager)


No. 1 North Carolina 14, Miami (Fla.) 2

In Chapel Hill, N.C., Michael Russell’s three-run double capped an 11-run third as North Carolina evened its ACC series with Miami at Boshamer Stadium. Russell finished with three hits, as did teammates Brian Holberton (3 for 3, 2 2B, HR, 3 R, 3 RBI) and Colin Moran (3 for 4, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI). Mike Zolk (2 for 5, 2 R, 3 RBI) also went deep for the Tar Heels (4-1, 17-1). Benton Moss (5-0, 7 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 9 K) took a no-hitter into the sixth for UNC. Ricky Eusebio went 1 for 2 with a walk and a run for the Hurricanes (2-3, 15-6).


No. 2 Vanderbilt 8, Auburn 1

In Auburn, Ala., Joel McKeithan drove in three as Vanderbilt clinched a SEC series victory over Auburn at Plainsman Park. McKeithan had a sacrifice fly in the fifth, a safety squeeze in the seventh and a RBI single in the ninth. Jack Lupo and Rhett Wiseman both had two hits and two RBI for the Commodores (2-0, 18-2). Tyler Beede (5-0, 6.2 IP, 2 H, 6 BB, 4 K) carried a no-hitter into the seventh for Vandy. Damek Tomscha went 1 for 1 with a two walks and one RBI for the Tigers (0-2, 13-5).


No. 3 LSU 7, No. 12 Mississippi State 3

In Starkville, Miss., Ryan Eades allowed one run in seven innings as LSU clinched a SEC series win over Mississippi State in front of 9,341 fans at Dudy Noble Field. Eades (4-0) scattered six hits with two walks and eight strikeouts. Mason Katz homered in the top of the second for the Tigers (2-0, 18-1), his seventh dinger in the past five games. JaCoby Jones (2 for 5, R) added a two-run double in the fifth to give LSU a 3-0 lead. Alex Bregman added a three-run homer in the ninth to give the Tigers a 7-1 advantage. Brett Pirtle had a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth for the Bulldogs (0-2, 18-4).


No. 5 South Carolina 2-0, Missouri 0-4

In Columbia, Mo., Tyler Belcher tossed 8.1 scoreless innings in the opener as South Carolina split a SEC doubleheader at Missouri. Belcher (4-1) allowed five hits with no walks and six strikeouts. Tyler Webb recorded the final two outs for his seventh save, giving the series victory to the Gamecocks (2-1, 17-3). Chase Vergason homered in the fifth to lead the South Carolina offense. Dane Opel and Dillon Everett both had two hits for the Tigers (1-2, 6-9). Brett Graves (0-2, 9 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 K) went the distance for Missouri. In the nightcap, Keaton Steele (2-0, 3 H, 1 BB) hurled six shutout innings in relief with seven strikeouts as the Tigers avoided the series sweep. Missouri scored three in the first two innings to take control. Dylan Kelly (3 for 5, R, RBI) had two doubles for the Tigers. Vergason and Sean Sullivan both had a hit and a walk for the Gamecocks.


No. 15 Arkansas 10, No. 6 Ole Miss 1

In Fayetteville, Ark., Tyler Spoon drove in three as Arkansas evened its SEC series with Ole Miss. The Razorbacks (1-1, 14-6) scored in five of the first seven innings, including multiple runs in four frames. Jacob Mahan (1 for 2, 2 BB, HBP, RBI) scored three, while Joe Serrano went 3 for 4 with one run and one RBI for Arkansas. Randall Fant (1-0, 6 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 5 K) earned the victory. Auston Bousfield had three hits and a run for the Rebels (1-1, 19-2).


No. 7 UCLA 3-5, Washington 2-0 (Game 1 – 15 innings)

In Los Angeles, UCLA rallied to win the completion of the suspended game and Nick Vander Tuig tossed a shutout in the second contest as UCLA clinched a Pac-12 series win over Washington at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Christoph Bono had a game-winning single in the bottom of the 15th to give the Bruins (2-0, 14-3) the win in the first game. The Huskies (0-2, 4-13) led 2-0 when the game was suspended by fog on Friday. UCLA put up two in the eighth to tie the contest. Brian Wolfe had a homer for Washington. In the second game, Vander Tuig (3-2) allowed seven hits in nine scoreless innings with eight strikeouts for the Bruins. Bono homered and drove in two for UCLA. Andrew Ely had three hits for the Huskies.


No. 8 Florida State 7, Maryland 6

In College Park, Md., Jose Brizuela and John Sansone both drove in two as Florida State edged Maryland to even their ACC series. The Seminoles (4-1, 17-1) used a four-run sixth to take a 7-4 lead. Stephen McGee (2 for 5) went deep for FSU. Scott Sitz (4-0, 6.2 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) recorded the victory, while Robby Coles (1 IP, 1 H, 1 UE, 1 BB) notched his third save. Blake Schmit had three hits and three runs for the Terrapins (2-3, 12-6).


No. 9 Kentucky 11, Florida 5

In Gainesville, Fla., Austin Cousino was 3 for 5 with four RBI to lead Kentucky past Florida to even the SEC series at one game apiece. Cousino had a double, a two-run single in the seventh to give UK the lead and a two-run homer in the ninth to put the game out of reach. Jerad Grundy (4-1, 6.0 IP, 6 H) walked four and allowed three earned runs but lasted just long enough to get the win for the Wildcats (1-1, 15-3). Trevor Gott (1.1 IP, 1 BB) struck out two en route to his sixth save. Harrison Bader went 3 for 4 with a double, two RBI and a run for the Gators (1-1, 9-11).


No. 10 Georgia Tech 11, Boston College 3

In Atlanta, Zane Evans went 2 for 5 with an RBI triple in the first and a three-run homer in the fifth as Georgia Tech won its ACC series against Boston College. Kyle Wren (2 for 4, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB), Sam Dove (2 for 4, 2 R) and Matt Gonzalez (3 for 4, 3 R) also homered for the Yellow Jackets (2-0, 16-2). Dusty Isaacs (3-1, 4 H, 6 K, 2 BB) allowed two earned runs in seven innings in getting the win. Chris Shaw (1 for 4) and Matt Pare (1 for 2) hit consecutive solo homers in the fourth for the Golden Eagles (0-2, 3-14).


No. 11 Cal State Fullerton 6, Oral Roberts 2

In Tulsa, Okla., Justin Garza allowed one run over eight innings as Cal State Fullerton clinched a series win at Oral Roberts. Garza (5-0) surrendered four hits with one walk and a career-high nine strikeouts. Richy Pedroza led off the game with a homer for the Titans (15-3). Carlos Lopez (2 for 4, 2 R) also went deep in the eighth for Cal State Fullerton. Nate Goro had two hits and one RBI for the Golden Eagles (5-12).


No. 13 Louisville 7-8, Xavier 0-6

In Louisville, Ky., Jeff Thompson improved to 5-0 in the opener as Louisville swept a doubleheader and the series from Xavier. Thompson allowed five hits and one walk while striking out four in eight scoreless innings for the Cardinals (16-2). Nick Ratajczak (2 for 5) hit a grand slam in the eighth to finish Louisville's offense for the game. In Game 2, which was moved up from Sunday because of impending inclement weather, Mike White (2 for 4, 3 RBI, 2 R) hit a two-run homer in the eighth to break a 6-6 tie. Kyle Gibson also went 2 for 4 with two runs and added a double. Sutton Whiting (RBI) and Ty Young (2 RBI, BB) each scored and had three hits. Kyle Funkhouser (1-0, 2.1 IP) struck out two and allowed no baserunners for the win, and Nick Burdi struck out one in a perfect ninth for his third save. Vinny Nittoli (2 for 5) had a two-run single to tie the game and provide the last runs for the Musketeers (6-11) as part of a five-run sixth.


No. 14 Oregon 8, USC 4

In Los Angeles, Scott Heineman had a two-run double to highlight a six-run eighth as Oregon clinched a Pac-12 series win against USC at Dedeaux Field. Heineman finished with three hits and two runs for the Ducks (2-0, 15-5). Darrell Hunter (1-0, 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 K) earned the victory. Bobby Stahel went 3 for 4 with a run for the Trojans (0-2, 7-11).


No. 16 Arizona State 4, Washington State 1

In Tempe, Ariz., Ryan Kellogg held Washington State to one run over seven innings as Arizona State leveled its Pac-12 series at Packard Stadium. Kellogg (4-0) allowed three hits and three walks while striking out two. Ryan Burr struck out the side in the ninth for his third save. Yale Rosen (2 for 4) had a RBI single in the top of the first for the Cougars (1-1, 10-7). The Sun Devils (1-1, 12-3-1) tied it in the bottom of the frame and took control with three in the third. James McDonald went 2 for 2 with two walks and a run for ASU. Trek Stemp had two hits, two walks and a run for WSU.


Clemson 7, No. 17 Virginia 6

In Clemson, S.C., Garrett Boulware capped a big day at the plate with a game-winning RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth as Clemson evened its ACC series with Virginia in front of 5,006 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Boulware went 3 for 5 with two runs and four RBI. He was a double short of the cycle. Thomas Brittle had two hits and three runs for the Tigers (3-2, 11-6). Zack Erwin (1-0, 5 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K) earned the victory. Joe McCarthy and Mike Papi both knocked in a pair for the Cavaliers (3-2, 16-2).


Wake Forest 13, No. 18 NC State 4

In Winston-Salem, N.C., Jack Carey had a grand slam in a five-run first as Wake Forest evened its ACC series with NC State. Mark Rhine and Matt Conway both had three hits and two RBI for the Demon Deacons (1-4, 12-9). Justin Van Grouw (2-3, 6 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) earned the win, while Nate Jones pitched three perfect innings to record his second save. Tarran went deep for the Wolfpack (2-3, 15-5).


No. 20 Notre Dame 6, Cal Poly 5

In San Luis Obispo, Calif., Lane Richards had two hits and two RBI as Notre Dame won its three-game series at Cal Poly in front of 1,602 fans at Baggett Stadium. The Irish (12-5) used a four-run third to take a 5-0 advantage. Eric Jagielo (2 for 3, 2 BB, 2 R) homered for Notre Dame. Matt Ternowchek (2-0, 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 K) earned the win in relief, while Dan Slania (2 IP, 1 H, 2 K) garnered his fifth save. Nick Torres (3 for 5) went deep for the Mustangs (15-4).


Oklahoma 7, Northwestern State 2
In Norman, Okla., Dylan Overton allowed two earned runs in 7.2 innings, and Hector Lorenzana went 2 for 3 with two RBI as Oklahoma beat Northwestern State for the second straight day. Matt Oberste added two hits, a RBI and a run in extending his hitting streak to 23 games for the Sooners (16-4). Cort Brinson and Nick Purdy drove in runs for the Demons (9-12).

UNLV 8, New Mexico 7
In Las Vegas, Mark Shannon's first homer of the year keyed a five-run eighth inning as UNLV evened its Mountain West series with New Mexico. The game was tied at three entering the eighth inning, but the Lobos (1-1, 7-10) plated three runs, two coming on Josh Melendez's triple. The Rebels (1-1, 15-4) came right back, with Joey Armstrong walking and Patrick Armstrong singling to set up T.J. White's RBI single. Joey Swanner added a RBI single, and Justin Jones produced a sacrifice fly to tie the game. Shannon (2 for 3, 2 RBI, 2 R) then followed with a two-run shot for an 8-6 lead. Eric VanMeetren contributed two hits and two RBI for the UNLV. Ryan Padilla went 2 for 4 with his first homer and two RBI, and Melendez finished with three RBI for New Mexico.

UNC Wilmington 9, James Madison 1
In Harrisonburg, Va., Jordan Ramsey turned in six innings with one run, 10 hits and five strikeouts, and Drew Farber drove in three as UNC Wilmington evened its CAA series with James Madison. Ramsey, who improved to 2-2 and has a 0.38 ERA in his past 28.2 innings, worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning, and the Seahawks (1-1, 12-7) scored seven times in the sixth inning. Ryan LaGrange had a two-run single in the big inning. Matt Tenaglia and Johnny Bladel had three hits apiece for the Dukes (4-1, 11-7), whose nine-game winning streak came to an end.