March 17, 2013

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Littrell helps Kentucky win SEC series at Florida

UNC downs Miami, Vandy edges Auburn, MSU knocks off LSU


In Gainesville, Fla., Corey Littrell (left) allowed one run over eight innings as ninth-ranked Kentucky won 6-2 Sunday to complete a SEC series win at Florida, its first in 15 years and fourth in program history. Littrell (3-0) scattered 10 hits and struck out seven. Micheal Thomas belted a three-run homer in the top of the second to put the Wildcats (2-1, 16-3) on top for good. Matt Reida went 2 for 4 with a double, one run and one RBI for UK. Justin Shafer went 3 for 5 with one RBI for the Gators (1-2, 9-12).


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

In Chapel Hill, N.C., Skye Bolt belted a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to snap a 1-1 tie and lead North Carolina to an ACC series win over Miami at Boshamer Stadium. Colin Moran went deep in the fifth and scored twice, while Michael Russell doubled twice and scored once for the Tar Heels (5-1, 18-1). Chris McCue (4-0, 2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 K) earned the victory. Alex San Juan and Brandon Lopez both had two hits, while Alex Hernandez drove in one for the Hurricanes (2-4, 15-7).


No. 2 Vanderbilt 8, Auburn 6

In Auburn, Ala., Conrad Gregor drove in three as Vanderbilt swept Auburn at Plainsman Park. The Commodores (3-0, 19-2) scored in each of the first four innings, building a 7-1 advantage. Tony Kemp went 3 for 4 with two walks and two runs, while Mike Yastrzemski added three hits and two runs for Vanderbilt. Rhett Wiseman (2 for 4, 2 R, 2 RBI) and Chris Harvey (2 for 5) both drove in two for the Commodores. Jared Miller (1-0, 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K) earned the victory, while Brian Miller (0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 K) notched his seventh save. Jackson Burgreen went 1 for 2 with two walks and two RBI for the Tigers (0-3, 13-6).


No. 12 Mississippi State 10, No. 3 LSU 2

In Starkville, Miss., C.T. Bradford and Wes Rea both drove in three as Mississippi State salvaged the finale of its SEC series with LSU at Dudy Noble Field. The Bulldogs (1-2, 19-4) scored in five of the first seven innings, including multiple runs in three frames. Rea had a two-run single in a three-run fourth as MSU built a 6-0 lead. Brett Pirtle went 3 for 4 with two runs and one RBI for the Bulldogs. Kendall Graveman (2-1, 6 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 4 K) earned the victory. Jared Foster homered for the Tigers (2-1, 18-2).


No. 4 Oregon State 8, Arizona 4

In Tucson, Ariz., Jake Rodriguez had two doubles and five RBI as Oregon State completed a three-game Pac-12 sweep at Arizona for the first time in program history. Rodriguez had a RBI double in the fourth, a three-run double in the sixth and a sacrifice fly in the eighth for the Beavers (3-0, 19-1). Michael Conforto (2 for 4) homered for OSU. Brandon Jackson (4-0, 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 K) picked up the win, while Scott Schultz (1.1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K) earned his fourth save. Kevin Newman went 3 for 5 with a triple and a run, while Johnny Field homered for the Wildcats (0-3, 15-8).


No. 6 Ole Miss 6, No. 15 Arkansas 4

In Fayetteville, Ark., Ole Miss scored a pair of unearned runs in the top of the 13th to earn a SEC series win over Arkansas. The Razorbacks (1-2, 15-7) scored three in the seventh to lead 4-3 before the Rebels (2-1, 20-2) got one in the top of the eighth to knot the score at 4. Shane Turner drove in two, while Will Allen went 3 for 5 with a double and one RBI for Ole Miss. Brett Huber (1.2 IP, 1 K) recorded the win. Joe Serrano had two hits and two RBI for Arkansas.


No. 7 UCLA 3, Washington 0

In Los Angeles, Grant Watson hurled six scoreless innings as UCLA swept its Pac-12 series with Washington at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Watson (4-0) allowed four hits and one walk while striking out three. David Berg (1.1 IP, 2 H) registered his fifth save. Pat Valaika (2 for 4, 2 R) homered for the Bruins (3-0, 15-3). Trevor Mitsui, Andrew Ely and Austin Rei each had two hits for the Huskies (0-3, 4-14).


No. 8 Florida State 4, Maryland 3

In College Park, Md., Florida State scored three in the third and one in the fourth while holding on to beat Maryland for an ACC series win at Turtle Smith Stadium. It was the 22nd straight series win for the Seminoles (5-1, 18-1) over the Terrapins (2-4, 12-7). Seth Miller went 3 for 5 with a triple and a run for FSU. Bryant Holtmann (1-0, 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K) earned the win in relief, while Robby Coles (1 IP, 1 H, 3 K) notched his fourth save. Kyle Convissar went 2 for 5 with one RBI for Maryland (2-4, 12-17).


No. 10 Georgia Tech 9, Boston College 1

In Atlanta, Zane Evans had two hits, including a double, and three RBI as Georgia Tech completed a three-game ACC sweep of Boston College. With the Yellow Jackets (5-1, 17-2) holding a 2-1 lead, Evans’s two-run single sparked a three-run seventh to give Tech insurance. The Jackets added four in the eighth to complete the scoring. Brandon Thomas had three hits, including a double, and two runs, while Daniel Palka went 1 for 2 with three walks, two runs and one RBI for Tech. Cole Pitts (4-1, 6.2 IP, 3 H, 1 UE, 3 BB, 4 K) picked up the win. John Hennessy had two hits for the Eagles (0-6, 3-15).


No. 11 Cal State Fullerton 7, Oral Roberts 4

In Tulsa, Okla., Carlos Lopez had two hits and three RBI as Cal State Fullerton completed a three-game sweep at Oral Roberts. The Titans (16-3) scored a single run in the sixth to snap a 4-4 tie and added runs in the eighth and ninth. J.D. Davis went 2 for 3 with two runs and one RBI, while Michael Lorenzen drove in two for Cal State Fullerton. Lorenzen (1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K) earned his sixth save, securing the win for Grahamm Wiest (3-1, 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 7 K). Nate Goro and Tyler Boss both had two hits and one RBI for the Golden Eagles (5-13).


USC 5, No. 14 Oregon 3
In Los Angeles, Kyle Twomey tossed eight solid innings, and battery-mate Jake Hernandez had a three-run double as USC salvaged the third game of its series with Oregon. Twomey (2-1) allowed five hits and three runs (two earned) and struck out five for the Trojans (1-2, 8-11). Blake Lacey went 3 for 4 with a run for USC. Steven Packard led the Ducks (2-1, 15-6) with two hits.

Washington State 11, No. 16 Arizona State 8

In Tempe, Ariz., Jason Monda had three hits and knocked in three as Washington State outscored Arizona State to win the Pac-12 series in front of 2,425 fans at Packard Stadium. The Cougars (2-1, 11-7) used a six-run fourth to take the lead for good. Trace Tam Sing (2 for 4, 2B) and Brett Jacobs both drove in two for WSU. Scott Simon (1-0, 5.1 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 K) registered the victory. Trever Allen had four hits and four RBI for the Sun Devils (1-2, 12-4-1).


No. 17 Virginia 8, Clemson 5
In Clemson, S.C., Jared King went 3 for 3 with three runs and three RBI, and Brandon Cogswell and Nate Irving contributed three hits apiece as Virginia claimed its series with Clemson. Nick Howard (3-1) allowed seven hits and two earned runs, retiring the first 11 batters he faced, and benefited from a 6-0 lead. Cogswell contributed two runs, and Mike Papi and Joe McCarthy added two hits apiece for the Cavaliers (4-2, 17-2). Steve Wilkerson and Tyler Slaton had three hits and a RBI apiece for the Tigers (3-3, 11-7).

No. 18 NC State 5, Wake Forest 2
In Winston-Salem, N.C., Ethan Ogburn worked into the sixth inning, and Bryan Adametz had a two-run double to help NC State take the rubber game of its series with Wake Forest. Ogburn (2-1) allowed five hits and one unearned run in 5.2 innings, and Anthony Tzamtzis, Grant Sasser and Chris Overman (third save) combined to close out the Demon Deacons (1-5, 12-10). Grant Clyde and Jake Fincher scored two runs apiece for the Wolfpack (3-3, 16-5). Pat Blair had two hits to lead Wake Forest.

Dartmouth 11, LIU Brooklyn 4

Dartmouth 4, UAB 0

In Winter Haven, Fla., Dartmouth remains the lone undefeated team in Division I after victories over LIU Brooklyn and UAB. The Big Green (6-0) is off to its best start since 1915. The program record for consecutive wins to start the season is eight, set in 1903. In the first game, Matt MacDowell homered and drove in four to lead Dartmouth past the Blackbirds (1-12). Ennis Coble (3B) and Jeff Keller (2 2B) both had three hits, two runs and two RBI for the Big Green. Mitch Horacek (2-0, 5 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 6 K) earned the victory, with Mike Dodakian (4 IP, 3 H, 3 K) garnering his first save. Mike Garcia homered twice and knocked in three for LIU Brooklyn. In the second game, three hurlers combined on the shutout. Kyle Hunter (1-0, 7 H, 1 BB, 4 K) worked the first six innings to pick up the win. Louis Concato (4 H) pitched two innings before Thomas Olson (1 H, 1 K) tossed a scoreless ninth. Mike Lombardi had a three-run homer in the third for the victors. Ryan Prinzing and Tanner Bryant both had three hits for the Blazers (9-11), who stranded 13.


Troy 8, South Alabama 7

In Troy, Ala., Trae Santos homered twice and drove in three as Troy edged South Alabama to avoid the Sun Belt series sweep and give head coach Bobby Pierce his 900th career victory. The second dinger by Santos, a two-run shot, capped a five-run seventh for the Trojans (1-2, 12-6). Danny Collins (2 for 5) also knocked in three for Troy. Thomas Austin (1-0, 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R) took the win, with Matthew Howard getting a double play from the final batter to record his third save. Jordan Patterson (2 for 3, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI) and Dustin Dalken (1 for 3, 3 RBI) both went deep for the Jaguars (2-1, 17-4).


New Mexico 12, UNLV 7

In Las Vegas, DJ Peterson homered twice and drove in a career-best eight as New Mexico won its Mountain West series at UNLV. Peterson (3 for 5, 3 R) had a three-run homer in the third, a RBI single in the fifth and a grand slam in the sixth for the Lobos (2-1, 8-10). Chase Harris and Sam Haggerty both had two hits and three runs for UNM. Kevin Baumgartner (1-3, 6 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 2 K) got the win, with Jonathan Cuellar (3 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 K) earning his first save. Erik VanMeetren had two hits and three RBI for the Rebels (1-2, 15-5).


Texas Tech 4, Texas 2

In Austin, Texas, Jonny Drozd tossed 5.1 innings of scoreless relief as Texas Tech won its Big 12 series at Texas, its first series win in Austin since 2001. Drozd (3-1) allowed four hits, did not issue a walk and struck out two. Jerad McCrummen worked the final 1.2 innings with one walk and six punchouts for his third save. Jake Barrios had two hits and two runs for the Red Raiders (2-1, 14-8). Ben Johnson had a two-run homer in the second for the Longhorns (1-2, 12-7).


(photos courtesy of UK Media Relations)