March 23, 2013

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Kellogg hurls no-hitter for Arizona State at Oregon State

Vandy downs Florida, Utah wins at Stanford, Arkansas nips South Carolina


In Corvallis, Ore., Ryan Kellogg (left) pitched the ninth no-hitter in program history as No. 20 Arizona State evened its Pac-12 series with third-ranked Oregon State 4-0 Saturday in front of 2,515 fans at Goss Stadium. Kellogg (5-0) did not walk a batter and struck out three. The Beavers (4-1, 20-2) had a pair of baserunners reach on errors, Ryan Barnes in the seventh and Jake Rodriguez in the eighth. The Sun Devils (2-3, 13-6-1) scored single runs in the fifth, sixth, eighth and ninth. Jake Peevyhouse went 2 for 4 with a homer and two RBI. It was the first no-hitter for ASU since Feb. 2, 1993, when Kevin Rawitzer no-hit Southern Utah in a 7-0 win. It was the first no-hitter against OSU since March 27, 1994, when Lewis & Clark blanked the Beavers 1-0.


No. 2 Vanderbilt 6, Florida 1

In Nashville, Tenn., Tyler Beede pitched 6.1 scoreless innings as Vanderbilt evened its SEC series with Florida. Beede (6-0) allowed two hits, walked five and struck out four. Steven Rice (2.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 K) finished the game for the Commodores (4-1, 20-4). Vince Conde (2 for 4, 2 R) had a RBI double and scored in a three-run first for Vanderbilt. Connor Harrell and Conrad Gregor (2 RBI) both had three hits and two runs for the Commodores. Vickash Ramjit had two hits and a run for the Gators (2-3, 11-13).


Utah 3, No.19 Stanford 2 (10)

In Stanford, Calif., Trey Neilsen had a RBI double in the top of the 10th as Utah evened its Pac-12 series with Stanford. Dallas Carroll led off the top of the 10th with a base hit and scored on the double by Nielsen. The Utes (1-4, 10-10) scored a pair in the second before the Cardinal (1-1, 11-6) tied it with two in the seventh. Luke West (1-0, 3.1 IP, 2 H, 2 K) earned the victory. Austin Slater had three hits and a run for Stanford.


Arkansas 4, No. 5 South Carolina 2
In Columbia, S.C., Ryne Stanek allowed two unearned runs and struck out seven in a complete-game win as Arkansas beat South Carolina for the second straight day. Stanek (2-1) yielded only three hits - only one of which left the infield - and retired 14 of the final 16 batters. Jacob Mahan and Dominic Ficociello had two hits and a run apiece for the Razorbacks (3-2, 16-7). Chase Vergason and George Iskenderian drove in runs for the Gamecocks (2-3, 18-5).

No. 1 North Carolina 11-5, Boston College 0-2
In Chapel Hill, N.C., Kent Emanuel allowed three hits and struck out seven in eight scoreless innings, and Brian Holberton went 3 for 5 with a homer, two runs and three RBI as North Carolina took the first game of its doubleheader with Boston College. In the second game, Benton Moss improved to 6-0 with seven strong innings as the Tar Heels completed the sweep. Cody Stubbs added two hits, two runs and two RBI, and Chaz Frank and Landon Lassiter each had three hits for Carolina (7-1, 21-1) in the first game as Emanuel improved to 4-1 with a 1.17 ERA. In the second game, Moss allowed one earned run and struck out six, and Skye Bolt had two hits and two RBI for UNC. Blake Butera had a RBI double for the Eagles (0-8, 3-17).

No. 4 LSU 5, Auburn 1

In Baton Rouge, La., Ryan Eades allowed one run over 6.2 innings as LSU clinched a SEC series win over Auburn at Alex Box Stadium. Eades (5-0) allowed seven hits, two walks and one run. Mason Katz (2 for 5) had a two-run double in the first for the home Tigers (4-1, 21-2). Mark Laird had two hits and three runs for LSU. Ryan Tella had two hits and a run for the visiting Tigers (0-5, 15-8).


No. 7 UCLA 8, California 3

In Los Angeles, Pat Valaika had three hits and four RBI as UCLA evened its Pac-12 series with California. Valaika had a three-run triple in the fifth to give the Bruins (4-1, 16-4) a 4-2 lead. His RBI single capped a four-run sixth as UCLA built a six-run advantage. Brian Carroll had two hits and two runs for the Bruins. Nick Vander Tuig (4-2, 7 IP, 5 H, 2 UE, 1 BB, 4 K) earned the victory. Jacob Wark had three hits, while Nick Halamandans homered for the Golden Bears (4-1, 14-9).


No. 10 Cal State Fullerton 8, Long Beach State 6

In Long Beach, Calif., Cal State Fullerton erased a four-run deficit with a five-run eighth in securing a series win at Long Beach State. Carlos Lopez and Chad Wallach both had three hits and a run, while J.D. Davis had two hits and two runs for the Titans (20-3). Willie Kuhl (1-0, 3 IP, 1 BB, 4 K) earned the win in relief, while Michael Lorenzen recorded the final two outs for his seventh save. Ino Patron went 3 for 4 with a double, a triple and four RBI for the Dirtbags (9-13).


No. 11 Kentucky 3-4, No. 15 Mississippi State 2-3
In Lexington, Ky., Austin Cousino delivered a game-winning RBI single with one out in the bottom of the ninth as Kentucky completed a doubleheader sweep of Mississippi State and claimed their SEC series. In the opener, Jerad Gundy (5-1) tossed eight brilliant innings with 10 strikeouts, and A.J. Reed had two hits and two RBI for the Wildcats (4-2, 18-5). In the second game, Kentucky scored three times off Evan Mitchell, who hit a batter and walked three to open the game before leaving after four batters. Hunter Renfroe blasted his ninth homer for the Bulldogs (2-4, 21-6).

No. 12 Louisville 4-3, Rutgers 0-7

In Louisville, Ky., Jeff Thompson led three Louisville pitchers in a three-hit shutout, part of Game 1 of a doubleheader split with Rutgers, which took the Big East series 2-1. Thompson (6.1 IP, 3 BB, 6 K) allowed just one hit but got a no-decision because the Cardinals (1-2, 19-4) did not score until Ty Young (2 for 3, RBI, BB) tripled and scored in the seventh. Kyle McGrath (4-0, IP, H, K) got the win, and Nick Burdi (H, BB) got all five of his outs via strikeout to earn his fifth save. In Game 2, Charlie Law (1-2, 6 H, ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 3 HBP) held Louisville to two runs through eight innings to get the win, while going 2 for 4 with 2 RBI. Jeff Melillo (3 R, RBI, 2B) and Steve Zavala (3 RBI) each went 3 for 3 for the Scarlet Knights (2-1, 8-11).


No. 13 Virginia 8-4, No. 16 NC State 2-3

In Charlottesville, Va., Virginia hurlers did not allow a walk in 18 innings in an ACC doubleheader sweep of NC State at Davenport Field. In the opener, Austin Young (1-0, 3.1 IP, 3 K) earned the win in relief of starter Brandon Waddell (5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 6 K). The Cavaliers (6-2, 21-2) scored a run in the seventh to snap a 2-2 tie and added five in the eighth. Joe McCarthy (2 for 4, 3B, R) drove in two, while Nate Irving (1 for 2, 2B, BB, RBI) scored twice for UVa. Brett Austin and Brett Williams both had two hits and one RBI for the Wolfpack (3-5, 16-8). Carlos Rodon (2 H, 2 R, 6 BB) fanned eight in 5.2 innings for NC State. Scott Silverstein (4-0, 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 5 K) got the win in the nightcap, while Kyle Crockett (2 IP, 1 H, 1 K) notched his first save. Brandon Downes (2 for 3, 2 R) belted his fourth home run for the Cavs. Bryan Adametz and Jake Fincher both had two hits and a run for the Wolfpack.


No. 14 Oregon 5, Arizona 1

In Eugene, Ore., Ryon Healy belted a three-run homer in the eighth as Oregon secured a Pac-12 series win over Arizona at PK Park. Tommy Thorpe (3-2, 6.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 3 K) earned the victory. Garrett Cleavinger fanned three in a scoreless eighth, while Jimmie Sherfy struck out a pair in the ninth to seal the win for the Ducks (4-1, 17-6). Joseph Maggi went 1 for 4 with one RBI for the Wildcats (0-5, 15-10).


No. 17 Oklahoma 3, TCU 1

In Norman, Okla., Matt Oberste extended his hit streak to 28 games, a school record, as Oklahoma clinched a Big 12 series victory over TCU at L. Dale Mitchell Park. Oberste (1 for 4, R) had a single in the sixth to pass Marty Neff’s hit streak of 27, set in 1991. The Sooners (2-0, 21-4) scored a pair in the third to snap a scoreless tie. Jantzen Witte (3 for 4) singled and scored in the top of the sixth for the Horned Frogs (1-4, 9-13). OU added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth on its way to its ninth straight win. Dillon Overton (6-1, 5.2 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 4 K) earned the victory, while Jacob Evans (1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 K) recorded his fourth save. Brandon Finnegan (0-4, 8 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) went the distance for TCU.


No. 18 Notre Dame 3-3, Seton Hall 2-2

In South Bend, Ind., Frank Desico went 1 for 2 with a walk and a stolen base and scored Notre Dame's first two runs, which proved critical in Game 1 of a tight doubleheader sweep of Seton Hall that took the Big East series, 2-1. Adam Norton (6-0, 7.2 IP, 8 H, 4 K) allowed two earned runs in the eighth but got the win after Dan Slania (1.1 IP, H, K, HBP) stranded the potential tying run at third and went on to get his sixth save. In Game 2, Desico (2 for 4, 2B, BB) scored the first two runs again for the Fighting Irish (2-1, 14-6), and Slania (2 IP, H, K) once more earned the save, his seventh. Nick McCarty (3-3, ER, 2 BB, 2 K) allowed just one hit in three innings of relief and got the win. Kyle Grimm had two of four hits for the Pirates (1-2, 8-12) in his three at-bats, including an RBI triple in the fourth.


Michigan State 2-3, Oakland 1-2 (Game 1 – 10 innings)

In Ypsilanti, Mich., Michigan State posted a pair on walk-off wins and Chase Rihtarchik recorded a no-hitter in the nightcap against Oakland at Eastern Michigan’s Oestrike Stadium. Rihtarchik (2-0) walked three and struck out three in nine innings. The Grizzlies (3-14) scored unearned runs in the third and fourth of Game 2. With the game tied at 2 in the bottom of the ninth, Anthony Cheky had a one-out single, stole second and scored on a base hit by Kevin Goergen (2 for 4, 2 RBI) to give the sweep to the Spartans (12-7). Trent Drumheller walked twice and had a sacrifice fly for Oakland. In the opener, Ryan Krill homered in the bottom of the 10th for MSU. Trey Popp (1-0, 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB) earned the win in relief. David Garner (6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 5 K) was solid in the start for the Spartans, as was Jake Paulson (9 IP, 2 H, 1 UE, 1 BB, 6 K) of Oakland.


Indiana 2-11, Penn State 0-3

In Bloomington, Ind., Kyle Hart scattered three hits and two walks and struck out seven in eight innings of a shutout in Game 1 of a doubleheader Indiana swept, completing its three-game sweep of Big Ten foe Penn State. Hart improved to 4-0 with the win. Will Nolden went 3 for 3 with an RBI for the Hoosiers (3-0, 18-3). In Game 2, Dustin Demuth (2B) went 3 for 3, getting hit by a pitch in the fifth to knock in the winning run, and then singling and scoring as part of Indiana's seven-run sixth. Aaron Slegers (4-0, 3 H, R, BB) struck out four and allowed no earned runs in five innings to get the win. J.J. White (1 for 4) hit a two-run single in the eighth for the Nittany Lions (0-3, 5-14).


Coastal Carolina 4, Gardner-Webb 1

In Myrtle Beach, S.C., Ryan Connolly registered his fifth save while setting program and Big South records for career appearances with 118 as Coastal Carolina evened its series with Gardner-Webb. Connolly pitched a perfect ninth with one strikeout to secure the win for starter Tyler Poole (3-1, 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 6 K). During his freshman year, Connolly set program and conference records for appearances in a season with 40. Jacob May (1 for 4, 2B, R, 2 RBI) led the offense for the Chanticleers (1-1, 12-11). Benji Jackson had two hits and a run for the Runnin’ Bulldogs (2-3, 13-9-1).


Houston 4, East Carolina 3

In Houston, Austin Pruitt struck out a career-high 13 in eight innings as Houston clinched a Conference USA series at Cougar Field. Pruitt (5-1) allowed eight hits, three runs and one walk. Chase Wellbrock (0.2 IP, K) recorded his third save. The Cougars (2-0, 20-4) scored two in both the third and fifth in taking a 4-1 lead. Kyle Kirk (2 for 4, R, RBI) and Landon Appling (1 for 2, BB, 2R) led the UH offense. Chase McDonald homered and drove in two for the Pirates (0-2, 11-12).


UNC Wilmington 12, Georgia State 11

In Wilmington, N.C., UNCW scored five in the bottom of the ninth to rally past Georgia State and sweep the CAA series. The Seahawks (4-1, 17-7) scored the tying run on a hit batsman with the bases loaded. With two away, Josh Abshire beat the third baseman to the bag on a grounder to third, allowing Steven Linkous to come home with the game-winner. Drew Farber (4 for 5, 3 R, 2 RBI) paced the UNCW offense. Scott Sarratt had three hits and two RBI, while Chase Raffield homered and scored twice for the Panthers (5-4, 15-10).


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