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Florida State edges
Florida in Jacksonville
LMU upsets Cal State Fullerton, UNC nips
VCU in 10, LSU thumps Tulane
In Jacksonville, Fla., Giovanny Alfonzo had a
two-out, RBI infield single in the bottom of the eighth as
fifth-ranked Florida State slipped past Florida 2-1 Tuesday
before a crowd of 9,269 at The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.
John Nogowski had a bases-loaded walk to give the Seminoles
(23-2) a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Connor Mitchell delivered
an RBI single in the top of the second as the Gators (11-15)
quickly tied the game. Luke Weaver tossed six innings with three
hits and nine strikeouts in quieting Florida. Jose Brizuela
doubled and advanced to third on a balk, setting the stage for
Alfonzo. The Seminoles have taken the first two games of the
three-game series with the Gators, which concludes April 9.
Loyola Marymount 3, No. 6 Cal State Fullerton
In Fullerton, Calif., Tommy Cheek had a pinch-hit
RBI single in a three-run seventh as Loyola Marymount edged Cal
State Fullerton. The other two runs in the seventh scored on
wild pitches for the Lions (11-13). Carlos Fuentes (1-0, 2 IP, 3
H, 1 UE, 2 BB, 4 K) earned the win, with Sean Buckle (1.1 IP, 1
H, 1 K) securing his first save. Matt Lowenstein had two hits
and a run for LMU. Keegan Dale had two hits for the Titans
(21-4), who had their 10-game win streak snapped.
No. 1 North Carolina 3, VCU 2 (10)
In Chapel Hill, N.C., North Carolina scored a run
in the ninth and one in the 10th to rally past VCU. Skye Bolt (2
for 3) had a leadoff bunt single in the bottom of the ninth and
scored on a sac fly Michael Russell to knot the score at 2.
Landon Lassiter (2 for 5) had a one-out single and scored on a
base hit by Cody Stubbs (3 for 5) in the bottom of the 11th to
give the win to the Tar Heels (22-1), who stranded 18. Mike Zolk
had three hits and a walk for UNC. Chris McCue (5-0, 1.2 IP, 1
K) picked up the win. Joey Cujas had a two-run single in the
fifth for the Rams (12-10).
No. 2 LSU 14, Tulane 1
In New Orleans, Alex Bregman went 4 for 4 with
three runs and Mason Katz had three hits and four RBI as LSU
thumped Tulane in front of 4,725 fans at Turchin Stadium. The
Tigers (23-2) put up five in the top of the first and five more
in the eighth. Russell Reynolds (1-0, 7 IP, 4 H, 1 UE, 1 BB, 4
K) earned the victory. Andrew Garner had two hits for the Green
No. 4 Vanderbilt 4, Lipscomb 1
In Nashville, Tenn., Tony Kemp scored a pair of
runs, and Tyler Ferguson tossed 4.2 scoreless innings of relief
as Vanderbilt knocked off crosstown rival Lipscomb. Ferguson
(2-0) allowed one hit and struck out three as he and T.J.
Pecoraro and Brian Miller (eighth save) yielded two hits to the
Bisons (9-17). Mike Yastrzemski and Conrad Gregor each drove in
runs for the Commodores (22-4). Griffin Moore delivered the lone
RBI for Lipscomb.
No. 10 Oregon 5, Portland 1
In Eugene, Ore., Mitchell Tolman had a three-run
double in the seventh to break a 1-1 deadlock as Oregon got past
Portland. Darrell Hunter (2-0, 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K) picked up
the win. Garrett Cleavinger, the ninth pitcher of the night for
the Ducks (19-6), fanned three of the four batters he faced to
earn his second save. Jeff Melby went 2 for 3 for the Pilots
No. 12 Arkansas 6, Mississippi Valley State 0
In Fayetteville, Ark., Colin Poche and three
relievers combined on the two-hit shutout as Arkansas blanked
Mississippi Valley State. Poche (3-0) pitched four hitless
innings with no walks and six strikeouts. Trey Killian (2 IP, 1
H, 1 BB, 1 K), Trent Daniel (2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 K) and Chris
Oliver (1 IP, 1 BB) ensured the shutout. Jean Ramirez went 3 for
4 with a double and two runs, while Dominic Ficociello homered
for the Razorbacks (18-7). German Hays and Kevin Simmons both
went 1 for 3 for the Delta Devils (3-22).
No. 13 Oklahoma 3, Oral Roberts 1
In Norman, Okla., Ralph Garza Jr. hurled his
first complete game as Oklahoma edged Oral Roberts to stretch
its win streak to 11. Garza (3-0) allowed three hits and one
earned run with no walks and 11 strikeouts. Logan Domenico (1
for 4) drove in a run in the bottom of the first for the Golden
Eagles (8-16). The Sooners (23-4) tied it in the third on a
run-scoring double by Max White (2 for 4, 2 RBI). White and Matt
Oberste (2 for 3) drew bases-loaded walks in the fourth as OU
took the lead for good.
No. 14 Georgia Tech 5, The Citadel 4
In Atlanta, Daniel Spingola ripped a two-run
homer in the bottom of the ninth to lift Georgia Tech to a win
over The Citadel. The Yellow Jackets (19-5) trailed 4-1 in the
eighth when Daniel Palka hit his fifth homer, a two-run shot
that made it 4-3. Spingola then delivered the first homer of his
career to complete a 2-for-4, three-RBI day. Matt Gonzalez went
3 for 4 with two runs for Tech. Tyler Griffin went 2 for 4 with
a homer and two runs, and Calvin Orth had two hits and two RBI
for the Bulldogs (15-10).
No. 15 South Carolina 3, College of Charleston
In Charleston, S.C., Colby Holmes allowed one run
in 7.1 innings as South Carolina edged College of Charleston.
Holmes (2-2) allowed four hits and two walks with eight
strikeouts. Adam Westmoreland (1 IP, 1 K) recorded his second
save. The Gamecocks (19-6) scored a pair in the top of the first
and never trailed. LB Dantzler had two doubles and one RBI to
lead South Carolina. Tyler Jackson had a run-scoring double in
the third for the Cougars (19-6).
No. 17 Notre Dame 8, Kent State 1
In Gary, Ind., Zak Kutsulis had a two-run single
in a five-run fifth as Notre Dame downed Kent State at U.S.
Steel Yard. Kutsulis finished with two hits and three RBI for
the Fighting Irish (15-6). Matt Ternowchek (3-0, 3.2 IP, 2 H, 1
R, 1 BB, 2 K) earned the win. Alex Miklos had a triple and a run
for the Golden Flashes (8-13).
No. 18 Mississippi State 13, Austin Peay 5
In Starkville, Miss., Trey Porter and Nick
Ammirati both drove in three as Mississippi State outscored
Austin Peay. The Bulldogs (22-6) used a three-run seventh to
snap a 5-5 tie and put the game away with five in the eighth.
Porter (2 for 4, 2 R) hit a two-run homer to cap a four-run
first. C.T. Bradford had two hits and three runs for MSU. Myles
Gentry (3-0, 2.2 IP, 1 H, 2 K) earned the victory. Rolando
Gautier had three hits and two runs, while Reed Harper drove in
a pair for the Govs (19-5).
Sam Houston State 9, No. 19 Rice 3
In Huntsville, Texas, Tyler Eppler tossed six
scoreless innings as Sam Houston State downed Rice. Eppler (2-1)
scattered five hits with three walks and two strikeouts. The
Bearkats (13-11) put up four in the sixth and eighth. Kevin
Miller (2 R, RBI) and Colt Atwood (R, RBI) both had three hits,
while Carter Burgess (2 for 5, R) and Anthony Azar (1 for 5, 3B,
R) both had two RBI for the Bearkats (13-11). Skyler Ewing (2
RBI) and Michael Aquino both had three hits for the Owls (18-9).
Lamar 6, No. 20 Houston 3
In Beaumont, Texas, V.J. Bunner had a leadoff
homer in the bottom of the first to spark Lamar past Houston.
The Cardinals (21-6) added one in the fifth and four in the
sixth for a 6-0 advantage. Jude Vidrine went 2 for 5 with a
double and one RBI for Lamar. Tom Elsom (1-0, 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB,
2 K) was the starter and winner, while Jayson McKinley fanned
the final batter of the game to record his first save. Justin
Montemayor had two hits and one RBI for the Cougars (21-5), who
scored three in the ninth. Houston snapped its 10-game win
VMI 8, Virginia Tech 0
In Blacksburg, Va., T.J. Lighton tossed a six-hit
shutout, and Ray Lopez had two hits and two RBI as VMI cooled
off Virginia Tech. Lighton, a redshirt freshman, improved to 3-2
and didn’t allow a runner to reach second base until the eighth
inning and was the first shutout since 2006 for the Keydets
(12-15). The shutout also was the first against Tech since April
of 1962. Chad Pinder had three hits for the Hokies (18-8).
Pepperdine 8, Cal Poly 6
In San Luis Obispo, Calif., Pepperdine scored a
pair of unearned runs in the top of the ninth to edge Cal Poly.
The Waves (14-9) snapped a 6-6 tie with the ninth-inning rally.
The Mustangs (17-6) left the bases loaded in the bottom of the
ninth. Austin Davidson went 3 for 5 with two runs, while Bryan
Langlois was 2 for 4 with a homer, two runs and two RBI for
Pepperdine. Eric Karch (5-1, 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 K) earned the
victory, while Michael Swanner (1 IP, 1 H, 2 K) recorded his
fifth save. John Schuknecht (2 for 4, 2 RBI) and Elliot Stewart
(2 for 4) both homered for Cal Poly.
Clemson 9, Georgia 1
In Athens, Ga., Tyler Slaton had a career-best
four hits as Clemson spanked Georgia. Steven Duggar (3 for 5)
belted a two-run homer in the top of the first for the Tigers
(16-8). Clemson added three in the third and four in the fifth.
Jon McGibbon had two hits, including a double, and four RBI,
while Shane Kennedy had two hits and two runs for the Tigers.
Matthew Crownover (3-0, 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K) earned the
victory. Hunter Cole had three hits and one RBI, while DJ Smith
added two hits and a run for the Bulldogs (8-17).