April 1, 2013

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North Carolina splits ACC pair with Clemson

Rice edges Texas State, Stanford nips Cal, NMSU outscores New Mexico


In Chapel Hill, N.C., Trent Thornton pitched 6.1 innings in relief to win the completion of the suspended game 6-2 Monday as top-ranked North Carolina captured its ACC series against Clemson. The Tigers took the finale 5-4 in 11 innings to avoid the sweep. Thornton (6-0) allowed six hits and two unearned runs with no walks and seven strikeouts to complete Sunday’s game, which was halted in the top of the third due to rain. Landon Lassiter went 4 for 5 with a double, a run and two RBI, while Cody Stubbs was 1 for 3 with two RBI for the Tar Heels (9-2, 25-2). Garrett Boulware and Shane Kennedy both had two hits for Clemson (6-6, 17-11). In the series finale, Boulware had a run-scoring groundout in the top of the 11th as the Tigers eked out the win. Thomas Brittle drove in a pair for Clemson. Scott Firth (3-4, 4.2 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 1 K) earned the victory. Colin Moran homered and drove in three for UNC.


No. 20 Rice 4, Texas State 3 (12)

In Houston, Christian Stringer knocked in the game-winner in the bottom of the 12th as Rice edged Texas State at Reckling Park. Michael Ratterree (2 for 3, 2 BB, 2 R) had a leadoff single in the 12th for the Owls (21-10) and advanced to second when Skyler Ewing was plunked. With two away, Stringer (3 for 7, R, RBI) singled to center to plate Ratterree with the game-winner. Ewing drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth to force the extra frames. Blake Fox (3-0, 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K) earned the win. Garrett Mattlage (2 for 5) had a three-run double in the top of the third for the Bobcats (12-16).


Stanford 4, California 3

In Stanford, Calif., Austin Slater had a three-run homer in the bottom of the third as Stanford edged California in a non-conference contest at Sunken Diamond. It was one of just two hits for the Cardinal (14-9). John Hochstatter (1-1, 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 3 K) was the starter and winner, while AJ Vanegas (1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 K) notched his second save. Andrew Knapp had two hits, including a double, and one RBI, while Chris Paul went deep for the Golden Bears (16-13).


New Mexico State 10, New Mexico 5

In Las Cruces, N.M., Tanner Rust went 3 for 5 with a homer, three runs and five RBI as New Mexico State outscored New Mexico. Rust had a two-run homer in the first and added a three-run double in the eighth for the Aggies (16-14). Parker Hipp (2 for 4, 3 RBI) and Robert Lecount (1 for 5) also went deep for NMSU. Casey Collins (3-3, 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 3 K) recorded the win. Chase Harris went 1 for 3 with a double, two walks and two RBI for the Lobos (13-14).


Radford 4, East Tennessee State 2

In Johnson City, Tenn., Jordan Taylor had a two-run single in the top of the seventh to erase a 2-1 deficit and propel Radford past ETSU. Blake Sipe and Ryan Burgess both had two hits and a run for the Highlanders (15-11). Oliver Powers (1-0) recorded the final out in the bottom of the sixth to pick up the victory, while Michael Costello (1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 K) registered his first save. Chris Riopedre had two doubles and one run for the Bucs (14-11).


Connecticut 4, Quinnipiac 2

In Storrs, Conn., Bobby Melley had a game-ending two-run triple in the bottom of the seventh to give Connecticut the win over Quinnipiac. The game was immediately called due to darkness. The 4:24 contest included a 1:54 delay due to lighting and rain after the first inning. The teams briefly played in snow when the game resumed. Melley finished with three hits and three RBI for the Huskies (16-9). Pat Butler (2-0, 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K) recorded the win. Brian Ruditys went 1 for 4 with one RBI for the Bobcats (9-11).