April 2, 2013

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Kentucky outlasts Louisville in 10 innings

Cal State Fullerton tops UCLA, Mercer mauls Georgia Tech, LSU wins


In Louisville, Ky., Kyle Barrett delivered a sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th and Trevor Gott retired the side in order in the bottom of the frame as eighth-ranked Kentucky eked out a 5-4 win over No. 13 Louisville Tuesday in front on a record crowd of 4,733 at Jim Patterson Stadium. Micheal Thomas was hit by a pitch and scored in the top of the ninth as the Wildcats (22-6) took a 4-3 lead. The Cardinals (22-6) had runners on the corners with no outs in the bottom of the ninth and plated the equalizer on a 6-4-3 double play. A.J. Reed had a two-run homer in the first and Max Kuhn went deep in the sixth for UK. Gott (4-0, 2 IP, 1 H, 1 UE, 1 K) picked up the win. Jeff Gardner had two hits and a run for UL.


No. 4 Cal State Fullerton 9, No. 10 UCLA 6

In Los Angeles, Michael Lorenzen went 4 for 5 with three RBI and picked up the save as Cal State Fullerton downed UCLA at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Titans (25-4) scored multiple runs in three of the first six innings, including four in the top of the sixth for a 9-3 lead. Carlos Lopez (2 for 6, 2B, 2 R) and J.D. Davis (2 for 4, 2B, R) both drove in two, while Richy Pedroza had two hits and two runs for Cal State Fullerton. Tyler Peitzmeier (2-0, 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K) earned the victory, while Lorenzen fanned two in a hitless ninth for his ninth save. Eric Filia had three hits, including two doubles, while Pat Valaika homered and knocked in two for the Bruins (18-7).


Mercer 10, No. 15 Georgia Tech 1

In Macon, Ga., Travis Benn homered twice and drove in five as Mercer thumped Georgia Tech. Benn had a two-run homer to snap a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the fourth and added a three-run shot in a seven-run eighth. Sasha LaGarde (1 for 4, 2 RBI) also went deep for the Bears (23-8). Stephen Glaze (2-0, 2.1 IP, 2 H, 4 K) earned the win, while Dimitri Kourtis (3 IP, 1 H, 3 K) recorded his third save. Kyle Wren had two hits for the Yellow Jackets (21-8) to extend his hit streak to 17.


No. 2 LSU 7, Alcorn State 3

In Baton Rouge, La., Raph Rhymes homered and drove in three as LSU took care of Alcorn State. Angel Rosa had a solo shot in the top of the first and Ashton Lewis added a two-run blast an inning later as the Braves (6-27) took a 3-0 lead. The Tigers (27-2) tallied single runs in the second and third before claiming the lead with a pair in the fifth. LSU added to its advantage with three in the seventh. Alex Bregman had a double, a triple and two runs for the Tigers to extend his hit streak to 17. Bregman has nine consecutive multi-hit games. Hunter Devall (2-0, 4 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 3 K) earned the win in relief.


No. 3 Vanderbilt 12, Middle Tennessee 3

In Nashville, Tenn., Vince Conde belted a grand slam to lead Vanderbilt past Middle Tennessee. The teams were tied at 1 when Conde’s slam put the Commodores (26-4) ahead for good. Vanderbilt added three in both the sixth and seventh. Connor Harrell (1 for 4) drove in three, while Xavier Turner went 2 for 3 with two walks, four runs and two RBI for the Commodores. Steven Rice (2-0, 2.2 IP, 1 H, 3 K) earned the win in relief. Trent Miller went 2 for 4 with one RBI for the Blue Raiders (16-15).


No. 5 Virginia 2, Liberty 0

In Lynchburg, Va., four pitchers combined on the one-hit shutout with 14 strikeouts as Virginia edged Liberty in front of 2,543 fans at Liberty Baseball Stadium. Josh Sborz (3-0, 4 IP, 1 H, 5 K) was the starter and winner. Nathan Kirby (3.1 IP, 6 K) and Austin Young (0.2 IP, 1 K) kept the Flames (17-12) off the board before Kyle Crockett fanned two in a hitless ninth for his third save. The lone hit for Liberty was a leadoff double in the second by Trey Wimmer. The Cavaliers (26-3) scored their runs in the top of the first as Kenny Towns was plunked with the bases loaded and Nick Howard delivered a RBI infield single. UVa finished with just three hits and had its final 18 hitters set down in order.


No. 6 Florida State 12, FGCU 9

In Tallahassee, Fla., Stephen McGee belted a grand slam in the sixth to put Florida State on top for good against FGCU in front of 4,766 fans at Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles (25-4) scored five in the third before the Eagles (18-7) put up one in the fourth and took the lead with five in the fifth. A bases-loaded walk tied the game in the bottom of the sixth before McGee’s rocket gave FSU a 10-6 advantage. DJ Stewart (1 for 3, 2 R) drove in three, while John Sansone (2 for 2, 2 BB, 2 R) homered and knocked in two for the Seminoles. Gage Smith (4-0, 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 UE, 2 K) earned the victory, while Robby Coles (1 IP, 1 H) recorded his seventh save. Brandon Bednar went 1 for 5 with a double and two RBI for FGCU.


No. 7 Oregon State 7, Portland 5

In Corvallis, Ore., Jake Rodriguez went 2 for 3 with a double, a homer, two runs and two RBI as Oregon State edged Portland. The Beavers (23-4) scored a pair in the sixth to erase a 2-1 deficit and added four in the seventh. Danny Hayes (2 for 4, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI) and Jerad Casper (1 for 3) both drove in two for OSU. Cole Brocker (1-0, 2.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 4 K) earned the win in relief, with Scott Schultz (3 IP, 3 H, 3 UE, 1 BB, 3 K) recording his sixth save. Michael Lucarelli went 1 for 4 with a double, two runs and one RBI for the Pilots (11-17).


No. 14 South Carolina 9, Charleston Southern 5

In Columbia, S.C., Max Schrock had three hits, including a triple, and two runs as South Carolina outscored Charleston Southern. The Gamecocks (23-6) tallied four in the second and never trailed. Grayson Greiner went 2 for 5 with two runs and two RBI, while LB Dantzler and TJ Costen (1 for 2, 2 BB, 2 R, 2 RBI) both homered for South Carolina. Colby Holmes (3-2, 3.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 K) picked up the victory. Drew Woodall (2 for 4, 2 R) went deep for the Buccaneers (11-17).


New Mexico 10, Texas Tech 3

In Albuquerque, Alex Real had three hits and four RBI to lead New Mexico past Texas Tech. The Lobos (14-14) scored in each of the first five innings, building an 8-1 lead. Jared Holley had three hits, two doubles and two runs, while Sam Haggerty went 2 for 3 with a double, two walks and three runs for UNM. Drew Bridges (1-1, 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 3 K) was the starter and winner. Eric Gutierrez had two of the three hits for the Red Raiders (17-14).


Longwood 7, Tennessee 5

In Knoxville, Tenn., Longwood snapped a 3-3 tie with one in the seventh and added three insurance runs in the eighth in downing Tennessee for the program’s first-ever victory over an SEC opponent. Blake Ream had two doubles, one run and one RBI, while Kyri Washington had a double, a homer and two runs for the Lancers (13-16). Colton Konvicka also had two hits and one RBI for the victors. Ream (3-4, 3.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K) also earned the win on the mound, with Aaron Myers (3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) notching his sixth save. Taylor Smart had three hits, including a double, and two runs for the Volunteers (13-14), who stranded 16.