April 5, 2013

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Plutko pitches seven solid innings as UCLA nips OSU

LSU spanks UK, Vandy edges Ole Miss, Indiana stretches win streak to 17


In Los Angeles, Adam Plutko (left) allowed one unearned run over seven innings as No. 10 UCLA nipped No. 7 Oregon State 3-2 Friday to begin their Pac-12 set at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Plutko (3-2) surrendered two hits and three walks while striking out six. David Berg retired the final four batters for his sixth save. Ryan Barnes (2 for 4) reached on an error and scored on a balk in the top of the first for the Beavers (5-2, 23-5). The Bruins (7-3, 19-7) tied it in the fourth on a RBI double by Pat Gallagher (2 for 4, 2 2B) and Kevin Williams homered in the fifth to give the home team the lead. Gallagher scored an insurance run for UCLA in the seventh before Barnes singled and scored on a double by Dylan Davis in the eighth for OSU. (photos by Don Leibig/ASUCLA)


No. 2 LSU 11, No. 8 Kentucky 1

In Baton Rouge, La., JaCoby Jones went 3 for 5 with a double and two RBI as LSU took the SEC series opener from Kentucky in front of 7,433 fans at Alex Box Stadium. The Tigers (9-1, 28-2) snapped a 1-1 tie with four in the fifth while added three in both the sixth and seventh. Mark Laird went 1 for 5 with three runs, while Ty Ross and Raph Rhymes both had two hits and two runs for LSU. Aaron Nola (5-0, 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 7 K) registered the win. Austin Cousino went 1 for 3 with a walk and one RBI for the Wildcats (6-4, 22-7).


No. 3 Vanderbilt 3, No. 16 Ole Miss 1

In Oxford, Miss., Kevin Ziomek held Ole Miss to three hits and one run over 7.1 innings and Vanderbilt scored a pair of runs late to take the SEC series opener in front of 10,002 fans at Swayze Field. Ziomek (6-1) walked four and fanned three in earning the victory. Brian Miller (1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 K) notched his ninth save. With the score tied at 1, Mike Yastrzemski was hit by a pitch to start the eighth and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Spencer Navin. The Commodores (9-1, 27-4) added a run in the ninth as Tony Kemp (2 for 5, 2 2B) doubled and came home on a base hit by Connor Harrell (1 for 4). Austin Anderson went 1 for 4 with one RBI for the Rebels (4-6, 23-7). Bobby Wahl (6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 UE, 6 BB) struck out eight for Ole Miss.


No. 17 Indiana 3, Illinois 2

In Bloomington, Ind., Michael Basil and Casey Smith both homered as Indiana edged Illinois in Big Ten play to extend its win streak to 17. It was the first night game in the 119-year history of the program attended by a sellout crowd of 2,757 at Bart Kaufman Field. The Hoosiers (7-0, 24-3) scored three over the first two innings. Joey DeNato (4-1, 7 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 6 K) earned the win, while Ryan Halstead recorded the final four outs for his fifth save. Thomas Lindauer and Brandon Hohl both had two hits for the Illini (1-3, 18-8).


No. 1 North Carolina 12, Maryland 4

In Chapel Hill, N.C., Kent Emanuel took a no-hitter into the sixth before allowing three hits in eight innings as North Carolina dispatched of Maryland to begin its ACC series in front of 1,976 fans at Boshamer Stadium. Emanuel (6-1) surrendered two runs with two walks and six strikeouts. Skye Bolt (3 for 4, 2B) drove in five and Cody Stubbs (2 for 4, 2B) knocked in four for the Tar Heels (10-2, 27-2). UNC put up three in the third and four in the fourth before adding five in the seventh. Jose Cuas homered and drove in two, while Jack Cleary had two hits and two RBI for the Terrapins (4-9, 16-13).


No. 4 Cal State Fullerton 3, UC Davis 0

In Davis, Calif., Thomas Eshelman hurled eight scoreless innings as Cal State Fullerton blanked UC Davis to start their Big West series at Dobbins Stadium. Eshelman (7-1) allowed four hits and fanned four while retiring the final 15 hitters he faced. The freshman did not walk a batter and has yet to issue a free pass in 58 innings this season. Michael Lorenzen retired the Aggies (0-4, 10-17) in order in the ninth for his 10th save. The Titans (4-0, 26-4) scored single runs in the first, third and eighth. Carlos Lopez (2 for 4, 3B, R, RBI) and Austin Diemer (2 for 4) led the Fullerton offense, which stranded 12. Tino Lipson, John Williams, Steven Patterson and Nick Lynch each had a hit for UC Davis.


No. 6 Florida State 4, Miami (Fla.) 2

In Coral Gables, Fla., Florida State scored a pair in each of its final two at-bats to rally past Miami in front of 2,739 fans at Mark Light Field. John Sansone went 3 for 4 with one run and one RBI to lead the offense for the Seminoles (9-4, 26-4). Robby Coles (2-0, 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 K) picked up the win. Chantz Mack had two hits and a run for the Hurricanes (5-8, 20-13).


Arizona State 6, No. 9 Oregon 5 (11)

In Tempe, Ariz., R.J. Ybarra delivered a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 11th to give Arizona State the Pac-12 win over Oregon in front of 3,481 fans at Packard Stadium. Max Rossiter (2 for 4, 2 R) led off the 11th with a base hit and moved to second on a groundout. Following an intentional walk, Ybarra singled to plate Rossiter with the deciding run. The Sun Devils (5-5, 18-8) scored two in the third and three in the fifth in building a 5-1 lead before the Ducks (8-2, 22-7) tied it with four in the eighth. Michael Benjamin (2 for 6) homered and drove in a pair, while Jake Peevyhouse (2 for 5, 2B, 3B) also had two RBI for ASU, which stranded 15. Ryan Burr (1-0, 1.1 IP, 1 H, 2 K) recorded the victory. Ryon Healy (2 for 5, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI) and Mitchell Tolman (3 for 6, 3B, R, RBI) led the offense for Oregon, which left 11 on base.


No. 11 Arkansas 6, Alabama 0

In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Ryan Stanek tossed eight scoreless innings as Arkansas clinched an SEC series win over Alabama in front of 3,787 fans at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Stanek (3-2) allowed four hits with no walks and five strikeouts. The Razorbacks (7-4, 19-13) scored a pair in the second and third to take control. Brian Anderson (2 for 5, 2B, 2 R) and Jacob Morris (2 SF) both drove in two, while Joe Serrano had two hits and two runs for Arkansas. Kyle Overstreet went 2 for 3 for the Crimson Tide (7-4, 19-13).


No. 12 Oklahoma 2, Texas 1

In Austin, Texas, Jonathan Gray and two relievers held Texas to one run as Oklahoma claimed Game 1 of the Big 12 series in front of 6,411 fans at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Gray (6-1) allowed seven hits and one unearned run in 6.2 innings with two walks and eight strikeouts. Jake Fisher fanned three in 1.1 innings before Jacob Evans pitched a perfect ninth with one strikeout for his fifth save. Matt Oberste delivered a sacrifice fly in the first to give the Sooners (6-1, 26-5) the early lead. Mark Gottsacker (2 for 3) scored in the bottom of the third as the Longhorns (2-5, 16-12) tied it at 1. Anthony Hemerlyn (2 for 3) singled to plate Kolbey Carpenter (1 for 4) with the eventual game-winner in the sixth for OU. Oberste went 0 for 3 to end his school-record 30-game hit streak.


No. 13 Louisville 8, Cincinnati 3

In Cincinnati, Ohio, Nick Ratajczak went 4 for 6 with two runs and two RBI as Louisville took the Big East series opener at Cincinnati in front of 1,604 fans at Marge Schott Stadium. The Cardinals (5-2, 23-6) scored in four of the first six innings, including two in the first and three in the sixth, in building a 7-2 advantage. Sutton Whiting and Ty Young both had two hits and two runs for UL. Cody Ege (1-1) fanned the final hitter in the fifth to pick up the win in relief of starter Chad Green (4.2 IP, 3 H, 2 UE, 3 BB, 3 K). Matt Williams had two hits and a run, while Devin Wenzel (1 for 3, BB) scored twice for the Bearcats (1-6, 11-16).


No. 14 South Carolina 5, Tennessee 4

In Knoxville, Tenn., Max Schrock delivered a RBI double in the top of the ninth as South Carolina edged Tennessee to begin their SEC series in front of 3,110 spectators at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The Gamecocks (6-4, 24-7) took a 4-2 lead with a pair in the top of the eighth before the Volunteers (3-7, 13-15) answered with two in the bottom of the frame. Schrock drew two walks and scored twice, while Grayson Greiner went 2 for 3 with a run for South Carolina. Tyler Webb (1-1, 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 UE, 1 BB, 4 K) picked up the win. Scott Price went 2 for 5 with one run and one RBI for UT.


Duke 2, No. 15 Georgia Tech 0

In Durham, N.C., Trent Swart hurled eight scoreless innings as Duke blanked Georgia Tech to open their ACC series. Swart (4-1) scattered seven hits with one walk and six strikeouts. Andrew Istler worked around two hits in the ninth with a pair of strikeouts to record his seventh save. The Blue Devils (7-6, 18-13) got on the board in the fourth as Jeff Kremer doubled and scored on a sac fly by Jordan Betts. Mark Lumpa (2 for 3) added a two-out RBI single in the eighth to plate Kenny Koplove with a second run for Duke. Matt Gonzalez went 3 for 4 and Thomas Smith added two hits for the Yellow Jackets (8-5, 22-8), who stranded 10. Buck Farmer (6-1, 8 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 7 K) went the distance in suffering his first loss. Georgia Tech was shut out for the first time since Feb. 17, 2012.


UC Santa Barbara 4, No. 18 Cal Poly 2

In Santa Barbara, Calif., Austin Pettibone pitched eight solid innings as UC Santa Barbara edged Cal Poly in the Big West series lid-lifter. Pettibone (4-2) allowed six hits and two runs with one walk and no strikeouts. Dylan Hecht struck out the side in the ninth for his third save. Tyler Kuresa had three hits and one RBI for the Gauchos (2-2, 15-13). David Armendartz homered for the Mustangs (3-1, 20-7).


Marshall 19, No. 19 Houston 13

In Charleston, W.Va., Sergio Leon had homered and drove in six as Marshall outscored Houston to kick off their Conference USA series. The Cougars (5-2, 23-8) scored multiple runs in each of the first four innings in building a 13-4 lead. But the Thundering Herd (2-2, 12-17) responded with seven in the fourth and six in the fifth to take the lead for good. Nathan Gomez (2 for 4, HR, 2 R), Eric Escobedo (3 for 6, 2 2B, 4 R) and Jonathan Beary (2 for 3, 2B, 2 R) each knocked in three for Marshall. Kolin Stanley (1-1, 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 K) earned the win, while Matt Margaritonda (3.1 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 K) and Josh King (0.2 IP, 2 K) held Houston scoreless over the final four frames. Frankie Ratcliff (3 for 4, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI) went deep for the Cougars.


No. 20 Rice 3, East Carolina 0

In Greenville, N.C., Austin Kubitza and Zech Lemond combined on the shutout with 14 strikeouts as Rice scored three unearned runs in the top of the ninth to get past East Carolina to start the Conference USA series in front of 2,442 fans at Clark-LeClair Stadium. Kubitza (4 H, 3 BB) fanned 10 in 7.1 innings, while Lemond (3-1, 1.2 IP, 1 H) struck out four. Christian Stringer (2 for 4, R) had a leadoff single in the top of the ninth and Stainback (2 for 4, R) followed with a base hit. Both runners moved up on a sacrifice bunt and scored on an error. Michael Ratterree added a RBI double later in the frame to make it 3-0. Jeff Hoffman (3-4, 8.2 IP, 8 H, 3 UE, 1 BB, 9 K) suffered the loss. Zach Houchins went 1 for 4 with a double for the Pirates (0-4, 14-16).


Appalachian State 9, Georgia Southern 5

In Boone, N.C., Will Callaway homered and drove in five as Appalachian State downed first-place Georgia Southern in the Southern Conference series opener. The Mountaineers (7-5, 16-9) erased a 4-2 deficit with three in the third and tacked on another three in the fifth. Jaylin Davis went 4 for 5 with a triple, three runs and three RBI, while Gabe Dimock had two hits and two runs for ASU. Jamie Nunn (6-2, 7 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K) earned the victory. T.D. Davis went 2 for 4 with one run and one RBI for the Eagles (9-4, 19-10).


Monmouth 13, Mount St. Mary’s 7

In Emmitsburg, Md., Owen Stewart went 6 for 6 with two doubles, four runs and two RBI as Monmouth outscored Mount St. Mary’s to kick off their NEC series. The Hawks (6-3, 13-11) scored in five of the first seven innings, including six in the seventh. Jake Gronsky (3 for 5, 2 R, 2 RBI) and Chris Perret (3 for 4, 3 R, 2 RBI) both homered for Monmouth. Andrew McGee (5-1, 8 IP, 5 H, 2 R) struck out a career-high 12 for the Hawks. Mo Moriarty tripled and knocked in three for the Mountaineers (2-7, 6-17).


Richmond 10, George Washington 2

In Arlington, Va., Adam Forrer homered twice and drove in three as Richmond took Game 1 of its Atlantic 10 set at George Washington. The Spiders (4-3, 19-9) broke open a close game with three in both the eighth and ninth. Jacob Mayers (3 for 5, 2 RBI) also went deep for UR. Zak Sterling (4-1, 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 3 BB) earned the victory. Brookes Townsend had two hits and one RBI for the Colonials (5-2, 11-18).