April 13, 2013

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Overton pitches Oklahoma past Baylor

Arkansas tops LSU, Virginia beats Georgia Tech, Michigan St. edges Indiana


In Waco, Texas, Dillon Overton (left) allowed one run over eight innings as ninth-ranked Oklahoma evened its Big 12 series with Baylor with a 3-1 win Saturday in front of 4,468 onlookers at Baylor Ballpark. Overton (7-2) allowed six hits and two walks while striking out eight. Jacob Evans (1 IP, 1 H, 1 K) notched his seventh save. The Sooners (8-3, 28-7) trailed 1-0 before Hector Lorenzana (1 for 3, BB, R, RBI) and Garrett Carey drove in runs in the top of the seventh. OU added an insurance run in the top of the ninth. Max White finished with three hits for the Sooners. Nathan Orf went 3 for 3 with a walk for the Bears (6-4, 18-17).


No. 8 Arkansas 8, No. 2 LSU 3

In Fayetteville, Ark., Jake Wise homered and drove in a career-best four as Arkansas leveled its SEC series with LSU in front of 10,377 fans at Baum Stadium, the sixth-largest paid attendance in stadium history. The Razorbacks (9-5, 25-11) snapped a scoreless tie with four in the fourth. Dominic Ficociello went 3 for 3 with two walks and two runs, while Jacob Mahan added two hits and two RBI for Arkansas. Ryne Stanek (4-2, 6.2 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 5 K) earned the victory. Chris Sciambra had a pinch-hit two-run single in a three-run ninth for the Tigers (12-2, 33-3), who had their 15-game win streak stopped..


No. 5 Virginia 7, No. 17 Georgia Tech 2

In Atlanta, Scott Silverstein allowed two hits and one run over seven innings as Virginia evened its ACC series with Georgia Tech in front of 1,884 fans at Russ Chandler Stadium. Silverstein (6-0) walked two and struck out nine. The Cavaliers (13-4, 31-5) scored two in the second and third before added one in the fourth for a 5-0 lead. Derek Fisher (3 for 5, 2B) and Reed Gragnani (3 for 4) both homered and drove in three. Gragnani has two home runs in the past five games after not going deep in his first 129 career games. Daniel Palka (2 for 4, 2 RBI) had a dinger for the Yellow Jackets (10-7, 25-10).


Michigan State 6, No. 14 Indiana 5 (10)

In East Lansing, Mich., Jimmy Pickens had the game-winning hit in extra innings for the second straight day. His home run in the bottom of the 10th gave Michigan State a Big Ten series victory over Indiana, its first series win over a ranked opponent under Jake Boss. The Spartans (4-4, 20-11) scored two in the second and three in the fourth in building a 5-0 lead before the Hoosiers (8-3, 26-6) put up three in the seventh and single runs in the eighth and ninth. Anthony Cheky had three hits, including a double, while Cam Gibson drove in a pair for MSU. Justin Alleman (2-2, 2 IP, 1 UE, 1 BB, 2 K) recorded the win. Nick Ramos had a two-run homer in the seventh, while Chad Clark went 3 for 5 with one run and one RBI for IU.


No. 1 North Carolina 9, Virginia Tech 8 (10)

In Blacksburg, Va., Colin Moran had four RBI and scored five, including the game-winner in the top of the 10th, as North Carolina clinched an ACC series win over Virginia Tech. Moran (3 for 4, 2 BB) drew a leadoff walk to start the 10th and moved to second when a bunt by Brian Holberton (2 for 4, 2 RBI) was mishandled. Moran moved to third on a groundout before coming home on a wild pitch. Moran and Holberton both homered for the Tar Heels (14-2, 33-2). Trent Thornton (8-0, 3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K) earned the victory. Andrew Rash (2 for 5, 2 R) homered twice and knocked in four for the Hokies (7-10, 22-14).


No. 3 Vanderbilt 12, Missouri 1
In Nashville, Tenn., Tyler Beede struck out 10 and allowed three hits and one earned run in seven innings, and Spencer Navin went 4 for 4 with a double, four runs and four RBI as Vanderbilt won its 13th straight game for the second time this season. Beede improved to 9-0 and finished the day with a 1.07 ERA on the season after another splendid outing. The Commodores (13-1, 32-4) went 11 for 19 with runners in scoring position and registered 19 hits (18 singles and Navin's double). Jack Lupo went 4 for 5 with two RBI, and Rhett Wiseman and Xavier Turner each added three hits and a pair of RBI. Case Munson went 2 for 3 with a solo homer for the Tigers (4-10, 12-19).

No. 4 Cal State Fullerton 10, UC Santa Barbara 2

In Fullerton, Calif., Matt Chapman had a double, a homer, two runs and two RBI to lead Cal State Fullerton past UC Santa Barbara to clinch a Big West series victory in front of 2,749 fans at Goodwin Field. The Titans (8-0, 31-4) earned their 10th straight win, their third double-digit win streak this season. Fullerton scored multiple runs in three of the first five innings, building a 9-1 advantage. Chad Wallach also went deep and drove in a pair, while Carlos Lopez and Austin Diemer both added three hits and one RBI for the Titans. Justin Garza (7-0, 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 9 K) earned the win. Woody Woodward (2 for 4) homered for the Gauchos (3-5, 17-16).


No. 6 Oregon State 8, Utah 3

In Corvallis, Ore., Beau Day went 4 for 4 with a run and two RBI as Oregon State clinched a Pac-12 series win over Utah in front of 2,164 spectators at Goss Stadium. The Beavers (9-2, 27-6) snapped a 1-1 tie with two in the fourth and added to the lead with four in the fifth. Andy Peterson had three hits and two runs, while Dylan Davis (2 for 5, 2B) and Tyler Smith (1 for 4, 2B) both drove in two for OSU. Andrew Moore (7-1, 6.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 5 K) earned the victory. TJ Bennett had two doubles and one RBI for the Utes (4-10, 14-16).


No. 7 Florida State 8-8, Duke 5-3

In Tallahassee, Fla., Jose Brizuela homered in both games as Florida State completed a doubleheader and ACC series sweep of Duke at Dick Howser Stadium. In the opener, Brizuela (3 for 3, BB, 2 R) and Stephen McGee (1 for 5) both homered for the Seminoles (13-5, 30-6). FSU built an 8-1 lead before the Blue Devils (8-10, 21-17) scored four in the top of the ninth. Brandon Leibrandt (5-3, 7 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 10 K) registered the victory. Jeff Kremer went 4 for 5 with a double and three RBI for Duke. In the nightcap, Brizuela (3 for 4, 2 R, 3 RBI) and Marcus Davis (2 for 5, 2 R, 2 RBI) both went deep for FSU. The Seminoles scored two in the first and four in the second to take charge. Scott Sitz (7-0, 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 2 K) was the starter and winner. Mark Lumpa had two hits for the Blue Devils.


Florida 14, No. 9 South Carolina 5

In Gainesville, Fla., Richie Martin and Justin Shafer both drove in a pair in a 10-run sixth as Florida completed a three-game SEC sweep of South Carolina in front of 4,374 fans at McKethan Stadium. Mitchell (2 for 5, R) had a two-run single and Shafer (2 for 4) brought in two with a double. Casey Turgeon (3 for 5) and Harrison Bader (1 for 3, 2 R) both drove in two, while Zack Powers (3 for 5, 2 R) and Vickash Ramjit (3 for 3, 2 2B, 3 R) both had three hits for the Gators (8-7, 19-18). Florida is above .500 for the first time since it was 3-2 on Feb. 20. Daniel Gibson (1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 1 K) took the victory. Max Schrock (2 for 5, 2 R, 3 RBI) homered for the Gamecocks (8-7, 27-10).


No. 11 Louisville 7, Elon 5

In Louisville, Ky., Ty Young ignited Louisville's offense with a three-run homer in the first, and added another RBI and run later in his 3-for-4 day that helped to beat Elon. Though Cody Ege (2-1, 0.2 IP) got the win, Kyle McGrath (BB, HBP) led a stellar bullpen performance from the Cardinals (27-7), holding Elon hitless in 4.2 innings. Nick Burdi (IP) struck out one en route to his sixth save. Ryan Kinsella (2 for 4) and Danny Lynch (1 for 3, BB) hit two-run homers in the first and second, respectively, to garner an early lead for the Phoenix (20-17).


No. 12 Oregon 10, California 4

In Berkeley, Calif., Scott Heineman homered twice and knocked in four as Oregon secured a Pac-12 series win over California. Heineman (3 for 5, 3 R) had a RBI double in a five-run first, a two-run homer in a three-run second and a solo shot in the ninth. Brett Thomas (2 for 5, 2B, 2 R) and Ryon Healy (2 for 4, 3 R, 2 RBI) also went deep for the Ducks (11-3, 26-8). Cole Irvin (7-1, 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 2 K) took the win. Devin Pearson (1 for 2, 2 BB, 2 R) homered for the Golden Bears (5-9, 16-18).


Tennessee 10, No. 13 Kentucky 9
In Lexington, Ky., A.J. Simcox went 3 for 5 with three RBI as Tennessee built a 10-5 lead and held on for dear life to even its SEC series with Kentucky. Pierce Bily added three hits and two runs, and Will Maddox had two hits and three runs for the Volunteers (4-10, 15-18). A.J. Reed blasted a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth to close the Vols' lead to 10-9. The Wildcats (7-7, 24-10) then loaded the bases with two outs, but Jeff Moberg, making his first collegiate appearance, retired the final batter for his first save.


No. 15 UCLA 3, Loyola Marymount 1

In Los Angeles, Nick Vander Tuig worked 6.2 innings of one-run ball as UCLA nailed down a series win over Loyola Marymount. Vander Tuig (5-3) scattered four hits with one walk and five strikeouts. David Berg fanned one in a hitless ninth for his eighth save. Pat Valaika had a run-scoring double in the sixth for the Bruins (22-9) to snap a 1-1 deadlock. Eric Filia had two hits, including a two-bagger, and one run for UCLA. Tommy Cheek went 2 for 4 with one RBI for the Lions (17-17).


UCF 11, No. 16 Rice 7 (12)

In Houston, Tommy Williams had a two-run single to highlight a four-run 12th as UCF clinched a Conference USA series win at Rice. Williams finished with two hits, two runs and two RBI, as did Parker Webster. Danny Davis (4-2, 3 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 1 K) picked up the victory. The Owls (6-5, 24-13) scored three in the bottom of the ninth to force the extra frames. Christian Stringer went 3 for 5 with two doubles, two runs and two RBI, while Shane Hoelscher and Keenan Cook also had three hits for Rice.


No. 18 Arizona State 6, USC 3

In Los Angeles, Kasey Coffman went 4 for 5 with a homer and three RBI as Arizona State leveled its Pac-12 series with USC. RJ Ybarra had a two-run single in the top of the first as the Sun Devils (7-7, 21-10-1) took a lead they would not relinquish. Coffman had a two-run homer in the ninth for ASU. Ryan Kellogg (8-0, 6 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 1 K) got the win. Greg Zebrack (1 for 4, 2B, BB) scored twice for the Trojans (6-8, 13-21).


No. 19 NC State 6-6, Boston College 5-2

In Chestnut Hill, Mass., Tarran Senay went 2 for 4 with an RBI and two runs, including the final and deciding one, in Game 1 of a doubleheader NC State swept to begin its ACC series at Boston College. D.J. Thomas (2-0, 3 K) allowed just two singles and a walk in 3.1 innings, as the Wolfpack (10-7, 27-10) clawed back from a 5-0 second-inning deficit with six unanswered runs to get him the win. Grant Sasser (BB, 3 K, HBP) allowed no hits in pitching the last three innings to earn his fourth save. Joe Cronin (0 for 1) walked four times and scored twice for the Golden Eagles (0-16, 6-28). In Game 2, Senay (2 for 3, BB) hit a two-run double in NC State's five-run third. Ryan Wilkins (5-1, 6 H, 2 BB, HBP) struck out four in seven innings of two-run ball for the win. Chris Overman struck out the only batter he faced for his fifth save.


Pittsburgh 4, No. 20 Notre Dame 2

In Pittsburgh, Boo Vazquez sparked Pittsburgh's offense with a homer to start the bottom of the second, part of a 2-for-3 performance in which he scored twice and walked, helping Pitt to a 2-0 lead in its Big East series against Notre Dame. Matt Wotherspoon (5-1, 4 H, 5 K, 3 BB, HBP) allowed two earned runs in eight innings to get the win for the Panthers (5-3, 23-9). Joe Harvey allowed just an infield single in the ninth, earning his second save. Eric Jagielo (1 for 2, BB, HBP) hit a two-run, game-tying homer in the fourth for the Fighting Irish (4-7, 19-13).


Cal Poly 3, Hawaii 2

In San Luis Obispo, Calif., Matt Imhof matched his career best with 11 strikeouts as Cal Poly clinched a Big West series win over Hawaii in front of 1,593 fans in the quickest game (1:57) in the 13-year history of Baggett Stadium. Imhof (4-1, 7.1 IP, 5 H, 2 UE) walked just one. Reed Reilly (1.2 IP, 1 BB, 2 K) picked up his ninth save. Nick Torres had a pair of sacrifice flies for the Mustangs (6-2, 24-8), one in a two-run first and another in the sixth. Austin Wobrock went 2 for 2 with a run for the Rainbows (2-6, 7-24), who plated their two runs in the eighth. Matt Cooper (2-4, 8 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) went the distance for Hawaii.


The Citadel 1, Georgia Southern 0 (11)

In Statesboro, Ga., Joe Jackson singled home Mason Davis in the top of the 11th as The Citadel blanked Georgia Southern for the second straight day in clinching a Southern Conference series win. Jackson and Davis both had two hits for the Bulldogs (8-6, 19-17). Skylar Hunter struck out the side in the bottom of the 11th to earn his eighth save. David Rivera (4-2) pitched a hitless 10th with one strikeout to pick up the win. Chase Griffin had two of the three hits for the Eagles (10-7, 21-13). Justin Hess (4 H, 3 BB, 9 K) pitched nine scoreless innings for Georgia Southern.


Texas 2, Kansas 1

In Lawrence, Kan., Dillon Peters pitched a complete-game six-hitter as Texas leveled its Big 12 series with Kansas in front of 1,374 fans at Hoglund Ballpark. Peters (3-2) walked one and struck out three. The Longhorns (4-7, 19-14) scored single runs in the second and third. Jacob Felts sent 2 for 3 with one RBI for the Longhorns. Alex DeLeon had two hits, while Tucker Tharp had a RBI double in the seventh for the Jayhawks (6-5, 21-13). Wes Benjamin (3-4, 9 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 4 K) went the distance for Kansas.


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