April 14, 2013

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Blackman homers as Coastal Carolina sweeps Winthrop

LSU edges Arkansas, UCSB beats Fullerton, Georgia Tech nips Virginia


In Rock Hill, S.C., Ted Blackman (right) homered and drove in three as Coastal Carolina completed a three-game Big South sweep of Winthrop with a 4-3 victory Sunday. The Chanticleers (10-2, 24-12) have won nine straight games and 10 straight conference series dating back to May, 2011. Blackman had a two-run homer in the fifth to tie the game and knocked in the eventual game-winner with a sacrifice fly in the sixth. Colin Hering had three hits and a run for Coastal. Aaron Burke (2-2, 3 IP, 3 H, 1 K) picked up the win in relief, while Ryan Connolly (1.2 IP, 2 HBP, 2 K) recorded his ninth save. Matt Lobacz had three hits and one RBI for the Eagles (2-10, 12-25).


No. 2 LSU 5, No. 8 Arkansas 3 (10)

In Fayetteville, Ark., LSU tallied two in the top of the 10th to claim an SEC series win over Arkansas in front of 10,180 spectators at Baum Stadium. Alex Bregman (3 for 4, 2 RBI) homered and Mark Laird (1 for 5, RBI) scored twice for the Tigers (13-2, 34-3). Chris Cotton (2-0, 2 IP, 1 H, 1 K) collected the win. Jordan Farris (2 for 4, 2 RBI) went deep for the Razorbacks (9-6, 25-12).


UC Santa Barbara 2, No. 4 Cal State Fullerton 0

In Fullerton, Calif., Robby Nesovic and Greg Mahle combined on a four-hit shutout as UC Santa Barbara avoided the Big West sweep by Cal State Fullerton in front of 2,381 fans at Goodwin Field. Nesovic (1-1) allowed four hits in 6.2 innings with four walks and two strikeouts. Mahle walked three and fanned two over the final 2.1 innings to record his second save. The Gauchos (4-5, 18-16) scored single runs in the second and fifth. Tyler Duresa had a double and a run, while Luke Swenson went 1 for 3 with one RBI for UCSB. J.D. Davis went 2 for 2 with two walks for the Titans (8-1, 31-5).


No. 17 Georgia Tech 3, No. 5 Virginia 2

In Atlanta, Thomas Smith went 2 for 2 with a double, one run and one RBI as Georgia Tech won its ACC series against Virginia for the first time since 2008. The game was played in a steady rain and was called in the bottom of the sixth due to poor field conditions. The Yellow Jackets (11-7, 26-10) scored a pair in the fourth to snap a 1-1 tie. Cole Pitts (5-3, 5.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 6 K) earned the win, while Jonathan King retired the final two batters in the sixth for his second save. Jared King homered for the Cavaliers (13-5, 31-6).


No. 1 North Carolina 3, Virginia Tech 0

In Blacksburg, Va., Hobbs Johnson and two relievers combined on the three-hit shutout as North Carolina swept its ACC series at Virginia Tech in front of 2,723 fans at English Field. Johnson (1-0) worked around two hits and six walks while striking out four to secure the win. Trevor Kelley (2.1, 1 H, 2 K) pitched into the ninth before Tate Parrish fanned the final two batters for his second save. The Tar Heels (15-2, 34-2) scored one in the sixth and two in the seventh. Brian Holberton went 2 for 5 with one run and one RBI for UNC. Chad Morgan had two hits, including a double, for the Hokies (7-11, 22-15).


No. 3 Vanderbilt 16, Missouri 4

In Nashville, Tenn., Vanderbilt used a six-run fourth to sweep its SEC series with Missouri and extend its win streak to 14. The Commodores (14-1, 33-4) swept three straight SEC series for the first time in program history. Spencer Navin (1 for 3, 3 RBI) had a two-run homer to highlight the six-run fourth. Connor Harrell (4 for 6, 3B, 4 R, 4 RBI) and Tony Kemp (4 for 4, 3B, 3 R, 2 RBI) both had four hits for Vanderbilt. TJ Pecoraro (1-0, 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K) earned the win in relief. Logan Pearson went 1 for 4 with one run and one RBI for the Tigers (4-11, 12-20).


No. 6 Oregon State 4, Utah 1

In Corvallis, Ore., Ben Wetzler and two relievers combined on the three-hitter as Oregon State finished a Pac-12 sweep of Utah in front of 1,865 fans at Goss Stadium. Wetzler (2-1, 6.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB) struck out eight. Tony Bryant retired five straight, including two by strikeout. Scott Schultz set down the side in order in the ninth for his eight save. The Beavers (10-2, 28-6) scored all their runs in the third, highlighted b a two-run double off the bat of Beau Day (2 for 3, R). Ryan Barnes also had two hits, one run and one RBI for OSU. AJ Young doubled and scored for the Utes (4-11, 14-17).


Baylor 12, No. 9 Oklahoma 10

In Waco, Texas, Cal Towey had a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth to erase a 10-8 deficit as Baylor earned a series victory over Oklahoma in front of 2,787 fans at Baylor Ballpark. The Sooners (8-4, 28-8) scored multiple runs in three of the first four innings in taking a 9-4 lead. The Bears (7-4, 19-17) put up four in the seventh before taking the lead in the eighth. Jake Miller (2 for 5) drove in three for Baylor. Crayton Bare (3-1, 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K) earned the win. Hunter Haley (3 for 4, 2 RBI) homered, while Jack Mayfield (2 for 5, 3 R) and Anthony Hermelyn (2 for 4, R, RBI) both had two doubles for OU.


No. 11 Louisville 4, Elon 0

In Louisville, Ky., Anthony Kidston allowed just three hits and a walk in eight innings while striking out seven, earning his fifth win in as many decisions to lead Louisville to a sweep of Elon. Ty Young (3 for 4, 2B, R, RBI) led the offense again, as he was the only player with three hits for the Cardinals (28-7). Cole Sturgeon struck out one in a perfect ninth for his first save. Shane Crain (1 for 3) hit a solo homer in the sixth. Blaine Bower went 1 for 2 with a walk for the Phoenix (20-18).


No. 12 Oregon 5, California 4

In Berkeley, Calif., Scott Heineman homered and drove in two as Oregon picked up a Pac-12 series sweep of California. Heineman (2 for 4) had a RBI double in a two-run first and a solo homer in the sixth. The Ducks (12-3, 27-8) added two in the seventh for a 5-1 lead before Andrew Knapp (2 for 3, 2 R) blasted a three-run homer in the eighth. Ryon Healy (2 R) and Brett Thomas both had three hits, while Aaron Payne added two hits and two runs for Oregon. Jake Reed (4-3, 5.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB) earned the win, while Jimmie Sherfy (1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 K) notched his 11th save.


Tennessee 5, No. 13 Kentucky 0

In Lexington, Ky., Zack Godley hurled a six-hit shutout as Tennessee won its SEC series with Kentucky in front of 2,162 fans at Cliff Hagan Stadium. Godley (3-4) walked two and fanned eighth. The Volunteers (5-10, 16-18) scored three in the sixth and two in the eighth against Corry Littrell (4-2, 7.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 3 K). Christin Stewart and Pierce Bily both had two hits, including a double, and two RBI for UT. Max Kuhn went 1 for 3 with a walk for the Wildcats (7-8, 24-11).


Michigan State 6, No. 14 Indiana 5

In East Lansing, Mich., Ryan Krill had a game-winning RBI single with two away in the bottom of the ninth to give Michigan State its third straight walk-on win in a Big Ten sweep over Indiana. The Hoosiers (8-4, 26-7) trailed 5-1 after seven before plating two in the eighth and using a two-out, two-run double by Michael Basil in the top of the ninth to knot the score at 5. Ryan Richardson (2 for 4, 2B, 2 R, RBI) had a leadoff double in the bottom ninth and Anthony Cheky (1 for 3, 2 BB, R) was walked intentionally. Following a strikeout, Jimmy Pickens (1 for 3, BB, R) was hit by a pitch to load the bases. After another punchout, Krill (3 for 5, R) singled to left to bring home Richardson with the game-winner for the Spartans (5-4, 21-11). Anthony Misiewicz (3-1, 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 K) got the win. Scott Donley and Dustin DeMuth both had two hits and a run for IU.


Loyola Marymount 4, No. 15 UCLA 1

In Los Angeles, David Edwards had two hits and two runs as Loyola Marymount salvaged the finale of its series at UCLA. Colton Plaia had three hits and one RBI for the Lions (18-17). Patrick McGrath (2-1, 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K) was the starter and winner, while Bret Dahlson (1 IP, 1 H, 1 K) earned his fourth save. Kevin Kramer homered for the Bruins (22-10).


No. 16 Rice 7, UCF 6

In Houston, the potential tying run was thrown out at the plate in the top of the ninth to end the game as Rice salvaged the finale of its Conference USA series with UCF. With the Knights (6-6, 20-17) trailing 7-5 in the ninth, JoMarcos Woods had a two-out single and James Vasquez (2 for 4, RBI) doubled to put a pair in scoring position. Erik Hempe (2 for 5, HR, 2 RBI) hit a ball up the middle to plate Woods. The ball deflected off the glove of shortstop Ford Stainback and went to second baseman Christian Stringer, who threw to the plate to nail Vasquez and end the contest. Michael Ratterree (2 for 3, 2 BB, 2 R, 2 RBI) homered for the Owls (7-5, 25-13). Jeramy Matos (3 for 4, 2B, 3 RBI) went deep twice for UCF. Blake Fox (4-0, 3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K) picked up the win.


No. 18 Arizona State 6, USC 5

In Los Angeles, James McDonald had two doubles and two RBI to lead Arizona State to a Pac-12 series win over USC in front of 1,151 onlookers at Dedeaux Field. McDonald and Dalton DiNatale (1 for 3, BB, R) both had two-run doubles in a five-run second. Trever Allen (2 for 3, 2 R) homered in the fifth to give the Sun Devils (8-7, 22-10-1) a 6-0 advantage. The Trojans (6-9, 13-22) responded with four in the fifth and one in the seventh. Bobby Stahel (1 for 3, 2B) drove in three for USC. Alex Blackford (4-0, 6 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) picked up the win, with Ryan Burr pitching a scoreless ninth for his seventh save.


No. 19 NC State 3, Boston College 2

In Chestnut Hill, Mass., Trea Turner went 1 for 3 with a double and scored the winning run in NC State's hitless three-run eighth, taking advantage of Boston College errors to sweep the ACC series. Andrew Woeck (4-1, 0.2 IP, H, BB, K) worked out of a seventh-inning jam to get the win, and Grant Sasser (IP, H, ER, K) stranded the tying run at third to get his fifth save for the Wolfpack (11-7, 28-10). John Hennessy (1 for 3, HBP) doubled in the first run of the game in the seventh and scored in the ninth-inning rally that fell just short for the Eagles (0-17, 6-29).


Pittsburgh 12, No. 20 Notre Dame 3

In Pittsburgh, Rhys Aldenhoven scattered five hits and five walks across seven innings, in which he struck out two, improving his record to 6-0 in Pittsburgh's blowout of Notre Dame to sweep the Big East series. Eric Hess (1 for 4, 4 RBI) hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth for the first runs of the game. Dylan Wolsonovich (1 for 2, 2 BB, SB) scored thrice, including after his RBI single in Pitt's five-run sixth. Casey Roche (2 for 5) hit a two-run homer in a four-run eighth for the Panthers (6-3, 24-9). Conor Biggio went 2 for 2 and scored one of three ninth-inning runs for the Fighting Irish (4-8, 19-14).


Pepperdine 5, San Diego 2

In San Diego, Aaron Brown pitched into the ninth and Michael Swanner recorded his 10th save as Pepperdine won its West Coast Conference series at San Diego. Brown (4-1, 8 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 4 K) walked the first two hitters in the ninth with a 5-1 lead before Swanner came in to limit the damage to one run in securing the win. After a base hit loaded the bases, a double play and a fly out ended the contest. Ranny Lowe went 5 for 5 with one run, while Hutton Moyer delivered a pair of sacrifice flies for the Waves (8-4, 20-14). Austin Green homered for the Toreros (6-6, 20-15).


The Citadel 8, Georgia Southern 2

In Statesboro, Ga., Austin Mason allowed two unearned runs over eight innings as The Citadel completed the Southern Conference sweep of Georgia Southern, which started the weekend in a tie for first in the league. The Bulldogs (9-6, 20-17) held the Eagles (10-8, 21-14) to a pair of unearned runs in 29 innings during the three-game series. Mason (3-2) allowed five hits with no walks and five strikeouts. Calvin Orth (2 for 4, 3 RBI) and Joe Jackson (2 for 4, 2 R) both homered for The Citadel. T.D. Davis and Tyler Avera both had a hit and a run for GSU.


Kansas 4, Texas 3

In Lawrence, Kan., Kevin Kuntz had a RBI groundout to break a 3-3 deadlock in the bottom of the sixth as Kansas won the rubber game of its Big 12 series with Texas in front of 1,189 fans at Hoglund Ballpark. Frank Duncan (3-4, 2.1 IP, 4 H, 1 BB) registered the win in relief, while Jordan Piche (1.2 IP, 1 H) earned his eighth save. Kuntz went 1 for 3 with two RBI, while Tucker Tharp was 1 for 4 with a double and two runs for the Jayhawks (7-5, 22-13). Weston Hall had two hits and two runs for the Longhorns (4-8, 19-15). Texas hitters struck out just once while amassing 10 hits and seven walks, but stranded 12.


Wofford 5, Furman 0

In Spartanburg, S.C., Brandon Yarusi picked a shutout as Wofford won its Southern Conference series with Furman for the first time since 2009. Yarusi (2-2) scattered eight hits with no walks and eight strikeouts. Alec Paradowski (2 for 3, 2 R, 3 RBI) had a RBI bunt single in a three-run third and belted a two-run homer in the fourth for the Terriers (6-12, 15-23). Jake Jones went 4 for 4 for the Paladins (7-11, 19-16).


(photo courtesy of Coastal Carolina Media Relations)