April 21, 2013

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NC State rallies in ninth to sweep Georgia Tech

UNC downs Duke, Alabama nips LSU, Virginia handles Florida State


In Atlanta, No. 16 NC State scored a pair in the top of the ninth to finish the ACC sweep of No. 14 Georgia Tech with an 8-7 win Sunday. Brett Williams (4 for 5, R) (left) had a run-scoring single in the ninth to tie the game at 7 and a sacrifice fly by Jake Armstrong gave the Wolfpack (14-7, 32-10) a one-run advantage. Chris Overman (1-0, 4 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K) set the Yellow Jackets (11-10, 27-13) down in order in the bottom of the ninth to register the win. Grant Clyde (2 for 5, 2B, 2 R) had a grand slam in the third for NCSU. Brandon Thomas had three hits, two runs and one RBI, while Thomas Smith (2 for 4, 2 RBI) went deep for Tech.


No. 1 North Carolina 10, Duke 1

In Chapel Hill, N.C., Hobbs Johnson pitched 7.1 scoreless innings as North Carolina completed an ACC sweep of Duke in front of 4,255 spectators at Boshamer Stadium. Johnson (2-0) gave up six hits and three walks while fanning four. Brian Holberton (2 for 4, 2 R) homered and drove in four, while Cody Stubbs and Parks Jordan both had three hits and two RBI for the Tar Heels (18-2, 39-2). Mark Lumpa and Chris Marconcini both had two hits for the Blue Devils (8-13, 22-20). UNC outscored Duke 21-3 in the series in extending its win streak to 14.


Alabama 4, No. 2 LSU 3 (10)

In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Kyle Overstreet had a game-winning RBI single with two away in the bottom of the 10th as Alabama edged LSU to salvage the finale of the SEC series in front of 4,178 fans at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Overstreet (1 for 5) and Mikey White (1 for 3) both had one run and one RBI for the Crimson Tide (9-9, 24-18). Keaton Haack (1-1) got the final two outs in the top of the 10th to receive the win. Spencer Turnbull (6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) tossed nine innings for Alabama. Christian Ibarra (3 for 4, R) and Sean McMullen (2 for 5) both had doubles for the Tigers (15-3, 37-4).


No. 7 Virginia 5, No. 6 Florida State 2

In Charlottesville, Va., Jared King had three hits and two RBI as Virginia swept its three-game ACC set with Florida State in front of a sellout crowd of 4,980 at Davenport Field. The teams drew 13,890 for the weekend, a program record for a three-game series. King had a two-run double in a four-run third for the Cavaliers (16-5, 35-6). Nick Howard (5-3, 6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 4 K) picked up the victory, while Kyle Crockett (2 IP, 1 H, 4 K) recorded his ninth save. Seth Miller had two hits for the Seminoles (13-8, 31-9).


No. 4 Cal State Fullerton 6, Cal Poly 4

In San Luis Obispo, Calif., Cal State Fullerton scored a pair in the top of the ninth to claim a Big West series victory over Cal Poly in front of 1,973 fans at Baggett Stadium. The Titans (10-2, 34-6) led 4-1 after three before the Mustangs (7-5, 26-11) posted single runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth. Austin Diemer had a one-out single in the ninth and moved to third on a base hit by Matt Chapman (2 for 4, HR). Austin Kingsolver (1 for 4, 2 R, RBI) beat out a potential double play ball, allowing Diemer to score the go-ahead run. Carlos Lopez (2 for 5, R) added a run-scoring single to give Fullerton a two-run advantage. Michael Lorenzen (2-0, 1.2 IP, K) retired the side in order in the bottom of the ninth to pick up the win. J.D. Davis had a two-run single in a four-run third for the Titans. David Armendariz was 2 for 4 with a double and one RBI for Cal Poly.


No. 8 Oregon 5, No. 11 UCLA 3

In Eugene, Ore., Scott Heineman had a three-run triple in a four-run fifth as Oregon salvaged the finale of its Pac-12 series against UCLA in front of 2,137 fans at PK Park. J.J. Altobelli went 2 for 2 with a walk and two runs for the Ducks (13-5, 29-10). Jake Reed (5-3, 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 3 K) earned the victory, with Jimmie Sherfy fanning two in a hitless ninth for his 13th save. Brenton Allen (2 for 3, 2B, R, RBI) led the offense for the Bruins (9-6, 25-11).


No. 3 Vanderbilt 5, Georgia 1

In Athens, Ga., Vanderbilt tallied two in both the second and third to win its SEC series with Georgia. Vince Conde (2 for 4, RBI) and Mike Yastrzemski (2 for 4, R, RBI) led the offense for the Commodores (16-2, 35-6). Carson Fulmer (1-0, 2.1 IP, 1 H, 2 K) picked up the win in relief, while Brian Miller (2 IP, 1 H, 1 K) recorded his 11th save. Hunter Cole had two hits for the Bulldogs (4-14, 15-26).


No. 5 Oregon State 8, Washington 0

In Seattle, Ben Wetzler pitched a four-hit shutout as Oregon State avoided the Pac-12 sweep at Washington. Wetzler (3-1) walked one and fanned six. The first-place Beavers (11-4, 30-8) put up five in the first to take control. Dylan Davis (2 for 4, 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI) homered, while Danny Hayes had two hits and two runs for OSU. Andrew Ely, Joe Meggs, Braden Bishop and Erik Forgione each had a hit for the Huskies (5-10, 11-26).


St. John's 6, No. 9 Louisville 5

In Queens, N.Y., Martin Kelly went 2 for 5 with a stolen base, a run and the two-run single that won the game and Big East series against Louisville in St. John's four-run eight-inning rally. Joey Graziano (3-0, 2.1 IP) got the win in relief, holding Louisville to two hits and an earned run to keep the game close for the Red Storm (7-8, 18-23). Alex Katz (0.2 IP) bailed out the Red Storm bullpen from a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the ninth for his first save. Jeff Gardner hit a pinch-hit solo homer in the seventh in his only plate appearance for the Cardinals (8-4, 30-9).


No. 10 Arkansas 2, Texas A&M 1

In Fayetteville, Ark., Randall Fant fanned a career-high eight as Arkansas won the rubber game of its SEC series with Texas A&M in front of 9,012 fans at Baum Stadium. Fant (3-1) allowed two hits, three walks and one run in six innings. Colby Suggs struck out two in a hitless ninth for his fifth save. Brian Anderson drove in both runs for the Razorbacks (11-7, 27-15) with a RBI single in the first and a sacrifice fly in the third. Joe Serrano, Matt Vinson and Brett McAfee each went 2 for 3 for Arkansas. Troy Stein (2 for 4) homered in the second for the Aggies (7-11, 22-19).


No. 12 Oklahoma 14, New Orleans 3

In Norman, Okla., Matt Oberste was a triple short of the cycle as Oklahoma run-ruled New Orleans after seven for the series sweep. Oberste (3 for 4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI) scored three. Colt Bickerstaff (1 for 4, 3 RBI) and Jack Mayfield (2 for 4, 2 R, 2 RBI) also went deep for the Sooners (31-10). Ethan Carnes (2-1, 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 K) went the distance for OU. Chaz Boyer and Zacary Hawkins both had a hit and a run for the Privateers (6-36).


Valparaiso 8, No. 15 Arizona State 6

In Tempe, Ariz., Valparaiso used a five-run third to break a 2-2 deadlock in avoiding the series sweep at Arizona State. Chris Manning had three hits and three runs, while Billy Cribbs went 3 for 5 with a run and two RBI for the Crusaders (15-23). Dalton Lundeen (2-0, 6.2 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 3 K) earned the victory, while Karch Kowalczyk worked around a hit in the ninth for his fourth save. Michael Benjamin (3 for 5, 2 R, 2 RBI) and RJ Ybarra (2 for 3) both homered for ASU.


No. 17 South Carolina 3, No. 18 Kentucky 1

In Columbia, S.C., Jack Wynkoop pitched a career-best eight innings as South Carolina finished an SEC sweep of Kentucky in front of 8,024 fans at Carolina Stadium. Wynkoop (5-2) allowed nine hits and one unearned run with no walks and three strikeouts. Tyler Webb (1 IP, 1 H, 2 K) earned his 12th save. LB Dantzler had a two-run homer in the fourth to erase a 1-0 deficit, while Joey Pankake (2 for 4, R) also knocked in one for the Gamecocks (11-7, 31-10). A.J. Reed went 3 for 4 with a double and one RBI for the Wildcats (7-11, 24-15).


No. 19 Ole Miss 4, Tennessee 3

In Knoxville, Tenn., Ole Miss rallied for three in the top of the ninth for a SEC series sweep of Tennessee, giving Mike Bianco his 500th win as head coach of the Rebels and his 600th overall victory as a head coach. Ole Miss (10-8, 29-12) trailed 3-1 after eight before Stuart Turner had a leadoff double in the ninth and Andrew Mistone (1 for 2, 2 BB, R, RBI) walked. Cameron Dishon entered as a pinch-runner at second for Turner and Christian Helsel came in as a pinch-hitter. Helsel put down sacrifice bunt and an errant throw to third allowed Dishon to score while Mistone moved to third and Helsel ended up a second. Mistone came home on a groundout to short to tie the game at 3. Helsel scored on a sacrifice fly by Will Allen to give the Rebels a 4-3 lead. Brett Huber set the Volunteers (5-13, 17-21) down in order in the bottom of the ninth for his 10th save, giving the win to Tanner Bailey (3-1, 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 K). Christian Stewart (2 for 3, 2 RBI) homered for UT. Zack Godley (3-5, 9 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) went the distance for the Vols.


Miami (Fla.) 7, No. 20 Clemson 0

In Coral Gables, Fla., Andrew Suarez hurled a six-hit shutout as Miami won its ACC series against Clemson. Suarez (3-3) did not allow a walk and struck out five. Dale Carey (1 for 4, 2B) drove in three, Alexander Hernandez (3 for 5, R) knocked in two, and Garrett Kennedy had two hits and two runs for the Hurricanes (10-11, 27-16). Steve Wilkerson had three hits for the Tigers (13-8, 27-13).


Rice 11, Houston 1

In Houston, John Simms allowed one run over seven innings as Rice run-ruled Houston to capture the Conference USA series. Simms (5-3) surrendered six hits and one walk while striking out three. The Owls (9-6, 28-14) used a seven-run third to take control. Michael Ratterree (2 for 3, 2 R, 2 RBI) homered, while Keenan Cook (2 for 3, 2 R) and Geoff Perrott (1 for 3, 2B) both knocked in a pair for Rice. Josh Vidales had two hits and a walk for the Cougars (7-5, 27-13).


Pepperdine 10, Gonzaga 4

In Malibu, Calif., Drew Hacker had two hits and four RBI as Pepperdine avoided the WCC sweep by Gonzaga. Hacker had a RBI single in a two-run second, was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in a three-run third and added a two-run base hit in the seventh. Chris Amezquita (2 for 3, 2 R) belted a three-run homer in the fourth for the Waves (9-6, 21-17). Aaron Brown (5-1, 9 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) earned the victory in going the distance. Jimmy Sinatro went 2 for 2 with a double and a run for the Bulldogs (13-5, 26-11).


USF 4, Connecticut 3

In Storrs, Conn., Jimmy Falla drove in a pair as USF completed a Big East sweep of Connecticut and extended its win streak to 12. Kyle Teaf went 1 foe 3 with two walks and two runs for the first-place Bulls (10-2, 26-14). Joey Lovecchio (4-2, 6.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) held the Huskies (8-7, 23-16) hitless for six innings before UConn plated three in the seventh. Chad Taylor pitched a perfect ninth to record his fifth save. Max McDowell went 1 for 4 with one run and one RBI for the Huskies.


Western Carolina 7, Georgia Southern 4

In Cullowhee, N.C., Adam Martin led the Western Carolina offense again, going 3 for 3 with two walks, runs, RBI and doubles in the final game of a sweep of Georgia Southern. Martin went 7 for 9 in the series, with four walks, runs, RBI and doubles. Jordan Smith (3-3, 9 H, 3 ER, BB, 6 SO) gave up four runs but lasted six innings, enough for the win. Preston Hatcher (BB, K) got the last three outs for his 10th save for the Catamounts (15-6, 26-16). Kyle Streicher went 3 for 4 with a run and an RBI for the Eagles (10-11, 21-19).


Stephen F. Austin 8, Southeastern Louisiana 3

In Nacogdoches, Texas, Rene Moreda went 3 for 5 with an RBI double in a four-run fifth, helping Stephen F. Austin to take the last game of its Southland Conference series against Southeastern Louisiana and the series, 2-1. Cass Ingvardsen (2-1, 3 H, ER, 2 BB) struck out two in two relief innings to get the win for the Lumberjacks (10-5, 21-18). Ladd Rhodes (2 for 4) doubled and scored in the fifth and added an RBI for the Lions (9-6, 26-15).


South Alabama 7, Western Kentucky 5

In Mobile, Ala., South Alabama scored two in the bottom of the seventh to break a 5-5 deadlock on its way to a Sun Belt series win over Western Kentucky and sole possession of first place. Jordan Patterson had three hits, one double, one run and one RBI, while Jeff DeBlieux drove in a pair for the Jaguars (12-6, 29-12). James Traylor (0.2 IP, H, BB) claimed the victory, with Kyle Bartsch (2 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K) recording his 10th save. Devin Kelly (2 for 4, 2 R, 2 RBI) homered for the Hilltoppers (11-7, 21-19).


Kansas State 3, Oklahoma State 2

In Stillwater, Okla., Jake Matthys pitched 4.1 innings of scoreless relief as Kansas State avoided a Big 12 sweep at Oklahoma State. Matthys (6-0) allowed two hits and struck out three. Jared King homered in the top of the sixth to give the Wildcats (7-5, 28-13) a 3-2 advantage. Austin Fisher had three hits and one RBI, while Tanner Witt went 2 for 3 with a walk and a run for KSU. Robbie Rea (2 for 4) went deep for the Cowboys (7-7, 27-11).


North Florida 14, Kennesaw State 3

In Jacksonville, Fla., Tyler Marincov and Donnie Dewees both drove in four as North Florida won its Atlantic Sun series from Kennesaw State. The first-place Ospreys (11-4, 29-12) used an eight-run second to take control. Dewees went 3 for 3 with a double, a homer and two runs, while Marincov went 2 for 3 with a double, two walks and two runs for UNF. Michael Renner (7-0, 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 1 K) picked up the win. Max Pentecost had two doubles and a run, while Chris McGowan added a two-run homer for the Owls (9-9, 21-21).


Old Dominion 1, William & Mary 0

In Norfolk, Va., Ryan Yarbrough pitched a four-hit shutout as Old Dominion completed a CAA sweep of William & Mary. Yarbrough (3-3) walked two and struck out four. He retired 17 straight at one point. The lone run for the Monarchs (11-10, 21-18) came in the bottom of the first as Ben Verlander (2 for 4) had a leadoff single, was sacrificed to second, stole third and came home on a base hit by Josiah Burney. Ryan Brown went 1 for 3 with a double and a walk for the Tribe (9-6, 26-16). Jason Inghram (5-4, 8 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 8 K) went the distance for W&M.


Dayton 4, VCU 1

In Dayton, Ohio, Kyle Robinett ripped a three-run homer in the second as Dayton topped VCU to salvage the Atlantic 10 series finale and end its 12-game losing streak. Mark Podlas had three hits and two runs for the Flyers (3-10, 8-25-1). Joe Wahl (2-4, 8 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 5 K) earned the victory, while Nick Weybright (1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB) recorded his fourth save. Trev Marino went 1 for 3 with one RBI for the Rams (5-7, 17-19).


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