April 30, 2013

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Ficociello leads Arkansas past Missouri State

LSU tops McNeese State, DBU blanks Oklahoma, 1,000th win for UNF


In Fayetteville, Ark., Dominic Ficociello went 3 for 4 with two runs as No. 15 Arkansas beat Missouri State 6-3 Tuesday to wrap up its non-conference schedule. The Bears (27-13) put up one in the top of the first before the Razorbacks (30-15) erupted for three in the second to take the lead for good. Jacob Mahan had two walks and two RBI, while Jordan Farris went 2 for 3 with three runs for Arkansas. Randall Fant (4-1, 2 IP, 2 H, R) picked up the win, while Colby Suggs struck out the game’s final batter for his eighth save. Spencer Johnson had two hits, including a homer, for Missouri State.


No. 3 LSU 7, McNeese State 3

In Baton Rouge, La., Christian Ibarra had three hits, including a home run, and scored twice as LSU took care of McNeese State. The Tigers (40-6) have won 26 straight against in-state opponents and 33 consecutive mid-week contests. LSU scored single runs in the first, second and fifth before a four-run outburst in the sixth. JaCoby Jones went 3 for 3 with a run and an RBI, while Mark Laird had two hits and two runs for the Tigers. Hunter Newman (1-0, 3 IP, 2 H, 1 K) was the starter and winner. Sam Peterson (3 for 4, 2B, 2 R) homered for the Cowboys (20-22).


Dallas Baptist 2, No. 14 Oklahoma 0

In Dallas, Cory Taylor and two relievers combined on a three-hit shutout as Dallas Baptist blanked Oklahoma. Taylor (1-2) allowed two hits and two walks in five innings with seven strikeouts. Brandon Koch fanned three in two hitless innings before Joseph Shaw (2 IP, H, 2 K) finished for his second save. Duncan McAlpine (3 for 4, 2 2B) drove in both runs for the Patriots (23-22), one in the first and one in the eighth. Ronnie Mitchell (1 for 3) scored both, while KJ Alexander went 2 for 3 with a walk for DBU. Matt Oberste went 2 for 2 with a walk for the Sooners (33-12).


North Florida 5, Georgia Southern 4 (11)

In Jacksonville, Fla., Ryan Roberson had a RBI single in the bottom of the 11th as North Florida edged Georgia Southern for the 1,000th victory in program history. The Ospreys (33-12) scored a pair in the eighth to knot the score at 4. Roberson had two hits and two RBI, while Paul Karmeris went 4 for 6 with two doubles and two runs. Corbin Olmstead (3-0, 1.1 IP, H, 2 K) picked up the win. Ben Morgan had two hits and two RBI, while T.D. Davis went 2 for 5 with two runs for the Eagles (23-21).


No. 6 Virginia 11, VCU 3

In Richmond, Va., Mike Papi went 3 for 3 with three walks, two runs and two RBI as Virginia downed VCU in front of 4,104 damp fans at The Diamond. The Cavaliers (39-8) took control with two in the second and three in the third before a four-run sixth made it 9-0. Branden Cogswell had two hits and three runs, while Joe McCarthy (2 for 5, R), Nick Howard and Reed Gragnani (1 for 5) each knocked in a pair for Virginia. Nathan Kirby (3-1, 2 IP, BB, K) picked up the win. Taylor Buran went 1 for 3 with one run and one RBI for the Rams (21-22).


No. 8 Oregon 12, Seattle 7

In Everett, Wash., Mitchell Tolman had three hits and seven RBI as Oregon outscored Seattle. Tolman had a sacrifice fly in the first, an RBI groundout in the third, a two-run single in the fourth, an RBI single in the sixth and a two-run base hit in the eighth. Ryon Healy went 2 for 3 with two runs and three RBI, while Brett Thomas (1 for 2, 2B, 2 BB, HBP) and Aaron Payne (2 for 2, 2B, BB, 2 HBP) both scored four for the Ducks (34-10). Christian Jones (1-1, 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 K) got the win, while Derek Smith (3 IP, 3 H, 2 K) recorded his first save. Chase Fields had two hits and two runs, while Ryan Somers went 1 for 2 with two walks and three runs for the Redhawks (17-26).


No. 10 UCLA 8, UC Irvine 1

In Los Angeles, Kevin Kramer drove in three as UCLA downed UC Irvine at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Bruins (28-13) used a five-run seventh to build on a 3-0 lead. Kramer had a double, a triple and two runs, while Brenton Allen went 3 for 5 with one run and one RBI. Cody Poteet (3-4, 6 IP, 2 H, 5 K) earned the win. Chris Rabago had two hits and a run, while Connor Spencer went 2 for 4 with one RBI for the Anteaters (28-13).


No. 11 Louisville 6, Western Kentucky 2

In Louisville, Ky., Dace Kime tossed five scoreless innings as Louisville topped Western Kentucky in front of 2,194 fans at Patterson Stadium. Kime (3-1) allowed four hits with no walks and six strikeouts. Kyle Funkhouser (1.1 IP, H, BB, 3 K) registered his first save. The Cardinals (34-10) scored a pair in the third to take the lead for good. Coco Johnson had two hits and one RBI, while Shane Crain scored twice for Louisville. Ryan Huck (2 for 4) had a two-run homer in the eighth for the Hilltoppers (22-23).


No. 12 Arizona State 7, Arizona 5

In Tucson, Ariz., Dalton Dinatale drove in three as Arizona State edged Arizona in non-conference action in front of 4,319 fans at Hi-Corbett Field. After the Wildcats (28-15) scored three in the bottom of the first, Dinatale had a sacrifice fly in the second and his run-scoring single capped a three-run third as the Sun Devils (29-12-1) took a 4-3 lead. Dinatale drew a bases-loaded walk to cap a two-run eighth for ASU. Kasey Coffman (1 for 5) scored twice, while Jake Peevyhouse homered for the Sun Devils. Darin Gillies (2-2, 0.1 IP, H) picked up the win, with Ryan Burr fanning two in a hitless ninth for his 10th save. Trent Gilbert went 4 for 5 with two runs, while Riley Moore added two hits and two RBI for Arizona.


Texas Tech 12, New Mexico 8

In Lubbock, Texas, Texas Tech scored multiple runs in each of the first three innings in outscoring New Mexico in front of 2,320 fans at Rip Griffin Park. Eric Gutierrez (2 for 5) had a two-run homer in the first and Jarrard Poteete (3 for 5, 2 R) added a solo shot in a four-run second. Brennan Moore (1 for 4, 3 RBI) had a two-run double and scored in the third as the Red Raiders (21-24) built a 9-0 advantage. Matt Withrow (3-3, 5.1 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 3 K) recorded the win. John Pustay had four hits, while Luke Campbell (2 for 4, 2 2B, 2 R) drove in a pair for the Lobos (27-17).


Stanford 9, Saint Mary’s 1

In Stanford, Calif., Brant Whiting went 4 for 4 as Stanford stopped Saint Mary’s in front of 1,103 fans at Sunken Diamond. Brian Ragira had a three-run homer in a five-run first for the Cardinal (24-15). Austin Wilson delivered a two-run single in a four-run third as Stanford took a 9-0 lead. John Hochstatter (3-1, 4 IP, 2 H, R, 2 BB, 2 K) was the starter and winner. Brenden Kalfus (1 for 3, R) extended his hit streak to 26 for the Gaels (17-27).


Illinois 11, Southern Illinois 7

In Champaign, Ill., Jordan Parr homered twice and knocked in seven as Illinois outscored Southern Illinois. Parr had three-run homers in both the third and fifth while adding an RBI double in a four-run eighth for the Illini (27-13). Parr extended his hit streak to 11, while twin brother Justin (3 for 5, 2B, 2 R, RBI) stretched his hit streak to a program-record 28, the longest active streak in the nation. Drasen Johnson (1-1, 3.1 IP, 2 H, R, BB, K) earned the win. Matt Jones (1 for 2, BB, 3 R), Austin Montgomery (3 for 4, 4 RBI) and Cody Daily (1 for 4, 2 RBI) each went deep for the Salukis (20-24).


Hofstra 10, Rutgers 9

In Hempstead, N.Y., Kevin Brantley homered in the bottom of the ninth, his second of the contest, to lift Hofstra past Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights (20-23) used a six-run fourth to take a 7-1 advantage. The Pride (23-21) put up one in the fourth and four in the fifth to pull to within one. Rutgers added a pair in the sixth for a 9-6 advantage. Hofstra tallied two in the sixth and tied it with a run in the seventh. Brantley went 4 for 5 with three runs and three RBI. He was a triple short of the cycle. Matt Reistetter and Chris Nardo both had three hits, including a double, and one RBI, while Kenny Jackson homered and drove in two for the Pride. Charlie Law (2 for 4, 4 RBI) went deep twice for the Knights.


Bradley 11 Northern Illinois 5

In Peoria, Ill., Mick Tauchman walked three times to set a program record for reaching base safely and scored three as Bradley downed Northern Illinois. Tauchman has 222 hits, 103 walks and 18 hit-by-pitches for a total of 343 times reaching base safely. He passes the previous mark of 340 held by Bradley Hall of Famer Nelson Correa (1996-99). After the Huskies (18-24) scored in the top of the first, the Braves (15-25) put up five in the bottom of the frame to take the lead for good. Curtiss Bunch (1 for 3) drove in three, while Elliot Ashbeck (1 for 3, 2 BB) scored three for Bradley. John Nasshan (2-7, 6 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) was the starter and winner. Joe Battaglia (2 for 5, 2 RBI) homered for NIU.


Middle Tennessee 7, Tennessee 6

In Knoxville, Tenn., Trent Miller and Jake Ellison both homered twice and drove in three as Middle Tennessee defeated Tennessee for the fifth straight time. Miller ripped a two-run dinger in the top of the first to start the scoring. After the Vols (18-25) tallied a run in the bottom of the first, Ellison’s solo shot in the third made it 3-1. Tennessee rallied for four in the fourth to take a 5-3 lead. Miller went deep in the sixth and Ellison’s two-run homer in the seventh gave the Blue Raiders (25-22) a 6-5 lead. Hank LaRue knocked in an insurance run later in the frame. Ryan Ford had two hits and two runs for MTSU. Heath Slatton (2-1, 2.2 IP, H, 2 K) was credited with the win, while Jordan Cooper (3 IP, 3 H, R, BB, 3 K) recorded his first save. A.J. Simcox had three hits and one RBI, while Vincent Jackson added two hits and two runs for Tennessee.


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