May 2, 2013

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Ross helps LSU nip Florida in SEC series opener

BYU beats Loyola Marymount, TCU tops USC, Army edges Hartford


In Baton Rouge, La., Ty Ross delivered a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth as third-ranked LSU edged Florida 3-2 Thursday in the opener of their SEC series at Alex Box Stadium. Alex Bregman (2 for 3) and Mason Katz (2 for 4) had consecutive singles to start the eighth. After a pop out, a wild pitch and an intentional walk loaded the bases, Ross flied out to center to plate Bregman with the go-ahead run. Chris Cotton fanned a pair in the ninth to record his 10th save, giving the win to Joey Bourgeois (1 IP, H, BB, K). Christian Ibarra went 2 for 3 with a walk, while JaCoby Jones homered for the Tigers (17-5, 41-6). Richie Martin went 2 for 4 with one run for the Gators (12-10, 25-21).


BYU 8, Loyola Marymount 3

In Los Angeles, Desmond Poulson went the distance as BYU downed Loyola Marymount to begin their WCC series at Page Stadium. Poulson (6-1) allowed seven hits and three runs in nine innings with no walks and three strikeouts. The game was tied at 2 after six before the Cougars (9-7, 23-17) tallied one in the seventh, two in the eighth and three in the ninth. Jacob Hannemann (3 for 6, 2B, 3 R, 3 RBI) led the 18-hit attack, while Brock Whitney and Dakota Hernandez also had three hits for BYU. Jaycob Brugman homered and Trace Hansen added two hits and two RBI for the Cougars. Colton Plaia (2 for 4) went deep for the Lions (9-10, 21-24).


TCU 5, USC 4

In Los Angeles, TCU scored one in the seventh and two in the eighth to rally past USC at Dedeaux Field. The Horned Frogs (22-23) trailed 4-2 after six before Derek Odell (3 for 4, 2 R, 2 RBI) singled and scored on a base hit by Keaton Jones (3 for 4) in the seventh to make it a one-run game. Jantzen Witte (2 for 3, 2 R) drew a one-out walk in the eighth, stole second with two outs and came home on a double by Jerrick Suiter (1 for 4) to knot the score at 4. A base hit by Odell brought in Suiter with the go-ahead run. Odell homered for TCU earlier in the contest. Trevor Seidenberger (2-2) pitched a scoreless seventh to win in relief of Preston Morrison (6 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 K). Alex Young fanned the final hitter to notch his fourth save. Adam Landecker had three hits, including a double, and two runs for the Trojans (16-28).


Army 4, Hartford 3

In West Point, N.Y., Jacob Page had three hits and two RBI, while David Marlar tossed 5.1 scoreless innings in relief, as Army edged Hartford at Doubleday Field. Page had a two-run single in a three-run first and the Black Knights (23-21) added a run in the second for a 4-0 lead. The Hawks (14-28) put up three in the third, including a two-run single by Ryan Lukach. Marlar (1-0, H, BB) struck out five, while Julian Larimer (1 IP, H) recorded his first save. Brady Sheetz had two hits and a run for Hartford.


Milwaukee 3, Cardinal Stritch 1

In Milwaukee, Gunnar Eastman surrendered one unearned run in seven innings as Milwaukee edged Cardinal Stritch to extend its hit streak to eight. Eastman (2-1) allowed two hits and five walks with four strikeouts. Alex Erdmann fanned one in a perfect ninth for his fourth save. The Panthers (21-16) were held to two hits, one being a two-run triple by Michael Porcaro in the third. Nick Lingvay added an RBI double in the fifth, while Luke Meeteer drew two walks and scored twice for UWM. Buddy Herberg went 1 for 3 with a double and a walk for the Wolves (20-27).


Rhode Island 5, Brown 2 (11)

In Providence, R.I., Jesse Lee and Tim Caputo walked and scored in the top of the 11th as Rhode Island outlasted Brown. Lee and Caputo (3 for 4, 2 R) scored on sacrifice bunts by Jeff Roy (2 for 5) and Joe Landi. Mike LeBel (3 for 6) doubled and scored later in the frame. Wes Van Boom (1 for 4) homered in the fourth and J.J. Franco (2 for 3) went deep in the fifth as the Bears (7-33) built a 2-0 lead. The Rams (26-20) tied it in the seventh on RBI singles by Roy and LeBel. Rob Curran (3-0, 1.1 IP, H, 2 K) picked up the win.