May 3, 2013

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Ziomek, Navin lead Vanderbilt past South Carolina

UAB downs Rice, USF tops Notre Dame in 19, Leiter fans 20 for NJIT


In Columbia, S.C., Kevin Ziomek allowed one run over eight innings as second-ranked Vanderbilt edged No. 13 South Carolina 3-2 Friday to begin their SEC series in front of 8,081 fans at Columbia Stadium. Ziomek (9-2) allowed eight hits and struck out four. Brian Miller (1 IP, H, R) worked the ninth and notched his 13th save. Spencer Navin (2 for 4) belted a two-run homer in the second and Conrad Gregor added an RBI single in the sixth as the Commodores (20-2, 40-6) built a 3-0 lead. Joey Pankake (2 for 4) knocked in a run with a double in the eighth and Kyle Martin had a pinch-hit homer in the ninth for the Gamecocks (13-9, 33-13). (photo by Jimmy Jones)


UAB 10, No. 19 Rice 9

In Birmingham, Ala., Ryan Prinzing led UAB with two hits in five at-bats, two runs and a grand slam to cap a seven-run sixth, just enough to upset Rice in the opener of the teams' Conference USA series. Cory Eller (2-3, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) limited Rice to one hit in three relief innings to get the win. James Naile struck out one in a perfect ninth for his first save for the Blazers (4-12, 18-29). Michael Ratterree (2 for 5) hit two homers, including a three-run home run in a five-run eighth, cutting the deficit to one for the Owls (9-7, 29-15).


USF 8, Notre Dame 2, 19 innings

In South Bend, Ind., Alex Mendez went 3 for 9, including a two-run double that tied the game with USF down to its final out and broke a Notre Dame shutout in the opener of the teams' Big East series. After nine scoreless innings, James Ramsay's (2 for 8, BB) RBI single broke the tie in a six-run 19th for the Bulls (14-2, 30-15). Steven Leasure (3-1, 3 IP, 2 H, 2 K) was the last of five Bulls to hold Notre Dame scoreless after the seventh, earning the win. Pat Connaughton (7 IP, 5 H, 4 BB, 3 K) and Dan Slania (9 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) threw seven and eight scoreless innings, respectively, for the Fighting Irish (7-9, 27-18).


NJIT 5, Chicago State 3

In Newark, N.J., Mark Leiter, Jr. struck out 20 to lead NJIT past Chicago State to open their Great West series at Riverfront Stadium. Leiter (5-6, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB) set a program record and registered the highest strikeout total in Division I in 2013. He fanned one in the first and at least two in every other inning. The final eight outs of the game came via strikeouts. The runs for the Cougars (3-14, 6-33) came on a three-run homer by Dylan Sterrett in the seventh. Teddy Bickert (2 for 5, 2B) and Nick Swim (2 for 3, R) both drove in two for the Highlanders (7-9, 15-25).


No. 3 LSU 5, Florida 0 

In Baton Rouge, La., Aaron Nola pitched a four-hit shutout as LSU clinched an SEC series win over Florida in front of 6,951 fans at Alex Box Stadium. Nola (9-0) walked one and struck out three. The Tigers (18-5, 42-6) scored one in the second, two in the fifth and two in the eighth. Raph Rhymes and JaCoby Jones both had two hits and a run, while Andrew Stevenson drove in a pair for LSU. Harrison Bader went 1 for 3 with a stolen base for the Gators (12-11, 25-22).


No. 4 Cal State Fullerton 3, Long Beach State 2

In Fullerton, Calif., Thomas Eshelman worked seven solid innings as Cal State Fullerton took the Big West series opener from Long Beach State in front of 3,136 fans at Goodwin Field. Eshelman (8-2) allowed seven hits and two runs with one walk and six strikeouts. Michael Lorenzen pitched a perfect ninth on eight pitches for his 14th save. The first-place Titans (13-3, 37-7) scored single runs in the first, third and fifth. Carlos Lopez had two doubles and a run, while Austin Kingsolver homered in the fifth for Fullerton. Colton Vaughn was a homer short of the cycle with three hits and two runs for the Dirtbags (9-7, 21-22).


No. 5 Oregon State 6, California 1

In Corvallis, Ore., Matt Boyd fanned a career-high 12 in 8.1 innings to lead Oregon State past California in the Pac-12 series lid-lifter in front of 3,180 fans at Goss Stadium. Boyd (9-2) allowed three hits, one walk and one run. Ryan Barnes (1 for 4) had a bases-clearing double in the third and Michael Conforto (1 for 4) added a two-run single an inning later to lead the offense for the Beavers (15-4, 35-8). Devon Rodriguez (2 for 4) homered in the seventh for the Golden Bears (9-13, 21-24).


No. 7 NC State 5, Presbyterian 1

In Raleigh, N.C., Ethan Ogburn limited Presbyterian to one hit and one unearned run as NC State took the series opener in front of 1,645 fans at Doak Field. Ogburn (4-2) did not walk a batter and struck out three in his 83-pitch outing. Brad Stone struck out the side on 10 pitches in the ninth to preserve the victory. Cam McRae had the lone hit for the Blue Hose (23-23) as he singled and scored in the fifth. Bryan Adametz (1 for 4) drove in two and Brett Austin homered for the Wolfpack (35-11).


No. 8 Oregon 5, Washington State 3

In Pullman, Wash., Oregon snapped a 3-3 tie with a pair of unearned runs in the top of the ninth to claim the Pac-12 series opener over Washington State. Brett Thomas (4 for 5, 2 R) scored on an error and Aaron Payne (2 for 3, 3B, BB, 3 R) came home on a 7-1 force out at third in the ninth for the Ducks (17-5, 35-11). For Payne’s run, Oregon had the bases loaded and Scott Heineman (1 for 4) hit a ball to left on which Trek Stemp made a diving attempt, forcing Ryon Healy (1 for 3, 2 BB) back to second. Stemp fired the ball to pitcher J.D. Leckenby covering third for the out. Garrett Cleavinger (5-0) struck out the side in the eighth to earn the win, while Jimmie Sherfy worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his 15th save. Mitchell Tolman had two hits, two walks and three RBI for the Ducks. Nick Tanielu drove in a pair for the Cougars (7-12, 20-21).


No. 9 Florida State 4, UCF 2

In Tallahassee, Fla., Stephen McGee had a leadoff homer in the bottom of the eighth to snap a 2-2 tie as Florida State took the opener of its series with UCF in front of 3,933 fans at Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles (36-9) scored single runs in the second and third before the Knights (26-20) tied it with a pair in the top of the eighth. Following McGee’s dinger, John Nogowski walked and scored an insurance run for FSU. Jose Brizuela had two hits and one RBI for the Seminoles. Robby Coles (3-1, 1.2 IP, H, BB, 3 K) earned the win after starter Luke Weaver (6 H, BB) struck out nine in seven scoreless innings. Erik Hempe had two hits for UCF, which stranded 10.


No. 10 UCLA 5, Utah 2

In Los Angeles, Adam Plutko allowed two runs in seven innings as UCLA clipped Utah in Game 1 of their Pac-12 series. Plutko (6-2) surrendered seven hits and struck out five. David Berg (1 IP, 2 H) struck out two in the ninth in earning his 11th save. Eric Filia drove in a pair, while Brian Carroll had two hits and two runs for the Bruins (12-7, 29-13). Braden Anderson (2 for 4) homered for the Utes (5-17, 16-24).


No. 11 Louisville 6, Villanova 0

In Plymouth Meeting, Pa., Chad Green led Louisville to a shutout in its Big East series opener against Villanova, striking out nine while allowing just four hits and two walks in 7.1 innings, improving his record to 7-2. Nick Burdi allowed just one hit and struck out three while getting the last four outs for his ninth save. Sutton Whiting went 3 for 3 with a stolen base and two runs, including the winning run in the third inning for the Cardinals (12-4, 35-10). Steve Schrenk went 1 for 1 with both of the two walks for the Wildcats (2-14, 11-34).


Stanford 5, No. 12 Arizona State 3

In Tempe, Ariz., Mark Appel struck out 13 in 7.2 innings as Stanford took Game 1 of its Pac-12 series with Arizona State in front of 3,305 fans at Packard Stadium. Appel (8-3) allowed five hits and three runs (two earned) with one walk while throwing 122 pitches.  He struck out the side three times and fanned seven straight at one point. It marked the 22nd time in his career that Appel had double-digit strikeouts. Garrett Hughes (H, 2 BB, K) worked the final 1.1 innings for his third save. Austin Wilson (2 for 4, 2B) had a two-run single to spark a three-run third for the Cardinal (10-9, 25-15). Stanford added a pair in the fourth for a 5-0 lead before a two-run double by Trever Allen (1 for 3) in the bottom of the fourth put the Sun Devils (11-8, 29-13) on the board. Lonnie Kauppila had three hits and two runs for the Cardinal.


No. 14 Oklahoma 4, West Virginia 3 (10)

In Charleston, W.Va., Craig Aikin knocked in Garrett Carey on a fielder’s choice in the top of the 10th as Oklahoma edged West Virginia in the Big 12 series opener in front of 3,279 fans at Appalachian Power Park. Jacob Evans (6-1, 2 IP, H, K) earned the victory in relief of Jonathan Gray (8 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 ER, BB, 6 K). Aikin drove in two, while Carey had two hits and two runs for the Sooners (11-5, 34-12). Billy Fleming went 3 for 4 and Matt Frazier had a pair of RBI doubles for the Mountaineers (9-7, 27-20). Harrison Musgrave (7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 4 BB) struck out 11 for WVU.


No. 15 Arkansas 2, Kentucky 1

In Lexington, Ky., Jake Wise went 2 for 3 with a solo homer, and five Arkansas pitchers shut down Kentucky in the opener of their SEC series. The Razorbacks, who lead the country with a 1.78 ERA, got 5.2 innings from starter Barrett Astin (4-2), who allowed one run on five hits with four strikeouts. Trent Daniel, Brandon Moore and Jalen Beeks tossed 2.1 scoreless innings with two hits before Colby Suggs earned his ninth save with a scoreless ninth. Matt Vinson had two hits and a RBI for Arkansas (14-7, 31-15). J.T. Riddle had three of the seven hits for the Wildcats (9-13, 26-18). A.J. Reed threw well in defeat, allowing two earned runs in 7.1 innings.


No. 20 Ole Miss 6, Auburn 1

In Auburn, Ala., Bobby Wahl stayed unbeaten with eight brilliant innings, and Preston Overbey homered and drove in three runs as Ole Miss beat Auburn in the SEC. Wahl (9-0) allowed one run on four hits with five strikeouts for the Rebels (12-10, 33-14). Stuart Turner went 3 for 4 with two runs, and Andrew Mistrone added three hits and a run. Will Johnson contributed two hits, a run and a RBI as Ole Miss scored three times in the fourth and twice in the ninth. Garrett Cooper went 2 for 4 with a solo homer for the Tigers (7-15, 25-19).


Washington 23, Arizona 1

In Tucson, Ariz., seven Washington players had at least three hits in a pounding of Arizona in Pac-12 play at Hi Corbett Field. The Huskies (7-12, 15-28) accumulated 30 hits, the most ever against the Wildcats (9-10, 28-16). UW batted around in three consecutive innings, posting five in the third and six in both the fourth and fifth. Robert Pehl (4 for 6, 2 2B, 3 R, 5 RBI), Parker Guinn (4 for 5, 3 R, 3 RBI), Jayce Ray (4 for 5, 3 R, 2 RBI), Michael Camporeale (3 for 5, 2B, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI) and Andrew Ely (3 for 6, 4 R) led the attack for the Huskies. Jared Fisher (2-2, 8 IP, 8 H, R, BB, K) was the beneficiary of the offense explosion. Konnor Wade (4-5, 3.1 IP, 11 H, 9 R, 8 ER, BB, 3 K) suffered the loss. All but one of the runs was earned. Brandon Dixon had three hits, one double and a run for Arizona.


East Carolina 6, Southern Miss 3

In Greenville, N.C., Chase McDonald homered, drove in two and scored twice, and Zach Houchins had three hits and two runs as East Carolina knocked off Conference USA leader Southern Miss. Jeff Hoffman (5-5) was effective, allowing three earned runs in seven innings as the Pirates (9-7, 25-21) won their ninth game in 11 outings. Drew Reynolds tossed a scoreless ninth for his league-leading 12th save. Isaac Rodriguez and Dillon Day each had two hits and a RBI for the Golden Eagles (13-6, 24-20).


Saint Joseph’s 2, Xavier 1

In Merion Station, Pa., Kyle Mullen set a program record for career victories and Jimmy Yacabonis set the single-season save mark as Saint Joseph’s nipped Xavier in Atlantic 10 action at Smithson Field. Mullen (7-3, 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 10 k) earned his 20th career win to pass the total of 19 by Jed Johnson (1993-96). Yacabonis got three groundouts in the ninth for his eighth save, passing Kevin Kirby’s total of seven in 2001. The Hawks (10-6, 24-20) got a sacrifice fly by Quinn Renner (1 for 2) and an RBI single by Collin Forgey (1 for 3, BB) in the fifth to take the lead. Vinny Nittoli (1 for 3, BB) homered for the Musketeers (10-6, 23-20).


Michigan State 12, Illinois 3

In East Lansing, Mich., Blaise Salter homered twice and drove in four as Michigan State pounded Illinois to kick off their Big Ten series. Salter went 4 for 5 with a double and four runs. Joel Fisher (3 for 5, 2B, 4 RBI) and Jimmy Pickens (3 for 3, 2 BB, 4 R, 2 RBI) also went deep for the Spartans (8-5, 25-13). MSU took control early with six in the bottom of the first as Salter belted a three-run shot and Fisher added a two-run dinger later in the frame. Andrew Waszak (5-2, 8.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) earned the win. Michael Herwitz had two hits and one RBI, while Justin Parr delivered an RBI single in the eighth to extend his hit streak to 29, the longest current streak in the nation.


Virginia Tech 1, Boston College 0 (12)

In Chestnut Hill, Mass., Mark Zagunis was hit by a pitch and scored on a throwing error in the top of the 12th as Virginia Tech edged Boston College in ACC action at Pellagrini Diamond. Brad Markey (4-4, 2 IP, 3 K) got the win, following Joe Mantiply (7 IP, 2 H, 4 BB, 6 K), Jake Joyce (1.2 IP, H, BB, 3 K) and Clark Labitan (1.1 IP, BB, K). Andrew Rash went 3 for 5 with a double for the Hokies (2-22, 10-36). Hunter Gordon (7 H, 2 BB, 8 K) pitched nine innings for the Eagles (2-22, 10-36). Matt McGovern had two of BC’s three hits.


New Mexico 11, Air Force 10

In Albuquerque, N.M., John Pustay and Josh Melendez had RBI singles in the bottom of the ninth as New Mexico rallied past Air Force to start their Mountain West set. The Falcons (5-17, 13-31) scored three in the top of the ninth to take a 10-9 advantage. Air Force put up five in the fourth to take a 7-4 advantage before the first-place Lobos tallied three in the sixth and two in the seventh for a 9-7 lead. Melendez went 4 for 5 with a double, two runs and two RBI, while Pustay was 2 for 2 with a two-bagger and three RBI. Josh Walker (7-0, 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER) was credited with the win. Seth Kline had three hits, including a double, and three RBI, while Garrett Custons (1 for 3, BB, RBI) scored three for the Falcons.