May 4, 2013

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Berg fans final four as UCLA edges Utah

Vandy nips South Carolina, LSU thumps Florida, Columbia wins Ivy crown


In Los Angeles, David Berg (left) struck out all four of the batters he faced for his 12th save as No. 10 UCLA earned a Pac-12 series win over Utah with a 5-4 victory Saturday afternoon. Nick Vander Tuig (8-3, 6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 6 K) was the starter and winner. Pat Valaika went 2 for 3 with a run and an RBI, while Brenton Allen homered for the Bruins (13-7, 30-13). TJ Bennett had two hits and two RBI for the Utes (5-18, 16-25).


No. 2 Vanderbilt 5, No. 13 South Carolina 2

In Columbia, S.C., Tyler Beede and Carson Fulmer combined on a three-hitter as Vanderbilt clinched an SEC series win over South Carolina in front of 8,029 fans at Carolina Stadium. Beede (12-0) allowed two hits and two runs in 6.1 innings with four walks and seven strikeouts. Carson Fulmer (2.2 IP, H, 2 K) earned his fourth save. The Commodores (21-2, 41-6) got the early lead with three in the second and extended to 5-0 before the Gamecocks (13-10, 33-14) tallied two in the seventh. Zander Wiel (3 for 4, R) and Spencer Navin (1 for 4, R) both drove in two, while Mike Yastrzemski and Vince Conde both had three hits and a run for Vanderbilt. Max Schrock and Sean Sullivan both went 1 for 3 with one RBI for South Carolina.


No. 3 LSU 18, Florida 6

In Baton Rouge, La., JaCoby Jones homered and drove in a career-best six to lead LSU to an SEC series sweep over Florida in front of 7,733 fans at Alex Box Stadium. The Tigers (19-5, 43-6) scored multiple runs in four different innings, as an eight-run sixth gave them a 15-2 advantage. Jones capped the sixth with a grand slam, the first of the season for LSU. Alex Bregman (3 for 5, 2 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI), Christian Ibarra (3 for 3, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI) and Sean McMullen (3 for 4, 2B, 2 R) added to the Tigers’ offense. Ryan Eades (8-1, 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 6 K) registered the win. Casey Turgeon went 3 for 4 with one run and one RBI for the Gators (12-12, 25-23).


Ivy League Championship

Columbia 6-12, Dartmouth 5-5 (Game 1 – 10 innings)

In New York, Columbia used a six-run seventh in the nightcap to complete the sweep of Dartmouth and claim the Ivy League Championship for the first time since 2008. Jordan Serena (4 for 6, 3 2B, 2 R, RBI), Aaron Silbar (3 for 5, 2 2B, 3 R, RBI) and Nick Crucet (3 for 4, R, 3 RBI) led the offense in Game 2 for the Lions (26-19). Stefan Olson (1-1, 3.2 IP, H, BB, 6 K) earned the victory. Matt Parisi had two hits and two runs for the Big Green (32-9). In the first game, Gus Craig had a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 10th for Columbia. Joey Falcone had three hits and a run, while Crucet (2 for 5, 2B) and Mike Fischer (1 for 3, 2B, R) both drove in two for the Lions. Kevin Roy (3-1, 1 IP, H, BB, 2 K) picked up the win. Jeff Keller (2 for 4, 2 R, 2 RBI) homered and Dustin Selzer had two doubles and one RBI for Dartmouth.


No. 4 Cal State Fullerton 2, Long Beach State 1

In Fullerton, Calif., Carlos Lopez doubled and scored in the bottom of the eighth as Cal State Fullerton edged Long Beach State to secure a Big West series victory in front of 2,278 onlookers at Goodwin Field. Justin Garza (10-0, 8 IP, 4 H, R, BB, 4 K) recorded the win, with Michael Lorenzen (1 IP, 2 H, BB, K) earning his 15th save for the Titans (14-3, 38-7). Zack Rivera went 2 for 3 with a double and one RBI for the Dirtbags (9-8, 21-23).


No. 5 Oregon State 5, California 0

In Corvallis, Ore., Andrew Moore pitched a two-hit shutout as Oregon State clinched a Pac-12 series win over California in front of 3,053 fans at Goss Stadium. Moore (9-1) walked one and struck out two, needing just 87 pitches to finish the contest. Moore faced two over the minimum, as the Beavers (16-4, 36-8) turned three double plays. OSU scored four in the second and one in the sixth. Dylan Davis went 2 for 4 with a double and three RBI, while Andy Peterson was 3 for 5 with one run and two RBI. Devin Pearson and Mitchell Kranson both went 1 for 3 for the Golden Bears (9-14, 21-25).


No. 7 NC State 8, Presbyterian 1

In Raleigh, N.C., Tarran Senay homered and drove in two as NC State secured a series win over Presbyterian in front of a crowd of 2,007 at Doak Field. The Wolfpack (36-11) scored four in the fourth and three in the sixth. Trea Turner tripled and knocked in a pair, while Brian Taylor scored twice for NC State. Andrew Woeck (5-1, 3 IP, BB, 5 K) earned the victory. Robby Swab went 1 for 4 with a run for the Blue Hose (23-24).


No. 8 Oregon 6, Washington State 3

In Pullman, Wash., Ryon Healy homered and scored twice as Oregon secured a Pac-12 series victory over Washington State. J.J. Altobelli went 3 for 4 with one run and one RBI for the Ducks (18-5, 36-11). Cole Irvin (9-2, 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) earned the win, while Jimmie Sherffy fanned two in the ninth for his 16th save. Trek Stemp had two hits and a run for the Cougars (7-13, 20-22).


No. 9 Florida State 6, UCF 1

In Tallahassee, Fla., Brandon Leibrandt allowed one unearned run in seven innings as Florida State ensured a series win over UCF in front of 4,215 fans at Dick Howser Stadium. Leibrandt (7-4) surrendered five hits with one walk and nine strikeouts. The Seminoles (37-9) blew open a 2-1 game with four in the fifth. Jameis Winston (2 for 3, 2B) and Giovanny Alfonzo (1 for 2, 2B, R) both drove in two. Chris Taladay had three hits for the Knights (26-21).


No. 11 Louisville 6, Villanova 5

In Plymouth Meeting, Pa., Kyle Gibson went 3 for 4 with a run and two RBI, including an RBI single in the seventh that made the difference for Louisville, which gained a 2-0 lead in its Big East series against Villanova. Jeff Thompson (8-1, 6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 2 HBP) allowed four earned runs, all in the second, but struck out 12 and hung around just long enough to get the win. Nick Burdi allowed just a single in the ninth and struck out two en route to his 10th save for the Cardinals (13-4, 36-10). Tyler Sciacca (2 for 4, 2 RBI) was the only player with multiple hits or RBI for the Wildcats (2-15, 11-35).


Stanford 9, No. 12 Arizona State 8 (11)

In Tempe, Ariz., Brian Ragira had a two-run single in the top of the 11th and Stanford held on to win its Pac-12 series with Arizona State in front of a crowd of 3,752 at Packard Stadium. The Sun Devils (11-9, 29-14-1) plated one in the bottom of the frame, but left the bases loaded as the game ended. ASU stranded 14. Austin Slater (1 for 4, 2 RBI) and Austin Wilson (1 for 6, 3 RBI) both homered, while Justin Ringo added two hits and three runs for the Cardinal (11-9, 26-15). Sam Lindquist (2-1, 4.1 IP, 3 H, R, 2 BB, 2 K) registered the victory. Michael Benjamin (3 for 6, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI) and Trever Allen (4 for 5, 2 RBI) both went deep for the Sun Devils.


West Virginia 9, No. 14 Oklahoma 3

In Charleston, W.Va., Ryan Tuntland went 2 for 3 with a homer, two runs and three RBI as West Virginia evened its Big 12 series with Oklahoma before a crowd of 2,250 at Appalachian Power Park. Ryan McBroom added two hits, including a homer, and two RBI as the Mountaineers (10-7, 28-20) pulled to within one game of the first-place Sooners (11-6, 34-13). Craig Akin had two hits and a run for Oklahoma.


No. 15 Arkansas 5-3, Kentucky 3-4

In Lexington, Ky., Tyler Spoon and Brian Anderson both homered and drove in two in the opener as Arkansas split an SEC doubleheader with Kentucky. Anderson had three hits and Spoon scored twice for the Razorbacks (15-8, 32-16). Ryne Stanek (6-2, 5.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 4 K) earned the win, while Colby Suggs fanned two in a hitless ninth for his 10th save. A.J. Reed and Greg Fettes had solo homers for the Wildcats (10-14, 27-17). In Game 2, UK scored three in the bottom of the ninth to avoid the series sweep. Kyle Barrett (2 for 5) tied the game with an RBI single and Zac Zellers (2 for 4, R, RBI) ended it with a base hit to center. Chandler Shepherd (4-0, 1 IP, K) notched the victory. Jacob Mahan had two hits and one RHI for Arkansas.


No. 16 Indiana 8, Nebraska 6

In Lincoln, Neb., Kyle Schwarber and Nick Ramos both homered twice as Indiana outscored Nebraska to open their Big Ten series in front of 1,673 fans at Hawks Field to extend its win streak to nine. The Hoosiers (12-4, 35-8) scored in six of their final seven at-bats, taking the lead for good in the fourth. Dustin DeMuth had three hits and two runs, while Chad Clark (1 for 3) drove in three for IU. Joey DeNato (7-1, 6.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 6 K) notched the win, while Ryan Halstead (1.2 IP, H, B, 4 K) recorded his eighth save. Chad Christensen went 3 for 3 with two runs and two RBI for the Huskers (11-5, 20-24).


Maryland 7, No. 17 Clemson 2

In Clemson, S.C., Jimmy Reed allowed four hits and two earned runs and struck out a career-high 11 to help lead Maryland past Clemson in the ACC. Jordan Hagel and Jack Cleary each had two hits and two RBI, and Hagel and Kyle Convissar (3 for 4) had solo homers for the Terps (9-16, 28-21). Shane Kennedy homered and drove in two for the Tigers (15-10, 30-15).


No. 18 Mississippi State 10-5, Alabama 6-4 (Game 2 – 10 innings)

In Starkville, Miss., Jacob Robson delivered a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 10th of the nightcap as Mississippi State swept an SEC doubleheader from Alabama. Robson finished with three hits, while Sam Frost went 4 for 5 for the Bulldogs (12-11, 35-13). Hunter Renfroe (2 for 3, 2 BB, 2 R) homered and Wes Rea (1 for 3, 2B) drove in two for MSU. Chad Girodo (4-1, 0.1 IP, BB, K) picked up the win. Georgie Salem knocked in two, while Austen Smith homered for the Crimson Tide (11-11, 27-20). In the opener, Trey Porter had two doubles and four RBI to lead the MSU offense. The Bulldogs used a seven-run second to take control Adam Frazier (2 for 4, R) drove in two, while Rea (2 for 4, 2B, 2 R) homered for MSU. Ross Mitchell (9-0, 1.1 IP, H, K) got the win in relief, with Jonathan Holder (2.2 IP, H, 4 K) recording his 13th save. Smith (2 for 4) homered and knocked in three for the Crimson Tide.


No. 19 Rice 5, UAB 4

In Birmingham, Ala., Ford Stainback went 3 for 4 with a double, run, and RBI single in Rice's two-run sixth that left enough insurance to hang on for a win against UAB and tie the teams' Conference USA series, 1-1. Jordan Stephens (5-3, 7.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB) struck out 11 but could not get the last out in the eighth, in which UAB scored thrice. Zech Lemond (1.1 IP, 3 H, ER) allowed both inherited runners to score, but got one of his three strikeouts to kill the UAB rally, preserving the win for Stephens in Lemond's 10th save for the Owls (10-7, 30-15). Jeff Schalk (2 for 4) was the only UAB batter with multiple hits, and his RBI single produced the last run for the Blazers (4-13, 18-30).


Auburn 8, No. 20 Ole Miss 5

In Auburn, Ala., Auburn took the lead for good with a three-run sixth in evening their SEC series with Ole Miss in front of 2,197 fans at Plainsman Park. The Tigers (8-15, 26-19) trailed 5-3 after five before Damek Tomscha tied it with a two-run homer in the sixth and Cullen Wacker’s sacrifice fly later in the frame put Auburn up one. The Tigers added a pair of insurance runs in the seventh. Blake Austin went 4 for 4 with three doubles, two runs and one RBI for Auburn. Justin Camp (5-1, 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 K) earned the win in relief, while Terrance Dedrick fanned three over the final 2.2 hitless innings to register his sixth save. Auston Bousfield had three hits and two RBI, while Austin Anderson went 2 for 2 with two runs for the Rebels (12-11, 33-15).


USF 4, Notre Dame 3 (10)

In South Bend, Ind., James Ramsay went 2 for 4 with an RBI and scored the winning run in USF's three-run tenth to beat Notre Dame in extras for the second time in the Big East series for a 2-0 lead. Chad Taylor (1-0, 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 BB) allowed two earned runs but got the win for the Bulls (15-2, 31-15). Jordan Strittmatter induced a full-count, bases-loaded comebacker against the only batter he faced for his first save. Adam Norton (9-2, 12 H, 4 R, 2 ER, IBB, 6 K, HBP) pitched all 10 innings for the Fighting Irish (7-10, 27-19).


Southern Miss 10, East Carolina 9 (11)

In Greenville, N.C., Chase Fowler tied the game with a two-run double in the eighth inning and delivered a sacrifice fly in the 11th inning as Southern Miss evened its Conference USA series with East Carolina. Dillon Day went 3 for 5 with two runs, and Mason Robbins added three hits and three runs for the Golden Eagles (14-6, 25-20). Bradley Roney tossed 3.1 innings with two earned runs to pick up his first win. Zach Houchins went 3 for 4 with a homer, three runs and three RBI to lead the Pirates (9-8, 25-22).


Northeastern 1, UNC Wilmington 0

In Wilmington, N.C., Nick Berger tossed a two-hit shutout as Northeastern evened its CAA series with UNCW. Berger (5-5) walked two and struck out two. Rob Fonseca had two hits and drove in the game-winner in the top of the ninth. Jordan Ramsey (6-4, 8 IP, 7 H, R, 2 BB, 6 K) suffered the loss for the first-place Seahawks (14-5, 33-14).


(photo by Don Liebig, ASUCLA)