May 5, 2013

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Hayes homers to help Oregon State sweep Cal

Cal State Fullerton tops LBSU, Oregon nips WSU, UCLA edges Utah


In Corvallis, Ore., Danny Hayes (left) had a two-run homer in the fourth to put fifth-ranked Oregon State ahead for good in a 6-4 victory Sunday for a Pac-12 sweep of California as 3,121 watched at Goss Stadium. The game was tied 1-1 after three before the long ball by Hayes. Tyler Smith and Jake Rodriguez (2 for 3, 2 R) also went deep for the Beavers (17-4, 37-8). Ben Wetzler (5-1, 6.1 IP, 11 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 10 K) earned the victory. Andrew Knapp had three hits and two RBI for the Golden Bears (9-15, 21-26).


No. 4 Cal State Fullerton 9, Long Beach State 4

In Fullerton, Calif., Anthony Hutting had three hits and three RBI as Cal State Fullerton finished a three-game Big West sweep of Long Beach State as a crowd of 2,143 looked on at Goodwin Field. The Titans (15-3, 39-7) erased a 2-1 deficit with four in the fifth and added to their lead with a three-run homer by Carlos Lopez in the sixth. Grahamm Wiest (8-2, 7 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 6 K) grabbed the win. Jeff McNeil went 2 for 3 with a run, while Zack Belanger homered for the Dirtbags (9-9, 21-24).


No. 7 NC State 12, Presbyterian 3

In Raleigh, N.C., Carlos Rodon struck out nine in seven innings as NC State finished its sweep of Presbyterian. Rodon (6-2) allowed four hits and two runs. The Wolfpack (37-11) scored four in the third to erase a 2-0 deficit and take the lead for good in winning for the 19th time in the past 20 contests. Jake Fincher and Jake Armstrong both had two hits and two RBI, while Logan Ratledge added three hits and a pair of runs for NCSU. Brad Zebedis had a two-run homer in the first for the Blue Hose (23-25).


No. 8 Oregon 4, Washington State 3 (11)

In Pullman, Wash., Mitchell Tolman singled and scored on an error in the top of the 11th as Oregon picked up a Pac-12 sweep of Washington State. Tolman had two hits and one RBI, while Scott Heineman added three hits for the Ducks (19-5, 37-11). Garrett Cleavinger (6-0, 1 IP, 2 K) earned the victory, while Darrell Hunter (1 IP, 2 K) registered his first save. Yale Rosen (2 for 4) homered for the Cougars (7-14, 20-23).


No. 9 Florida State 5, UCF 4

In Tallahassee, Fla., Stephen McGee had a game-winning RBI single to cap a three-run ninth as Florida State edged UCF to sweep the series at Dick Howser Stadium. The Knights (26-22) scored a pair of unearned runs in the top of the ninth to take a 4-2 lead. Casey Smit had a run-scoring double in the bottom of the ninth to pull the Seminoles (38-9) within one and Seth Miller delivered a sacrifice fly to knot the score at 4. Robby Coles (4-1, 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 UE, BB) picked up the win after Scott Sitz (3 H, R, 6 K) tossed seven strong innings. Chris Taladay homered for UCF.


No. 10 UCLA 4, Utah 3

In Los Angeles, Justin Hazard delivered a game-winning sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth as UCLA completed a Pac-12 sweep of Utah at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Eric Filia had two hits and two runs for the Bruins (14-7, 31-13). David Berg (6-0, 1 IP, K) earned the win. Tyler Relf had three hits and three RBI for the Utes (5-19, 16-26).


No. 11 Louisville 6, Villanova 2

In Plymouth Meeting, Pa., Adam Engel went 3 for 5 with Louisville’s first run and last RBI, as well as two stolen bases, to help sweep Big East foe Villanova. Dace Kime (4-1, 2 BB) struck out 10 while allowing just three hits and one earned run to get the win for the Cardinals (14-4, 37-10). Connor Jones (2 for 3, BB) had RBI singles in the fourth and eighth for the Wildcats (2-16, 11-36).


No. 12 Arizona State 11, Stanford 8

In Tempe, Ariz., Max Rossiter, RJ Ybarra and Trever Allen hit consecutive homers in an eight-run second as Arizona State avoided the Pac-12 sweep by Stanford in front of 2,446 fans at Packard Stadium. The Sun Devils (12-9, 30-14-1) registered their 51st consecutive 30-win season. Rossiter had two hits and drove in three, while Allen and Kasey Coffman both had two hits and two RBI for ASU. Zak Miller (4-0, 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 BB, K) recorded the win, while Darin Gillies (1 IP, K) notched his first save. Austin Barr had a three-run homer in the seventh for the Cardinal (11-10, 26-16).


West Virginia 9, No. 14 Oklahoma 7

In Charleston, W.Va., West Virginia’s surge in the Big 12 continued as Ryan McBoom homered and drove in five as the Mountaineers won the rubber game of its series with Oklahoma. West Virginia has won 20 of 27, including its past three Big 12 series (Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma), and moved into a tie for first place in the league. Jacob Rice added two hits and two RBI, and John Means pitched around 11 hits to allow two earned runs in six innings for the Mountaineers (11-7, 29-20). Jack Mayfield went 5 for 5 with three RBI and a run for the Sooners (11-7, 34-14).


Nebraska 3, No. 16 Indiana 2

In Lincoln, Neb., Kyle Kubat worked 7.2 solid innings as Nebraska evened its Big Ten series with Indiana in front of 2,993 fans at Hawks Field. Kubat (4-0, 5 H, 2 BB, 2 K) held the Hoosiers (12-5, 35-9) scoreless until surrendering a pair in the eighth. The Huskers (12-5, 21-24) scored single runs in the first, second and fifth. Pat Kelly and Chad Christensen both had two hits and one RBI for Nebraska. Michael Basil had a two-run single for IU.


No. 18 Mississippi State 7, Alabama 6 (11)

In Starkville, Miss., C.T. Bradford went 4 for 6 with three RBI, including the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 11th inning, as Mississippi State won in walk-off fashion for the second straight day and completed a SEC sweep of Alabama. Hunter Renfroe singled to lead off the 11th inning and moved up to second on a hit batter before Bradford plated him for his third run of the day. Johnathan Holder (2-0) tossed the final three innings, allowing no hits and striking out six, to post the win for the Bulldogs (13-11, 36-13). Mikey White went 3 for 5 with his first homer and three RBI for the Crimson Tide (11-12, 27-21).


No. 19 Rice 7, UAB 3

In Birmingham, Ala., Michael Aquino went 3 for 4 with three runs, including a solo homer in the sixth that tied the game at three and sparked Rice to a victory against UAB to win the Conference USA series, 2-1. Blake Fox (6-0, 4.1 IP) struck out three and scattered two hits, two walks and a hit batter to get the win in long relief for the Owls (11-7, 31-15). Ivan DeJesus went 1 for 1 with a stolen base and three walks, scoring after one to lead off the first for the Blazers (4-14, 18-31), as well as an RBI single in the fourth to give the Blazers their last lead and run.


Auburn 5, No. 20 Ole Miss 4

In Auburn, Ala., Damek Tomscha hit a go-ahead homer in the bottom of the eighth inning, and Hunter Kelley robbed a pair of potential Ole Miss homers as Auburn took the rubber game of their SEC series. Tomscha finished 3 for 4 with three runs, and his 11th homer over the wall in left gave the Tigers (9-15, 27-19) a big series win. Terrance Dedrick (4-2) picked up the win, ending the game with a diving, over-the shoulder catch on a bloop toward second base. Sikes Orvis ripped a two-run homer to tie the game at 4 in the eighth for the Rebels (12-12, 33-16).


Notre Dame 10, USF 1

In South Bend, Ind., Zak Kutsulis went 2 for 4 with a walk and stolen base, also scoring the first of his two runs after a triple in the second, which would hold up as the winning run in Notre Dame’s rout of USF to avoid a sweep in the Big East series. Phil Mosey hit a two-run homer in his only plate appearance, part of a six-run eighth for the Fighting Irish (8-10, 28-19). Sean Fitzgerald (4-3, 6.2 IP, 7 H, 3 K) allowed just one earned run and got the win. Nick McCarty allowed just a single while getting the last five outs for Notre Dame, earning his first save. Alex Mendez and James Ramsay went 2 for 4 for the Bulls (15-3, 31-16).


(photo courtesy of OSU Media Relations)