May 15, 2013

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Bethune-Cookman falls to Coppin State in MEAC tourney

Jackson State edges Texas Southern in SWAC tourney, Oregon beats Gonzaga


MEAC Tournament – Day 1

N3 Coppin State 10, S2 Bethune-Cookman 8

S4 North Carolina A&T 16, N1 Delaware State 11 (13)

S1 Savannah State 3, N4 Maryland-Eastern Shore 1

N2 Norfolk State 5, S3 NC Central 4


In Norfolk, Va., David Hamlett had two hits and four RBI as Coppin State (17-31) rallied to beat Bethune-Cookman (30-24), handing the Wildcats their first first-round loss in the MEAC tourney since 2005. Coppin’s Michael Roberts (4-2) entered in the seventh inning and recorded seven of eight outs by strikeout. It marked the second big upset of the day, as MEAC Player of the Year Kevin Freeman delivered a sacrifice fly to start a five-run 13th inning as North Carolina A&T (16-36) knocked off Delaware State (33-14). The game featured 34 hits, eight errors and 416 pitches. Tyler Boone tossed eight innings of relief, allowing two unearned runs in the bottom of the ninth on a J.P. Frey double to send the game to extras and struck out six. Savannah State (30-21) picked up a first-round win as Kyle McGowin tossed a complete game with eight hits and seven strikeouts. And Norfolk State (19-27) held on to beat NC Central (25-28) as Zach Markel had a two-run double, and Chris Horne tossed seven solid innings in a one-run win.


SWAC Tournament – Day 1

E1 Jackson State 5, W4 Texas Southern 3

E2 Alabama State 16, W3 Prairie View A&M 0

E3 Alcorn State 11, W2 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 8

W1 Southern vs. E4 Alabama A&M postponed


In Fort Worth, Texas, Ethan Bright had two hits and two RBI as Jackson State defeated Texas Southern. The victorious Tigers (30-21) trailed 1-0 before plating two in the third and three in the fifth. Alexander Juday (5-3, 8 IP, 4 H, 1 UE, 2 BB, 4 K) earned the win. De’Mario Thibodeaux went 1 for 3 with a double, one run and one RBI for Texas Southern (20-28).


T.J. Renda pitched a four-hit shutout as Alabama State spanked Prairie View A&M in a game called after seven innings. Renda (9-1) did not walk a batter and struck out two. The Hornets (31-23) grabbed control with six in the second and four in the third. Leo Rojas had two hits, including a homer, four runs and five RBI, while Waldyvan Estrada went 3 for 3 with two walks, a run and two RBI for ASU. Andre Oliver went 1 for 3 with a double for the Panthers (23-26).


In the day’s first game, Alcorn State fought back from an early 6-0 deficit to defeat Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Angel Polo went 3 for 5 with a double, two runs and five RBI, while Justin Barney was 4 for 5 with two runs and one RBI for the Braves (16-39). Rya Fuentes (1-2, 3 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K) got the win in relief. Dwayne Hysmith was 3 for 3 with two runs and three RBI for the Golden Lions (21-31).


Inclement weather washed out the day’s final game, Southern against Alabama A&M. They will meet at 9 a.m. on Thursday morning prior to the four second-round contests.


No. 8 Oregon 4, Gonzaga 1

In Eugene, Ore., J.J. Altobelli knocked in two on a squeeze play to snap a 1-1 tie in the seventh as Oregon got past Gonzaga at PK Park. With the bases loaded, Altobelli put down the bunt to score Tyler Baumgartner (1 for 3, 3B) with the tie-breaking run. As the throw went to first, Ryan Hambright rounded third and kept coming home, beating the throw for an insurance run. Brett Thomas (1 for 4) added an RBI single later in the frame for the game’s final run. Scott Heineman went 2 for 4 with an RBI for the Ducks (42-11). Cole Wiper (2-0, 2 IP, BB, K) picked up the win, while Jimmie Sherfy (1 IP, H, 2 K) notched his 19th save. Alex Bonczyk went 1 for 3 with a triple and a run for the Bulldogs (32-18-1).


No. 14 Arizona State 8, Texas Tech 5

In Tempe, Ariz., Nathaniel Causey had three hits and four RBI as Arizona State outscored Texas Tech at Packard Stadium. Causey had a solo homer in the second, an RBI single in the third and a two-run base hit in the fifth. Kasey Coffman (3 for 3, 3 R, RBI) and Michael Benjamin (4 for 5, R, RBI) both had two doubles for the Sun Devils (33-15-1). Adam McCreery (2-3, 3.1 IP, 2 BB, 4 K) earned the victory in relief, with Ryan Burr (1 IP, H, 2 K) recording his 11th save. Jake Barrios drove in three, while Brett Bell had two hits, two runs and one RBI for the Red Raiders (23-27), who led 5-0 in the second.


San Diego 7, UC Irvine 3

In Irvine, Calif., Connor Joe had three hits and two runs, and Kris Bryant homered for the 30th time, as San Diego defeated UC Irvine at Anteater Ballpark. The Toreros (32-22) put up four in the top of the first to take control early. Louis Lechich (2-3, 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) registered the win. Connor Spencer had two hits for the Anteaters (31-17).


Old Dominion 9, Longwood 8

In Norfolk, Va., Mike Perez hit a solo homer to lead off the bottom of the ninth to give Old Dominion a win over Longwood. Josh Eldridge and Perez had a pair of RBI for the Monarchs (28-24), who improved to 700-291 at the Bud Metheny Baseball Complex. Kyri Washington had three hits, including a three-run homer, and five RBI, and Alex Owens had three hits for the Lancers (24-26).