May 16, 2013

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Papi, Gragnani lead Virginia past North Carolina

Clemson knocks off Florida State, Vandy nips Alabama, LSU tops Ole Miss


In Chapel Hill, N.C., Mike Papi went 3 for 6 with two RBI, and Reed Gragnani had two hits and three runs as sixth-ranked Virginia scored in six of nine innings in a win over No. 2 North Carolina. The Cavaliers (21-7, 44-8) had 17 hits, totaling the most hits and runs the Tar Heels (20-6, 46-7) have allowed this season. Brandon Waddell (5-1) tossed a career-best seven innings with four earned runs – all in the first three innings – and eight hits. Kent Emanuel (9-3) was touched for 10 hits and six runs (four earned) in five innings. Landon Lassiter had four of UNC’s nine hits.


No. 16 Clemson 8, No. 9 Florida State 2

In Tallahassee, Fla., Daniel Gossett allowed three hits over six scoreless innings to lead Clemson past Florida State for the Tigers’ ninth straight win. Steve Wilkerson and Thomas Brittle each homered, and Shane Kennedy had two hits and two RBI for Clemson (18-10, 39-15). DJ Stewart had a pair of RBI for the Seminoles (18-10, 42-11).


No. 1 Vanderbilt 7, Alabama 6

In Nashville, Tenn., Connor Harrell went 2 for 4 with two RBI, and Walker Buehler tossed seven innings with one earned run and six strikeouts as Vanderbilt extended its winning streak to 14 games and set a new school record for the most wins in the regular season. Kyle Smith went 2 for 3 with two RBI off the bench for the Commodores (25-2, 47-6), who built a 6-0 lead and led 7-2 entering the ninth. But Kenny Roberts ripped a grand slam off Brian Miller, who entered with the bases loaded. Miller closed out the Crimson Tide (13-14, 31-23) for his 14th save.


No. 3 LSU 7, No. 17 Ole Miss 1

In Baton Rouge, La., Raph Rhymes and Mason Katz each had three hits and a homer as LSU finished with four homers in a win over Ole Miss. The Tigers (22-6, 47-7) matched its school record for SEC wins (1986, 1997) and regular-season wins (1992). Rhymes had two RBI and a run, and Katz contributed three runs for LSU. Sean McMullen and Christian Ibarra also homered for LSU, which got seven strong innings from Cody Glenn (6-2). Tanner Mathis went 4 for 4 with a run for the Rebels (14-14, 35-19).


No. 7 NC State 5, Duke 2

In Durham, N.C., Jake Fincher went 3 for 4 with a run, and Brett Williams had two hits and two RBI – a two-run triple in a three-run first inning – as NC State slipped past Duke at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The Wolfpack (17-10, 40-13) reached 40 wins in the regular season for the first time under coach Elliott Avent. Grant Clyde went 2 for 4 with a pair of runs, and Ryan Wilkins improved to 6-2 with 3.2 innings of one-run relief. Jeff Kremer went 3 for 4 for the Blue Devils (9-19, 26-27).


No. 11 Louisville 5, No. 20 Pittsburgh 2

In Louisville, Ky., Ty Young had a two-run single to cap a four-run fourth as Louisville downed Pittsburgh to kick off their Big East set. Young finished with two hits and three RBI, while Jeff Gardner went deep for the Cardinals (18-4, 44-10). Chad Green (9-2, 5 IP, 8 H, 1 UE, 2 BB, 5 K) earned the victory. Steven Shelinsky, Jr. and Evan Oswald both had three hits for the Panthers (18-4, 40-13).


Auburn 3, No. 12 Arkansas 0

In Auburn, Ala., Conner Kendrick tossed 7.1 scoreless innings with eight strikeouts as Auburn blanked Arkansas to begin their SEC series in front of 2,631 fans at Plainsman Park. Kendrick (5-3) allowed four hits and walked one. Terrance Dedrick (1.2 IP, H, BB, K) recorded his ninth save. Garrett Cooper had a two-run single in the third for the Tigers (17-10, 34-18). Mitchell Self went 3 for 3 with two runs for Auburn. Brian Anderson had three of the five hits for the Razorbacks (17-10, 34-18).


No. 18 Mississippi State 5, No. 13 South Carolina 4

In Starkville, Miss., Wes Rea homered to spark a four-run eighth as Mississippi State rallied past South Carolina in front of 6,755 fans at Dudy Noble Field. Brett Pirtle (1 for 4) drove in two, while C.T. Bradford, Demarcus Henderson and Nick Ammirati each had three hits and at least one run for the Bulldogs (15-13, 39-15). Chad Girodo (6-1, 1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K) picked up the win, while Jonathan Holder worked a scoreless ninth with a strikeout for his 15th save. Joey Pankake doubled and knocked in a pair for the Gamecocks (16-11, 38-15).


Ohio State 2, No. 15 Indiana 1

In Columbus, Ohio, Pat Porter delivered an RBI triple in the bottom of the seventh to snap a 1-1 tie and lift Ohio State into a first-place tie with Indiana in the Big Ten. Porter finished with two hits, one run and one RBI, while Zach Ratcliff went 3 for 4 with one RBI for the Buckeyes (15-7, 34-19). Ryan Riga (3-0, 1.1 IP, H, K) got the win, with Trace Dempsey (1 IP, H) picking up his 19th save. Joey DeNato (7-2, 8 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 3 K) went the distance for the Hoosiers (15-7, 38-13).


No. 19 Oklahoma State 7, West Virginia 4

In Stillwater, Okla., Donnie Walton went 2 for 3 with a homer and three RBI as Oklahoma State downed West Virginia to move into a tie for second place in the Big 12. Aaron Cornell (2 for 4, 2 R) also went deep for the Cowboys (12-9, 38-13). Jason Hursh (6-4, 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 5 K) registered the win, with Brendan McCurry (1 IP, H, K)  recording his eighth save. Jacob Rice had two hits and one RBI for the Mountaineers (12-10, 30-24).