May 16, 2013
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Around the Bases
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,
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
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
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
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