May 17, 2013

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Thorpe, Sherfy pitch Oregon past Oregon State

Alabama upsets Vanderbilt, UNC tops Virginia, LSU edges Ole Miss


In Eugene, Ore., Tommy Thorpe and Jimmie Sherfy combined on a two-hit shutout as eighth-ranked Oregon edged No. 5 Oregon State 3-0 Friday to start their Pac-12 series in front of 3,820 fans at PK Park. Thorpe (6-4) allowed two hits and two walks with seven strikeouts. Sherfy fanned two in a hitless ninth for his 20th save. The Ducks (20-5, 43-11) scored two in the first and one in the second. Brett Thomas and Aaron Payne both had two hits and a run for Oregon. Andy Peterson and Ryan Barnes both had a hit for the Beavers (20-5, 41-9).


Alabama 5, No. 1 Vanderbilt 4 (10)

In Nashville, Tenn., George Salem had a run-scoring single in the top of the 10th as Alabama evened its SEC series with Vanderbilt at Hawkins Field. Mikey White had three hits, including a double, two runs and one RBI for the Crimson Tide (14-14, 32-23). Jay Shaw (1-1, 1 IP, 2 BB) picked up the win, with Ray Castillo (1 IP, 1 H) notching his 10th save. Mike Yastrzemski went 2 for 5 with a run and an RBI for the Commodores (25-3, 47-7). Kevin Ziomek (5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB) struck out 10 for Vanderbilt.


No. 2 North Carolina 8, No. 6 Virginia 5

In Chapel Hill, N.C., North Carolina plated six in the bottom of the eighth to rally past Virginia and level the series in front of a sellout crowd of 4,100 at Boshamer Stadium. UNC claimed its first ACC regular season title since 1990. Mike Zolk (2 for 4, 4 RBI) had a two-run triple to highlight the eighth for the Tar Heels (21-6, 47-7). Michael Russell went 4 for 4 with a triple, two runs and one RBI, while Landon Lassiter had three hits and one RBI for UNC. Chris McCue (6-0, 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K) earned the win, while Trent Thornton struck out the side in the ninth for his sixth save. Derek Fisher went 4 for 4 with two doubles, while Mike Papi (2 for 4, 2 RBI) and Brandon Downes (2 for 4, 2 R) both homered for the Cavaliers (21-8, 44-9).


No. 3 LSU 5, No. 17 Ole Miss 4

In Baton Rouge, La., Raph Rhymes ripped a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth as LSU nipped Ole Miss in front of 10,015 fans at Alex Box Stadium. The Tigers (23-6, 48-7) set program records for regular-season and conference wins. Rhymes drove in three, while Mason Katz had two hits and two runs for LSU. Kevin Berry (4-0, 0.2 IP, H, BB) got the win, while Chris Cotton fanned one in a hitless ninth for his 12th save. Andrew Mistone knocked in a pair for the Rebels (14-15, 35-20).


No. 4 Cal State Fullerton 5, UC Irvine 2

In Fullerton, Calif., Cal State Fullerton was hitless through six but rallied for five runs in the seventh to down UC Irvine to open their Big West series in front of 2,083 fans at Goodwin Field. Connor Spencer (2 for 4) had an RBI double and scored in the top of the sixth as the Anteaters (13-9, 31-18) took a 2-0 lead. Michael Lorenzen had a leadoff single in the seventh, the first hit for the Titans (18-4, 43-8) against Andrew Thurman (5-4, 6.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 5 BB, 8 K). Anthony Hutting erased Lorenzen on a fielder’s choice and Hutting scored on a double by Chad Wallach. Thurman walked Jake Jefferies and got a fly ball for the second out. Richy Pedroza had an RBI single to bring home Wallach with the tying run. Carlos Lopez concluded a 14-pitch at-bat with a run-scoring single to give Fullerton a 3-2 advantage. J.D. Davis capped the rally with a two-run base hit to make it 5-2. Thomas Eshelman (10-2, 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 7 K) earned the victory, with Lorenzen (1.2 IP, 2 K) recording his 17th save.


No. 7 NC State 7, Duke 6 (10)

In Durham, N.C., Carlos Rodon struck out 15 over nine innings as NC State rallied from down 4-0 and 6-3 to edge Duke in extra innings. Rodon (8-2) allowed six runs (four earned) on six hits and three walks. Bryan Adametz went 3 for 5 with two runs, including the game-winner on a wild pitch. Jack Armstrong had two hits and three RBI, and Brett Austin went 2 for 5 with a run and a RBI for the Wolfpack (18-10, 41-13). Jordan Betts had two hits and three RBI for the Blue Devils (9-20, 26-28).


No. 9 Florida State 2, No. 16 Clemson 1

In Tallahassee, Fla., Marcus Davis had a two-run single in the bottom of the first as Florida State evened its ACC series with Clemson in front of 5,086 at Dick Howser Stadium. Brett Knief had a leadoff single in the bottom of the first and moved to third on a double by DJ Stewart. Both scored on the base hit by Davis. Steve Wilkerson (3 for 4) singled and scored in the sixth for the Tigers (18-11, 39-16). Luke Weaver (6-2, 7.1 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 8 K) earned the win, while Robby Coles (1 IP, 1 BB) picked up his ninth save.


No. 10 UCLA 2, USC 1

In Los Angeles, Brett Urabe scored on an error in the top of the ninth as UCLA edged USC to kick off their Pac-12 series at Dedeaux Field. Zack Weiss (2-1, 1 IP 1 K) got the win in relief, while David Berg (1 IP, 1 K) registered his 14th save. Cody Regis was 1 for 4 with one RBI for the Bruins (18-7, 35-15). Adam Landecker doubled and scored on a two-base hit by James Roberts in the first for the Trojans (10-15, 19-31).


No. 11 Louisville 12, No. 20 Pittsburgh 4

In Louisville, Ky., Jeff Gardner had two homers and four RBI as Louisville clinched a share of its fourth Big East regular-season title in the past five years with a win over Pittsburgh. Adam Engel went 2 for 3 with two runs and two RBI, and Nick Ratajczak had two hits and three RBI for the Cardinals (19-4, 45-10), who won their 15th straight. Jeff Thompson (10-1) allowed three hits and three earned runs with seven strikeouts in seven innings for Louisville. Stephen Vranka drove in two for the Panthers (18-5, 40-14).


No. 12 Arkansas 1, Auburn 0

In Auburn, Ala., Ryne Stanek pitched 7.2 scoreless innings as Arkansas blanked Auburn to knot the SEC series at one game apiece. Stanek (8-2) allowed six hits and four walks with four strikeouts. Colby Suggs struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth for his 11th save. Dominic Ficociello had a run-scoring single in the top of the third for the Razorbacks (18-10, 35-18). Hunter Kelley had a double for the Tigers (12-17, 32-22).


No. 13 South Carolina 5, No. 18 Mississippi State 3 (10)

In Starkville, Miss., Grayson Greiner belted a two-run homer with two away in the top of the 10th as South Carolina evened its SEC series with Mississippi State in front of 6,932 fans at Dudy Noble Field. Greiner went 3 for 4 with two runs and two RBI to lead the offense for the Gamecocks (17-11, 39-15). Adam Westmoreland (7-1, 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K) earned the win, while Tyler Webb (1 IP, 1 K) notched his 16th save. Alex Detz went 4 for 4, while Brett Pirtle was 2 for 3 with two RBI for the Bulldogs (15-14, 39-16).


Arizona 10, No. 14 Arizona State 7

In Tempe, Ariz., Brandon Dixon went 2 for 4 with a double and four RBI as Arizona outscored Arizona State in the Pac-12 series lid-lifter in front of 4,150 fans at Packard Stadium. The Wildcats (11-14, 30-20) scored in each of the first three innings, including six in the second, in building a 9-0 advantage. Trent Gilbert had three hits, two runs and one RBI for UA. Konner Wade (5-6, 7 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 5 K) was credited with the win, while Tyler Crawford fanned one in a hitless ninth for his first save. Michael Benjamin (2 for 5) homered and drove in three for the Sun Devils (14-11, 33-16-1).


No. 15 Indiana 7, Ohio State 2 (10)

In Columbus, Ohio, Nick Ramos had a grand slam and finished with five RBI as Indiana rallied to beat Ohio State and claim a share of its first Big Ten regular season title since 1949. The Hoosiers (16-7, 39-13) trailed 2-0 entering the ninth, but Michael Basil (3 for 4, 2 RBI) had a RBI double, and pinch-hitter Ramos fouled off six pitches before tying the game on a sacrifice fly. Basil had a squeeze bunt to give Indiana a 3-2 lead in the 10th, and Ramos blasted a grand slam later in the inning. Aaron Gretz went 3 for 4 for the Buckeyes (15-8, 34-20).


No. 19 Oklahoma State 5, West Virginia 0

In Stillwater, Okla., Tyler Nurdin tossed a four-hit shutout as Oklahoma State clinched a Big 12 series win over West Virginia. Nurdin (4-2) walked one and fanned seven. Donnie Walton had a two-run single to cap a five-run fifth for the Cowboys (13-9, 39-13). Taylor Munden went 1 for 2 for the Mountaineers (12-11, 30-25).


Kansas State 6, Oklahoma 5

In Manhattan, Kan., Tanner Witt scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the ninth as Kansas State nipped Oklahoma in front of 3,589 fans at Tointon Stadium to claim its first Big 12 regular season title and first regular season conference crown since 1933. Mitch Meyer drove in a pair for the Wildcats (15-7, 38-15). Jake Matthys (1.1 IP, H, R) raised his record to 8-0. Anthony Hermelyn had three hits and two runs for the Sooners (12-10, 35-18).


Texas Tech 7, Baylor 1

In Lubbock, Texas, Eric Guitierrez homered and drove in two as Texas Tech topped Baylor in front of 2,817 fans at Rip Griffin Park for the 1,500th victory in program history. Jonny Drozd (4-5, 6 IP, 7 H, BB, 3 K) earned the win, while Dominic Moreno (3 IP, 5 H, R, BB, 5 K) recorded his first save. Logan Brown had three hits for the Bears (11-11, 26-25).


Stanford 9, California 8

In Berkeley, Calif., Mark Appel fanned 11 to tie the Stanford record for career strikeouts as Stanford nipped California at Evans Diamond. Appel (9-4, 7 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB) matched Kyle Peterson and Justin Wayne with 363 career strikeouts. Wayne Taylor (3 for 5, 3 R, 3 RBI) homered twice for the Cardinal (12-13, 27-21). Andrew Knapp (2 for 4, 3 R) went deep for the Golden Bears (10-18, 22-29).


Long Beach State 5, UC Riverside 0

In Long Beach, Calif., Shane Carle struck out a career-best 13 as Long Beach State took the Big West series opener from UC Riverside. Carle (4-8, 6 H, 2 BB) went the distance and struck out the side in the ninth. Zach Miller had two hits and two RBI for the Dirtbags (12-10, 26-25). Francisco Tellez and Phil Holinsworth both had two hits for the Highlanders (8-14, 12-29).