May 18, 2013

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Johnson & Gardner help Louisville sweep Pittsburgh

Vanderbilt tops Alabama, Virginia nips North Carolina, Ole Miss edges LSU


In Louisville, Ky., Coco Johnson and Jeff Gardner each drove in a pair of runs as No. 11 Louisville completed a sweep of No. 20 Pittsburgh 7-4 Saturday and clinched their fourth Big East regular season title in the past five years. The win marked the 16th straight victory for the Cardinals (20-4, 46-10). Johnson had a RBI single and Gardner added a two-run triple as Louisville scored five times in the third inning off Rhys Aldenhoven (8-1). Stephen Vranka went 3 for 5 with a run, and Elvin Soto added three hits and a RBI for the Panthers (18-6, 40-15).


No. 1 Vanderbilt 14, Alabama 10

In Nashville, Conrad Gregor drove in three runs, and Mike Yastrzemski, Connor Harrell, Zander Wiel and Vince Conde drove in two runs apiece as Vanderbilt hit its way past Alabama. The Commodores (26-3, 48-7) set the SEC mark for conference wins in a season, besting South Carolina’s 25 in 2000. Vandy exploded for seven runs in the second inning, but the Crimson Tide (14-15, 32-24) roughed up Tyler Beede, who failed to win his start for the first time all season, for a five-run fourth inning to make it 7-6. But the Commodores scored five more times in the sixth to pull away as Steven Rice (4-0) picked up the win. Brett Booth went 4 for 4 with two runs and two RBI, and Chance Vincent went 2 for 3 with a run and three RBI for Alabama.


No. 6 Virginia 8, No. 2 North Carolina 7 (11)

In Chapel Hill, N.C., John LaPrise had a two-run triple to key a four-run 11th inning, and Virginia held off North Carolina in the bottom of the inning as the Cavaliers won the rubber game between the ACC powerhouses.  Virginia (22-8, 45-9) scored three times in the eighth to take a 4-1 lead, but the Tar Heels (21-7, 47-8) scored twice in the eighth and once in the ninth to force extras. Brandon Downes had two RBI, and Mike Papi and Nate Irving scored two runs apiece for the Cavaliers. Colin Moran went 4 for 5 with a run and three RBI, and Chaz Frank had two hits and three runs for the Tar Heels, who nearly won it on Skye Bolt’s long fly ball to center. Papi leaped to catch the ball near the wall and the Cavaliers turned a double play on the play to end the game.


No. 17 Ole Miss 11, No. 3 LSU 9

In Baton Rouge, La., Preston Overbey went 2 for 4 with two homers and five RBI, and Austin Anderson homered and drove in three as Ole Miss salvaged the final game of its SEC series with LSU. Overbey launched a three-run homer, and Will Allen added a two-run shot as the Rebels (15-15, 36-20) scored five times in the seventh to take control. Casey Yocom went 4 for 5 with a run and three RBI to lead the Tigers (23-7, 48-8), who haven’t lost a home series to Ole Miss since 1982.


No. 4 Cal State Fullerton 3, UC Irvine 2

In Fullerton, Calif., Carlos Lopez hit a game-winning homer with two away in the bottom of the ninth as Cal State Fullerton nipped UC Irvine in front of 2,399 fans at Goodwin Field to clinch at least a share of the Big West championship. Michael Lorenzen (2 for 4) had a two-run double in the third to give the Titans (19-4, 44-8) the early lead. Lorenzen (3-0) took the mound in the top of the ninth, but a run-scoring single by Kris Paulino and a wild pitch allowed the Anteaters (13-10, 31-19) to knot the score at 2, setting the stage for Lopez (2 for 4, 2 R). Greg Velazquez had two hits for Fullerton. Justin Garza (5 H, BB, 4 K) tosses 7.2 scoreless innings for the Titans. Jerry McClanahan went 2 for 3 with a run for UCI.


No. 5 Oregon State 9, No. 8 Oregon 0

In Eugene, Ore., Andrew Moore tossed a two-hit shutout as Oregon State evened its Pac-12 series with Oregon as a crowd of 3,892 looked on at PK Park. Moore (11-1) walked one and fanned two. The Beavers (21-5, 42-9) scored in each of the final four frames, putting up one in the sixth and seventh before erupting for five in the eighth and two in the ninth. Andy Peterson went 4 for 5 with two runs and two RBI, while Michael Conforto (2 for 4, 2 R) and Ryan Barnes (2 for 4, 2 R, 2 RBI) both homered. Ryon Healy went 1 for 3 with a double for the Ducks (20-6, 42-13).


No. 7 NC State 9, Duke 1

In Durham, N.C., Bryan Adametz had three hits and four RBI as NC State completed an ACC sweep of Duke. The Wolfpack (19-10, 42-13) tied last year’s squad for most conference wins in school history and moved within one win of the school mark (1988) during the regular season. Adametz had a two-run single to spark a four-run first inning. Grant Clyde went 2 for 4 with three runs and two RBI, and Trea Turner went 3 for 6 with a run and a RBI for the Wolfpack. Andy Perez had three hits and a RBI for the Blue Devils (9-21, 26-29).


No. 9 Florida State 6, No. 16 Clemson 1

In Tallahassee, Fla., Seth Miller had a two-run single to help Florida State break from a 3-1 game, and Jose Brizuela had two hits and two runs as the Seminoles clinched its seventh straight ACC Atlantic Division title. Brandon Leibrandt (9-4) tossed five innings of one-run ball, and Billy Strode finished with four scoreless innings for his first career save – he entered with the bases loaded and no outs in the sixth and worked out of the jam. Jon McGibbon went 3 for 4 for Clemson (18-12, 39-17).


No. 10 UCLA 7, USC 6

In Los Angeles, David Berg tied a program record with his 15th save as UCLA clinched a Pac-12 series win over USC at Dedeaux Field. Berg allowed one hit in 2.1 scoreless innings to give the win to Nick Vander Tuig (10-3, 6 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 5 K). Eric Filia went 1 for 3 with a double and three RBI for the Bruins (19-7, 36-15). James Roberts had two sacrifice flies for the Trojans (10-16, 19-32).


Auburn 11, No. 12 Arkansas 6

In Auburn, Ala., Blake Austin had a two-run single to cap an eight-run fifth as Auburn outscored Arkansas. Austin finished with three hits and three RBI, while Patrick Savage and Jordan Ebert both had three hits and two RBI for the Tigers (13-17, 33-22). Trey Cochran-Gill (1-1, 5.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 5 K) earned the win in relief, while Terrance Dedrick (1.1 IP, K) recorded his 10th save. Dominic Ficociello had two hits and three RBI for the Razorbacks (18-11, 35-19).


No. 18 Mississippi State 7, No. 13 South Carolina 2

In Starkville, Miss., Demarcus Henderson went 3 for 3 with two runs and two RBI as Mississippi State dispatched of South Carolina in front of 7.687 fans at Dudy Noble Field. The Bulldogs (16-14, 40-16) took the lead with a pair in the second while adding two in the sixth and three in the eighth. Nick Ammirati doubled and drove in two, while Brett Pirtle and C.T. Bradford both went 2 for 4 with two runs for MSU. Ross Mitchell (10-0, 2 H, BB, K) allowed one run in 4.2 innings of relief to earn the victory. LB Dantzler belted solo homers in the second and eighth to account for two runs by the Gamecocks (17-12, 39-16).


No. 14 Arizona State 6, Arizona 3

In Tempe, Ariz., Trever Allen had a two-run single to cap a three-run eighth as Arizona State edged Arizona in front of a season-high crowd of 4,304 at Packard Stadium. Brandon Dixon (2 for 4) had an RBI single to cap a two-run rally in the top of the eighth as the Wildcats (11-15, 30-21) tied the game at 3. Nate Causey (1 for 3, R) drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the frame to break the deadlock before the base hit by Allen (3 for 4, 3 RBI) gave the Sun Devils (15-11, 34-16-1) some breathing room. Ryan Burr (4-2, 1.1 IP, 3 K) recorded the win. Johnny Field had three hits and a run for UA.


No. 15 Indiana 8, Ohio State 1

In Columbus, Ohio, Kyle Hart allowed one run in 8.1 innings as Indiana downed Ohio State to secure the outright Big Ten regular season title. It was the third outright title in program history and the first since 1932. Hart (8-2) surrendered four hits and a pair of walks while striking out two. The Hoosiers (17-7, 40-13) scored in each of the first three innings, building a 6-1 advantage. Kyle Schwarber (3 for 4, HR, 2 R), Michael Basil (2 for 3, 2 2B, 2 R) and Sam Travis (2 for 5, 2B, R) each drove in two for IU. Kirby Pellant had two hits and one RBI for the Buckeyes (15-9, 34-21).


West Virginia 5, No. 19 Oklahoma State 4

In Stillwater, Okla., Jacob Rice drove in two as West Virginia salvaged the series finale against Oklahoma State. Bobby Boyd went 2 for 4 with three runs, while Matt Frazer went deep for the Mountaineers (13-11, 31-25). Ryan Tezak (4-0, 4.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 6 K) took the win in relief, while Pascal Paul recorded the final out for his eighth save. Tanner Krietemeier and Randy McCurry both homered and knocked in a pair for the Cowboys (13-10, 39-14).