May 19, 2013

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Lopez homers again as Cal State Fullerton wins Big West

Tournament victories for Army, Jackson State and Savannah State


In Fullerton, Calif., Carlos Lopez had a game-winning homer in the bottom of the ninth for the second game in a row as fourth-ranked Cal State Fullerton completed a three-game Big West sweep of UC Irvine with a 7-5 win Sunday at Goodwin Field. Lopez launched a three-run shot as the Titans (20-4, 45-8) won their fourth straight Big West title and 27th conference crown in 29 years. Michael Lorenzen also drove in three for Fullerton. Koby Gauna (3-1, 1 IP, 2 H, 1 K) got the win in relief of Graham Wiest (8 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K). Dominique Taylor had three hits and two runs, while Jeff Stephens added two hits and two RBI for the Anteaters (13-11, 31-20).


Patriot League

Army 9-5, Holy Cross 4-4

In Worcester, Mass., Chris Rowley tossed a complete game in the first game, and Mark McCants’ RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Army a sweep of Holy Cross in the Patriot League Championship Series – the Black Knights earned the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, their second straight and fifth in 10 years. In the nightcap, Harold Earls went 4 for 5 and scored four runs, the final run coming on McCants’ single down the left-field line. In the first game Rowley (9-3) totaled 148 pitches and allowed 11 hits – but only two from the second to seventh innings – in his second straight complete-game win. Grant Van Orden went 3 for 3 with three RBI, and Patrick Mescher went 2 for 5 with two runs and two RBI for Army (29-21). Holy Cross (28-25), the top seed after winning their first Patriot League regular-season title, was trying to clinch its first NCAA bid since 1978.



Jackson State 6, Prairie View A&M 2

In Fort Worth, Texas, Alexander Juday tossed a complete game with nine strikeouts as Jackson State won their first SWAC championship since 2000. Stephen Curtis and Jose Cruz had two RBI apiece, and Bruce Taylor contributed two runs for the Tigers (34-20). Juday (7-3) scattered nine hits and allowed two earned runs in registering his sixth complete game. Gary Thomas went 2 for 4 with a run for JSU. Colby Hines led the Panthers (27-27) with three hits and a run, and Greg Salcido added a solo homer.



Savannah State 1, Bethune-Cookman 0 (10)

In Norfolk, Va., Peter Poole’s sacrifice fly scored Darien Campbell as Savannah State unseated Bethune-Cookman as MEAC champ – the Wildcats had won eight straight conference titles and 13 of 14 entering this year’s tournament. Kyle McGowin (12-1) hurled all 10 innings, striking out 11 over 144 pitches on three days’ rest. Campbell doubled with one out and moved to third on Todd Hagen’s single. Poole then lofted a fly to right to give the Tigers (33-21) their first MEAC title. Montana Durapau tossed eight scoreless innings for the Wildcats (34-25).


No. 5 Oregon State 12, No. 8 Oregon 2

In Eugene, Ore., Michael Conforto had a grand slam and drove in six as Oregon State won the rubber game of its Pac-12 series with Oregon in front of 3,762 fans at PK Park. The slam by Conforto (3 for 5) capped a five-run second as the first-place Beavers (22-6, 43-9) built a 6-0 lead. Tyler Smith went 2 for 5 with two runs and two RBI, while Andy Peterson (1 for 5, BB) scored three and Kavin Keyes (3 for 5) added two runs. Ben Wetzler (7-1, 6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) earned the victory. Scott Heineman went 2 for 4 with one RBI for the Ducks (20-7, 43-13).


No. 10 UCLA 5, USC 2

In Los Angeles, Kevin Kramer went 3 for 5 with two RBI and two runs, including the winning run in the top of fifth, to lead UCLA to a sweep of crosstown arch-rival USC in Pac-12 play at Dedeaux Field. Grant Watson (6-3, 5 IP, ER, BB) gave up eight hits and two runs but lasted just long enough to get the win, head coach John Savage's 400th. David Berg (1.1 IP, H, K) earned his 16th save for the Bruins (20-7, 37-15). Adam Landecker went 4 for 5 with a stolen base and run in the first to gain the only lead of the game for the Trojans (10-17, 19-33).


Arizona 7, No. 14 Arizona State 6

In Tempe, Ariz., Joseph Maggi went 2 for 3 with a walk, a bases-clearing double in the top of the fifth, and the winning run, which broke a tie in the eighth inning and, ultimately, the Pac-12 series for Arizona against intrastate rival Arizona State. Augey Bill (1.1 IP, 2 H, BB) earned his second save for the Wildcats (12-15, 31-21), escaping bases-loaded jams in the eighth and ninth unscathed to preserve the win for Tyler Crawford (6-2, 7.1 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, BB, 5 K, 2 HBP), including a comeback grounder he threw home to begin the game-ending double play. Kasey Coffman went 3 for 5 with a two-run homer that provided a one-run lead in the third for the Sun Devils (15-12, 34-17-1).


Oklahoma 7, Kansas State 3

In Manhattan, Kan., Kolbey Carpenter went 2 for 4 with a two-run double and run in the second, and a solo homer in the fourth that turned out to be the winning run for Oklahoma, which avoided a sweep at the hands of Big 12 foe Kansas State. Jake Fisher (2-2, 3 BB, 7 K, 2 HBP) scattered nine hits in seven innings to allow just two earned runs and get the win for the Sooners (13-11, 36-19), who finished fourth in the Big 12. Ross Kivett (RBI, R, 2 SB), Mitch Meyer (R), and R.J. Santigate (2B, RBI, HBP) each had three of 14 hits for the Wildcats (16-8, 39-16), who left 14 on base but had already clinched the top seed in the Big 12 Tournament.