May 24, 2013
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Around the Bases
beats Coastal twice to reach
Big South title game
Virginia Tech to play for ACC crown, Mercer
loses twice in Atlantic Sun
#5 Liberty 8, #2 Coastal Carolina 0 (Coastal
Liberty 9, #2 Coastal Carolina 8
#1 Campbell 8, #7 Longwood 6 (LU eliminated)
In Lynchburg, Va., Blake Fulghum (2-1, 7 H, 5 BB,
3 K) tossed a seven-inning shutout as Liberty blanked Coastal
Carolina to advance to the title game. The Flames (33-27)
snapped a scoreless tie with five in the fourth. Alex Close (2
for 4, 2 R) (right) and Dalton Britt (2 for 3, HR) both drove in
two for Liberty. Ted Blackman and Alex Buccilli both had two
hits for the Chanticleers (37-21), who will miss the
championship game for the first time in seven years. (photo
courtesy of LU Media Relations)
Bryan Aanderud had a two-run single to highlight
a six-run sixth as Liberty edged Coastal Carolina to force a
second meeting to determine the second spot in the title
contest. The Flames (32-27) led 9-0 in the sixth before the
Chanticleers (37-20) stormed back with two in the bottom of the
sixth and six in the seventh. Jake Kimble had two hits and three
RBI for Liberty. Jared Lyons (5-0, 5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, K)
took the win, while Ashton Perritt (2.1 IP, 1 H, 3 K) was
credited with his eighth save. Alex Buccilli (2 for 4) homered
and knocked in four for Coastal.
In the day's first game, Michael Felton had two
hits and three RBI to lead Campbell past Longwood and into the
Big South Championship Game against host Liberty. The Camels
(49-9) snapped a scoreless tie with four in the second and
extended a 5-4 lead with three in the seventh. Matt Marksberry
(8-2, 5.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 9 K) was credited with the
win, while Ryan Thompson (2 IP, 2 H, K) notched his 10th save.
Conner Hall went 2 for 2 with two runs for the Lancers in the
final game for head coach Buddy Bolding.
#6 Virginia Tech 3, #7 Georgia Tech 2
#1 North Carolina 12, #5 Clemson 7 (14)
#4 NC State 7, #8 Miami 1
In Durham, N.C., Chad Pinder hit a sacrifice fly
in the bottom of the seventh to snap a 2-2 tie and propel
Virginia Tech past Georgia Tech and into the title game of the
ACC Championship. Pinder homered earlier in the contest for the
Hokies (38-19). Devin Burke (10-3, 7.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB,
4 K) earned the win, while Clark Labitan fanned one in 1.1
innings for his 10th save. Matt Gonzalez had two hits and a run
for the Yellow Jackets (34-25).
North Carolina put up five in the ninth to force
extra innings and five more in the 14th to crush Clemson. The
Tar Heels (50-8) will face NC State on Saturday evening for the
right to meet Virginia Tech in the title game. Brian Holberton
went 2 for 5 with a homer and four RBI for UNC. Shane Kennedy
had three hits and two runs for the Tigers (39-19).
NC State never trailed, scoring four in the
second in its defeat of Miami. Trea Turner and Bryan Adametz
both had three hits and two RBI for the Wolfpack (44-13). Andrew
Woeck (6-1, 3 IP, BB, 2 K) earned the win in relief. Tyler
Palmer had two hits for the Hurricanes (35-23).
#2 LSU 3, #7
Alabama 2 (Alabama eliminated)
3, #9 Texas A&M 0 (TAMU
In Hoover, Ala.,
Tyler Moore doubled in the tying run and scored on Ty Ross’
single as LSU scored twice in the top of the ninth to overcome
Alabama. The game-winning rally started with two outs in the
ninth when Christian Ibarra singled. Pinch-runner Jared Foster
scored on Moore’s double to right-center, and Moore touched home
on Ross’ single to left. Mike Oczypok (4-2) was brilliant for
the Crimson Tide (34-26), holding the Tigers (50-9) to a run
through eight innings. But he couldn’t get the last out, and
finished with 8.2 innings, 10 hits, three earned runs and five
strikeouts. Ryan Eades allowed four hits and two earned runs for
LSU before Nate Fury (2-1) and Chris Cotton (14th
save) combined to strike out five of the final six batters.
Mason Katz went 3 for 4 for LSU. Mikey White went 2 for 3 with
an RBI triple and a run for Alabama. LSU reached 50 wins in less
than 60 games for the first time and joined the 1986 Tigers as
the only LSU teams to reach 50 wins before the NCAA tourney.
Tyler Beede and
Brian Miller combined on a two-hit shutout as Vanderbilt slipped
past Texas A&M. Beede (14-0) worked 7.1 with two hits, four
walks and eight strikeouts, and Miller earned his 15th save for
the Commodores (50-8), who posted 50 wins for the third time
(all since 2007). Tony Kemp had three hits and a run, and Xavier
Turner added two hits, a run and an RBI. The Aggies fell to
32-27 and will find out Monday if they will receive an at-large
bid to the NCAA tourney.
#1 Maine 6, #2 Binghamton 1
#1 Maine 3, #4 Stony Brook 1 (SBU eliminated)
#2 Binghamton 10, #1 Maine 2
In Lowell, Mass., Tommy Lawrence (11-4, 5.1 IP, 8
H, 1 R, 4 BB, 5 K) and D.J. Voisine (3.2 IP, 3 K, first save)
combined to hold Binghamton to one run as Maine forced a
winner-take-all title game. Troy Black went 3 for 4 with a
triple and one RBI for the Black Bears (37-21). David Schanz and
Jake Thomas both had two hits for the Bearcats (29-33), who
Mike Connolly (6-3, 9 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 3 K)
went the distance as Maine eliminated Stony Brook earlier in the
day. Michael Fransoso (2 for 4, 2B) had a two-run single to
highlight a three-run sixth for the Black Bears. Johnny Caputo
had two hits, including a double, and a run for the Seawolves
In the completion of Thursday’s suspended
contest, Zach Blanden had two doubles and three RBI as
Binghamton downed Maine. Michael Fransoso had a two-run homer in
the top of the first for the Black Bears before the Bearcats
scored 10 unanswered runs.
#4 ETSU 7, #1 Mercer 4 (10)
#3 North Florida 8, #7 Kennesaw State 7 (12)
#6 Lipscomb 3, #2 FGCU 2 (FGCU eliminated)
#8 USC Upstate 10, #1 Mercer 1 (Mercer
In DeLand, Fla., ETSU scored three in the top of
the 10th on a wild pitch and a pair of run-scoring singles in
downing Mercer. Derek Niesman went 3 for 5 with three runs and
one RBI for the Bucs (34-22). Clinton Freeman (7-1, 3 IP, 3 H, 3
K) recorded the victory. Michael Massi had two doubles and three
RBI for the Bears (43-15).
Kyle Brooks drew a leadoff walk and scored in the
bottom of the 12th as North Florida edged Kennesaw State. Drew
Weeks drove in three, while Tyler Marincov scored three for the
Ospreys (40-17). Max Pentecost had two hits, including a homer,
and four RBI for the Owls (27-29).
Tyson Ashcraft had a two-run homer to cap a
three-run first as Lipscomb eliminated FGCU. Jaesung Hwang (3-0,
7.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K) registered the win, with
Tyler Burstrom striking out two of the four batters he faced for
his fourth save. Sean Dwyer went 3 for 3 with a run for the
Gaither Bumgardner (6-2, 8 H, 2 BB) allowed one
run in eight innings with nine punchouts as USC Upstate
eliminated Mercer. Trey Richardson had two hits and three RBI
for the Spartans (28-29). Chesny Young went 2 for 3 with one RBI
for the Bears (43-16).
#2 Charlotte 12, #4 Xavier 3
#1 Saint Louis 6, #4 Xavier 4 (XU eliminated)
#1 Saint Louis 13, #5 George Washington 4 (GW
#5 George Washington 5, #3 Rhode Island 4 (URI
In Charlotte, N.C., Shane Basen went 3 for 5 with
a homer and five RBI as Charlotte thumped Xavier to move to the
championship game. JJ Elseser went 2 for 3 with two walks and
four runs for the 49ers (37-21). Vinny Nittoli went 2 for 4 with
a double, a homer and two RBI for the Musketeers.
In the final game of the day, Marco Mejia (3-2)
tossed four innings of scoreless relief with one hit and one
strikeout as Saint Louis sent Xavier packing. Mike Vigliarolo
went 3 for 4 with one run and one RBI for the Billikens (39-19).
Vinny Nittoli had two hits and two runs for the Musketeers
Alex Kelly went 4 for 5 with two runs and three
RBI as Saint Louis eliminated George Washington. Michael Bozarth
also went 4 for 5 as the Billikens pounded out 20 hits and put
up seven runs in the bottom of the first. Nick Bates (8-3, 9 IP,
10 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) went the distance for SLU. Eric
Kalman was 4 for 4 with one run and one RBI for the Colonials
In the completion of Thursday’s suspended
contest, George Washington scored twice in the bottom of the
ninth to end the season for Rhode Island. The Rams (35-23) had
taken a 4-3 lead with a pair in the top of the ninth. Derek
Brown homered and drove in two for the Colonials. Pat Quinn went
3 for 4 for URI.
#3 Pittsburgh 7, #2 Seton Hall 6 (12) (SHU
#5 Rutgers 2, #4 USF 1 (USF eliminated)
In Clearwater, Fla., Ronald Sucre had an RBI
double with two away in the bottom of the 12th to lift
Pittsburgh past Seton Hall and into the semifinals. Sam Parente
went 3 for 5 with a triple, two runs and two RBI for the
Panthers (42-16). Joe Harvey (4-1, 5.1 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 3 K)
earned the win. Scott Kalamar had three hits and two RBI for the
Tyler Gebler (4-6, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K) worked
8.1 innings and Nathaniel Roe recorded the final two outs for
his fifth save as Rutgers edged USF to advance to the
semifinals. Charlie Law had two hits and a run for the Scarlet
Knights (28-29). Blake Sydeski went 1 for 3 with one RBI for the
#1 Indiana 11, #2 Ohio State 3
#3 Nebraska 7, #4 Minnesota 4 (Minnesota
#4 Minnesota 3, No. 5 Illinois 1 (Illinois
In Minneapolis, Sam Travis went 3 for 4 with a
homer and four RBI as Indiana drubbed Ohio State to move to the
championship game. The Hoosiers (42-13) scored six unearned runs
in the fifth to erase a 3-2 deficit. Joey NeNato (8-2, 7 IP, 7
H, 3 R, 2 BB, 6 K) earned the victory. Troy Kuhn had two hits
and drove in all three runs for the Buckeyes (35-22).
Pat Kelly had two hits, including a homer, two
runs and three RBI as Nebraska eliminated Minnesota. The Huskers
(27-29) scored six in the fourth to snap the scoreless tie. Matt
Halloran had a three-run homer in a four-run fifth for the
In the first game of the day, Alec Crawford (4-2,
6.2 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K) pitched Minnesota past Illinois.
Lance Thonvold (2.1 IP, H, 3 K) earned his second save. Davis
Hendrickson had two hits and one RBI for the Illini.
#1 Kansas State 13, #5 Baylor 9
#4 Oklahoma 8, #8 Texas Tech 0
#3 West Virginia 10, #7 TCU 3
#2 Kansas 5, #2 Oklahoma State 3
Pool 1: KSU 2-0, OU 2-0, BU 0-2, TTU 0-2
Pool 2: KU 2-0, WVU 1-1, TCU 1-1, OSU 0-2
In Oklahoma City, Jon Davis and Lance Miles both
had two-run singles in a five-run ninth as Kansas State rallied
past Baylor. Davis and Miles both drove in three for the
Wildcats (41-16), who will face Oklahoma on Saturday for a spot
in the title game. Steve DalPorto had two hits and three RBI for
the Bears (27-27).
Dillon Overton (9-2, 6 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 5 K), Ralph
Garza, Jr. (3 IP, 1 H) and Kindle Ladd (1 IP, K) combined on a
four-hit shutout as Oklahoma blanked Texas Tech. Max White went
3 for 5 with two runs and one RBI for the Sooners. Brett Bell
was 1 for 3 with one walk for the Red Raiders (25-30).
Billy Fleming went 2 for 4 with three runs and
two RBI as West Virginia took care of TCU. Ryan McBroom drove in
three for the Mountaineers (32-26). Jantzen Witte was 3 for 4
with one RBI for the Horned Frogs (29-27).
Kansas took the lead with two in the seventh and
added an insurance run in the eighth to get past Oklahoma State
and remain undefeated in pool play. Tucker Tharp tied the game
at 3 with a leadoff homer in the seventh and Michael Suiter
added a RBI single later in the frame for the Jayhawks (33-24).
Aaron Cornell had two hits and a run for the Cowboys (39-16).
#4 Towson 20, #2 William and Mary 13
#5 Northeastern 5, #1 UNCW 4 (11) (UNCW
#5 Northeastern 11, #6 James Madison 7 (JMU
#2 William and Mary 20, #6 James Madison 19
In Harrisonburg, Va., Brendan Butler went 3 for 5
with two triples, a homer, five runs and six RBI as Towson
outscored William and Mary to advance to the championship game.
The Tigers (28-28) scored multiple runs in six of their eight
at-bats, taking the lead for good with a six-run third. Ryan
Lindemuth went 4 for 5 with a homer, three runs and six RBI for
the Tribe (36-21).
Pete Castoldi delivered an RBI single in the
bottom of the 11th as Northeastern eliminated defending champion
UNCW. The Huskies (31-25) trailed 4-0 before plating two in the
sixth and two more in the eighth. Jason Vosler homered and drove
in three for NU. James Mulry (3-3, 4.1 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 7 K)
earned the victory. Corey Dick had a two-run homer in the second
for the Seahawks (37-21).
Michael Foster went 2 for 6 with two runs and two
RBI and picked up the save as Northeastern sent home host James
Madison. Foster allowed one hit and one walk in two scoreless
innings with two strikeouts for his fourth save. Bobby San
Martin drove in a pair for the Dukes (25-30).
In the completion of Thursday’s suspended game,
William and Mary lost a 12-3 lead but rallied for four in the
bottom of the ninth to outlast James Madison. Ryan Lindemuth (3
for 4, 2 R) tied the game at 19 with a two-run single and a base
hit by Ryan Hissey (4 for 6, 3 R, 3 RBI) plated the game-winner.
Jonathan Sarty had three hits and five RBI for the Tribe. Johnny
Bladel (4 for 6, HR, 4 R, 5 RBI) and Ty McFarland (4 for 7, HR,
3 R, 4 RBI) led the offense for the Dukes.
#2 Southern Miss 4, #6 Houston 2
#7 Tulane 6, #3 East Carolina 5
#8 UAB 5, #5 UCF 1
Pool 1 – Rice 2-0, Memphis 2-0, UAB 1-2, UCF 0-3
Pool 2 – Southern Miss 2-0, Houston 1-1, Tulane 1-1, ECU 0-2
In Houston, Texas, Dillon Day went 3 for 5 with two runs, and
Mason Robbins went 3 for 5 with two RBI as Southern Miss
improved to 2-0 in pool play by beating Houston. Jake Drehoff
(5-5) allowed two unearned runs over six innings for USM
(30-25). Frankie Ratcliff went 3 for 4 with a run, and Jonathan
Davis went 3 for 4 for the Cougars (36-21).
Brandon Boudreaux had two hits and two runs, and Bowen Woodson
went 2 for 4 with a run and an RBI as Tulane knocked off East
Carolina. Alex Byo (6-4) worked into the ninth, allowing 12 hits
and five earned runs for the Green Wave (29-28). Zach Houchins
had two hits and three RBI for the Pirates (30-26).
Tanner Bryant had two RBI, and Alex Luna allowed two hits, no
earned runs and seven strikeouts as UAB beat UCF. The Blazers
(23-36) scored five runs on five hits, taking advantage of three
Knights errors. Erik Hempe went 2 for 3 with a run for UCF
#1 Northern Colorado 11, #5 North Dakota 8
#1 Northern Colorado 11, #8 Chicago State 7 (CSU
In Newark, N.J., Jensen Park went 4 for 4 with a
double, a homer and four RBI as Northern Colorado downed North
Dakota to reach the championship game. The Bears (33-23) must
beat Houston Baptist twice on Saturday to claim the crown. Nick
Miller had three hits, including a double and homer, and three
RBI for UNC. Petersen went 2 for 5 with a dinger, two runs and
three RBI for UND (25-22-1).
Nick Miller went 4 for 4 with two doubles, a
triple, a homer, three runs and four RBI as well as earning the
win on the mound as Northern Colorado eliminated Chicago State.
Miller (6-4, 6 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 4 BB) fanned five in 5.1 innings.
Colby Harrison (2 for 5, 3B, HR) also drove in four for the
Bears. Mattingly Romanin went 2 for 3 with a double, two runs
and two RBI for the Cougars (10-45).
#1 Milwaukee 6, #4 Wright State 1
#4 Wright State 5, #2 UIC 4 (UIC eliminated)
#2 UIC 15, #5 Youngstown State 5 (YSU
In Niles, Ohio, Jake Long, the Horizon Pitcher of
the Year, fanned a career-high eight in going the distance as
Milwaukee defeated Wright State. Long (8-3) allowed five hits
and one run with no walks. Michael Porcaro had two hits and
three RBI for the Panthers (29-19). Michael Timm was 1 for 4
with one RBI for the Raiders (23-29).
Sam Picchiotti went 3 for 5 with two runs as
Wright State eliminated UIC. Garrett Gray went 3 for 3 with a
double, one run and one RBI for the Raiders. John Coen was 2 for
5 with a triple and two RBI for the Flames (27-28), who stranded
UIC trailed 5-0 after four before scoring 15 over
the next four frames to send home Youngstown State. Joe Betcher
went 4 for 4 with a double and four runs for the Flames. Devin
Higgins had three hits and three RBI for the Penguins (14-43).
#4 Ball State 3, #1 Kent State 1
#1 Kent State 7, #5 Miami (Ohio) 0 (Miami eliminated)
#6 Bowling Green 4, #7 Toledo 3
#5 Miami (Ohio) 6, #8 Central Michigan 5 (10 innings) (CMU
#7 Toledo 4, #2 Buffalo 1 (UB eliminated)
In Avon, Ohio, T.J. Weir allowed one run on seven hits with
seven strikeouts in a complete-game win as Ball State knocked
off Kent State. Cody Campbell walked with the bases loaded, and
Blake Beemer drove in another run with a grounder as the
Cardinals (30-23) scored twice in the top of the ninth to post
the win. Tyler Skulina allowed one unearned run over seven
innings for the Golden Flashes (35-22).
Casey Wilson tossed a complete-game shutout with eight hits and
three strikeouts as Kent State avoided elimination by beating
Miami. Derek Toadvine went 3 for 4 with three runs, and Justin
Wagler drove in two for the Golden Flashes (36-22). Matt Honchel
and Alex Johnson each had two hits for Miami (26-30).
Nate Bowles had a pinch-hit, game-winning single in the bottom
of the 10th inning as Miami beat Central Michigan in a game
resumed from Thursday night. Cody Leichman went 2 for 4 with his
third homer and three RBI for Central Michigan (25-32).
Mike Frank hurled a complete game with five strikeouts as
Bowling Green eliminated Toledo. Jesse Rait had two hits and two
RBI, and Jake Thomas added two RBI for the Falcons (22-28). Ben
Hammer drove in a pair of runs for the Rockets (23-31).
Toledo rebounded in the nightcap, getting a
terrific outing from Cameron Palmer (4-5), who went six innings
with six hits and eight strikeouts in eliminating Buffalo
(33-24). Tyler Grogg went 3 for 5 with two runs, and John
Martillotta had two hits and two RBI for the Rockets (24-32),
who need two wins over Bowling Green Saturday to advance to the
tourney championship. Jason Kanzler went 2 for 4 with a run for
Buffalo, which finished 33-24 after going 20-36 a year ago.
#4 Siena 12, #2 Marist 5 (Marist eliminated)
#1 Rider 5, #3 Canisius 5 (suspended top 5)
In Trenton, N.J., Mike Allen went 4 for 5 with
three RBI and Andres Ortiz was 3 for 6 with a homer, three runs
and two RBI as Siena thumped Marist. The Saints (26-29) trailed
4-3 after four before scoring nine over the next four frames.
Mike Orefice drove in a pair for the Red Foxes (27-24-1).
#1 New Mexico 7, #2 UNLV 1
#3 San Diego State 4, #4 Fresno State 0 (FSU
#4 Fresno State 10, #5 Nevada 1 (Nevada
In Fresno, Calif., Mitch Garver went 3 for 4 with
a homer, three runs and three RBI as New Mexico downed UNLV to
advance to the championship game. Sam Wolff (7-3, 6.2 IP, 4 H, 1
R, 3 BB, 7 K) was credited with the win for the Lobos (37-18).
Joey Swanner was 1 for 3 with a walk and one RBI for the Rebels
Ryan Doran (8-3) tossed a seven-hit shutout with
no walks and seven strikeouts as San Diego State eliminated host
Fresno State. Greg Allen went 2 for 5 with a double and two RBI
for the Aztecs (28-29). Trent Garrison had two hits for the
In the day’s first game, Tyler Linehan (3-7, 5 H,
1 R, 3 BB, 8 K) went the distance as Fresno State ended the
season for Nevada. Brody Russell (2 for 3, 2 R, 4 RBI) and
Jordan Luplow (2 for 4, 2 R, 3 RBI) both homered for the
Bulldogs. Hugo Hernandez had a sacrifice fly for the Wolf Pack
State 5, #6 Indiana State 4 (Indiana State eliminated)
In Normal, Ill.,
Garrett Bayliff and Micah Green each had two RBI in a five-run
sixth inning as Wichita State eliminated Indiana State. Mikel
Mucha went 2 for 4 with an RBI for the Shockers (38-26), who
advance to face Illinois State in the championship. Brandon
Peterson tossed the final 2.2 innings to earn his 10th
save for Wichita State. Robby Ort homered and scored twice for
the Sycamores (26-25).
#2 Sacred Heart 8, #4 LIU Brooklyn 7
#1 Bryant 11, #3 Monmouth 1 (MU eliminated)
In Lakewood, N.J., John Murphy had three hits and
three RBI as Sacred Heart nipped LIU Brooklyn to reach the
championship game. The Pioneers (34-22) built an 8-3 lead before
the Blackbirds (21-32-1) plated four in the bottom of the ninth.
Chris Untereiner went 3 for 4 with three driven in for LIU.
Kevin Brown and John Mullen both had three hits
and three RBI as Bryant battered Monmouth. Craig Schlitter
(10-3, 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 8 K) picked up the win, while
Jonathan Cohen (3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K) recorded his second save.
Jake Gronsky went 1 for 3 with one RBI.
#2 Austin Peay 6, #1 Tennessee Tech 2
#5 Eastern Kentucky 12, #6 Southeast Missouri
9 (SEMO eliminated)
#6 Southeast Missouri 2, #3 Belmont 1 (Belmont
In Jackson, Tenn., Jordan Hankins went 1 for 3
with two runs and two RBI as Austin Peay got past Tennessee Tech
to reach the championship game. Reed Harper also knocked in a
pair for the Govs (44-13). Casey Delgado (9-2, 6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R,
3 BB, 6 K) earned the victory. APSU led 6-0 before the Eagles
(40-16) tallied two in the seventh. Daniel Miles had two hits
for the TTU.
Hughes went 4 for 5 with two doubles, two runs and one RBI as
Eastern Kentucky eliminated Southeast Missouri. The Colonels
(22-33) scored in each of the first four innings, including four
in the second, in building a 9-0 lead. Luke Wurzelbacher had two
hits and three RBI, while Kenny Hostrander went 3 for 4 with two
runs and two RBI for EKU. Jason Blum went 4 for 6 with three
runs for the Redhawks (26-33). (photo courtesy of Heather
In the first game, Alex Winkelman (4-4, 3 H, 2
BB, 4 K) tossed 6.1 scoreless innings as Southeast Missouri
bounced Belmont. Nolan Fisher had two hits and a run for the
Redhawks (26-32). Matt Beaty went 2 for 4 with a run for the
#4 5 Appalachian State 15, #1 Western Carolina
4 (WCU eliminated)
#3 Elon 8, #6 Furman (Furman eliminated)
S.C., Dillon Dobson went 4 for 4 with four runs and two RBI, and
William Head, Preston Troutman and Jaylin Davis each drove in
three runs as Appalachian State eliminated Western Carolina. The
Mountaineers (30-23), who won the SoCon title a year ago,
advances to meet The Citadel Saturday and will need two wins
over the Bulldogs to reach Sunday’s title game. The Catamounts
(39-20), with an RPI of 50 entering the day, will hope they have
done enough to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA tourney. Aaron
Attaway had three hits and two RBI for WCU. Will Callaway saw
his 27-game hitting streak come to an end, which was tied for
the Appalachian State school record.
Andrew MacDonald tossed a complete game and
struck out seven as Elon eliminated Furman. MacDonald (4-1), a
senior making just the third start of his career, allowed seven
hits as the Phoenix (29-28) advanced to play Georgia Southern,
who has yet to lose in the tourney. Sebastian Gomez went 3 for 4
with a RBI, and Antonio Alvarez had two RBI for Elon. Hunter
Burton went 2 for 4 with a run for the Paladins (32-25).
#5 Lamar 3, #1
Sam Houston State 1 (SHSU eliminated)
Arkansas 8, #2 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 1 (TAMCC eliminated)
#5 Lamar 12, #4
Southeastern Louisiana 2
Arkansas 6, #3 Oral Roberts 3
In Sugar Land,
Texas, Jonathan Dziedzic came within one out of the first
no-hitter in Southland Conference tournament history as Lamar
eliminated Sam Houston State. Dziedzic (7-4) allowed a single to
Anthony Azar in the ninth but finished with a one-hitter and
five strikeouts. Sam Bumpers had two hits and two RBI, and V.J.
Bunner added a run and an RBI for the Cardinals (38-19). Sam
Houston State now hopes for an at-large bid to the NCAA tourney.
tossed a complete game with one run (no earned runs) and three
strikeouts, and Jonathan Davis had a double, homer (grand slam)
and four RBI as Central Arkansas eliminated Texas A&M-Corpus
Christi. The Bears (36-20) scored all eight runs in the seventh
inning, with Scott Zimmerle going 3 for 4 with a run and an RBI.
Stafford Brantley went 3 for 4 with an RBI for the Islanders
In the nightcap, V.J. Bunner went 3 for 3 with
three runs, and Sam Bumpers went 2 for 3 with three runs and
three RBI as Lamar run-ruled Southeastern Louisiana, setting up
a rematch between the teams Saturday for the right to play for
the Southland title. Chase Angelle (4-2) allowed four hits in
five scoreless innings of relief to pick up the win for the
Cardinals (39-19). The Lions fell to 35-23.
Later in the day,
Jonathan Davis singled to left to score Garret Brown with the
game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning as Central
Arkansas edged Oral Roberts, setting up a second game between
the two teams Saturday for the right to play for the conference
title. ORU (25-31) led 4-0 before the Bears (37-20) scored three
times in the fifth. Brown went 3 for 5 with two runs and an RBI,
and Ethan Harris scored twice for Central Arkansas. Joey
Migliaccio went 2 for 2 with two runs and an RBI for the Golden
#1 South Dakota State 8, #2 Oakland 4 (OU
#3 North Dakota State 2, #2 Oakland 0
In Rochester, Mich., South Dakota State scored in
each of its final five at-bats in eliminating host Oakland.
Daniel Telford went 2 for 4 with a homer and two RBI for the
Jackrabbits (32-22). Nolan Jacoby and Robby Enslen both drove in
a pair for the Grizzlies (20-35).
John Straka (8-2, 1 BB, 5 K) pitched a six-hit
shutout as North Dakota State edged Oakland. Kyle Kleinendorst
had two hits, including a homer, for the Bison (25-25). Robby
Enslen and Kyle Bobolts both doubled for the Grizzlies.
Atlantic 3, #1 Troy 1 (10 innings)
State 3, #1 Troy 2 (Troy eliminated)
Louisiana-Lafayette 9, #2 South Alabama 2
Alabama 7, #6 FIU 6 (FIU eliminated)
La., Tyler Rocklein’s two-run homer in the top of the 10th
inning gave Florida Atlantic a winners’ bracket victory over
Troy. The game was a resumption of yesterday’s game, which was
halted in the top of the ninth inning with the score tied at 1.
Hugh Adams (1-0) earned the win with two innings of relief for
the Owls (37-20). Jeremy Strawn allowed four hits and one earned
run in six innings on Thursday for FAU. Logan Pierce went 2 for
3 with a run for the Trojans (40-17).
Later in the day,
Collin Massanelli had an RBI single as Arkansas State scored
twice in the sixth inning and went on to eliminate Troy. Stuart
Levy doubled and scored on a double-play grounder to tie the
game at 2 before Massanelli singled to left to score Ryan
Roberts, who had singled. John Koch (4-6) picked up the win for
ASU (28-30). Danny Collins went 3 for 5 with a run and an RBI
for the Trojans (40-19), who are expected to earn an at-large
bid to the NCAA tournament.
Caleb Adams went 3
for 5 with a homer and three RBI, and Dex Kjerstad went 2 for 4
with a homer, two runs and two RBI as Louisiana-Lafayette beat
South Alabama in a winners’ bracket game. Jace Conrad added two
hits, two runs and two RBI as the Ragin’ Cajuns (40-17) built a
5-0 lead and expanded it with four runs in the eighth. Austin
Robichaux (8-2) tossed a complete game with four hits, two runs
(one earned run) and five strikeouts. South Alabama fell to
South Alabama came back in the nightcap to
eliminate FIU as Tripp Cecil (4-2) tossed three innings of
scoreless relief, and Kyle Bartsch picked up his 12th
save. Nick Zaharion homered and drove in three, and Jeff
DeBlieux went 3 for 3 with a triple, RBI and two runs for the
Jaguars (42-17). Bud Collura added two hits and two RBI,
including the go-ahead sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth
inning. Edwin Rios had two hits, two runs and two RBI to cap a
big tourney for the Panthers, who walked 12 times but left 13
runners on base.
#7 Dallas Baptist 7, #3 Texas State 5
#6 New Mexico State 4, #2 UT Arlington 3
#1 CSU Bakersfield 0, #4 UTSA 0 (suspended
Pool 1 – CSUB 2-0, UTSA 2-0, SSU 0-2, SJSU 0-2
Pool 2 – UTA 1-1, TSU 1-1, NMSU 1-1, DBU 1-1
In Grand Prairie, Texas, Michael Miller homered
and drove in four as Dallas Baptist downed Texas State. Austin
Listi had two hits and two runs for the Patriots (29-29). Nick
Smelser had a three-run homer in the eighth for the Bobcats
Kyle Phillips went 2 for 3 with two runs and one
RBI as New Mexico State edged UT Arlington. Ryan Beck (8-4, 7.2
IP, 9 H, 3 UE, 2 BB, 6 K) registered the win for the Aggies
(29-27), while Evan Mott (1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K) recorded his
fourth save. Matt Shortall had three hits and a run for the
#4 San Francisco 10, #2 San Diego 8
#2 San Diego 7, #3 BYU 4 (BYU eliminated)
#3 BYU 8, #1 Gonzaga 1 (Gonzaga eliminated)
In Stockton, Calif., Derek Atkinson (3 for 4, 3
R, 4 RBI) belted a game-winning three-run homer in the bottom of
the ninth as San Francisco downed San Diego to earn a spot in
the championship game. The Toreros (33-23) led 6-0 before the
Dons (34-21) put up four in the sixth, two in the eighth and
four in the bottom of the ninth. Austin Bailey (3 for 4, 2 R, 4
RBI) homered for USD.
Kris Bryant hit his 31st home run as San Diego
eliminated BYU and advanced to the title game. Louie Lechich
(3-3, 6.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 2 K) earned the victory and went 3
for 5 at the plate with two RBI. Kelton Caldwell homered and
drove in three for the Cougars (32-21).
Dakota Hernandez had three hits and two RBI as
BYU eliminated regular-season champion Gonzaga. Jeff Barker
(6-3, 7 IP, 9 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 4 K) earned the win, with James
Lengal (2 IP, 2 H, 2 K) notching his sixth save. Payden Cawley
Lamb had three hits for the Bulldogs (32-21-1).