Feb. 14, 2014

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Thomas, Kuhn Help Kentucky KO Virginia

WCU nips MSU, Portland shuts out UCLA, Fullerton blanks WSU


In Wilmington, N.C., Bernal Thomas and Max Kuhn each had two hits, two runs and a RBI as Kentucky knocked off No. 3 Virginia 8-3 Friday at the Hughes Brothers Challenge. Trailing 1-0, Kuhn doubled before A.J. Reed – who tossed five innings with three hits and a run – doubled him in. Later in the inning, JaVon Shelby added a RBI single, and Connor Heady doubled in a run to give the Wildcats (1-0) a 4-1 lead. Kentucky added two more runs in the fifth and single runs in the seventh and eighth as eight players had RBI. Brandon Downes led the Cavaliers (0-1) with two RBI.


Western Carolina 3, No. 4 Mississippi State 2

In Starkville, Miss., Jeremy Null hurled eight shutout innings as Western Carolina withstood a ninth-inning rally to edge Mississippi State in front of 7,602 fans at Dudy Noble Field. Null (1-0) allowed three hits and one walk while striking out 12. He threw 113 pitches. Bryan Sammons recorded the final two outs for his first save. Aaron Attaway went 2 for 3 with a double and two runs for the Catamounts (1-0), which scored twice in the first and once in the seventh. Wes Rea had a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth, but the Bulldogs (0-1) stranded runners on the corners as the game ended.


Portland 1, No. 12 UCLA 0

In Los Angeles, four pitchers combined on the four-hit shutout as Portland edged defending national champion UCLA in front of 925 fans at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Travis Radke (4.2 IP, 2 H, 2 BB) struck out seven in the start for the Pilots (1-0). Jackson Lockwood (1-0, 2 IP, H, K) and Brandon Snyder (0.2 IP, K) worked the middle innings before Colin Feldtman (1.2 IP, H, BB, 3 K) recorded the save. Portland scored its lone run in the top of the first. Cody Lenahan had a leadoff single, moved to second on a one-out hit by Turner Gill (2 for 4), advanced to third on a balk and came home when Caleb Whalen was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Shane Zeile had two of the four hits for the Bruins (0-2).


No. 1 Cal State Fullerton 12, Washington State 0

In Fullerton, Calif., Thomas Eshelman allowed three hits in seven scoreless innings as Cal State Fullerton blanked Washington State in front of 2,645 fans at Goodwin Field. Eshelman (1-0) did not walk a batter and struck out eight. Phil Bickford (BB, K) worked two hitless innings to secure the shutout. Greg Velazquez went 3 for 3 with a homer and four RBI for the Titans (1-0). His three-run blast in the fourth gave Fullerton a 9-0 advantage. Jake Jefferies (2 for 5, 2 R) and Tanner Pinkston (2 for 4, R) both drove in two. Trek Stemp had two hits for the Cougars (0-1).


No. 2 Oregon State 4, Gonzaga 3

In Tempe, Ariz., Jeff Hendrix had a two-run single with two away in the bottom of the eighth as Oregon State rallied past Gonzaga at Tempe Diablo. Hendrix went 3 for 4 with a run. Dylan Davis was 2 for 2 with two RBI for the Beavers (1-0), one in the first and one in the seventh. Zack Reser (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth to earn the victory, while Maz Engelbrekt gave up one hit and fanned two in the ninth to earn the save. Cory LeBrun had two hits and a run for the Bulldogs (0-1).


No. 5 Florida State 13, Niagara 2

In Tallahassee, Fla., Luke Weaver tossed six hitless innings as Niagara fell to Florida State in front of 5,756 fans at Dick Howser Stadium. Weaver (1-0) walked one and struck out seven. DJ Stewart (4 for 5, R, RBI) and Josh Delph (2 for 3, 2 R, RBI) both had two doubles for the Seminoles (1-0). FSU led 5-0 after six before the Purple Eagles (0-2) tallied two in the top of the seventh. The Seminoles put up five in the seventh and three more in the eighth. Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston pinch-hit in the eighth, drew a walk and scored.


No. 6 LSU 2, New Orleans 0

In Baton Rouge, La., Austin Nola pitched six shutout innings as LSU blanked New Orleans in front of a crowd of 9,229 at Alex Box Stadium. Nola (1-0) allowed four hits, did not walk a batter and struck out six. Joe Broussard (BB, 2 K) worked two hitless innings before Kurt McCune fanned two in the ninth to register the save. The Tigers (1-0) scored single runs in the third and sixth. Alex Bregman went 2 for 3 with one RBI, while Conner Hale had two hits and one run for LSU. Reese Kanter had a double for the Privateers (0-1).


No. 7 Indiana 1, Texas Tech 0

In Lubbock, Texas, Joey DeNato tossed six shutout innings as Indiana nipped Texas Tech in front of 2,761 fans at Rip Griffin Park. DeNato (1-0) allowed three hits and one walk while whiffing three. He threw just 66 pitches. Scott Effross (H, 2 K) worked two innings before Ryan Halstead pitched a perfect ninth with one strikeout to record the save. The Hoosiers (1-0) tallied their run in the top of the first. Will Nolden had a leadoff double, moved to third on a groundout by Kyle Schwarber and scored on a sacrifice fly by Sam Travis. Eric Guitierrez had two hits, including a double, for the Red Raiders (1-0).


No. 9 Oregon 3, Hawaii 2

In Honolulu, Nick Catalano scored from second on a wild pitch on a strikeout with two away in the top of the ninth as Oregon edged Hawaii in front of 3,915 at Les Murakami Stadium. Catalano drew a two-out walk in the ninth and advanced to second on a free pass to A.J. Balta. Scott Heineman chased an outside 0-2 pitch, but the catcher could not come up with the ball and Catalano came home from second with the deciding run. Garrett Cleavinger (1-0, BB, 3 K) pitched a scoreless eighth to record the win, while Jake Reed (H, K) pitched the ninth for his first save. The Ducks (1-0) were held to three hits in the game but scored twice in the fourth before the Rainbows (0-1) tied it with a pair in the fifth. Kaeo Aliviado had two hits and one RBI for Hawaii.


No. 10 Vanderbilt 5, Long Beach State 2

In Long Beach, Calif., Xavier Turner doubled and drove in two as Vanderbilt got past Long Beach State at Blair Field. The Dirtbags (0-1) scored in the bottom of the first before the Commodores (1-0) put up two in the second, one in the fifth and two in the seventh. Tyler Beede (1-0, 5 IP, H, UE, BB, 7 K) picked up the win. Richard Prigatano drove in both runs for LBSU.


No. 14 Louisville 7, West Virginia 6 (10)

In Charleston, S.C., Jeff Gardner blasted a solo homer down the right-field line in the bottom of the 10th inning as Louisville slipped past West Virginia. The Cardinals (1-0) trailed 5-1 after four innings but got a homer and two RBI apiece from Gardner, Grant Kay and Danny Rosenbaum. Freshman Jake Sparger allowed one run on three hits in five innings of relief before giving way to Nick Burdi, who picked up the win with one scoreless inning. Ryan McBoom had three hits, including a homer, and three RBI to lead the Mountaineers (0-1). WVU ace Harrison Musgrave allowed four hits and three earned runs and struck out seven in 5.1 innings. Sutton Whiting was hit by a pitch and suffered a broken nose. He is out indefinitely.


No. 15 Rice 10, Stanford 3

In Stanford, Calif., Skyler Ewing had three hits and drove in four as Rice outscored Stanford at Sunken Diamond. Zach Hoffpauir had a three-run homer in the bottom of the second to give the Cardinal (0-1) a 3-1 advantage before the Owls (1-0) scored one in the third, three in the fifth and four in the sixth to take control. Keenan Cook went 2 for 5 with a double, a triple, two runs and two RBI for Rice. Jordan Stephens (5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 5 K) picked up the victory, while Matt Ditman (2 H, BB) fanned 10 over the final four innings to record the save.


Eastern Michigan 6, No. 16 Clemson 5 (10)

In Clemson, S.C., Mitchell McGeein’s infield hit scored John Rubino, who reached on a two-base, infield error to open the 10th inning, as Eastern Michigan edged Clemson. Nick Rotola went 3 for 4 with a run, RBI and stolen base, and Adam Sonabend had a two-run double as the Eagles (1-0) scored four times in the top of the sixth for a 5-4 lead. Mike Dunster had a pinch-hit, game-tying homer for the Tigers (0-1) with one out in the ninth. Chris Okey had two hits and two RBI for Clemson.


No. 18 Florida 4, Maryland 0

In Gainesville, Fla., Bobby Poyner and two relievers combined on the three-hit shutout as Florida blanked Maryland in front of 4,026 fans at McKethan Stadium. Poyner (1-0, 5.1 IP, 3 H, 2 BB) fanned five, while Ryan Harris (BB, K) worked 1.2 hitless innings. Danny Young did not allow a hit over the final two frames to notch the save. Taylor Gushue went 1 for 3 with two RBI, while Richie Martin had two hits and two runs for the Gators (1-0). Kevin Martir had two of the three hits for the Terrapins (0-1).