Feb. 21, 2014

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VMI’s Garrett Fires No-Hitter

Xavier edges UNC, USF nips Fullerton in 19, Nebraska tops Oregon State


In Lexington, Va., Reed Garrett (right) tossed a no-hitter – the first regular-season no-no in Gray-Minor Stadium history – and struck out 13 as VMI beat Lafayette 3-0. Garrett, a junior from Richmond, faced one over the minimum, walking Campbell Lipe in the fifth inning. After the walk Garrett struck out nine of the final 14 batters, finishing with 117 pitches (84 strikes). Jordan Tarsovich went 2 for 4 with two RBI for the Keydets (2-2).


San Francisco 6, No. 1 Cal State Fullerton 5 (19)

In Fullerton, Calif., Brendan Hendriks homered in the top of the 19th as San Francisco outlasted Cal State Fullerton in front of a crowd of 2,144 at Goodwin Field. Hendriks was 0 for 7 before his game-winning blast, his first long ball of the season. The Titans (2-3) extended their 3-2 lead with a pair in the fourth before the Dons (3-2) put up three in the top of the sixth to knot the score at 5-5. Bradley Zimmer had a triple, a homer and four RBI for USF. Houston Hibberd (1-0) tossed 7.1 hitless innings in relief with one walk and seven strikeouts to earn the victory. Thomas Cox worked a perfect ninth for his first save. Matt Chapman had two hits and three RBI for Fullerton. Thomas Eshelman (7 IP, 8 H, 5 K) was touched up for five runs. It was the longest game in the 39-year Division I history of Cal State Fullerton baseball.


Xavier 2, No. 14 North Carolina 1

In Chapel Hill, N.C., Adam Hall allowed four hits and one run, and Brad Kirschner and Daniel Przeniczny closed out North Carolina over the final three innings as Xavier improved to 4-0, its best start since 1979. Tres Eberhardt and Joe Forney had back-to-back doubles off Benton Moss (0-1) in the third for a 1-0 lead, and Brian Bruening added an RBI single late in the frame. Hall (2-0) stymied the Tar Heels (1-3) over six innings without the benefit of a strikeout, and Przeniczny picked up his second save.


Nebraska 9, No. 2 Oregon State 2

In Surprise, Ariz., Austin Darby and Austin Christensen both drove in two as Nebraska thumped Oregon State at Surprise Stadium. The Huskers (3-2) trailed 1-0 before scoring four in the sixth, one in the seventh and four in the eighth. Christian DeLeon (1-0, 7 IP, 4 H, 1 UE, 1 BB, 5 K) earned the victory. Caleb Hamilton had three hits for the Beavers (4-1).


No. 3 Virginia 3, East Carolina 2

In Charlottesville, Va., Brandon Downes blasted a pair of solo homers, and Nathan Kirby pitched into the seventh as Virginia slipped past East Carolina. Pirates ace Jeff Hoffman (0-1) only allowed five hits in 6.2 innings, but Downes hit a homer to left-center for a 1-0 lead in the second and a blast to left in the sixth. Kirby (2-0) allowed four hits and two runs and struck out three for the Cavaliers (4-1). Zach Houchins drove in a pair for the Pirates (3-2).


No. 4 Florida State 8, Georgia 3

In Tallahassee, Fla., Danny De La Calle knocked in a pair as Florida State downed Georgia in front of 5,024 fans at Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles (5-0) snapped a 1-1 tie with six in the bottom of the fourth. Luke Weaver (2-0, 5 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 2 K) earned the victory. Jess Posey went 3 for 4 with a homer, two runs and two RBI for the Bulldogs (1-4).


No. 5 Mississippi State 6, Holy Cross 2

In Starkville, Miss., Jake Vickerson went 3 for 4 with two runs and an RBI, and C.T. Bradford added two hits, a run and an RBI as Mississippi State got past Holy Cross. Brandon Woodruff allowed three hits and one earned run in 5.2 innings, and Myles Gentry tossed 3.1 scoreless innings for his first save for the Bulldogs (3-2). Brandon Cipolla had a hit and run for the Crusaders (0-1), who used nine pitchers.


No. 6 LSU 10, Virginia Tech 0

In Baton Rouge, La., Aaron Nola tossed seven hitless innings as LSU blanked Virginia Tech in front of 7,724 fans at Alex Box Stadium. Nola (2-0) walked one and struck out eight. Alden Cartwright and Zac Person both allowed one hit and struck out one in one inning. Sean McMullen (2 for 4, HR, 2 R) and Christian Ibarra (3 for 4, R) both knocked in three for the Tigers (5-0). Alex Perez and Tom Stoffel both had a hit for the Hokies (1-2).


No. 7 South Carolina 4, Eastern Kentucky 0

In Columbia, S.C., Jordan Montgomery allowed five hits and struck out four in seven scoreless innings, and Kyle Martin and Max Schrock homered as South Carolina blanked Eastern Kentucky. Montgomery (2-0), Condy Mincey and Joel Seddon combined on the shutout, stretching the Gamecocks’ scoreless innings streak to 33 straight innings. Joey Pankake went 2 for 4 with a run for South Carolina (5-0). Kyle Nowlin went 3 for 3 for the Colonels (1-4).


No. 8 Vanderbilt 14, UIC 1

In Nashville, Tenn., Tyler Beede struck out 11 and allowed one hit and one run over six brilliant innings, and Vanderbilt tallied 19 hits in a rout of UIC. Chris Harvey went 3 for 3 with two RBI, and Brian Reynolds went 3 for 5 with a homer, RBI and three runs for the Commodores (5-0). Tyler Detmer hit a first-ining homer for the Flames (3-2).


No. 9 Oregon 12, Loyola Marymount 2

In Los Angeles, Tyler Baumbartner had three doubles and two RBI as Oregon thumped Loyola Marymount at Page Stadium. The Ducks (5-0) blew open a 3-2 game with eight in the top of the eighth. Kyle Garlick (2 for 4, 2B) and Connor Hofmann (1 for 4, 2B) also drove in two, while Aaron Payne (1 for 3, 2B, BB, HBP) scored three for Oregon. Tommy Thorpe (1-0, 7 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 6 K) picked up the win. Austin Miller and Kevin Garcia both had two hits, including a double, for the Lions (2-3).


No. 10 NC State 6, Appalachian State 5

In Raleigh, N.C., Carlos Rodon struck out nine in eight innings, and Bubby Riley had two doubles and two RBI as NC State held off Appalachian State. Rodon (1-1) yielded only five hits and had a 6-2 lead until Jaylin Davis (2 for 4, 5 RBI) blasted a three-run homer in the eighth for the Mountaineers (0-5). Brett Austin scored three times for the Wolfpack (4-1).


No. 11 UCLA 5, Cal Poly 2

In Los Angeles, James Kaprielian allowed one run over seven innings with nine strikeouts and Luke Persico went 4 for 4 as UCLA downed Cal Poly at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Kaprielian (1-1) surrendered three hits and one walk. Persico was a homer short of the cycle and had two triples. The Bruins (4-1) scored in three of the first four innings in building a 4-0 cushion. John Schuknecht had two hits and a run for the Mustangs (4-1).


No. 12 Indiana 8, Washington 2

In Surprise, Ariz., Kyle Schwarber went 4 for 5 with a triple, a homer, three runs and three RBI to lead Indiana past Washington The Hoosiers (2-3) scored three in the first and three in the sixth to take control. Joey DeNato (2-0, 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) recorded the victory, while Scott Effross (3 IP, 2 H) earned his first save. Alex Schmidt had three hits for the Huskies (2-2-1).


No. 13 Louisville 21, Western Michigan 8

In Louisville, Ky., Cole Sturgeon went 3 for 6 with two doubles, two runs and six RBI, and Kyle Gibson went 4 for 5 with three runs and three RBI as Louisville pounded out 22 hits and scored in seven of eight innings in beating Western Michigan. Zach Lucas homered and drove in four, and Danny Rosenbaum added three hits, three runs and an RBI for Louisville (4-1). Grant Miller and Jared Kujawa each drove in three for WMU (0-4).


No. 15 Rice 3, Purdue 1

In Houston, Jordan Stephens and Zech Lemond held Purdue to seven hits and one run in the Rice victory at Reckling Park. Stephens (2-0) fanned seven in seven innings. Lemond worked two scoreless innings to register his second save. John Clay Reeves had an RBI double to snap a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the sixth for the Owls (4-2). The Boilermakers fell to 0-4.


No. 16 Clemson 5, Maine 2

In Clemson, S.C., Daniel Gossett tossed seven innings with four hits, one earned run and seven strikeouts as Clemson knocked off Maine. The Tigers (3-1) scored three times in the first as Steven Duggar singled in a run, and Chris Okey added a two-run double. Brian Doran had two hits and two RBI for the Black Bears (1-3).


No. 17 Miami 6, No. 18 Florida 4

In Coral Gables, Fla., Alex Hernandez went 3 for 4 with two RBI, and Willie Abreu, Dale Carey and Garrett Kennedy each hit solo homers as Miami slipped past Florida. Chris Diaz (2-0) turned in a solid start, working seven innings with three earned runs, for the Hurricanes (3-2). Taylor Gushue went 4 for 4 with two runs and an RBI for the Gators (4-2), who scored three times in the first before Diaz settled in.


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