Feb. 23, 2014

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UCI's Gillespie Earns Win No. 1,000

Holy Cross wins at Mississippi State, Cal State Fullerton tops San Francisco


In Irvine, Calif., Connor Spencer had three hits and three RBI as UC Irvine beat Long Beach State 7-2 Sunday to give coach Mike Gillespie (left) his 1,000th win. Gillespie spent 20 years as head coach at USC, where he won a national title in 1998 and made four College World Series trips, and is in his seventh season at UC Irvine, where he has averaged 38 wins a year. He’s now 1,000-593-2 in his career. Taylor Sparks had three hits, including a double and triple, and two runs and two RBI for the Anteaters (4-3). Michael Hill went 3 for 4 with a run for the 49ers (2-5).


Holy Cross 6, No. 5 Mississippi State 2

In Starkville, Miss., leadoff man Nick Lovullo went 3 for 5 with two runs and two RBI, and Donny Murray was brilliant on the mound over seven innings as Holy Cross topped Mississippi State to earn a four-game series split. The Crusaders (2-2) scored four times in the fourth inning, with Bobby Indeglia and Evan Ocello contributing RBI singles and Lovullo delivering a two-run single. Murray (1-0) allowed six hits and one earned run and struck out six for Holy Cross. Jake Vickerson drove in the lone run for the Bulldogs (4-4).


No. 1 Cal State Fullerton 5, San Francisco 1

In Fullerton, Calif., Grahamm Wiest allowed one unearned run and struck out 10 in a complete-game gem as Cal State Fullerton captured its series with San Francisco. J.D. Davis and Greg Velazquez each homered and drove in two runs for the Titans (4-3). Matt Sinatro had a hit and a run for the Dons (3-4).


No. 2 Oregon State 8, No. 12 Indiana 1

In Surprise, Ariz., Scott Schultz allowed one earned run and struck out six in a complete game, and Logan Ice and Nick Rulli each had two hits and three RBI as Oregon State broke from a 2-1 game with a six-run seventh to beat Indiana. Ice and Rulli each had two-run singles in the big inning, and Kavin Keyes (2 for 4, 2 R, RBI) and Michael Conforto (2 for 4, R, RBI) added RBI hits for the Beavers (5-2). Dustin DeMuth had the lone RBI for the Hoosiers (2-5) – last year, it took 31 games (26-5) before the Hoosiers lost their fifth game.


No. 3 Virginia 6, East Carolina 2

In Charlottesville, Va., Matt Thaiss went 3 for 4 with two doubles, two runs and an RBI, and Brandon Waddell worked 5.2 effective innings as Virginia completed a sweep of East Carolina. The Cavaliers (6-1) scored four times in the third inning, all with two outs. Brandon Downes and Derek Fisher had RBI singles before Thaiss added an RBI double. Nate Irving finished the big inning with an RBI single. Zach Houchins had two hits and a run for the Pirates (3-4), who were swept in a nonconference road series for the first time since Feb. 16-18, 2007.


No. 6 LSU 4, Texas Southern 1

In Baton Rouge, La., Jake Fraley ripped a three-run homer in the fourth inning, and Jared Poche’ allowed four hits and one earned run with seven strikeouts in seven innings as LSU topped Texas Southern. The Tigers improved to 7-0 on a day when they mustered only four hits. Chris DeLeon drove in the lone run for Texas Southern (2-6).


No. 7 South Carolina 6, Eastern Kentucky 0

In Columbia, S.C., Will Crowe worked into the seventh inning as South Carolina blanked Eastern Kentucky for its fifth straight shutout and extended its scoreless-innings streak to 51. Connor Bright went 3 for 4 with a run and two RBI, and DC Arendas added two RBI as the Gamecocks (7-0) scored four times in the third. Crowe (2-0) allowed four hits and struck out five and five Gamecocks relievers contributed to the shutout. Sean Hagen went 3 for 3 for the Colonels (1-6).


No. 8 Vanderbilt 12, UIC 1

In Nashville, Zander Wiel went 3 for 4 with two doubles, a run and two RBI, and Kyle Smith went 3 for 3 with four runs and an RBI as Vanderbilt completed a sweep of UIC. Tyler Ferguson struck out seven in 5.2 innings, allowing three hits and one earned run for the Commodores (7-0). Brett Krause went 2 for 4 with an RBI for the Flames (3-4), who were outscored 28-2 over the three games.


No. 9 Oregon 4, Loyola Marymount 3

In Los Angeles, J.B. Bryant delivered a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning, and Tyler Baumgartner’s diving catch in the gap in right-center in the bottom of the eighth saved a run as Oregon slipped past Loyola Marymount for the series sweep. Mitchell Tolman went 2 for 4 with an RBI, and Austin Grebeck had a pinch-hit double and scored the game-winner on Bryant’s sacrifice fly for the Ducks (7-0). David Edwards went 2 for 4 with an RBI for the Lions (2-5).


No. 10 NC State 3, Appalachian State 1

In Raleigh, N.C., Jake Armstrong had three hits and three RBI, including a two-run homer that broke a 1-1 tie in the eighth inning, as NC State completed a sweep of Appalachian State. Brad Stone tossed six scoreless innings with two hits and five strikeouts but finished with a no-decision. Eric Peterson (1-0) struck out six and allowed one run in the final three innings. The Mountaineers fell to 0-7.


Cal Poly 9, No. 11 UCLA 1

In Los Angeles, Calif., Brian Mundell homered and drove in three as Cal Poly won the series clincher at UCLA. The Mustangs (6-1) scored multiple runs in three of the first four innings in building an 8-1 lead. Nick Torres went 3 for 4 with three runs and two RBI for Cal Poly. Casey Bloomquist (2-0, 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K), Taylor Chris (3 IP, H, BB, 4 K) and Reed Reilly (1 IP, H) held the Bruins (4-3) to one run on six hits. Brett Stephens went 2 for 2 with a run for UCLA.


Western Michigan 4, No. 13 Louisville 2

In Louisville, Ky., Gabe Berman allowed one hit in five scoreless innings of relief as Western Michigan salvaged the finale of its series at Louisville. Berman (1-0) walked one and fanned six. The Broncos (1-5) scored three in the third to take a 4-0 advantage. Andrew Sohn had three hits and a run for WMU. Danny Rosenbaum went 2 for 4 with a run for the Cardinals (5-2).


No. 14 North Carolina 3, Xavier 2

In Chapel Hill, N.C., Adam Pate had an RBI single to cap a three-run bottom of the ninth as North Carolina escaped against Xavier at Boshamer Stadium. The Musketeers (4-2) scored single runs in the seventh and eighth. Alex Raburn tied the game with a run-scoring single before Pate won it with a base hit. Spencer Trayner (1-0, 1.1 IP, H, K) earned the win in relief for the Tar Heels (3-3). UNC starter Zac Gallen (5 H, 1 UE) fanned eight with 6.2 innings. Brian Bruening went 4 for 4 with one RBI for Xavier.


No. 15 Rice 23, Purdue 3

In Houston, Skyler Ewing went 3 for 6 with four runs and six RBI as to lead Rice past Purdue. The Owls (6-2) took control with 10 runs in the bottom of the first. Ford Stainback had four hits and four RBI, while Shane Hoelscher scored four. Brandon Krieg went 2 for 3 with two RBI for the Boilermakers (0-6).


No. 16 Clemson 10, Maine 2

In Clemson, S.C., Garrett Boulware had three hits and three RBI to lead Clemson past Maine. The Tigers (5-1) scored four in the first, one in the second and four more in the third for a 9-1 lead. Jake Long (1-0, 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 3 K) earned the win. Brenden Geary had two hits for the Black Bears (1-5).


No. 18 Florida 6, No. 17 Miami (Fla.) 4

In Coral Gables, Fla., Peter Alonso went 2 for 5 with a triple, a run and one RBI as Florida edged Miami in front of 3,500 fans at Alex Rodriguez Park. The Gators (5-3) scored four in the top of the first and added a pair in the fourth. A.J. Puk (1-0, 1.1 IP, H, R, 2 K) earned the win in relief, while Eric Hanhold recorded the final out for his first save. Alex Hernandez had two hits and a run, while Dale Carey went deep for the Hurricanes (4-3).


No. 19 Arizona State 7, Wright State 2

In Long Beach, Calif., Dalton Dinatale went 2 for 5 with a double and three RBI as Arizona State handled Wright State at Blair Field. The Sun Devils (3-4) put up four in the top of the first to take control of the contest. Brett Lilek (1-0, 6 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 5 K) earned the victory. Joe Ford had two hits for the Raiders (2-4).


No. 20 Oklahoma State 11, Oakland 1

In Stillwater, Okla., Garrett Williams drove in four to lead Oklahoma State to a series win over Oakland. The Cowboys (8-1) scored four in the first and five in the second to take control. Zach Fish went 3 for 3 with a double, two runs and three RBI for OSU. Michael Freeman (1-0, 4 IP, 2 H, 7 K) earned the victory in relief. Tyler Janish went 1 for 4 with a double and a run for the Grizzlies (1-3).


UNCW 11, Liberty 0

In Wilmington, N.C., Nick Monroe took a perfect game into the ninth inning but allowed a single to Becker Senkey with one out as UNCW blanked Liberty. Monroe, a sophomore, faced the minimum on just 92 pitches and struck out four in his one-hitter. Corey Dick had three hits, including a three-run homer for the Seahawks (4-3).


Baylor 12, Austin Peay 1

In Waco, Texas, Mitch Price doubled and drove in four runs as Baylor scored seven times in the fifth inning in coasting past Austin Peay, giving coach Steve Smith his 700th career win.



In Corpus Christi, Texas, Terry Alexander tossed six innings with one run and five hits as TCU got past UTSA for coach Jim Schlossnagle’s 500th career win.


(photo courtesy of UCI Athletics)