March 2, 2014

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Davis Delivers for Titans in Sweep of Ducks

Yale upsets LSU, South Carolina rallies past Clemson, FSU tops Miami


In Eugene, Ore., J.D. Davis’ sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning scored pinch-runner Tyler Stieh as No. 8 Cal State Fullerton slipped past sixth-ranked Oregon 5-4 Sunday to complete a sweep of the Ducks. Highly touted freshman Phil Bickford picked up the first win of his career with 2.2 innings of scoreless relief with seven strikeouts. Davis finished with two RBI, including one on his third homer, and A.J. Kennedy doubled in a run and after Keegan Dale’s RBI grounder that tied the game at 2, scored on Tanner Pinkston’s bloop that landed between the mound and second base. Kennedy also helped close out the Ducks, throwing out Aaron Payne (3 for 5, R, 2 RBI) trying to steal second base to end the game. The Ducks fell to 8-3.


Yale 8, No. 4 LSU 7

In Baton Rouge, La., Green Campbell bunted for a hit, and after two sacrifice bunts, scored on a throwing error in the eighth inning as Yale rallied from a 6-0 deficit to shock LSU. The Bulldogs (1-2) hadn’t scored all weekend before scoring four in the fifth, once in the sixth, twice in the seventh and once in the eighth to avoid a sweep. Robert Baldwin had two hits and two RBI, and Kevin Fortunato delivered two RBI for the Bulldogs. Campbell finished 2 for 3 with two runs and also made a diving catch on an Alex Bregman shot to center in the bottom of the eighth with the tying run on base. Left fielder Eric Hsieh also made a huge play, throwing out pinch-runner Jake Fraley in the seventh to keep the game tied at 7. Cale Hanson posted his first save for Yale, closing the door in the ninth with the tying run on second. Kade Scivicque went 3 for 4 with two runs and an RBI, and Christian Ibarra went 3 for 3 with a double and an RBI for the Tigers (9-2).


No. 3 South Carolina 5, No. 11 Clemson 3

In Clemson, S.C., South Carolina rallied for four runs with two outs in the top of the ninth to stun Clemson and complete the three-game sweep. The Gamecocks (10-0) trailed 3-1 after eight. Kyle Martin had a leadoff single in the top of the ninth and was still on first with two away. Grayson Greiner singled up the middle and pinch-hitter Brison Celek delivered a base hit to fill the sacks. Marcus Mooney’s single plated a pair to knot the score at 3-3. Tanner English (2 for 4) followed with a two-run double to give the Gamecocks the lead. Cody Mincey (2-0, 2 IP, 2 H, 3 K) pitched the final two innings to earn the victory. Steven Duggar and Tyler Slaton both had three hits and one RBI for the Tigers (6-4).


No. 1 Florida State 13, No. 15 Miami 6

In Tallahassee, Fla., DJ Stewart and Jose Brizuela each had three hits and two RBI as Florida State scored six times in the third and seven in the sixth to capture its series with Miami. Justin Gonzalez, John Nogowski and Ben DeLuzio each contributed two RBI for the Seminoles (8-1), who won their fifth straight regular-season series against the Hurricanes (5-5). Zack Collins had two hits, including a homer, and two RBI, and Willie Abreu had three hits and three runs for Miami.


No. 2 Virginia 5-6, Monmouth 3-2 (second game 5.1 innings due to rain)

In Charlottesville, Va., Derek Fisher and Joe McCarthy each had two hits, a run and an RBI as Virginia topped Monmouth in the first game of a doubleheader, and McCarthy and Downes drove in a pair of runs apiece as the Cavaliers completed the sweep in a rain-shortened second game. In Game 2, Brandon Waddell (2-1) tossed six innings with five hits, one earned run and five strikeouts for the Cavaliers (9-2). Steve Wilgus had a huge day for the Hawks (1-5), going 6 for 8 with two RBI in the two games.


No. 5 Vanderbilt 4, Stanford 2

In Nashville, Tenn., Tyler Ferguson worked into the seventh inning, allowing five hits and two earned runs with six strikeouts, and Vanderbilt completed a sweep of Stanford. On a day when temperatures dropped into the 30s and a cold rain fell, the teams combined for 14 walks – the Commodores (10-2) drew four walks in breaking a 2-2 tie in the eighth. Nolan Rogers drew a bases-loaded walk to score Zander Wiel, and John Norwood was hit by a pitch to force in another run. Alex Dunlap went 2 for 3 with a run for the Cardinal (4-7).


Texas Tech 2, No. 10 Rice 1

In Houston, Chris Sadberry allowed one unearned run over seven innings as Texas Tech nipped Rice in the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park. Sadberry (2-0) allowed five hits and struck out two. The Red Raiders (9-3) scored both of their runs in the third as Alec Humphreys and Anthony Lyons delivered RBI. Shane Hoelscher had two hits for the Owls (7-5). Texas Tech has four wins against Top 10 teams.


No. 13 Cal Poly 5-0, USC 1-16

In Los Angeles, Chris Hoo had a pair of RBI doubles in the opener as Cal Poly split a doubleheader with USC. Matt Imhoff (2-1, 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 7 K) earned the victory in Game 1 for the Mustangs (8-2). Jake Hernandez had two hits and one RBI for the Trojans (8-2). In the nightcap, Bob Wheatley (2-0, 7 IP, 2 H, 2 BB) struck out 10 for USC. Kevin Swick (3 for 4, 2 2B, 3 R) and Dante Flores (3 for 4, 2B, R) both drove in three for the Trojans, while Hernandez went 4 for 5 with a double, two runs and two RBI for USC.


Alabama 12, No. 17 Louisiana-Lafayette 6

In Lafayette, La., Austen Smith went 4 for 4 with one run and to four RBI as Alabama outscored Louisiana-Lafayette. The Crimson Tide (5-5) pounded out 21 hits and put up three runs in the top of the first and four more in the third. Will Haynie and Kyle Overstreet both had three hits and two runs for Alabama. Jon Keller (3-0, 6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K) earned the victory in relief. Seth Harrison had two hits and three RBI for the Ragin’ Cajuns (10-2).


No. 18 TCU 2, Houston 1

In Houston, Riley Ferrell retired the final batters of the game to earn his first save as TCU edged Houston in the finale of the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park. Ferrell fanned two and secured a win for reliever Alex Young (1-0, 2.2 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 5 K). Cody Jones (2 for 5) had a run-scoring single in the top of the seventh for the Horned Frogs (7-4) to snap a 1-1 tie. Keaton Jones walked twice and scored both runs for TCU. Frankie Ratcliff had a pair of hits for the Cougars (8-2).