March 9, 2014

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Baylor wins series from Cal State Fullerton

Pittsburgh wins at UNC, FSU blanks Maryland, Virginia edges Duke


In Waco, Texas, Grayson Porter went 2 for 4 with a two-run double that keyed a four-run third inning as Baylor slipped past fourth-ranked Cal State Fullerton 5-4 Sunday to claim their weekend series. Austin Stone (2-1) allowed two unearned runs in the first inning then settled down, finishing with six innings, five hits and three strikeouts for the Bears (8-7). Matt Menard contributed two hits a run and an RBI for Baylor, which has won three one-run games in its past four games. Matt Chapman had two hits and two RBI to pace the Titans (8-5).


Pittsburgh 6, No. 16 North Carolina 4

In Chapel Hill, N.C., Pittsburgh snapped a 4-4 tie with a pair in the top of the eighth to salvage the finale of its ACC series at North Carolina. Dylan Wolsonovich drove in three to lead the offense for the Panthers (1-2, 5-7). Hobie Harris (2-1, 2.1 IP, BB, K) earned the win in relief. Korey Dunbar had two hits and two RBI for the Tar Heels (2-1, 10-4).


No. 1 Florida State 7, Maryland 0

In Tallahassee, Fla., Mike Compton tossed a two-hit, complete-game shutout – the first for Florida State since 2004 – and struck out 10 as the Seminoles claimed their ACC series with Maryland. John Nogowski (2 for 3) had a two-run double to spark a six-run fourth inning, and John Sansone contributed two hits, a run and an RBI for the Seminoles (2-1, 12-2). The Terrapins fell to 1-2, 9-4.


No. 2 Virginia 2, Duke 1

In Durham, N.C., Brandon Waddell allowed three hits and one earned run with seven strikeouts in six innings as Virginia edged Duke in the rubber game of their ACC series. All three games in the series were decided by one run. Nate Irving went 2 for 3 with an RBI to lead the Cavaliers (2-1, 11-3). James Marvel allowed four hits and two runs (one earned) in seven solid innings for the Blue Devils (1-2, 8-7).


No. 3 South Carolina 1, Brown 0

In Columbia, S.C., Will Crowe allowed four hits and struck out nine in eight scoreless innings as South Carolina blanked Brown for the third straight game in sweeping their series. Joel Seddon came on for his fifth save and hasn’t allowed a run or hit in eight appearances spanning 9.2 innings. The Gamecocks have tallied eight shutouts in 15 games this season, lowering their staff ERA to 1.20. Elliott had a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning for the game’s lone run. Christian Taugner (0-1) allowed seven hits and one earned run with three strikeouts for Brown (0-3).


No. 5 Vanderbilt 4, Winthrop 1

In Nashville, Tenn., Tyler Ferguson allowed four hits and one earned run in seven innings as Vanderbilt completed a sweep of Winthrop. Ferguson (3-0) struck out six and turned it over to Carson Fulmer, who struck out five over two innings to post his fifth save. Bryan Reynolds had two hits and an RBI, and Rhett Wiseman added two hits and a run for the Commodores (15-2). John Menken went 3 for 4 with a run for the Eagles (6-9), who totaled five hits on the day.


No. 6 Oregon State 10, Northern Illinois 0

In Corvallis, Ore., Gabe Clark went 2 for 5 with a double and four RBI, and Michael Conforto went 2 for 2 with two runs and two RBI as Oregon State competed a sweep of Northern Illinois. Zack Reser (2-0) tossed four scoreless innings of relief for the Beavers (14-3). Justin Fletcher went 2 for 3 for Northern Illinois (1-12-1).


No. 7 NC State 7, Notre Dame 0

In Raleigh, N.C., Brad Stone allowed two hits in six scoreless innings, and Jake Armstrong went 2 for 4 with two RBI as NC State completed an ACC sweep of Notre Dame. Stone (3-0) retired 17 of 18 batters between the first and sixth innings. Armstrong’s two-run single in the third gave the Wolfpack (3-0, 13-2) a 3-0 lead. Brett Austin went 2 for 3 with two runs, and staff ace Carlos Rodon added a pinch-hit RBI single for NC State. The Fighting Irish fell to 0-3, 5-9.


No. 8 LSU 7, Purdue 3

In Baton Rouge, La., Mark Laird went 3 for 3 with two runs, and Conner Hale and Andrew Stevenson had two RBI apiece as LSU completed a sweep of Purdue. Hale had an RBI grounder, and Stevenson added an RBI triple in a three-run fifth inning for the Tigers (14-2), who won their fifth in a row. Conner Hudnall went 2 for 4 with a homer and two RBI for the Boilermakers (1-10).


No. 9 Oregon 20, Ohio State 4

In Eugene, Ore., Mitchell Tolman went 3 for 6 with a double, three runs and six RBI, and A.J. Balta went 2 for 4 with a grand slam, three runs and four RBI as Oregon captured its series with Ohio State. The Ducks (12-4) scored four times in the second and seven more in the third to give starter Jeff Gold (8 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 8 K) plenty of support. Tyler Baumgartner and Mark Karaviotis each contributed three RBI for the Ducks. Aaron Getz drove in two for the Buckeyes (8-5).


No. 10 Mississippi State 6, Arizona 4

In Tucson, Ariz., Jonathan Holder pitched a career-high 5.2 innings as Mississippi State edged Arizona in the finale of the Hi Corbett Classic. Holder (1-1) allowed five hits and two runs with two walks and two strikeouts. Jacob Lindgren (2.1 IP, 2 H, BB, 6 K) earned his second save. C.T. Bradford had a pair of triples with two runs and two RBI for the Bulldogs (12-7). Trent Gilbert went 3 for 4 with two doubles and two RBI for the Wildcats (8-9).


No. 11 UCLA 6, USC 5

In Los Angeles, Shane Zeile went 4 for 4 with two runs as UCLA nipped USC in front of 2,259 fans at Dedeaux Field. The game was scoreless until the Trojans (8-6) plated a pair in the bottom of the sixth. The Bruins (8-7) erupted for four in the top of the seventh. Each team added a run in its next at-bat before USC tied it with two in the eighth. Zeile had a leadoff single in the top of the ninth and scored the game-winner on a base hit by Christoph Bono (2 for 5). David Berg (2-0, 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB) earned the victory. Blake Lacey drove in a pair for the Trojans.


No. 12 Louisiana 7, Texas Southern 2

In Lafayette, La., Jace Conrad drove in three, and Seth Harrison went 3 for 4 with a double, two runs and an RBI as Louisiana completed a sweep of Texas Southern. The Cajuns (13-2) scored six times in the seventh inning to break a 1-1 tie. Blake Trahan drove in a pair before Conrad added a two-run single. Matt Plitt (1-0) allowed one hit in 5.1 relief innings to post the win. Samuel Terry hit a solo homer for the Tigers (5-12).


No. 13 Cal Poly 2, Seattle 1

In Shoreline, Wash., Casey Bloomquist allowed one unearned run over 8.2 innings as Cal Poly edged Seattle. Bloomquist (3-0) scattered seven hits, walked one and fanned seven. Taylor Chris relieved Bloomquist and gave up an infield single. The runner on second was thrown out at the plate to end the game, giving Chris his first save. Nick Torres had an RBI double in the first and homered in the third for the Mustangs (11-3). Cullen Hendrickson and Brock Carpenter both had two hits for the Redhawks (6-10).


No. 14 Louisville 9, Miami (Ohio) 0

In Louisville, Ky., Jared Ruxer worked seven scoreless innings as Louisville clinched a series victory over Miami. Ruxer (3-1) scattered six hits with no walks and six strikeouts. The Cardinals (10-4) scored five in the second and added two in both the sixth and seventh. Jeff Gardner (2 for 4, HR) and Sutton Whiting (1 for 5) both drove in three for UL. Scott Slappey and Kendall Johnson both had two hits for the RedHawks (4-8).


No. 15 Texas 3-4, Hawaii 2-1
In Austin, Texas, C.J. Hinojosa went 3 for 4 with two RBI, and Mark Payton reached base for the 56th straight game with three walks and two runs as Texas took three of four from Hawaii. The Longhorns (13-4) also completed a win from Saturday that was halted because of weather as Payton delivered two RBI, and Kacy Clemens went 2 for 4 with a run and an RBI. In the completed game, Nathan Thornhill worked 6.1 innings with three hits and two runs, and Morgan Cooper (2-0) posted the win with two scoreless innings. Marc Flores had two RBI for the Rainbow Warriors (7-9). In Sunday's regularly scheduled game, Lukas Schiraldi (2-1) allowed three hits and one earned run in five innings.

San Diego 7, No. 17 Oklahoma State 0
In Stillwater, Okla., Louie Lechich tossed a complete-game shutout with six hits and a career-best nine strikeouts and went 3 for 5 with an RBI as San Diego won its series with Oklahoma State. Josh Goossen-Brown added two hits and an RBI for the Toreros (10-4). The Cowboys fell to 11-4.


No. 18 Clemson 11, Virginia Tech 4

In Clemson, S.C., Chris Okey went 3 for 3 with four RBI to lead Clemson to an ACC series sweep of Virginia Tech. The Tigers (3-0, 9-5) used a four-run fourth to take a 6-4 lead and added four more in the sixth. Garrett Boulware (3 for 5, 3 R, 2 RBI) homered for Clemson. Miguel Ceballos went 2 for 4 with one run and one RBI for the Hokies (0-3, 6-7).


No. 19 Ole Miss 11, UALR 1

In Oxford, Miss., Auston Bousfield had two hits and two RBI to lead Ole Miss to a series sweep over UALR. The Rebels (14-2) snapped a 1-1 tie with three in the fifth. Ole Miss added two in the sixth and four in the seventh to take control. Sam Smith (6 IP, 5 H, R, BB, 3 K) raised his record to 3-0. Ryan Scott and Tanner Rockwell each had two hits for the Trojans (8-5).