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FSU Wins DH at Clemson, Captures
Vanderka tosses third no-hitter, UK edges South Carolina,
Miami upends UVa
Clemson, S.C., Brandon Leibrandt tossed a four-hitter in the
opener as top-ranked Florida State swept a doubleheader at No.
16 Clemson Saturday to win the ACC series, taking Game 1 by a
score of 11-1 and winning 4-3 in Game 2. Leibrandt (4-1) gave up
one unearned run with two walks and one strikeout. DJ Stewart
(pictured right) went 4 for 5 with a homer, two runs and three
RBI, while Justin Gonzalez was 3 for 6 with two doubles, two
runs and three RBI for the Seminoles (7-2, 19-4). Chris Okey had
two hits for the Tigers (6-3, 14-9). In the nightcap, FSU erased
a three-run deficit with one in the sixth and three in the
seventh. John Sansone drove in two, while Justin Gonzalez (2 for
5) homered for the Seminoles. Weston Wilson had two hits and one
RBI for Clemson.
Stony Brook 7-6, Albany 0-2
In Stony Brook, N.Y., Frankie Vanderka hurled his
third career no-hitter and struck out 10 in the opener as Stony
Brook swept an America East doubleheader from Albany at Joe
Nathan Field. Vanderka (2-2) walked two and plunked one over
nine innings. His previous no-hitters came against NJIT on March
18, 2011, and Fordham on March 10, 2013. Kevin Courtney had two
hits and two RBI, while Cole Peragine went 2 for 3 with two runs
for the Seawolves (2-0, 8-9). Brandon McNitt (3-1) went the
distance in the nightcap for Stony Brook, allowed eight hits and
two runs in seven innings with four strikeouts. Courtney drove
in three, while Robert Chavarria had two hits and two runs for
the Seawolves. Evan Harasta went 2 for 3 with a double, a run
and one RBI for the Great Danes (2-3, 4-10).
Kentucky 2, No. 2 South Carolina 1
In Lexington, Ky., Chandler Shepherd held allowed
one run over 7.1 innings as Kentucky clinched an SEC series
victory over South Carolina. Shepherd (5-0) gave up six hits
with four walks and six strikeouts. Logan Salow recorded the
final out for his first save. Michael Thomas (2 for 3) homered
for the Wildcats (3-2, 17-6). DC Arendas had two hits, including
a double, for the Gamecocks (2-3, 18-3), who stranded 10.
Miami (Fla.) 7, No. 3 Virginia 1
In Coral Gables, Fla., Zack Collins broke a 1-1
tie with a two-run homer in the sixth as Miami downed Virginia
in the opener of their ACC series in front of 3,337 fans at Mark
Light Field. It was the 900th win at Miami for head coach Jim
Morris. Nick Howard had an RBI single in the top of the sixth
for the Cavaliers (5-2, 17-4) to break the scoreless deadlock.
The blast by Collins capped a three-run sixth for the Hurricanes
(5-2, 13-10). Miami added four insurance runs in the eighth,
keyed by a two-run double off the bat of Brandon Lopez. Chris
Diaz (5-0, 7.1 IP, 5 H, R, 3 BB, 3 K) earned the victory, while
Bryan Garcia (1.2 IP, 2 BB, 3 K) recorded his sixth save.
No. 20 Mississippi State 6, No. 4 Vanderbilt 3
In Starkville, Miss., Ross Mitchell allowed two
runs over 7.1 innings as Mississippi State secured an SEC series
win over Vanderbilt in front of a season-high crowd of 10,064 at
Dudy Noble Field. Mitchell (4-1) scattered six hits with two
walks and three strikeouts. Jonathan Holder (1.2 IP, 2 H, R, BB,
3 K) registered his third save. Zander Wiel (2 for 4) had a
two-run single in the first for the Commodores (2-3, 19-5). The
Bulldogs (4-1, 17-8) answered with one in the second and took
the lead for good with two in the third. MSU added single runs
in the fifth, seventh and eighth. Seth Heck had a double and
drove in two, while Derrick Armstrong knocked in a pair as well
for the Bulldogs.
Arizona State 3, No. 5 Oregon State 2 (10)
In Corvallis, Ore., Arizona State tied it with a
run in the top of the ninth and won it in the 10th in edging
Oregon State. Ryan Kellogg (2-2, 9 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 4 K) earned the
victory, while Ryan Burr fanned two in the 10th for his fourth
save. Nathaniel Causey went 4 for 4, while Jake Peevyhouse was 3
for 4 with two doubles and two runs for the Sun Devils (2-3,
11-10). Andy Peterson went 2 for 5 with one run and one RBI for
the Beavers (4-1, 19-4).
No. 6 Louisiana-Lafayette 14, Georgia State 6
In Lafayette, La., two-run doubles by Greg Davis
and Seth Harrison highlighted a nine-run second as
Louisiana-Lafayette claimed a Sun Belt series win over Georgia
State. Harrison also homered twice and drove in four for the
Ragin’ Cajuns (5-0, 21-2). Carson Baranik (5-0, 7 IP, 8 H, 4 R,
2 BB, 6 K) picked up the win. Ryan Blanton and Chase Raffield
both had two hits and two RBI for the Panthers (1-4, 10-13).
No. 7 LSU 2, Georgia 1
In Baton Rouge, La., Jared Poche was one out away
from a complete game as LSU clinched an SEC series win over
Georgia in front of 7,417 fans at Alex Box Stadium. Poche (5-1)
allowed three hits and a run with two walks and six strikeouts.
Joe Broussard fanned the final hitter for his fifth save. Sean
McMullen had a leadoff triple and scored in the bottom of the
first for the Tigers (3-2, 20-4). Mark Laird (3 for 4) added an
RBI single in the fifth for LSU. Nelson Ward’s run-scoring
single in the top of the sixth pulled the Bulldogs (1-4, 14-10)
California 8, No. 8 Cal Poly 3
In San Luis Obispo, Calif., Mitchell Kranson had
a two-run single to highlight a four-run second as California
evened its series at Cal Poly and snapped the 18-game home win
streak for the Mustangs. Aaron Knapp knocked in a run in the
sixth and hit a two-run inside-the-park home run in the eighth
for the Golden Bears (11-10). Brenden Farney also knocked in
two, while Derek Campbell added two hits and two runs for Cal.
Kyle Porter (3-1, 5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 4 K) picked up the win,
while Trevor Hildenberger (3.2 IP, H, 4 K) notched his fifth
save. Brian Mundell went 2 for 4 with a double, one run and one
RBI for Cal Poly (18-4).
No. 9 Oregon 4, Utah 1
In Eugene, Ore., four Oregon hurlers held Utah
without an earned run in clinching a Pac-12 series victory. Matt
Krook (2-1, 5 IP, 5 H, 1 UE, 2 BB, 6 K) was the starter and
winner. Trent Paddon tossed two hitless innings with three
strikeouts, while Garrett Cleavinger worked a scoreless eighth.
Jake Reed pitched the ninth and earned his fifth save. The Ducks
(4-1, 16-5) scored two in the first and two more in the seventh.
Aaron Payne went 3 for 4 with a double, one run and one RBI for
Oregon. TJ Bennett scored the lone run for the Utes (0-5, 9-12)
in the top of the first.
No. 10 Louisville 9, Rutgers 8
In Louisville, Ky., Louisville tied the game with
three in the seventh and plated the game-winner in the bottom of
the eighth to clinch an American series win over Rutgers. Grant
Kay went 3 for 4 with four runs, while Jeff Gardner (2 for 4)
and Nick Solak both drove in two for the Cardinals (2-0, 17-5).
Cole Sturgeon (1-0) had a strikeout and two groundouts in the
eighth to pick up the win, while Nick Burdi gave up a hit and
struck out three in the ninth to earn his third save. Vinne
Zarrillo had two hits and three RBI for the Scarlet Knights
Maryland 7, No. 11 NC State 4
In College Park, Md., Mike Shawaryn allowed one
run over seven innings as Maryland clinched an ACC series win
over NC State. Shawaryn (5-0) allowed four hits with no walks
and six strikeouts. Kevin Mooney fanned three over the final 1.2
innings to earn his third save. Charlie White went 2 for 3 with
a homer, two walks, three runs and two RBI, while Anthony Papio
also drove in two for the Terps (4-4, 15-6). Trea Turner homered
and scored twice for the Wolfpack (3-5, 14-7).
Long Beach State 3, No. 12 Cal State Fullerton
In Fullerton, Calif., Garrett Hampson had two
doubles and scored twice as Long Beach State evened its
non-conference series with Cal State Fullerton in front of 2,536
fans at Goodwin Field. J.D. Davis delivered a two-run double in
the third for the Titans (12-9) before the Dirtbags (11-10)
responded with one in the fourth and two in the sixth. Andrew
Rohrbach (3-1, 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K) picked up the win,
while Kyle Friedrichs fanned one in a perfect ninth for his
Georgia Tech 6-9, No. 13 North Carolina 5-1
(Game 1 – 13 innings)
In Chapel Hill, N.C., Connor Justus had an RBI
single in a two-run top of the 13th in the opener as Georgia
Tech swept an ACC doubleheader from North Carolina. Thomas Smith
and A.J. Murray both had two hits and two RBI, while Mott Hyde
was 2 for 3 with three walks and three runs for the Yellow
Jackets (5-4, 15-9). Wood Myers went 5 for 7 with a double and
three RBI, while Adam Pate added three hits and two runs for the
Tar Heels (5-4, 15-8). Georgia Tech stranded 18, while UNC left
14 on base. In the nightcap, Matt Grimes (3-0, 7 IP, 8 H, R, 2
BB, 3 K) earned the victory and the Yellow Jacket defense turned
four double plays to secure the series win. Hyde had two hits
and three RBI, while Keenan Innis went 3 for 5 with two RBI for
Georgia Tech. Tom Zengel went 2 for 3 with a walk and one RBI
for the Tar Heels.
No. 14 Rice 14, Florida Atlantic 1
In Houston, Shane Hoelscher went 4 for 4 with
three doubles and two runs as Rice secured a Conference USA
series win over Florida Atlantic at Reckling Park. The home Owls
(7-1, 18-6) scored multiple runs in five of their final six
at-bats, including four in the third to erase a 1-0 deficit.
Michael Aquino (2 for 3) drove in three, while Keenan Cook and
Skyler Ewing (2 RBI) both had two hits and three runs for Rice.
Blake Fox (5-0, 6.2 IP, 8 H, R, BB, 3 K) earned the victory.
Brendon Sanger had two hits and a run for the visiting Owls
Auburn 4, No. 15 Tennessee 2
In Knoxville, Tenn., Keegan Thompson allowed one
run in 7.1 innings as Auburn clinched an SEC series win over
Tennessee. Thompson (5-0) allowed five hits and two walks with
two strikeouts. Terrance Dedrick fanned two in a hitless ninth
for his third save. Damon Haecker had two hits and two RBI,
while Jordan Ebert went 3 for 5 for the Tigers. Christin Stewart
had two hits and one RBI for the Volunteers (2-3, 18-4).
No. 17 Ole Miss 7, Missouri 1
In Oxford, Miss., Sikes Orvis homered twice and
drove in three as Ole Miss clinched an SEC series win over
Missouri. Will Allen added a three-run dinger for the Rebels
(3-2, 20-4). Christian Trent (3-0, 6 IP, 4 H, R, 2 BB, 5 K)
earned the victory, while Aaron Greenwood (3 IP, BB, K) recorded
his first save. Keaton Steele went 1 for 4 with a run for the
Tigers (1-4, 11-11).
No. 18 UCLA 4, Washington State 2
In Los Angeles, Grant Watson allowed four hits
and one earned run over eight innings as UCLA evened its Pac-12
series with Washington State. Watson (4-1) walked one and fanned
five. David Berg worked a perfect ninth with one strikeout to
earn his sixth save. Luke Persico had a two-run single to cap a
three-run first for the Bruins (4-1, 13-8). Brian Carroll and
Shane Zeile both had two hits, one run and one RBI for UCLA.
Patrick McGrath drove in both runs for the Cougars (3-2, 9-10).
No. 19 Texas 6-11, Columbia 1-0
In Austin, Texas, Nathan Thornhill tossed eight
scoreless innings in the nightcap as Texas completed a
doubleheader and series sweep of Columbia. Thornhill (4-0)
allowed five hits and one walk while strikeout out four. Tres
Barrera went 4 for 5 with two runs and two RBI to lead the
offense for the Longhorns (19-6). Will Savage had a hit and a
steal for the Lions (5-12). In the first game, Parker French
(3-2, 7.1 IP, 6 H, R, 3 BB, 6 K) earned the win. Brooks Marlow
(2 for 4) and C.J. Hinojosa both drove in two for UT. David
Vandercook had two hits, including a double, and one RBI for
(photo by Larry Novey of FSU