March 26, 2014

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Kivett of Kansas State Hits for the Cycle

Virginia downs Longwood, South Carolina blanks Coastal Carolina


In Manhattan, Kan., Ross Kivett (left) hit for the cycle in leading Kansas State past Nebraska 12-6 Wednesday evening in front of 2,213 chilly fans at Tointon Family Stadium. Kivett homered to lead off the bottom of the first, tripled in the second, doubled in the third and singled in the sixth. He became the third Wildcat to hit for the cycle and first in 17 years, joining Heath Schesser (4/30/97) and Craig Wilson (2/29/92). Kivett also scored three and knocked in three. KSU (15-9) scored six in the second to expand a 2-1 lead. Blair DeBord (3 for 5, R) and Austin Fisher (2 for 4, 2B, 2 R) both drove in a pair for the Wildcats. Colton Kalmus (2-1, 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) was the starter and winner. Ryan Boldt went 4 for 4 with a triple, a run and an RBI, while Blake Headley had three hits and three RBI for the Huskers (14-10).


No. 2 Virginia 8, Longwood 1

In Charlottesville, Va., Alec Bettinger tossed five scoreless innings as Virginia handled Longwood. Bettinger (2-0) allowed three hits and three walks with to strikeouts. John La Prise went 1 for 2 with a walk, a run and two RBI, while Branden Cogswell went 2 for 3 with one RBI for the Cavaliers (20-4). Travis Biddix went 1 for 3 with one walk and one RBI for the Lancers (12-14).


No. 3 South Carolina 4, Coastal Carolina 0
In Columbia, S.C., Evan Beal tossed four hitless innings in his first appearance of the year, and South Carolina pitchers turned in a one-hitter in a win over Coastal Carolina. Curt Brit (1-0) allowed one hit in three innings, and Vince Fiori and Reed Scott each hurled hitless innings for the Gamecocks (21-3). Marcus Mooney drove in two, and DC Arendas went 2 for 4 with a run and an RBI. Coastal fell to 10-15.


No. 4 Louisiana-Lafayette 17, Southern 3

In Lafayette, La., Caleb Adams had two hits and four RBI as Louisiana-Lafayette thumped Southern for its 14th straight victory. The Ragin’ Cajuns (24-2) snapped a 3-3 tie with seventh in the seventh and added seven more in the eighth. Blake Trahan went 4 for 5 with three runs, while Dylan Butler had two hits, including a homer, and three RBI for ULL. Matt Hicks (3-0, 1.2 IP, K) picked up the win in relief. Brian Rowry had two hits and one RBI for the Jaguars (4-13).


No. 9 Oregon 12, San Francisco 5

In San Francisco, J.B. Bryant went 3 for 4 with a double, two runs and three RBI as Oregon downed San Francisco. The Ducks (18-6) scored five in the top of the first and never trailed. Aaron Payne homered and scored twice, while A.J. Balta drove in two for Oregon. Brando Tessar (1-0, 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 4 K) picked up the win. Bob Cruikshank had two hits, including a double, and two runs for the Dons (12-11).


No. 11 Rice 3, Lamar 2

In Houston, Kirby Taylor had a two-run single to cap a three-run fourth as Rice edged Lamar. Kevin McCanna (2-2, 6 IP, 5 H, R, BB, 7 K) recorded the victory, while Trevor Teykl (3 IP, H, UE, BB, 4 K) earned his first save for the Owls (20-7). Sam Bumpers went 2 for 4 with a double and one RBI for the Cardinals (14-12).

No. 12 Louisville 5, Western Kentucky 3
In Bowling Green, Ky., Grant Kay went 2 for 4 with two runs and three RBI, including a two-run homer in the seventh inning to break a 2-2 tie, as Louisville slipped past Western Kentucky. Nick Burdi retired four batters for his fourth save of the year and 20th of his career, the most in school history. Alex Chittenden scored twice, and Cole Sturgeon went 2 for 5 with a double, run and RBI for the Cardinals (18-6). The Hilltoppers fell to 13-12.


No. 19 Kentucky 9, Xavier 6

In Lexington, Ky., Dorian Hairston went 2 for 4 with one run and one RBI as Kentucky outscored Xavier. The Wildcats (18-7) scored three in the bottom of the sixth to snap a 6-6 tie. Kyle Cody (3-0) pitched a hitless seventh and earned the victory. Spencer Jack fanned two over the final two innings to record his first save. Max Kuhn (1 for 3, RBI) and Ka’ai Tom (1 for 3) both scored twice for UK. Joe Forney and Jake Forrester both had two hits, one run and one RBI for the Musketeers (12-11).


Winthrop 3, North Carolina 1

In Chapel Hill, N.C., Zach Sightler and Josh Strong combined to hold North Carolina to one run as Winthrop pulled out the win. Sightler (2-1) allowed seven hits and one run with four walks and one strikeout. Strong (3.2 IP, 2 H, 2 K) earned his second save. The Eagles (12-14) erased a 1-0 deficit with a three-run homer by Michael Patrick (2 for 4) in the top of the second. Wood Myers went 2 for 3 with a walk for the Tar Heels (15-9).


(photos courtesy of KSU Media Relations)