March 29, 2014

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Pair of Walkoffs for Gamecocks

Virginia handles Virginia Tech, Florida State completes sweep of BC


No. 3 South Carolina 3-9, No. 20 Tennessee 2-6 (first game resumed from Friday)

In Columbia, S.C., Jordan Gore delivered a solo homer with one out in the bottom of the 14th inning as South Carolina edged Tennessee in the completion of a game from Friday night that was halted in the 12th inning due to rain. In the regularly scheduled game, Grayson Greiner (pictured) hit a game-winning grand slam as the Gamecocks scored six times – all with two outs – in the bottom of the ninth. After two quick outs, Brison Celek had a pinch-hit single before Max Schrock hit a two-run homer to make it 6-5 Tennessee. An outfield error, walk and hit batter loaded the bases for Greiner, who hit his fourth homer of the year. Reed Scott (1-0) tossed six innings of relief with four hits and three strikeouts for the Gamecocks (4-3, 22-3). Scott Price had two RBI, Taylor Smart went 2 for 3 with two runs and an RBI and Johnny Youngblood went 3 for 4 with an RBI for the Volunteers (3-5, 19-6).


No. 2 Virginia 9, Virginia Tech 2

In Charlottesville, Va., Joe McCarthy went 3 for 4, falling a triple short of a cycle, and four RBI as Virginia beat Virginia Tech for the second straight day. Connor Jones (4-0) tossed 4.2 innings of scoreless relief with three hits and three strikeouts, extending his scoreless innings streak in ACC play to 16 innings. The Cavaliers (9-2, 22-4) scored five times in the fourth inning, chasing Sean Keselica (2-1) in an 11-batter inning. Mike Papi, who started the outburst with a single, finished with two RBI on the day. Brendon Hayden went 3 for 4 with a two-run homer for the Hokies (5-6, 12-11-1).


No. 1 Florida State 10, Boston College 1

In Kingston, R.I., Jose Brizuela and John Sansone drove in three runs apiece as Florida State completed a sweep of Boston College at Bill Beck Field on the campus of the University of Rhode Island. Bryant Holtmann (4-0) tossed a career- best six innings, allowing one run on three hits with four strikeouts for the Seminoles (10-2, 22-5). Brandon Johnson worked the final three innings, striking out four, for his first career save. Gabriel Hernandez went 1 for 3 with a run as the Eagles (7-8, 1-11) mustered only three hits.


Western Kentucky 14-9, No. 4 Louisiana-Lafayette 3-10

In Lafayette, La., Regan Flaherty went 3 for 5 with a homer and three RBI in the opener as Western Kentucky and Louisiana-Lafayette split a Sun Belt doubleheader. The Hilltoppers (4-4, 14-13) used a five-run fourth to snap a 2-2 tie and added six in the sixth. Anderson Miller also had three hits and three RBI, while Leiff Clarkson added three hits and scored four for WKU. Justin Hageman (2-1, 7 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 3 K) picked up the win. Tyler Girouard had three hits and two runs for the Ragin’ Cajuns (7-1, 25-3), who had their 14-game win streak halted. In the nightcap, ULL scored three in the first and four in the second to take control. Seth Harrison had two hits and three RBI, while Ryan Leonards went 3 for 5 with two doubles, three runs and two RBI for the Ragin’ Cajuns. Carson Baranik (6-0, 5.2 IP, 10 H, 6 R, BB, K) earned the victory, while Reagan Bazar (H, 2 BB) recorded the final three outs for his fourth save. Flaherty had three hits and three RBI for WKU.


No. 5 Vanderbilt 9, No. 19 Kentucky 3

In Nashville, Tenn., Dansby Swanson went 4 for 5 with a double, homer, three runs and two RBI, and Bryan Reynolds went 3 for 5 with two runs and two RBI as Vanderbilt evened its SEC series with Kentucky. Vince Conde also drove in two runs, and Rhett Wiseman went 3 for 4 with a triple, run and RBI for the Commodores (4-4, 22-6). Jared Miller (6-1) allowed three runs and struck out four in six innings for the win. The Wildcats (4-4, 19-8) had only four hits on the day.


Florida 2-6, No. 6 LSU 1-2

In Gainesville, Fla., Justin Shafer ripped a game-winning homer in the bottom of the ninth off Aaron Nola in the first game, and Logan Shore tossed 8.2 brilliant innings in the nightcap as Florida swept an SEC doubleheader from LSU. In the first game, Casey Turgeon hit a third-inning homer to tie the game at 1, where it stayed until Shafer (2 for 3) hit his first homer of the year. Nola (5-1) allowed six hits and struck out five in suffering his first loss. In the second game, the Gators (5-3, 18-9) only had five hits, but one of them was a three-run homer from Taylor Gushue, which made it 6-0 in the sixth inning. Shore (2-1) allowed six hits with two runs and five strikeouts. Conner Hale went 2 for 4 with a run for the Tigers (3-4-1, 20-7).


Arizona 11, No. 7 Oregon State 2

In Tucson, Ariz., Trent Gilbert was a home run short of the cycle, going 3 for 5 with two runs and three RBI, as Arizona evened its Pac-12 series with Oregon State. The Wildcats (2-6. 12-17) scored two in the first and four in the third for an early 6-0 lead. Scott Kingery had two hits and also knocked in three for Arizona. Cody Hamlin (4-2, 8.2 IP, 12 H, 2 R, 8 K) was one out away from the complete game. Dylan Davis and Logan Ice both had two hits and one RBI for the Beavers (5-3, 20-6).


No. 8 Cal Poly 5, UC Davis 3

In San Luis Obispo, Calif., Chris Hoo went 3 for 4 with a double, run and two RBI as Cal Poly knocked off UC Davis for its 13th win 14 games. Taylor Chris (2-0) struck out four in five hitless innings of relief as the Mustangs improved to 2-0, 22-4. Steven Patterson and Nick Lynch each scored and drove in a run for the Aggies (0-2, 12-11).


Wichita State 3, No. 10 Cal State Fullerton 2

In Wichita, Kan., Tanner Dearman delivered a run-scoring single with one away in the bottom of the ninth as Wichita State leveled its series with Cal State Fullerton. Joe Haddox drew a one-out walk in the ninth for the Shockers (15-10) and advanced to second on a hit batsman before coming home on Dearman’s base hit. Casey Gillaspie (3 for 3) belted a two-run homer in the first for WSU. Cale Elam (5-0) went the distance for the Shockers, allowing four hits and two runs with one walk and eight strikeouts. Greg Velazquez went deep for the Titans (14-9).


No. 11 Rice 8, Middle Tennessee 0

In Murfreesboro, Tenn., Blake Fox tossed eight innings of three-hit ball with a career-best seven strikeouts as Rice evened its Conference USA series with Middle Tennessee. Skylar Ewing went 3 for 4 with a homer, three runs and two RBI, and Shane Hoelscher went 3 for 5 with two RBI as the Owls (9-2, 21-8) scored four times in the seventh to break from a 3-0 game. The Blue Raiders fell to 6-5, 11-14.


No. 12 Louisville 15, Butler 1

In Louisville, Ky., Shane Crain went 3 for 4 with two doubles, three runs and five RBI as Louisville battered Butler. The Cardinals (20-6) had four multi-run innings, including four in the third and five in the sixth. Alex Chittenden (2 for 4) and Zach Lucas (1 for 3, 2 R) both drove in two for Louisville. Jared Ruxer (5-1, 6 IP, 8 H, R, 3 BB, 4 K) earned the win. Marcos Calderon had two hits for the Bulldogs (10-15).


Alabama 6, No. 13 Ole Miss 5 (10)

In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Hunter Webb had a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 10th as Alabama clinched an SEC series win over Ole Miss. The Rebels (4-4, 21-7) scored once in the top of the 10th before the Crimson Tide (5-3, 18-8) rallied for two in the bottom of the frame. Kyle Overstreet (2 for 3, 2B) and Austen Smith (2B) both drove in two for Alabama. Braxton Lee had two RBI for Ole Miss.


Arkansas 4-1, No. 14 Mississippi State 0-5

In Starkville, Miss., Jalen Beeks hurled eight scoreless innings in the opener as Arkansas split an SEC doubleheader at Mississippi State. Beeks (4-2) allowed nine hits with one walk and one strikeout. Joe Serrano went 3 for 4, while Eric Fisher and Bobby Wernes both had two hits and one RBI for the Razorbacks (4-4, 17-9). Derrick Armstrong had three hits for the Bulldogs (5-3, 19-10). In the nightcap, Ross Mitchell (5-1) tossed a four-hitter for MSU with no walks and two strikeouts. Armstrong added another three hits with one run and one RBI. Brian Anderson drove in the lone run for Arkansas.


Texas Tech 8, No. 15 Texas 4

In Lubbock, Texas, Texas Tech scored in each of the first five innings in evening its Big 12 series with Texas. Bryant Burleson went 2 for 5 with one run and one RBI for the Red Raiders (4-4, 22-8). Jonny Drozd (3-0, 7 IP, 11 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 4 K) earned the win in relief. Zane Gurwitz went 4 for 4, while Tres Barrera (3 for 5, 2 RBI) doubled and homered for the Longhorns (2-3, 21-7), who stranded 13.


No. 16 Houston 6, Memphis 3

In Houston, Ashford Fulmer had a two-run homer to cap a three-run seventh as Houston evened its American series with Memphis. The Tigers (2-3, 16-10) scored two in the first and one in the third before the Cougars (1-1, 21-5) responded with three in the third and three more in the seventh. Tyler Ford (4-0) tossed 3.1 hitless innings in relief with four strikeouts to take the win. Ethan Gross had two hits and two runs for Memphis.


No. 17 UC Santa Barbara 8, Hawaii 7

In Santa Barbara, Calif., Joey Epperson went 4 for 4 with two doubles, two runs and two RBI as UC Santa Barbara squared its Big West series with Hawaii. The Gauchos (1-1, 19-4) built an 8-0 lead after five before the Rainbows (1-1, 13-13) pulled to within one. Austin Pettibone (2-0) tossed five scoreless innings with three hits and two strikeouts to pick up the victory, while Dillon Tate (2 IP, 5 H, UE, 2 K) notched his sixth save. Marc Flores had four hits and one RBI for UH.


Arizona State 8, No. 18 UCLA 5

In Los Angeles, Jake Peevyhouse had three doubles, two runs and two RBI to lead Arizona State past UCLA, evening their Pac-12 series. The Sun Devils (4-4, 14-11) scored five in the fourth to snap a scoreless tie. Trever Allen (3 for 5, 2 R) homered for ASU. Ryan Kellogg (3-2, 5.1 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 3 K) got the win, while Ryan Burr (1.1 IP, H, K) earned his sixth save. Kevin Williams had three hits, while Ty Moore (2 for 4) went deep for the Bruins (6-2. 16-9).


Washington 19, USC 4

In Los Angeles, Brian Wolfe homered twice and drove in eight as Washington hammered USC for its ninth straight win. The Huskies (7-1, 18-5-1) lead the Pac-12 and have won 16 of their past 17 contests. UW scored in every innings, including four in the third and five in the fifth. Wolfe finished with four hits and four runs, while Branden Berry added three hits and three runs for the Huskies. Tyler Davis (5-1, 6 IP, H, R, BB, 2 K) earned the win. Dante Flores tripled and scored for the Trojans (3-5, 13-12).


Furman 11, Samford 9

In Birmingham, Ala., Alex Abrams had a double, a homer and three RBI while earned the win in relief as Furman evened its Southern Conference set at Samford. Abrams homered in the third, delivered a two-run single in a four-run fourth and doubled and scored in the eighth for the Paladins (2-3, 11-16). The game was tied 5-5 before Furman put up four in the seventh and two in the eighth. Abrams worked 3.1 innings in relief with two hits, two runs, one walk and three strikeouts to earn the victory. Sky Overton also drove in three for the Paladins. Drew McWhorter had three hits and three RBI for the Bulldogs (3-2, 15-11).



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