April 1, 2014

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Greiner's Game-Winning Hit Gives Gamecocks a Victory

Texas tops Rice, Kentucky downs Louisville, FAU edges Florida


In Columbia, S.C., Grayson Greiner had a game-winning pinch-hit RBI single with one away in the bottom of the ninth as third-ranked South Carolina edged Appalachian State 2-1 Tuesday evening in front of 7,416 fans at Carolina Stadium. Connor Bright (3 for 4) singled up the middle to start the ninth for the Gamecocks (25-3) and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Greiner hit a 3-2 pitch into left to plate Bright. Jaylin Davis went 2 for 3 with one walk and one RBI for the Mountaineers (8-17).


No. 9 Texas 5, No. 14 Rice 2

In Houston, Tres Barrera went 1 for 4 with two RBI as Texas took care of Rice in front of 4,778 fans at Reckling Park. The Longhorns (23-7) led 2-1 before a three-run sixth extended the lead. Brooks Marlow went 1 for 4 with two walks and three runs for UT. Lukas Schiraldi (5-1, 6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 BB, K) earned the win, while Morgan Cooper (0.2 IP, H) notched his second save.


Kentucky 8, No. 8 Louisville 3

In Lexington, Ky., Thomas Bernal went 3 for 4 with a homer, two runs and four RBI as Kentucky knocked off Louisville in front of 3,742 fans at Cliff Hagan Stadium. JaVon Shelby (2 for 2, 2 BB, 3 RBI) also went deep for the Wildcats (20-9). Dylan Dwyer (2-1, 5.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 3 K) earned the victory, while Spencer Jack tossed 2.2 hitless innings with one walk and three strikeouts to record his second save. Kyle Gibson had a two-run homer in the second for the Cardinals (21-7).


FAU 5, No. 16 Florida 4 (11)

In Gainesville, Fla., Cain Spangler singled and scored the game-winning run as Tyler Rocklein was caught in a rundown on a first-and-third play as FAU edged Florida. CJ Chatham had two hits, including a homer, and two RBI, and Esteban Puerta went 4 for 5 with an RBI for the Owls (16-12), who beat the Gators for the first time since 2009. Braden Mattson went 3 for 5 with an RBI for the Gators (19-10). 


No. 1 Virginia 7, Old Dominion 1

In Charlottesville, Va., Alec Bettinger tossed six scoreless innings as Virginia downed Old Dominion in front of 3,422 fans at Davenport Field. Bettinger (3-0) allowed three hits and two walks with two strikeouts. The Cavaliers (24-4) scored all their runs in the bottom of the sixth, with two-run hits by Daniel Pinero (1 for 4), Brandon Downes (1 for 5) and Joe McCarthy (2 for 5, 2 2B). Branden Cogswell and John La Prise both had three hits and a run for UVa. Jordan Negrini doubled and scored for the Monarchs (16-12).


No. 2 Florida State 8, FGCU 3

In Tallahassee, Fla., Casey Smith had a two-run single to snap a 3-3 tie and highlight a six-run eighth as Florida State rallied past FGCU in front of 4,685 fans at Dick Howser Stadium. John Nogowski went 1 for 3 with a homer, two runs and two RBI for the Seminoles (23-5). Gage Smith (4-0, 3 IP, H, 2 K) earned the victory. Alex Diaz went deep for the Eagles (18-11).


No. 4 Louisiana-Lafayette 16, Tulane 0

In Lafayette, La., Louisiana-Lafayette scored in each of the first six innings, including six in the sixth, in pounding Tulane. Dylan Butler went 3 for 4 with two runs and three RBI, while Chase Compton added two hits and three RBI for the Ragin’ Cajuns (27-3). Six ULL pitchers held the Green Wave (13-14) to three hits. Jake Willsey went 2 for 2 for Tulane.


No. 5 Vanderbilt 5, UT Martin 0

In Nashville, Tenn., Xavier Turner had two hits, including a double, and two RBI as Vanderbilt blanked UT Martin. The Commodores (24-6) scored all five runs in the fourth inning. Four hurlers combined on the shutout, with starter Walker Buehler (5-1, 4 IP, 4 H, BB, 5 K) receiving the win. Taylor Douglas had two hits for the Skyhawks (3-23).


No. 6 Cal Poly 6, CSU Bakersfield 1

In San Luis Obispo, Calif., Zack Zehner went 4 for 4 with a run as Cal Poly scored six in the seventh to down CSU Bakersfield. Taylor Chris (3-0) fanned the two batters he faced and picked up the win in relief of Slater Lee (6.1 IP, 5 H, R, BB, 6 K) for the Mustangs (24-4). Mylz Jones went 2 for 4 with one RBI for the Roadrunners (11-16).


No. 7 Oregon State 9, Portland 6

In Portland, Ore., Dylan Davis went 3 for 6 with a double, two runs and three RBI as Oregon State defeated Portland for the 20th straight time. The Beavers (22-6) scored four in the top of the first and never trailed. Jerad Casper went 4 for 5 with a homer and two RBI for OSU. Zack Reser (3-0, 3.2 IP, 3 H, BB, 4 K) earned the win in relief. Devin Lopas had two hits and two RBI for the Pilots (5-23).


No. 11 Houston 10, Texas A&M 8

In College Station, Texas, Ashford Fulmer went 3 for 5 with three runs and two RBI as Houston outscored Texas A&M in front of a crowd of 4,707 at Blue Bell Park. The Cougars (23-5) used a five-run fourth to erase a 4-2 deficit. Frankie Ratcliff and Josh Vidales both had three hits and two RBI for UH. Bubba Maxwell (2-0, 1.1 IP, 4 H) got the win, while Chase Wellbrock (1 IP, 2 H, UE, K) recorded his seventh save. Cole Lankford homered and knocked in three for the Aggies (18-12).


No. 12 Oregon 3, Gonzaga 2

In Spokane, Wash., Mark Karaviotis went 1 for 1 with a triple, two walks and a run as Oregon edged Gonzaga, giving head coach George Horton his 200th win with the Ducks. Oregon (20-8) scored single runs in the fourth, fifth and eighth, while the Bulldogs (10-17) scratched in the fifth and ninth. Jordan Spencer (1-0, 3 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 3 K) was the starter and winner, while Jake Reed (1 IP, H, R, 2 BB, 3 K) picked up his sixth save. Jimmy Sinatro had two hits and two RBI for Gonzaga.


No. 15 Clemson 13, Furman 2

In Clemson, S.C., Clemson extended a 2-0 lead with five in the fifth and added three in both the seventh and eighth as Clemson clobbered Furman in front of 3,554 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Tyler Slaton went 2 for 2 with two doubles, two runs and three RBI, while Weston Wilson went 3 for 3 with three RBI for the Tigers (18-9). Zack Erwin (2-1, 6 IP, 2 H, BB, 5 K) got the win in relief. Sky Overton went 1 for 3 with one walk and one RBI for the Paladins (11-18).


No. 18 Alabama 3, ULM 2

In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Georgie Salem and Mikey White each had two hits and an RBI as Alabama scored three times in the third inning and made it stick in a win over ULM. Tucker Hawley (2-1) allowed four hits and two unearned runs in five innings for the Crimson Tide (20-8). Anthony Herrera had an RBI for the Warhawks (11-18), who totaled four hits.