April 19, 2014

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Martin Earns Win No. 1,800 as FSU Nips WFU in 13

Cal Poly completes sweep of Fullerton, LSU blanks Ole Miss, UVa tops UNC


In Winston-Salem, N.C., Danny De La Calle singled in John Sansone in the top of the 13th as fifth-ranked Florida State edged Wake Forest 4-3 Saturday to give Seminoles coach Mike Martin his 1,800th career win. Martin joined Texas coach Augie Garrido and Wichita State legend Gene Stephenson as the only coaches in D-I college baseball history to reach 1,800 wins. Josh Delph and DJ Stewart joined De La Calle with two hits and an RBI for the Seminoles (16-4, 30-8). Matt Conway had three hits and a run for the Demon Deacons (11-9, 24-17). (photo by Chip Baker)


No. 3 Cal Poly 3, Cal State Fullerton 0

In San Luis Obispo, Calif., Casey Bloomquist tossed a three-hit shutout with eight strikeouts as Cal Poly completed a Big West sweep of Cal State Fullerton. Bloomquist (9-0) and the Mustangs (11-1, 34-5) handed the Titans (3-6, 18-16) their first Big West sweep since 2007. Mark Mathias hit a leadoff homer in the first, and Peter Van Gansen had an RBI triple and scored when the throw to third went into the Mustangs’ dugout. Grahamm Wiest (2-4) allowed six hits and two earned runs and struck out nine in a complete-game loss for Fullerton.


No. 9 LSU 2, No. 11 Ole Miss 0

In Oxford, Miss., four pitchers combined on the six-hit shutout as LSU won its SEC series at Ole Miss. Hunter Devall (1-0, 2.2 IP, 2 H, 2 K) got the win in relief of starter Alden Cartwright (4 IP, 2 H, 2 K). Parker Bugg allowed a hit in 1.1 innings before Kurt McCune worked around a hit and a walk in the ninth for his third save. Conner Hale went 2 for 3 with a homer and two runs for the Tigers (10-7-1, 30-10-1). Austin Anderson had two hits for the Rebels (10-8, 30-11).


No. 1 Virginia 3, North Carolina 1

In Charlottesville, Va., Kenny Towns had a two-run homer, one of only three Virginia hits, as the Cavaliers knocked off North Carolina for the second straight day. Josh Sborz (4-2) allowed nine hits and one run in five innings before Connor Jones (3 IP) and Nick Howard (1 IP, 13th save) closed out the Tar Heels (9-11, 22-17). Virginia (16-4, 33-6) now has won all seven of its ACC series this season. Zach Daly had two hits for North Carolina, which totaled 10 hits.


No. 2 Louisiana-Lafayette 9, UT Arlington 5

In Arlington, Texas, Dylan Butler had two hits and four RBI, and Caleb Adams added three hits and three runs as Louisiana-Lafayette scored all of its runs over the final four frames in beating UT Arlington for the second straight day. Chase Compton added a homer and two RBI, and Blake Trahan contributed three hits, two RBI and a run for the Cajuns (16-1, 36-4). Matt Shortall had three hits and a solo homer, and Greg McCall added two hits and a homer for the Mavericks (8-9, 16-23).


TCU 3, No. 6 Texas 1

In Austin, Texas, Dylan Fitzgerald had a pair of RBI doubles as TCU scored three times in the final three innings to complete a sweep of Texas in the Big 12. Trey Teakell (2-0) earned the win with 2.1 innings of relief, and Riley Ferrell posted his third save of the weekend for the Horned Frogs (10-5, 26-13). Brooks Marlow had two hits and a run, and Mark Payton added two hits for the Longhorns (9-6, 30-11).


Auburn 4-2, No. 7 South Carolina 2-3

In Auburn, Ala., Blake Austin had a three-run homer in the first inning as Auburn slipped past South Carolina in the first game of an SEC doubleheader. The Gamecocks (9-8, 29-10) used an RBI double from Gene Cone (3 for 4, 2 RBI) and RBI single from Jason Gore in the ninth inning to overcome the Tigers (7-10, 22-18) in Game 2. In the nightcap, Cody Mincey (3-0) tossed a scoreless inning for the win, and Joel Seddon earned his 10th save for South Carolina – both starters were tremendous, with Jack Wynkoop working seven solid innings for the Gamecocks and Keegan Thompson matching him with eight strong for the Tigers. Pitching also was stellar in the first game, as Dillon Ortman (7-2) allowed seven hits and two earned runs in a complete game. Jordan Montgomery (5-3) allowed four runs in the first – three on the homer to Austin – and was stingy from there in a complete-game loss.


California 7, No. 10 Washington 1

In Berkeley, Calif., Ryan Mason allowed one run over seven innings as California salvaged the finale of its Pac-12 series with Washington. Mason (3-0) gave up five hits with one walk and two strikeouts. Aaron Knapp and Mitchell Kranson both had three hits and a run, while Devon Rodriguez homered for the Golden Bears (5-10, 16-19). Braden Bishop had two hits and a run for the Huskies (14-4, 27-8-1).


No. 12 Alabama 7, Tennessee 6

In Knoxville, Tenn., Wade Wass had a one-out double in the top of the ninth and pinch-runner Hunter Webb scored the go-ahead run on a bases-loaded hit batsman as Alabama edged Tennessee to secure an SEC series win. The Crimson Tide (12-5, 28-11) trailed 6-1 before plating two in the sixth and three in the seventh to knot the score at 6-6. Wass went 3 for 5 with a homer and two runs, while Kyle Overstreet went 3 for 5 with two RBI. Jaw Shaw (2-3, 2.1 IP, H, BB, K) earned the win, while Thomas Burrows (1 IP, H, K) notched his eighth save. Pierce Bily went 2 for 4 with a homer and three RBI for the Volunteers (6-11, 24-13).


No. 13 Oregon 2, Washington State 1

In Eugene, Ore., Trent Paddon tossed six solid innings as Oregon completed a Pac-12 sweep of Washington State. Paddon (1-2) allowed five hits and one run with one walk and six strikeouts. Garrett Cleavinger had a hit and a strikeout in the ninth for his second save. P.J. Jones had a leadoff single and scored on a groundout in the top of the sixth for the Cougars (7-8, 17-19) to snap a scoreless tie. The Ducks (10-5, 31-10) answered in the bottom of the frame as A.J. Balta (2 for 4) had an RBI double and came home on a single by Tyler Baumgartner for a 2-1 advantage. Collin Slaybaugh had three hits for WSU.


No. 14 Florida 3-8, Georgia 2-1

In Gainesville, Fla., Florida scored two in the third and six in the fourth of the nightcap in an SEC doubleheader sweep of Georgia. Aaron Rhodes (4-2, 5.1 IP, 7 H, R, 4 K) picked up the win. Harrison Bader drove in two for the Gators (11-6, 26-13). Conor Welton had three hits and a run for the Bulldogs (7-9-1, 21-17-1). In Game 1, Bobby Poyner tossed four scoreless innings with two hits and seven strikeouts to earn his third save. Logan Shore (4-2, 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 3 K) recorded the win. John Sternagel homered in the bottom of the fifth to snap a 2-2 deadlock. Hunter Cole and Skyler Weber both had two hits and one RBI for Georgia. Ryan Lawlor (3-3, 8 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 3 K) went the distance for the Bulldogs.


No. 15 Vanderbilt 2, Arkansas 1

In Fayetteville, Ark., Carson Fulmer tossed six scoreless innings, and John Norwood hit a two-run homer as Vanderbilt beat Arkansas in the SEC for coach Tim Corbin’s 600th career win. Hayden Stone, Ben Bowden and Brian Miller (third save) combined to limit the Razorbacks (8-9, 24-16) for the Commodores (8-9, 29-11). Blake Baxendale had two hits and an RBI for Arkansas.


No. 16 Miami 3, Notre Dame 2

In Coral Gables, Fla., Zack Collins tripled in the tying run, and pinch-runner Ricky Eusebio scored on Brad Fieger’s sacrifice fly as Miami scored twice in the ninth inning to beat Notre Dame and extend its winning streak to 14 games. Sean Fitzgerald kept the Hurricanes (15-4, 27-12) at bay until the ninth, when Willie Abreu reached on a fielding error and moved to second on the play. Chris Diaz tossed eight innings with six hits, five strikeouts and two runs for Miami. Kyle Fiala had two hits and two RBI for the Fighting Irish (3-16, 15-22).


No. 17 Houston 5, USF 3

In Houston, pinch-hitter Frankie Ratcliff drew a bases-loaded walk to force in the go-ahead run as part of a three-run eight as Houston rallied to win its American series with USF. Austin Lueck (2 for 4) had an RBI double to cap a three-run fourth as the Bulls (8-7, 22-17) took a 3-1 lead. The Cougars (6-6, 29-10) trailed 3-2 heading to the eighth. Jacob Luenenberg had a leadoff pinch-hit double and scored on a groundout for UH in the eighth to knot the score at 3-3. The walk to Ratcliff made it 4-3 and Jordan Stading (1 for 3, 2 RBI) also walked with the bases loaded to plate an insurance run. Wellbrock (3-0, 1.2 IP, 2 H) earned the win.


No. 18 Rice 5, UAB 3 (11)

In Houston, Skyler Ewing belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the 11th as Rice clinched a Conference USA series win over UAB. Tyler Mims (2 for 3) had a two-run single to cap a three-run sixth as the Blazers (10-7, 24-15). Ford Stainback (1 for 3, 2 RBI) had a sacrifice fly in the seventh to pull the Owls (15-5, 28-13) within one and a homer by John Clay Reeves (3 for 5) in the eighth tied it at 3-3. Ewing went 3 for 5 with two runs and two RBI. Matt Ditman (3-5, 3.2 IP, H, 2 BB, 2 K) earned the victory.


No. 19 UC Santa Barbara 2, Long Beach State 1

In Long Beach, Calif., Shane Bieber fanned eight in eight innings as UC Santa Barbara salvaged the finale of its Big West series at Long Beach State. Bieber (2-1) allowed four hits and one run with no walks. Dillon Tate walked one and struck out one in a scoreless ninth to earn his ninth save. Joey Epperson singled and scored in the third and Devon Gradford delivered a sac fly in the fourth as the Gauchos (5-7, 24-10) took a 2-0 lead. Michael Hill singled and scored in the bottom of the sixth for the Dirtbags (5-4, 18-19).


No. 20 Mississippi State 6, Missouri 2

In Columbia, Mo., Cody Brown went 4 for 4 and was a home run short of the cycle as Mississippi State clinched an SEC series win over Missouri. Brown scored once and knocked in two. Brown had an RBI single to snap a 2-2 tie and spark a three-run seventh for the Bulldogs (9-8, 25-15). Alex Detz drove in a pair and Matthew Britton scored three for MSU. Ross Mitchell (6-3) went the distance for the Bulldogs, allowing seven hits and two runs with two walks and three strikeouts. Ryan Howard had two hits and scored both runs for the Tigers (6-11, 17-20).