April 20, 2014

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North Carolina avoids sweep at No. 1 Virginia

UTA rallies past ULL, WFU surprises FSU, South Carolina nips Auburn


In Charlottesville, Va., Zac Gallen and Reilly Hovis combined on a six-hitter as North Carolina avoided the ACC sweep at top-ranked Virginia with a 4-2 win on Sunday. Gallen (4-3) allowed six hits and two runs in 5.1 innings with two walks and two strikeouts to earn the victory. Hovis worked 3.2 hitless innings with no walks and two strikeouts for his third save. Michael Russell (3 for 5) had a two-run homer in the fifth to snap a 1-1 tie and give the Tar Heels (10-11, 23-17) the lead for good. Branden Cogswell went 1 for 3 with one walk and one RBI for the Cavaliers (16-5, 33-7).


UT Arlington 5, No. 2 Louisiana-Lafayette 4

In Arlington, Texas, Eric Tate had an RBI single to cap a four-run bottom of the ninth as UT Arlington salvaged the finale of its Sun Belt set with Louisiana-Lafayette. Ryan Bottger walked and scored on a wild pitch for the first run in the ninth for the Mavericks (9-9, 17-23). Levi Scott added an RBI double and Brandon Vinyard tied it with a run-scoring fielder's choice. Tate finished with two hits and a run for UTA. Colin Tornberg (1-1, 3 IP, H, 2 K) earned the victory. Blake Trahan had two hits, including a double, and one RBI for the Ragin' Cajuns (16-2, 36-5). Cody Boutte was brilliant in his start for ULL, allowing two hits and one unearned run in seven innings with four walks and three strikeouts.


Wake Forest 5, No. 5 Florida State 2

In Winston-Salem, N.C., Grant Shambley had an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to snap a 2-2 tie as Wake Forest salvaged the finale of its ACC series with Florida State. Conor Keniry had two hits, including a double, and two RBI, while Matt Conway went 3 for 4 with a double and a run for the Demon Deacons (12-9, 25-17). John McCarren (1-0) threw one pitch to pick up the win. He rolled a 5-4-3 double play to end the top of the seventh to register his first victory. Connor Kaden tossed two hitless innings with three strikeouts to earn his first save. Danny De La Calle was 3 for 4 with one RBI for the Seminoles (16-5, 30-9).


No. 8 South Carolina 4, Auburn 3

In Auburn, Ala., Gene Cone delivered a sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth to break a 3-3 deadlock and help South Carolina win its SEC series against Auburn. Grayson Greiner went 3 for 4 with a double and two RBI for the Gamecocks (10-8, 30-10). Joel Seddon (2-1, 2.1 IP, 2 H, BB, 2 K) picked up the win. Blake Austin went 3 for 5 with one run and one RBI for the Tigers (7-11, 22-19).


Tennessee 10, No. 12 Alabama 9

In Knoxville, Tenn., Tennessee tied it with six in the eighth and won it with a pair in the bottom of the ninth to salvage the SEC series finale against Alabama. Austin Smith (2 for 4, 2 R, 4 RBI) had a two-run homer and Ben Moore (2 for 3, 2 R, 3 RBI) knocked in a pair with a double in a five-run sixth as the Crimson Tide (12-6, 28-12) took an 8-2 lead. W Maddox had an RBI double to cap the six-run eighth for the Volunteers (7-11, 25-13). Moore smacked a one-out homer in the top of the ninth to give Alabama a 9-8 advantage. Christin Stewart (3 for 4, 3 R) drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the frame and scored the tying run on a double by Nick Senzel (2 for 4, 3 R). One out later, Senzel scored the game-winner on a double by Vincent Jackson (2 for 2, 2 RBI).


No. 14 Florida 10, Georgia 3

In Gainesville, Fla., Harrison Bader went 3 for 3 with a triple, two runs and three RBI as Florida completed an SEC sweep of Georgia. Bader had a two-run triple and scored in a three-run first as the Gators (12-6, 27-13) erased an early 1-0 deficit. An inning later, Bader had an RBI single and Taylor Gushue (2 for 4) added a two-run base hit in a four-run second as Florida took a 7-1 lead. Casey Turgeon was 2 for 4 with a homer, three runs and two RBI for the Gators. Danny Young (5-0, 5 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K) picked up the win. Conor Welton had two hits and two runs for the Bulldogs (7-10-1, 21-18-1).


Arkansas 3, No. 15 Vanderbilt 1

In Fayetteville, Ark., Chris Oliver allowed one run over 6.2 innings as Arkansas claimed an SEC series victory over Vanderbilt. Oliver (5-3) gave up six hits with no walks and two strikeouts. Michael Gunn (1.1 IP, 2 BB) notched his sixth save. The Razorbacks (9-9, 25-16) scored one in the first and two in the fifth. Brian Anderson (1 for 3) and Eric Fisher both drove in runs for Arkansas. Bryan Reynolds homered in the seventh for the Commodores (8-10, 29-12).


Notre Dame 7, No. 16 Miami 4

In Coral Gables, Fla., Michael Hearne pitched five scoreless innings and Kevin DeFilippis had a pinch-hit two-run triple to highlight a five-run fifth as Notre Dame evened its ACC series with Miami. Hearne (3-4) scattered seven hits with no walks and two strikeouts. Donnie Hissa allowed a hit and struck out one in a scoreless ninth for his first save. Cavan Biggio had two hits and two RBI, while Mac Hudgins added three hits and a run for the Fighting Irish (4-16, 16-22). Zack Collins went 4 for 5 with a run for the Hurricanes (15-5, 27-13).


No. 18 Rice 5, UAB 3

In Houston, Keenan Cook went 3 for 4 with a run as Rice completed the Conference USA sweep of UAB. Jon Duplantier (1-2 IP, 7.2 IP, 7 H, 3 UE, 2 BB, 7 K) earned the win, while Trevor Teykl retired the final four hitters for his second save for the Owls (16-5, 29-13). Nathan Vincent had a two-run double in a three-run eighth for the Blazers (10-8, 24-16).


No. 20 Mississippi State 9, Missouri 7 (11)

In Oxford, Miss., Reid Humphreys had a two-run single with two away in the top of the 11th as Mississippi State completed an SEC sweep of Missouri. The Bulldogs (10-8, 26-15) trailed 7-3 after six before scoring one in the seventh, one in the eighth and two in the ninth to knot the score at 7-7. Humphreys went 2 for 3 with two RBI, while C.T. Bradford had two hits and three RBI for MSU. Brett Pirtle had three hits, including a double and a homer, as well as three runs for the Bulldogs. Ben Bracewell (3-3, 6 IP, 5 H, R, 2 BB, 7 K) earned the win, while Jacob Lindgren struck out the final batter of the game to record his third save. Logan Pearson had four hits, including two doubles, and two runs for the Tigers (6-12, 17-21).