April 22, 2014

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Virginia outlasts VCU in 10 innings

Seattle nips UW, JU knocks off Florida, Southern Miss downs Alabama


In Richmond, Va., Brandon Downes had a leadoff homer in the top of the 10th and VCU left the bases loaded in each of the final three innings as top-ranked Virginia eked out a 5-4 win Tuesday evening.at The Diamond. The Cavaliers (34-7) built a 4-2 lead in the eighth. Bill Cullen had an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth as the Rams (28-10) pulled within one. In the bottom of the ninth, Cody Acker drew a one-out walk and scored on an error to knot the score at 4-4. Derek Fisher (2 for 4) also went deep for the Cavs. Nick Howard (2-0, 1.2 IP, H, UE, 2 BB, 4 K) picked up the win, while Whit Mayberry (1 IP, H, B) notched his second save.


Seattle 1, No. 7 Washington 0

In Seattle, Skyler Genger and Mac Acker combined on the three-hit shutout as Seattle edged Washington. Genger (4-0) allowed three hits and a walk in 7.1 innings with five strikeouts to earn the victory. Acker retired the five hitters he faced, including a pair of punchouts, for his first save. Sam Finfer (2 for 3) singled and scored on a passed ball in the fifth for the Redhawks (18-18) for the game’s lone run.


Jacksonville 3, No. 8 Florida 1

In Gainesville, Fla., Dylan Dillard ripped a three-run homer in the top of the seventh, and Justin Russell logged seven splendid innings as Jacksonville upended Florida. Russell (5-2) allowed one run on three hits with one strikeout. The Dolphins (14-25) got something going when Braddock Rowe and Michael Babb were hit by pitches. After a sacrifice bunt, Dillard’s two-out homer put Jacksonville on top. Zack Powers went 2 for 4 with a solo homer for the Gators (27-14), who got five scoreless innings from Karsten Whitson.


Southern Miss 6, No. 12 Alabama 3

In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Mason Robbins went 4 for 4 with a homer and four RBI as Southern Miss knocked off Alabama for the second time this season. Robbins had a pair of RBI singles to help the Golden Eagles (25-17) build a 4-1 lead then added a two-run homer to make it 6-1 in the eighth. Cameron Giannini (3-2) worked into the sixth inning, allowing five hits, four walks and a run with five strikeouts, to pick up the win. Ben Moore went 3 for 5 with a run and an RBI for the Crimson Tide (28-13).


No. 2 Cal Poly 12, San Jose State 5

In San Luis Obispo, Calif., Tim Wise went 4 for 5 with a run and two RBI as Cal Poly downed San Jose State. Zack Zehner (3 for 4, 2 RBI) and Brian Mundell (2 for 4) both scored three for the Mustangs (35-5). Slater Lee (3-1, 5 IP, 5 H, R, K) earned the victory. Brett Bautista went 3 for 4 with one run and one RBI for the Spartans (12-29).


No. 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 8, McNeese State 0

In Lafayette, La., Matt Hicks and Ben Carter combined on a two-hit shutout as Louisiana-Lafayette blanked McNeese State. Hicks (5-0) allowed two hits in five innings with no walks and five strikeouts. Carter tossed four hitless innings with no walks and three punchouts. Jace Conrad had two hits, including a double, and two RBI for the Ragin’ Cajuns (37-5). Jackson Gooch had a double for the Cowboys (20-19).


No. 4 Oregon State 8, Sacramento State 1

In Sacramento, Calif., Dylan Davis had two hits, including a home run, and drove in four as Oregon State evened its midweek series at Sacramento State. Jeff Hendrix doubled and knocked in two, while Nick Rulli had two hits, including a double, and two runs for the Beavers (28-8). Zack Reser (4-0, 4.1 IP, 4 H, R, K) picked up the win in relief. Rhys Hoskins homered for the Hornets (25-16).


No. 5 Florida State 4, Stetson 0

In Tallahassee, Fla., Billy Strode tossed six scoreless innings, and Justin Gonzalez went 3 for 4 with an RBI as Florida State blanked Stetson. Strode (1-1) allowed two hits and struck out five, and Gage Smith and Jameis Winston completed the shutout, with Winston striking out the side in the ninth. The Hatters fell to 17-25.


No. 6 LSU 6, Tulane 0

In Baton Rouge, La., Jake Fraley had three hits and three RBI to lead LSU past Tulane. Andrew Stevenson went 2 for 4 with two runs and one RBI for the Tigers (31-10-1). Seven pitchers combined on the shutout, with the win going to Zac Person (2-1, 1 IP, H, BB, K). Lex Kaplan and Jake Willsey both had two hits for the Green Wave (15-23).


No. 10 South Carolina 8, Davidson 0

In Columbia, S.C., DC Arendas went 2 for 4 with an RBI, and Grayson Greiner added two RBI as South Carolina used a six-run sixth inning to beat Davidson. The Gamecocks (31-10) led 1-0 before exploding in the sixth as the first six batters reached to open the frame. Greiner had an RBI double, and Arendas bunted a run homer in the big inning. Logan Koch added two hits and a run for South Carolina. Taylor Widener (3-0) tossed three perfect innings of relief with four strikeouts as the Gamecocks posted their 12th shutout of the season. Sam Foy had a pair of hits to lead the Wildcats (23-11).


No. 11 Texas 5, UTPA 4

In Austin, Texas, Mark Payton had an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth that lifted Texas past UTPA. Ben Johnson had two hits, including a homer, and two RBI, and Brooks Marlow and Zane Gurwitz each contributed two hits for the Longhorns (31-11), who beat the Broncs (17-25) for the 40th straight time. Alberto Morales had three hits and a run for UTPA.


Mississippi State 8, No. 13 Ole Miss 3

In Pearl, Miss., Wes Rea had a two-run double to break a 3-3 tie right after a bad-hop single over the second baseman’s head extended the sixth inning, and Mississippi State topped Ole Miss at Trustman Park in the annual Governor’s Cup affair. Gavin Collins had three hits and two RBI, and Brett Pirtle added two hits, two runs and an RBI for the Bulldogs (27-15). Lucas Laster, who tossed the first 5.1 innings, and Vance Tatum (2-0) limited the Rebels (30-12) to three hits.


Texas A&M 6, No. 14 Rice 5

In Houston, Cole Lankford went 4 for 5 with a run and an RBI, and Andrew Vinson stranded the tying run at third base in the ninth inning as Texas A&M held off Rice. Logan Taylor scored twice and drove in two as the Aggies (25-17) scored five times in the first two innings. Corey Ray (4-0) allowed five hits and two runs (one earned) in six innings, but the Owls (29-14) rallied for three runs in the ninth before Vinson entered to get the final out. Connor Teykl had a two-run single in the ninth and finished with three RBI for Rice.


No. 15 Louisville 3, Western Kentucky 1

In Louisville, Ky., Josh Rogers tossed seven strong innings as Louisville defeated Western Kentucky. Rogers (1-2) surrendered three hits and one run with one walk and five strikeouts. Nick Burdi worked a scoreless ninth for this ninth save. Colin Lyman had a two-run single in the fifth for the Cardinals (29-11). Regan Flaherty had two hits and a run for the Hilltoppers (21-20).