April 25, 2014

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French & Hollingsworth pitch Texas past

UVa edges FSU in 10, Oregon State nips Oregon, South Carolina beats 'Bama


In Austin, Texas, Parker French and Chad Hollingsworth held No. 19 Oklahoma State to a pair of hits and no runs as No. 11 Texas took the Big 12 series opener 3-0 on Friday evening. French (5-3) gave up one hit and three walks with two strikeouts, while Hollingsworth surrendered one hit in three innings with three punchouts for his first save. C.J. Hinojosa had two hits and two runs, while Jacob Felts drove in a pair for the Longhorns (10-6, 32-11). Donnie Walton and Craig McConaughy both went 1 for 3 for the Cowboys (11-5, 29-13).


No. 1 Virginia 5, No. 5 Florida State 3 (10)

In Tallahassee, Fla., Derek Fisher delivered a two-run double with two away in the top of the 10th as Virginia took the ACC series opener. Fisher finished with three hits, all doubles, while Daniel Pinero and Nick Howard both had two hits and a run for the Cavaliers (17-5, 36-7). Mike Papi and John La Prise both homered for Virginia  Howard (1.0 IP, 3 K) earned his 14th save in relief of Whit Mayberry (4-1, 3 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, K). Josh Delph drove in two for the Seminoles (16-6, 32-10).


No. 4 Oregon State 3, No. 9 Oregon 1

In Corvallis, Ore., Ben Wetzler set a school record with his 31st career victory as Oregon State edged Oregon to open their Pac-12 series. Wetzler (7-1) allowed five hits and one run in 8.1 innings with one walk and seven strikeouts. Scott Schultz recorded the final two outs for his third save. Jeff Hendrix went 3 for 5 with two runs, while Caleb Hamilton homered for the first-place Beavers (12-4, 29-8). Kyle Garlick went 2 for 4 with a run for the Ducks (10-6, 31-11).


No. 10 South Carolina 9, No. 12 Alabama 3

In Columbia, S.C., Gene Cone had a three-run triple to cap a four-run fourth as South Carolina beat Alabama to kick off their SEC series. The Gamecocks (11-8, 33-10) took the lead for good with their outburst in the fourth. Grayson Greiner (HR, 2 R) and Tanner English both had three hits and two RBI for South Carolina. Jordan Montgomery (6-3, 6.1 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 8 K) earned the victory, while Joel Seddon (1.1 IP, 2 H, R, 2 K) registered his 11th save. Kyle Overstreet had two hits and two RBI for the Crimson Tide (12-7, 28-14).


No. 13 Ole Miss 12, No. 18 Kentucky 4

In Lexington, Ky., Sikes Orvis went 2 for 3 with a homer, two runs and three RBI as Ole Miss thumped Kentucky to kick off their SEC series. Preston Overbey (2 for 5) had a two-run double to highlight a six-run third for the Rebels (11-8, 31-12). Will Allen (3 for 5) and Errol Robinson (3 for 5) both drove in a pair for Ole Miss. Chris Ellis (6-0, 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 5 K) recorded the victory. A.J. Reed and Storm Wilson both had two-run homers for the Wildcats (9-10, 27-15).


No. 2 Cal Poly 6, Long Beach State 3

In Long Beach, Calif., Jordan Ellis drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth and Nick Torres added a two-run single later in the frame as Cal Poly rallied past Long Beach State to start their Big West series. Torres went 1 for 5 with three RBI, while Chris Hoo was 1 for 2 with two runs and one RBI for the Mustangs (12-1, 36-5). Reed Reilly (3-0, 2.2 IP, 2 H, BB, K) earned the win in relief of Matt Imhof (6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 4 K). Cameron Pongs went 3 for 4 with two doubles and a run for the Dirtbags (5-5, 18-21).


No. 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 8, Texas State 6

In Lafayette, La., Ryan Leonards had an RBI triple to snap a 6-6 tie in the bottom of the seventh and scored an insurance run as Louisiana-Lafayette edged Texas State in the Sun Belt series lid-lifter. Leonards went 2 for 4 with two runs and two RBI, while Caleb Adams was 3 for 3 with two runs and one RBI for the Ragin' Cajuns (17-2, 38-5). Greg Milhorn (4-2, 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 4 K) picked up the win, while Ryan Wilson (2 IP, 2 H, 3 K) recorded his second save. The Bobcats (11-8, 23-19) had tied it in the top of the seventh on a two-run homer by Granger Studdard (2 for 4, 2 R).


No. 6 LSU 8, Tennessee 7

In Baton Rouge, La., LSU scored single runs in each of the final three innings to rally past Tennessee in SEC play. The Tigers (11-7-1, 32-10-1) trailed 7-5 in the seventh before Kramer Robertson drove in a run in the bottom of the seventh to pull within one. Jake Fraley (3 for 5, 2 R) had a two-out RBI double in the eighth to tie the game and Mark Laird (2 for 5) brought in the winning run with a base hit with two away in the ninth. Joe Broussard (2-0) fanned three in the top of the ninth to earn the win. Will Maddox went 3 for 5 with two runs and one RBI for the Volunteers (7-12, 25-15).


Washington State 6, No. 7 Washington 4

In Seattle, Ian Sagdal had a two-run single to cap a three-run seventh as Washington State rallied past Washington in the Pac-12 series opener. Austin Rei had a three-run homer in a four-run second for the Huskies (14-5, 27-10-1). The Cougars (8-8, 18-20) put up three in the third before taking the lead in the seventh. Collin Slaybaugh went 3 for 5 with a run, while Nick Tanielu and Ben Roberts both drove in two for WSU. Kellen Camus (4-0, 1.1 IP, H) earned the win in relief, while Ian Hamilton (1.1 IP, 3 K) notched his 11th save.


No. 8 Florida 7, Missouri 1

In Gainesville, Fla., Peter Alonso was a home run short of the cycle and drove in five as Florida downed Missouri in the SEC series opener. Alonso had a two-run single in the second, an RBI triple in the sixth and a two-run double in the eighth for the Gators (13-6, 28-15). Taylor Gushue had two hits and two runs for Florida. Logan Shore (5-2, 7.1 IP, 5 H, R, 5 K) earned the win. Eric Anderson had two hits and a run for the Tigers (6-13, 19-22).


No. 14 Rice 5, Southern Miss 0

In Hattiesburg, Miss., Kevin McCanna and Matt Ditman combined on a five-hit shutout as Rice blanked Southern Miss in a battle for first in Conference USA. McCanna (5-2, 5.2 IP, 4 H, BB, 8 K) registered the win, while Ditman (3.1 IP, H, 4 K) notched his seventh save. Shane Hoelscher had three hits and three RBI to lead the offense for the Owls (17-5, 30-14). Connor Barron and Mason Robbins both had two hits for the Golden Eagles (13-6, 25-18).


No. 15 Louisville 2, Connecticut 0

In Louisville, Ky., Funkhouser tossed seven scoreless innings as Louisville blanked Connecticut to start its American series. Funkhouser (8-2) allowed five hits and five walks with seven strikeouts. Nick Burdi fanned two in a hitless ninth for his 10th save. Kay homered in the sixth and the Cardinals (9-4, 31-11) added a run in the seventh. Jon Testani went 1 for 2 with a double and a walk for the Huskies (5-7, 21-20), who stranded 12.


No. 16 Miami 5, Clemson 2

In Clemson, S.C., Chris Diaz allowed two unearned runs in 7.2 innings as Miami took the ACC series opener at Clemson. Diaz (7-0) gave up four hits and three walks while striking out five. Bryan Garcia (1.1 IP, H) secured his 12th save. Ricky Eusebio went 3 for 4 with one run and one RBI, while Zack Collins belted a two-run homer in the ninth for the Hurricanes (17-5, 30-13). Steve Wilkerson went 1 for 4 with a double and a run for the Tigers (12-9, 25-17).


No. 17 Houston 11, Cincinnati 4

In Cincinnati, Ohio, Justin Montemayor went 4 for 5 with three runs as Houston handled Cincinnati to begin their American series. Casey Grayson had two hits and three RBI, while Caleb Barker went 2 for 5 with three runs and two RBI for the Cougars (7-6, 30-11). Houston snapped a 4-4 tie with a run in the sixth and added two in the seventh and four in the eighth. Tyler Ford (5-0, 5 IP, 6 H, R, BB, 6 K) earned the win in relief. Justin Glass had three hits and four RBI for the Bearcats (3-13, 15-24).


Kansas 1, Baylor 0

In Waco, Texas, Jordan Piche' tossed a one-hit shutout as Kansas edged Baylor in Big 12 play. Piche' (5-5) allowed a leadoff single to Lawton Langford in the first for the lone hit for the Bears (5-10, 19-23). Piche' walked two, plunked one and struck out five. The Jayhawks (7-9, 24-20) scored in the top of the ninth. Aaron Hernandez was hit by a pitch with one away, moved to third on an errant pickoff attempt and scored on a base hit by Ka'iana Eldredge (2 for 3).


Towson 15, James Madison 12

In Towson, Md., Kurt Wertz went 4 for 5 with three homers and seven RBI as Towson outscored JMU in the CAA. Wertz tied the school record for homers in a game and is one of nine Tigers (2-7, 20-17) to accomplish the feat. Tyler Gregory went 4 for 5 with two homers and seven RBI for the Dukes (4-8, 12-26).


Indiana 9, Illinois 3

In Champaign, Ill., Joey DeNato allowed three earned runs in eight innings, and Brad Hartong led a balanced Indiana attack with two hits and three RBI as the Hoosiers beat Illinois in the Big Ten. Eight Hoosiers (12-1, 27-11) had a hit and four – Sam Travis, Scott Donley, Dustin DeMuth and Will Nolden – had two hits and two runs. Reid Roper had a two-run homer for the Fighting Illini (9-4, 22-16).


FGCU 6, Mercer 5

In Fort Myers, Fla., Mike Murray won his 10th game – joining Chris Sale (11) as the only pitchers in FGCU history to reach 10 wins – as the Eagles took the first game of their A-Sun series with Mercer. Murray (10-0) allowed four earned runs in seven innings, and Sterling Kerner tossed the final 1.1 innings for his first save for FGCU (12-4, 28-15). Zack Tillery went 3 for 4 with a double, triple, run and two RBI, and Jake Noll added four hits and a run for the Eagles. Michael Massi went 3 for 4 with a run and an RBI for the Bears (14-5, 32-11).


Cal State Fullerton 1, Hawaii 0 (10)

In Fullerton, Calif., Thomas Eshelman tossed a 10-inning shutout as Cal State Fullerton nipped Hawaii in the Big West series opener to snap a six-game losing streak. Eshelman (6-1) allowed six hits with no walks and six strikeouts. Jared Deacon had a one-out single in the bottom of the 10th for the Titans (4-6, 19-17) and moved to second on an error. With two away, Tanner Pinkston (2 for 5) had a base hit up the middle to plate Deacon with the game-winner. Matt Cooper, the starter for the Rainbows (3-10, 15-23), matched Eshelman for nine innings. He surrendered four hits and two walks while striking out 11. Adam Hurley went 2 for 4 for Hawaii, which has lost 10 of its past 11 contests.


Seton Hall 10, Villanova 0

In South Oragne, N.J., Josh Prevost allowed two hits and struck out 13 as Seton Hall improved to 29-9 by blanking Villanova. Prevost improved to 9-1 with a 1.48 ERA with his gem. Sal Annunziata had three hits and three RBI for the Pirates.


Utah 12, Nevada 0

In Salt Lake City, Mitch Watrous tossed seven scoreless innings with seven strikeouts, and Kody Davis went 2 for 5 with three RBI as Utah (13-24) blanked Nevada (21-18) for coach Bill Kinneberg’s 500th career win.


Arizona State 2, Arizona 1

In Tucson, Ariz., Brett Lilek (4-2) allowed three hits and no earned runs in pitching into the seventh inning as Arizona State edged Arizona. Drew Stankiewicz had three hits and a run to pace the Sun Devils (11-8, 22-16). The Wildcats fell to 6-13, 17-24.


Tulane 5, Wichita State 1 (12)

In New Orleans, Hunter Hope launched a game-winning grand slam to cap a five-run 12th as Tulane outlasted Wichita State. The Shockers (21-20) broke the scoreless tie with a run in the top of the 12th as Micah Green (2 for 4) had a leadoff double and scored on a wild pitch. In the bottom of the frame, Richard Carthon (2 for 5) walked, advanced to second on a base hit by Jake Willsey and came home on a single by Stephen Alemais to tie the game at 1-1. Following a balk, Andrew Garner (2 for 4) walked to load the bases for Hope, who went deep on a 2-1 pitch to snap a three-game losing streak for the Green Wave (16-23).