April 26, 2014

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Florida State blanks Virginia to even series

Oregon State tops Oregon, Alabama nips South Carolina, OSU edges Texas


In Tallahassee, Fla., Mike Compton and Billy Strode combined on the 7-0 shutout as No. 5 Florida State evened its ACC series with top-ranked Virginia Saturday evening. Compton (4-1) scattered seven hits over 6.1 innings with one walk and one strikeout to pick up the win. Strode gave up two hits over the final 2.2 frames with three punchouts. John Sansone drove in four, including a pair in the fourth to snap the scoreless tie. Jose Brizuela (3 for 4) had a two-run double to highlight a four-run fifth for the Seminoles (17-6, 33-10). Joe McCarthy and John La Prise both had two hits, including a double, for the Cavaliers (17-6, 36-8), who had not been shut out in their past 156 games. The last time UVa was blanked was by Liberty on Feb. 28, 2012.


No. 4 Oregon State 4, No. 9 Oregon 2

In Corvallis, Ore., Andrew Moore tossed eight strong innings as Oregon State clinched a Pac-12 series win over Oregon to give head coach Pat Casey his 700th career victory at OSU. Moore (4-3) allowed four hits and two runs with three walks and seven strikeouts. Scott Schultz recorded the final three outs for his fourth save. The Beavers (13-4, 30-8) erased a 1-0 deficit by scoring four in the bottom of the eighth. Dylan Davis (2 for 4) had a two-run double and Caleb Hamilton drove in a pair with a base hit for OSU. Shaun Chase went 1 for 3 with one walk and one RBI for the Ducks (10-7, 31-12). Jeff Gold (4 H, 2 BB, 5 K) tossed seven scoreless innings for Oregon.


No. 12 Alabama 2, No. 10 South Carolina 1

In Columbia, S.C., Justin Kamplain and Thomas Burrows combined on a five-hitter as Alabama evened its SEC series with South Carolina. Kamplain (4-2) surrendered four hits and a run in 6.1 innings with two walks and four strikeouts. Burrows worked the final 2.2 frames with one hit and three punchouts for his ninth save. Ben Moore (2 for 4) homered in the top of the first for the Crimson Tide (13-7, 29-14). Marcus Mooney delivered a sacrifice fly in the third for the lone run for the Gamecocks (11-9, 33-11). Casey Hughston’s RBI single in the seventh plated the eventual game-winner for Alabama.


No. 19 Oklahoma State 2, No. 11 Texas 1

In Austin, Texas, four hurlers held Texas to two hits as Oklahoma State leveled its Big 12 series. Alex Hackerott (2-1, 1 IP, BB) relieved Tyler Buffett (4.2 IP, H, R, 5 BB) and picked up the win. Blake Battenfield allowed one hit in two innings with one walk and to strikeouts. Brendan McCurry pitched the final 1.1 innings with one walk and two punchouts to record his 12th save. The Longhorns (10-7, 32-12) scored in the second as Zabe Gurwitz had an RBI groundout. Craig McDonaughy (2 for 4, 2 R) doubled and scored in the fifth to tie it. He singled and came home an inning later to give the Cowboys the lead.


No. 13 Ole Miss 18, No. 18 Kentucky 5

In Lexington, Ky., Auston Bousfield went 5 for 6 with three runs and six RBI to lead Ole Miss to an SEC series win at Kentucky. Bousfield was a triple short of the cycle. He had an RBI double in a four-run fifth, a three-run homer in a six-run sixth, an RBI single in a seven-run seventh and another run-scoring single in the eighth. Austin Anderson (3 for 6, 2 R, 2B), Will Allen (2 for 5, HR) and J.B. Woodman (2 for 3, 2 R, HR) each knocked in three for the Rebels (12-8, 33-12). Christian Trent (6-0, 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K) earned the victory, while Scott Weathersby (3 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 K) notched his first save. A.J. Reed went deep twice for the Wildcats (9-11, 27-16), giving him 19 for the season.


Long Beach State 7, No. 2 Cal Poly 2

In Long Beach, Calif., Ino Patron went 4 for 5 with two RBI as Long Beach State leveled its Big West series with Cal Poly. The Dirtbags (6-5, 19-21) scored in three of the first four innings in building a 6-0 lead. Garrett Hampson went 2 for 3 with a double, two walks and two runs for LBSU. Josh Frye (4-0, 8 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) earned the victory. Nick Torres went 2 for 4 with one run and one RBI for the Mustangs (12-2, 36-6).


Texas State 10, No. 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 0

In Lafayette, La., Garrett Mattlage was a triple short of the cycle with two runs and two RBI as Texas State evened its Sun Belt series with Louisiana-Lafayette. The Bobcats (12-8, 24-19) scored in four of the first five innings, including five in the fourth. Cory Geisler went 3 for 6 with a double and two RBI for the victors. Taylor Black (4-4, 8 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 8 K) earned the win. Tyler Girouard went 3 for 4 with one RBI, while Caleb Adams homered for the Ragin’ Cajuns (17-3, 38-6).


Tennessee 6, No. 6 LSU 3

In Baton Rouge, La., Tennessee scored two in the eighth and two in the ninth to rally past LSU and even their SEC series. Derek Lance and Taylor Smart knocked in runs in the eighth to give the Volunteers (8-12, 26-15) a 4-3 advantage. Vincent Jackson added a two-run homer in the ninth for UT. Hunter Martin (3-2, 2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, K) picked up the win in relief, while Andrew Lee worked a hitless ninth for his second save. Alex Bregman went 2 for 5 with a double, a run and an RBI for the Tigers (11-8-1, 32-11-1).


No. 8 Florida 5, Missouri 0

In Gainesville, Fla., Aaron Rhodes pitched a one-hit shutout as Florida secured an SEC series victory. Rhodes (5-2) walked two and struck out six. The lone hit for the Tigers (6-14, 19-23) was a double by Dillon Everett in the second. Casey Turgeon had two hits and two RBI, while Zack Powers homered for the Gators (14-6, 29-15).


No. 14 Rice 3, Southern Miss 2

In Hattiesburg, Miss., Rice scored twice in the top of the seventh to snap a 1-1 tie and secure a Conference USA series win at Southern Miss. Charlie Warren went 2 for 4 with one RBI, while Keenan Cook and Shane Hoelscher both had two hits and a run for the Owls (18-5, 31-14). Blake Fox (9-0, 6.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 3 K) recorded the win, while Trevor Teykl retired the final seven hitters in order to register his third save. Matt Durst had a pair of sacrifice flies for the Golden Eagles (13-7, 25-19).


No. 15 Louisville 6, Connecticut 1

In Louisville, Ky., Jared Ruxer pitched six solid innings as Louisville clinched an American series win over Connecticut. Ruxer (7-1) allowed five hits and a run with one walk and five strikeouts. Drew Harrington gave up two hits and fanned a pair over the final 2.2 innings to notch his first save. The Cardinals (10-4, 32-11) scored five times in the middle three innings to take control. Cole Sturgeon went 2 for 3 with one run and two RBI for Louisville. Max McDowell had two hits and a run for the Huskies (5-8, 21-21).


No. 16 Miami 3, Clemson 2 (12)

In Clemson, S.C., Miami scored twice in the top of the 12th and held on to clinch an ACC series win at Clemson. Tyler Palmer (2 for 4, 2 R, 2 2B) had an RBI double in the 12th and scored on a base hit by Zack Collins (2 for 3) to give the Hurricanes (18-5, 31-13) a 3-1 advantage. Steven Duggar had a leadoff single in the bottom of the frame and scored on a double play for the Tigers (12-10, 25-18). Willie Abreu had three hits and one RBI for Miami. Both starters were outstanding through nine innings. Andrew Suarez scattered eight hits with one run, no walks and seven strikeouts for the Hurricanes. Daniel Gossett allowed seven hits, four walks and one run with 13 punchouts. Thomas Woodrey (3-0) pitched a perfect 11th to pick up the win, while Bryan Garcia (1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 K) notched his 13th save.


Cincinnati 3, No. 17 Houston 0

In Cincinnati, Ohio, Connor Walsh tossed seven innings of two-hit scoreless baseball as Cincinnati evened its American series with Houston. Walsh (4-6) walked three and fanned six. Austin Woodby gave up one hit and one walk over the final two frames for his first save. Justin Glass (2 for 4) drove in two and Matt Williams (1 for 3) scored twice for the Bearcats (4-13, 16-24). Casey Grayson went 1 for 4 with a double for the Cougars (7-7, 30-12).


No. 20 Vanderbilt 12-11, Georgia 9-12

In Nashville, Tenn., Carson Fulmer tossed seven scoreless innings in Game 2 as Vanderbilt took a pair from SEC-rival Georgia. Fulmer (2-1) allowed two hits with three walks and eight strikeouts. Dansby Swanson had two hits and three RBI, John Norwood was 2 for 3 with three runs and two RBI, and Xavier Turner tagged a three-run homer in the eighth for the Commodores (10-10, 32-12). Stephen Wrenn went 1 for 3 with a walk for the Bulldogs (7-12-1, 21-21-1). In the completion of Friday’s suspended contest, Tyler Beede (6-5) tossed five scoreless innings with two hits, three walks and seven strikeouts to earn the victory. Bryan Reynolds went 3 for 4 with two doubles and four RBI for the Commodores, who led 12-0 before Georgia plated two in the eighth and seven in the ninth. Nelson Ward had three hits and two RBI for the Bulldogs.


Kansas 10, Baylor 2

In Waco, Texas,  Aaron Hernandez went 3 for 4 with two runs and one RBI as Kansas clinched a Big 12 series win over Baylor and earned head coach Ritch Price his 1,000th career victory. The Jayhawks (8-9, 25-20) used a six-run second to take control. Michael Suiter drove in three, while Connor McKay went 2 for 3 with two runs and two RBI for Kansas. Robert Kahana (3-5, 7 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) earned the win. Hayden Ross and Grayson Porter both had two hits for the Bears (5-11, 19-24).