May 3, 2014

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Lankford Lifts Texas A&M over LSU

Florida nips Alabama, Oregon State stops Cal, ULL blanks ASU


In College Station, Texas, Cole Lankford had a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth as Texas A&M won 3-2 Saturday to even its SEC series with fifth-ranked LSU. Lankford finished with three hits and two RBI for the Aggies (11-12, 29-19). Daniel Mengden (4-6) went the distance for Texas A&M with five hits, two runs, one walk and five strikeouts. Conner Hale (2 for 4) had an RBI triple and scored in the fourth for the Tigers (13-9-1, 35-12-1).


No. 7 Florida 4, No. 16 Alabama 3

In Tuscaloosa, Ala., A.J. Puk was the winning pitcher and had the game-winning hit as Florida clinched an SEC series win at Alabama. Puk (4-2) hurled 2.2 innings in relief with two hits, two walks and two strikeouts. Ryan Harris tossed a perfect ninth for his fifth save. The Gators (17-6, 32-15) trailed 3-2 after five before a leadoff homer by Taylor Gushue in the sixth tied it at 3-3. Puk added an RBI single later in the frame to give Florida a 4-3 advantage. Casey Turgeon went 3 for 3 with a double, one run and one RBI for the Gators. Kyle Overstreet went 2 for 3 with one RBI for the Crimson Tide (13-10, 30-17).


No. 2 Oregon State 9, California 3 (10)

In Berkeley, Calif., Andy Peterson had an RBI double to spark a seven-run 10th as Oregon State clinched a Pac-12 series win at California. Jeff Hendrix (2 for 5) and Gabe Clark (2 BB, RBI) both scored twice for the Beavers (16-4, 33-8). Scott Schultz (5-2, 1.2 IP, 2 H, R, 2 K) registered the victory. The Golden Bears (7-13, 19-23) trailed 2-0 before plating a pair in the bottom of the eighth. Devon Rodriguez had two hits and one RBI for Cal.


No. 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 7, Arkansas State 0

In Jonesboro, Ark., Carson Baranik tossed a two-hit shutout as Louisiana-Lafayette won its Sun Belt series at Arkansas State. Baranik (9-1) did not walk a batter and struck out seven. He retired the final 15 hitters in the game. The Ragin' Cajuns (20-3, 43-6) scored three in the second to take the lead for good. Seth Harrison drove in two, while Tyler Girouard went 3 for 5 with a double, a run and an RBI for ULL. Zach Maggio and Matt Burgess both went 1 for 3 for the Red Wolves (14-9, 26-21).


No. 4 Cal Poly 7, UC Riverside 5

In Riverside, Calif., Mark Mathias had two hits and three RBI as Cal Poly evened its Big West series win at UC Riverside and snapped a four-game losing streak. The Mustangs (13-4, 37-9) trailed 3-0 before scoring single runs in the fifth and sixth, while taking the lead for good with two in the seventh. Their final three runs came in the eighth. Zack Zehner and Brian Mundell both had three hits for Cal Poly. Taylor Chris (4-0, 3.1 IP, 3 H, 3 BB) picked up the win, while Reed Reilly (2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 K) recorded his eighth save. Francisco Tellez had two hits, a run and two RBI for the Highlanders (8-6, 20-22).


No. 5 Florida State 5-3, Minnesota 4-2

In Tallahassee, Fla., John Nogowski went 7 for 9 and drove in the game-winner in the opener as Florida State won a pair of one-run contests against Minnesota. In Game 1, Tony Skjefte had a two-run double to cap a three-run ninth as the Golden Gophers (22-18) took a 4-3 lead before DJ Stewart (2 for 5, 2R) tied it in the bottom of the frame with an RBI single and scored the game-winner on a base hit by Nogowski. In the second game, Nogowski went 4 for 4 with a run for the Seminoles (35-11). Mike Compton (5-1, 7.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, BB, 4 K) earned the win, while Peter Miller fanned the final two hitters for his first save. Dan Olinger went 2 for 4 with a double, one run and one RBI for Minnesota.


No. 8 South Carolina 5, Georgia 2

In Athens, Ga., Grayson Greiner belted a two-run homer and drew three walks as South Carolina evened its SEC series at Georgia. Greiner went deep in the third to give the Gamecocks (13-10, 35-12) a 2-1 advantage. Tanner English had an RBI single in the seventh to snap a 2-2 tie and give South Carolina the lead for good. Jack Wynkoop (6-3, 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, BB, 3 K) earned the win, while Joel Seddon fanned the final batter of the game for his 13th save. Stephen Wrenn had three hits and a run, while Zack Bowers went deep for the Bulldogs (8-14-1, 22-23-1).


No. 9 Washington 11, Utah 1

In Salt Lake City, Trevor Mitsui went 3 for 4 with two runs and one RBI as Washington secured a Pac-12 series win at Utah. The Huskies (18-5, 31-11-1) led 2-0 before scoring nine over the final three innings. Alex Schmidt (2 for 4, 2 R) homered for UW. Tyler Davis (10-1, 8 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K) was the winner. Konnor Armijo had two hits for the Utes (3-17, 13-27).


Alabama State 6, No. 10 Miami 5

In Coral Gables, Fla., Emmanuel Marrero doubled and scored on an error in the eighth as Alabama State edged Miami to even their series at one game apiece. Einar Muniz went 3 for 3 with two runs and one RBI, while Waldyvan Estrada had two hits and two RBI for the Hornets (34-18). Normando Valentin (4-0, 2.2 IP, H, 3 K) earned the victory. Willie Abreu went 2 for 3 with a run and two RBI for the Hurricanes (33-14).


No. 11 Louisville 3-3, USF 1-2 (Game 2 – 11 innings)

In Tampa, Fla., Cole Sturgeon had a leadoff triple in the top of the 11th in the nightcap and scored on a base hit by Jeff Gardner as Louisville swept an American doubleheader from USF. Sturgeon finished with two hits and two runs, while Gardner had two hits and two RBI. Sturgeon (3-0, 2.2 IP, H, BB, 3 K) also picked up the victory for the Cardinals (13-4, 36-11), while Nick Burdi fanned one in a hitless 11th for his 12th save. Luke Borders had two hits and one RBI for the Bulls (10-10, 24-22). In Game 1, Kyle Funkhouser (9-2, 4 H, 5 BB, 8 K) tossed 7.1 scoreless innings to earn the win. Sturgeon rolled a double play to work out of a jam in the eighth, and Burdi (1 IP, 2 H, R, BB, 2 K) picked up the save. Grant Kay had three hits and two runs for the Cardinals. Austin Leuck had two hits for USF.


No. 12 Ole Miss 7, Arkansas 4

In Oxford, Miss., Sikes Orvis contributed to all three Ole Miss scoring innings in securing an SEC series win over Arkansas. Orvis (2 for 3, 2 R, 2 RBI) had a sacrifice fly in the three-run first, singled and scored in a three-run fourth, and homered in the fifth for the Rebels (15-8, 35-13). Eric Fisher (3 for 4) had a two-run single to highlight a four-run first for the Razorbacks (10-13, 29-20).


No. 13 Oklahoma State 6, Arizona State 5 (11)

In Stillwater, Okla., Oklahoma State scored single runs in the eighth and ninth to force extra innings and won it in the 11th in securing a series win over Arizona State. Tim Arakawa (4 for 6) had RBI singles in the eighth and ninth for the Cowboys (34-13) to tie it at 5-5. Donnie Walton (2 for 5) drove in the game-winner with a base hit in the 11th. Tanner Krietemeier went 3 for 6 with a homer, two runs and two RBI for OSU. Jake Peevyhouse had three hits, while Johnny Sewald had two hits and two runs for the Sun Devils (24-19).


No. 14 Texas 2, West Virginia 0

In Morgantown, W.Va., three pitchers combined on the shutout as Texas evened its Big 12 series at West Virginia. Nathan Thornhill (4 IP, 7 H, BB, 3 K) was the starter for the Longhorns (11-9, 34-14). Chad Hollingsworth (2-0, 2 IP, H, BB) earned the win, while John Curtiss (3 IP, 3 H, K) recorded his eighth save. Madison Carter had two hits and a run, while Zane Gurwitz went 2 for 4 with one RBI for UT. Brad Johnson and Cameron O’Brien both had three hits for the Mountaineers (8-8, 25-17).


No. 15 Indiana 7, Purdue 3

In Bloomington, Ind., Sam Travis and Scott Donley both had two hits and two RBI as Indiana clinched a Big Ten series with Purdue. Christian Morris (3-3, 5.1 IP, H, UE, 2 BB, 3 K) picked up the win. Kyle Wood went 2 for 3 with a run for the Boilermakers (5-12, 12-31).


No. 17 Vanderbilt 5, Missouri 1

In Columbia, Mo., Carson Fulmer tossed six scoreless innings and Zander Wiel had a two-run triple to highlight a five-run third as Vanderbilt secured an SEC series win over Missouri. Fulmer (3-1) allowed four hits and three walks while striking out three. Hayden Stone surrendered a hit and an unearned run over the final three frames with one walk and five strikeouts to earn his second save for the Commodores (13-10, 35-12). John Norwood went 3 for 3 with two doubles, two steals and a run for Vanderbilt. Josh Lester had one hit and one RBI for the Tigers (6-17, 20-26).


No. 18 Oregon 7, Arizona 6 (10)

In Eugene, Ore., Austin Grebeck delivered a game-winning single in the bottom of the 10th as Oregon secured a Pac-12 series win over Arizona. The Ducks (12-8, 33-13) rallied for four in the seventh to knot the score at 6-6. Kyle Garlick had a two-run triple in the seventh to make it 6-4 and Steven Packard tied it with a two-run homer. Tyler Baumgartner went 3 for 3 with one run and two RBI for Oregon. Jake Reed (3-1, 2 IP, 2 H, 2 K) earned the win. Kevin Newman had three hits and three runs for the Wildcats (7-16, 18-27).


No. 20 Houston 4, UCF 3

In Houston, Ashford Fulmer had a pinch-hit homer with two away in the ninth to tie the game and Kyle Survance added a game-winning RBI single later in the frame as Houston tied its American series with UCF. Bubba Maxwell (3-0) pitched two perfect innings with three strikeouts to register the victory. James Vasquez had two hits and two RBI for the Knights (16-4, 29-17).


Columbia 4, Penn 0

In Philadelphia, David Speer twirled a five-hit shutout with nine strikeouts as Columbia won its playoff game at Penn to determine the Gehrig Division title in the Ivy League. Speer (6-2) walked two in pitching his third consecutive shutout. He has hurled 23 straight scoreless innings. The Lions (16-5, 25-15) scored single runs in the third and fourth while putting up two in the sixth. Nick Maguire (2 for 4, 2 R) had a double and a home run for Columbia. Michael Vilardo had two hits for the Quakers (15-6, 24-17). The Lions will host the winner of Sunday’s playoff game between Dartmouth and Yale for the Ivy League Championship Series next weekend.