Friday's NCAA Tournament Capsules
Saturday, June 4, 2011
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Joey DeMichele hit a three-run home run one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Arizona State a 4-2 victory over New Mexico on Friday night in the NCAA Tempe Regional.
After left-hander Rudy Jaramillo allowed a run on four hits over eight innings for New Mexico, the Sun Devils’ Johnny Ruettiger opened the ninth with a single.
Reliever Gera Sanchez (2-3) then faced Deven Marrero, who tried to bunt Ruttiger over to second. Sanchez fielded the bunt and threw to first, but second baseman Kyle Stiner didn’t field it cleanly. However, plate umpire John Haggerty called Marrero out for interference and sent Marrero back to first.
The runners advanced on a wild pitch and DeMichele followed with his eighth home run of the season.
DeMichele also had an RBI double in the seventh.
Mitchell Lambson (6-3) pitched the ninth for the victory.
Arizona State (40-16) will face Charlotte, a 3-2 winner over Arkansas in the opener, in a winner’s bracket game Saturday night. The Lobos (20-40) will play meet Arkansas in an elimination game.
Charlotte 3, Arkansas 2
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Corbin Shive hit a two-run homer in Charlotte’s three-run second inning and Andrew Smith limited Arkansas to a run on five hits in 7 1-3 innings to help the 49ers beat the Razorbacks.
Smith (10-4) gave up a leadoff double in the third, then retired six in a row and got double plays to end the fifth and sixth innings for Charlotte (43-14), the Atlantic 10 champion. The 49ers chased starter Randall Fant (3-5) after just 11 batters.
Corey Roberts finished for the save, allowing Kyle Robinson’s homer in the ninth.
Charlottesville NCAA Regional
Virginia 6, Navy 0
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Will Roberts struck out a career-high 14 in a four-hitter, and Danny Hultzen drove in three runs in No. 1 national seed Virginia’s victory over Navy.
Roberts (11-1) retired the last 17 batters — nine by strikeout — for Virginia (50-9). The junior right-hander, who pitched the eighth nine-inning perfect game in NCAA Division I history on March 29 against George Washington, walked none and improved to 18-1 in his career.
The Cavaliers got a two-run triple from Hultzen — the possible No. 1 draft pick as a pitcher — in the first, RBI singles from Hultzen and Kenny Swab in the third and cruised.
Ben Nelson (6-6) allowed six runs for Navy (33-24-1), in its first tournament since 2002.
St. John’s 2, East Carolina 0
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Sean Hagan pitched into the eighth inning and got plenty of defensive help as St. John’s beat East Carolina.
The Red Storm (36-20) advanced to play Virginia on Saturday night. East Carolina (39-20) will play Navy in an elimination game.
Hagan (7-2) allowed nine hits and left with runners on first and third and one out in the eighth. Matt Carasiti came on and got a strikeout and flyball to end the threat.
Mike Wright (6-4) allowed both runs and seven hits in eight innings for the Pirates.
South Carolina 2, Georgia Southern 1
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Michael Roth allowed two hits in seven innings and defending national champion South Carolina opened the NCAA tournament with a victory over Georgia Southern.
The Gamecocks (46-14) will face Stetson in a winner’s bracket game Saturday. The Eagles (36-25) will face North Carolina State (34-26) in an elimination game.
Roth (12-3) was a star in last year’s College World Series run with a complete game win over Clemson and a strong effort in the clinching victory against UCLA. He proved just as good this time against Georgia Southern and star outfielder Victor Roache, who led the country with 30 homers this season but struck out looking to end the game.
Matt Price got the final five outs for his 16th save.
Stetson 8, North Carolina State 7
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Nick Rickles’ RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning helped Stetson, which earlier trailed by five runs, defeat North Carolina State.
North Carolina State took a 5-0 lead in the third, helped by Harold Riggins’ two-run homer. But Stetson (42-18) came back on Mark Jones’ three-run shot the next inning and then a four-run fifth made it 7-5.
Danny Canela tied it for the Wolfpack (34-26) in the seventh with a two-run homer.
Stetson reliever Jake Boyd (9-1) took over after that. Boyd had six strikeouts in three innings, striking out the side in the ninth to set up Rickles’ walk-off hit.
Wolfpack closer Jeff Overman (6-3) took the loss.
Florida 17, Manhattan 3
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Preston Tucker drove in five runs, Daniel Pigott knocked in three and Florida routed Manhattan.
The Gators (46-16) scored 16 runs in the first three innings — all off Manhattan ace John Soldinger — and coasted the rest of the way. Florida, the No. 2 national seed, advanced to play Miami in the winners’ bracket Saturday.
Florida batted around in each of the first three innings, and Tucker did much of the damage. He had an RBI single in the first, a two-run homer in the second and another two-run shot in the third. His second one, his 12th of the season, cleared the scoreboard in right.
Karsten Whitson (8-0) allowed two hits in 3 1-3 innings for the victory. Soldinger (10-3) gave up 16 hits and 15 earned runs in two innings.
Miami 7, Jacksonville 2
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Rony Rodriguez drove in two runs, Corey Janson homered for the first time this season and Miami beat Jacksonville.
Jacksonville (36-23) cut the deficit in half on Daniel Gulbransen’s RBI single in the seventh, but Miami (37-12) answered with four runs — two on bases-loaded walks — to seal the victory.
Steven Ewing (8-2) gave up one hit and one run in six innings for Miami. Matthew Tomshaw (8-4) allowed four hits and two earned runs in seven innings for Jacksonville.
College Station Regional
Texas A&M 11, Wright St. 0
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Matt Juengel and Kevin Gonzalez each hit three-run homers and Texas A&M cruised past Wright State.
Michael Wacha (8-3), who took over as the ace of the Aggies (43-18) in place of the injured John Stilson, scattered five hits while shutting out the Raiders over six innings.
Adam Smith started the scoring in the second with a single to left-center that center fielder Ryan Ashe misplayed, and Smith came all the way around to score. Juengel followed later in the inning with his three-run shot off Raiders starter Michael Woytek (7-4), giving the Aggies a 6-0 lead.
Gonzalez added his own three-run homer off Raiders reliever Cody Kopilchack in the fifth.
The Aggies will face Seton Hall on Saturday, while the Raiders (36-18) will take on Arizona in an elimination game.
Seton Hall 4, Arizona 0
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Jon Prosinski threw a six-hit shutout, leading Seton Hall past Arizona.
The Pirates (34-23) scored all their runs in the fourth inning against the Wildcats (36-20).
Sean Gusrang started the inning with a double down the right-field line off of Kurt Heyer, and Dale Anderson and Giuseppe Papaccio each followed with singles, the latter scoring Gusrang from third. Anderson later scored on Will Walsh’s fielder’s choice.
Prosinski (7-4), working in 101-degree heat, allowed only singles while striking out three and walking one.
Chapel Hill Regional
North Carolina 4, Maine 0
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Kent Emanuel threw eight shutout innings in his NCAA tournament debut, leading North Carolina past Maine.
Jacob Stallings hit a three-run homer as part of a four-run first inning for the Tar Heels (46-14), who managed just three hits after that but advanced to play James Madison on Saturday.
Emanuel (7-1), the first freshman to start North Carolina’s NCAA opener since 2008, struck out five and gave up seven hits before Michael Morin relieved him in the ninth. Emanuel allowed only three Maine baserunners to reach second, and only one made it to third.
Keith Bilodeau (10-3) struck out six and allowed five hits in eight innings, but gave up all four runs for Maine (32-23), which will play Florida International in an elimination game.
James Madison 11, Florida International 7
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Jake Lowery homered and drove in three runs to lead James Madison past Florida International in the opening game of the Chapel Hill Regional.
David Herbek finished with two RBIs and drove in the go-ahead run during a six-run seventh inning that put the Dukes (41-17) ahead for good and extended the nation’s longest active winning streak to 10.
Five players homered for second-seeded FIU (40-19-1): Garrett Wittels, Jabari Henry, Pablo Bermudez, Yoandy Barroso and Mike Martinez. The Panthers had lost only twice in their previous 23 games.
Clemson 11, Sacred Heart 1
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — John Hinson hit a three-run homer and Scott Firth (5-1) allowed one run on six hits in six innings for Clemson.
Chris Epps drove in three runs for Clemson (42-18), and Phil Pohl had three hits.
The Pioneers’ Troy Scribner (9-3) was pulled in the Tigers’ six-run third. Sacred Heart (34-22) takes on in-state rival Connecticut in an elimination game, while Clemson will play Coastal Carolina in Saturday’s winner bracket.
The Pioneers scored in the sixth on Dan Perez’s groundout. They squandered a bases-loaded, no-outs opportunity in the fifth when Firth retired two hitters on shallow fly balls and got the final out on a grounder.
Coastal Carolina 13, Connecticut 1
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Tommy La Stella homered twice and Hayes Orton went 5 for 5 with three RBIs for Coastal Carolina (42-18) against Connecticut (41-18-1) .
The Chanticleers scored four runs off Connecticut ace Matt Barnes in the fifth inning to take a 7-0 lead.
After La Stella’s leadoff shot, and Orton added a two-run single. Barnes took a 1.12 ERA into the game, but gave up seven earned runs in 4 1-3 innings for the Huskies.
Coastal ace Anthony Meo (10-3) left in the seventh after giving up his first run in 16 2-3 innings.
Austin Peay 2, Georgia Tech 1
ATLANTA (AP) — Jack Snodgrass pitched seven strong innings, Jordan Hankins hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh and Austin Peay stunned Georgia Tech.
Zach Toney got four outs to earn his second save for the Governors (34-22).
Austin Peay took a 2-1 lead on Hankins’ fourth homer, a solo shot, and Snodgrass (4-6) pitched out of a jam in the bottom half when Jake Davies grounded into a double play. Snodgrass allowed seven hits, one run, three walks and struck out three.
Matthew Grimes (7-4) replaced Georgia Tech starter Mark Pope, who left with a back injury in the second inning. Grimes gave up three hits, two runs, one walk and struck out eight in 6 2-3 innings for the Yellow Jackets (40-20).
Mississippi St. 3, Southern Miss 0
ATLANTA (AP) — Brent Brownlee hit a two-run single, Luis Pollorena pitched six scoreless innings and Mississippi State beat Southern Mississippi.
Nick Vickerson’s RBI double gave the Bulldogs (35-23) a 1-0 lead, and Brownlee made it 3-0 by scoring Vickerson and Jaron Shepherd in the sixth. Pollorena (7-5) allowed five hits, walk three and struck out three in his fourth career start for Mississippi State.
Caleb Reed pitched the final three innings, allowing three hits, to earn his 12th save.
Conference USA pitcher of the year Todd McInnis (8-3) pitched his second straight complete game, allowing seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts, but Southern Mississippi (39-18) hasn’t scored a run in 25 straight innings.
Florida State 6, Bethune-Cookman 5
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Mike McGee hit a tiebreaking single in the bottom of the eighth and Florida State beat Bethune-Cookman.
Parker Brunnelle and Sherman Johnson each drove in two runs for Florida State. Daniel Bennett pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for the save.
Ryan Durrence hit two homers, while Peter O’Brien and DJ Leonard also homered for Bethune-Cookman (36-24).
Roman Lancana (1-1) gave up two singles around an out in the eighth before McGee’s hit against Jordan Dailey put the Seminoles (43-17) on top. Brian Busch (6-2) pitched 2 1-3 innings of relief for Florida State.
Alabama 5, Central Florida 3
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Nathan Kilcrease tied a career high with 10 strikeouts, leading Alabama past Central Florida.
Kilcrease (8-4), a senior right-hander appearing in his fourth NCAA regional, pitched seven innings and walked four — one forcing in a run with the bases loaded in the fourth. The only other run he gave up was a homer by Ronnie Richardson in the seventh.
Austen Smith led the Crimson Tide (34-26) with two RBIs, including a home run in the top of the seventh.
Brian Adkins (6-5) allowed four runs and nine hits in six innings in the loss for Central Florida (38-22).
Vanderbilt 10, Belmont 0
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Sonny Gray scattered three hits over six innings for Vanderbilt.
Vanderbilt (48-10), playing in its sixth straight regional, jumped in front with two runs in the first inning and Gray did the rest. The right-hander retired 14 straight before giving up a two-out single to Greg Brody in the fifth. Gray (11-3) allowed one baserunner to reach second and struck out three, and three relievers combined to finish the shutout.
Belmont (36-25), playing in the first regional in program history, had the game get away in the sixth when Matt Hamann (9-2) allowed five hits, committed two fielding errors and threw two wild pitches, which led to six runs.
Troy 9, Oklahoma St. 2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — T.J. Rivera drove in three runs and Troy beat Oklahoma State 9-2.
Tyler Ray gave up two runs and eight hits in 7 2-3 innings for Troy (43-17). He held the Cowboys (35-24) scoreless after the third inning and struck out five.
Rivera’s two-run, two out double in the top of the eighth followed a three-run triple by Tyler Hannah to help the Trojans win an NCAA tournament game for the first time since 2006.
The Trojans chased Cowboys starter Hunter Herrera in the sixth when Hayden Hillyer singled in the go-ahead run with one out.
Rice 14, Alcorn St. 2
HOUSTON (AP) — Abe Gonzales allowed two runs in his first career complete game to lead Rice over Alcorn State.
Gonzales (8-2) allowed seven hits and struck out four for the Owls (42-19). Michael Ratterree went 3 for 6 with two RBIs, and Ryan Lewis was 4 for 6 with two RBIs for Rice, which had a season-high 22 hits.
Rice, the No. 8 national seed, will play Baylor on Saturday, while Alcorn State (27-29) faces California in an elimination game.
The Owls scored twice in the second and third and bust the game open with four runs in the fifth off Alcorn State starter Steve Easter (8-6). Anthony Rendon and Lewis each had RBI singles, and Ratterree had a two-run double in the inning.
Baylor 6, California 4
HOUSTON (AP) — Logan Verrett threw 7 1-3 solid innings and Landis Ware drove in two runs for Baylor, which did all of its scoring in the first three innings.
Jake Miller and Logan Vick each scored two runs for Baylor (30-26)
Erik Johnson (6-4) walked six batters in 2 1-3 innings and gave up five runs and three hits for California.
Verrett (7-5) didn’t give up a run until the seventh. Chadd Krist, Marcus Semien and Devin Rodriguez hit RBI singles in the eighth. Max Garner got an uneasy save by retiring Tony Renda with two on and two out in the ninth inning. California is 31-21.
Texas 5, Princeton 3
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Sam Stafford allowed two hits and one run in seven innings as Texas defeated Princeton. It was the first outing of more than five innings for Stafford (6-2) since April 5 against Texas A&M-CC.
Tant Shepherd got the Longhorns (44-15) going in the first inning against Zak Hermans (5-2). Shepherd walked and moved to second on Mark Payton’s bunt, and Brandon Loy followed by walking. Shepherd and Loy pulled off a double steal, and Erich Weiss grounded out to third to score Shepherd. Loy followed by scoring on a wild pitch.
Princeton (23-23) scored twice in the eighth to make it 5-3, but Corey Knebel shut down the Tigers to seal the win.
Kent St. 4, Texas St. 2, 11 innings
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Kent State took advantage of a throwing error and a passed ball to score twice in the 11th inning and beat Texas State.
Kent State’s David Lyon walked to lead off the 11th and reached third on a throwing error by catcher Andrew Stumph. Lyon scored on a go-ahead single by pinch-hitter Jason Bagoly, who then moved to second on a bunt. Nick Hamilton, who replaced Bagoly as a baserunner, scored on a passed ball to give the Golden Flashes (44-15) a two-run lead.
Kyle McMillen (1-2), Kent State’s third pitcher of the day, went 2 1-3 innings for the win. Jeff McVaney (1-2), who started the game in left field for the Bobcats (40-22), replaced starter Carson Smith after nine innings.
Fort Worth Regional
TCU 10, Oral Roberts 2
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Freshman Andrew Mitchell (6-1) pitched seven shutout innings and TCU beat Oral Roberts.
Jantzen Witte went 3 for 4 and drove in three runs. Joe Weik added two RBIs for the Horned Frogs (43-17), who will play Dallas Baptist. Pinch-hitter Brett Johnson added a two-run homer for TCU.
Oral Roberts (36-21), making its 14th consecutive NCAA regional appearance, didn’t get a runner past first base until a two-run ninth inning.
Golden Eagles starter Alec Gonzalez (8-6) was hit for five runs on seven hits in two innings.
Dallas Baptist 3, Oklahoma 2, 10 innings
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Jason Krizan’s infield hit in the 10th inning scored Tyler Robbins and gave Dallas Baptist the first NCAA tournament victory in program history.
Krizan, who had a 39-game hitting streak this season, drove in two runs for Dallas Baptist (40-17), including one on his NCAA single-season record 38th double in the first inning. Brandon Williamson (10-3), who also beat the Sooners earlier this season, gave up two runs on seven hits. Chris Haney pitched the 10th to pick up the save.
Garrett Buechele and Tyler Ogle each drove in a run for the Sooners (41-18).
Oregon St. 7, Ark.-Litte Rock 4
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Danny Hayes and Garrett Nash homered and Ryan Barnes was 3 for 5 with two RBIs in Oregon State’s comeback victory over Arkansas-Little Rock.
Oregon State (39-17) advanced to play Creighton. Arkansas-Little Rock (24-33) will play Georgia in an elimination game.
In the sixth, Hayes hit a one-out solo home run off the scoreboard in right field. Carter Bell doubled and scored on the second of reliever Garret Graziano’s two consecutive wild pitches. Barnes followed with an RBI double down the left-field line to give Oregon State the lead at 5-4.
Nash hit a two-run homer to right in the eighth to make it 7-4.
Oregon State reliever Scott Schultz (4-0) pitched 1 1-3 innings for the victory, and Tony Bryant got the final three outs for his 11th save. Graziano (6-10) was the loser.
Creighton 2, Georgia 1
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Jonas Dufek threw a five-hitter and Scott Thornburg and Anthony Bemboom had consecutive RBI singles in the seventh inning in Creighton’s victory over Georgia.
Dufek (12-1) struck out 10 and walked one for Creighton (45-14) in the game that took 1 hour, 46 minutes to complete. He retired the Bulldogs in order in the eighth and ninth innings, with no ball leaving the infield.
Jonathan Hester had an RBI double for Georgia (31-31) in the seventh. Michael Palazzone (10-5) allowed seven hits in eight innings for the Bulldogs.
Los Angeles Regional
San Francisco 3, UCLA 0
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kyle Zimmer struck out 11 in a four-hitter and Nik Balog had four hits and two RBIs in San Francisco victory over UCLA.
Zimmer (6-4) survived a shaky ninth inning, striking out Cody Regis with the bases load to end the game. The sophomore right-hander didn’t walk a batter.
Balog had an RBI single for San Francisco (32-23) in the third inning, and made it 2-0 in the fifth with an infield RBI hit. San Francisco added a run in the eighth.
Gerrit Cole (6-8) pitched 7 1-3 for UCLA (33-23), giving up 11 hits and striking out 10. It was the fifth time this season Cole has fanned 10 batters in a game.
UC Irvine 12, Fresno St. 6
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jordan Leyland hit a three-run homer in UC Irvine’s five-run first inning and finished with five RBIs and three runs in the Anteaters’ victory over Fresno State.
In the fifth inning, Leyland had a two-run single to help the Anteaters (40-16) make it 10-2.
Matt Summers (11-2), who had a no-hitter against Long Beach State in his last outing, limited Fresno State to five hits and three runs over six innings.
Greg Gonzalez (11-1) gave up 10 hits and 12 runs, ending his winning streak at 13 games dating to 2010 for Fresno State (40-15).
Stanford 10, Kansas St. 3
FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — Mark Appel (6-6) struck out eight and allowed seven hits in a complete game and Stanford routed Kansas State.
Lonnie Kauppila was 3 for 4 with two RBIs for the Cardinal (33-20).
Stanford’s Kenny Diekroeger hit a fly ball that landed in right-center for an RBI single in the bottom of the second inning against Kyle Hunter (5-5). Stanford scored two more runs in the third on singles by Brian Ragira and Kauppila.
Kansas State dropped to 36-24.