Hofstra, Louisville, Ohio State, Monmouth, NIU, James Madison, and North Florida pick up wins

Hofstra 12 Coppin State 3

Hempstead, NY- Hofstra scored three or more runs in the first three innings during which Matt Kougasian had four RBI and Nick Panzarella had three RBI as the Pride defeated Coppin State, 12-3, Wednesday afternoon. With the victory the Pride improve to 8-16 while the Eagles fall to 3-23.

Hofstra jumped out to a three-run lead in the first inning. After the first three runners reached base for the Pride, Kougasian drove a run home with a sacrifice fly for the first run. One batter later Panzarella delivered Hofstra’s only hit of the inning to bring home two and increase the lead to 3-0. The Pride added three more in the second, highlighted by back-to-back RBI singles by Jeff Guthridge and Panzarella. Kougasian added his second sacrifice fly in as many innings to make the score 6-0.

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Louisville 3 Butler 2 (11 innings)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Josh Richmond’s RBI single with two out in the bottom of the 11th plated the game-winner in a 3-2 win over Butler Wednesday.

The Bulldogs (4-12) took a 1-0 lead with two out in the second inning on an RBI single by Michael Letzter.

Louisville (13-7) tied the game at one in the bottom of the third. Stewart Ijames hit a one out single, fellow freshman Drew Haynes followed with a bunt single, and Richmond’s first RBI single of the game made it 1-1.

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Ohio State 9 Pitt 1

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State supported the pitching of freshman Andrew Armstrong by scoring nine times against five Pitt pitchers to win their 2008 home opener, 9-1, Wednesday at Bill Davis Stadium.

Armstrong, a southpaw from Bridgewater, Va., improved to 2-1 on the season by pitching 5.0 innings and allowing no earned runs. He struck out five and walked just two. He retired 10 consecutive batters at one point and those in relief – Drew Rucinski and Eric Best – extended that mastery to 15 of 16 Panther batters retired between the third and seventh innings. Alex Wimmers pitched the ninth inning to close the door.

“There is a lot of potential there,” Bob Todd, Ohio State coach, said of Armstrong. “It was obvious from the dugout that he was nervous, but it was good to see him pitch from the third inning on like we know he can. As a freshman, he’s not overpowering, but when he throws strikes and pitches ahead he can be effective.”

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George Mason 13 Liberty 0

The George Mason baseball team scored just four runs on 18 baserunners on Tuesday but on Wednesday, against Liberty, the Patriots made the most of their opportunities, as Mason beat the Flames, 13-0. Mason had 22 baserunners in the game and it drove home more than half of those as the Patriots improved to 10-12 on the year. Liberty fell to 11-10.

Kris Mengle (1-2) had the best outing of his career, allowing no runs on six hits in nine innings. He didn’t walk a batter and he just two Liberty hitters saw a three-ball count. Justin Bour was 3 for 5 with seven RBI, including two home runs. Chris Henderson was 3 for 4 with an RBI and four runs and Mark Hill, Ryan Uphouse and Brent Weiss had multiple hits for the Patriots.

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Monmouth 2 Temple 1

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – Monmouth University posted a 2-1 victory over Temple on Wednesday afternoon. Monmouth, which broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the seventh en route to the victory, improves to 4-8 on the season, while the Owls falls to 11-8 overall.

Temple put two runners on in the third inning, when Jamie Abercrombie laced a two-out double down the right field line, followed Stan Orzechowski’s hit-by-pitch, but Kyle Breese got Mark Ortega to line out to right field to end the threat.

In the bottom of the fifth, Chris Collazo started the frame with a single off the pitcher’s shin, and advanced to second on John Dennis’ sacrifice bunt. While Brett Holland reached on a throwing error, Collazo was cut down at home, trying to sneak in on the play. Holland, who made it to third after a wild pitch, was stranded on Kyle Higgins’ groundout.

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Northern Illinois 5 Iowa 4

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Northern Illinois raced out to a 5-2 lead and held on for a 5-4 victory Wednesday afternoon at Iowa. The win improved the Huskies record to 9-11 on the season and 8-5 on the road.

“To be a Big Ten team is a good feather in our cap,” said head coach Ed Mathey. “Dave Reynolds did another fine job for us on the mound today and we got out to a fast start offensively.”

The Huskies went ahead early when Dave Reynolds (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) singled home Bobby Stevens (Chicago, Ill./Guerin Prep), who had led off the game with a double off the left field fence, in the top of the first.

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James Madison 8 VMI 4

HARRISONBURG, Va., – Redshirt sophomore Steven Caseres (New City, N.Y./St. Joseph Regional) had two of James Madison University’s four home runs in an 8-4 non-conference baseball win over Virginia Military Institute on Wednesday afternoon at Long Field/Mauck Stadium.

JMU improved to 16-7 overall and snapped a three-game losing streak, the first consecutive losses all season for the Dukes. VMI had a five-game win streak stopped.

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North Florida 4 South Florida 3 (10 innings)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Just when it looked like there wasn’t anything left in the tank, the University of North Florida baseball team pulled together for a 4-3 extra inning win over South Florida on Wednesday night at Harmon Stadium.

In the bottom of the 10th, things got wild for USF, and the Ospreys (13-10) took full advantage of it. Senior T.J. Gaudy led off the inning with a single and later made it to third on a wild pitch from the Bulls’ closer Shawn Sanford.

After a heartbreaking strikeout by sophomore Ryan Lowe, Sanford’s first pitch to sophomore T.J. Thompson was wild and outside, allowing Gaudy to race home and score the winning run.

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