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Bethune-Cookman, Southern Illinois, Coastal Carolina, and Vermont pick up wins


Bethune-Cookman 10 South Florida 3

TAMPA, Fla. – The University of South Florida baseball team lost, 10-3, to Bethune-Cookman Wednesday night at Red McEwen Field.

The Bulls drop to 25-21 overall while the Wildcats improve to 30-17.

Junior Chris Rey was 3-for-4 in the game with one RBI and a run scored, while junior Addison Maruszak added a two-hit outing to the Bulls’ offense.

Freshman Zach Pietrzyk made his longest start, and appearance, of his rookie campaign against the Wildcats, striking out two in his 4.1-inning outing. He allowed five runs from seven hits to take his second loss of the year.

USF found themselves down 3-1 early in the game and never caught up to the Wildcats, who collected 10 runs through seven innings while the Bulls could only gather three in that same timeframe.

“If you are going to be a great team, you can’t accept losing,” said head coach Lelo Prado. “Some of these guys need to find out that if they want to be a Bull, they cannot perform like this.”

USF’s first run came in the second inning as junior Brian Hobbs led off the inning with a double to right center, then senior Charles Cleveland drove him in with a single to center field. Cleveland picked up his third RBI of the season on the play. The Bulls added another one in the fourth, as Hobbs and Cleveland drew walks and freshman Stephen Hunt and Rey had base hits. Rey earned the RBI, his 31st of the year. The Bulls’ final run was scored in the sixth, as Rey reached on a single, then junior Trey Manz drove him in with a single up the middle.

The Bulls have the weekend off, but are back in action next Tuesday, May 6, when USF faces off with UCF for the fourth and final time of the year. The first pitch will be at 7 p.m. at Red McEwen Field.

Southern Illinois 14 Murray State 11

MURRAY, Ky. – Southern Illinois University (25-18) rallied for six runs in the eighth inning to overcome a two-run deficit and beat Murray State (16-24), 14-11, earlier today in a slugfest at Reagan Field.

SIU extended its winning streak to four games and posted its third-straight come-from-behind victory.

Trailing, 10-8, SIU loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth. Adam Hills singled and scored on a double by Mark Kelly. Dean Cademartori followed with a bloop single to right and Aaron Roberts walked to put Salukis at every base.

Kelly scored the go-ahead run when Chris Crank was hit by a pitch. Cademartori then touched home on a passed ball. Roberts and Crank scored on an ensuing error, before Scott Elmendorf knocked in Owen Mackedon to give SIU a 14-10 lead.

MSU threatened in its final two at-bats. The Thoroughbreds loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, but only came away with one run after Adam Curynski struck out pinch-hitter Matt Hon on three pitches to get out of the jam.

An inning later, the `Breds had their leadoff man on base. That runner never made it past first as Curynski got three-straight outs to end the game. Curynski earned his third save of the season.

Ian Reinhart (2-0) was credited with the win. Reinhart allowed three hits and one run in 2.2 innings. He also struck out three.

Reinhart entered the game behind starting lefthander Nick Rice and reliever Andrew Dunn, who ran into major trouble early on.

Rice gave up eight hits and six runs in just 1.2 innings, before giving way to Dunn in the second. Dunn allowed nine hits and four runs in 3.1 innings of work.

Anthony Stacy (1-3) took the fall for MSU. Stacy gave up five hits and six runs in 2.1 innings.

Offensively, MSU pounded out 21 hits on the day, with the first five hitters in its lineup accounting for 15. Tyler Owen and Cory Hodskins each went 4-for-4 to lead the surge. SIU last gave up 20 or more hits in a game against Wichita State on April 15, 2007.

Elmendorf and Kelly led the Salukis with four hits each. Kelly, Elmendorf, Cademartori and Roberts drove in two or more runs for SIU, as well. The Dawgs finished with a total of 17 hits.

SIU, which ended a nine-game road trip, returns home to host Creighton in a three-game series, beginning Friday at 3 p.m., CST.

Coastal Carolina 9 The Citadel 1

CONWAY, S.C. – The 15th-ranked Coastal Carolina University baseball team (37-9) had six extra-base hits and scored six runs in the second inning as the Chanticleers defeated The Citadel (23-21) April 30 in Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field. Sophomore Austin Fleet (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe) gave CCU a strong starting outing on the mound, going six innings and allowing just four hits and a run.

The Citadel struck first in the first. Chris Swauger led off the game with a double, his 300th career hit. He moved to third on a flyout from Matt Arnold and scored on a Sonny Meade single up the middle.

Coastal started the second with a groundout, but would score six runs off of four hits in the inning. Senior Tommy Baldridge (Fort Mill, S.C./Fort Mill) walked and scored on a double from junior Tyler Bortnick (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor).

Sophomore Chance Gilmore (Surfside Beach, S.C./Virginia) was hit by a pitch and freshman Rico Noel (Lawton, Okla./Lawton) drove Bortnick in with a single to left. Gilmore and Noel moved up a base on a passed ball. Gilmore would scoreon a sacrifice fly from junior David Sappelt (Graham, N.C./Southern Alamance).

Freshman Scott Woodward (Markle, Ind./Norwell) doubled home Noel and junior David Anderson (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) brought everyone home with his ninth home run of the season.

Coastal added two in the fourth. Sappelt doubled to right center to open the frame. Woodward bunted Sappelt over to third and was safe on a throwing error from Arnold. Woodward would steal second and junior Dock Doyle (Conway, S.C./Conway) brought in both runners with a single off the pitcher’s leg. Coastal ended the scoring in the sixth as sophomore Adam Rice (Murphy, Texas/Elgin C.C.) hit a sacrifice fly to right that scored Anderson.

Fleet retired 14 Bulldogs in a row in recording his fourth win of the season.

He struck out three and walked a batter. Three Coastal relievers each threw an inning, striking out five on the night. The loss went to The Citadel’s Chris McGuiness. He gave up five runs in 1.2 innings. The Bulldogs used seven pitchers on the night.

Sappelt and Anderson had three hits apiece for Coastal, while Anderson and Doyle drove in a pair of runs. For the Bulldogs, Swauger and Meade had two hits apiece.

Coastal steps out-of-conference for a three-game series at Georgia Tech May 2-4. The first game will be Friday at 7 p.m., and can be seen on SportSouth, HTC Cable channel 66.

UVM 17 UMass 4

BURLINGTON, Vt. – Vermont (20-17) scored seven runs in the second inning and six more in the seventh as the host Catamounts topped UMass (14-20), 17-4, on Wednesday afternoon at Centennial Field. Kyle Massie collected four hits, scoring twice, and Justin Milo drove in five runs for Vermont. Brian Baudinet (Watertown, Conn.) went 3-for-5 with two doubles for UMass and Ryan Franczek (Chicopee, Mass.) was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Eric Thompson (4-1) threw two shutout innings in relief of starter Kyle Henry (3.0 IP, 4 ER) to earn the victory. Nick Serino (Saugus, Mass.) (2-3) allowed five runs in 1 1/3 innings to take the loss.

The Catamounts’ big second inning started with the bases being loaded on two walks and a single with no outs. After a fielder’s choice brought in the first run, a single loaded the bases again for Milo, who doubled to center field to clear the bases and make it 4-0. Two more walks, a hit-by-pitch, and a single completed the seven-run inning.

UMass got four of those runs right back in the top of the third. Ben Kessel (Richboro, Pa.) hit a one-out triple to center field and scored on Cody Kauffman’s (Blue Bell, Pa.) single. Baudinet followed with a double down the left field line to put men at second and third for Franczek. The senior shortstop delivered with a single to center that plated both runners. Adam Tempesta (Brockton, Mass.) made it five-straight hits for the Minutemen with a double to left center that scored Franczek with UMass’ fourth run.

After scoring single runs in the fourth and sixth innings, Vermont put together another big inning in the seventh, pushing six more runs across. With one out, three-straight singles loaded the bases for Jason Leclerc’s 2 RBI double to left field. Leclerc later scored on a wild pitch, Eric Fredette and Massie added RBI singles, Milo walked with the bases loaded to open up a 15-4 lead.

The Catamounts plated two more runs in the eighth to make it a 17-4 game.

Vermont outhit UMass 19-9 in the game.

The Minutemen return to action on Friday at 3 p.m. when they begin a key Atlantic 10 series at home vs. Dayton.

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