#16 Arkansas 10 Troy 1
FAYETTEVILLE – After giving up an early run, the No. 16 University of Arkansas baseball team rallied with the help of three home runs to defeat Troy, 10-1, Friday afternoon at Baum Stadium. Andy Wilkins, James McCann and Brett Eibner each had a home run for the Razorbacks, while TJ Forrest picked up the win out of the bullpen. Zack Cox and Tim Carver chipped in with two hits apiece.
Arkansas improves to 3-1 on the young season with the win, while Troy drops its second consecutive game to stand at 3-2.
#18 South Carolina 6 #21 East Carolina 2
Greenville, N.C. – Blake Cooper worked seven innings and allowed just two runs on four hits and the Gamecocks pounded out 11 hits on its way to a 6-2 win at East Carolina on Friday afternoon in the first of a three-game series. South Carolina is 4-0 on the year while the loss drops East Carolina to 2-3 for the season. Both teams meet again on Saturday with first pitch set for 2 p.m. The game can be heard live on 107.5 FM "The Game," the Gamecock Radio Network and at GamecocksOnline.com with Tommy Moody and Derek Scott on the call.
#20 Oregon State 17 Tennessee 1
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Tyler Smith went 3-for-6 and Tyler Waldron held Tennessee to one run as the Oregon State baseball team opened its 2010 home schedule with a 17-1 win over the Volunteers Friday night at Goss Stadium.
"Both Tyler Waldron and Tyler Smith had good games, as did the offense," Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. "It’s a great way to start the season at home. We’ll come back tomorrow and look for another great day at the park."
#24 Ole Miss 9 Oakland 1
OXFORD, Miss. – Drew Pomeranz finished one strikeout shy of tying a school and career record for strikeouts as the southpaw fanned 15 batters to help No. 17 Ole Miss (4-1) to a 9-1 win over Oakland (0-1) on Friday at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field.
Pomeranz (1-0) picked up the win as he worked 7.0 innings, allowing one run on four hits with 15 strikeouts and no walks. The lone run came on a solo home run in the third inning from Mike Carson. Freshman Jordan Cooper closed out the final 2.0 innings, striking out three batters while allowing no walks and holding Oakland hitless.
#27 UCLA 9 #30 Vanderbilt 2
LOS ANGELES – The No. 23 UCLA baseball team defeated Vanderbilt, 9-2, in a Dodgertown Classic contest at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Friday evening. First baseman Dean Espy and designated hitter Marc Navarro each registered two hits and two RBI as the Bruins improved to 5-0 for the first time since 1997.
Espy went 2-for-2 with two RBI and one run after coming off the bench as a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning. Navarro went 2-for-4 with two RBI and one run. The Bruins also received two RBI on a fifth-inning double by right fielder Brett Krill. Second baseman Tyler Rahmatulla and third baseman Cody Regis each scored two runs.
#29 Kentucky 6 Bowling Green 4
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Sophomore Chad Wright and junior Chris Bisson both launched two-run homeruns and Kentucky got 5.2 strong innings for sophomore Alex Meyer on the mound, who recorded his second win of the season, as UK took its home opener with a 6-4 win against the Bowling Green Falcons at Cliff Hagan Stadium on Friday.
Wright started the scoring for Kentucky by belting his first homer of the year and the fifth of his young career off the left-centerfield scoreboard. The native of Paducah, Ky., went 1-for-5 in the game with two RBI and one run scored. The sophomore is now hitting .313 (5-for-16) on the season with a slugging percentage of .625 and has a five-game hitting streak dating back to last season, the longest on the team.
Auburn 6 Boston College 5 (10 innings)
AUBURN, Ala. – Brian Fletcher belted a 2-2 pitch off of Boston College reliever Chris Kowalski over the wall in right-center for his second home run of the game to send Auburn to a 6-5 walk-off win over Boston College on Friday night. The home run gave Auburn its’ second walk-off win of the season as it improved to 3-1 on the year.
"I struggled early in the count, going two-two, and thankfully he left me a change-up up that I could handle and I drove the ball out," Fletcher said of his 10th-inning at-bat. "A win like this gives us momentum into the rest of the weekend. The pitchers battled, everyone on offense was trying to do their best and trying to get us a W."
Alabama 9 Illinois-Chicago 4
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama baseball team broke open a close game scoring eight runs over the final two innings en route to a 9-4 win over The University of Illinois-Chicago on a chilly Friday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
The Crimson Tide (3-0) scored three runs on four hits off UIC ace left-hander Chris Kovacevich in the decisive seventh inning to take a 4-1 lead and then broke the game open with a five-run eighth inning, highlighted by junior shortstop Josh Rutledge’s first career grand slam.
Southeastern Louisiana 4 Mississippi State 1
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Southeastern Louisiana’s Chris Franklin got out a bases-loaded jam in the eighth inning to preserve a 1-1 tie and pinch-hitter Joe Sparacino sparked a three-run ninth as the Lions defeated Mississippi State, 4-1, Friday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field.
Southeastern (5-0) remained unbeaten as it defeated previously unbeaten MSU (4-1) for the first time in 10 games. The series resumes Saturday at 1 p.m. before concluding Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
Georgia 12 Stetson 2
ATHENS, Ga. — Every Bulldog starter had at least one hit and scored a run as Georgia pounded Stetson 12-2 Friday in front of a Foley Field crowd of 2,061.
Georgia (4-2) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second, added a run in the fourth and then three more runs in the fifth to build a 7-0 advantage over the Hatters (3-2).
Sophomore left fielder Johnathan Taylor (2-for-3, 2 RBI) continued his hot hitting including a two-run triple in the fifth that he tried to turn into an inside-the-park home run but was thrown out at the plate. Sophomore right fielder Peter Verdin (2-for-3, 2 RBI) smashed his second home run of the year in the fifth for an 8-0 advantage. He has hit safely in all six games this year along with freshman second baseman Todd Hankins (1-for-4, 2 RBI).