#6 Texas 16 Maryland 0
AUSTIN, Texas — On Sunday afternoon, the No. 6 Texas Longhorns used the momentum of Saturday’s comeback win to take the final game of the four-game series with a 16-0 win at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
Texas’ offense collected 12 hits, drew 11 walks and was hit by four pitches in the game. The Longhorns’ leadoff man reached base in each of the first seven innings.
Cohl Walla led the offensive attack going 2-for-3 with one double and equaled a career-high with five RBI. Mark Payton went 3-for-4 with two doubles, one hit-by-pitch, one sacrifice fly, three runs and two RBI. Paul Montalbano finished 3-for-4 with two walks, two runs and one RBI.Erich Weiss went 2-for-3 with two walks, one double, one triple, three runs and three RBI. Loy tallied two walks, one stolen base, one sacrifice bunt and scored three runs. Tant Shepherd finished 2-for-4 with one hit-by-pitch, two runs and one RBI.
#7 Clemson 5 Eastern Michigan 1
Clemson, SC – Kevin Brady struck out a career-high 10 batters in 5.1 innings pitched to lead #4 Clemson to a 5-1 victory over Eastern Michigan at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Tigers, who won the series 2-1, improved to 2-1 on the season, while the Eagles fell to 1-2.
The win was Jack Leggett’s 1,148th in his 32nd season as a head coach, which moved him into a tie with Jay Berman for 20th place in all-time wins as a Division I head coach.
#10 Florida State 15 VMI 0
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State capped a postcard perfect season-opening weekend of baseball with a convincing 15-0 victory over VMI at Dick Howser Stadium.
The 10th-ranked Seminoles (3-0) battered six Keydet pitchers for 16 hits and rode an outstanding effort from sophomore starter Scott Sitz and three relievers for their second shutout victory in three games.
It marked the first time the Seminoles recorded a pair of shutouts victories in a season-opening series since 1985 against Armstrong State. FSU had not posted two shutouts in any series since scoring three in a 2000 sweep of Maryland.
#13 Virginia 8 Arkansas State 2
AUBURN, Ala. – The No. 13 Virginia baseball team finished off a perfect weekend at the Auburn Tournament with an 8-2 victory over Arkansas State Sunday at Plainsman Park in Auburn, Ala. Virginia went 3-0 in the tournament, with wins in the first two days over UAB and No. 23 Auburn.
Once again Virginia received strong starting pitching. After laboring through the first two innings, Virginia starter Cody Winiarski (Sr., Franksville, Wis.) found his groove and pitched 6.0 shutout innings to earn the win. He allowed just four hits and one walk while striking out six.
#18 Coastal Carolina 6 Virginia Tech 5
CONWAY – Coastal Carolina freshman K.J. McAllister drew four walks, but none more important than his last, extending the ninth inning and allowing classmate Tripp Martin to hit a walk-off home run and give the 18th-ranked Chanticleers (3-1) a 6-5 win over Virginia Tech (2-1) to end a marathon day of baseball for CCU Sunday at Watson Stadium as part of the Caravelle Resort Tournament.
McAllister, getting his first career start at second base, stepped to the plate with two outs, facing a 2-2 count and Coastal down one run. The Clearmont, Ga., native ran the count full and watched the following pitch just miss the strike zone for the walk. Martin, who was 1-for-6 in the first game, hit the first pitch over the left field wall, giving the Chanticleers their second walk-off home run of the three-day event.
#19 LSU 9 Wake Forest 1
BATON ROUGE – A stellar one-hit effort from freshman Kurt McCune and a pair of three-run homers by junior Mike Mahtook and sophomore Mason Katz fueled the No. 15 LSU baseball team past Wake Forest, 9-1, to complete the series sweep on Sunday in Alex Box Stadium.
LSU will take the field on Tuesday at home against the University of New Orleans with first pitch slated for 6:30 p.m. CST. Junior right-hander Tyler Jones will start the game on the mound for the Tigers.
#20 Miami (FL) 5 Rutgers 3
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami plated five runs in the fourth inning – highlighted by a two-run homer from Harold Martinez – and used superb relief pitching to preserve a 5-3 victory over Rutgers in the rubber game of the three-game series inside Alex Rodriguez Park Sunday afternoon.
Miami (2-1) had been searching for three days for that elusive big inning to open the offensive attack in the opening weekend of the 2011 campaign. They got that in the fourth inning on Sunday.
Kent State 6 #21 Georgia Tech 1
ATLANTA — The Kent State baseball team used excellent pitching, an awakened offense and outstanding defense to earn its first victory of the 2011 campaign with a 6-1 win over No. 19 Georgia Tech Sunday (Feb. 20) at Russ Chandler Stadium. The victory marks Kent State’s first over a ranked team since eliminating No. 24 Cal Poly, 10-9, at the 2009 NCAA Tempe Regional on May 30, 2009.
After two games in which the Yellow Jackets (2-1, 0-0) used solid pitching to stymie the Golden Flashes (1-2, 0-0), Kent State turned the tables on the Ramblin’ Wreck by outhitting the hosts, 11-5, while keeping GT’s bats at bay.
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Game 1: #29 North Carolina 11 Missouri 3
Game 2: #29 North Carolina 11 USC 7
LOS ANGELES – Carolina used the big innings to its advantage Sunday in a doubleheader sweep of Missouri (11-3) and Southern California (11-7) to close out the USC Tournament in Los Angeles, Calif. The Tar Heels claimed all four games on the weekend as Levi Michael, Tommy Coyle and Jacob Stallings all finished with seven or more hits apiece. UNC will return to action Friday, Feb. 25 when it hosts Seton Hall in a three-game series starting at 3 p.m.
Elon 4 NC State 2
RALEIGH, N.C. — Grant McCoury’s two-out double in the top of the ninth inning scored Cyle Rasmus from second with what proved to be the game-winning run as the Elon Phoenix picked up a 4-2 baseball victory over the NC State Wolfpack on Sunday afternoon. The win gave Elon the series victory and the Phoenix has now won four out of the last five meetings with the Wolfpack.
Elon is now 2-1 while NC State sits at 1-2 after the opening weekend.
After a scoreless first inning, Elon’s Seth Canipe put the Phoenix on top 1-0 with one out in the top of the second when he sent a 2-2 pitch over the wall in left.
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Duke 7 Richmond 0
DURHAM, N.C. – Dennis O’Grady and Mark Lumpa combined for a six-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts to lead Duke to a series-clinching 7-0 victory over Richmond in game three of the series on Sunday afternoon at Jack Coombs Field.
O’Grady (1-0) threw the first seven innings, scattering five hits and two walks in his first start of the season. The two-way infielder struck out a career-high 10 batters and fired nearly 70 percent of his pitches for strikes. Lumpa, a freshman, took over for O’Grady in the eighth and threw two shutout innings with three strikeouts to secure the win.
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Senior John Leonard tossed 5.0 shutout innings and allowed just two hits as the Boston College baseball team defeated Tennessee Tech, 2-1, Sunday afternoon at BB&T Coastal Field.
Leonard struck out five and walked just one in his first outing of the season. Four different relievers combined to finish the game, allowing one run on three hits. Tennessee Tech had the bases loaded with one out twice in the game but came away empty both times.
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