March 16, 2008

Rankings are from CBI Composite Poll

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Georgia Southern sets NCAA record with 14 home runs

No. 1 Arizona State tops Troy; No. 2 Arizona beats No. 21 Cal State Fullerton


In Statesboro, Ga., Georgia Southern set an NCAA record for all divisions by hitting 14 home runs Saturday against Columbia in a 26-8 victory. There were 12 different Eagles (9-7) to go deep, as Chris Shehan and Griffin Benedict went deep twice. The previous Division I record was 13, accomplished by Alabama in 1999 and Cal State Northridge in 1996. The Division II record is 12 and the Division III mark is 13. The Lions fell to 1-9.


No. 1 Arizona State 8, Troy 1

In Tempe, Ariz., a pair of two-run homers by Ike Davis led Arizona State past Troy. The Trojans (12-5) scored in the top of the fourth before Davis’ blast in the bottom of the frame. Petey Paramore’s two-run bomb capped a three-run fifth for the Sun Devils (16-0). Davis went deep again in the seventh.


No. 2 Arizona 6, No. 21 Cal State Fullerton 2

In Tucson, Ariz., Mike Weldon went 3 for 3 with a double, two triples, two runs and one RBI as Arizona topped Cal State Fullerton for its 12th straight victory. The Titans (8-7) scored in the first on an RBI fielder’s choice by Khris Davis. Daniel Butler’s two-run double capped a three-run second for the Wildcats (12-1). T.J. Steele homered in the sixth for Arizona.


No. 3 North Carolina 6, Virginia Tech 5
In Cary, N.C., Kyle Seager hit a sac fly in the eleventh for North Carolina to keep Virginia Tech (0-5, 7-10) winless in ACC play. The Hokies (0-5, 7-10) took a 3-1 in the second when Jose Cueto hit a two-run triple and scored on a sac bunt. After the Tar Heels (4-1, 13-3) tied the game, Cueto drove in his third run with a bunt single in the fourth and later scored to make it 5-3. Cueto finished 3 for 5 with three RBI. The Tar Heels tied it in the sixth when Chad Flack knocked in a pair with a single. North Carolina left the bases loaded in the ninth and two runners on in the tenth before Seager's game-winner. The Tar Heel bullpen pitched seven shutout innings, with Alex White earning his third win of the season.

No. 6 Miami 2, NC State 1
In Raleigh, N.C., freshman southpaw Chris Hernandez led the way to a series-clinching win for for Miami, allowing one run on seven hits in 7.1 innings. Mark Sobolewski and Yonder Alonso drove in runs, and Carlos Gutierrez posted his fifth save to nail down the eighth straight win for the Hurricanes (5-0, 13-1). David Cartwright led the Wolfpack (2-3, 9-5) with a 3-for-4 day.


No. 7 Long Beach State 9, USC 6

In Los Angeles, Shane Peterson had four hits and drove in three as Long Beach State defeated USC to win its fourth consecutive weekend series. Jason Corder homered and doubled for the Dirtbags (11-3). Jonathan Jones’ RBI triple in the eighth snapped a 6-6 tie. Grant Green had three hits, including a home run, and four RBI for the Trojans (9-7). Anthony Vasquez had a two-run homer for USC.


No. 8 Ole Miss 11, Mississippi State 6

In Starkville, Miss., Michael Guerrero’s bases-clearing double in the eighth snapped a 6-6 tie and propelled Ole Miss to the SEC series victory over Mississippi State. Logan Power had three hits and two runs for the Rebels (2-0, 13-4). Scott Bittle (1-0) fanned five in four innings to earn the victory. Jason Nappi and Cody Freeman had back-to-back homers in the third for the Bulldogs (0-2, 7-9).


No. 12 Missouri 10, Toledo 0
In Columbia, Mo., Ian Berger was stellar, hurling eight scoreless innings with a career-high nine strikeouts as Missouri blanked Toledo for the second straight day. Greg Folgia went 2 for 3 with two runs and a RBI, and Steve Gray and Kurt Calvert each went 2 for 3 with a run and a RBI for the Tigers (11-2). Toledo fell to 5-7.

No. 15 Rice 12, Winthrop 2
In Houston, Rick Hague doubled and homered with two runs and two RBI in the Owls'  12-2 victory over Winthrop at Reckling Park. Hague went 3 for 4 in support of a strong outing from Matt Langwell. Langwell (2-0) gave up two runs on six hits over seven innings, walking two and striking out seven for Rice (11-6). Eddie Rohan went 2 for 3 with a home run, his third of the season, for the Eagles (3-12).

No. 14 Texas 6, Kansas 1
In Austin, Tex., Texas pieced together a 6-1 victory for their second consecutive Big 12 win over Kansas. The Longhorns (2-0, 12-4) led 2-1 before scoring a pair in the seventh, then again in the eighth to put the game away. Michael Torres had three RBI for the Longhorns and Cameron Rupp was 2 for 4 with an RBI. Chance Ruffin pitched three no-hit innings to earn his second victory and Stayton Thomas got the final four outs against the Jayhawks (0-2, 10-7) for his second save.

No. 16 Virginia 10, Duke 1
In Durham, N.C., Pat McAnaney delivered a complete game, allowing four hits and one unearned run while striking out eight as Virginia evened its ACC series with Duke. The offense of the Cavaliers (2-3, 14-3) provided plenty of support, with seven runs in the first four innings to bury the Blue Devils (3-2, 15-3). Dan Grovatt was 2 for 3 with three RBI and hit his second homer of the season. Franco Valdes was 3 for 5 with four RBI and hit his first homer. Jeremy Farrell also had four hits for the Cavaliers.


No. 17 UCLA 12, Cal Poly 9
In San Luis Obispo, Calif., a four-hit performance by Alden Carrithers, his second of the weekend, helped the Bruins to the series-clincher over the Mustangs at Baggett Stadium. Carrithers went 4 for 6 with a season-high three RBI. Jermaine Curtis and Gabe Cohen also registered multi-hit games for UCLA (10-5), with Curtis slugging his first homer and driving in a season-high four. Logan Shafer went 3 for 5, scoring once and driving in a game-high five to lead the Mustangs (7-9).