Delta State splits doubleheader with West Alabama; USC-Aiken rolls
CLEVELAND, Miss. -- Delta State split its Gulf South Conference opening doubleheader with West Alabama at Ferriss Field. The Statesmen (2-3, 1-1 GSC) won game one 5-2 before dropping game two 7-1 to the Tigers (7-2, 1-1 GSC).
In game one, the Statesman rallied for four runs in the bottom of the eighth to claim a 5-2 victory against the Tigers. The Statesmen collected five runs on 10 hits with an error in the win, while the Tigers scored two runs on six hits with two errors.
UWA starter Taylor Bratton had retired 20-of-23 batters faced before the Statesmen finally got to him in the bottom of the eighth. After a leadoff single by pinch hitter Ben Pickard, the Statesmen strung together three consecutive singles, including a two-RBI rocket to left off the bat of Ricky Velez to put DSU up 3-2.
Bratton (1-2) gave up five earned runs on eight hits in 7.1 innings to take the loss for the Tigers.
Hinton and Robertson both finished the game 2-for-4 at the plate for the Statesmen. Velez and Langston also collected two RBI in the win.
West Alabama struck first in game two, as Luigi Mendez smacked a two-RBI single to center after the Tigers loaded the bases off DSU starter Drew Milligan. UWA kept it going on Holgate's RBI back up the box and a pass ball off the glove of Pickard to score two additional runs and extend the lead to 4-0.
Zach Parks (3-0) earned the win for the Tigers after tossing a complete game. The senior left-handed pitcher allowed one run on eight hits with two strikeouts and one walk.
Milligan (0-2) picked up the loss for DSU after allowing four runs in 1.2 innings. The junior left-hander walked two and struck out one.
No. 8 South Carolina-Aiken 7, Belmont Abbey 3
AIKEN, S.C. -- Derek Beasley's outstanding performance on the mound delivered No. 8 South Carolina-Aiken to a 7-3 victory against visiting Belmont Abbey Saturday afternoon.
The Pacers improve to 5-2 on the young season.
After a scoreless first frame, Aiken jumped on top in the bottom of the second stanza and never looked back.
With two down, Ryan Metzler doubled to center field and trotted home when Ben Donath rocketed a double toward the left field line for a 1-0 advantage. Head coach Kenny Thomas' team struck for two runs in the third. Sean Miller singled to lead off the inning.
Then, with one down, Tyler Moore singled to left, putting runners on first and second. On a wild pitch, the two scampered ahead 90 feet. T.J. Costen's grounder plated Miller and after an intentional walk, Moore came home on a wild pitch for a 3-0 margin.
In the fourth, Metzler singled and scored on Doanth's double to left center, increasing the advantage to 4-0. The Pacers tacked on their fifth run of the game in the fifth when Matt Bosse laced a shot that inched over the right field fence for a solo homer.
USC Aiken was unable to push any runs across in the sixth, but quickly countered with two more in the seventh frame.
Ty Barkell led off the seventh with a solid double to left. With one down, Metzler walked. Then, with two down, Randy Luckett earned a base on balls to load the bases. Miller singled back up the middle, plating two for a 7-0 lead.
For the game, Beasley worked 6.2 innings before giving up a hit. He struck out seven and walked five in the contest. He surrendered just the one hit, coming in the seventh inning. Kevin Gifford came in with two outs in the ninth and picked up the save.
Donath and Miller each drove in two for USC Aiken in the win. Bosse and Costen had one apiece. Metzler was three-for-four with three runs scored. Donath and Moore were each two-for-four in the contest.
No. 3 St. Edward's 8, Colorado Christian 2
No. 3 St. Edward's 14, Colorado Christian 3
AUSTIN, Texas -- St. Edward's racked up 22 runs in a doubleheader sweep of Colorado Christian on Saturday afternoon at Lucian-Hamilton Field. The Hilltoppers bested the Cougars 8-2 in the opener and poured it on in the second game for a run-rule 14-3 victory.
In game one, it was the Dylan Watts show. The reigning Heartland Conference Freshman of the Year went 3-for-4 with a double, two singles and six RBI. In the fifth inning, with score just 2-0 in favor of St. Edward's (6-4), Watts delivered a bases-clearing double to the gap in right field to blow the game wide open.
Hilltopper starting pitcher Bobby Scott (2-0) was outstanding, allowing just one run on three hits while walking three and striking out six in five innings of work for his second win of the season.
In game two, St. Edward's scored in every inning on its way to 14 runs off of 12 hits. Random LaLonde had the big game, going 2-for-4 with four RBI. Dalton Brown picked up the win on the mound for St. Edward's, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits, while walking three and striking out seven in five innings of work.
No. 9 Chico State 7, UC San Diego 2
No. 9 Chico State 3, UC San Diego 1
LA JOLLA, Calif. -- Marcos Lara keeps and Brad Lohse combined on 11 and a third scoreless innings as Chico State swept a doubleheader at UC San Diego Saturday, winning the first game 7-2 and the second 3-1.
Chico State improved to 6-2 overall and 2-1 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). UC San Diego dipped to 4-4 overall and 1-2 in the CCAA.
Lara won for the third time in three starts, allowing just two hits in five and a third innings. Lara, a transfer from Texas Southern, lowered his ERA to 0.55
Lohse got the assignment after scheduled starter Ryan O'Shea threw a few warmup pitches before leaving the mound with an injury. The sophomore transfer from Shasta scattered four hits in six innings. He struck out five and didn't walk a batter in collecting his first win.
Drew Freeman allowed a leadoff homer in the seventh but settled in to collect the save.
Ruben Padilla's first-inning sacrifice fly gave the Wildcats the lead for good in the nightcap. Cody Slader singled home a run in the fourth and Jeffrey Ortega walked with the bases loaded for a 3-0 edge
Ryne Clark, Tyler Madrid and Padilla pounded out two hits apiece as UC San Diego starter Blake Fassler absorbed his first loss after winning his first two starts of the season.
The Wildcats gave Lara all the support he would need in the first inning of the opening game. Connor Huesers' two-out, two-run single keyed a three-run rally.
Clark cracked an RBI-single to right in the fourth to make it 4-0.
The Wildcats sealed the deal in the home half of the sixth and top of the seventh. First, Barker relieved Lara with the bases loaded and one out and got out of the jam with a strikeout and fly out.
Then Madrid mashed a pinch-hit three-run homer to make it 7-0.
Clark and Blake Miller finished with two hits apiece for the Wildcats.