Holy Cross beats No. 7 Mississippi State to split four-game series
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Holy Cross sophomore shortstop Nick Lovullo went 3-for-5 with two runs and a pair of RBIs, while junior starting pitcher Donny Murray allowed one run in seven innings pitched to help lead the Crusaders to a 6-1 victory against No. 7 Mississippi State Sunday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field. With the win, Holy Cross evens its record to 2-2 on the season, while the Bulldogs fall to 4-4 overall. The Crusaders split the four-game series with Mississippi State this weekend, winning the final two contests.
The Crusaders struck first with a run in the opening frame, as Lovullo got the inning going with a leadoff infield single. He advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored during the next at-bat, as senior Andrew Barry hit an RBI-single into left center to give the Crusaders the 1-0 lead.
Holy Cross increased its lead with four runs in the top of the fourth inning to gain the 5-0 advantage. With runners on second and third and one out, sophomore Bobby Indeglia plated freshman Anthony Critelli on a base hit through the left side for the first run of the inning. Lovullo then brought home both Indeglia and sophomore Connor Perry on a two-RBI single to put Holy Cross up by four. Lovullo scored the final run of the frame on a base knock by junior Evan Ocello to give the Crusaders the five-run advantage.
Mississippi State's lone run of the game came in the bottom of the fifth inning, as Jake Vickerson plated Kyle Hann to make the score 5-1. Holy Cross added its final run of the contest in the top of the ninth, as junior Jack St. Clair laid down a sacrifice-squeeze bunt to score Ocello and make the score its final 6-1.
Murray picked up the victory in his first start of the season (1-0), as the righty tossed seven innings and allowed one run on six hits, while fanning four batters. Holy Cross junior Ryan Filipowicz pitched two no-hit innings of relief to secure the victory. Bulldog starter Dakota Hudson was charged with the loss (0-1), as he went three innings and surrendered one earned run and five hits.
In addition to Lovullo, Ocello went 2-for-4 at the plate with a double, a run scored and an RBI, while Barry, St. Clair, Critelli, Indeglia and senior Brandon Cipolla all had one hit apiece in the contest. Holy Cross outhit Mississippi State 10-6 in the series finale.
No. 1 Oregon State 8, No. 16 Indiana 1
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Scott Schultz tossed a complete game and Logan Ice and Nick Rulli each drove in three runs to send top-ranked Oregon State to an 8-1 win against No. 16 Indiana Sunday afternoon at Surprise Stadium.
The win pushed Oregon State’s record to 5-2 on the year and 1-2 in Surprise. Indiana, meanwhile, dropped to 2-5 overall and 1-2 in Surprise.
Already up 2-1 after singles by Ice and Rulli in the fourth inning, the Beavers sent 10 to the plate in a six-run seventh. Ice and Rulli both stroked two-run singles while Kavin Keyes drove in one with a double to left and Michael Conforto drove in another on a single to right.
Schultz, making his second start of the year and fifth of his career, was solid, limiting Indiana to a run-scoring single in the top half of the fourth. Still in danger after the single, he managed to get a double play on a soft liner to Keyes at first and then an inning-ending strikeout of Casey Smith.
Schultz retired the next 10 batters he faced after Dustin DeMuth’s RBI single. The righty ended the game with six strikeouts while allowing just six hits. He did not issue a walk and has just two on the year in 16 innings.Schultz improved to 2-0 on the year.
The Beavers saddled Indiana starter Will Coursen-Carr with the loss and the lefty dropped to 0-2 on the year. He gave up eight hits and five runs – two earned – in 6.2 innings.
Oregon State finished with 12 hits on the day, with Ice, Rulli, Conforto, Keyes and Andy Peterson all totaling two.
No. 2 Cal State Fullerton 5, San Francisco 1
FULLERTON, Calif. -- Junior Grahamm Wiest tossed his fifth career complete game and J.D. Davis and Greg Velazquez each hit their second home run of the year to power No. 2 Cal State Fullerton to a 5-1 victory against San Francisco Sunday afternoon at Goodwin Field.
Wiest was masterful on the mound for the Titans (4-3), allowing one unearned run on five hits and striking out 10, a new career high. He allowed just three base runners to advance to second base all afternoon and retired 11 of the first 12 batters he faced. He also did not allow the Dons (3-4) to collect an extra base hit on the afternoon.
The Titans got themselves on the board in their half of the fourth inning after Matt Chapman started things off by getting hit by the pitch with one out. Davis followed and launched a 1-0 offering by Dons pitcher Matt Narahara high into the sky toward right field. The ball kept carrying and settled into the netting over the fence give Davis his second round tripper of the season and put the Titans up 2-1.
The score stayed that way until the sixth inning when Davis led off the frame with a four-pitch walk. Velazquez came up and unloaded on a 1-0 fastball that cleared the netting in left field and landed in the parking lot to put the Titans up 4-1. Austin Diemer would add an RBI single later in the inning to cap the scoring for the Titans and Wiest did the rest.
Davis finished the game 1-for-2 with a pair of runs scored and two walks while Velazquez was 2-for-4. Chapman was 1-for-3 with a double and finished the three-game set 7-for-16 (.438 BA) with two doubles and a home run while slugging .750.
Narahara drew the loss for the Dons after going five innings. He allowed two earned runs on seven hits and struck out two.
No. 4 Virginia 6, East Carolina 2
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Fourth-ranked Virginia finished off a series sweep of East Carolina with a 6-2 victory Sunday afternoon in front of 3,592 fans at Davenport Field. In winning its sixth-consecutive game, Virginia (6-1) once again used timely hitting and strong pitching and defense to pick up the victory, as the Cavaliers surrendered just four runs in the weekend series.
Virginia starting pitcher Brandon Waddell went 5.2 innings, allowing two earned runs, five hits and a walk while striking out a pair in earning the win to improve to 1-1. UVa's bullpen again was solid, as Whit Mayberry, Kevin Doherty and Nick Howard shut the ECU offense down on just a hit and a walk over the final 3.1 innings. UVa's bullpen has not allowed a run in the last 16 innings, dating to last Sunday.
East Carolina starter David Lucroy (0-2) was bounced from the game after just 2.2 innings as he took the loss. Lucroy allowed four earned runs, seven hits and a walk while striking out one. Ryan Williams allowed two runs in 5.1 innings to finish the game for ECU.
Virginia's runs were scored on six two-out hits; the Cavaliers were 7-for-14 with runners on base and two outs. Freshman Matt Thaiss went 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI to highlight the Cavaliers' 13-hit day. Six Cavaliers recorded an RBI, while the top eight in the batting order all had at least one hit.
No. 5 LSU 4, Texas Southern 1
BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU freshman Jake Fraley hit a three-run home run Sunday, and freshman Jared Poche’ threw seven strong innings in a 4-1 victory against Texas Southern.
Poche’ (2-0) was credited with the win after scattering four hits in seven innings, allowing one run and striking out seven.
The Tigers started the scoring with a run in the bottom of the first inning. Chris Sciambra led off with a double to the left-center field gap before Danny Zardon plated him with an RBI single up the middle.
LSU scored three runs in the fourth inning after Fraley hit his first homer of his career over the right field wall that plated Christian Ibarra and Kade Scivicque, who both reached base after being hit by a pitch.
Texas Southern got on the board in the top of the seventh after Zach Howell doubled to lead off the inning, stole third and scored on a Chris DeLeon RBI single.
Freshman Parker Bugg got LSU out of a jam in the eighth inning after Brady Domangue hit a batter and allowed a single. After a sacrifice bunt moved runners to second and third, Bugg got back-to-back strikeouts to hold LSU’s three-run lead.
Joe Broussard recorded a strikeout in the ninth before Kurt McCune closed out the game.
Texas Southern pitcher Devin Kanorik (1-1) was the losing pitcher after giving up four runs, all earned, on three hits and two walks in 4.2 innings pitched.
No. 6 Vanderbilt 12, Illinois-Chicago 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Sixth-ranked Vanderbilt finished off the team's second sweep of the season and improved to a perfect 7-0 on the season with a 12-1 victory against Illinois-Chicago on Sunday afternoon at Hawkins Field.
The Commodores' offense was relentless on Sunday scoring in seven of the team's eight at-bats, including a five-run second inning that gave the squad's pitching all the runs it needed. Vince Conde and Kyle Smith both walked to open the inning and freshman Jason Delay was hit by a pitch to load the bases for John Norwood. The junior worked a walk to force in the first run and then the floodgates opened. Dansby Swanson singled in a run and Bryan Reynolds plated the third run with a sacrifice fly to left field. Zander Wiel capped the rally by smashing a double off the left field wall for two more runs.
For the second time in three days the Dores' offense scored at will with seven different Commodores scoring at least one run and eight recording at least one hit. Smith, in his first start of the season, was impressive going 3-for-3 with a career-high four runs scored. The sophomore is a perfect 6-for-6 on the season. Wiel posted another multi-hit game going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles. Swanson again showed his athleticism on Sunday, this time in the first inning. With one out, Xavier Turner hit a towering pop up to shallow right field that UIC (3-4) second baseman John Coen caught but Swanson, tagging up at third, sprinted home ahead of the throw to score the game's first run.
Vanderbilt's pitching once again dominated with Tyler Ferguson earning his second win with a career-best 5.2 innings and career-high seven strikeouts. The right-hander allowed one run on two hits in the second after a leadoff walk but did not allow another UIC runner to reach scoring position until the sixth inning when he was lifted for freshman John Kilichowski. The lefty needed to just five pitches to get a groundout to end the inning and the Flames' last scoring threat. Freshman Hayden Stone, Adam Ravenelle and Brian Miller combined for three scoreless innings to put the game away with Miller striking out the side in the ninth. Through seven games the VU pitching staff has allowed three earned runs in 63 innings (0.43 ERA) with 14 walks and 70 strikeouts while allowing opponents to hit just .139.
For the fifth time under head coach Tim Corbin the Commodores are 7-0 to start the season marking the first time since 2011.
No. 8 Oregon 4, Loyola Marymount 3
LOS ANGELES -- Oregon’s clutch play off the bench and another spectacular catch by right fielder Tyler Baumgartner pushed Oregon to another win at Loyola Marymount. The Ducks scored a run in the top of the ninth to pick up a 4-3 win and a sweep of the three-game series.
The Ducks, who headed into the game with pinch hitters reaching base on 12 of 18 plate appearances in the first six games, got a pinch hit lead-off double by freshman Austin Grebeck to lead off the top of the ninth inning. He advanced to third on a fielding error and scored on a sacrifice fly by pinch hitter J.B. Bryant to give Oregon the lead.
Baumgartner made the win possible with an outstanding catch in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Ducks’ right fielder robbed Tanner Donnels when he made a diving catch into the gap saving a run with two outs in the inning.
Oregon jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the third inning. The Ducks loaded the bases with two hits and a hit batter before Kevin Minjares, who led off the inning with a single, scored when Baumgartner hit into a double play to give UO a 1-0 lead.
Scott Heineman, who reached when he was hit by a pitch, stole home on the next pitch to give Oregon a 2-0 lead. On the next pitch, Mitchell Tolman blasted a home run to right center to put the Ducks up by three.
LMU tied the game with three runs in the bottom of the fifth chasing starter Jordan Spencer, who gave up all three runs in 4.1 innings.
Garrett Cleavinger (2-0) got the win for Oregon pitching a scoreless eighth. Jake Reed picked up his third save.
Aaron Payne (2-for-4), Tolman (2-for-4) and A.J. Balta (2-for-4) all led the Ducks with two hits.
No. 9 South Carolina 6, Eastern Kentucky 0
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Ninth-ranked South Carolina pounded out 12 hits and six pitchers combined for a seven hit shutout as the Gamecocks defeated Eastern Kentucky 6-0, sweeping the series on Sunday afternoon at Carolina Stadium. The Gamecocks have held opponents scoreless for 51 consecutive innings and recorded their fifth consecutive shutout, which is a program record. South Carolina improves to 7-0 on the year while the loss drops Eastern Kentucky to 1-6.
Junior outfielder Connor Bright went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI and a run scored. Bright has now safely hit in all seven games this season. Junior infielder Joey Pankake went 1-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Freshman right-hander Wil Crowe improves to 2-0 on the year after hurling 6.1 scoreless innings. Crowe allowed just four hits, one walk and struck out five batters. Five Gamecock relievers combined for 3.2 scoreless innings allowing a combined three hits and one walk while striking out five batters. Eastern Kentucky starter Myles Scott suffers the loss and is now 0-2 on the year. Scott gave up four runs all earned on six hits and two walks while striking out two batters.
No. 22 Cal Poly 9, No. 10 UCLA 1
LOS ANGELES -- Junior right fielder Nick Torres and sophomore designated hitter Brian Mundell combined for five hits and five RBI as No. 22 Cal Poly captured its non-conference series against defending national champion and No. 10 UCLA with a 9-1 victory Sunday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Torres singled three times, knocking in two runs, while Mundell added two hits, including his third home run of the series, for the Mustangs, who improved to 6-1 on the year. UCLA fell to 4-3.
Cal Poly scored eight times in the first four innings and never looked back.
Mundell hit a two-run home run in the first inning, his third of the season and 14th of his Mustang career. Mundell hit a home run in each game of the series, went 5-for-10 at the plate to lift his average to .455 and drove in seven runs.
Torres stroked a two-run single in the third inning to give Cal Poly a 5-1 lead and went 5-for-13 in the series with six RBI. He is hitting .448 for the year.
Designated hitter Brett Stephens and right fielder Christoph Bono each had two hits for UCLA.
Sophomore right-hander Casey Bloomquist (2-0) earned the win on the mound for Cal Poly. In five-plus innings, he gave up one run and four hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Junior southpaw Taylor Chris tossed three scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk with four strikeouts, while junior closer Reed Reilly pitched the ninth inning.
The loss went to UCLA starter Cody Poteet (0-1), who was touched for five runs (four earned) and seven hits in 2.2 innings. The Bruins used six pitchers in the series finale.