Pitchers stingy in key Pac-12 tilt
Also: Perfect seasons capped; tournament firsts, for some
If you listened carefully during the No. 4 Oregon State-No. 21 Arizona State baseball series this past weekend, you may have heard these lyrics being hummed softly in the background: “Anything you can do, I can do better. I can do anything better than you.”
Oregon State left-hander Matt Boyd came barreling out of the gates on Friday night, tossing a complete-game one-hitter in the series opener against the Sun Devils, and winning 5-0 in a key Pac-12 matchup. Boyd struck out a career-high 11 batters, including five in the last three innings. After giving up a single to Drew Stankiewicz to open the game, he retired 12 consecutive batters until surrendering a walk. He was the first pitcher to one-hit Arizona State since a pair of Alabama pitchers combined for the feat on June 10, 1983.
"Matt obviously threw very well and helped set the tone for this series," Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. "We had a good offensive night and fed off Matt's performance on the mound."
But Arizona State was not going to lie down and die. Instead, the Sun Devils returned to Goss Stadium on Saturday on a mission with freshman left-hander Ryan Kellogg on the mound. Kellogg threw a no-hitter to lead ASU to a 4-0 win -- Arizona State’s first no-hitter since 1993, and first no-no in Pac-12 (or Pac-10) action in school history.
Kellogg did not walk a batter, and allowed just two base runners, including one who reached on an error. He fanned three batters in the contest.
"I knew [our defenders] were behind me the whole game," Kellogg said. "I only had two strikeouts and they came in the last inning, so they made all the other plays for me.”
It was the first time the Beavers were no-hit since 1994, when Lewis & Clark beat them 1-0.
"It is definitely a huge moment in my career, as well as for ASU baseball. To come out and have a performance like this after the day we had [Friday], especially against Oregon State, is great for the team and the program."
While there weren’t any standout pitching performances in the rubber match on Sunday, OSU’s Max Engelbrekt and Scott Schultz did combine for 4.2 innings of scoreless relief as the Beavers fended off ASU 4-3 to claim the series. As a whole, the pitching staffs were not as sharp as in the first two contests, combining for 18 walks and five hit batters in the game, while only striking out three.
Oregon State, which entered the weekend leading the nation with a 1.59 ERA, did bend a bit as it crept up to 1.69 after Sunday’s game, but the Beavers improved to 20-2 on the season, and remained at the top of the Pac-12 standings with a 5-1 mark, tied with UCLA and Oregon.
• Cornell senior Kyle Dake etched his name in the NCAA record books on Saturday when he became the first wrestler to win four NCAA titles in four different weight classes after claiming a 5-4 decision against Penn State’s David Taylor to capture the 165-pound championship. He is just the third wrestler in NCAA history to win four titles. Dake concluded his career at Cornell with a 137-4 record, including a 37-0 mark this season. He was named Most Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament as Cornell finished fifth in the team standings. Penn State won the team title for third consecutive season.
• The No. 1 Minnesota women’s hockey team survived a triple-overtime battle with North Dakota on Saturday as junior Kelly Terry lifted the Golden Gophers to a 3-2 victory and a ticket to the 2013 Women’s Frozen Four. In the sixth meeting between the two teams this season, Terry’s goal with 1:09 remaining in the third overtime finally ended the epic clash that was the Gophers’ longest game in school history. Minnesota also extended its NCAA-record winning streak to 47 games as the Gophers advanced to their second consecutive Frozen Four. The Gophers eventually stretched that streak to 49 as they capped the first perfect season in women's Division I history with a 6-3 victory against Boston University on Sunday.
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|• DI Women's Hockey|
|• DI Women's Swimming & Diving|
|• DIII Women's Swimming & Diving|
|• DIII Men's Swimming & Diving|
• The UMass-Lowell men’s hockey team claimed its first Hockey East title since becoming a charter member of the league 29 years ago with a 1-0 defeat of Boston University on Saturday in front of 13,738 fans at the TD Garden. Junior forward Derek Arnold scored the only goal of the contest, while freshman goalie Connor Hellebuyck garnered Most Valuable Player honors after collecting 36 saves. UMass-Lowell (26-10-2) has won five consecutive contests and 11 of its past 12 games, matching a Division I-era record for wins in a single season.
• The Canisius men’s hockey team grabbed its first conference title, winning the Atlantic Hockey championship with a 7-2 victory against Mercyhurst on Saturday. With the championship, the Griffs earned an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament -- also their first. Canisius has won eight consecutive games, the nation’s longest active winning streak. Junior Kyle Gibbons netted two goals with two assists in the contest, and was voted tournament MVP.
• The No. 1 Maryland men’s lacrosse team suffered its first defeat of the season, falling 10-8 to No. 14 North Carolina on Saturday in College Park, Md. It was the Tar Heels’ fourth consecutive regular-season victory against the Terrapins. UNC led 9-3 midway through the third quarter, and fended off a comeback by the Terps, who netted five of the contest’s last six goals. It was the Tar Heels’ first win against a No. 1 team since downing Johns Hopkins 13-9 this past April.
• The No. 1 Florida women’s gymnastics team won its second consecutive Southeastern Conference championship with a score of 198.0, becoming the first league squad to claim back-to-back titles since Georgia won three in a row from 2004-06. Mere tenths of a point separated the next three teams as Alabama placed second with 197.900, LSU was third with 197.700 and Georgia placed fourth with 197.325 points. It was the highest-scoring top-four in SEC championship history. Florida freshman Bridget Sloan shared the all-around title with LSU’s Rheagan Courville with a score of 39.75.
• The No. 8 Tennessee women’s softball team posted a series sweep against visiting No. 5 Texas A&M during the weekend, improving to 6-3 in SEC action. The Lady Vols have played then-No. 1 Alabama, No. 3 Florida and No. 5 Texas A&M in their first nine games of league play. Madison Shipman drove in the game-winning run, while Raven Chavanne tallied three hits and two runs in Tennessee’s 5-4 win Sunday. Chavanne, the Lady Vols’ leading hitter, went 7-for-10 for the weekend, including a three-run homer in Friday’s 8-6 win.
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|3:09.40||The Georgia women’s swimming and diving team won its first NCAA title since 2005, punctuated by claiming the 400-yard free relay with an NCAA and U.S. Open record of 3:09.40 on Saturday. The team of Shannon Vreeland, Chantal Van Landeghem, Alison Schmitt and Megan Romano eclipsed the mark of 3:09.88 set by Cal in 2009.|
|19||After falling behind 3-2 against Cincinnati on Saturday, the No. 8 Georgetown women’s lacrosse team netted 19 unanswered goals to earn a convincing 21-3 win in the Big East opener for both schools. It was Georgetown’s largest margin of victory against a Big East foe in program history.|
|32||The Kenyon men’s swimming and diving team claimed the program’s 32nd NCAA Division III title on Saturday, outdistancing defending national champion Denison under the direction of first-year head coach Jess Book. Kenyon has won the national title in 32 of the past 34 years, but for the first time since 2010.|
|41-0-0||The Minnesota women’s hockey team made history on Sunday as the Gophers defeated Boston University 6-3 to become the first women’s college team to go through the season without a blemish. The Gophers completed the year with a 41-0-0 mark, while extending their winning streak to 49 consecutive games.|
|297||Cornell men’s lacrosse player Rob Pannell became the program’s all-time leading scorer with two goals and an assist in the No. 2 Big Red’s 10-5 defeat of No. 9 Penn on Saturday. Pannell has collected 297 career points, one more than the previous record-holder Mike French (1974-76).|
|897||The Boston University men’s hockey team’s loss to UMass-Lowell in the Hockey East championship ended the Terriers’ season, and the career of legendary head coach Jack Parker, who retires after 40 seasons at the helm of the BU program. Parker concluded his career with an 897-472-115 record and three NCAA titles. His 897 wins are the third-most in NCAA hockey history.|
• The No. 1 Penn State men’s gymnastics team concluded the regular season with a 433.650-427.800 win against No. 7 Minnesota as the Nittany Lions finished undefeated for the second time in head coach Randy Jepson’s 22-year tenure. PSU is 13-0 heading into the Big Ten championships. It is Penn State's first perfect regular season since 2003 and their fourth in the past 40 years.
• Two players reached career milestones in Division II men’s lacrosse action as Saint Michael’s defeated Saint Rose 21-4 in Northeast-10 Conference play. Senior Marty Vanzo became the 21st player in Saint Michael's history to reach 100 career points when he assisted on classmate Pete Donnally’s goal with 10:52 left in the third period. With 36 seconds left in the quarter, Vanzo again assisted Donnally, who scored his program-record 110th career goal on the play.
• The top-ranked BYU men’s volleyball team posted a pair of sweeps in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation action during the weekend, blanking No. 9 Cal State Northridge on Friday, and following it with a shutout of No. 4 Long Beach State on Saturday. The Cougars improved to 17-3 on the season and are riding a nine-match winning streak.
• For the fourth consecutive season, the Emory women’s swimming and diving team captured the NCAA Division III title, running away with the trophy as they compiled 136 points more than second-place Kenyon. The Eagles concluded the meet by winning the final event -- the 400-yard free relay -- in an NCAA Division III-record time of 3:21.28. It was the second national title for the relay team of Renee Rosenkranz, Nancy Larson, Ann Wolber and Anna Dobben, who claimed the 200-yard free relay championship Thursday.
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