Baseball Weekend Review
Plenty of series sweeps; Lander remains unbeaten in Peach Belt
• In Atlantic Coast Conference action, No. 6 Virginia swept No. 7 Clemson in a battle of top-10 teams. It was the first time the Cavaliers swept the Tigers at Clemson. In the season finale, junior Steven Proscia went 4-for-5 with three RBI, and belted the first home run by a Virginia player this year as the Cavaliers edged Clemson, 7-6.
• No. 5 Florida State also opened ACC play with a perfect record, sweeping Boston College with a 4-3 come-from-behind win on Sunday afternoon. Rafael Lopez’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning propelled the Seminoles to the victory. Lopez began his collegiate career at Boston College, but is now the Seminoles’ starting catcher.
• In a powerhouse match-up, No. 8 LSU took three games from No. 12 Cal State Fullerton, drawing the largest three-game crowd (27,194) in Alex Box Stadium history. After posting a pair of 7-6 wins in the first two games, the Tigers exploded for a 10-2 victory against the Titans as they improved to 15-1 on the year.
• Texas State swept Houston for the second consecutive season with help from walk-off home runs in back-to-back games over the weekend. The Bobcats came back from an 11-run deficit in the eighth inning of Saturday’s game as Casey Kalenkosky blasted a three-run homer for a 17-15 win. On Sunday, Andrew Stumph belted a three-run shot as the Bobcats came back from a six-run deficit in the eighth inning. Both home runs came with two outs in the ninth inning.
• No. 18 UC Irvine finished off Sacramento State, 9-7, behind a four-hit, three-RBI effort from infielder Tommy Reyes on Sunday. UCI improved to 12-1 on the season with the sweep, while head coach Mike Gillespie collected his 900th career victory with Saturday’s win. Gillespie is now 901-526-2 in 23 years a Division I head coach.
• After jumping out to the best start in program history (16-0), No. 2 Oklahoma lost its first game of the season on Sunday, falling to Arkansas-Little Rock, 7-0. The Sooners were the last undefeated team in Division I baseball. UALR starting pitcher Calvin Drinnen tossed a complete-game shutout against the Sooners, allowing just two hits and striking out six in the contest.
• California cruised through the 2011 Cal Baseball Classic at AT&T Park last weekend, capping off the weekend with a 6-1 defeat of Long Beach State after topping Louisiana-Lafayette and No. 20 Rice in earlier action. The Golden Bears were the only squad in the tournament without a loss.
• Georgia evened its record to 8-8 on the season after posting a perfect 5-0 record on the road last week, including a defeat of No. 10 UCLA at the Dogertown Classic. The Bulldogs wrapped up the weekend with a 3-0 victory against Saint Mary’s, stretching their scoreless innings streak to 17.
• Baylor notched its first four-game sweep since 1989 with four wins against Louisiana Tech as the Bears stretched their winning streak to six games.
• Lander University remained unbeaten in Peach Belt Conference as the Bearcats swept No. 17 USC Aiken. They are the only team in the PBC without a loss. Meanwhile, No. 1 Georgia College lost two of three games to Augusta State in its PBC series.
• No. 1 Central Missouri won three of four contests against Fort Hays State, capped off by a 22-2 win in the final game of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association series. Outfielder Jon Wegener hit .600 with nine RBI and two homers for the series.
• Mount Olive’s Carter Capps toss the first nine-inning no-hitter in school history as the Trojans downed Coker, 4-0, in Conference Carolinas action on Saturday. Capps, who struck out nine batters in the outing, improved his college record to 15-0 with the win.
• West Florida senior Daniel Vargas-Vila came within one out of a perfect game on Sunday in a 5-0 victory against Arkansas Tech to cap off a series sweep of the Wonder Boys. Vargas-Vila retired 26 consecutive batters until pinch-hitter Michael Milum drew a walk to end the perfect game bid. The next batter then notched a basehit to break up the no-hitter. It was Vargas-Vila’s second one-hitter of the season.
• Freshman leftfielder Mitchell Herringshaw helped save No. 24 Mary Washington from being swept by No. 25 Salisbury as he ripped a two-out, two-run single in the ninth inning to edge the Sea Gulls, 7-6, in Capital Athletic Conference play. The Sea Gulls plated 27 runs in a doubleheader on Saturday against Mary Washington.
• Chapman’s Jordan Sigman tied the school record with his 30th career victory in the Panthers' 19-1 victory against Rutgers-Newark at Hart Park on March 12. The senior right-hander allowed two hits and struck out six batters in the five-inning ouingt. The victory is Chapman's 11th in a row, and followed a 4-3 victory against No. 2 ranked Kean on Friday night.
• No. 1 Heidelberg University improved to 8-0 with a pair of wins over Montclair State and Utica College on March 13. The Berg has two games remaining on their spring break trip to Florida.
• Christopher Newport University kept rolling with a sweep of Ferrum College in USA South play over the weekend, improving to 19-1 on the season.
• Emory clinched at least a share of the University Athletic Association Championship with a 15-4 victory against Rochester on March 13. It is the program’s first UAA title since 2008. The Eagles are 4-1 in UAA tournament action, and if they win Monday’s contest against Washington University (Mo.), Emory will capture its first outright league title since 2007.