Canisius beats Carlos Rodon, No. 8 North Carolina State in season opener
RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State fell 3-0 in its season opener, on Sunday against Canisius at Doak Field at Dail Park.
Canisius starter Rohn Pierce (1-0) claimed the win on seven shutout innings. Alex Godzak earned the save after allowing two hits in the eighth and ninth.
Trea Turner supplied most of the offense provided by the Wolfpack (0-1) in the loss. Turner went 3-for-4 on the day with three base hits including a bunt single to lead off the eighth, and followed with his first stolen base of the year.
Carlos Rodon (0-1) drew the opening day start and took the loss after allowing one earned in six innings. Rodon finished the day with three runs on four hits, striking out six while walking one.
Andrew Woeck pitched flawlessly as the only arm out of the Wolfpack bullpen, fanning four of nine batters faced and walking none. Woeck shut out the Griffins (1-0) for the final three frames, limiting Canisius to one hit.
Brett Austin, Kyle Cavanaugh, Andrew Knizner, and Garrett Suggs each contributed one hit on the afternoon. Cavanaugh, Knizner, and Suggs were the only true freshmen in the Pack's opening day lineup.
No. 1 Cal State Fullerton 5, Washington State 4
FULLERTON, Calif. -- Senior Jared Deacon had most of Sunday off after catching the first two games, including an 11-inning game Saturday. But when called upon, the fifth-year senior came through in the clutch as his one-out line drive single in the bottom of the ninth drove in Greg Velazquez from third to give No. 5 Cal State Fullerton a 5-4 walk-off victory against Washington State Sunday afternoon at Goodwin Field.
Deacon came in as a defensive replacement in the top of the ninth with the Titans (2-1) leading 4-3, but the Cougars (1-2) rallied for a run off Phil Bickford and J.D. Davis to tie the game.
Luckily for the Titans, Deacon brought his bat with him as well. Greg Velazquez led off the Titans half of the ninth with a scorching double down the left field line to put the winning run in scoring position. Clay Williamson, who had a single and a double under his belt for the game, laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt toward first to move Velazquez over to third with one out.
That's when Deacon came up and lined a 1-1 pitch to first where Cougars first baseman Matt Mendenhall's diving attempt came up empty, ricocheting off his glove and allowing Velazquez to bring in the game-winner.
Williamson started in center field on Sunday and finished the day 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. The 6-foot-1 junior had a tremendous weekend at the plate, collecting six hits in eight at bats including two doubles and a pair of RBIs despite coming off the bench in the first two games. Velazquez finished 1-for-5 and was 4-for-11 in the series with a double and a home run.
Davis collected his first victory of the season despite the blown save but Grahamm Wiest was the story on the mound for the Titans. The red-shirt junior went seven and a third innings and allowed three runs; just one earned, and struck out seven. Wiest retired the first nine hitters he faced and threw 35 of his first 37 pitches for strikes.
The Titans fell behind 3-1 in the top of the fifth but immediately rectified that in their half of the inning. Matt Chapman led off the with a single and advanced to third on Tanner Pinkston's one-out single two batters later. Velazquez cut the Titans deficit to 3-2 with an RBI groundout and then the red-hot Williamson blasted a 2-1 pitch all the way to the right field wall to bring in Pinkston from second base.
Chris McDowell drew the loss for the Cougars after coming in to pitch late in the ninth inning. The Cougars used six pitchers on the afternoon after starter Kellen Camus managed to go just two innings, allowing one earned run on four hits. He walked three and struck out two.
No. 2 Virginia 7, UNC Wilmington 2
WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Second-ranked Virginia led from start to finish in a 7-2 road win against UNC Wilmington Sunday afternoon in front of a Brooks Field record crowd of 3,826. The game was the Cavaliers' final contest in the Hughes Bros. Challenge. UVa starting pitcher Josh Sborz worked six hitless innings in a dominating performance for Virginia (2-1).
After dropping the opening game of the weekend to Kentucky, UVa bounced back with a vengeance, outscoring its opponents 19-2 while the pitching staff surrendered just nine hits.
In his longest career outing, Sborz (1-0) allowed just three walks and struck out four. Only three balls left the infield during his time on the mound.
Preseason favorites in the CAA, the Seahawks (1-2) did not record a hit until one out in the seventh inning. UNCW starter Evan Phillips (0-1) tossed 3.2 innings, giving up four runs (two earned), four hits and a walk. He also fired three wild pitches as UNCW uncorked five wild pitches in the game, with UVa scoring three of its runs off of them.
The Cavaliers recorded nine hits, with Derek Fisher and Matt Thaiss each picking up a pair of hits. Fisher drove in two runs and also scored twice, while Thaiss, in his first career start, also scored twice.
No. 3 Oregon State 14, Pacific 6
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Oregon State scored early and often in a 14-6 win against Pacific Sunday afternoon at Tempe Diablo Stadium.
The win pushed the Beavers to 3-0 in the young season with one game remaining on the trip, Sunday against Pacific. The Tigers, meanwhile, are 1-2 on the year.
OSU scored in the first and at one point was tied with Pacific – at 1-1 in the second – but the Beavers reeled off four consecutive innings with at least two runs. This included a three-run third inning that was highlighted by Michael Conforto’s two-run single.
OSU pushed the lead to 8-1 with a four-run fourth in which Conforto and Dylan Davis were each credited with runs driven in. Jeff Hendrix added to the lead in the fifth with a two-run double, and after the team’s half of the sixth, had pushed the lead to 13-2, plenty of cushion for starter Scott Schultz.
Conforto, Davis and Hendrix provided plenty of offense for the Beavers as the trio combined to go 5-for-9 with 10 RBI and five walks, three of which were issued to Hendrix. Conforto tallied five RBI on the day on the strength of three hits, including two doubles.
No. 4 Mississippi State 7, Western Carolina 2
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi State’s offense drove in five runs with two outs in the third inning en route to a 7-2 series-clinching win versus Western Carolina Sunday afternoon at Dudy Field. The crowd of 8,061 in Starkville witnessed John Cohen’s 500th victory as a head coach (500-328-1) and his 179th as the skipper for the Maroon and White (177-132).
Deadlocked in a scoreless tie with two outs in the bottom of the third, preseason All-SEC first baseman Wes Rea was plunked with the bases loaded, giving the home team an early 1-0 lead. Next, senior second baseman Brett Pirtle drilled a bases-clearing triple down the right-field line, extending the margin to four. Fellow senior C.T. Bradford added the final run of the frame one at-bat later when the center fielder squeeze bunted for a single, driving in Pirtle.
State tacked on its final two runs in the eighth with an RBI single by redshirt junior catcher Zack Randolph and a bases-loaded walk by senior third baseman Alex Detz.
Western Carolina scored its first run of the game on a Jacob Hoyle solo home run in the fourth and plated its final run of the weekend on a Bradley Strong RBI single to center in the ninth.
The first true freshman to start on the opening weekend since Chris Stratton in 2010, Dakota Hudson earned a no decision in his collegiate debut. The righty went 4.0 innings, surrendering one run on four hits and striking out two with no walks. The freshman combo of right-hander Austin Sexton and lefty Vance Tatum also made their collegiate debuts, blanking the Catamounts in 2.1 innings. Senior right-hander Ben Bracewell picked up the win after recording 1.1 scoreless stanzas in relief.
No. 5 Florida State 13, Niagara 0
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Fifth-ranked Florida State (3-0) completed the series sweep of Niagara with 13-0 shutout victory on Sunday afternoon on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.
The Seminoles pounded out 15 hits led by senior captain Justin Gonzalez, who went 3-for-3 with two singles and a double. Gonzalez reached base on all five plate appearances in the series finale as he also drew two walks. He has now reached base safely in nine consecutive plate appearances heading into Tuesday afternoon’s contest at Jacksonville. Gonzalez also extended his career-best hitting streak to 12 games.
Jose Brizuela and John Sansone finished the afternoon with two hits apiece, while three Seminoles recorded their first hit in a Seminole uniform including Danny De La Calle, Gage West and Nick Graganella.
De La Calle drove in two runs on a sharp infield single to short as part of FSU’s eight-run fifth inning to break the game open. West connected on a solo shot to right in the seventh as it marked the first home run by a Seminole in 2014 and Graganella laced a two-out single up the middle in the eighth.
Sunday’s game also marked the return of starting pitcher Mike Compton (1-0), who made his first start since throwing 6.0 innings in a win against Stony Brook at the 2012 College World Series. Compton, a redshirt sophomore, missed the entire 2013 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. On Sunday, Compton allowed just one hit in 5.0 innings of work as he walked two and struck out three.
No. 6 LSU 6, Grambling 0
BATON ROUGE, La. -- In his first career collegiate start, LSU freshman left-hander Jared Poche’ pitched six innings of scoreless baseball Sundy in the Tigers’ 6-0 win against Grambling at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
LSU (3-0) faces Southeastern Louisiana (2-1) on Wednesday in Hammond, La.
Grambling fell to 0-3 with Sunday’s loss.
Poche’ struck out three and only allowed four hits with no walks in Sunday’s victory.
Also in his collegiate start, second baseman Kramer Robertson provided spectacular defensive work and score three runs to fuel the LSU offense.
Texas Tech 7, No. 7 Indiana 0
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Texas Tech completed its opening weekend in style in front of its home crowd with a series-clinching 7-0 shutout against No. 7 Indiana on Sunday afternoon at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Tech's third consecutive win against the Hoosiers marked the program's first shutout against a top-10 opponent since 2009 (at No. 10 Kansas State 6-0).
The Red Raiders (3-1) were led by its pair of left-handed relievers, Cameron Smith and Jonny Drozd, who combined pitched eight shutout innings allowing six hits and one walk with four strikeouts. Indiana, which finished last season in Omaha at the College World Series, dropped to 1-3 on the season.
Smith (1-0) earned his first career win pitching six innings (entered in the second inning) allowing just five hits and a walk with two strikeouts. Smith retired nine consecutive batters form the third-to-sixth inning and allowed just one Indiana base runner to reach scoring position during his final four innings of work.
Tech used a team effort in the victory with seven players posting base hits and six players scoring at least one run.
Junior second baseman Bryant Burleson went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, sophomore leadoff hitter and center fielder Alec Humphreys went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored, senior right fielder Adam Kirsch went 2-for-4 with three RBI and junior shortstop Tim Proudfoot recorded his third straight multi-hit game (2-for-3) to lead Tech at the plate.
No. 9 UCLA 4, Portland 3
LOS ANGELES -- Junior Shane Zeile smacked a double down the left field line to score senior Brian Carroll in the bottom of the 11th inning, giving No. 9 UCLA a 4-3 walkoff victory against Portland on Sunday.
Junior David Berg earned his first win of the season for the Bruins, tossing four scoreless innings in relief. Colin Feldtman took the loss for the Pilots. Sophomore Cody Poteet started the game for UCLA, pitching 4.1 innings in a no-decision. Poteet struck out three and allowed one earned run in his 4.1 innings of work.
After a quiet first two innings, Portland took the lead in the top of the third, starting when Poteet hit Bo Cornish with a pitch. Cornish then moved over to second on a sacrifice bunt and then to third on a wild pitch. Eventually Cornish came home on a sacrifice fly by Cody Lenahan, giving the Pilots the lead.
Overall, Moore led the Bruins at the plate, going 4-4 with a RBI. Carroll followed that up with a 2-5 performance that included two runs and a RBI while Chatterton and Zeile each had two hits and a RBI apiece.
No. 10 Vanderbilt 6, Long Beach State 2
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Tenth-ranked Vanderbilt finished off its first series sweep of the season with a 6-2 win against Long Beach State Sunday afternoon at Blair Field.
Freshman Bryan Reynolds led the way for the Commodores (3-0) both at the plate and in the field. Reynolds added to the Vandy lead in the second inning when he followed Vince Conde's double with a double of his own to make it 2-0. The freshman struck again in the fourth with a RBI-single to score fellow freshman Nolan Rogers, who had led off the inning with a single and stole second base. Reynolds then made it 4-2 Vanderbilt in the top of the seventh with his second double of the day that chased home Zander Wiel, who had led off the frame with a double of his own. Reynolds finished the day 3-for-4 with three RBI at the plate and added a spectacular diving catch in the sixth that saved at least two runs. The Brentwood, Tenn. native finished his first collegiate weekend going 6-for-10 with four RBI.
The Vanderbilt offense pounded out 13 hits on the afternoon with Reynolds and Xavier Turner each recording three-hit games. Turner's third single of the day knocked in Chris Harvey, who added two hits and two runs to his stellar work behind the plate. Dansby Swanson drove in the Commodores' other run with a sacrifice fly in the ninth. The Dirtbags (0-3) were held to just five hits on the day and had just 13 in the three-game series.
Vanderbilt starter Tyler Ferguson kept the trend going with the Commodores' starting pitching early in the season with 5.1 strong innings to earn the win. Ferguson cruised through the first five innings, retiring 11 straight batters until hitting a batter in the fifth. The sophomore ran into trouble in the sixth after his own error on a bunt started the inning. He then hit a batter to give the Dirtbags multiple runners on base for the first time since Friday night's ninth inning. The Commodores then used three pitchers to get out of the inning but escaped with a two-run lead. Adam Ravenelle and Brian Miller combined to pitch the final 3.1 innings and seal the series sweep.
Ferguson allowed two unearned runs on one hit with no walks and three strikeouts to become the third VU starting pitcher to earn a win over the weekend. Long Beach State starter Ty Provenchar took the loss after giving up four runs on nine hits over 5.2 innings.