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Roundup: Top-ranked Tampa splits two

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MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- Top-ranked Tampa battled Georgia College to split the Sunday twin-bill, winning the first game by a 12-6 score and then dropping the second in 13-5 fashion.

The Spartans end the day with a 7-1 tally while the hosting Bobcats finish with a 4-1 overall record.

Senior Michael Danner notched three hits and five RBI on the day including two home runs while also crossing the plate four times for the Spartans. Catcher Tyler York ended the day swinging 4-for-5.

Tampa took the first game slug-fest which saw six home runs between the two teams by a 12-6 final score.

Outfielder Danner tallied a pair of home runs in the first game, picking up three each of runs and RBI.  Sophomore Stephen Dezzi roped a homer to his credit while also crossing the plate three times for Tampa.

Bobcats right fielder Jake Sandlin mirrored Danner with a pair of homers and four RBI while GC first baseman Mason Colquitt launched the final home run of the contest.

Pinch hitter York hit a bases clearing double in the bottom of the eighth, good for three RBI while Giovanny Alfonzo plated a trio of Spartans to his credit, ending the first game hitting 2-for-4.  Catcher Nick Tindall hit a pair of doubles on his way to a 2-for-3  performance as the Spartans totaled 11 hits in the premier game.

Sophomore Trey Oest (3-0) earned his third win of 2014, tossing six complete innings of five-hit ball.  The right-hander allowed three runs but struck out seven batters en route to the victory.  Reliever Chase Sparkman threw the final two innings, allowing a single hit and picking up on strikeout.

Bobcats starter Justin Blue (1-1) was tabbed with the loss in his six-inning effort, allowing six each of hits and runs.

Tampa was on the wrong end of a game two role-reversal as Georgia College took a 13-5 win over the top team in the nation.  The Bobcats capitalized on four errors to score seven unearned runs and give the Spartans its first loss of the season.

Catcher York notched a trio of singles in the second game while right fielder Sean O’Brien was the only other Spartan to tally multiple hits.

Freshman starting pitcher Jake Mielock (1-1) was tabbed with the loss, pitching two-thirds of an inning, allowing five runs, two earned, off a pair of hits.

Bobcats starter Josh Taylor (2-0) picked up the win in 4.2 innings of work, allowing five unearned runs.

No. 2 Minnesota State-Mankato 7, Northeastern State 2
No. 2 Minnesota State-Mankato 13, Northeastern State 4

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. -- Second-ranked Minnesota State-Mankato exploded for 20 runs to claim a pair of victories in a road sweep of previously unbeaten Northeastern State at Rousey Field in non-conference competition Sunday afternoon.

The Mavericks used a 7-2 victory in the first affair and a 13-4 rout in game two to improve to 3-1 overall, while the Riverhawks dropped to 2-2 on the year.

Minnesota State provided senior righthander Jason Hoppe with plenty of run support early on in game one tallying four runs in the top of the first inning. Junior Connor McCallum plated senior Parker Sullivan with a single to left field, before McCallum came around to score on an error by the NSU first baseman. Freshman Eric Peterson capped the inning with a two-run double to deep left field.

Hoppe (2-0) scattered six hits and a pair of walks while allowing two earned runs with four strikeouts in five innings on the hill for the Mavericks. Juniors Matt Geislinger and Tyler Ockuly each struck out the side in an inning of relief.

The second contest saw Northeastern State strike first when Robinson, a preseason All-American, launched a two-run job over the left-field wall. MSU pulled even at 2-2 in the top of the fourth when senior Stetson Olson scored on a wild pitch and junior Max Waletich spanked a RBI single to left field.

On the hill, senior Bryce Bellin fanned six and allowed two earned runs in 4.2 innings, and freshman Tyler Frohwirth (1-0) struck out two in 2.1 scoreless innings to earn his first victory as a Maverick.

Overall, McCallum led the way going four-of-six with a double, two RBI and three runs, while Johnson finished 5-of-10 with a double, homerun, three RBI and three runs scored.  Peterson ended three-for-nine with a run scored, two doubles and three RBI; and Olson went two-of-seven scoring five of the Mavericks' 20 runs.

Concord 11, No. 4 Mount Olive 10
No. 4 Mount Olive 14, Concord 1

MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. -- Concord opened up its 2014 season by splitting a doubleheader at fourth-ranked Mount Olive Sunday afternoon at Scarborough Field. The Mountain Lions took game one 11-10 in 10 innings before dropping game two to the Trojans 14-1.

Concord's win in game one was the program's first season-opening victory since defeating Belmont Abbey 8-6 in 2004.

The Mountain Lions' offense picked up right where it left off from its historic 2013 season with a three-run first inning in game one.

With the bases loaded and just one out, senior first baseman Joey Miller shot a single to center field that scored Blevins and junior second baseman Jerrod Groves. Concord pushed its lead out to 3-0 later in the inning when a sacrifice fly by junior third baseman T.J. Brockway plated junior outfielder Ryan Johnston.

Bret Blevins, Johnston and Miller, Concord's three through five hitters, combined to go 9-for-15 with seven RBI and six runs scored. Individually, Blevins was 5-for-6 with three RBI, three runs and one stolen base. Johnston and Miller each recorded two hits and two RBI as well.

The Mountain Lions were unable to find their stride in the nightcap as the Trojans' pitchers held the Mountain Lions to just three hits while Mount Olive's offense had its second-highest run output of the season.

No. 6 Delta State 5, West Alabama 2

CLEVELAND, Miss. -- Ricky Winters struck out six in his first start of the season to lead No. 6 Delta State to a 5-2 victory against West Alabama Sunday in the rubber game of the series at Ferriss Field. The Statesmen improved to 3-3 on the year and 2-1 in Gulf South Conference play, while the Tigers slipped to 7-3 and 1-2 in league action. 

Delta State erupted for five runs on four hits in the bottom of the first, as Ben Pickard and Juan Rivera both delivered two-RBI singles off UWA starter Fernando Gonzalez. DSU's fifth run came off a bases loaded walk to Benji Sullivan, scoring Hunter Twitty from third.

Winters (1-0) made the most of his first start of the season, tossing 5.2 innings with six strikeouts and a lone walk.  The senior from Bartlett, Tenn., allowed just one run, which came in the first inning, on four hits to earn his first win of the year.

Gonzalez (1-1) was saddled with his first loss of the year after giving up five runs on four hits in just one inning of work. The Tigers used six pitchers in total, including 3.0 scoreless innings from Steven Glasgow. 

Pickard led the Statesmen at the plate with two hits in four at-bats, while scoring a run and driving in two.

The Tigers finished the game with seven hits, but no UWA player had more than one.

No. 8 South Carolina-Aiken 12, Belmont Abbey 4
No. 8 South Carolina-Aiken 5, Belmont Abbey 2

AIKEN, S.C. -- Eighth-ranked South Carolina-Aiken registered two wins against Belmont Abbey Sunday afternoon, completing the three-game sweep. Game scores were 12-4 and 5-2.

The Pacers are now 7-2 on the season.

Tyler Moore led the team in the opener, going 4-for-6 with four runs scored. However, Ty Barkell went 3-for-3 with six RBI and two runs scored. Kody Belcher had just one hit but came around to score on three occasions.

Danny Wissmann worked five innings without giving up a hit for head coach Kenny Thomas' team. He walked just two and struck out nine en route to earning his second victory of the season. Nick Yobbi worked two innings of scoreless pitching.

In the second contest, the Crusaders took an early 1-0 lead. However, Thomas' squad fought back, knotting the contest in the bottom of the fifth.

The Pacers surged ahead down the stretch with another run in the sixth. With one down, Bosse singled to left, but was erased when Ryan Metzler reached on a fielder's choice. Donath's single to right on a hit-and-run moved Metzler to third. Donath stole second and Metzler scored on a wild pitch for a 2-1 advantage.

The Crusaders tied it in the top of the seventh only to see the Pacers strike back, taking the lead for good.

Miller tripled to right center and came home when Moore tripled down the right field line. Two pitches later, Moore scored on a wild pitch for a 4-2 lead. USC Aiken scored its last run of the game in the eighth.

Ben Black picked up the win for Thomas' team while Caleb Smith earned his second save. Taylor Peed worked 6.1 innings, giving up two runs on three hits while striking out 11.

UC San Diego 7, No. 9 Chico State 3

LA JOLLA, Calif. -- A four-run fourth inning and an effective seven-inning start from sophomore Troy Cruz propelled UC San Diego to a 7-3 win against No. 9 Chico State in the finale of a California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) series Sunday at Triton Ballpark.

The teams thus split their four-game regular-season set for the third successive year. UCSD (5-4, 2-2 CCAA) had won Friday night’s opener 8-1 with the visiting Wildcats (6-3, 2-2 CCAA) sweeping the Saturday twin bill 7-2 and 3-1. The Tritons last lost a four-game series to rival Chico State back in 2007.

Cruz (1-0), a sophomore and San Diego native out of Chula Vista who was named the 2013 CCAA Freshman of the Year, was making his first mound start of 2014 following two relief appearances and eight starts at either third base or designated hitter. He matched the longest outing of his career by throwing the first 7.0 innings and earning his first decision of the season.

Cruz allowed two runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out a pair. He needed just six pitches, all strikes, to breeze through the fifth, and another eight to also retire the ‘Cats in order in the seventh.