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No. 2 UWF sweeps two from Valdosta State

West Florida Baseball

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Second-ranked West Florida swept a doubleheader against No. 4 Valdosta State at Jim Spooner Field Saturday. Dawson Brown pitched a complete game to lead the Argonauts to a victory in game one 5-1.

Cliff Covington hit a game-tying homer in the bottom of the sixth, and the Argos won on a walk-off 3-2 in game two.

Brown (2-0) pitched nine innings of one-run ball to pick up his second win of the season Thursday. The McDonough, Ga. native allowed seven hits but was able to work out of a couple of jams, stranding seven Blazers on base. The junior walked one and struck out six.

UWF starter Dayan Rodriguez pitched six innings, allowing nine hits, two runs and striking out three in game two. VSU scored two in the top of the third inning to lead the majority of the game. But Barlow singled up the middle in the bottom of the sixth, and Covington tied the game, 2-2, on a homer to right field.

Walker O’Connor pitched a spotless seventh inning to end up improving to 2-0 on the season. UWF loaded the bases in the seventh on a hit-by-pitch, a single and a walk. Aaron Haag drove in the game-winning run with an RBI-single over the shortstop’s head for the walk-off win.

No. 1 Tampa 7, Albany State 1
No. 1 Tampa 17, Albany State 9

TAMPA, Fla. -- Unloading 24 runs between two games, No. 1 Tampa swept visiting Albany State. UT took the rain-delayed first contest by a 7-1 final score and followed with a 17-run onslaught to win game two 17-9.

The Spartans improve to 11-1 on the season while the Golden Rams dip to 5-12.

Designated hitter Stephen Dezzi led the squad with a perfect 3-for-3 outing in the rain-delayed second game of the series.  The junior tallied a pair of RBI on the contest while catcher Nick Tindall notched his fourth home run of the season.  The junior plated a pair of runs in the tie-breaking third frame.

Golden Rams center fielder Reise McDaniel was the lone ASU player to record multiple hits in the first game as Tampa limited the visitors to four base-hits.

Reliever Kevin McNorton (1-0) earned his first win of the season in four innings of work, allowing three hits and sending four batters down on strikes.

ASU starter Jared Arrington was the pitcher of record, picking up the loss in his five innings of work, allowing seven runs on six hits.

The Spartan unleashed 17 hits to score 17 runs in the final game win as six players notched multiple RBI.

Outfielder Michael Danner tallied three hits in the rout, including two runs scored and a pair of RBI.  Senior Zach Gawrych mirrored with a two hits, three RBI and two runs scored in addition to a stolen base.

Utility infielder Tyler Ding continued to wreak havoc on the Golden Rams pitching staff, tallying another two hits and two runs while patrolling third base.

Right-handed pitcher Brett Jones (1-0) earned the win, tossing two innings of relief.  The junior struck out three and limited Albany State to two runs in his two-inning effort.

Northwestern Oklahoma 10, No. 5 Southern Arkansas 5

MAGNOLIA, Ark. – Fifth-ranked Southern Arkansas took to the diamond on Saturday in search of a series sweep of Northwestern Oklahoma, but NWOSU would stave off that potential sweep as they defeated SAU by a score of 10-5 in the series finale inside Walker Stadium at Goodheart Field.

The Muleriders (11-3, 4-2 GAC) would fall behind 1-0 in the top of the third inning when Logan Porter hit a solo homerun out to centerfield, but a two-run bottom of the third put SAU on top 2-1. Jon Phillips and Carver Rademacher would each pick up two-out RBIs in that frame for the Muleriders.

That lead would not last long, however, as the Rangers (6-5, 2-4 GAC) plated three runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a 4-2 lead. The big blow in that inning was a two-run homerun out to centerfield by Danny O'Connell. O'Connell's homerun came with no outs in the inning and pushed the Rangers back on top. An RBI double by Jonathan Freemyer accounted for the third run that inning.

Both teams would score a run over the next three innings to keep it a two-run ball game in favor of NWOSU, 5-3. In the top of the eighth inning, the Rangers would add a run on a two-out single by Calvin Ellis; making it a 6-3 game.

The Muleriders would threaten the Rangers' lead once more in the bottom half of the eighth inning as Tyler Cameron blasted a two-out, two-run homerun out to left field to bring the Muleriders to within a run, 6-5. A double to left-centerfield by Phillips followed and put the tying run in scoring position. Phillips would be stranded, however, as Rademacher struck out on a 3-2 count to end the inning.

In the next half inning, the Rangers broke the game open as they scored four runs on five hits to take a 10-5 lead. The Muleriders would put their leadoff hitter on base in the bottom of the ninth as Jackson McCurdy was able to reach first base on an errant throw by the Rangers' catcher following a swinging strikeout of McCurdy. On the very next pitch, however, McCurdy was erased on the base paths as Justin Buchanan hit into a 6-4-3 double play. A strikeout of the next Mulerider batter ended the game and gave the Rangers the win 10-5.

No. 6 Grand Valley State 2, Southern Indiana 1

EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Sixth-ranked Grand Valley State used yet another strong pitching performance and another huge game from senior Taylor Banks to pick up the first Laker victory of the 2014 season on Saturday afternoon, a 2-1 win against Southern Indiana.

The victory evens up the season record for GVSU at 1-1, while Southern Indiana is now 2-3 on the year.

Southern Indiana put the first run on the board in the bottom of the fifth, getting a lead-off double and sacrifice bunt to put a man on third with one out. After a groundball back to the pitcher for out number two, a balk brought him in to score and give the Screaming Eagles a 1-0 lead.

The Lakers finally broke through in the top of the seventh, again beginning with a lead-off hit, as senior Taylor Banks singled to third base and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. With two outs, junior Aaron Overbeck, making his Laker debut, laced an RBI single in to left field to tie the game at one.

In the top of the eighth, the Lakers staged a two-out rally, beginning with junior Kevin Zak getting hit by a pitch. After senior Giancarlo Brugnoni coaxed a walk to put two on, Banks stayed hot and collected his second straight three-hit game, this one to put the Lakers ahead as he drove an RBI single in to left field that brought Zak in to score and give GVSU a 2-1 lead.

Sophomore Russell Griffin picked up his first career victory on the mound, throwing 2.1 innings of one-hit relief with one strikeout. Sophomore Patrick Kelly started the game and went six strong innings, allowing only four hits with five strikeouts.

Banks finished 3-for-4 for the second consecutive game, scoring once and driving in one. Overbeck went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

No. 7 St. Cloud State 10, No. 27 Arkansas Tech 6

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. -- St. Cloud State moved to 2-0 on the early season with a big 10-6 victory against Arkansas Tech (10-3) on Saturday.

The Huskies scored three runs apiece in the second, third and fourth innings to charge to a 9-0 lead at Arkansas Tech. In the fifth inning, Tech broke the tie with a solo run, before the Huskies added an insurance run in the top of the sixth.

Arkansas Tech made things interesting in the late innings with two runs in the seventh inning and three runs in the bottom of the ninth before the game was completed at 10-6 in favor of SCSU.

SCSU's Kyle Fischer was the pitcher of record in the contest with seven innings of work. He posted six strikeouts in the game and allowed just three runs and seven hits in the game. Adam Harlander finished the game in the ninth inning and gained the save for SCSU.

At the plate, SCSU outhit Tech 11-9. Zach Hoffmann paced the Huskies with two home runs in the contest, while Sam Boisner also had a home run in the contest for SCSU. Hoffmann had four RBIs in the game, while Eric Loxtercamp had two hits and two RBIs and Zak Hoffman had two hits and two RBIs for the Huskies.

No. 8 Florida Tech 9, Palm Beach Atlantic 1

MELBOURNE, Fla. -- Eighth-ranked Florida Tech continued the series with Palm Beach Atlantic Saturday at Seminick-Hall Field. While rain pushed back the second game of the doubleheader, the Panthers earned a 9-1 victory in game one. The victory advanced the Panthers’ winning streak to seven games. 

The Panthers (11-1) jumped into the lead in game one with a run in the bottom of the first. Sophomore Austin Allen brought senior Jorge Chavarria home with a base hit through the right side. The run gave the Panthers the early advantage.

Allen continued to have a huge series when he put three runs on the board with a home run to center field in the third inning. The long ball was the second of the season for Allen. The Panthers added two more runs in the inning and took a 6-0 lead.

Needing runs, the Sailfish (4-6-1) scored one in the fifth. Patrick Nickler brought home Ryan Gerber.

Leading by five, the Panthers put the game away with three more runs in the eighth. Senior Ray Maggi brought home fellow seniors Dan Bodziak and Andrew Bartlett with a base hit to left. Chavarria later scored in the inning on an errant throw by the Sailfish. The runs put the Panthers up for good 9-1.

Junior Scotty Ward (3-0) pitched the full nine innings and earned the win for the Panthers. Ward allowed one unearned run on 11 hits, did not walk a batter, and struck out six.

Ryan Cota (1-1) suffered the loss for the Sailfish. Cota gave up six runs; three earned on seven hits, and struck out five.

No. 9 Nova Southeastern 10, Benedict (S.C.) 4

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Nova Southeastern (12-1) won its second and final game of their South Carolina road trip, topping Benedict (S.C.) (0-8) 10-4 Saturday afternoon.

Julian Loret de Mola (3-0) pitched a six perfect innings, striking out seven Tiger batters and only one reached on a fielding error in the third.

Brooks Fleming and Mario Urdaneta combined for six RBI, three each, in Saturday's win. Fleming went 3-for-5 with a run to go along with four put outs in right. Urdaneta went 3-for-4 with two runs on the day.

The Sharks finished the game with six stolen bases to Benedict's four. Benedict led the nation in stolen bases the last five seasons.

NSU played from behind early on, after the Tigers scored two runs in the first. It wasn't until the third until the Sharks broke through, scoring three runs in the top half.

The Sharks didn't let off, scoring three in the fourth, one in the fifth and three more in the sixth, bringing the lead to 10-2 after six.

No. 10 St. Edward's 5, Oklahoma Christian 3

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- St. Edward's was in jeopardy of losing its opening Heartland Conference series to Oklahoma Christian Saturday afternoon at Dobson Field, as it trailed 3-0 after six innings. The Hilltoppers rallied with five runs in the top of the seventh inning and hung on for a 5-3 victory.

Oklahoma Christian (4-3, 1-2 HC) opened the scoring in the first inning when they scored on a double steal to take a 1-0 lead. They added two more runs in the second inning on a two-run double by Markus Carr to make it 3-0.

St. Edward's (9-5, 2-1 HC) could only muster three hits off of Eagle starting pitcher Tyler Sturges through the first six innings. Finally, in the seventh inning, the Hilltoppers found their offense. Ryan Dolezal led off with a single and moved to second on a single by Gable Whitacre. After Cutter Runte walked to load the bases with one out, Wes Koenig stepped to the plate. He came up big again, as he ripped a ball to right field to plate two runs. They would also collect RBI-singles from Ransom LaLonde and John Alexander, along with a run on a wild pitch to take a 5-3 lead.

Cam Hatch came on after that and shut the door. He allowed just one hit to go along with his two strikeouts in his three innings of work as he picked up his first save of the year.

Koenig was again the hitting star as he was 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored. For the three-game series, Koenig was 9-for-13 with seven RBI and five runs scored. He has at least one hit in all 14 games this season and leads the Heartland Conference with a .510 batting average.

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