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Posted on: Saturday, May 30, 2009

Fresno State falls, 4-2


Associated Press

IRVINE, Calif. Daniel Bibona struck out a career-high 14 and pitched into the eighth inning to lead top-ranked UC Irvine past defending national champion Fresno State, 4-2.

UC Irvine (44-13), the No. 6 national seed, advanced to the winners' bracket game tonight against Virginia. Fresno State (32-29), the Western Athletic Conference champion, will face San Diego State in an elimination game.

Bibona, a junior left-hander, allowed five hits in 7 2/3 innings for UC Irvine, the Big West Conference champion. He fanned every hitter in the order at least once and recorded strikeouts in every inning but the second.

VIRGINIA 5, SAN DIEGO STATE 1

San Diego State ace Stephen Strasburg lost for the first time this season, and Robert Morey pitched six shutout innings and Steven Proscia hit a two-run homer as Virginia (44-12-1) beat the Aztecs (40-22) at Irvine, Calif.

Strasburg (13-1), the probable No. 1 overall pick in the draft next month, struck out 15 in seven innings.

But San Diego State's first tournament appearance in 18 years was spoiled by Morey (3-0), who allowed five hits and struck out nine for Virginia. The Cavaliers have won six straight.

San Diego State coach Tony Gwynn announced earlier in the day that Strasburg would start the game after being coy all week about who would pitch the opener for the Aztecs. Strasburg's electrifying fastball, which has topped 100 mph, helped carry him to the top of the draft board and is expected to be selected by Washington with the first pick.

The Aztecs' Cory Vaughn scored on Chris Wilson's sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to 2-1 in the eighth.

Virginia scored three runs in the bottom of the inning to put the game out of reach.

NCAA DIVISION I REGIONALS

HAWAI'I TIMES

DOUBLE ELIMINATION

IRVINE, CALIF.

AT ANTEATER BALLPARK

Today

Game 3 San Diego State vs. Fresno State, 1 p.m.

Game 4 Virginia vs. UC Irvine, 5 p.m.

GREENVILLE, N.C.

At Clark-LeClair Stadium

SOUTH CAROLINA 11, GEORGE MASON 3

Parker Bangs' two-run homer keyed a four-run fourth inning, leading South Carolina (39-21) over George Mason (42-13).

EAST CAROLINA VS. BINGHAMPTON, PPD. (WEATHER)

Today

Game 2 East Carolina (42-17) vs. Binghamton (29-20), 4 a.m.

Game 3 George Mason vs. Game 2 loser, 8 a.m.

Game 4 South Carolina vs. Game 2 winner, noon

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.

At Boshamer Stadium

COASTAL CAROLINA 11, KANSAS 3

David Anderson homered and drove in three runs, and Coastal Carolina (47-14) beat Kansas (37-23). North Carolina 5, Dartmouth 2: Dustin Ackley drove in two runs to help North Carolina (43-16) beat Dartmouth (27-17).

Today

Game 3 Kansas vs. Dartmouth, 7 a.m.

Game 4 Coastal Carolina vs. North Carolina, 11 a.m.

CLEMSON, S.C.

AT DOUG KINGSMORE STADIUM

OKLAHOMA STATE 10, ALABAMA 6

Tom Belza hit three homers, one more than he had all season, to lead Oklahoma State (33-22) over Alabama (37-20).

CLEMSON 5, TENNESSEE TECH 4

Jeff Schaus doubled home two runs in the ninth to give Clemson (41-20) a victory over Tennessee Tech.

Today

Game 3 Alabama vs. Tennessee Tech, 9 a.m.

Game 4 Oklahoma State vs. Clemson, 1 p.m.

ATLANTA

At Russ Chandler Stadium

SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI 17, ELON 15

Kyle Maxie had a pinch-hit two-run homer, and Bo Davis added a solo shot to highlight a five-run ninth inning as Southern Mississippi (36-23) beat Elon (41-12).

GEORGIA TECH 9, GEORGIA STATE 3

Deck McGuire scattered three runs over seven innings, Matt Skole hit a grand slam and Georgia Tech (36-17-1) beat Georgia State (39-21).

Today

Game 3 Elon vs. Georgia State, 9 a.m.

Game 4 Southern Mississippi vs. Georgia Tech, 1 p.m.

GAINESVILLE, FLA.

At McKethan Stadium

MIAMI 9, JACKSONVILLE 4

Jason Hagerty homered from both sides of the plate, Chris Herrman added a two-run shot and Miami (37-20) beat Jacksonville (36-21).

FLORIDA 8, BETHUNE-COOKMAN 7

Teddy Foster's two-run single in the ninth inning helped Florida (40-20) beat Bethune-Cookman (32-27).

Today

Game 3 Jacksonville vs. Bethune-Cookman, 7 a.m.

Game 4 Miami vs. Florida, 12:30 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE, FLA.

At Dick Howser Stadium

GEORGIA 24, OHIO ST. 8

Matt Cerione and Joey Lewis homered in an eight-run first inning and Georgia (38-22) used seven home runs to cruise past Ohio State (40-18).

FLORIDA ST. 16, MARIST 4

Mike McGee and Jason Stidham hit three-run homers as Florida State (43-16) beat Marist (31-27). The Seminoles scored 15 runs over the final four innings.

Today

Game 3 Ohio State vs. Marist, 6 a.m.

Game 4 Georgia vs. Florida State, 10 a.m. Louisville, Ky.

LOUISVILLE, KY.

At Jim Patterson Stadium

MIDDLE TENNESSEE 5, VANDERBILT 4

Stuart Meinhart hit a grand slam and Taylor Dennis added a solo shot in the seventh inning to help Middle Tennessee (44-16) beat Vanderbilt (34-26).

LOUISVILLE 8, INDIANA 2

Justin Marks allowed two runs over seven innings to lead Louisville (45-15) over Indiana (32-26).

Today

Game 3 Vanderbilt vs. Indiana, 9 a.m.

Game 4 Middle Tennessee vs. Louisville, 1 p.m.

OXFORD, MISS.

At Oxford-University Stadium

WESTERN KENTUCKY 11, MISSOURI 5

Wade Gaynor hit a three-run homer in the first inning and Matt Ridings struck out eight as Western Kentucky (40-18) beat Missouri (34-26).

MISSISSIPPI 8, MONMOUTH 1

Drew Pomeranz struck out 10 and Jordan Henry had three hits as Mississippi (41-17) beat Monmouth (32-24).

Today

Game 3 Missouri vs. Monmouth (N.J.), 8 a.m.

Game 4 Western Kentucky vs. Mississippi, noon

BATON ROUGE, LA.

At Alex Box Stadium

LSU 10, SOUTHERN 2

Austin Ross tied a career high with 10 strikeouts, and LSU (47-16) scored seven two-out runs in the seventh inning to beat Southern (30-16).

BAYLOR 5, MINNESOTA 0

Shaver Hansen hit a two-run homer, Willie Kempf pitched six innings and Baylor (30-24) beat Minnesota (38-18).

Today

Game 3 Southern vs. Minnesota, 8 a.m.

Game 4 LSU vs. Baylor, 1 p.m.

NORMAN, OKLA.

At L. Dale Mitchell Park

ARKANSAS 10, WASHINGTON ST. 3

Scott Lyons hit a three-run homer and Arkansas (35-22) rallied for nine runs in the eighth inning to beat Washington State (31-24).

OKLAHOMA 5, WICHITA ST. 4

Aaron Baker's double and Garrett Buechele's two-run single keyed a three-run sixth inning as Oklahoma (42-18) beat Wichita State (30-26).

Today

Game 3 Washington State vs. Wichita State, 8 a.m.

Game 4 Arkansas vs. Oklahoma, 2 p.m.

HOUSTON REGIONAL

At Reckling Park

KANSAS STATE 16, XAVIER 8

Justin Bloxom went 5 for 5 with two home runs and five RBIs, and Kansas State (42-16-1) made an impressive NCAA tournament debut with a victory over Xavier (38-20). Jordan Cruz had three hits and drove in five runs for the Wildcats.

RICE 5, SAM HOUSTON ST. 2

Mike Ojala pitched seven strong innings and Brock Holt had two hits and scored the go-ahead run to lead Rice (40-15) over Sam Houston State (36-23).

Today

Game 3 Xavier vs. Sam Houston State, 9 a.m.

Game 4 Kansas State vs. Rice, 1 p.m.

FORT WORTH, TEXAS

At Lupton Baseball Stadium

OREGON ST. 9, TEXAS A&M 8

John Tommasini's two-run triple keyed a four-run second inning, and Oregon State (36-17) held on after Texas A&M (36-23) scored seven unanswered runs.

TCU 6, WRIGHT ST. 3

Paul Gerrish pitched seven solid innings and Chris Ellington had three hits to lead TCU (37-16) over Wright State (33-29).

Today

Game 3 Texas A&M vs. Wright State, 9 a.m.

Game 4 Oregon State vs. TCU, 1 p.m.

AUSTIN, TEXAS

At UFCU Disch-Falk Field

BOSTON COLLEGE 8, TEXAS ST. 7

John Spatola hit a three-run homer during a six-run ninth inning for Boston College (34-24), and reliever Lance Loftin recorded a strikeout to strand the tying run on second base in the ninth against Texas State (41-16).

TEXAS 3, ARMY 1

Cole Green struck out six in seven innings to help Texas (42-13-1) beat Army (34-20). Green allowed just four hits and a run.

Today

Game 3 Texas State vs. Army, 8 a.m.

Game 4 Boston College vs. Texas, 1 p.m.

TEMPE, ARIZ.

At Packard Stadium

ORAL ROBERTS 13, CAL POLY 3

Juan Martinez, Seth Furmanek and Cody Price each homered in a four-run third inning as Oral Roberts (32-13) beat Cal Poly (37-20).

ARIZONA ST. 17, KENT ST. 6

Jason Kipnis homered and Arizona State (45-12) used 17 hits to cruise past Kent State (42-16). Kipnis, Kole Calhoun and Zack McPhee each had three hits for Arizona State.

Today

Game 3 Cal Poly vs. Kent State, 11 a.m.

Game 4 Oral Roberts vs. Arizona State, 4 p.m.

FULLERTON, CALIF.

At Goodwin Field

GONZAGA 19, GEORGIA SOUTHERN 10

Gonzaga (36-16) used 18 hits, including three home runs, to beat Georgia Southern (42-16) for its first NCAA tournament victory since 1981.

CAL STATE FULLERTON 18, UTAH 2

Cal State Fullerton pounded out a season-high 24 hits and Noe Ramirez pitched seven strong innings to the Titans (43-14) over Utah (26-30).

Today

Game 3 Georgia Southern vs. Utah, 11 a.m.

Game 4 Gonzaga vs. Cal State Fullerton, 3 p.m.