Kyle Winkler (Falmouth; '09) had another dominant performance in leading #10 TCU to a 7-0 win over Texas Tech. Winkler pitched 8 innings, allowing just 4 hits and striking out 9 without issuing a walk. Leading the way offensively for TCU was Jason Coats (Bourne; '10) who was 4 for 5 with a homerun, 3 runs scored and 3 RBI. Florida State's Jayce Boyd (Orleans; '10, '11) hit a two-run homerun in the fifth inning to stake #5 Florida State to a 6-0 lead over Georgia. Boyd's shot ended up providing the winning margin when Georgia scored 5 runs in the bottom of the ninth. The Seminoles remain undefeated through nine games.
Richy Pedroza (Hyannis; '11) had two more hits in #14 Cal State-Fullerton's 10-1 whipping of Southern Cal. Pedroza has started all 9 of the Titan's games and is now batting .417. Listed at 5'5" and 145 lbs., some are calling Pedroza the Dustin Pedroia of college baseball.
Robert Refsnyder (Wareham; '11) went 3 for 3 (2 doubles), scored 2 runs and added 2 RBI as #22 Arizona beat Utah Valley, 6-5. Konner Wade (Wareham; '11) worked around two seventh inning walks to pick up the win with a scoreless inning of relief. Kurt Heyer (Orleans; '11) started for the Wildcats and gave up just one earned run in his 5 innings of work. Most impressively, Heyer struck out 10 and did not walk a batter.
#23 Louisville's Matt Koch (Chatham; '11) pitched 8 innings, giving up 5 hits and one run, but did not factor in the decision as the Cardinals beat Kent State, 3-2, in 11 innings. Derek Self (Chatham; '10) picked up the win with 3 innings of solid relief. Just in case any members of the Ben Klafczynski Fan Club are still lurking around here, it is duly noted that Klafczynski (Bourne; '09) and Travis Shaw (Bourne; '10) both homered to account for Kent State's runs.
Ex-Falmouth Commodore Mark Pope ('09, '10) pitched a masterful complete-game shutout in leading Georgia Tech to a 10-0 victory over Rutgers in the first game of a doubleheader. Pope is now 3-0 on the season after yielding just 4 hits and striking out 10 without walking a batter. Pope has now gone 16.2 consecutive innings without allowing a run. Jake Davies (Wareham; '10) was 4 for 4 with 3 RBI for Tech. The Yellow Jackets completed a sweep of the doubleheader with a 9-5 win in the second game. A couple Georgia Tech players who are expected to suit up for Wareham this summer had a big day. Brandon Thomas was 5 for 8 with 4 RBI and Dan Palka was 4 for 9 with 4 RBI over the two games. Palka hit a homerun in each game.
Anthony Gomez (Orleans; '11) singled home two runs in the eighth inning to help #2 Vanderbilt to a 3-1 victory over upset-minded Brown. Aaron Westlake (Chatham; '10) and Jason Esposito (Falmouth; '09, Orleans; '10) each had two hits for Vanderbilt. Vandy is now 9-1 while Brown was playing their first game of the season.
Taylor Ard (Brewster; '10, '11) hit his third homerun of the season and drove in 4 runs as Washington State trampled Oklahoma State, 13-2.