Baseball ACCtion: Friday, February 20

Feb. 20, 2010

No. 2 Virginia Starts Strong With 6-2 Win at No. 11 East Carolina
The No. 2 Virginia baseball team opened the 2010 season strong with a 6-2 victory over No. 11 East Carolina Friday afternoon in front of 5,012 fans at Clark-LeClair Stadium in Greenville, N.C. After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning, the Cavaliers rallied by scoring six unanswered runs over the final six innings.

Danny Hultzen (So., Bethesda, Md.) had a big day at the plate and on the mound for Virginia. Hultzen earned the win and went six strong innings as UVa's starting pitcher, allowing two earned runs, four hits and three walks while striking out four. After a shaky opening inning where he allowed both runs as well as two walks, Hultzen settled down to surrender just two hits and a walk over the final five innings. At the plate, Hultzen added two hits, including a double, and scored twice.

Steven Proscia (So., Suffern, N.Y.) stoked the Cavaliers' offense, going 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and four RBI. Jarrett Parker (Jr., Stafford, Va.) and Dan Grovatt (Jr., Tabernacle, N.J.) each had a pair of hits. 

FSU Downs Georgia State In Season Opener
Fifth-ranked Florida State (1-0) started the 2010 season on the right foot thanks to an 11-3 victory over Georgia State (0-1) Friday night on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles fought back from an early two-run deficit rattling off nine unanswered runs en route to their 12th victory in a row on opening day.

Senior Stephen Cardullo picked up where he left off following his junior All-American season by going 2-for-2 with a double, two runs scored, two walks and four RBI. Mike McGee also turned in a fine performance collecting a pair of hits including his first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the fourth. The junior left fielder finished the game with two runs and three RBI.

Sophomore Sean Gilmartin (1-0) settled down after a shaky first two innings to earn the win in his first start on opening day. Gilmartin worked seven innings allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits as he struck out seven. The southpaw got stronger as the night went on as six of his seven strikeouts came from the fourth inning on while retiring 16 of the last 19 batters that he faced.

No. 6 Jackets Blank Bears In Season Opener, 4-0
Sixth-ranked Georgia Tech gets leadoff home runs from senior Tony Plagman and junior Jeff Rowland, combined with a five-hit performance by pitcher Deck McGuire en route to a 4-0 win over Missouri State in the season opener Friday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium.

McGuire (1-0) was outstanding on the day, fanning 10 batters in seven innings of work, allowing just five hits and issuing no walks. It was his second-straight season opener recording double-digit strikeouts, as he posted a career high 13 just one year ago against Lipscomb.

Tech got on board on the very first at bat of the season, as Rowland sent a pitch from Missouri State lefty Aaron Meade over the wall in right center for a 1-0 lead. The home run for Rowland was the 13th of his career, and marked to straight year he hit one out of the park in the season opener. 

Erickson Tosses Gem as No. 12 Miami Rolls Past Rutgers, 12-1
Junior left-hander Eric Erickson tossed 5 2/3 effective innings in his first start in nearly two years and sophomore third baseman Harold Martinez smacked two deep homers to left as No. 12 Miami defeated Rutgers, 12-1, in the season opener for both teams Friday night at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.

Erickson (1-0), who was pitching for the first time since June 16, 2008 after missing last year recovering from Tommy John surgery, allowed just two hits and one unearned run while striking out six in 5 2/3 innings of work to earn the win.

Martinez, who hit nine homers as a freshman last season, finished the night 2-for-3 with four RBI coming on a second inning solo shot and a three-run blast in the sixth. For Martinez, it was his second two-homer game of his career after hitting a pair last season against Florida State on March 5. 

Lamb Leads #15 Tigers Over RedHawks 11-0 in Season-Opener on Friday
Will Lamb went 4-for-4 and hit his first career home run to lead #15 Clemson to an 11-0 victory over Miami (OH) in front of 5,915 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Friday afternoon. The Tigers improved to 1-0, while the RedHawks fell to 0-1. It was the first meeting between the two teams since 1965.

Lamb, who made his first career start at first base, totaled four hits, three runs, and three RBIs, all career-highs, to lead the Tigers' 13-hit attack. Kyle Parker had two hits, including a three-run homer, and Jeff Schaus added three RBIs.

Meanwhile, four Tiger pitchers combined to pitch a two-hit shutout. Starter Casey Harman (1-0) earned the win by pitching 5.0 innings of one-hit ball. Justin Sarratt pitched 2.1 innings with two strikeouts, then Tomas Cruz and Dominic Leone closed out the shutout. The four pitchers also combined to face just three batters over the minimum.

Tar Heels Upend Colonials 6-5 In Extra Innings
No. 11 North Carolina scored two runs in the bottom of the tenth to rally past George Washington Friday in front of 1193 fans at Boshamer Stadium. A wild pitch gave the Tar Heels their first lead of the game and the win 6-5 in extra innings. Five of the six Tar Heel runs were scored with two outs. The Tar Heels improve to 1-0 on the young season, while the Colonials fall to 0-1.

A 1-for-4 and two RBI performance from Jesse Wierzbicki led the Diamond Heels, which included his first home run as a Tar Heel. Mike Cavasinni kept the rally alive with a two-out infield single in the tenth, to earn a 2-for-5 performance on the day. Cavasinni extends his seven-game hit streak that dates back to last year, which matches his career-best.

Freshman Michael Morin (1-0) earned the win for the Tar Heels after throwing one inning and allowing one run. Matt Harvey made his 30th career start, tossing 5.2 innings rendering three earned runs and registering three strikeouts. Freshman Chris Munnelly pitched 3.1 innings while only allowing one hit, one run and striking out two.

Boston College Opens 2010 With 8-5 Win at Tulane
Junior Pat Dean worked 7.0 innings on the mound and sophomore Anthony Melchionda drove in a career-high four RBI to lead the Boston College baseball team to a season opening 8-5 win against Tulane at Turchin Stadium.

Dean allowed two runs on six hits, struck out eight and walked just one. He retired 12-straight batters between the second and fifth innings.

Melchionda had a 2-for-4 night with the first home run of his collegiate career. Senior captain John Spatola went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs and sophomore Brad Zapenas went 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored. 

Wake Forest Opens Season With 6-2 Win Over Army
Sophomore pitcher Austin Stadler allowed just one run over six strong innings and tied a career high with seven strikeouts, while Mike Murray and Mac Williamson each drove in two runs to lead the Demon Deacons to a 6-2 win against Army in the 2010 season opener on Friday night at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.

Wake Forest moves to 1-0 on the young season, while Army falls to 1-1, after defeating Dayton 14-6 earlier in the day.

Stadler (1-0), a junior from Midlothian, Va., was sharp in the first start of his sophomore season. Stadler threw six sharp innings, giving up just one run on five hits. He tied a career high with seven strikeouts, while walking just one.

NC State Drops The Hammer On La Salle, 32-3
This should have been a first-round TKO, but no one bothered to stop the fight. NC State scored 10 runs in the first inning and seven in the second and just kept on scoring en route to a 32-3 rout of La Salle that was not as close as the final score indicated.

The Wolfpack set a new school record for runs in a game, breaking the old mark of 29, set March 29, 1984, against Wake Forest.

NC State batted around in the first two innings of the game, and by the end of three innings, the top four hitters in the NC State lineup had been to bat four times apiece. Dallas Poulk drove in four runs in the first four innings, and Pratt Maynard drove in six in the first two innings.

Tech falls to Kentucky in season opener
Despite tallying just four fewer hits than Kentucky, the Virginia Tech baseball team dropped its season opener on Friday to the Wildcats by a score of 15-6 at the Caravelle Resort Tournament in Conway, S.C.

The difference in the contest proved to be an eight-run third inning by the Wildcats that pushed the Tech deficit to nine runs (10-1). The Hokies tried to fight back with two runs in the fifth and three in the eighth, but the Wildcats equaled Tech on both occasions keep the final margin at nine.

Tech had won three of its prior four season openers, and its all-time record on opening day is now 59-56-2. The game was the first of the year for Kentucky as well, which tied the all-time series between the two schools at four games apiece.

Duke Falls 9-3 at Baylor on Opening Day
Shawn Tolleson struck out 11 batters in six innings while holding Duke to three runs to lead Baylor to a 9-3 win Friday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark in the opening game of the QTI Apparel's Opening Weekend Classic.

Tolleson gave up three runs in the first inning, but then teamed up with reliever Josh Turley to shut out the Blue Devils over the final eight innings. After Duke strung together two doubles and three runs in the first inning, the duo of Tolleson and Turley held the Blue Devils to just three hits over the remainder of the game.

Turley, who entered the game with a 5-3 lead in the seventh, picked up the save with three innings of one-hit relief. The lone single off of the left-handed Turley came from Duke senior Jeremy Gould, who finished 2-for-2 with two RBI, two walks and a run. Gould also threw an inning in relief, striking out one while facing the minimum in the bottom of the eighth.

Maryland drops 10-3 decision to Florida International … Story to follow