Baseball ACCtion: Saturday, February 20

Feb. 21, 2010

FSU Doubles Up GSU 14-7
Fifth-ranked Florida State (2-0) broke a 6-6 tie with four runs in the bottom of the fourth to cruise to a 14-7 victory over Georgia State (0-2) Saturday afternoon on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. All nine starters registered a hit for the Seminoles in front of a packed crowd of 5,392 as FSU improved to 27-2 all-time against the Panthers including a perfect 19-0 record on their home turf.

Freshman Jayce Boyd led the Seminole offensive attack on Saturday with three hits, while Tyler Holt, Sherman Johnson and Taiwan Easterling each contributed with two hits a piece. Stephen Cardullo and Ohmed Danesh went yard for the first time in 2010 as the Seminoles pushed their win streak to 13 in a row over the Panthers.

Both Cardullo and Mike McGee drove in multiple runs of the second game in a row, while James Ramsey drew three walks from the number two spot in the line-up for the second straight day to tie a career-high. 

Tech Blasts Missouri State in Career Win No. 900 for Hall
Senior Tony Plagman went 4-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI to lead the sixth-ranked Georgia Tech baseball team to a commanding 20-3 win over Missouri State on Saturday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium. The win for the Jackets also earned head coach Danny Hall the 900th victory of his career.

With the win, Tech moves to 2-0 on the year, while Missouri State falls to 0-2. The Jackets combined for 19 hits on the day, eight going for extra bases.

Tech got on the board in the bottom half of the first when Plagman smashed his first home run of the day off a 1-1 pitch from Missouri State starter Mike Kickham. The blast scored junior Jay Danzler, who reached base earlier in the inning on a walk. 

Tar Heels Edge Colonials 4-2
Senior Mike Cavasinni scorched a two-out two RBI single to lead No. 11 North Carolina over George Washington 4-2 in front of 1254 fans at Boshamer Stadium Saturday. North Carolina (2-0), who trailed 1-0 for the first seven and a half innings, scored all of its four runs in the seventh inning, with two outs, to defeat George Washington (0-2) for the second time in as many days. Patrick Johnson (1-0) earned the win, while the Colonials Brian Derner (0-1) suffered the loss.

A 1-for-4 and two RBI performance by Cavasinni led the Tar Heels. Cavasinni extended his hit streak to eight games, dating back to last year, which is a new career-high. The Huntersville, N.C., native has kept the Tar Heels alive in the young season with clutch hitting late in the games.

Patrick Johnson (1-0) earned his seventh career win Saturday in his 15th career start. Johnson allowed one run in the first inning, but dazzled the rest of the way out to hurl seven innings, rendering five hits and registering seven strikeouts. Jimmy Messer pitched 0.2 of an inning allowing one unearned run and walking two. Michael Morin earned his first collegiate save, as the freshman pitched 1.1 innings allowing only one hit and striking out two. 

Pelaez, Lawson Lead No. 12 Miami Past Rutgers, 10-8
The 12th-ranked University of Miami baseball team scored double-digit runs for the second straight night to open the season as the Hurricanes downed Rutgers, 10-8, Saturday night\at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.

For just the second time in head coach Jim Morris' 17 seasons in Coral Gables and the sixth time in school history, the Hurricanes scored double-digit runs in back-to-back games to open the season - scoring 10 a night after plating 12 runs in the opener on Friday. The win also secured a series win for the `Canes - the second straight year Miami opened its season with a series win over the Scarlet Knights.

Junior leftfielder Chris Pelaez and senior second baseman Scott Lawson led the offensive charge for the `Canes. Pelaez finished the night 3-for-3 with a double, two singles, a hit-by-pitch, three RBI and a run scored while Lawson also went 3-for-3 with a triple, two singles, two hit-by-pitches, three runs scored and a run batted in. Through UM's first two games, Lawson and Pelaez have combined to reach base in 12-of-16 plate appearances.

#15 Tigers Homer Three Times to Top Michigan State 10-2 at Fluor Field Saturday
John Hinson, Wilson Boyd, and Mike Freeman all hit home runs to lead #15 Clemson to a 10-2 victory over Michigan State in front of 3,563 fans at Fluor Field on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers improved to 2-0, while the Spartans fell to 1-1. Clemson also moved to 6-0 all-time at Fluor Field.

Hinson gave Clemson a 4-0 lead with a three-run homer in the second inning, then Boyd hit a two-run homer in the sixth and Freeman added a three-run home run in the seventh to put the game out of reach. Freeman went 2-for-5 with a homer, double, and two runs, while Boyd went 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs to lead Clemson's 10-hit attack.

Tiger starter Scott Weismann (1-0) earned the win. In 4.2 innings pitched, he allowed six hits, two runs, and one walk with a career-high six strikeouts. Will Lamb pitched 2.1 scoreless innings of one-hit ball, while freshman righties Jonathan Meyer and Scott Firth both pitched a scoreless inning to close out the game.

Duke Takes Down No. 22 Georgia 9-5
Led by a 3-for-4, two-RBI outing from freshman Eric Brady and a ninth-inning home run from Jake Lemmerman, Duke took down No. 22 Georgia 9-5 Saturday evening at Baylor Ballpark in game four of the QTI Apparel's Opening Weekend Classic.

Both Brady and Lemmerman drove in two runs, as did junior Dennis O'Grady. Brady, hitting in the leadoff spot for the first time in his young career, delivered three singles, two runs and a sacrifice fly, while Lemmerman came through with a go-ahead RBI single in the seventh inning and a solo home run to lead off the ninth inning.

Duke seniors Jonathan Foreman and Will Currier teamed up to hold the Bulldogs (1-1) to three earned runs in the first six innings before handing the ball to freshman two-way player Marcus Stroman. Stroman, in his pitching debut, notched the save with a three-inning outing that featured no earned runs and three strikeouts. Foreman scattered three earned runs over five complete innings, while Currier added one scoreless inning out of the bullpen.

Boston College Shuts Out Tulane, 12-0
Sophomore Mike Dennhardt tossed seven innings of two-hit baseball to lead Boston College to a 12-0 blanking of Tulane Saturday at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.

Dennhardt allowed seven base runners and none of them advanced past second base. BC's starting pitching has thrown 14.0 innings and allowed two runs on eight hits in the series.

Senior captain Robbie Anston was a home run shy of the cycle as he went 4-for-5 with three RBI and three runs. He reached base on all five of his at-bats. Sophomore Anthony Melchionda and freshman Matt Watson both went 2-for-5. Melchionda added his fifth RBI of the series and Watson belted a three-run homer.

NC State Wallops La Salle, 18-3
NC State did the bulk of the damage early, but the result was more of the same -- the Wolfpack handed La Salle a lop-sided 18-3 defeat Saturday at Doak Field at Dail Park in the second game of a three-game series.

The Wolfpack, which scored 17 runs in the first two innings Friday in a 32-3 blowout, scored six in the second, three in the third and six again in the fourth before putting the offense away until the eighth.

NC State set school records for most runs in a game and largest margin of victory on Friday, actually tied the school record for the most runs in the first three games of a season with its 18-run output Saturday. The Wolfpack now has scored 50 runs in two games, matching the 50 runs the 2006 team scored in its season-opening three-game sweep of Delaware State. 

Wake Forest Splits Doubleheader with Army and Dayton
The Wake Forest baseball team split a doubleheader on Saturday, defeating Dayton 7-5 in the first game and falling 5-2 to Army in the nightcap at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.

Wake Forest is now 2-1 on the season.

Ryan Semeniuk led Wake offensively, finishing the day 4-for-7 at the plate with three RBIs and a run scored. Austin Stadler homered in both games and drove in four runs on the day. 

No. 2 Virginia Falls 6-1 at No. 11 East Carolina
The No. 2 Virginia baseball team dropped its first game of the season Saturday afternoon, falling 6-1 at No. 11 East Carolina in front of the third-largest crowd in Clark-LeClair Stadium history (5,136). The three-game series is now even at a game apiece, with the rubber game set for 1 p.m. Sunday.

Kevin Brandt (1-0) had a great start for East Carolina, pitching 6.2 innings and limiting UVa to one run and five hits. He walked three and struck out four.

Robert Morey (Jr., Virginia Beach, Va.) started for Virginia and went 4.1 innings, allowing four runs (three earned), seven hits and five walks while striking out one. He was credited with the loss - his first in six career decisions.

Baylor Comes From Behind to Defeat Duke 3-2
Gregg Glime doubled twice and scored the tying run to lead Baylor to a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Duke Saturday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark on day two of the QTI Apparel's Opening Weekend Classic.

Glime knocked doubles in consecutive at bats, including a one-out two-base knock in the seventh inning that started the go-ahead rally for Baylor (2-1). After Glime's double, Brooks Pinckard and Logan Vick tagged consecutive two-out singles to erase a 2-1 Duke lead and put the Bears ahead for the remainder of the game.

Pinckard also picked up the save after teaming up with fellow reliever Trent Blank to hold Duke (0-2) to one hit over the final four innings. Blank entered in the sixth and scattered one hit over 2.2 innings before Pinckard came in front center field with two outs in the eighth and recorded the final four outs. 

Twelfth-ranked Coastal Carolina drops Hokies 13-5
A grand slam in the bottom of the fifth inning by Chance Gilmore broke a 5-5 tie and propelled 12th-ranked Coastal Carolina to a 13-5 win over Virginia Tech on Saturday evening at the Caravelle Resort Tournament in Conway, S.C.

The Hokies jumped out to 5-0 lead after three innings behind sophomore starter Mathew Price, who retired the first eight batters he faced, including three strikeouts and four ground-ball outs. But the Chanticleers figured things out in third and went on to score runs in each of the next five innings to move to 2-0 on the young season. Tech fell to 0-2.

The two teams matched each other with 10 hits apiece, but Coastal took advantage of eight walks and five wild pitches by the Tech pitching staff. Price took the loss after lasting four-plus innings, allowing seven runs on six hits and four walks. He struck out five. Joe Mantiply, Brandon Fisher, Patrick Scoggin and Ben Rowen pitched an inning apiece, in that order, to close out the game, with Mantiply and Scoggin making their collegiate debuts and Fisher and Rowen tossing perfect frames. 

Terps Unable To Overcome Fast Start By FIU
FIU scored four runs in the second and third innings to get out to a commanding lead and Maryland dropped game two of the series, 11-2, Saturday night at FIU Baseball Stadium.

The Terps recorded 10 hits in the game but left 11 runners on base and were unable to overcome a strong performance by FIU starting pitcher Corey Polizzano. Polizzano spread out seven hits over six innings, allowing only one run, to earn the win. Maryland starter Eric Potter struck out five in 2 1/3, but gave up seven runs, five of which were earned in the loss.

David Poutier went 2-for-3 and Alfredo Rodriguez went 2-for-4 to lead the Terps (0-2) offensively.