Baseball ACCtion: Sunday, February 21

Feb. 21, 2010

No. 2 Cavaliers Survive East Carolina Rally, Win 14-11
The No. 2 Virginia baseball team held off a late East Carolina rally in posting a 14-11 victory over the No. 11 Pirates Sunday afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium in Greenville, N.C. UVa picked up a 2-1 series win.

The wild contest featured 30 hits and 37 players, including 13 pitchers, while lasting four hours and 11 minutes. Every Virginia starter recorded at least one hit, with seven posting at least two. Keith Werman (So., Vienna, Va.) and Dan Grovatt (Jr., Tabernacle, N.J.) each had three hits for the Cavaliers, who finished with 19 hits. Phil Gosselin (Jr., West Chester, Pa.) homered and scored three times for the Cavaliers. UVa had plenty of opportunities to tack on more runs, but left 17 runners on base.

Virginia (2-1) had a nine-run lead, 13-4, after a four-run sixth inning, but the Pirates roared back with seven runs in the eighth inning to make things very interesting and bring what was left of the crowd of 4,774 to its feet. The Pirates (1-2) brought the potential tying run to the plate in the eighth, but Kevin Arico (Jr., Flemington, N.J.) came on to retire Devin Harris and went 1.1 innings to notch his first save of 2010. 

Gast Paces FSU To Series Sweep
Behind a strong pitching performance from junior John Gast, fifth-ranked Florida State (3-0) completed the series sweep of Georgia State with a 12-2 victory Sunday afternoon on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. With the three-game sweep, the Seminoles extended their streak of season opening series victories to 29 straight, while remaining undefeated (20-0) all-time against the Panthers at home.

Gast (1-0) was the story on Sunday afternoon as the crafty southpaw threw a career-high 6.0 innings in earning his first victory of the season. The Longwood, Fla., native faced the minimum through the first 3.1 innings before giving up a base hit back up the middle to pinch hitter Ryan Fleming with one out in the fourth. The hit did not phase Gast as two pitches later he forced Jonathan Kolowich into an inning ending groundball double play.

Gast allowed just two runs on four hits as he struck out five and did not issue a walk. He faced the minimum in all but one inning on Sunday and was very efficient with his pitches leaving the game after the sixth inning throwing only 71 pitches, 50 for strikes.

No. 6 Jackets Hit Four Home Runs in 13-0 Win Over Bears
Sophomore pitcher Jed Bradley had a career-high 12 strikeouts while the No. 6 Georgia Tech baseball team homered four times in a 13-0 shutout win over Missouri State Sunday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium. The Jackets improve to 3-0 on the season while the Bears fall to 0-3.

Bradley (1-0) was terrific in his season debut, holding the Bears to just four hits and no runs while striking out 12 of the 22 batters he faced. His 12 strikeouts were the most by a Tech player since Deck McGuire fanned 13 on opening day against Lipscomb in February of 2009.

Tech poured it on at the plate for the second-consecutive game, scoring 13 runs on 17 hits, a nice follow up to a 19 hit performance on Saturday.

No. 11 Tar Heels Top Colonials 6-3
Junior Colin Bates pitched a career-high seven effective innings to lead No. 11 North Carolina over George Washington 6-3 Sunday in front of 1205 fans at Boshamer Stadium. North Carolina improves to 3-0 with their series sweep of George Washington, who falls to 0-3 on the young season.

Bates (1-0) earned his eleventh career victory in his first career start. The junior allowed three runs on six hits while striking out five Colonial batters. Jimmy Messer earned his first career save with two innings of no-hit ball. The Colonials Ryan LaPointe (0-1) suffered the loss allowing five earned runs on ten Tar Heel hits.

Junior Ben Bunting led the Tar Heels at the plate, with a 3-for-3 performance with two walks en route to scoring one run. Freshman Brian Goodwin registered his first career hit, a triple, and first career RBIs Sunday.

DeVoss Hits Walk-Off Homer as No. 12 Miami Sweeps Rutgers
Trailing 7-5 with two on and two out in the bottom of the ninth, freshman centerfielder Zeke DeVoss smacked a three-run, walk-off homer to propel No. 12 Miami to a 9-7 victory Sunday afternoon over Rutgers at Alex Rodriguez Park.

Down two with one out in the bottom of the ninth, junior leftfielder Chris Pelaez started the rally with single to center of Rutgers reliever Charlie Law. After a wild pitch moved Pelaez over to second, Harold Martinez flew out to right for the second out of the inning but was able advance Pelaez over to third. With no more room for error, Frankie Ratcliff kept the rally alive with a walk, putting runners on the corner with two outs. Nathan Melendres followed with a hard grounder to third that got through third baseman Russ Hopkins, allowing Ratcliff to move to third and Melendres to second. Down a run at this point, DeVoss - UM's No. 9 hitter - smacked a outside fastball on a one-and-one count over the wall in left to give the `Canes the two-run win.

The win for Miami (3-0) secured the series sweep of the Scarlet Knights (0-3) in both team's 2010 season-opening weekend series. 

#15 Tigers Stay Perfect With 8-5 Win Over Furman Sunday
Clemson, ranked as high as #15 in the nation, jumped out to a 7-2 lead after four innings and held on for an 8-5 victory over Furman in front of 5,539 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Tigers improved to 3-0, while the Paladins fell to 0-3.

Red-shirt freshman righthander Kevin Brady (1-0) earned his first career win by tossing 3.1 innings, allowing three hits, one earned run, and no walks. Alex Frederick pitched 2.2 scoreless innings in relief of one-hit ball with two strikeouts and freshman righthander Jonathan Meyer picked up his first career save by pitching 2.0 perfect innings with one strikeout.

Furman starter Barry Benton (0-1) suffered the loss, as he yielded four hits, five runs (four earned), and three walks in 2.1 innings pitched. 

Hahn, big bats lead Tech to first win of the season
After coming out on the wrong side of two lopsided scores earlier in the weekend, the Virginia Tech baseball team turned the tables and cruised to a 14-3 victory over West Virginia on Sunday to close out its play at the Caravelle Resort Tournament on the campus of Coastal Carolina.

Baseball America preseason All-American Jesse Hahn turned in the best start of his career, coasting through a career-high seven scoreless innings to earn the win for the Hokies (1-2). Hahn only allowed three balls out of the infield in his time on the mound, striking out four and inducing 13 ground-ball outs. He only allowed five hits, all of which were singles and two of which were infield singles. He walked none and struck out four.

Hahn had plenty of help from his offense, which pounded out 18 hits, including five doubles and two home runs. Shortstop Tim Smalling went 5-for-5 with three runs scored, while second baseman Michael Seaborn was a triple shy of the cycle, going 4-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Catcher Steve Domecus drove in a career-high five runs. 

NC State Baseball Completes Sweep Of La Salle, 15-9
The game was far more competitive, but NC State pulled away at the end to hand La Salle a 15-9 defeat and complete a three-game sweep in the season-opening series for both teams.

With the 15 runs scored, the Wolfpack set a new school record for runs in a three-game series with 65, setting the old record of 61, set in 2002 vs. Coppin State.

La Salle, which lost the first two games 32-3 and 18-3, took the early lead and was tied with the Wolfpack heading into the bottom of the fourth inning. But NC State scored four runs in the fifth and seventh innings to take charge of the game. 

Duke Falls 10-5 to No. 22 Georgia to Split Series
Sophomore center fielder Will Piwnica-Worms delivered an RBI single in the 10-5 loss to Georgia.

Colby May went 3-for-4 with three RBI and was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle as No. 22 Georgia defeated Duke 10-5 to split the series Sunday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark.

May hit a two-run homer in his first at bat, a one-run double in his second and a single in his third appearance. His RBI double in the third inning put Georgia back on top after Duke staked a temporary 3-2 lead in the second inning. The Bulldogs (2-1) did not relinquish the lead for the rest of the game, thanks to three shutuout innings from the relief duo of Cooper Moseley and Steve Esmonde. 

Wake Forest Drops 19-10 Decision to Dayton
Zach Jacob homered twice and drove in four runs, while Brian Blasik and Jimmy Roesinger each drove in three runs to lead Dayton to its first win of the season, a 19-10 victory against Wake Forest on Sunday afternoon at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.

Wake Forest falls to 2-2 on the season, while Dayton improves to 1-2.

The offense for each team dominated the game as the two squads combined for 29 runs on 34 hits. The Wake Forest defense also struggled, committing seven errors, including four in the first inning. 

FIU Tops Maryland, 4-1
Maryland's pitching staff held FIU in check for much of the day, but the Terps were held to four hits and fell 4-1 to FIU on Sunday in the last of a three-game series at FIU Baseball Stadium.

Maryland received strong performances by starter Sander Beck and relievers Adam Kolarek and Dan Gentzler, but a four-run second inning by the Golden Panthers proved to be the difference in the game.

Beck gave up a single and two walks in the second and Pablo Bermudez's two-out grand slam provided FIU (3-0) all the offense they would need to complete a sweep of the Terps (0-3).

Boston College Loses Series Finale At Tulane
Jeremy Schaffer sparked a seven run first inning with a grand slam and Tulane never looked back as it beat the Boston College baseball team, 14-6, Sunday at Turchin Stadium.

Schaffer went 2-for-5 with five RBI in the game. Blake Crohan went 4-for-5 with a double, an RBI and three runs scored and Brennan Middleton went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs. Seven Green Wave players had multiple hits as Tulane recorded 19 as a team.

Robby Broach picked up the win on the mound after throwing 5.0 innings and allowing four runs on six hits. He struck out five and walked one.