Baseball ACCtion: Tuesday, February 23

Feb. 24, 2010

Pope, Bard Shutdown Georgia Southern In 10-0 Win
Sophomore Mark Pope combined with freshman Luke Bard for a four-hit shutout and the offense scored double-digit runs for the third straight game, as the No. 3 Georgia Tech baseball team defeated Georgia Southern, 10-0, Tuesday evening in Statesboro, Ga.

Tuesday's shutout was Georgia Tech `s third in the first four games of the season, the most in school history after four games played. The three runs allowed through four games are tied for the fewest allowed to this point in school history.

Pope, the team's closer as a freshman in 2009, made his first career start on the mound, and made quick work of the Eagle batters. Pope retired 10 of the first eleven batters he faced, and struck out seven batters in his six inning outing. The Marietta, Ga. native allowed just four hits on the day.

Tar Heels Scorch Spartans 12-2
Garrett Davis pitched a career-high five innings to record his first career victory over UNC Greensboro 12-2 Tuesday at Boshamer Stadium. The Tar Heels bashed 16 hits as nine different Carolina hitters hit safely in the win. No. 11 North Carolina improves to 4-0 while UNC Greensboro falls to 3-1 on the year.

The Tar Heels stranded 11 base runners, but still managed to score in all but two innings. Six different players stole a base Tuesday, including Levi Michael who swiped two, en route to a season-high seven stolen bases.

Davis (1-0) allowed two runs on two hits in five innings. Zach Bernard, Chris Munnelly, R.C. Orlan, Greg Holt and Cody Penny all pitched in relief - all rendering no runs 

NC State Tops Campbell 9-8 in the 11th
NC State had to go to extra innings against Campbell, but Andrew Ciencin came threw for the Wolfpack driving in Dallas Poulk for the game winning run. Losing both games to the Camels a year ago, the Wolfpack exacted revenge with a 9-8 win in a game that lasted 11 innings and 4 hours and 35 minutes. The win moved NC State to 4-0 and Campbell to 2-2.

Rob Chamra (1-0) picked up the win, while Ben Brown (0-2) was given the loss.

The bullpen cost a win from an otherwise brilliant performance from Jake Buchanan. A pitcher never wants to start off a game by hitting a batter, but Buchanan rebounded nicely by retiring the next 12 batters he faced. Buchanan fanned three, while only allowing one hit in 5 2/3 innings.

Wake Forest Drops Pitchers' Duel to No. 12 Coastal Carolina, 2-0
Four Coastal Carolina pitchers combined for a four-hit shutout as the 12th-ranked Chanticleers defeated Wake Forest 2-0 on a cloudy and cool Tuesday evening at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.

Wake Forest lost its third game in a row, dropping to 2-3 on the season, while Coastal Carolina improved to 3-1 with the win.

The pitching staffs for both teams were dominant. Coastal allowed just four hits in the game, including only one in the first seven innings. Wake Forest also had its best game of the season on the mound, giving up just two runs on five hits, with none of the hits coming after the fourth inning.