Baseball ACCtion: Friday, February 26

Feb. 26, 2010

Hultzen Drives No. 1 Cavaliers to 13-0 Win Over Rhode Island
Behind the arm and bat of Danny Hultzen (So., Bethesda, Md.), the top-ranked Virginia baseball team blanked Rhode Island, 13-0, Friday afternoon at Davenport Field.

Hultzen (2-0) was dominating on the mound, allowing just two hits over seven innings. Of the 22 batters Hultzen faced, he struck out 12 and did not issue a walk. It marked his third career double-digit strikeout game, as he surrendered just two singles and only one left the infield. Hultzen and reliever Chad O'Connor (So., Chesapeake, Va.) combined to strike out 16 batters.

At the plate, Hultzen went 1-for-3 with a two-run double as part of Virginia's 15-hit effort. Every Virginia starter had at least one hit, while eight of the nine scored at least one run. Franco Valdes (Sr., Miami, Fla.) went 2-for-4 with a three-run triple, while Phil Gosselin (Jr., West Chester, Pa.) was 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a pair of runs.

No. 3 Jackets Edge Xavier, 5-4
Junior Cole Leonida's RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning proved to be enough as the No. 3 Georgia Tech baseball team (6-0) held on for a 5-4 win over Xavier (0-4) Friday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium.

After junior Chase Burnette led off the inning with an awkward double that dropped between three Xavier players in shallow left field, Leonida ripped a 2-2 pitch from Xavier reliever Brian Muranksi through the gap between short and third, bringing Burnette home from second for the eventual game-winning run.

Senior Andrew Robinson (1-0) picked up the win on the mound for Tech, allowing just one hit while striking out two in one inning of relief.

No. 10 Miami Takes Series Opener over Manhattan, 7-3
Junior right fielder Chris Pelaez continued his hot hitting going 3-for-3 with three runs scored and junior lefty Eric Erickson struck out nine in another solid start as the 10th-ranked University of Miami baseball team knocked off Manhattan, 7-3, Friday night at Alex Rodriguez Park. Freshman left fielder Michael Broad drove in two runs - including what proved to be the game-winner - and finished 2-for-3 on the night.

Pelaez, who went 8-for-11 last weekend against Rutgers, has now gone 11 for his last 12 going back to his last at-bat in the season-opener. Erickson struck out nine batters, allowing three runs on four hits in six innings of work in the no decision. He was impressive early on, striking out five of the first six batters he faced. Iden Nazario (1-0) won his first game of the season as he pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief and struck out two. Senior closer David Gutierrez picked up save No. 2 as tossed the final 1 1/3 inning.

With the score tied 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh, the `Canes scored a pair runs with the bases loaded on a single by Broad and a fielder's choice grounder by Stephen Perez to give Miami a 5-3 lead.

Harvey, Tar Heels Rout Maine 11-1
Junior Matt Harvey struck out nine batters in just 6.1 innings as No.11 North Carolina defeated Maine 11-1 Friday at Boshamer Stadium. The Tar Heels improve to 5-0, while Maine falls to 0-4 on the season. Nine different Tar Heels hit safely in the game as the Heels banged out 11 runs on 10 hits.

Harvey (1-0) registered his first victory of the year and 15th of his career. The Mystic, Conn., native ended his day allowing one run on six hits, walking one and striking out nine in 6.1 innings. It was the sixth game of the junior's career with eight or more strikeouts.

Zach Bernard, Cody Stiles and Parker Thomas all hurled in relief rendering zero runs on two hits. Stiles and Thomas each pitched in their first collegiate game.

#15 Clemson Edges Wright State 4-3 in Series-Opener Friday
Kyle Parker went 3-for-3 with two runs and four Tiger pitchers allowed just three of 16 baserunners to score in #15 Clemson's 4-3 win over Wright State in front of 3,884 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Friday. The Tigers, who took a 1-0 series lead, improved to 4-0, while the Raiders dropped to 2-3. It was the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

Tiger starter Casey Harman (2-0) earned the win, as the junior allowed four hits, one run, and a career-high three walks with six strikeouts in 5.2 innings pitched. Alex Frederick retired the only batter he faced to record his first career save. The Raiders put 16 batters on base, but Harman, Jonathan Meyer, Tomas Cruz, and Frederick combined to limit Wright State to just three runs thanks in part to stranding 11 runners on base.

Raider starter Alex Kaminsky (0-1) suffered the loss, as he yielded five hits, three runs (two earned), and two walks with five strikeouts in 6.1 innings pitched.

Clutch Hit Propels Duke to 5-4 Win Over Fordham
Dennis O'Grady drove in the winning run with a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to lead Duke to a 5-4 win over Fordham in the Blue Devils' home debut at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park Friday evening.

O'Grady came to the plate in the ninth with the score tied at 4-4 and classmate Jake Lemmerman standing on second base. With a 2-1 count, O'Grady drove a base hit to right field, sending Lemmerman around third and toward the plate where he slid in feet first for the winning run.

Duke's bullpen duo of Ben Grisz and Marcus Stroman (1-0) combined to hold Fordham (0-4) to one run and four hits over the final four innings of the game. In relief of starter Michael Ness, who went five innings and scattered three runs, Grisz tossed three scoreless innings and struck out two. Stroman, who also went 1-for-4 with a run and his first career triple, took the mound in the ninth and gave up a two-out RBI double, but earned the win after O'Grady singled in the winning run in the next inning.

Hit parade leads Hokies to 17-2 win over Charleston Southern
Fueled by two home runs each from left fielder Steve Domecus and catcher Anthony Sosnoskie, the Virginia Tech baseball team pounded out 19 hits en route to a 17-2 victory over Charleston Southern on Friday at CSU Ballpark in Charleston, S.C.

Every starter scored at least one run for the Hokies (2-2), with Domecus, Sosnoskie and shortstop Tim Smalling (2-for-4) crossing home three times apiece. Domecus (2-for-4) and Sosnoskie (2-for-5) each drove in three runs, as did center fielder Sean Ryan (2-for-4). First baseman Austin Wates and third baseman Ronnie Shaban each went 4-for-6.

Tech starting pitcher Justin Wright rebounded from a rough outing on opening day to go six strong innings for the victory, improving to 1-1. The left-hander allowed two runs, both unearned, on seven hits and zero walks, while striking out four. True freshmen Jake Joyce and Brent Zimmerman each tossed a scoreless inning in relief, as did Shaban.

Russell Wilson’s Bomb Lifts Baseball Past #3 UC Irvine
NC State had more heroes than a sub shop Friday in the Wolfpack’s 7-4 extra-inning victory over third-ranked UC-Irvine at BB&T Coastal Field.

Drew Poulk hit a pair of doubles and drove in the Wolfpack’s first run of the game.

Cory Mazzoni pitched like former first-round draft pick Corey Lee, scattering two hits, both infield singles, and allowing no earned runs in six sterling innings on the mound. 

Wake Forest Drops Series Opener to Kent State, 7-6
Kent State's David Lyon broke a 6-6 tie with a leadoff home run in the top of the ninth to lift the Golden Flashes to a 7-6 win over Wake Forest in the series opener on Friday night at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.

Wake Forest drops to 2-4 on the season, while Kent State improves to 2-2 on the year.

With the game tied at six in the top of the ninth, Lyon led off the inning by sending a 3-2 pitch over the right field fence for his second home run of the season to put Kent State in front 7-6.

Boston College Loses At Auburn, 6-5, In 10 Innings
Auburn's Brian Fletcher hit two home runs, including a walk-off solo shot in the bottom of the 10th to lead the Tigers to a 6-5 win against the Boston College baseball team Friday night at Plainsman Park.