Baseball ACCtion: Saturday, February 27

Feb. 28, 2010

No. 1 Virginia Baseball Routs Rhode Island, 22-2
The top-ranked Virginia baseball rolled to a 22-2 victory over Rhode Island Saturday afternoon at Davenport Field. Every Virginia starter had at least one hit by the fourth inning as the Cavaliers piled up 26 total hits - most in the seven-year tenure of head coach Brian O'Connor. UVa also scored its most runs since a 27-1 win over Coppin State on Feb. 28, 2008.

Every Virginia starter had at least one hit by the fourth inning, and 13 Cavaliers recorded hits. UVa's eight- and nine-hole hitters each earned four hits, as Kenny Swab (Jr., Kernersville, N.C.) set a career high with four hits, while Keith Werman (So., Vienna, Va.) tied a career best with four knocks.

Tyler Cannon (Sr., Pigeon Forge, Tenn.), Jarrett Parker (Jr., Stafford, Va.) and Steven Proscia (So., Suffern, N.Y.) each had three hits. Proscia homered, scored four times and drove in three, while Cannon posted four RBI and three runs scored. Stephen Bruno (Fr., Audubon, N.J.) added a grand slam. 

FSU Sweeps Doubleheader
No. 2 Florida State (5-0) completed the sweep of Saturday's doubleheader blanking Hofstra (0-5) 13-0 in game two Saturday afternoon on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles scored 13 runs for the second straight game and have now reached double-digit runs and hits in all five games this year.

Three Seminole pitchers combined for the two-hit shutout as the Garnet and Gold kept an opponent off the scoreboard for the first time since blanking NC State 1-0 back on May 16, 2008.

John Gast came through with another solid outing to up his record to 2-0 on the year. The junior southpaw scattered two hits and two walks over five innings of work. Gast finished the game with a career-high six strikeouts. 

Tech Baseball Pounds Xavier in Shutout Saturday
Junior Brandon Cumpton pitched seven shutout innings of one-hit ball, and the third-ranked Georgia Tech baseball team (7-0) erupted for a season-high five home runs in a 15-0 win over Xavier (0-5) Saturday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium.

Cumpton (2-0) picked up the win after a solid start on the mound, allowing just one hit while striking out four. The Tech pitching staff combined for its fourth shutout of the season, one more than the Jackets had for the entire 2009 season.

Senior Jason Garofalo, juniors Derek Dietrich and Jeff Rowland, and sophomores Jacob Esch and Matt Skole all went deep in the outing.

No. 10 Miami Rolls Past Manhattan, 18-1
Junior lefty Chris Hernandez struck out nine and junior catcher Yasmani Grandal drove in five runs as the 10th-ranked University of Miami baseball team picked up its fifth straight win to open the 2010 season with a 18-1 blowout victory over Manhattan Saturday night at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.

The 5-0 start is the best start for a UM team since the 2003 team opened the season 8-0. The `Canes have now scored 56 runs through their first five games - the highest total for a UM team since the 1992 team plated 72 runs through five contests.

Hernandez (1-0) earned his first win of the year and 19th of his career, allowing just one run on three hits in seven innings of work. Grandal finished 2-for-5 with one run scored while David Villasuso and Harold Martinez each had two hits and three RBI.

#15 Tigers Rally to Top Wright State 8-6 Saturday
Brad Miller, Phil Pohl, and Jason Stolz, the bottom three batters in the Tigers' lineup, combined to go 4-for-8 with seven RBIs to lead #15 Clemson to an 8-6 come-from-behind win over Wright State in front of 4,690 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Clemson, who took a 2-0 series lead, improved to 5-0, while the Raiders fell to 2-4.

Miller, who went 2-for-3 with two doubles, three runs, and an RBI, belted the go-ahead, run-scoring double in the eighth inning to give the Tigers the lead for good. Pohl, who entered the game with three RBIs in 42 career games, went 2-for-4 with a double and four RBIs, while Stolz added two RBIs. Six-hole hitter and freshman Richie Shaffer also went 2-for-4 with two runs, including the game-winning run in the eighth inning.

The Tigers held a 4-1 lead until Wright State scored one unearned run in the fourth inning and four unearned runs in the fifth inning to take a 6-4 lead. But the Tigers rallied with two runs in the sixth inning and two more runs in the eighth inning to remain perfect on the season.

Tech wins third in a row with 4-2 victory over CSU
The Virginia Tech baseball team used a solid all-around effort to edge out a 4-2 victory over Charleston Southern on Saturday afternoon in Charleston, S.C.

Tech got a strong performance out of starting pitcher Jesse Hahn for the second consecutive week, as the 6-foot-5 right-hander went seven innings, allowing two runs on eight hits. He walked just one and tied a career high with five strikeouts to pick up his second win in as many starts.

The Hokies (3-2) played errorless ball behind him, and racked up double-digit hits (11) at the plate for the fifth straight game. Designated hitter Anthony Sosnoskie went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, while right fielder Mike Kaminski and shortstop Tim Smalling each went 2-for-5. Catcher Steve Domecus scored two runs for Tech, and redshirt freshman left fielder Andrew Rash picked up the first hit of his career. First baseman Austin Wates went 0-for-5 to snap a 17-game hitting streak that dated back to last season.

Duke Locks Up Series With 8-4 Win Over Fordham
Sophomore Will Piwnica-Worms drove in four runs and scored three times to lead Duke to an 11-4 win over Fordham in game two of the series Saturday afternoon at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Piwnica-Worms drove in three of his RBI with a bases-loaded triple in the second inning, which was his second three-bagger of the season. The 6-2, 200 pound center fielder reached base four times in five plate appearances while touching the plate three times.

Hitting fifth in the batting order, Piwnica-Worms was one of five Blue Devils with multiple runs. Duke's top five hitters scored at least twice and combined for all 11 of Duke's runs. Duke senior designated hitter Will Currier and outfielder Gabriel Saade combined for five RBI and five hits with Currier finishing 2-for-5 with a double and Saade finishing 3-for-4. 

NC State Keeps Rolling, Downs JMU 6-2
NC State made the most of its eight hits, got solid pitching from four different hurlers, and slammed the door in the ninth when Friday’s offensive hero, Russell Wilson, earned his first college save as a pitcher.

Wilson nailed down the Wolfpack’s 6-2 victory over James Madison in the second round of Baseball at the Beach, improving NC State to 6-0, the Pack’s best start since an 8-0 beginning in 2007. James Madison, which opened play Friday with a loss to Coastal Carolina, fell to 0-2.

In his first start, six days ago vs. La Salle, Wolfpack starter Danny Healey had trouble putting hitters away after getting ahead in the count. He had the opposite problem in the first inning Saturday, falling behind in the count. Two walks and two hits, both in hitter’s counts, led to a 1-0 lead for JMU. David Herbeck singled to left with one down and Trevor Knight walked. Matt Browning followed with a single to left to drive in Herbeck and make it 1-0. McKimmon Langston drew a two-out walk to load the bases, but Healey avoided further damage by getting Mike Fabiaschi to ground into a force play. 

Terps Top Delaware, 10-6
Adam Kolarek and Matt Marquis hit back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning as Maryland rallied from an early deficit to defeat Delaware 10-6 Saturday in the second game of a doubleheader at Shipley Field at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium.

Kolarek went 2-for-4 with four RBI and two runs and Marquis went 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI as Maryland (1-4) scored four runs in both the fifth and seventh innings to get its first win of the season.

Ian Schwalenberg (1-0) earned the win, pitching 3 1/3 innings in relief of starter Eric Potter. After giving up three runs in the first, Potter settled down and pitched effectively for the next 3 2/3. The junior struck out six on the day while walking one. 

Wake Forest Rallies for 8-7 Win Over Kent State
Wake Forest broke a 7-7 tie in the bottom of the seventh inning on a go-ahead RBI double by shortstop Mark Rhine as the Demon Deacons defeated Kent State 8-7 in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday evening at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.

Wake Forest improves to 3-5 on the season, snapping a five-game losing streak, while Kent State falls to 3-3 on the year.

The Demon Deacons scored a go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh inning to make the score 8-7. Third baseman Shane Kroker singled with one out, and, in the next at-bat, Rhine doubled to deep left-center field, scoring Kroker. The hit was Rhine's second double of the season. 

Maine Upends North Carolina 5-3
A two-run two out home run off the bat of Ian Leisenheimer drove Maine to a 5-3 win over No. 11 North Carolina Saturday in front 1015 fans at Boshamer Stadium. Maine (1-4) led the entire game recording their first victory of the season. North Carolina falls to 5-1 on the year.

Patrick Johnson (1-1) took the tough decision after allowing only one earned run and scattering nine hits in six innings. Freshmen Chris Munnelly and Zach Bernard each pitched in relief, as well as Greg Holt. Munnelly rendered the two-RBI home run to Leisenheimer in the seventh.

Jeffrey Gibbs (1-0) registered his first win of his collegiate career. The Toronto, Ontario native stymied the Tar Heels allowing two runs on just three hits and striking out seven Tar Heel batters in 5.1 innings. Steve Perakslis registered his first save of his career in the win. 

Florida Atlantic Beats Boston College, 13-2
Florida Atlantic's Mike Gipson allowed six hits and two runs in seven innings of work to lead the Owls to a 13-2 win against the Boston College baseball team Saturday at Auburn's Plainsman Park.

Gipson struck out four and walked one in his outing.

FAU had a pair of big innings that accounted for the 13 runs. It scored seven times in the top of the second and five in the fifth. Raymond Church had a pair of doubles, two RBI and two runs. Joey Burkhalter went 2-for-2 and Andy Mee and Anthony Mesa both drove in three runs.

Wake Forest Falls to Kent State in 12 Innings, 11-5
The Kent State Golden Flashes broke a 5-5 tie with six runs in the top of the 12th inning and handed Wake Forest an 11-5 loss in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.

Wake Forest drops to 2-5 on the season, while Kent State improves to 3-2 on the year. 

Terps Drop Home Opener To Delaware
The University of Maryland baseball team dropped its home opener in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday, a 17-3 loss to the Delaware Blue Hens.

With the loss, the Terps dropped to 0-4 to start the 2010 season.