Baseball ACCtion: Sunday, February 28

Feb. 28, 2010

No. 1 Virginia Baseball Finishes Off Sweep of Rhode Island
The No. 1-ranked Virginia baseball team finished off a three-game series sweep of Rhode Island with an 8-5 victory Sunday at Davenport Field. The Cavaliers (6-1) scored five runs in the first inning and coasted to their fifth straight win.

Phil Gosselin (Jr., West Chester, Pa.) went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI to lead the Cavaliers' offense. He finished the week 9-for-17 with six RBI. Keith Werman (So., Vienna, Va.) added a pair of hits as he went 6-for-7 in the series. John Hicks (So., Sandy Hook, Va.) also had a three-run double to key the Cavaliers' big first inning.

Cody Winiarski (Jr., Franksville, Va.) worked 5.0 innings in his first home start at Virginia. He allowed three earned runs, seven hits and one walk while striking out seven as he earned his first win as a Cavalier (1-0). Kevin Arico (Jr., Flemington, N.J.) pitched a scoreless ninth inning to notch his third save of the season. UVa's pitchers fanned 13 Sunday and finished with 36 strikeouts in the series. 

Noles Remain Unbeaten
No. 2 Florida State (6-0) registered its second series sweep in as many weeks with a 14-4 victory over Hofstra (0-6) in game three Sunday afternoon on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. The win kept the Seminoles undefeated all-time against the Pride as the Garnet and Gold have now won all 10 games in the series.

Freshman Justin Gonzalez paced the Seminole offense in the series finale going 3-for-4 with a double, four runs scored and four RBI. As a team, Florida State tied a season-high with 14 runs while pounding out a season-high 17 hits. Stephen Cardullo and Rafael Lopez also contributed with three hits a piece in the win.

Stuart Tapley went 2-for-2 with two walks, two RBI and a run scored. The junior designated hitter reached base on all five plate appearances on Sunday. 

North Carolina Tops Maine 8-4
No. 11 North Carolina pounded out 14 hits and struck out a combined 15 batters to defeat Maine 8-4 Sunday at Boshamer Stadium. The Tar Heels improve to 6-1, while Maine falls to 1-5 on the season.

Colin Bates (2-0) earned the victory throwing a five innings and allowing three runs on three hits and striking out a career-best seven batters. Jimmy Messer and Michael Morin each were masterful in relief, combining to strike out eight. Morin earned his second save of his career and the season allowing only one hit in 2.2 innings pitched.

Offensively the Tar Heels were led by Brian Goodwin's 3-for-5 and one RBI performance. Ben Bunting, Levi Michael, Ryan Graepel and Dillon Hazlett all registered two hits in the game. In addition, senior Mike Cavasinni's 1-for-3 performance extended his career-best hit streak to 13 games. Freshman Bryn Renner recorded his first collegiate hit and RBI in the win.

Schaus, Parker Power #15 Clemson Past Wright State 12-6
Jeff Schaus went 3-for-3 with a homer and a career-high five RBIs and Kyle Parker added two solo home runs to lead #15 Clemson to a 12-6 victory over Wright State in front of 4,027 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Tigers, who swept the series 3-0, improved to 6-0, their best start since their 13-0 start in 2002. The Raiders fell to 2-5.

Mike Freeman matched Schaus' hit total by going 3-for-5 with three runs and an RBI, while Brad Miller and Jason Stolz both added two hits, a double, and two runs in Clemson's 12-hit attack.

Sophomore lefthander Will Lamb (1-0) earned his first career win by tossing 4.0 innings, allowing four hits, one run, and one walk with two strikeouts. He was the first of seven Tigers to pitch in the game. Raider starter Max Friedman (0-1) suffered the loss, as he yielded five runs (three earned) on five hits in 2.0 innings pitched. 

Hokies complete sweep with 13-1 win over CSU
After being held to four runs in Saturday’s win, the Virginia Tech offense woke up on Sunday to tally 15 hits and cruised to a 13-1 victory over Charleston Southern to complete a three-game sweep of the Buccaneers in Charleston, S.C.

The Hokies scored 34 runs over the weekend to improve to 4-2 on the season. Redshirt junior shortstop Tim Smalling accounted for six of those runs on Sunday, going 3-for-6 with a Tech season-high six RBIs, including a grand slam that served as his first home run of the season.

First baseman Austin Wates went 4-for-6 with two triples, both in the fifth inning, to tie a Virginia Tech single-game record that he holds with 10 former Hokies. Wates also had a two-triple game as a freshman against Liberty in 2008.

Spatola Powers Boston College Past Missouri, 14-6
Senior John Spatola led an offensive outburst with two home runs and seven RBI as the Boston College baseball team beat Missouri, 14-6, Sunday at Auburn's Plainsman Park.

Spatola finished the day 3-for-4 with those two homers and a double. It marked the first time in his career that he had a multiple home run game and his seven RBI were a career high.

Sophomore Anthony Melchionda went 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs and sophomore Matt Hamlet drove in two runs. Senior Robbie Anston went 2-for-4 with two walks, two triples, an RBI and three runs. It was the first time he hit two triples in one game. Sophomore Marc Perdios added his first home run since 2008.

Duke's 8-3 Win Completes Sweep of Fordham
Jonathan Foreman gave up just two runs and two hits over 7.0 innings to lead Duke to an 8-3 win and a series sweep over Fordham Sunday afternoon at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Foreman (1-0) sat down the side in five of his seven innings and ended his start by retiring 10 straight batters. The 6-0, 200 pound senior racked up four strikeouts and held the Rams (0-6) hitless in all but one inning.

Duke (4-3) broke the game open with a five-run sixth inning that featured an RBI double off the left field wall from senior Jeremy Gould and a two-run triple from Will Piwnica-Worms. Duke trailed 2-1 heading into that frame, but strung together four hits and a sacrifice fly to take the lead for good. Piwnica-Worms' triple was his second of the series and drove in his sixth and seventh RBI of the three-game set. 

Xavier Hands Tech First Loss of Season, 7-6
The Xavier Musketeers scored a season-high seven runs, including four in the bottom of the sixth, to give the Georgia Tech baseball team its first loss of the season in a 7-6 decision Sunday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium.

With the loss, Georgia Tech fell to 7-1 on the year, while Xavier improved to 1-5 with the win. The loss snaps Tech's seven game win streak to start the season, after allowing seven runs on 12 hits -- the most given up by the home squad all season.

In the first, Tech jumped out to the early lead for the second straight game. Senior Tony Plagman hit a two-run homer over the wall in right-center off Xavier starter Jon Richard in the bottom of the first.

No. 10 Miami Falls to Manhattan Sunday Afternoon, 12-7
The 10th-ranked University of Miami baseball team dropped its first game of the 2010 season, falling 12-7 to Manhattan Sunday afternoon at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.

Despite scoring seven runs for the sixth straight game to open the season, Miami (5-1) struggled to keep up with Manhattan (1-2) throughout the game as UM pitchers allowed 17 hits and eight walks on the afternoon.

Jason Santana (0-1) suffered the loss for the `Canes, allowing six runs on nine hits while walking two and striking out two in 3 1/3 innings of work. Miami's bullpen didn't fare much better as veterans Daniel Miranda and Iden Nazario combined to allow six runs while recording just one out. Freshmen Eric Whaley and Jerad Grundy did however pitch well, combining to toss 4 2/3 scoreless in relief.

NC State Falls At Coastal Carolina, 6-3
Chance Gilmore hit two home runs, Jim Birmingham pitched six strong innings, and 12th-ranked Coastal Carolina took advantage of a couple of NC State defensive lapses Sunday to end the Wolfpack’s quest for an unbeaten season, downing the Pack 6-3 in the final game of the Baseball at the Beach tournament.

The win over NC State concluded a most impressive weekend for the Chanticleers, who should move into the national top 10 with a four-game sweep over impressive competition. Coastal, now 7-1, defeated James Madison, the preseason favorites to win the Colonial Athletic Association, 11-7 on Friday, then swept third-ranked UC-Irvine 7-3 and 13-6 on Saturday before handing the Wolfpack its first loss of the season.

NC State, on the other hand, entered the season with a young team and many unanswered questions, several of which have been answered in a positive manner. Now 6-1 on the season and off to its best start in three years, the Wolfpack thus far has shown itself to be a competitive team that holds its own against top-quality competition. NC State opened the weekend with a 7-4 victory over UC-Irvine, then pinned a 6-2 loss on JMU. And the Wolfpack trailed the Chanticleers by just a run heading into the bottom of the seventh inning Sunday.

Wake Forest Drops Series Finale to Kent State, 13-8
Anthony Gallas and Travis Shaw each homered for Kent State to lead the Golden Flashes to a 13-8 win against Wake Forest on Sunday afternoon at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.

Kent State improves to 4-3 on the season, winning three of four games in the weekend series. Wake Forest falls to 3-6 with the loss.

Eight of the nine starters for Kent State had at least one hit, while five of the starters had a multi-hit game. Brett Weibley drove in a team-high three runs, while David Lyon went 4-for-5 with three runs scored. Gallas and Shaw each added home runs for the Kent State offense. For Gallas, it was his second round tripper of the season, while Shaw hit his fourth homer.

Maryland Falls To Delaware, 4-1
Sander Beck pitched seven splendid innings for Maryland but the Terps were undone by a whacky fifth inning in which Delaware got all the runs it would need to win. Maryland fell to 1-5 on the season with a 4-1 loss while Delaware improved to 2-4.

After Beck allowed the first two batters - Steve Ulaky and Josh Dean - to reach base in the top of the fifth, Delaware's Dave Anderson hit a hard liner to third that was caught by David Poutier. Poutier attempted to throw to second to double off Ulaky, but his throw sailed into right field, allowing Ulaky to advance to third. With runners on the corners and a full count to batter D.J. Long, Beck threw a wild pitch that walked Long and allowed Ulaky to score. Maryland catcher Jack Cleary attempted to throw out Dean at third, but his throw went into right field and Dean scored to make it 2-1 Delaware.

The Blue Hens added an insurance run in the seventh on an RBI single by Carlos Alonso and in the eighth on a home run by Ulaky.