Baseball ACCtion: Tuesday, March 2

March 3, 2010

FSU Tops UF In Tampa
A seven-run first inning proved to be the difference Tuesday night as No. 3 Florida State (7-0) defeated No. 5 Florida (5-1) 10-5 in the second game of the Florida Four Tournament on Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. The game was the first of four meetings between these intra-state rivals.

With the 10 runs and 13 hits, the Seminoles have posted double-digits hits and runs in each of their first seven games to start the 2010 campaign. Dating back to last season, Florida State has registered double-digit hits in 12 consecutive games.

Geoff Parker (1-0) was impressive in his second start of the season working 5.1 innings allowing just one run on six hits. The sophomore right hander did not issue a walk while striking out three. It marked the third time in 16 career starts that Parker did not give up a free pass, while it marked his longest outing since throwing 6.0 innings in earning the victory over Virginia Tech back on May 2, 2009. 

No. 10 Miami Cruises Past USF, 15-2
Freshman left-hander Steven Ewing allowed just two runs in 6 1/3 innings in his first career start and Yasmani Grandal doubled three times as the 10th-ranked University of Miami baseball team cruised to a 15-2 win over USF Tuesday afternoon at George Steinbrenner Field.

For the fourth time in its first seven games, Miami (6-1) reached double digit runs - plating its second-highest run total of the season. The game, played at the spring training home of the New York Yankees, was the first of two games at the first annual Florida Four event, with the second game between Florida and Florida State to be held later Tuesday night.

Four Hurricanes finished with multiple RBI, including Michael Broad, who finished 2-for-4 with four runs batted in. Grandal reached base in five of his six plate appearances, going 3-for-4 with three doubles, two walks, two RBI and three runs scored. Harold Martinez reached base four times - including three walks in his first three trips to the plate - and scored three times. 

Maryland Falls To VMI In Extra Innings
Adam Kolarek gave Maryland another dominant performance on the mound, but the Terps were unable to hold on to a slim advantage down the stretch, falling in 11 innings to Virginia Military Institute Wednesday at Shipley Field at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium.

Kolarek pitched seven strong innings for the Terps and exited with a 2-1 lead, but VMI scored four runs in the eighth for a 5-2 lead. After Maryland scored three runs to tie the game in the bottom half of the inning, the Keydets scored a single run in the ninth. The Terps answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the ninth to send the game to extras, but a VMI run in the 11th inning was enough to give the Keydets the victory.

VMI's Justin Topping hit a grounder towards the left side to lead off the 11th, but third baseman Carter Bumgardner and shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez collided, allowing Topping to reach base. Topping then advanced to second on a groundout and reached third base on a Erickson Keeton single. That brought up Sam Roberts, who grounded out to first baseman David Poutier. Poutier threw home after tagging first, but Topping narrowly beat the throw for a 7-6 VMI lead.