Baseball ACCtion: Friday, March 5

March 5, 2010

Noles Down Dawgs 12-1
Third-ranked Florida State (8-0) kept its undefeated record intact Friday night with a 12-1 victory over No. 25 Georgia (6-4). The win was the third straight over the Bulldogs and second in a row over a ranked opponent. The 11-run margin was the largest margin of victory for the Seminoles in the series since downing the Bulldogs 16-4 in Tallahassee back on March 19, 1959.

Picking up where he left off in last year's NCAA Tallahassee Regional Tournament, Sean Gilmartin (3-0) once again stymied the Georgia offense allowing just one unearned run on six hits over seven innings of work. The sophomore southpaw did not issue a walk while tying a career-high with nine strikeouts.

In two career starts against Georgia, both victories for the Seminoles, Gilmartin has worked 16.0 innings allowing just three runs, two earned, on 11 hits with 15 strikeouts and no walks. 

McGuire Leads No. 4 Jackets in Shutout of Rutgers
Junior Deck McGuire struck out nine batters in eight innings of work to lead the No. 4 Georgia Tech baseball team (8-1) to its fifth shutout of the season in a 5-0 series-opening win over Rutgers (1-6) Friday at Russ Chandler Stadium.

With five shutouts on the season, the Jackets are just three away from tying the school record of eight - held by the 1906, 1971 and 1997 teams.

McGuire (2-0) won his second game of the season, allowing just six hits in 8.0 innings pitched while combining with junior Kevin Jacob to keep Rutgers off the board. The eight innings were a season high for McGuire, who pitched seven in each of his previous two starts.

Stolz, Boyd Rally #9 Tigers Past #15 Gamecocks Friday
Jason Stolz and Wilson Boyd both had two-out, run-scoring singles late in the game and David Haselden pitched 4.0 hitless and scoreless innings in relief to lead #9 Clemson to a 4-3 win over #15 South Carolina in front of 6,346 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Friday night. The Tigers, who took a 1-0 lead in the series, improved to 8-0, while the Gamecocks dropped to 5-3.

The Gamecocks took a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning on Adrian Morales' sacrifice fly. But the Tigers scored single runs in the seventh and eighth innings on two-out singles by Stolz and Boyd, respectively, to give the Tigers the one-run win.

Haselden (2-0), a sophomore righthander from Spartanburg, SC, quieted the Gamecock bats after South Carolina totaled eight hits in just over five innings. He allowed no hits, no runs, and one walk with three strikeouts to earn the victory on Friday, which was Head Coach Jack Leggett's 56th birthday. 

Tar Heels, Harvey Top Wolverines 4-2
Junior Matt Harvey pitched eight shutout innings and struck out eleven batters to lead No. 12 North Carolina over Michigan 4-2 Friday at Boshamer Stadium. A spectacular double play in the top of the fourth followed by a two-run home run off the bat of Dillon Hazlett in the bottom of the frame, proved to be the lead Carolina would never relinquish. North Carolina improves to 8-1 on the year, while Michigan falls to 4-5.

Harvey (2-0) struck out 10 or more batters for just the third time in his career, earning his 16th career victory. The junior fanned the side twice, including three strikeouts in the fifth on just 12 pitches. The Mystic, Conn., product was masterful for the second consecutive week, allowing no runs on three hits in eight innings.

Michigan's Alan Oaks (1-2) suffers the tough loss. Oaks allowed two runs on three hits in seven innings of work. Wolverine reliever Travis Smith walked two batters en route to allowing two runs without recording an out. 

Ness & Manno Shut Out Temple in 3-0 Win
Seniors Michael Ness and Christopher Manno combined for a six-hit shutout to lead Duke to a 3-0 win over Temple in the series opener Friday evening at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Ness (1-0) started and went six innings to earn his first win of the season, while Manno took over for the final three to earn his first career save. The duo combined to strike out 12 batters while walking just one as Duke (5-3) won its fourth straight game and improved to 4-0 at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Ness racked up a career-high seven strikeouts in his second straight Friday start before Manno entered the game with a 3-0 lead and fanned five of the 10 batters he faced, including striking out the side in the ninth inning. Ness scattered five hits in the win while Manno gave up just one base knock. Ness stayed ahead in the count for the majority of his outing, firing 22 first-pitch strikes to the 25 batters he faced. 

NC State Pounces Early to Down Quinnipiac
NC State baseball took down Quinnipiac in the opener of a three-game series, 17-6, on Friday night at Doak Field at Dail Park. Despite trailing after the first inning, NC State (8-1) racked up 12 runs over the next two frames to take a commanding 13-2 lead after three innings over the Bobcats (0-1). The Wolfpack's Chris Schaeffer was 4-for-5 at the plate with a homer and three RBIs, and Drew Poulk hit a grand slam to lead an NC State offense that pounded out 17 hits.

Rob Chamra (3-0) picked up the win in relief, allowing just three hits and striking out four in relief. Bobcats' starter Michael Oskandy (0-1) lasted just 2 and 2/3 innings after giving up 12 runs (seven earned) on nine hits.

The Bobcats got on the board early in the top of the first, as the number three hitter in the lineup, Brian Monack, connected on a two-run shot to right field for a 2-0 lead. Wolfpack starter Ethan Ogburn walked the next batter before inducing a double play to end the inning.

Dean Leads Boston College Past Florida Atlantic, 5-2
Junior Pat Dean pitched 7.0 strong innings and freshman DH Matt Watson blasted a three-run homer to lead the Boston College baseball team to a 5-2 win Friday night at the FAU Baseball Stadium.

Dean allowed four hits during his outing and two runs, both of which came in the eighth inning. He struck out four and walked three. Dean retired nine straight batters and 14 of 16 after allowing a leadoff hit in the first inning.

Watson hit a towering three-run homer in the fourth inning, his second of the season. Senior OF Robbie Anston added a solo shot in the fifth and went 2-for-4 in the game. Sophomore Anthony Melchionda went 2-for-4 with a double and a run. 

Maryland Downs Hofstra, 6-3
Maryland snuck out to an early lead over Hofstra, tallying single runs in the first and second innings, and the Terps went on to defeat the Pride 6-3 Friday at Shipley Field at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium.

Maryland's Eric Potter and Hofstra's Sean Monaghan were locked in a pitchers dual for the first six innings, with the Terps leading 2-1 when both pitchers exited after six innings. A three-run seventh by Maryland, spurred by a bases-loaded single by David Poutier, proved to be the difference in the game.

Tyler Bennett and Jack Cleary drew lead off walks to start the seventh and advanced to second and third on a sacrifice bunt by pinch hitter Jon Wilson. Hofstra chose to intentionally walk Matthew Murakami to load the bases, setting up the run-scoring single by Poutier. With the bases still loaded and one out, head coach Erik Bakich called for a squeeze play, sending all three runners as Alfredo Rodriguez put down a perfect bunt. Murakami just beat the tag at home and as Hofstra catcher Kevin Flynn threw to first to putout Rodriguez, Cleary rounded third and went home for a 5-1 lead.

Homer-filled third inning lifts Hokies in home opener
Fueled by three home runs in a five-run fifth inning, the Virginia Tech baseball team jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, defeating Long Island University 9-2 on Friday afternoon in the home opener at English Field.

With the win, the Hokies improved to 5-2 on the young season, while the Blackbirds fell to 1-4. Tech is now 17-5 in home openers at English Field since beginning play there in 1989, and has won 10 of its last 13.

Tech opened the scoring early with two runs in the bottom of the first inning. A one-out single to center field by shortstop Tim Smalling got the Hokies going. Smalling moved to second on the play when Blackbirds’ outfielder Sam Sciamarelli bobbled the ball. After Hokie first baseman Austin Wates drew a walk, both runners moved up on a double-steal, setting the stage for a sacrifice fly by left fielder Steve Domecus that scored Smalling with the first run. Catcher Anthony Sosnoskie followed with a single that plated Wates.

Wake Forest Drops Xavier in Series Opener, 4-2
Back-to-back sixth-inning RBI doubles by Austin Stadler and Carlos Lopez propelled Wake Forest to a 4-2 win over Xavier on Friday afternoon at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.

Wake Forest improves to 4-6 on the year, while Xavier drops to 1-7 with the loss.

The Deacons took a 1-0 first inning lead, but Xavier rallied back to go ahead 2-1 in the second inning. Wake Forest tied the game in the third inning, and scored two runs in the sixth to give the Deacs a lead they would never relinquish.

Wright State Knocks Off No. 1 Virginia Baseball, 2-1
Wright State scored the go-ahead run in the sixth inning on a squeeze bunt and made it stand in a 2-1 win over the No. 1-ranked Virginia baseball team on Friday at Davenport Field. The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Cavaliers.

The contest was a pitchers' duel throughout, with starters Danny Hultzen (So., Bethesda, Md.) of Virginia and Alex Kaminsky of Wright State battling for seven innings before the bullpens took over.

Kaminsky (1-1) pitched seven strong innings while allowing just one earned run, seven hits and a walk while fanning seven. Greg Robinson then came on in the eighth inning and pitched two scoreless frames to earn his first save.

No. 10 Miami Falls in Opener to No. 5 Florida, 7-1
The 10th-ranked University of Miami baseball team lost its series opener to No. 5 Florida Friday night, 7-1, in front of 4,274 fans at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.

Miami (6-2) struggled at the plate all night, striking out 15 times while recording just two hits - the lowest total for the `Canes since a one-hit loss at North Carolina April 17 of last season. Florida (6-1) scored four runs in the third and three in the eighth to cruise to the six-run win.

Chris Hernandez (1-1) pitched well early on, but eventually allowed three earned runs on eight hits while striking out eight in six innings of work. E.J. Encinosa came on to start the seventh and allowed three runs over the next 1 1/3 innings before Sam Robinson and Joe Lovecchio finished the game out for the `Canes.