Baseball ACCtion: Saturday, March 6

March 7, 2010

No. 1 Virginia Dominates Dartmouth, 14-3
The top-ranked Virginia baseball team recorded two big innings in a 14-3 victory over Dartmouth Saturday afternoon in front of 2,414 fans at Davenport Field. UVa (7-2) scored six runs in the second inning, then blew the game open with an eight-run fourth inning.

Phil Gosselin (Jr., West Chester, Pa.) led the Cavaliers' 16-hit effort with a career-high four hits. Tyler Cannon (Sr., Pigeon Forge, Tenn.) and Steven Proscia (So., Suffern, N.Y.) each added a pair of hits as well as three RBI. Every UVa starter scored at least one time. UVa's one through four hitters - Gosselin, Cannon, Dan Grovatt (Jr., Tabernacle, N.J.) and Proscia - combined to go 10-for-16 with nine RBI and seven runs.

Virginia starting pitcher Robert Morey (Jr., Virginia Beach, Va.) worked six innings, giving up two earned runs, five hits and a walk while striking out three. Morey improved to 2-1 this season after earning the win. Dartmouth starter Ben Murray (0-1) was tagged for 10 earned runs and 10 hits over three innings while absorbing the loss. He walked four and did not record a strikeout. 

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. 

No. 4 Georgia Tech Registers 19-5 Victory Over Rutgers
Junior catcher Cole Leonida was 4-for-5 with four RBI, as the No. 4 Georgia Tech baseball team (9-1) compiled a season-high 20 hits in a 19-5 victory over Rutgers (1-7) Saturday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium.

The Jackets scored in double-figures for the fifth time this season, tallying their 20 hits against six different Rutgers pitchers in a game that lasted three hours and twenty-three minutes. Tech had just seven hits in each of its previous two games.

Leonida's four hits were a career-high, as he led five Tech players with multiple hits on the day. Sophomores Jacob Esch (3-for-4, 2 RBI) and Matt Skole (3-for-4, 2 runs), junior Derek Dietrich (2-for-3, 2 RBI) and senior Jay Dantzler (2-for-3, 3 RBI) also paced the Jackets at the plate. 

Pelaez, Melendres Lead No. 10 Miami Past No. 5 UF, 9-6
Zeke DeVoss, Scott Lawson and Chris Pelaez combined for eight hits and senior closer David Gutierrez came in late in the eighth to shut the door for his third save as No. 10 Miami defeated No. 5 Florida, 9-6, Saturday night at Alex Rodriguez Park. The Hurricanes (7-2) evened their series with the Gators (6-2), setting up the rubber game Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m.

After falling behind 3-2, the Hurricanes scored three runs in the fifth and another three in the sixth to pull away from the Gators. Lawson put the `Canes ahead for good in the bottom of the sixth with a two-run triple deep down the line in right. An inning later Nathan Melendres - who had just come on defensively in the top half of the inning - smacked a three-run homer to left to give the `Canes all they needed to pick up win.

Lawson finished the night 2-for-4 with three RBI and a runs scored. Pelaez continues to swing the hottest bat in the ACC, going 3-for-4 with a homer, a double, two RBI and two runs scored, upping his average to .593 this season. DeVoss recorded his first three-hit game as a `Cane, going 3-for-4 with a run from the lead-off spot while Melendres

No. 12 North Carolina Earns Wild Victory Over Michigan 7-6
Freshman Chaz Frank went 3-for-4 with one RBI and two runs scored to lead No. 12 North Carolina over Michigan 7-6 Saturday in front of 1662 fans at Boshamer Stadium. The two teams combined for 24 hits and 26 runners left on base in the eventful game. Patrick Johnson (2-1) earned the victory allowing one run on six hits in six innings. Carolina improves to 8-1 and guarantees a series victory with the win, while Michigan falls to 4-6 on the year.

Johnson pitched six effective innings and was assisted by two Tar Heel double plays. Four walks plagued his outing, but the junior was still able to earn his second victory of the season.

Jimmy Messer, Chris Munnelly and Greg Holt all pitched in relief. Messer allowed two runs and Munnelly three, but Holt was able to shut the door in the ninth fanning two to end the game. Holt earns his first save of the season and second career save.

Buchanan's Arm; Wolfpack Offense Rolls
The NC State baseball team's offense continued to score in double digits and Jake Buchanan shined on the mound as the Wolfpack (9-1) defeated Quinnipiac, 14-3, in the second game of a three game series. The win marked the sixth time in 10 games this season that the Wolfpack scored in double figures, and the third-straight game including yesterday's 17-6 win over the Bobcats (0-2).

Buchanan (2-1) faced little resistance on the afternoon, allowing just four hits - three singles and a double - and giving up only two hits after the first inning. He struck out seven and didn't yield a walk.

Dallas Poulk and Danny Canella each chipped in a homer and three RBIs. 

Maryland Runs Past Hofstra, 10-3
The University of Maryland baseball team defeated Hofstra 10-3 Saturday behind Brett Harman's arm and the team's legs, as the Terps set an Atlantic Coast Conference record with eight stolen bases in the game.

Maryland constantly put runners in motion with steals and hit-and-runs and took advantage of its opportunities, going 8-for-21 (.381) as a team with runners on base. David Poutier had a career-high three stolen bases and Matthew Murakami had a pair as Maryland demolished the previous record of five.

Matt Marquis' three-run home run in the third inning gave Maryland a 4-0 lead and the Terps never looked back. Matthew Murakami and Poutier each drew walks in the fourth and executed a double-steal to get into scoring position. Alfredo Rodriguez hit a single up the middle scoring both runners in a play that typified Maryland's day. 

Duke Pitchers Post Second Straight Shutout in 7-0 Win
Eric Pfisterer struck out a career-high 10 batters and teamed up with relievers Dennis O'Grady and Ben Grisz to record Duke's second straight shutout in a 7-0 win over Temple Saturday evening at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Pfisterer (2-1), O'Grady and Grisz combined to strike out 18 batters while giving up just four hits, all of which were singles. Pfisterer went six innings and surrendered two hits and a pair of walks and needed just 80 pitches to lock up his second straight win.

O'Grady fanned five Temple hitters over two scoreless innings before Grisz sat down three more in the ninth inning. The 7-0 win is Duke's second straight shutout and extends a streak of 23 consecutive innings in which Blue Devil pitchers have not surrendered an earned run. 

Hokies complete double-header shutout sweep of Long Island
Virginia Tech registered back-to-back shutouts in Blacksburg for the first time since 1970 with a double-header sweep of Long Island University, 6-0 and 11-0, at English Field on Saturday at English Field.

Saturday’s sweep marked the first back-to-back shutouts, home or away, tossed by the Hokies since March of 2003, when they won at Seton Hall and Liberty on consecutive days. It was the first double-header shutout for the Hokies since April 6, 2002, when Tech won a pair of seven-inning games at Villanova, as well as the first-known double-header shutout at home in Tech history.

Tech improved to 7-2 with the victories, while Long Island fell to 1-6.  

Cooney Shuts Down Xavier in 6-1 Wake Forest Win
Freshman left-handed pitcher Tim Cooney gave up only one run on six hits in a career-high 7.2 innings pitched as Wake Forest defeated Xavier 6-1 in the second game of a three-game series on Saturday afternoon at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.

The Demon Deacons improve to 5-6 on the season while the Musketeers fall to 1-8.

Wake Forest took a 2-0 lead through the first three innings before Xavier pulled within one in the top of the fifth. In the bottom of the frame, Mike Murray smashed a two-run homer to extend the Deacon lead to 4-1, and Wake picked up two insurance runs in the seventh to cruise to the victory. 

#15 South Carolina Outlasts #9 Clemson 7-5 Saturday in Greenville
Whit Merrifield's two-out, run-scoring single in the ninth inning gave #15 South Carolina the lead and the Gamecocks held on for a 7-5 win over #9 Clemson in front of 7,105 fans at Fluor Field on Saturday afternoon. South Carolina, who evened the series 1-1, improved to 6-3, while Clemson fell to 8-1 in 2010 and 6-1 all-time at Fluor Field. It was the first meeting between the two teams in Greenville since 1990 and the first-ever meeting at Fluor Field.

The Tigers grabbed a 4-0 lead after two innings, but the Gamecocks chipped away and eventually tied the score in the seventh inning. Then three two-out, run-scoring hits in the ninth inning proved to be the difference in the game.

Gamecock reliever Matt Price (1-0) earned the win despite allowing a run on two hits in 1.0 innings pitched. Michael Roth retired the only batter he faced to earn his first save of the year. Starter Sam Dyson settled down after allowing four early runs. In 5.2 innings pitched, he gave up five hits and two walks with seven of the team's 13 strikeouts.

Florida Atlantic Evens Series Against Baseball, 15-6
Nick Delguidice went 4-for-4 with two home runs, a double and nine RBI to lead Florida Atlantic to a 15-6 win against the Boston College baseball team Saturday at the FAU Baseball Stadium.

BC got out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning but the Owls scored 12 unanswered runs from the second to fifth innings to take the win.

Colby Gratton went 3-for-4 from the plate for FAU with three runs. Andy Mee, Dan Scheffler and Antony Mesa each had two hits and Scheffler also drove in a pair. Eddie Cassidy hit a homer and had two RBI. Mike Gipson picked up his second win against BC this season, throwing 6.0 innings and allowing four runs - two earned - on nine hits. He struck out six and didn't surrender a walk.