Baseball ACCtion: Tuesday, March 9

March 10, 2010

Duke Blanks Quinnipiac 5-0 For Eighth Straight Win

CARY, N.C. - Freshman Chase Bebout and senior Christopher Manno combined for Duke's third shutout in five days as the Blue Devils completed a two-game sweep of Quinnipiac with a 5-0 win Tuesday evening at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.

In his first career start, Bebout (1-0) struck out six batters in five innings without issuing a walk to notch his first career win. He surrendered four hits - all singles - before Manno took over and tossed four scoreless frames out of the bullpen to notch his second career save.

While Bebout and Manno handled Quinnipiac's lineup, Jeremy Gould provided the bulk of Duke's offense with a three-run homer in the first inning. His home run was one of five extra-base hits for the Blue Devils, who won their eighth straight game. Leadoff batter Jake Lemmerman crushed two doubles, while freshman Mike Carroll tripled and three-hitter Will Piwnica-Worms knocked another double.

Duke (9-3) also ran wild on the base paths and stole seven bases, including four by freshman infielder Marcus Stroman. The Blue Devils stole third three times and did not get caught stealing once.

NC State Holds Off NC A&T, 14-10

RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State (11-1) scored double digit runs for the fifth straight game in a 14-10 win over North Carolina A&T (3-7). The Wolfpack's hot hitting continued, racking up 18 hits over eight innings. Drew Poulk and Kyle Wilson both extended their hitting streaks to 12 games.

Anthony Tzamtzis (1-0) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings to get the win, while Garrett Braun (0-1) was handed the loss.

Wolfpack starter Danny Healey struggled with his command early, walking two batters in the first inning, but he managed to get out of trouble.

In the top of the second, Lester Rivenbark hit a two-run home run over left center to give the Aggies a 2-0 lead.

The Wolfpack responded quickly in the bottom of the second, when Pratt Maynard blasted a two-run home run over the centerfield wall to tie the game 2-2.

Vance Williams replaced Healey in the top of the third inning, and got some help with two stellar defensive plays from Dallas Poulk and Harold Riggins.

Domecus lifts Hokies over Bryant with eighth-inning homer

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Steve Domecus’ two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning powered Virginia Tech to a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over Bryant University at English Field on Tuesday night.

Down 4-3 in the decisive eighth, Domecus drove his fourth home run of the season over the left-field fence with a man aboard to put the Hokies ahead for the first time. Designated hitter Buddy Sosnoskie preceded Domecus with a one-out single, his career-best fourth hit of the night.

The win wasn’t secured, however, until some ninth inning heroics by the Hokies after the Bulldogs loaded the bases with just one out. Third baseman Ronnie Shaban, who had committed an error on the previous play, turned a tricky chopper into a force out at the plate for the second out of the inning. Reliever Ben Rowen then got Jordan English, who had hits in his previous four at bats, to strike out swinging, preserving Tech’s ninth-straight win.

Two-Out Runs Push Baseball Past FIU, 11-5

MIAMI, Fla. - The Boston College baseball team scored all of its runs with two outs in an 11-5 win against FIU Tuesday night at the FIU Baseball Stadium.

The Eagles pounded out 18 hits with everyone in the starting lineup recording a hit. The first seven players in the batting order each had a multiple hit game.

Juniors Matt Hamlet and Mickey Wiswall both had three hits, four RBI and two runs in the game. Hamlet hit his fourth double of the year while Wiswall recorded his third long ball. Senior Robbie Anston scored three times and had a double, his 10th extra base hit in 10 games. Sophomore Anthony Melchionda also hit a two-bagger.

Senior Dane Clemens was solid on the mound in the win. He pitched 6.0 innings and allowed two runs on just three hits. He struck out four and walked three.

No. 13 Miami Routs UCF in Orlando, 19-2

ORLANDO - The 13th-ranked University of Miami baseball team recorded season-highs for runs and hits as the Hurricanes cruised to a 19-2 victory over UCF Tuesday night at Jay Bergman Field. Stephen Perez led UM's offensive attack, going 4-for-6 with six RBI while starter Steven Ewing (2-0) pitched well for the second straight start to open his career as Hurricanes improved to 8-3 on the season.

Perez, who had just four RBI in 10 games coming in, recorded a third of UM's 18 RBI on the night. The highlight of his performance at the plate came in the seventh, when his first career homer came in the form of a grand slam blast to right that put the `Canes up 13 at the time.

Perez was joined at the plate by Harold Martinez and Nathan Melendres, who each went 3-for-6 with a pair of runs against the Knights. Martinez also hit his team-leading fourth homer in the game and finished with two RBI. Frankie Ratcliff, making just his second career start at second, finished 2-for-4 with three RBI and a team-high four runs scored.

Ewing - pitching in his hometown against his former high school teammate and UCF starter Brian Adkins - allowed just two runs on three hits while walking three and striking out one in six innings to earn the win. Jerad Grundy, Joe Lovecchio and Taylor Wulf - making his first appearance in nearly a year - finished off the game on the mound for the `Canes.

Tribe Tops No.11 Tar Heels 3-0

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - William & Mary starter Cole Shain outdueled Carolina's Garrett Davis as the Tribe upset the No.11 Tar Heels 3-0 Tuesday at Boshamer Stadium. Three Tribe pitchers combined to throw a four-hit shutout in the win. Carolina's Greg Holt shined in two innings of masterful relief work. The Tar Heels, who only had four hits and five base runners all day, fall to 10-2 overall. William & Mary improves to 6-4 on the season.

Sophomore Garrett Davis (1-1) suffers the tough loss, despite recording a new career-high with six strikeouts. Davis allowed two runs on six hits in five innings of work. Michael Morin pitched two innings in relief, allowing one run on four hits. Greg Holt threw two scoreless frames while striking out three Tribe batters.

Offensively both Brian Goodwin and Ryan Graepel extended their hit streaks to seven and eight games, respectively. Pinch-hitter Seth Baldwin and Jacob Stallings posted the rest of the Tar Heel hits.

Wake Forest Loses Lead Late in 9-4 Loss at No. 8 Coastal Carolina

CONWAY, S.C. - Eighth-ranked Coastal Carolina scored four runs in both the seventh and eighth innings to record a come-from-behind victory over Wake Forest, 9-4, on a beautiful Tuesday evening at Charles Watson Stadium.

Trailing 4-1 in the bottom of the seventh, Coastal Carolina grabbed its first lead of the game with four runs in the inning. Taylor Motter led off the inning with a double to left field and advanced to third on a base hit by Steve Davis. A bunt single by Woodward brought Motter home to cut the lead 4-2. Noel doubled down the left field line to bring home Davis to trim the lead to one. La Stella hit a slow grounded up the first base line that was fielded by White, who tagged out La Stella for the first out of the inning. However, on the play Woodward came in to score from third to tie the game at four. A ground out to second by Daniel Bowman put the Chanticleers in front 5-4 as Noel scored the go-ahead run.