Baseball ACCtion: Wednesday, March 10

March 10, 2010

No. 1 Cavaliers Score 12-6 Win Over William and Mary
Trailing 5-1 in the sixth inning, the No. 1 Virginia baseball team exploded for 11 runs over its final four at bats in rolling a 12-6 victory over William and Mary Wednesday at a sold-out Plumeri Park in Williamsburg, Va. Steven Proscia (So., Suffern, N.Y.) and Jarrett Parker (Jr., Stafford, Va.) each homered and drove in four runs for the Cavaliers.

The Tribe jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the fifth inning on a three-run double by Tadd Bower, but the first four Cavaliers in the sixth inning recorded hits, capped by a long home run by Parker to tie the game. After William and Mary tied the game in its half of the sixth, Proscia led off the seventh with a home run and Virginia (10-2) led the rest of the way.

Proscia also doubled twice in addition to his home run. He finished 3-for-5 with two runs scored and four RBI. Tyler Cannon (Sr., Pigeon Forge, Tenn.) scored three times and went 2-for-3 for UVa. Bower went 2-for-4 with four RBI for William and Mary (6-5).

FSU Downs UNF 6-2
Second-ranked Florida State (12-0) continued its winning ways Wednesday night with a 6-2 victory over North Florida (6-7) on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles won for the third straight time over the Ospreys, while running their record to 7-1 all-time against UNF.

Freshman Robert Benincasa (1-0) pitched a career-high six innings allowing just one run on five hits in earning his first collegiate victory. The right hander from Tampa, Fla., retired the Ospreys in order three times on Wednesday, while facing no more than four batters in five of the six innings that he pitched. Benincasa was also the beneficiary of two beautifully turned groundball double plays that began at first base with Jayce Boyd to end the fourth and sixth innings.

Boyd had solid night both offensively and defensively for the Noles. The Cantonment, Fla., native went 2-for-3 at the plate with a pair of doubles and two RBI, while turning in a career-high 13 putouts.

No. 11 North Carolina Stymies St. John's 8-2
Right-hander Jimmy Messer earned his first victory of the season leading No. 11 North Carolina over St. John's 8-2 Wednesday at Boshamer Stadium. Ben Bunting and Tommy Coyle paced the Tar Heels offensively with three hits and two RBI. Carolina improves to 11-2 overall, while St. John's fall to 7-3 on the season.

Messer (1-0) earned his third career victory hurling 5.2 innings while allowing only two runs on six hits and striking out three. Chris Munnelly, R.C. Orlan and Cody Penny were sound in relief allowing no runs in 3.1 innings. The Red Storm left 12 runners on base while registering nine hits.

Sean Hagan (1-1) suffers the loss after laboring in the first inning. Eddie Medina, Kevin Kilpatrick, Stephen Rivera and Ryan Cole all pitched in relief for the Red Storm.

Bryant snaps Tech's nine-game streak with 5-3 win
The pitching of freshman Peter Kelich and a three-run third inning lifted Bryant University to a 5-3 victory over Virginia Tech Wednesday night at English Field, snapping the Hokies’ nine-game winning streak.

Kelich worked eight strong innings, holding Tech to just five hits and one earned run. The young right-hander closed out his stint with three hitless innings to post his first decision of the season. He struck out five batters and walked three. Mark Andrews pitched the ninth inning, allowing a run before striking out pinch-hitter Andrew Rash with runners at the corners. Andrews ended up striking out the side and earned his second save despite issuing a walk, hitting a batter and allowing an RBI-single to Tech center fielder Sean Ryan.

Tech, which failed to reach double-digit hits for the first time this year, is now 9-3 on the season. Bryant improved to 2-7 with the victory.

Two-Out Runs Push Boston College Past FIU, 11-5
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.

Wake Forest Falls at UNC Wilmington, 10-3
UNC Wilmington erased a one-run deficit with eight runs over the final two innings to claim a 10-3 win over Wake Forest on Wednesday evening at Brooks Field.

Wake Forest drops to 6-8 on the season, while UNC Wilmington improves to 5-7 on the year.

Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh, UNC Wilmington retook the lead with three runs. After the first two batters were retired, Hunter Ridge singled to center. Andrew Cain was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second. Robbie Monday put the Seahawks in front with a three-run home run over the right field wall to make the score 5-3.