Baseball ACCtion: Saturday, March 13

March 14, 2010

Cavaliers Score Six in Ninth to Shock Florida State, 9-8
Down five runs with one out in the ninth inning Saturday night, the Virginia baseball team staged an incredible rally and scored six times to shock Florida State, 9-8, at Dick Howser Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla. Keith Werman (So., Vienna, Va.) supplied the eventual game-winning hit - a two-out, bases-loaded single to left-center which scored John Hicks (So., Sandy Hook, Va.) and Reed Gragnani (Fr., Richmond, Va.).

With the victory, Virginia clinched its first-ever series win in Tallahassee. UVa shut out the Seminoles, 5-0, Friday night.

The teams will play the final game of the series at 1 p.m. Sunday. The game will be televised live on Sun Sports, and the broadcast also will be picked up by Fox College Sports.

No. 4 Jackets Rally from Seven Behind For 15-8 Win Saturday
The fourth-ranked Georgia Tech baseball team (12-1, 2-0 ACC) rallied from seven runs down, scoring eight in the bottom of the sixth, for a 15-8 comeback win over Wake Forest (6-10, 0-2 ACC) Saturday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium.

Sophomore Matt Skole and senior Tony Plagman led the attack with three hits apiece, while Skole's two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth started the comeback for the Jackets.

Skole added a double and three RBI's on the day, while extending his hitting streak to seven games.

#7 Tigers Rally With Seven Runs in Eighth to Top N.C. State 12-6 in Game-Two
Wilson Boyd's two-run, go-ahead single was part of a seven-run eighth inning that enabled #7 Clemson to rally for a 12-6 win over N.C. State in the second game of a doubleheader in front of 4,895 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Saturday. The Tigers, who took a 2-0 series lead by sweeping the doubleheader, improved to 12-1 overall and 2-0 in the ACC. The Wolfpack dropped to 11-3 overall and 0-2 in ACC play.

The Wolfpack maintained small leads late in the game, including a 6-5 lead entering the eighth inning. But the Tigers scored seven runs in the eighth, keyed by Boyd's go-ahead, two-run single with one out and John Hinson's three-run double with two outs. The Tigers took advantage of 11 walks issued by N.C. State pitchers, including one in the eighth inning with the bases loaded that tied the score.

Tiger freshman righthander Dominic Leone (1-0) earned his first career win. In the final 3.0 innings pitched out of the bullpen, he gave up just two hits, no runs, and no walks with six strikeouts. N.C. State reliever Anthony Tzamtzis (1-1) suffered the loss, as he yielded three runs on one hit and two walks in 0.1 innings pitched.

Santana Pitches No. 13 Miami Past Boston College, 7-1
Senior right-hander Jason Santana allowed just one run while striking out a career-high eight in six innings of work as the 13th-ranked University of Miami baseball team evened its series with Boston College with a 7-1 victory Saturday night at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.

Santana (1-1), making his second straight Saturday start, allowed just the one early run and settled in, allowing five hits and two walks on the night to earn his first victory of the 2010 campaign.

The Hurricanes' offense - held scoreless for the first time this season Friday night - finally got on the board in the second with a pair of runs. Three innings later, the `Canes scored four in the fifth and eventually added a late run to secure the win.

Duke Knots Series Against No. 11 UNC With 15-11 Win
Jake Lemmerman and Will Piwnica-Worms combined for seven RBI and each hit three-run homers to lead Duke to a 15-11 win over No. 11 North Carolina Saturday afternoon at Durham Bulls Athletic Park to tie the series at one game apiece.

Piwnica-Worms mashed his three-run shot in the third inning to put Duke (10-4, 1-1 ACC) on top 4-3, while Lemmerman hit his three-run bomb as part of an eight-run sixth inning that gave the Blue Devils a sizable cushion for the rest of the game. Piwnica-Worms, who is hitting .444 for his career against North Carolina, had an extra-base hit for the third straight game and now leads the ACC with five triples.

Both Piwnica-Worms and Lemmerman had three hits and three runs apiece as Duke recorded season highs with 15 runs and 17 hits. Duke also matched a season high with seven stolen bases, three of which came from sophomore outfielder Joe Pedevillano. Pedevillano had a career-best 4-for-5 day at the plate while crossing the plate twice.

Hokies even series with 13-4 win over Maryland
Behind 12 hits and another strong pitching performance by Jesse Hahn, the Virginia Tech baseball team turned the tables on Maryland and claimed a 13-4 victory on Saturday evening at English Field after getting shut out on Friday.

The Hokies improved to 10-4 with the win, while the Terrapins fell to 6-7. Both teams are 1-1 in the opening weekend of ACC play.

Hahn worked 7.1 innings on the mound and allowed three unearned runs on two hits and three walks, improving his record to 4-0 and lowering his ERA to 0.64. The two singles he allowed were the only balls that left the infield during his time on the mound, and he tied a career-high set just last week with nine strikeouts. He hit two batters and threw two wild pitches. Reliever Ben Rowen worked the final 1.2 innings for Tech and gave up his first run of the season. His ERA sits at 0.90.