Baseball ACCtion: Tuesday, March 16

March 17, 2010

NC State Baseball Blows Past NC Central, 24-6

DURHAM, N.C. — Taking advantage of the cozy confines of the old Durham Athletic Park, NC State hit five home runs, scored in every inning, and pulled away late Tuesday for a 24-6 rout of North Carolina Central.

The venerable Durham ballpark measures just 290 feet down the right-field line and 340 to the power alley in right-center. And the Wolfpack’s lefthanded hitters took full advantage, with Dallas Poulk, Danny Canela and Terran Senay (twice) going deep the short way, The only righthanded hitter to go deep for the Pack, third baseman Andrew Ciencin, went the other way with his home run, taking the ball to right-center.

The Wolfpack and Eagles were tied at 4-4 after four innings, but it was all NC State after that, with the Pack outscoing Central 20-2 the rest of the way. The beneficiary of all that offense was lefthander John Lambert (1-0), the third of four NC State pitchers on the day. Lambert tossed two innings of shutout relief. Starter Jeff Citero (0-2), who kept the game close for four innings, got tagged with the loss after allowing eight runs, six earned, on eight hits in five innings.

No. 17 Tar Heels Topple Tigers 25-1

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Brian Goodwin's 3-for-3 and three RBI performance led No. 17 North Carolina over Princeton 25-1 Tuesday at Boshamer Stadium. Goodwin walked four times to reach base seven different times - which is believed to be a North Carolina record. Garrett Davis (2-1) earned the win, allowing just one run on two hits while matching a career-high with six strikeouts. The 25 runs scored and 22 hits are both the highest totals of the season. The 25 runs are the most since Carolina thrashed Davidson 28-3 March 28, 2007. Carolina improves to 13-4 overall as Princeton falls to 1-7 overall.

Davis picked up his second victory of the season and career Tuesday. Jimmy Messer, Teddy Mitrosilis, Nate Striz and Michael Morin combined to throw four shutout innings. Mitrosilis made his first appearance at a Tar Heel. The Carolina staff matched its season-best allowing just three hits.

Goodwin belted three doubles to pace Carolina's onslaught. Tommy Coyle posted four hits, including his first career home run. Levi Michael and Jesse Wierzbicki each posted three hits and three RBI. Freshman Chaz Frank posted two hits and three RBI. Eleven different Tar Heel batters posted at least one hit and one RBI. The Tar Heels posted six sacrifice flies in the game and walked 15 times.

Padula's Double Helps Terps Beat ODU

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Brandon Padula hit a two-out, run scoring double in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie and Maryland defeated Old Dominion 3-2 Tuesday.

Alfredo Rodriguez singled through the left side with one out in the eighth and then stole his ACC-best eighth base of the season to reach scoring position. With a 2-2 count, Padula turned on a fastball and pulled it down the left field line, allowing Rodriguez to score what would be the game-winning run.

After relief pitcher Ian Schwalenberg recorded the first out of the ninth, Dan Gentzler moved from first base to pitcher and recorded the final two outs to earn his third save of the season. With the win, Maryland improved to 7-8 on the season.

Schwalenberg (2-2), who came on in relief of starter Adam Kolarek, struck out six in 4 1/3 while giving up four hits in the win. Kolarek pitched very effectively for the first four innings, giving up just one hit - a fourth inning home run to Jake McAloose - while striking out six. Gentzler recorded the 11th save of his career and is now tied for third on Maryland's career saves list.

No. 1 Virginia Baseball Defeats William and Mary, 9-1

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The top-ranked Virginia baseball team scored in each of the first five innings and received a strong pitching performance from a trio of hurlers in a 9-1 win over William and Mary Tuesday at Davenport Field. Will Roberts (So., Richmond, Va.), Chad O'Connor (R-Fr., Chesapeake, Va.) and Shane Halley (So., Burke, Va.) combined to scatter four hits while striking out 13 Tribe batters.

Roberts (2-0) overcame some early control problems to pitch six strong innings. He allowed an earned run, four hits and five walks while tying a career high with eight strikeouts. O'Connor and Halley combined to retire the final nine batters in order.

Virginia (13-3) finished with 14 hits. Dan Grovatt (Jr., Tabernacle, N.J.) continued his torrid hitting of late, going 3-for-3 with a double and two RBI. John Barr (Jr., Ivyland, Pa.) went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI, while John Hicks (So., Sandy Hook, Va.) also had three hits. Tyler Cannon (Sr., Pigeon Forge, Tenn.), playing in his 200th career game, went 2-for-5 with a two-run triple.

Hokies win fourth straight with 11-8 decision over Rider

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Virginia Tech used a five-run sixth inning to end a see-saw battle for the lead and earn an 11-8 non-conference baseball win over Rider University at English Field on Tuesday night.

Tech needed just three hits to produce its five runs in the decisive sixth inning. The Hokies were also the beneficiaries of two walks, two hit batters and two wild pitches during the frame. A two-run single by first baseman Austin Wates gave Tech the lead for good after second baseman Michael Seaborn scored the first run of the inning on a wild pitch. Catcher Anthony Sosnoskie and Seaborn were both hit by pitches later in the inning to force runs home.

Tech reliever Brandon Fisher earned his first career win with two innings of work. The redshirt junior right-hander allowed a hit and an unearned run, while posting three strikeouts. Ben Rowen pitched the last three innings, a career high, to earn his second save of the year. The senior submariner also tied a career-best with four strikeouts.

No. 3 Jackets Top Georgia, 6-5

ATLANTA - Jacob Esch drew a bases-loaded walk to break a 5-5 tie in the bottom of the eighth inning, and Andrew Robinson pitched a perfect ninth as the No. 3 Georgia Tech baseball team defeated rival Georgia, 6-5, Tuesday night at Russ Chandler Stadium.

It may not have been the most thrilling way to win a game, but it was a great finish for the Jackets to an exciting rivalry game between the two.

Junior Derek Dietrich was hit by pitch to lead off the inning, junior Chase Burnette was walked, and senior Jay Dantzler took the same approach after taking four straight balls from Georgia relief pitcher Alex McRee (0-1). After striking out the next two batters, McRae appeared to be on his way to getting out of the jam, but Esch did not swing at a single pitch on the next at-bat as Dietrich jogged home for the win.

Tech senior pitcher Andrew Robinson (2-0), who has made 80 career appearances on the mound, retired the side in the ninth by forcing a pop-up and striking out the final two for his second win of the season.

BC Baseball Falls At UConn, 8-4

STORRS, Conn. - Nick Ahmed went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs as Connecticut defeated the Boston College baseball team, 8-4, Tuesday in non-conference action at J.O. Christian Field.

Ahmed added a homer and two runs for the Huskies (8-4) at the plate. LJ Mazzilli was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI and a run. Joe Pavone and Billy Ferriter both had two hits and an RBI and both of Ferriter's knocks were doubles.

Michael Zaccardo picked up the win on the mound after throwing 3.1 innings of relief and allowing one run on three hits.

Sophomore Brad Zapenas drove in two runs for BC (6-9) and senior John Spatola belted his sixth homer of the season, a solo shot. Freshman Matt Watson went 2-for-5 with a double and junior Mickey Wiswall drove in the other run.

No. 11 Miami Drops First of Two Games Against Fordham, 4-3

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Despite 6 2/3 perfect innings from relievers E.J. Encinosa and Eric Whaley, the 11th-ranked University of Miami baseball team dropped the first of two games against Fordham this week with a 4-3 loss to the Rams Tuesday night at Alex Rodriguez Park.

After falling behind 4-3 after three innings of play, Miami's bullpen did all it could to give the UM offense a chance to get back ahead but in the end, the `Canes were unable to mount the short comeback needed.

Despite having its lead-off man reach base in seven of nine innings on the night, the `Canes were unable to advance runners in several crucial spots, stranding eight runners on base in the one-run loss. Stephen Perez was the lone Hurricane with multiple hits, going 2-for-5 with two runs scored.

Charlotte Edges #7 Clemson 11-10 in Back-and-Forth Duel Tuesday

Charlotte, NC - Zane Williams' two-out, three-run double in the eighth inning lifted Charlotte to an 11-10 victory over #7 Clemson in front of 1,832 fans at Robert & Mariam Hayes Stadium on Tuesday. The 49ers improved to 8-4, while the Tigers fell to 13-2. It was the first meeting between the two teams in Charlotte since 1988.

The Tigers fell behind 5-0 when Charlotte scored five runs in the second inning. But Clemson stormed back with five runs of its own in the fourth inning. Then with Charlotte ahead 8-6, Clemson scored four runs in the top of the eighth inning, highlighted by John Hinson's three-run homer with two outs, to take a two-run lead. But Williams' came through with a bases-clearing double with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning to end Clemson's five-game winning streak.

Tiger reliever Tomas Cruz (1-2) suffered the loss, as the only batter he allowed to reach base (on a hit-by-pitch) scored the winning run. Kevin Brady came out of the bullpen and pitched 5.0 strong innings. He allowed just four hits with a career-high eight strikeouts.

FSU Falls At Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Fourth-ranked Florida State (13-3) fell to sixth-ranked Florida (13-3) 8-5 on Tuesday evening in front of a season-high crowd of 4,773 inside Alfred McKethan Stadium. With the win, the Gators evened the season-series at a game a piece with two more regular season games scheduled between these intra-state rivals.

Florida State took an early 5-2 lead after two innings, but Florida scored five unanswered runs over the third, fourth and fifth innings.

Tyler Holt led the Garnet and Gold on Tuesday with two hits including an RBI double in the second. Mike McGee connected on a first inning home run, his team-leading fourth of the season, while finishing the game with three RBI.