Baseball ACCtion: Wednesday, March 17

March 17, 2010

Lasko Pitches BC Baseball To 8-2 St. Paddy's Day Win

SMITHFIELD, R.I. - Sophomore RHP Taylor Lasko allowed one run in 6.0 innings of work to lead the Boston College baseball team to an 8-2 win at Bryant on St. Patrick's Day.

Lasko allowed one run on five hits for his first collegiate win. He struck out two and walked one.

Sophomore Andrew Lawrence led BC (7-9) at the plate going 3-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run. Senior Robbie Anston, junior Mickey Wiswall, sophomore Anthony Melchionda and freshman Matt Watson all had two hits. Anston and junior Matt Hamlet both had two RBI and Hamlet had a solo home run. Wiswall and Melchionda also hit solo shots.

#7 Tigers Homer Six Times in 22-6 Win Over Eagles Wednesday

Clemson, SC - Behind 21 hits, including nine doubles, one triple, and six home runs, #7 Clemson defeated Georgia Southern 22-6 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Wednesday night. It was the most runs scored by the Tigers since 2006. Clemson improved to 14-2, while the Eagles fell to 9-9.

The Tigers scored eight runs in the first inning thanks to four home runs, including going deep back-to-back twice in the opening frame. Clemson added four runs in the third inning and eight runs in the sixth inning to put the game out of reach.

Tiger freshman reliever Mike Kent (1-0) earned the win in his first career appearance. In 3.1 innings pitched, he allowed two hits, no runs, and one walk with three strikeouts. Chris Beck (0-3), the first of seven Eagle hurlers, suffered the loss, as he yielded five runs on five hits in 0.1 innings pitched.

Duke Takes Down Liberty 3-2 in Extra Innings

CARY, N.C. - Will Piwnica-Worms beat out a two-out infield single to drive in the winning run in the bottom of the 11th as Duke defeated Liberty 3-2 on Wednesday evening at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.

Sophomore outfielder Joe Pedevillano - who reached base four times in the game - started the 11th inning with a leadoff walk, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ryan McCurdy and then stole third with two outs. Piwnica-Worms then slapped a ground ball up the middle that was cut off by Liberty shortstop Matt Williams, but Piwnica-Worms beat the throw to first base to allow Pedevillano to score the winning run.

In a game that was tied at 2-2 from the seventh inning, Duke got a combined five scoreless relief innings from Ben Grisz, Marcus Stroman and Ryan Knott (1-0) following a 5.1-inning, one-run start from freshman Chase Bebout. Knott picked up the victory - his first of the season - after throwing a scoreless ninth inning, while Grisz and Stroman both contributed two scoreless frames each.

No. 11 Miami Wins it in the Ninth Against Fordham, 9-8

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - With the score tied at eight with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Frankie Ratcliff came home on a wild pitch by Fordham closer Brando Casalicchio to give the 11th-ranked Hurricanes a 9-8 win over the Rams Wednesday night at Alex Rodriguez Park.

Ratcliff - who finished the night 2-for-5 with three runs scored - singled to center with one out in the bottom of the ninth to get the inning going for the `Canes. After stealing second, Ratcliff then advanced to third on a grounder to first by Stephen Perez. Then with two outs in the inning and a 1-2 count on Yasmani Grandal, Ratcliff broke home on Casalicchio's wild pitch, scoring easily to give the `Canes the one-run victory.

After the Rams took an 8-3 lead with a five-run seventh, Miami (11-5) quickly responded with five runs of its own in the bottom of the frame. The scored remained tied at eight over two innings until Ratcliff scored the game-winner in the end.

No. 17 North Carolina Upends Princeton 12-5

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Bryant Gaines (1-0) earned his first win of the season to lead No. 17 North Carolina over Princeton 12-5 Wednesday. Seven different Tar Heels had at least one hit to help Carolina improve to 14-4 overall this season. The Tigers were plagued by four errors defensively as Princeton falls to 1-8 on the young season.

Parker Thomas pitched 3.1 innings in his first career start. The Winston-Salem, N.C., native allowed four runs on four hits while striking out three Wednesday. Gaines, who is less than a year removed from "Tommy John" surgery, earned his first win since March 31, 2009. Gaines tossed one inning allowing just one run on three hits.

Zach Bernard, Cody Stiles and R.C. Orlan were all masterful in relief, hurling 4.2 shutout innings. All three relievers combined to allow just one hit en route to fanning five Tiger batters.

No. 1 Virginia Baseball Earns 6-3 Win at James Madison

HARRISONBURG, Va. - The top-ranked Virginia baseball team captured a 6-3 victory over James Madison Wednesday night in front of a Dukes' home record crowd of 1,815 at Veterans Memorial Park in Harrisonburg, Va.

Virginia's five pitchers limited James Madison to four hits. Virginia starting pitcher Branden Kline (Fr., Frederick, Md.) worked into the sixth inning and allowed just two hits and two runs (one earned). In all, Kline (1-0) pitched five innings, walked three and struck out three as he notched his first college win.

Neal Davis (Sr., Baltimore, Md.), Whit Mayberry (Fr., Alexandria, Va.) and Tyler Wilson (Jr., Midlothian, Va.) provided the relief until Kevin Arico (Jr., Flemington, N.J.) shut the door in the ninth inning to earn his sixth save.

Kenny Swab (Jr., Kernersville, N.C.) homered and singled for the Cavaliers, while Tyler Cannon (Sr., Pigeon Forge, Tenn.) and John Hicks (So., Sandy Hook, Va.) also posted two hits for UVa.

Virginia (14-3) drew a season-high 12 walks. Leadoff hitter Phil Gosselin (Jr., West Chester, Pa.) had a bizarre stats line, going 0-for-0 in six at bats. He earned five bases on balls and was hit by a pitch.

Terps Fall To Tribe, 5-2

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The University of Maryland baseball team received three-hit performances from Dan Gentzler and Mike Rozak and totaled 13 hits as a team, but was unable to convert the offense into runs, falling to William & Mary 5-2 Wednesday.

Alfredo Rodriguez homered in the first inning to give Maryland an early lead, but the Tribe responded with two runs in both the first and second innings to take a 4-1 lead.

The Tribe's Ryan Brown and Tadd Bower singled in the bottom of the first, and Brown scored on another single by Stephen Arcure to tie the game at 1-1. After a walk to Ryan Williams, Chris Jensen was hit by a pitch, giving William & Mary a 2-1 lead.

NC State Baseball Rallies, Falls Short At UNCW, 9-6

WILMINGTON, N.C. – UNC Wilmington jumped on NC State early Wednesday night, but had to hold on for dear life as the Wolfpack rallied through the middle innings, only to fall short in a 9-6 defeat at Brooks Field.

The Seahawks had their hitting shoes on in the early innings and twice built leads of eight runs. With one out in the bottom of the first, Grayson Evans flared a single to shallow center field, and Cody Stanley reached on an infield hit. Williams walked Hunter Ridge to load the bases, and Andrew Cain drove in a run when he grounded to third base for a force play. Robbie Monday walked to load the bases again, and Alex Hill made it a 3-0 lead with a two-run single to right, the only hard-hit ball of the inning off Williams (1-1), who allowed three runs on three hits in his only inning of work.

Nine-run sixth inning lifts Rider over Tech

BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Rider Broncs scored nine runs on eight hits in the sixth inning to take a lead that they wouldn’t give up, eventually claiming a 10-6 victory over Virginia Tech in non-conference baseball action on Wednesday night at English Field.

Tech starter Manny Martir actually took a perfect game into the sixth inning with the Hokies up 3-0, but that’s when the Broncs’ bats woke up and turned the game in Rider’s favor. Third baseman Adam Wayman and right fielder Karl Johnston each had two hits in the inning, with Wayman scoring twice and Johnston driving in three.

Wake Forest Falls to Gardner-Webb 3-2 in 11 Innings

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Gardner-Webb broke a 2-2 tie with a run in the top of the 11th inning and defeated Wake Forest 3-2 on Wednesday night at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.

In a game dominated by pitching, the first run of the game wasn't scored until the sixth inning when the Demon Deacons grabbed a 1-0 lead. The Deacs added another run in the seventh to take a two-run lead. Gardner-Webb tied the game with two runs in the top of the ninth and scored a run in the 11th to take the lead for good.