Baseball ACCtion: Saturday, March 20

March 21, 2010

Morey Pitches No. 1 Virginia to 4-3 Win Over Boston College

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Robert Morey (Jr., Virginia Beach, Va.) tossed seven shutout innings as the top-ranked Virginia baseball team recorded a 4-3 victory over Boston College Saturday afternoon. A stadium-record crowd of 3,513 filled Davenport Field on the beautiful day to witness the Cavaliers' win.

Morey (3-1) allowed only four hits and struck out eight. From the second to the sixth innings, he retired a dozen batters in a row, with five coming via strikeouts. He did not walk a batter in the game as he continued his recent dominance of Boston College. Last year, Morey pitched 7.2 shutout innings and struck out 12 in a 2-0 win at BC.

Virginia (16-3, 4-1 ACC) finished with 10 hits, which came from eight of the nine starters. Phil Gosselin (Jr., West Chester, Pa.) went 3-for-4 with an RBI for the Cavaliers. Tyler Cannon (Sr., Pigeon Forge, Tenn.) extended his hit streak to a career-best 11 games with his second-inning single.

BC starting pitcher Mike Dennhardt (1-4) worked 6.1 innings and gave up four runs (three earned), nine hits and one walk while striking out four.

No. 3 Jackets Pound Maryland, 24-4

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - - Senior Jay Dantzler had a career-day at the plate, going 4-for-6 with two home runs and eight RBI, as the Georgia Tech baseball team (15-2, 4-1 ACC) pounded 20 hits in a 24-4 win over Maryland (8-10, 2-3 ACC) Saturday afternoon at Shipley Field in College Park, Md. With the win, the Jackets evened the series at one game apiece.

Georgia Tech scored double-digit runs for the seventh time this season. The 24 runs were a season-high for the Jackets, who scored 24 one year ago against the Terrapins in a 24-3 win on March 7, 2009.

The four hits, four runs, six at-bats, eight RBI and two home runs by Dantzler were all career-highs for the Alpharetta, Ga. native, as he led seven Jackets in the multiple hit department.

Juniors Derek Dietrich and Chase Burnette also chipped in with a home run each, as Tech's 20 hits tied a season-high. It came a day after the Jackets tied a season-low in hits with seven.

No. 17 Tar Heels Even Series, Defeat No. 4 Seminoles 10-4

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Freshman Chris Munnelly earned his first win of the season to lead No. 17 North Carolina over No. 4 Florida State 10-4 Saturday in front of 3249 fans at Boshamer Stadium. Jesse Wierzbicki paced Carolina offensively with three RBI and two hits. The Tar Heels improve to 15-5 and 2-3 in the ACC, while the Seminoles fall to 14-5 and 2-3 in the ACC.

Starter Colin Bates labored walking a career-high five, but allowed just two runs on five hits while striking out five in 3.2 innings. Munnelly (1-0) pitched 3.1 innings of relief, allowing one unearned run on one hit while fanning two. Michael Morin allowed one run in the final two frames, in his second appearance in as many days.

John Gast (3-1) lasted just 4.1 innings, allowing five runs on six hits and striking out three. Four additional Seminole relievers made appearances, combining to allow five runs, only one earned, in 3.2 innings.

Wierzbicki's 2-for-4 and three RBI performance led the Tar Heels at the plate. Mike Cavasinni and Jacob Stallings each posted two RBI. Both Levi Michael and Wierzbicki extended their hit streaks to eight games, which matches a career-best for Michael.

No. 11 Miami Clinches Series with 11-3 Win Saturday

DURHAM, N.C. - The 11th-ranked University of Miami baseball team clinched its second straight Atlantic Coast Conference series on Saturday, cruising to an 11-3 victory over Duke at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Harold Martinez led the `Canes at the plate, finishing the day 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. For the second time on the weekend, he homered over the famous "Blue Monster" in left - bringing his team-high homer total to six on the year. Scott Lawson also had another big day at the plate, going 3-for-5 with three runs scored while Zeke DeVoss and Yasmani Grandal each has a pair of hits.

The Hurricanes totaled 15 hits on Saturday, good enough for the second-highest hit total by Miami this season. UM's 11 runs scored also marked the team's seventh double-digit scoring game this year.

UM starter Jason Santana (2-1) picked up his second win in league play, allowing three runs on six hits while walking one and striking out five in 5 2/3 innings. It marked the eighth straight start a weekend starter for Miami allowed three earned runs or less and the 14th time in 16 starts overall this season. Relievers Daniel Miranda and David Gutierrez went the rest of the way for UM, combining to allow just one hit while striking out three over the final 3 1/3 innings.

NC State Baseball Makes It Two Straight vs. Wake Forest, 5-3

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Cory Mazzoni pitched seven strong innings, Drew Poulk hit a two-run home run and Felix Roque worked two scoreless innings of relief for his first college save Saturday night as NC State defeated Wake Forest 5-3 in the second game of a three-game ACC series at the Wake Forest Baseball Park.

NC State, which improved to 14-5 overall and 2-3 in the conference, hasn’t had too many of these. Eight of the Wolfpack’s previous 13 victories were by six runs or more, and Roque’s save is only the team’s second of the season. But Mazzoni (3-1) was exceptional, even after taking a line drive off his right hip in the fourth inning, and Roque pitched out of a minor jam in the ninth.

Unlike Friday night, when the Wolfpack jumped to a 9-1 lead, the Demon Deacons took the early lead at 1-0 on Steven Brooks’s two-out solo homer down the left-field line. Chris Schaeffer tied it at 1-1 with an opposite-field solo shot to right in the top of the second.

The big inning for NC State was the top of the fifth. Kyle Wilson led off and reached on an infield single. Dallas Poulk chopped a double over the first baseman and down the right-field line to put runners on second and third with none out. One out later, Drew Poulk made it 4-2 with a three-run homer to left. With two down, Schaeffer singled to center, then came all the way around to score when Russell Wilson’s single to left was bobbled by Ryan Semeniuk for an error. The unearned run gave the Wolfpack a 5-2 lead.

#7 Tigers Outlast Hokies 5-2 in First Game of Doubleheader Saturday

Clemson, SC - Sophomore lefthander Will Lamb tossed 6.0 strong innings, allowing just one unearned run, to lead #7 Clemson to a 5-2 win over Virginia Tech in the first game of a doubleheader at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Saturday. The Tigers, who took a 2-0 series lead, improved to 16-2 overall and 5-0 in the ACC. Virginia Tech fell to 13-7 overall and 2-3 in ACC play.

Lamb (2-0) earned the win in 6.0 innings of work in a starting role. The Seaford, VA native allowed seven hits, one unearned run, and two walks with two strikeouts. Alex Frederick pitched 3.0 innings in relief, allowing three hits and one run to record his second save of the year.

Hokie starter Jesse Hahn (4-1) suffered the loss, as he yielded 10 hits, four runs (three earned), and one walk with two strikeouts in 5.1 innings pitched.

Miller, Schaus, Parker, and Boyd all had two hits apiece to pace Clemson's 12-hit attack.

Domecus went 3-for-5 to lead Virginia Tech, who had 10 hits in the game. However, the Hokies stranded 13 runners on base in the game, including nine in scoring position.

#7 Clemson Powers Past Virginia Tech 13-8 in Second Game of Doubleheader Saturday to Sweep Series

Clemson, SC - John Nester went 2-for-4 with a career-high four RBIs to lead #7 Clemson to a 13-8 victory over Virginia Tech in the second game of a doubleheader in front of 5,580 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Saturday night. The Tigers, who swept the three-game series 3-0, improved to 17-2 overall and 6-0 in the ACC. Virginia Tech dropped to 13-8 overall and 2-4 in ACC play.

Sophomore righthander Scott Weismann (3-0) earned the win in a starting role, as he allowed six hits, two runs (one earned), and one walk with a career-high seven strikeouts in 6.0 innings pitched. Jonathan Meyer pitched 1.1 scoreless innings to record his second save of the year.

Hokie starter Joe Mantiply (2-1) suffered the loss, as he yielded seven hits, six runs, and two walks with three strikeouts in 2.2 innings pitched.

Boyd had a game-high three hits, including a double, and added two RBIs and three runs. Parker went 2-for-4 with three runs, while Johnson went 2-for-4 with a triple and a career-high three RBIs for the Tigers, who totaled 13 hits in the game.

Virginia Tech, who also tallied 13 hits, was led at the plate by Ryan, Buddy Sosnoskie, Wates, Shaban, Anthony Sosnoskie, and Seaborn, who all had two hits apiece.