Baseball ACCtion: Sunday, March 21

March 21, 2010

Late Inning Heroics Lead Noles

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - For the second time this weekend, fourth-ranked Florida State (15-4, 3-3 ACC) scored two runs in the eighth and twice more in the ninth to secure its first series win in Chapel Hill since 2000 as the Seminoles defeated 17th-ranked North Carolina (15-6, 2-4 ACC) 5-3 on Sunday afternoon inside Boshamer Stadium.

With the Seminoles trailing 3-1 heading into the eighth, sophomore Sherman Johnson ignited the come-from-behind victory with a solo shot to right center off UNC reliever Greg Holt.

The Tampa, Fla., native took a 2-2 pitch from Greg Holt and hit a line drive over the wall in right center for his third round tripper of the season. After a walk to Justin Gonzalez, UNC skipper Mike Fox went to the bullpen and called on Nate Striz (0-1). On the second offering from Striz, Sean Gilmartin went opposite field sneaking a double inside the bag at third as the ball rolled into the corner scoring Gonzalez from first and tying the game at 3-3.

Stephen Cardullo led off the ninth with a single through the right side and took second on his team-leading fifth stolen base of the season. A base hit by Mike McGee moved Cardullo within 90 feet of scoring. After a Tar Heel pitching change, James Ramsey stepped in and hit a chopper through the right side off R.C. Orlan plating Cardullo for the Seminoles first lead of the ball game. With the bases loaded and one out, Gonzalez gave the Noles a two-run lead sending a fly ball to left deep enough to score McGee for a 5-3 lead.

No. 3 Georgia Tech Baseball Powers Past Maryland for Series Win

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Junior Cole Leonida was 3-for-5 with five RBI as five different players hit a home run Sunday in Georgia Tech's (16-2, 5-1 ACC) 10-3 win over Maryland in the series finale Sunday at Shipley Field in College Park, Md. The Jackets took the series with the win.

"I thought we had some good at-bats today," head coach Danny Hall said. "I honestly thought [Maryland's] Sander Beck pitched very well early on, but when he did make a mistake, we went at him hard and hit a home run. Anytime you're on the road and you get the lead, it's a good thing. We ran at him [Beck] hard early, gave Jed Bradley a lead, and I thought he threw the ball well."

Tech hit five home runs for the second time this season, the previous coming against Xavier on Feb. 27.

Leonida was a triple shy of the cycle, as he hit a single, double and a home run Sunday. He is now hitting .439 with five home runs on the season, and leads the team in RBI with 26.

Bradley (3-1) allowed just one run on six hits, while throwing a career-high seven innings Sunday. He also struck out nine batters en route to his third win of the season.

No. 11 Miami Sweeps Duke with a 7-6 Win Sunday

DURHAM, N.C. - With the score tied at six with two outs in the top of the ninth, Yasmani Grandal smacked a RBI double to right to give the 11th-ranked University of Miami baseball team a 7-6 win Sunday and a series sweep over Duke at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Frankie Ratcliff started the rally in the ninth, singling up the middle to lead off the inning. Stephen Perez proceeded to move him to second on a sacrifice bunt and after a Scott Lawson strikeout, Grandal hit the double down the line in right to bring Ratcliff home.

Ratcliff had the best day at the plate for the `Canes, finishing a single short of the cycle in a 3-for-5 performance. Ratcliff scored three of Miami's seven runs on the day. Michael Broad, Stephen Perez and Nathan Melendres all finished with two hits. Melendres drove in a pair of runs while Broad scored two.

Six of UM's 11 hits were extra-base hits, including two doubles by Perez and Ratcliff's first career homer.

The `Canes improved to 14-5 overall and 5-1 in Atlantic Coast Conference play with the win while the Blue Devils dropped to 12-7 and 2-4 in league play.

No. 1 Virginia Finishes Sweep of Boston College With 11-1 Win

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The No. 1-ranked Virginia baseball team finished off a three-game series sweep of Boston College Sunday afternoon with an 11-1 victory over the Eagles at Davenport Field. The win also clinched a perfect 5-0 week for the Cavaliers.

The Davenport Field crowd of 3,206 on Sunday pushed Virginia's attendance for the weekend to 9,642 - most ever for a three-game series at UVa. The previous mark was 7,559, set May 11-13, 2007, for a series with North Carolina State.

Virginia starting pitcher Cody Winiarski (Jr., Franksville, Wis.) recorded his best outing as a Cavalier, working six innings and allowing one earned run, three hits and two walks while striking out three. Winiarski earned the win to improve to 2-0 this year. Neal Davis (Sr., Baltimore, Md.) and Whit Mayberry (Fr., Alexandria, Va.) combined to shut the Eagles out over the final three innings.

Virginia's starting pitching was impressive all weekend. Winiarski, Danny Hultzen (So., Bethesda, Md.) and Robert Morey (Jr., Virginia Beach, Va.) each earned wins and went at least six innings. Over the weekend the trio combined to record a 0.81 ERA in 21 innings and allowed just two earned runs, 10 hits and three walks while striking out 23.

Wake Forest Downs NC State 4-3 for First ACC Win

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest earned its first Atlantic Coast Conference win of the 2010 season, defeating NC State 4-3 in 10 innings on Sunday afternoon at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.

The Demon Deacons improve to 7-14 and 1-5 in ACC play with the victory, while the Wolfpack fall to 14-6 and 2-4 in conference play.

With the game tied at three in the bottom of the 10th inning, the Deacs plated a run to claim the extra inning win. Carlos Lopez reached on a walk to lead off the inning. Matt Conway moved pinch runner John Stamper to second on a sacrifice bunt. Shane Kroker hit a single up the middle and Stamper was held at third to put runners on at the corners. Mike Lubanski hit a ground ball to short that appeared to be a double play ball. Shortstop Matt Bergquist flipped to second for the second out of the inning, but second baseman Chris Diaz's throw to first was wild, allowing Stamper to score the game-winning run from third base.

Ryan McGrath (1-1) earned the win in relief for the Deacs. McGrath struck out the only batter he faced in the ball game. Russell Wilson (0-1) received the loss, giving up a run on a hit in 0.2 of an inning.

Wake Forest starter Austin Stadler was outstanding on the mound. Stadler tossed a career-high 8.2 innings, giving up three runs on five hits, with six strikeouts and three walks. The sophomore gave up all three of his runs in the fourth inning, but shut down the NC State offense, the league leader in runs scored and batting average entering the weekend, for the rest of the game.