Baseball ACCtion: Tuesday, March 23

March 23, 2010

No. 1 Virginia Wins Sixth Straight, 6-3 Over Marshall
Led by a 4-for-4 night from Tyler Cannon (Sr., Pigeon Forge, Tenn.), the top-ranked Virginia baseball team knocked off Marshall, 6-3, Tuesday at Davenport Field. Six Virginia pitchers combined to limit the Thundering Herd to six hits as the Cavaliers won their sixth straight game.

Cannon extended his career-best hitting streak to 13 games. With his first-inning double, Cannon tied the Virginia career record for doubles with 53, matching Brandon Guyer (2005-07). John Barr (Jr., Ivyland, Pa.) and Stephen Bruno (Fr., Audubon, N.J.) each added a pair of hits for UVa.

Branden Kline (Fr., Frederick, Md.), the first of five Virginia relievers, earned the win to improve to 2-0 this season. He fired two innings of scoreless relief while striking out two. Kevin Arico (Jr., Flemington, N.J.) pitched a perfect ninth inning to notch his seventh save of the season and his 18th career save as he moved into a second-place tie in the all-time UVa annals.

No. 3 Jackets use Seven-Run Fourth Inning to Down Mercer, 15-8
Home runs by Thomas Nichols and Matt Skole highlighted a seven-run fourth inning, and eight starters had at least one hit to lift No. 3 Georgia Tech to a 15-8 win over Mercer Tuesday evening at Claude Smith Field in Macon, Ga.

Tech improved to 17-2 overall on the season, and 4-0 against in-state opponents with wins over Georgia Southern (2-0), Georgia (1-0) and now Mercer.

Eight of Tech's nine starters had at least one hit Tuesday, eight of the nine scored at least one run, and all nine reached based in the first of two mid-week games against the Bears. 

Duke Takes Down Davidson 6-2
Will Piwnica-Worms hit three doubles and drove in three runs, and Jake Lemmerman added a ninth-inning home run to give Duke a 6-2 road win over Davidson at Wilson Field.

Piwnica-Worms doubled in each of his first three at bats and drove in three runs in the first three innings. Then with a slim 4-2 lead in the ninth inning, Lemmerman crushed his fourth home run of the season off of Davidson closer Andy Bass to seal Duke's 10th straight non-conference victory.

The combined five RBI from Piwnica-Worms and Lemmerman backed a solid pitching performance from freshman starter Chase Bebout (2-0), who threw five innings as Duke won its third straight game with Bebout on the mound. A 6-6, 210 pound right-hander, Bebout gave up just two hits and one run before Duke's bullpen took over and gave up just one run over the remainder of the game. Senior Jonathan Foreman and redshirt-junior Michael Seander each threw a scoreless inning in relief, while sophomore Ben Grisz got the final five outs for his second save of the season. 

UCF Upsets No. 12 Miami Tuesday Night, 6-3
The 12th-ranked University of Miami baseball team lost for the second time in its last three mid-week games with a 6-3 defeat at the hands of UCF Tuesday night at Alex Rodriguez Park.

Miami (14-6) held a 2-1 lead after four innings but UCF (14-8) scored three in the fifth and two more in the eighth to pull away for the three-run win. UM pitchers allowed double-digit hits for just the second time in the Hurricanes' last 11 games and Miami's offense missed several key opportunities with runners in scoring position.

Scott Lawson provided most of UM's offense, going 3-for-4 with a two-run homer. The multi-hit game was Lawson third in UM's last four contests and the senior first baseman is now nine for his last 16 going back to the start of this past weekend's series against Duke.

Elon Outslugs #5 Clemson 15-10 Tuesday
Elon scored 11 runs in the last four innings to rally for a 15-10 victory over #5 Clemson at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Tuesday night. Elon improved to 11-9 and snapped its five-game losing streak with the win. The Tigers dropped to 17-3 on the year. It was Clemson's first home loss of the season in 16 home contests. Clemson's 18-game home winning streak dating back to 2009 also came to an end.

Clemson rallied back from an early 4-1 deficit to take an 8-4 lead. But thanks in part to four Tiger errors, the Phoenix scored 11 runs, six of which were unearned, in the final four innings to pull out the five-run win.

Ken Ferrer (2-1), the third of six Elon hurlers, earned the win in 1.2 innings pitched. He allowed three hits, two runs (one earned), and one walk with two strikeouts. Tiger reliever Scott Firth (0-1) suffered the loss, as he yielded five runs (three earned) on five hits in 1.0 innings pitched.

NC State Falls To Camels 15-10
The two teams stood toe-to-toe trading haymakers and lighting up the scoreboard through a 52-minute first inning, but in the end Campbell turned a slugfest into a track meet and ran past NC State, 15-10, Tuesday night at Taylor Field.

The Camels hit five triples and three doubles, and stole four bases in winning for the 10th time in their last 11 games, improving to 15-7 overall and avenging a 9-8 loss to the Wolfpack at Doak Field and Dail Park on Feb. 27. The Wolfpack lost for the sixth time in its last nine games, falling to 14-7.

The first inning was a marathon featuring three home runs, two triples, a double, three walks and two errors, and had the two teams on pace for an eight-hour game. Playing long ball, the Wolfpack jumped on Campbell starter Logan Self. Kyle Wilson led off the game and hit the second pitch for a homer to left-center. With one away, Andrew Ciencin hit a solo homer to straightway center field. Pratt Maynard singled and Drew Poulk walked, and Tarran Senay made it 5-0 with a three-run homer to center field, the longest of the three first-inning homers by the Pack.

Dukes Comeback To Top Maryland, 6-2
Starting pitcher Eric Potter helped Maryland take a 2-1 lead into the seventh inning, but a five-run inning by James Madison lifted the Dukes to a 6-2 win Tuesday night.

With the Terps clinging to the tight lead, Ian Schwalenberg replaced Potter after he gave up a walk and a bunt single to lead off the seventh. But the Dukes loaded the bases after a Maryland error and tied the game up on a single by Johnny Bladel. Trevor Knight then hit a bases clearing, three-run double to right center to put JMU ahead 5-2.

James Madison added its final run on Browning's single up the middle, which scored Knight.