Baseball ACCtion: Wednesday, March 24

March 24, 2010


Tech Cruises to 19-4 Victory over Mercer
The third-ranked Georgia Tech baseball team (18-2, 5-1 ACC) scored double digit runs for the fourth straight game, and 12 different players registered a hit in a 19-4 win over Mercer (14-9, 2-1 A-Sun) Wednesday night at Russ Chandler Stadium.

The Jackets have now scored double figure runs 10 times this season, and used a 20 hit assault for the second win in two mid-week games against Mercer. Eight Tech players had multiple hits, led by sophomore Matt Skole's 3-for-5 day at the plate.

Nine of the 20 hits were for extra-bases, while freshman Brandon Thomas, junior Derek Dietrich and junior Cole Leonida all recorded triples. It was the first time since April 24, 2007 that Tech had three triples in the game, and tied the school record.

Noles Double Up Hatters
Sixth-ranked Florida State (16-4) overcame some early defensive miscues to double-up Stetson (9-13) 14-7 Wednesday evening on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles won their fifth in a row over the Hatters and ninth straight during regular season action.

Junior catcher Parker Brunelle had a career night as the Snellville, Ga., native set career-highs with four hits and two doubles, while tying career-highs for at-bats (5), runs scored (2) and RBI (3). Parker's four-hit performance is the first by a Seminole this year.

Tyler Everett pitched a season-high 4.1 innings in relief to run his record to 2-0 on the year. The junior right hander allowed just one unearned run on two hits as he walked one and struck out two. Everett retired the final five batters that he faced before leaving the game with one out in the seventh.

No. 17 Tar Heels Edge Spartans 4-3
A solo home run off the bat of Jesse Wierzbicki propelled No. 17 North Carolina over UNC Greensboro 4-3 Wednesday night in front of 1333 fans at UNC G Baseball Stadium. The Tar Heels (16-6, 2-4 ACC) rallied to score three runs in the eighth to defeat the Spartans (11-9). Carolina defeated UNC Greensboro for the second time this season.

Garrett Davis allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits while fanning three in four innings. Michael Morin (3-0) earned the win, throwing 1.1 shutout innings and allowing just one hit. Greg Holt earned his second save of the year, throwing 1.2 shutout innings. Zach Bernard, R.C. Orlan and Chris Munnelly all logged time on the mound. Munnelly threw 2.1 shutout innings in relief.

Spartan starter Colby Hyatt allowed just one run on seven hits, three walks and two strikeouts in six innings of work. Warren Slack (1-4) suffers the tough luck loss after allowing the unearned go-ahead run. 

Martir, offense lead Hokies to 10-0 shutout of Liberty
Manny Martir threw seven shutout innings and Buddy Sosnoskie, Ronnie Shaban and Michael Seaborn combined for nine hits and eight RBIs to lead the Virginia Tech baseball team to a 10-0 victory over Liberty on Wednesday night at English Field.

It was the third shutout tossed by Virginia Tech this season, which improved to 14-8 with the win. Martir lowered his ERA by more than five full points in just his second start as a Hokie, scattering four hits and five walks over his seven innings of work, while striking out four. Brandon Fisher and Ben Rowen each pitched an inning of hitless ball in relief to preserve the blanking of the Flames, who fell to 13-6.

The Hokies tallied 13 hits as a team in this one, with Sosnoskie, Shaban and Seaborn recording three apiece. Sosnoskie added two runs and four RBIs, including his third home run of the season, while Shaban tallied three RBIs on a pair of doubles. 

Rodriguez Leads Terps Over UMBC, 8-5
Alfredo Rodriguez hit a two-run single that broke a 5-5 tie in the bottom of the fifth inning and the Maryland Terrapins defeated the UMBC Retrievers 8-5 Wednesday evening.

Rodriguez went 3-for-4 with a career-high four RBI, while Matt Marquis, Brandon Padula and Mike Rozak all had two-hit games for the Terps.

Matthew Murakami belted a home run to deep center field in the eighth inning, giving Maryland an insurance run and completing the scoring.

Elon Edges #5 Tigers 4-3 in 10 Innings to Sweep Midweek Series
Ryan Adams hit a two-out double and scored on Seth Canipe's single in the 10th inning to lift Elon to a 4-3 victory over #5 Clemson in front of 3,851 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Wednesday night. The Phoenix, who won both games of the midweek series, improved to 12-9, while the Tigers fell to 17-4.

The Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, then the Phoenix scored three combined runs in the second and third innings to take the lead. After the Tigers tied the score in the fourth inning, both teams went scoreless during the next five innings before Canipe delivered the game-winning single in the 10th inning.

Thomas Girdwood (2-0) earned the win, as he pitched a hitless and scoreless ninth inning. Adams, who scored the winning run, also recorded his first save of the season by pitching a perfect 10th inning.

Wake Forest Falls at High Point
High Point scored 11 times in the first four innings and cruised to an 11-3 victory over Wake Forest on Wednesday night at Williard Stadium.

The Demon Deacons drop to 7-15 with the loss, while the Panthers improve to 14-7 with the win.

High Point broke the game open early, scoring in each of the first four innings. The Panthers scored twice in the first, one time in the second, five times in the third and three times in the fourth. The Demon Deacons weren't able to dent the scoreboard until the seventh, when Wake scored two runs. The Deacs closed the scoring with a run in the top of the eighth.