Baseball ACCtion: Friday, March 26

March 26, 2010

Bruno Walkoff Single Lifts Virginia to 4-3 Win Over Clemson
Stephen Bruno (Fr., Audubon, N.J.) hit a walkoff single to left field in the bottom of the ninth inning to break a three-all tie and propel the top-ranked Virginia baseball team to a 4-3 win over Clemson on Friday night at Davenport Field. Virginia (19-3, 6-1 ACC) won its seventh straight game, while Clemson (17-5, 6-1), ranked as high as No. 5 nationally this week, dropped its third consecutive contest.

With one out and the bases loaded against Clemson reliever David Haselden, Bruno singled over the drawn-in infield and just inside the left-field line to score Jarrett Parker (Jr., Stafford, Va.) with the winning run. Bruno, UVa's nine-hole hitter, also smacked a two-run home run in the fifth inning, which tied the game at three. He finished 2-for-4 with three runs batted in.

Virginia's Tyler Wilson (Jr., Midlothian, Va.) tossed three scoreless innings of relief to earn the win and improve to 3-1 on the year. He set down the final seven batters he faced to keep the Tigers at bay. Haselden took the loss and fell to 2-1.

No. 3 Jackets Win Defensive Battle over No. 17 North Carolina, 2-1
Thomas Nichols scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning on a bases-loaded walk, and No. 3 Georgia Tech (19-2, 6-1 ACC) turned doubles plays in the eighth and the ninth to hold for a 2-1 win over No. 17 North Carolina (16-7, 2-5 ACC) Friday night at Boshamer Stadium.

Nichols collected two of Tech's season-low three hits in the game, including a leadoff double in the seventh off UNC starter Matt Harvey, putting himself in position for the go-ahead run. Junior Cole Leonida drew the two-out bases-loaded walk later in the inning on a 3-1 count to bring home Nichols for the lead.

Nichols scored both runs for the Jackets in the game. It was also the second game this season Tech has won because of a bases loaded walk.

FSU Downs Maryland 4-1
Sixth-ranked Florida State (17-4, 4-3 ACC) defeated Maryland (9-13, 2-5 ACC) 4-1 in the opening game of a three-game series Friday night on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.

Outstanding pitching and some timely hitting proved to be the winning combination for the Seminoles in game one as the Garnet and Gold pushed their win streak to 37 straight over the Terrapins. With the win, head coach Mike Martin moved within four games of career win No. 1,600.

Fans were treated to an old fashion pitcher's duel on Friday with both starting pitchers going 7.1 innings. FSU's Sean Gilmartin (4-1) was once again outstanding as he held the Terrapins to just one run on six hits as he struck out seven. He faced the minimum in five innings while striking out the side in the second. For the second time this year and third time in 21 starts, the Moorpark, Calif., native did not issue a walk.

No. 12 Miami Takes Series Opener at NC State, 6-5
The 12th-ranked University of Miami baseball team won its sixth straight Atlantic Coast Conference game with a 6-5 win over NC State Friday night at Doak Field at Dail Park. Miami plated runs in each of the first five innings and eventually held on for the one-run win on a cold night on NC State's campus.

Up 6-4 heading into the bottom of the ninth, Miami (15-6, 6-1 ACC) was able to get out of trouble after the Wolfpack loaded the bases with one out. After UM closer David Gutierrez walked in a run to make it 6-5, he proceeded to strike out pinch-hitter Tarran Senay before inducing a fly out to left, securing the victory in the series opener over the Wolfpack.

Miami starter Chris Hernandez (3-2) earned the win, allowing four runs on seven hits while walking four and striking out six in five innings of work. For Hernandez - it was his third straight win to open conference play.

Wright tosses complete-game shutout in 7-0 win over Wake
Virginia Tech pitcher Justin Wright continued his mastery over Wake Forest with a complete-game shutout Friday night as the Hokies opened a three-game ACC series against the Demon Deacons with a 7-0 victory at English Field.

Wright allowed just four hits on the way to earning his third career win against the Demon Deacons and he leveled his season record at 3-3. The junior left-hander retired 14 of the last 15 batters he faced, giving up just one single during his last five innings of work. Wright struck out six men and did not walk a batter.

Wright also threw a complete game against Wake Forest last season. In three career appearances against Wake Forest, Wright has allowed just two runs on 14 hits and one walk over 22.1 innings, while striking out 16 batters.