Baseball ACCtion: Saturday, March 27

March 28, 2010

#5 Tigers Upend #1 Virginia in Game One of Doubleheader Saturday

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Virginia native Will Lamb pitched 7.0 strong innings to lead #5 Clemson to an 8-5 win over #1 Virginia in the first game of a doubleheader in front of a school-record 3,540 fans at UVa Baseball Stadium on Saturday. The Tigers, who evened the series 1-1 and snapped a seven-game road losing streak to Virginia, improved to 18-5 overall and 7-1 in the ACC. The Cavaliers fell to 19-4 overall and 6-2 in ACC play.

Lamb (3-0), a native of Seaford, VA, allowed just five hits, two runs (one earned), and two walks with two strikeouts in a career-high 7.0 innings pitched to earn the win. David Haselden pitched the final 1.1 innings to record his second save of the year.

Virginia reliever Whit Mayberry (0-1) suffered the loss, as he gave up three runs in 1.1 innings pitched.

The Cavaliers took the game's first lead in the bottom of the third inning thanks in part to a Tiger error. Stephen Bruno led off with a single to right field and went to third on Lamb's throwing error on a failed pickoff attempt. Phil Gosselin followed with a sacrifice fly to score Bruno.

Virginia Shuts Down Clemson, 3-1, to Win Series

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Cody Winiarski (Jr., Franksville, Wis.) recorded his best start at Virginia, pitching six innings of one-run baseball as the top-ranked Cavalier baseball team downed Clemson, 3-1, Saturday night in the second game of a doubleheader at Davenport Field. With the win, Virginia (20-4, 7-2 ACC) earned a 2-1 series victory - the Cavaliers' third straight ACC series win this year.

Clemson, ranked as high as No. 5 nationally, dropped to 18-6 overall and 7-2 in the ACC. Virginia drew 3,012 fans for the second game of the doubleheader and brought in 6,552 specators for the doubleheader after a school-record 3,540 came out for the opener.

Winiarski (3-0) pitched six innings, allowing one earned run, six hits and four walks while striking out four. Tyler Wilson (Jr., Midlothian, Va.) pitched 1.2 scoreless innings before Kevin Arico (Jr., Flemington, N.J.) got the final four outs to notch his eighth save of the year and his 19th career save. With the save Arico moved into sole possession of second place on the all-time UVa saves ledger. The three combined to limit the Tigers to seven hits - all singles.

NC State Baseball Rallies For 7-6 Victory Over No. 15 Miami

RALEIGH, N.C. - It's too soon to quit. Those were the words Jim Valvano told his NC State basketball team early in the 1983 season when shooting guard and leading scorer Dereck Whittenburg broke his foot and appeared lost for the season. Saturday night at Doak Field at Dail Park, the Wolfpack baseball team would have made Valvano proud.

Trailing 15th-ranked Miami 6-1 with two out and nobody on base in the bottom of the ninth inning, NC State rallied for five runs to tie the game, then won the game 7-6 on Chris Schaeffer's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 11th. The improbable comeback came after Miami pitching held the Wolfpack to one run on five hits through the first eight innings of the game. When the Pack did get runners on base, Miami hurlers left them there, stranding nine runners, four in scoring position, through the first eight innings.

Miami starter Jason Santana worked 5 2/3 innings and allowed just one run on four hits, although he did issue five walks to go with his seven strikeouts. Relievers E.J. Ensinoma and Sam Robinson worked two hitless innings before giving way to closer David Gutierrez, who allowed six consecutive runners to reach base after retiring the first two NC State batters in the bottom of the ninth. The winning rally came off of Danny Miranda (1-1), who stymied the Wolfpack for three innings on Friday night.

No. 3 Georgia Tech Clinches Series Over No. 17 UNC

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Cole Leonida and Matt Skole went a combined 5-for-8 with seven RBI at the plate, and the Georgia Tech baseball team scored nine runs with two-outs Saturday for a 13-5 win over North Carolina at Boshamer Stadium. The Jackets clinched the series with the win.

Tech improved to 20-2 overall, 7-1 in the ACC and 6-0 when playing a game on Saturday. The team clinched a series against North Carolina for the first time since 2006, and the first time in Chapel Hill since the 2003 season.

The second game of the weekend series continues to be a huge day at the plate for the Jackets, as the team recorded double digit hits (12) and runs (13) for the sixth time this season when playing on Saturday. The Jackets have scored double digit runs in five of their last six games.

"We came right out of the gate with the back-to-back-to-back homers, and that really got us going," head coach Danny Hall said. "To their credit, they came back on us, but I thought our bullpen, [Jake] Davies in particular, did a great job of stopping what they were doing." Sophomore Jake Davies (2-0) picked up his second win of the season in relief, holding the Tar Heels to no runs on just two hits in 2.1 innings Saturday. He struck out two.

Noles Roll Over Terps

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Sixth-ranked Florida State (18-4, 5-3 ACC) rattled off its fourth win in a row and 38th straight over Maryland (9-14, 2-6 ACC) with a 12-5 victory Saturday evening on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.

The Seminoles scored in six of the eight innings in which they batted while answering Maryland's run scoring inning with a run of their own on all three occasions. With the win head coach Mike Martin closed within three win of reaching career victory No. 1600.

"It was a good win for us," said head coach Mike Martin. "We had some big hits certainly Mike McGee's three-run home run was the big hit of the game. But there were a lot of things that happened early that led us this evening."

Mike McGee paced the Seminole offense with a 3-for-4 night while tying a season-high with four RBI. McGee was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle as the junior left fielder singled in the second, homered in the fourth and doubled in the sixth. The Port St. Lucie, Fla., native reached base on four of his five plate appearances.

Hokies and Deacons Split Saturday Doubleheader

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Sophomore Mathew Price struck out a career-high 10 batters, including one with two outs in the ninth and the tying run at third, as Virginia Tech edged Wake Forest 2-1 to split a Saturday double-header and win the teams' three-game ACC weekend series at English Field. The Demon Deacons took the opening game of the twinbill, 5-0.

Tech found runs hard to come by during the afternoon with just two in 17 innings. But Price made those two stand up in game two. The young right-hander went the distance, finishing strong with six scoreless innings. He allowed six hits and did not walk a batter to improve his record to 3-1. Austin Stadler, who started for Wake and also went the distance, is 1- 1 after the loss.

The Hokies broke their scoring drought in the second inning of game two when left fielder Steve Domecus singled, moved to second on catcher Anthony Sosnoskie's sacrifice bunt and scored on a single by third baseman Ronnie Shaban. The Demon Deacons followed suit in the third inning with Matt Conway singling before taking second on a sacrifice and coming home on a base hit by second baseman Mark Rhine.

Duke and Boston College Split Doubleheader

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - After falling 5-3 in game one of a Saturday double header against Boston College, Duke bounced back to take game two 5-4 to salvage a split against the Eagles on Saturday afternoon at Shea Field.

Duke (14-8, 3-5 ACC) led for the first seven innings of Saturday's first game before Boston College (9-13, 2-6 ACC) rallied for three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning in the come-from-behind win. In game two, however, it was the Blue Devils who rallied late and scored two runs in the top of the seventh to come away with a win.

Duke senior Jeremy Gould had four hits on the day, but none bigger than the two-run double he knocked in the top of the seventh in game two. Gould came to the plate with the score tied at 2-2 and runners on second and third and laced a 2-2 fastball down the left field line to plate both runners and put Duke on top for the remainder of the game. The Duke relief duo of Marcus Stroman and Ben Grisz scattered two runs over the final 4.1 innings of game two as Stroman improved to 3-1 and Grisz locked up his team-leading third save of the year.