Baseball ACCtion: Sunday, March 28

March 28, 2010

Jackets Rally to Sweep No. 17 North Carolina in 10-Inning Finish

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Derek Dietrich's two-run homer capped a five-run rally in the ninth inning, and tied the game at 8-8, before the third-ranked Georgia Tech baseball team (21-2, 8-1 ACC) scored three more in the 10th for an 11-8 win over No. 17 North Carolina (16-9, 2-7 ACC) Sunday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium.

The Jackets extended their win-streak to seven games, and swept North Carolina for the first time since the 2000 season.

It was the first time the Tar Heels had been swept at home since the 2003 season, and the first time Tech won all three in Chapel Hill since 1997.

"It was an awesome comeback, and a great comeback victory on the road," head coach Danny Hall said. "Anytime you sweep on the road in the ACC you have to be very happy, and I am very proud of the way our guys played today."

Dietrich had a career-high five hits and drove in three runs on the day, but it was hit number four with two-outs in the ninth inning that went over the wall in right-centerfield to tie the game at 8-8. Dietrich took the first pitch he saw from UNC reliever Greg Holt and sent it deep for home run number six on the season.

Dean Outduels O'Grady In BC's 2-1 Win Against Duke

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Junior Pat Dean and Duke's Dennis O'Grady went toe-to-toe on the mound, but Dean allowed just one run in a complete game effort to lead the Boston College baseball team to a 2-1 win in the series finale against the Blue Devils Sunday at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field.

Dean started the game by pitching 3.1 innings of perfect baseball. Duke got its lone run in the fourth inning when it pieced together three singles. Dean then went on to retire 10-straight hitters from the fifth to eighth innings.

The Naugatuck, Conn. native only needed 92 pitches in his 9.0 innings of work and 64 of them were strikes. He scattered six hits and struck out two while not issuing a walk. Only one runner outside of the fourth inning reached scoring position.

It was the second complete game of his career with the other coming at Stetson last season on February 21.

Duke's O'Grady was equal to the task as he went the distance as well. He allowed two runs in the fourth inning and put up zeros in every other frame. He allowed eight hits and struck out six without giving up a walk.

No. 12 Miami Shuts Out NC State, 4-0, to Take Series

RALEIGH, N.C. - The 12th-ranked University of Miami baseball team earned its first road shut-out against an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent in four years with a 4-0 victory over NC State Sunday afternoon at Doak Field at Dail Park. Junior left-handed starter Eric Erickson earned the win, tossing 5 2/3 scoreless innings before relievers E.J. Encinosa and Eric Whaley combined to go the rest of the way and secure the series win for Miami.

The Hurricanes (16-7, 7-2 ACC) have now won each of their first three ACC series - including back-to-back road series at Duke and NC State (15-9, 3-6 ACC). The road shut out was the first for the `Canes against an ACC team since shutting out Duke, 3-0, on March 17, 2006 in Durham.

Erickson (2-1) turned in his best outing since the season opener, scattering seven hits while recording four strikeouts. Encinosa allowed just one hit and struck out two in 2 1/3 innings while Whaley struck out one in the ninth.

Yasmani Grandal capped off a big weekend at the plate with a 2-for-4 performance Sunday. David Villasuso also had a pair of hits, while Zeke DeVoss, who reached base three times with a single and two walks, scored two of UM's four runs.

Holt Hits For Cycle in Seminoles' Win

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Sixth-ranked Florida State (19-4, 6-3 ACC) completed the weekend series sweep with a 9-5 victory over Maryland (9-15, 2-7 ACC) Sunday afternoon on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. With the win, the Seminoles climbed to within one game of Clemson who sits atop the Atlantic Division in the ACC.

"A good weekend for Florida State baseball," said head coach Mike Martin. "We needed this badly today; this keeps us now only one game back in our division. I was very pleased with the effort from our ball club this afternoon. I though that Hunter Scantling pitched okay. He showed a lot of poise. When you give up a home run on the first pitch of the ball game to keep his composure and shut the other club down for the next four innings you rally have to take your hat off to him. Tyler Everett to me, other than Tyler Holt, was the big part of the ball game. It was just beautiful pitching on his part. You've got to rally take your hat off to Tyler Everett."