Baseball ACCtion: Tuesday, March 30

March 30, 2010

No. 4 Florida State Defeats No. 8 Florida, 7-2

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Fourth-ranked Florida State (20-4) defeated No. 8 Florida (18-6) 7-2 Tuesday evening in front of a sell out crowd of 9,276 at the Baseball Grounds in Jacksonville. The Seminoles collected their sixth win in a row and their third straight over the Gators in Jacksonville. FSU moved to 2-1 against Florida this year with the final game of the regular season series coming on Tuesday, April 13 in Tallahassee.

Geoff Parker and Brian Busch led FSU on Tuesday night as the two Seminole pitchers combined to hold the Gators to just two runs on six hits.

In his second start against the Gators this year, Parker was once again masterful working 4.2 innings allowing just two runs, none earned, on three hits as he walked two and struck out four. He recorded the first two outs in the fifth before giving way to Busch, who worked the final 4.1 innings to lead the Seminoles to the victory.

Busch kept the Gators off the scoreboard in allowing just three hits while striking out a season-high six. The sophomore southpaw finished the game retiring the final seven batters that faced to move his record to 4-0 on the year.

"Obviously, a lot of things happened to go our way tonight," said head coach Mike Martin. "I can't say enough about the job Geoff Parker and Brian Busch did. It was just absolutely beautiful pitching. When you play in an atmosphere and in a game like this you better get good pitching and both of those guys were very impressive. It was fun to watch them work."

Virginia Tech Pitching Staff Strikes Out 16 Batters in 11-3 Win Over No. 29 VMI

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech pitchers struck out a season-high 16 batters and the Hokies scored seven runs during the first three innings on the way to an 11-3 non-conference baseball victory over No. 29 Virginia Military Institute at English Field on Tuesday. The win moved Tech to 17-9 on the season, while VMI is now 20-5.

Tech hurlers Manny Martir, Brandon Fisher and Ben Rowen combined to hold VMI to just six hits in the game. Starter Martir posted a career-high 10 strikeouts during six full innings of work. He allowed three runs (one earned) on five hits and walked just one batter, while improving his record to 2-1. Fisher worked two scoreless innings, matching his career-best for strikeouts with five. Rowen closed out the win with a scoreless ninth, allowing a hit and fanning one batter.

Ten Tech batters contributed to the Hokies' 12-hit night, with center fielder Sean Ryan posting the only multiple-hit outing with three hits in five trips to the plate.

Pope Fans 11 as No. 2 Georgia Tech Downs Georgia State, 14-3

ATLANTA - Sophomore Mark Pope struck out a career-high 11 batters, and combined with the Georgia Tech bullpen to hold the nation's leader in scoring to just three runs in a 14-3 win over Georgia State Tuesday at the Field at Panthersville.

Georgia State entered the game ranked No. 1 in the country in scoring (13.2) and batting average (.379). Pope, along with senior Patrick Long and junior Taylor Wood held the Panthers to just three runs on eight hits as Tech improved to 22-2 season.

Pope (3-0) allowed just three runs, scattering seven hits over 7.0 innings for his third win of the season. His 11 strikeouts were two more than his previous high of nine, recorded two weeks ago against Georgia.

No. 1 Virginia Baseball Topples Towson, 8-5

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The top-ranked Virginia baseball team scored an 8-5 win over Towson Tuesday at Davenport Field. Kenny Swab (Jr., Kernersville, N.C.) went 3-for-3 and reached base safely in all five of his trips to the plate, while the Cavaliers' bullpen buckled down to retire 14 of the final 15 Towson batters to seal the win.

Shane Halley (So., Burke, Va.), the first of three UVa relievers, pitched three innings to earn the win and improve to 1-0 this season. Justin Thompson (So., Danville, Va.) pitched two perfect innings with three strikeouts before Kevin Arico (Jr., Flemington, N.J.) tossed a scoreless ninth inning to notch his ACC-best ninth save of the season.

Swab doubled, scored twice and drove in two to highlight the Cavaliers' offense. Keith Werman (So., Vienna, Va.), John Hicks (So., Sandy Hook, Va.) and Stephen Bruno (Fr., Audubon, N.J.) each had two-hit nights for Virginia (21-4). Tyler Cannon (Sr., Pigeon Forge, Tenn.) went 0-for-4 as his career-best 16-game hit streak came to a halt.

No. 22 North Carolina Wallops Winthrop 14-5

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Cody Penny earned his first collegiate victory to led No. 22 North Carolina over Winthrop 14-5 Tuesday night at Boshamer Stadium. Ten different Tar Heels recorded a hit and nine different players scored a run in the win over the Eagles. Ryan Graepel posted three hits, just on shy of his career-best, to help Carolina improve to 17-9 overall. Winthrop falls to 13-11 on the year with the loss.

Penny (1-0) threw a career-high three innings of relief, allowing just one run on two hits while striking out a career-best four batters. Bryant Gaines made his first start of his career, allowing four runs on five hits in three frames of work. Greg Holt and Teddy Mitrosilis combined to pitch three hitless innings of relief.

Matt Pierpont (0-1) suffers the loss for the Eagles in his first career start. Five Eagle pitchers were used in relief, combining to allow seven runs on seven hits.

"It feels good to get a win after the weekend we had," said head coach Mike Fox. "I think we strung together five straight hits in the fifth inning to push in front. Jesse [Wierzbicki] is one of our hitters, who is really locked in right now. He is seeing the ball extremely well."

Pitching Helps Maryland Defeat VCU, 7-2

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland pitchers allowed just two hits over the last six innings while the offense scored the final six runs of the game, as the Terps defeated VCU 7-2 Tuesday at a rainy Shipley Field at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium.

Ian Schwalenberg came on in relief of starter Adam Kolarek with one out in the fourth, pitching his way out of trouble and giving up just two hits in 3 2/3.

Dan Gentzler came on to pitch the eighth and ninth innings and didn't allow a hit. Gentzler struck out four batters in the ninth after a passed ball allowed a batter to reach, becoming the first Terp to do so since Brady Lyons did it against Coppin State on April 4, 2001.

With the game tied at 2-2, Maryland scored the go-ahead run in the fourth inning. Freshman Zach Fisher, who was making the first start of his career at third base, led off the inning with a single. Catcher Jack Cleary followed with a single to left field, and Fisher scored on Alfredo Rodriguez's single through the right side.

Duke Explodes For 13-1 Win Versus High Point

CARY, N.C. - Freshman Chase Bebout and three relievers combined to throw a four-hitter against one of the nation's best offenses as Duke took down High Point 13-1 on Tuesday evening at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.

High Point (16-10) ranked third nationally with a .371 batting average entering the game, but went just 4-for-29 against Bebout (3-0) and relievers Ryan Knott, David Putman and Matt Morris. Bebout scattered three hits and one run over six complete innings while Knott, Putman and Morris each threw one inning and held the Panthers to one hit for the remainder of the game.

Bebout has now won three of his four midweek starts. The 6-6, 210-pound freshman has gone at least five innings in each of those outings and set a new career high with six innings versus High Point. He threw just 86 pitches on the night.

Wake Forest Thumps Charlotte, 14-0

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest turned in its most complete performance of the season as the offense plated a season-high 14 runs and six Wake Forest pitchers combined for a shutout as the Demon Deacons defeated Charlotte 14-0 on Tuesday night at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.

With the victory, Wake Forest improves to 9-17 on the season while Charlotte falls to 15-6 on the year.

The Wake Forest offense was rolling from the start, scoring in each of the first four innings. The Deacs scored three runs in the first, two runs in the second, a run in the third and broke the game open with six runs in the fourth. Wake closed the scoring with two runs in the seventh. The Demon Deacons finished the game with a season-high 14 runs on 13 hits.

The shutout was the second in three games for the Demon Deacon pitching staff. Wake Forest shut out Virginia Tech, 5-0, in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday. It also marks the first time in 73 games that any team has shutout the Charlotte 49ers.