Baseball ACCtion: Wednesday, March 31

March 31, 2010

No. 1 Cavaliers Rout Towson, 17-4
The top-ranked Virginia baseball team parlayed a pair of huge innings into a 17-4 victory over Towson Wednesday in front of 2,042 fans at Davenport Field. Virginia racked up 16 hits, including seven of the extra-base variety, in the dominating victory.

Virginia's Jarrett Parker (Jr., Stafford, Va.) went 3-for-4 with a grand slam and five RBI, while Steven Proscia (So., Suffern, N.Y.) snapped out of a recent slump with two triples and four RBI. Stephen Bruno (Fr., Audubon, N.J.) fell a home run shy of the cycle as he went 3-for-4 with four runs scored and two RBI. David Coleman (Jr., Richmond, Va.) also hit a home run for the Cavaliers.

Virginia starting pitcher Will Roberts (So., Richmond, Va.) batted through some bouts of wildness to pitch five innings of two-run baseball and earn the win. Roberts (3-0) allowed four hits and six walks while striking out three.

Pope Fans 11 as No. 2 Tech Baseball Downs Georgia State, 14-3
Sophomore Mark Pope struck out a career-high 11 batters, and combined with the Georgia Tech bullpen to hold the nation's top scoring team 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. 15 Miami Uses Long Ball in 12-5 Win Over FAU
The 15th-ranked University of Miami baseball team used home runs by Yasmani Grandal, Chris Pelaez and Stephen Perez and at least one hit by the entire starting lineup to cruise to a 12-5 win over FAU Wednesday night at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.

After falling behind 3-1 after three innings, the `Canes scored multiple runs in each of the next four innings, including three in the fourth on homers by Grandal and Pelaez to put the `Canes ahead for good.

Miami improved to 17-7 overall with the victory while FAU fell to 15-9. The win was UM's fifth straight win over FAU and ninth in the last 10 meetings going back to the 2003 season. 

No. 22 Tar Heels Rout Richmond 17-6
Senior Ryan Graepel's career-best six RBI catapulted No. 22 North Carolina over Richmond 17-6 Wednesday night at Boshamer Stadium. Nine different Tar Heels recorded a hit and eight different players registered at least one RBI. Garrett Davis earned the win to help Carolina improve 18-9 overall. Richmond's Ian Marshall suffers the loss as the Spiders fall to 12-11 overall with the loss.

Davis (3-2) tossed 2.2 shutout innings of relief while striking out five batters. Starter Cody Stiles allowed just two earned runs on three hits in 2.2 innings of work. The freshman earned a career-high in innings and strikeouts with three. Greg Holt, Zach Bernard, R.C. Orlan. Parker Thomas and Nate Striz all pitched in relief combining to allow one run on five hits.

Marshall (1-1) suffers the loss for the Spiders, after allowing six runs on seven hits in three innings. Five different Spider pitchers hurled in relief, combining to allow 11 runs in six frames. 

Hokies use 18 hits to down ETSU 14-3
Austin Wates’ career-high five RBIs paced an 18-hit Hokie attack on Wednesday night as the Virginia Tech baseball team defeated East Tennessee State 14-3 at Cardinal Park.

Tech improved to 18-9 with the win, while East Tennessee State fell to 16-7.

Six Hokies recorded at least two hits apiece in the game, with Wates, left fielder Steve Domecus and shortstop Ronnie Shaban each tallying three. Wates, Shaban and first baseman Matt Blow all homered, while Domecus hit a pair of doubles.

Boston College Defeats Northeastern, 5-4
Senior Geoff Oxley earned his first win of the season on the mound and junior Matt Hamlet drove in two runs to lead the Boston College baseball team to a 5-4 win at Northeastern Wednesday at Friedman Diamond.

The game was a makeup of Tuesday's contest that was postponed due to rain. The Eagles were originally scheduled to travel to Rhode Island Wednesday, but that game was postponed due to flooding in the area.

BC (11-13) scored two runs in the top of the first inning and led the rest of the way. Hamlet walked twice, drove in two runs and scored another. Freshman Matt Watson went 2-for-3 and senior Mike Sudol had the game's only extra base hit, a triple. Senior John Spatola also had an RBI. 

Potter Sets Tone As Terps Down Navy, 5-1
Eric Potter pitched five innings of no-hit ball, Maryland scored three runs early and led throughout in a 5-1 victory over Navy on Wednesday night.

Potter, who was on a pitch count and was removed before the start of the sixth inning, was perfect through three innings. He surrendered a walk in the fourth and fifth, but also struck out four in his best performance this season.

Leading 1-0 in the third, the Terps (11-15) created separation with a couple of key stolen bases to set up two runs. Jon Wilson drew a walk, stole second and advanced to third on a single by Brandon Padula. After Padula stole second, David Poutier laced a double to left field, scoring Wilson and Padula. 

Kyle Wilson, Bullpen Lead NC State Past ODU, 7-3
Kyle Wilson hit two homers and drove in three runs Wednesday night to lift NC State past Old Dominion 7-3 at Doak Field at Dail Park.

The two-homer game was the second of Kyle Wilson’s career. His second homer was the first ball hit off NC State’s new scoreboard in right field. Both home runs gave NC State, now 16-9, the lead in the game. Old Dominion dropped to 12-17.

Junior righthander Russell Wilson made his first start as a pitcher, and while it wasn’t a show-stopper, he kept his team in the game through four innings. Wilson proved adept at making pitches when he needed to, inducing double-play grounders to escape jams in the second and third innings. 

Lemmerman, Gould Homer In 11-4 Win Over N.C. Central
Jake Lemmerman homered for the second straight game and freshman Devin Burke notched his second win as Duke defeated N.C. Central 11-2 on Wednesday evening at the historic Durham Athletic Park.

Lemmerman mashed a three-run shot - his team-leading sixth of the season - in the first inning for his second home run in as many days. The home run extended Lemmerman's hitting streak to a team-best nine games, a span in which he has delivered three doubles, three home runs and nine RBI.

Senior Jeremy Gould also homered for Duke (16-9, 3-6 ACC) and Will Piwnica-Worms scored three runs to back a five-inning start from Burke (2-1). Burke gave up just one run and held the Eagles (0-24) scoreless over his last four innings. A 6-1, 200 pound right-hander, Burke struck out a career-high five batters while scattering five hits. Duke then used the bullpen trio of Trevor Cesar, Jonathan Foreman and Gould to hold N.C. Central to one run over the final four innings.

Noel's Homer in 11th Lifts #14 Chanticleers Over #10 Clemson 4-3 Wednesday
Rico Noel's solo home run in the 11th inning lifted #14 Coastal Carolina to a 4-3 win over #10 Clemson in front of 5,609 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Wednesday night. The Chanticleers' victory snapped Clemson's seven-game winning streak in the series and was their first win at Clemson since 2003. Coastal Carolina improved to 20-5 on the season, while Clemson fell to 18-7.

Clemson took a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning on Jeff Schaus' run-scoring triple and Kyle Parker's two-run homer. But the Tigers were held hitless and scoreless during the last seven innings despite drawing nine walks and one hit-by-pitch over that span. Coastal Carolina scored single runs in the fifth, seventh, and eighth innings before Noel's game-winning long ball with two outs in the 11th inning.

The four Chanticleer relievers (Keith Hessler, Matt Laney, Ryan Connolly, Austin Fleet) combined to allow no hits, no runs, nine walks, and one hit-by-pitch with six strikeouts in the final 7.0 innings pitched. Fleet (3-1) earned the win by tossing 4.1 innings, allowing no hits, no runs, and four walks with one strikeout.

Elon Outslugs Wake Forest, 17-12
Alex Swim went 3-for-4 with five RBIs, while Mike Melillo added four RBIs to lead Elon to a 17-12 win over Wake Forest on Wednesday night at Latham Park.

Wake Forest falls to 9-18 with the loss, while Elon improves to 16-10 with the victory.

Swim and Melillo led the Phoenix offense. Swim drove in five runs on three hits and also scored three times. Melillo went 2-for-4 with four RBIs and hit his third home run of the season. Justin Hilt homered for the second time this season and went 3-for-4 with three RBIs.