Baseball ACCtion: Friday, April 2

April 3, 2010

NC State Downs No. 1 Virginia 6-5 in 11 Innings

RALEIGH, N.C. - Matt Bergquist's single to right field drove in pinch-runner Mike Clark with the winning run Friday, leading NC State past top-ranked Virginia 6-5 in 11 innings at Doak Field at Dail Park.

The victory was the Wolfpack's second ninth-inning comeback and extra-inning victory in as many weekends, and raised the Pack's record to 17-9 overall and 4-6 in the ACC. Virginia dropped to 22-5 and 7-3. Last Saturday, NC State scored five runs with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie Miami and force extra innings before winning in 11 innings.

The victory was NC State head coach Elliott Avent's 500th at NC State. He became just the second coach in program history to win 500 games at NC State, joining Sam Esposito, who won 513 from 1967-87.

Typically, the first game of a weekend series is the best pitching matchup of the weekend, and that certainly figured to be the case with NC State's Jake Buchanan facing off with Virginia's Danny Hultzen. And both starters were excellent aside from one wobbly inning.

Hokies Topple Fourth-Ranked Florida State, 10-5

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Reigning ACC Pitcher of the Week Justin Wright tied a career-high with 10 strikeouts and the Virginia Tech offense hit a season-high seven doubles to help the Hokies win at fourth-ranked Florida State for the first time since 1989 with a 10-5 victory on Friday night at Dick Howser Stadium.

The win, which improved Virginia Tech to 19-9 overall and 5-5 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, was the just the second victory for Tech over the Seminoles in the past 27 meetings. The Hokies last defeated FSU in 2006 when the Seminoles were ranked No. 1 in the nation. Before that, the last victory came in Tallahassee on April 21, 1989. It was the Hokies' fourth win over a top-five team since head coach Pete Hughes took over the program in 2007.

Wright picked up where he left off last weekend when he threw a complete-game shutout against Wake Forest. He went seven innings in this one, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits and two walks to improve his season record to 4-3. Relievers Brandon Fisher and Ben Rowen combined for the final two innings to finish off the Seminoles, who fell to 20-5 overall and 6-4 in league play with the loss.

Terps Walk Off On Kolarek's 10th Inning Homer

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Adam Kolarek hit a solo home run over the right-center field wall with two outs in the bottom of the tenth inning, lifting Maryland to a 6-5 win over No. 22 North Carolina Friday night.

The junior, who was a defensive replacement when first baseman Dan Gentzler moved to the mound in the ninth inning, crushed an off-speed pitch on a 0-1 count, giving the Terps their second win over a ranked opponent this season.

With two outs in the inning and at the plate for the first time in the game, Kolarek got a first-pitch fastball from North Carolina reliever Colin Bates that he smashed down the right field line. The ball had the distance to leave the park, but went just foul.

Kolarek, a lefty who also serves as a starting pitcher, was looking for something off-speed on the ensuing 0-1 count and got a curveball that he turned on and sent over the wall.

Hernandez Pitches No. 15 Miami Past Wake Forest, 7-4

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The 15th-ranked University of Miami baseball team saw every player reach base, including five different players who recorded an RBI, as the Hurricanes took game one over Wake Forest, 7-4, Friday night at Alex Rodriguez Park.

Miami (18-7, 8-2 ACC) ran out to a 5-1 lead and eventually held on for its eighth win in its last nine conference games. The win was also the Hurricanes' seventh straight over the Demon Deacons, dating back to 2007.

Chris Hernandez improved to 4-2 with the win, going seven innings while giving up just one earned run and striking out seven. Michael Dimock dropped to 1-5 with the loss for Wake Forest, who dropped their fourth straight ACC series opener. Eric Whaley and David Gutierrez each tossed an inning in relief of Hernandez.

Stephen Perez led the `Canes with two RBI on 2-for-4 hitting. Yasmani Grandal who was fifth in the ACC with a .411 batting average coming in, went 2-for-5 on the night to notch his fifth straight game with multiple hits.

Burnette, McGuire Propel No. 2 Jackets to 13-3 Win Over Duke

ATLANTA - Junior Chase Burnette was 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI, while Deck McGuire picked up his fifth win of the season to lift No. 2 Georgia Tech past Duke, 13-3, Friday night in the opener of a three-game series at Russ Chandler Stadium.

Tech improves to 23-3 overall on the season, and 9-1 in conference play to remain in first place in the ACC Coastal Division. Tech has won six-consecutive conference games, its most since winning nine straight during the 2005 season.

The Jackets combined for 13 hits Friday, led by three apiece from Burnette and junior Cole Leonida.

McGuire worked seven innings on the night, holding Duke to three runs on six hits. He struck out five.

The junior right-hander retired nine-straight to start the game, before the Blue Devils picked up their first hit of the game in the top of the fourth inning. Duke cut Tech's lead to one, at 3-2 in the frame, with a pair of runs in the fourth on RBI singles by Jeremy Gould and Will Currier. That was as close as the Jackets would let the Blue Devils get all night.

No. 10 Tigers Roar to 15-2 Victory Over Boston College Friday

CLEMSON, S.C. - Mike Freeman went 3-for-4 with a homer, two doubles, four RBIs, and three runs to lead #10 Clemson to a 15-2 win over Boston College in front of 6,064 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Friday night. The Tigers, who took a 1-0 series lead, improved to 19-7 overall and 8-2 in the ACC. The Eagles dropped to 11-14 overall and 3-7 in ACC play.

Freeman had three of Clemson's nine extra-base hits (five doubles, two triples, two homers) in the game, as the Tigers scored in seven of the eight innings in which they batted. The Tigers also totaled 15 hits in the game, including at least one by 10 different players. A six-run second inning gave Clemson a commanding lead, which it never relinquished.

Tiger starter Casey Harman (5-0) earned the win in 6.0 solid innings. He allowed just four hits, one run, and three walks with a career-high-tying 10 strikeouts. Tomas Cruz yielded two hits and one run with three strikeouts in 3.0 innings pitched to record his first save of the year.