Baseball ACCtion: Saturday, April 3

April 4, 2010

Cavaliers Grind Out 8-4 Win at NC State
The No. 1-ranked Virginia baseball team racked up 15 hits in an 8-4 victory over NC State Saturday night at Doak Field at Dail Park in Raleigh, N.C. The series is now tied at one apiece, with the rubber game set for 1 p.m. Sunday.

The top four in the Cavaliers' batting order combined for 10 hits Saturday, with Dan Grovatt (Jr., Tabernacle, N.J.) and Steven Proscia (So., Suffern, N.Y.) each notching three hits. Proscia went 3-for-3 and reached base in all five of his plate appearances. Phil Gosselin (Jr., West Chester, Pa.) and Keith Werman (So., Vienna, Va.) each had two hits, and Gosselin scored three times out of the leadoff spot. Stephen Bruno (Fr., Audubon, N.J.) added a pair of hits out of the nine-hole for UVa.

Robert Morey (Jr., Virginia Beach, Va.) started for Virginia and worked 6.2 innings, allowing four earned runs, eight hits and three walks while striking out five. He earned the win to improve to 4-1 this season. Branden Kline (Fr., Frederick, Md.) worked out of a seventh-inning jam and then pitched the final two innings to record his second save.

No. 2 Tech Baseball Blasts Duke for Series Clinch, 21-5
Derek Dietrich, Tony Plagman and Jeff Rowland had 10 of Georgia Tech's season-high 24 hits, while the team clinched its fourth-straight Atlantic Coast Conference series with a 21-5 victory over Duke Saturday at Russ Chandler Stadium.

The Jackets improved to 24-3 overall and 10-1 in Atlantic Coast Conference play, while Duke fell to 16-11 and 3-8 in the ACC.

Thirteen different players recorded a hit for Tech, and 13 different players scored a run on Saturday night.

Lawson Wins it for No. 15 Miami in 11 Innings, 9-8
The 15th-ranked University of Miami baseball team clinched their fourth straight series to open ACC play by beating Wake Forest, 9-8, in 11 innings on a walk-off single to left by Scott Lawson Saturday night at Alex Rodriguez Park. Winners of nine of their last 11, the `Canes used nine stolen bases to win their eighth straight over the Demon Deacons.

Daniel Miranda (2-1, 2.28 ERA) pitched the last 2 2/3 innings, striking out five while not allowing a hit to get the win for the Hurricanes, who improved to 19-7 overall and 9-2 in league play. Eric Erickson started the game for Miami, going five strong innings and allowing just one earned run, but the bullpen was unable to hold the lead.

Niko Spezial (1-4, 4.24 ERA) took the loss for Wake Forest, who dropped to 9-20 on the year (2-9 ACC).

Tar Heels Even Series, Topple Terrapins 11-4
Mike Cavasinni's three hits and Brian Goodwin's six RBI lifted No. 22 North Carolina over Maryland 11-4 Saturday at Shipley Field. Patrick Johnson earned the win, allowing just two earned runs on five hits in six innings. Carolina bashed 12 hits and matched a season-high with three home runs to improve to 19-10 overall and 3-8 in league play. The Terrapins fall to 12-16 overall and 3-8 in the ACC with the loss.

Johnson (3-2) was solid in his first start in two weeks, striking out five and rendering just two earned runs. Michael Morin earned his third save of the year, tossing a season-best three shutout innings.

Cavasinni extended his hit streak to 11 games, behind a 3-for-6 performance. Jesse Wierzbicki hit a solo home run, his fourth home run in his last eight games, and reached base safely five times. Goodwin added a home run and triple, his fourth and fifth, respectively, en route to notching a season-best six RBI.

Hokies win first-ever series over No. 4 FSU
Virginia Tech used three home runs, including a grand slam by third baseman Ronnie Shaban, to defeat fourth-ranked Florida State and clinch its first-ever series against the Seminoles with an 8-7 victory on Saturday night at Dick Howser Stadium.

The win not only improved Tech's overall record to 20-9 and its ACC record to 6-5, but it also served as the 400th win in head coach Pete Hughes' career. Hughes, who is in his 14th year as a head coach and his fourth with the Hokies, needs just two wins to reach 100 at Virginia Tech.

Florida State dropped to 20-6 overall and 6-5 in league play.

Boston College Evens Series at No. 10 Clemson, 11-5
The Boston College baseball team scored seven runs in the second inning and junior Pat Dean shut Clemson down after that to take down the No. 10 Tigers, 11-5, Saturday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

Dean tossed 8.0 innings and allowed five runs on eight hits. He struck out three and walked two. He gave up the five runs in the first two innings but then returned to form, facing two batters over the minimum for the next six innings. Dean improved to 5-0 on the year with the win.

Seniors Robbie Anston and John Spatola and juniors Mickey Wiswall and Garret Smith all had two hits apiece. Wiswall hit his seventh home run of the season - and his second in as many games - and had two RBI. Freshman Matt Watson hit his fourth homer of the year, a two-run shot, and junior Matt Hamlet also drove in two. Seven different Eagles recorded an RBI in the game.