Baseball ACCtion: Sunday, April 4

April 4, 2010

NC State Overtakes No. 1 Virginia On Ciencin Slam

RALEIGH, N.C. - Andrew Ciencin hit a grand-slam home run in the seventh inning and NC State hung on for dear life in the ninth inning, coming away with a 7-6 nail-biter Sunday in the final game of a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series at Doak Field at Dail Park.

NC State, which won the opening game of the series on Friday, won the series two games to one and improved to 18-10 overall and 5-7 in the ACC. Virginia fell to 23-6 and 8-4.

Anthony Tzamtzis (2-1), the last of four NC State pitchers, allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits over 2 1/3 innings to get credit for the victory. Virginia reliever Tyler Wilson (3-2) allowed four runs on two hits in an inning of work to get charged with the loss.

The game was a bullpen Sunday as neither starter lasted past the fourth inning. Alex Sogard started for the Wolfpack and ran into trouble in the top of the first inning. Phil Gosselin led off and tripled over the head of center fielder Kyle Wilson, then scored on Dan Grovatt's grounder to third.

No. 10 Clemson Rallies to Down Boston College 14-9 Sunday

CLEMSON, S.C. - The #10 Clemson Tigers scored eight runs in the eighth inning to rally for a 14-9 victory over Boston College in front of 3,925 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Tigers, who won the series 2-1, improved to 20-8 overall and 9-3 in the ACC. The Eagles dropped to 12-15 overall and 4-8 in ACC play.

The Tigers battled back from a 4-1 deficit to take a 5-4 lead in the sixth inning, but a four-run seventh inning enabled the Eagles to take an 8-5 lead. But after scoring one run in the seventh inning, Clemson sent 13 batters to the plate and scored eight runs in the eighth inning.

David Haselden (3-2) pitched the final 2.2 innings to earn the win. He allowed four hits, one run, and no walks with two strikeouts. Eagle reliever Kevin Moran (2-4) suffered the loss, as he yielded four hits, six runs (five earned), and four walks in 1.1 innings pitched.

The Eagles took the game's first lead in the top of the second inning when Matt Watson lined a solo home run to right-center, his fifth long ball of the season.

Carolina Takes Series, Tops Maryland 8-4

COLLEGE PARK, MD. - A four-run ninth inning propelled No. 22 North Carolina over Maryland 8-4 Sunday afternoon at Shipley Field. Ben Bunting paced the Carolina attacked posting four hits. The Tar Heels earned their first lead in the ninth and never looked back, to improve to 20-10 overall and 4-8 in league play. The Terrapins falls to 12-17 overall and 3-9 in the ACC with the loss.

Michael Morin (4-0) earned the win throwing 1.2 innings of strong relief. Colin Bates looked good in his second relief appearance of the year and weekend. The junior scattered seven hits allowing only one run over four innings of work.

Garrett Davis threw two shutout innings of relief to keep the Tar Heels in the game. Starter Jimmy Messer lasted only one inning, but worked into the second frame. The sophomore allowed two runs on two hits with one walk.

"I am very proud of my team, we deserved this win," said head coach Mike Fox. "We've been on the wrong end of a lot of close games and we just told them to keep fighting. It paid off today."

Jackets Sweep Duke Behind Burnette's Two Homers

ATLANTA - Junior Chase Burnette hit two home runs, and led seven different batters with extra-base hits as the second-ranked Georgia Tech baseball team (25-3, 11-1 ACC) swept Duke (16-12, 3-9 ACC) with a 9-4 win Sunday afternoon Russ Chandler Stadium.

Tech hit four home runs on the day, led by Burnette's two. The Jackets hit 10 round-trippers on the weekend alone, and hold a conference-leading 63 on the season.

In addition to Burnette, sophomore Matt Skole and junior Thomas Nichols also went deep for Tech.

Burnette was 3-for-4 with three RBI on the day, while hitting his eighth and ninth homers of the season. Junior Derek Dietrich was also 3-for-4, and added an RBI.

"You will have a good series and a bad series, and it just happened to be one of those good series this weekend," Burnette said. "I was just coming in trying to swing my best and hit the ball hard. It was a good day all-around, a lot of guys had a good day."

No. 15 Miami Sweeps Wake Forest With 10-1 Win Sunday

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The 15th-ranked University of Miami baseball team used a huge third inning to conclude a sweep of Wake Forest, winning 10-1 Sunday afternoon at Alex Rodriguez Park. Chris Pelaez drove in four runs and Jason Santana tossed six scoreless to earn the win as the Hurricanes improved to 20-7 overall and 10-2 in Atlantic Coast Conference at the mid-point of the 2010 campaign.

The series victory was the fourth in a row for the Hurricanes to open ACC play - a stretch that includes wins for 10 in Miami's last 11 league games.

Pelaez went 1-for-4 on the day, but provided a three-run triple to spark Miami in a seven-run third inning. David Villasuso had one of his best days at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a pair of runs. Eight of nine starters for the Hurricanes scored a run and recorded at least one hit.

Santana (3-1, 4.46 ERA) allowed just two hits and four base runners while striking out five on the afternoon. It marked the third time in four ACC starts that Santana allowed one earned run or less.

Florida State Rallies Past Virginia Tech

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - It was a battle for 27 outs but in the end fourth-ranked Florida State (21-6, 7-5 ACC) held on for the 9-6 victory over Virginia Tech (20-10, 6-6 ACC) Sunday afternoon on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles scored seven runs over their final two at-bats to cap the come-from-behind victory and to give Hall of Fame head coach Mike Martin career win No. 1,600.

Martin becomes just the fourth coach all-time to achieve 1,600 career victories and just the third at the Division I level. The Seminole ball coach now joins an elusive Division I group that includes Texas' Augie Garrido and Wichita State's Gene Stephenson.

"Well I have to admit, I'm glad it's finally over with," said head coach Mike Martin on achieving career win No. 1,600. "I think the guys were anxious to get a win whether it was Friday, Saturday or today. They are a bunch of outstanding competitors and now we move on and continue to play some baseball."