Baseball ACCtion: Tuesday, April 6

April 6, 2010

No. 11 Clemson Downs Georgia 15-5 Tuesday

ATHENS, Ga. - John Hinson went 2-for-3 with a grand slam and a career-high five RBIs to lead #11 Clemson to a 15-5 victory over Georgia in front of 3,783 fans at Foley Field on Tuesday night. The Tigers, who took a 1-0 lead in the home-and-home midweek series, improved to 21-8, while Georgia fell to 10-18.

The Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and scored six more runs in the second inning to take a commanding lead. Clemson added a run in the seventh and five runs in the eighth for the 10-run win. The victory snapped Georgia's four-game winning streak over the Tigers in the series.

Freshman starter Dominic Leone (2-0) earned the win in 6.0 strong innings. He established career-highs for innings pitched and strikeouts (7) while allowing just four hits, two runs, and one walk.

Eric Swegman (0-2), the first of six Georgia pitchers, suffered the loss, as he failed to retire a batter while allowing two hits, three runs, and two walks.

Gould's Five RBI Lead Duke to 9-5 Win

CARY, N.C. - Jeremy Gould drove in a career-high five RBI, and Ben Grisz and Marcus Stroman combined for six shutout innings out of the bullpen to lead Duke to a 9-5 win over William and Mary on Tuesday evening at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.

Gould sent in all five of his runs in his first two at bats with a two-out, two-run homer in the first inning and a three-run double in the third. Ranked eighth all-time at Duke with a .336 career batting average, Gould finished 2-for-4 for his sixth multi-hit performance in his last eight games.

Grisz (2-1) took over in the top of fourth inning and shut out the Tribe (17-11) for four complete innings before Stroman fired two hitless frames in the eighth and ninth. Grisz notched the win and lowered his ERA to 2.93 while Stroman struck out three to give him 28 punchouts in his first 21 innings of work.

Hokies Shut Out NC Central, 13-0

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Five Virginia Tech pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout, and 12 Tech batters contributed hits, as the Hokies posted a 13-0 non-conference victory against North Carolina Central at English Field on Tuesday. The game was shortened to seven innings under a pre-game 10-run agreement.

Tech improved to 21-10 overall with the win. The Hokies collected 16 hits, including three homers, a triple and three doubles. Freshmen Andrew Rash and Brent Zimmerman contributed the first multiple-hit games of their college careers. They were joined with two hits by shortstop Tim Smalling and outfielder Mike Kaminski. Matt Blow topped Tech with three runs batted in, while Kaminski and left fielder Steve Domecus each drove in a pair.

By design, Tech used multiple pitchers in the contest with Joe Parsons, Mark Zecchino and Jake Joyce pitching an inning apiece, while Patrick Scoggin and Joe Mantiply both worked two innings. Parsons collected the win for his first decision of the season. North Carolina Central starter Glenn Frye (0-6) took the loss.

Pope Leads No. 2 Georgia Tech Baseball to 8-2 Triumph Over Kennesaw State

ATLANTA - Mark Pope scattered four hits over eight innings, while Matt Skole and Chase Burnette hit home runs to lead the second-ranked Georgia Tech baseball team (26-3, 11-1 ACC) over Kennesaw State (13-18, 4-5 A-Sun), 8-2, Tuesday night at Russ Chandler Stadium.

The eight innings were a career high for Pope, who improved to 4-0 on the season with the win. The sophomore right-hander struck out six batters, allowing just two runs to cross the plate.

"Mark [Pope] threw the ball well tonight," head coach Danny Hall said. "The only bad pitch he threw was the home run ball. I thought he was in total command for eight strong innings, and he kept them totally off-balance."

Junior Derek Dietrich had three hits for the third consecutive game, leading Tech at the plate. Senior Tony Plagman added two hits and two RBI, while Skole had two hits of his own, including his 10th home run of the season.

"They [Kennesaw State] threw the same pitcher (as they did last Wednesday) and he did a great job against us [at Kennesaw]. I thought we'd have better approaches and be ready for him tonight, and I think we were," Hall added.

No. 9 Miami Beats FAU Behind Big Nights From Ratcliff, Grundy

BOCA RATON, Fla. - Freshman second baseman Frankie Ratcliff drove in four runs, scored three and hit his second homer of the season as the ninth-ranked University of Miami baseball team picked up an 8-5 win over FAU Tuesday night at the FAU Baseball Stadium.

The win - Miami's sixth straight - pushed the `Canes record to 21-7 overall this year while FAU dropped to 16-12. The victory also marked the second of the year for the `Canes against FAU after Miami won, 12-5, last week in Coral Gables.

The two teams will wrap up the season series in Coral Gables Wednesday night at 6 p.m. at Alex Rodriguez Park.

Freshman left-hander Jerad Grundy (1-0) turned in his best outing of his young career, holding FAU to just one run on two hits while striking out two in six innings of work to earn his first career win.

Riggins, Wolfpack Drop Bombs On Coppin State, 11-2

RALEIGH, N.C. - Harold Riggins hit two big flies and drove in four runs, and four NC State pitchers combined on a six-hitter Tuesday evening to lift the Wolfpack past Coppin State 11-2 at Doak Field at Dail Park.

NC State, which improved to 19-10 on the season, won for the fourth time in its last five games and the fifth time in its last seven games. Coppin State lost for just the second time in its last 10 games and fell to 10-13.

Brandon Price (1-0) got the win for NC State with 2 2/3 innings of relief work. He allowed a run on two hits, walked one and struck out one. Vance Williams earned his first save after allowing a run on three hits in 3 1/3 innings. Coppin State starter Jim Vagnier (2-3) was saddled with the loss. He allowed three runs, one earned, on two hits and three walks in two innings of work.

No. 4 Cavaliers Defeat James Madison, 9-4

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The No. 4 Virginia baseball team downed James Madison, 9-4, Tuesday evening in front of 2,521 spectators at Davenport Field.

Tyler Cannon (Sr., Pigeon Forge, Tenn.) went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and two RBI. John Barr (Jr., Ivyland, Pa.), Kenny Swab (Jr., Kernersville, N.C.) and Chris Taylor (Fr., Virginia Beach, Va.) each had two hits. Stephen Bruno (Fr., Audubon, N.J.) also had a pair of hits to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. Phil Gosselin (Jr., West Chester, Pa.) went 1-for-3 to stretch his career-best hit streak to 13 games.

Justin Thompson (So., Danville, Va.), the second of seven Virginia pitchers, earned his first win with a career-long 2.1 innings of scoreless relief. All seven of his outs came by strikeout. Kevin Arico (Jr., Flemington, N.J.) earned his 10th save by getting the final out in the ninth inning.

JMU starter Jason Kuhn (1-2) was credited with the loss after pitching 4.1 innings and allowing six runs (five earned), nine hits and two walks.

UVa pitchers struck out a season-high 18 batters, but walked 14 as well - also a season high. Despite all the walks, Virginia's pitchers dodged further problems while stranding 16 JMU baserunners. UVa allowed just five hits in the game, and only two after the fourth inning.

Elon Clips Carolina 4-2

ELON, N.C. - Elon scored three of their four runs with two-outs to defeat No. 20 North Carolina 4-2 Tuesday night in front of 1839 fans at Latham Park. Mike Cavasinni led Carolina with two hits as the Tar Heels fall to 20-11 on the year. The Phoenix never trailed in the game to improve to 20-10 overall.

Garrett Davis (3-3) suffers the loss, lasting only 1.2 innings. Davis allowed two runs on two hits and walked three. Zach Bernard tossed a frame of shutout ball, allowing just one hit.

"We are not a team who can win with only one or two guys going offensively, we need six or seven guys to hit well," said head coach Mike Fox. "We only allow four runs and six hits then we should be able to win the game."

Greg Holt was solid in relief, matching his career-best with 2.2 innings of work. Holt allowed one run on one hit while striking out four. Chris Munnelly allowed one run on two hits in an equal amount of work.

Florida State Drops Road Contest To UNF

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Seventh-ranked Florida State (21-7) could not overcome a three-run first inning by North Florida (17-14) falling 3-1 to the Ospreys Tuesday evening at the Baseball Grounds in Jacksonville, home of the Florida Marlins' Double-A affiliate the Jacksonville Suns. The loss snapped FSU's three-game win streak in the series, while it marked just the second time UNF has defeated the Seminoles in nine all-time meetings.

"Dusty did a great job," said head coach Mike Martin. "It was just a beautiful job on his part. His ball club out played us tonight. They deserved to win."

North Florida registered all its runs on a pair of first inning home runs off FSU starter Hunter Scantling (1-2). After recording the first two outs on just six pitches, the Ospreys' Preston Hale got things going with a liner off the wall in right. Two pitches later, Robbie Collier connected on his first home run of the season going opposite field for a two-run shot and a 2-0 UNF lead. Justin Preckajlo followed with a solo shot to left to give the Ospreys a 3-0 advantage.

Terps Fall to Mason, 3-1, in Pitcher's Duel

FAIRFAX, Va. - Maryland's pitching staff held one of the highest-ranked scoring offenses in the country to just three runs, but the offense was unable to provide enough support to win, as the Terps fell 3-1 to George Mason Tuesday afternoon.

The Patriots entered the game ranked 13th in the nation in scoring with a 9.1 runs-per-game average, but Maryland pitchers held them well below that. Sander Beck, who made the start but pitched just two innings, allowed a single run in the second on an RBI triple by Christopher Cook.

Matt Fullerton took over in the third and pitched into the sixth, holding Mason hitters in check for three innings. But the lefty got in trouble in the sixth, allowing a single to lead off the inning, and then hitting Ryan Soares with a pitch.