Baseball ACCtion: Wednesday, April 7

April 7, 2010

Boston College Takes Down Bryant, 11-3

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team won its fourth straight non-conference game on Wednesday when it defeated Bryant, 11-3, under record-breaking heat at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commader Shea Field.

The Eagles (13-15) scored in seven of the eight innings in which they stepped to the plate. Senior Mike Sudol led the offense, going 3-for-4 with a home run, double, two runs and two RBI. It was his first homer of the season. Sophomore Andrew Lawrence also launched his first long ball this year and went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI.

Seniors Robbie Anston and John Spatola and junior Matt Hamlet each had two hits. Anston had two doubles, an RBI and two runs and Spatola and Hamlet also doubled. Freshman Matt Watson drove in a game-high three runs.

Junior John Leonard made his first appearance of the year and earned the win, pitching 2.0 innings and allowing one hit while fanning three. Seven pitchers came out of the bullpen with senior Chris Kowalski and freshman Jay Jeannotte both throwing perfect innings.

Schaeffer Leads NC State Baseball Past Coppin State, 18-1

RALEIGH, N.C. - Chris Schaeffer hit three home runs and drove in six runs Wednesday, to lead NC State to an 18-1 blowout of Coppin State at Doak Field at Dail Park. Schaeffer, Harold Riggins and John Gianis had four hits apiece for the Wolfpack, and Andrew Ciencin and Drew Poulk chipped in three RBIs each.

The Wolfpack won for the third time in a row and the fifth time in six games, improving to 20-10 overall. Coppin State fell to 10-14 with the loss. Sophomore righthander Mike Russo (1-0), the second of five NC State pitchers, got the win with two innings of scoreless relief. Andrew Kiessling (1-3) took the loss after allowing 12 runs, 10 of them earned, on 11 hits in two innings of work.

NC State got the game started by taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on Pratt Maynard's RBI single to center field, then ended it for all intents and purposes with an 11-run second inning. Fifteen batters came to the plate in the inning and 12 of them reached base, including eight straight at one point. Schaeffer started things with his first homer of the game, and Gianis singled to center.

'Noles Bounce Back With a Win Over North Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - What a difference a day makes. After being held to just one run on five hits on Tuesday night at the Baseball Ground in Jacksonville, seventh-ranked Florida State (22-7) bounced back to garner a 9-2 victory over North Florida (17-15) Wednesday evening on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.

The win gave the Seminoles the regular season series over the Ospreys as FSU took 2-from-3 from UNF this year with both wins coming at home.

Freshman Scott Sitz (2-0) was the story Wednesday night putting together six strong innings in his first collegiate start. The right hander from Jacksonville Beach, Fla., scattered just two hits and did not give up a run marking his longest outing as a Seminole. Sitz did not allow a runner passed second base and finished the game retiring the last seven batters that he faced.

No. 9 Miami Concludes Season Sweep of FAU, 11-0

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The ninth-ranked University of Miami baseball team used three-run homers from Yasmani Grandal and Scott Lawson to power past FAU, 11-0, Wednesday at Alex Rodriguez Park. Four pitchers combined on UM's second shut-out of the year, including David Gutierrez's four scoreless in his first start of the season.

Grandal finished 2-for-3 with the second inning homer, a walk and two runs scored for the Hurricanes (22-7, 10-2 ACC), who have now won seven straight and 12 of their last 14.

Gutierrez (2-0) - working on a pitch count - got the win for the `Canes, allowing just four hits in his four innings. Taylor Wulf and Sam Robinson each tossed two scoreless in relief of Gutierrez before Whaley came on the ninth to retire the Owls (16-13) in order.

In addition to Grandal's night at the plate, Miami also got big performances from Frankie Ratcliff and Stephen Perez, who both reached based three times and each scored twice. Lawson's fifth inning homer was his third of the year.

No. 4 Virginia Thumps Radford, 12-2

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The fourth-ranked Virginia baseball team was solid in all phases of the game in a 12-2 win over Radford Wednesday night at Davenport Field. Virginia racked up 16 hits in the victory, while the pitching staff limited Radford to just four hits and seven baserunners.

Whit Mayberry (Fr., Alexandria, Va.) made his first start at Virginia and earned his first career win. Mayberry (1-1) pitched five strong innings, allowing one earned run, three hits and one walk while striking out a pair. UVa's bullpen - Chad O'Connor (R-Fr., Chesapeake, Va.), Tyler Wilson (Jr., Midlothian, Va.), Branden Kline (Fr., Frederick, Md.) and Neal Davis (Sr., Baltimore, Md.) - held the Highlanders to one hit and three baserunners over the final four innings.

Radford starting pitcher Cassidy McDaniel (0-1) took the loss after allowing six earned runs, nine hits and three walks. Virginia batters did not strike out against any of the five Radford pitchers.

Danny Hultzen (So., Bethesda, Md.) and Keith Werman (So., Vienna, Va.) each had three hits for Virginia (25-6). Werman scored three times, while Hultzen and Phil Gosselin (Jr., West Chester, Pa.) each drove in three runs.

Wake Forest Rallies to Defeat High Point, 8-7

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest scored two runs in both the seventh and eighth innings to overcome a 7-4 deficit and defeat High Point, 8-7, on Wednesday night at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.

With the victory, Wake Forest improves to 10-21 on the season while High Point falls to 17-13 on the year.

Each team scored a run in the second and three runs in the fourth to make the game tied 4-4 after four innings. A three-run fifth inning for the Panthers put High Point in front 7-4. Wake Forest scored twice in both the seventh and eighth innings to rally for the 8-7 win.

Trailing 7-4, Wake Forest started to chip away at the High Point lead with two runs in the bottom of the seventh. Bentley Heyman led off the inning with a triple, his first of the season. Pat Blair followed with a single to shallow left field, scoring Heyman. Blair advanced to second on the throw by Gantner to the plate and later moved up to third when Ryan Lloyd flew out to the warning track in right. Blair came across to score on an RBI groundout to second by Steven Brooks.

No. 11 Tigers Trounce Bulldogs 14-6

CLEMSON, S.C. - Mike Freeman went 3-for-5 with a double and six RBIs against his former team to lead #11 Clemson to a 14-6 win over Georgia in front of 6,346 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Wednesday night. The Tigers, who won the home-and-home midweek series 2-0, improved to 22-8, while the Bulldogs fell to 10-19.

Freeman, who transferred to Clemson after playing one season (2007) at Georgia, led Clemson's 13-hit attack. After trailing 4-0, Clemson scored three runs in the third, four runs in the fourth, five runs in the fifth, and two runs in the sixth to break the game open. The game marked the 15th time that Clemson scored double-digit runs in 2010. The Tigers scored double-digit runs 14 times in 2009.

Jonathan Meyer (2-1), the second of five Tiger hurlers, earned the win. In 3.0 innings pitched, he gave up three hits, two runs, and no walks with four strikeouts.

Chase Hawkins (0-2), the first of seven Bulldog pitchers, suffered the loss, as he yielded three hits, five runs, and three walks with two strikeouts in 3.1 innings pitched.

Maryland Falls to West Virginia, 20-9

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - West Virginia tallied six runs on seven hits in the second inning to take a commanding lead and went on to defeat Maryland 20-9 Wednesday evening.

Chris Rasky led off the second with a home run to left field, and after a groundout, the Mountaineers reeled off six straight hits. Kevin Griffin, Mark Dvoroznak and Jedd Gyorko all had run-scoring doubles in the rally, as West Virginia took a 6-0 lead.

The Mountaineers added a single run in the third and two more in the fifth on a two-run home run by Gyorko to go ahead 9-1. After two scoreless innings, West Virginia added two runs in the eighth and nine more in the ninth to complete the scoring.

Matthew Murakami led Maryland (12-19) offensively, going 2-for-3 with three RBI, including a solo home run in the third inning.

The Terps managed to score seven runs over the final three innings, but with a depleted bullpen allowed 11 runs over the final two innings.