Baseball ACCtion: Sunday, April 11

April 11, 2010

No. 4 Virginia Shuts Down No. 2 Georgia Tech, 9-1, to Win Series
Behind a strong pitching performance, the No. 4 Virginia baseball team earned a series win by stifling No. 2 Georgia Tech's potent offense in a 9-1 victory Sunday at Davenport Field. The Cavaliers won the series, two games to one, and finished off their fourth series win over a ranked opponent this season.

A crowd of 4,205 came out for the matinee as Virginia set a three-game series attendance record of 12,579, breaking the previous school record of 9,642, set earlier this season for a series against Boston College.

Virginia (27-7, 10-5 ACC) got a strong starting pitching performance from Cody Winiarski (Jr., Franksville, Wis.), who pitched 5.1 innings, allowing one earned run, five hits and one walk while striking out three as he improved to 4-0 on the season. Tyler Wilson (Jr., Midlothian, Va.) struck out five in 2.2 scoreless innings before Kevin Arico (Jr., Flemington, N.J.) tossed the ninth inning to finish off the Yellow Jackets (27-5, 12-3) and hand them their first series loss this season.

Noles Win Wild One At Wake
What would an ACC game be without a little late inning rally? For the third time on the road in league play this year, seventh-ranked Florida State (25-7, 10-5 ACC) used a ninth inning rally to earn a win. This time the Seminoles scored three runs in the ninth and hung on for a 17-16 victory over Wake Forest (10-24, 2-13 ACC) on Sunday afternoon on Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.

Ohmed Danesh came through with a key pinch hit with one out in the ninth lacing a double to right on the first pitch he saw from Wake's Joel Ernst (1-1). The hit scored Mike McGee from third for the tying run, while Jayce Boyd raced around from first and scored on a fielding error by Mac Williamson in right. Danesh raced into third on the play and would score a key insurance run a batter later on a fielder's choice grounder off the bat of Sherman Johnson. With the Wake infield playing in, Danesh went on contact and slid just in front of the tag at home to give the Noles a 17-15 advantage and their first lead since the first inning.

The run by Danesh would loom large as Shane Kroker went deep off Mike McGee to lead off the bottom of the ninth to draw the Deacs within one of the Seminole lead. The run marked the first allowed by the Seminole closer in 13.1 innings this year. But McGee would settle down as the junior right hander registered back-to-back strikeouts and then a fly out to right by Pat Blair for the final out of the ball game. The save was McGee's sixth of the season and second of the weekend.

Tar Heels Take Series, Top Wolfpack 9-6
A six-run seventh inning lifted No. 20 North Carolina over No. 28 NC State 9-6 Sunday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium. Michael Morin earned the victory in relief helping Carolina improve to 22-12 overall and 6-9 in league play. The Wolfpack's Anthony Tzamtzis suffers the loss as State falls to 21-12 overall and 6-9 in ACC play.

Morin (5-0) earned the win allowing just three runs, none earned, in two innings of relief. Starter Chris Munnelly pitched 4.2 innings, rendering just one run on four hits. Colin Bates allowed two runs on just one hit in two innings of relief.

Nate Striz and Garrett Davis each pitched in the ninth, as Davis recorded his first save of the season retiring the only batter he faced for the final out.

No. 25 Hokies take series from ninth-ranked Miami with 4-2 win
Virginia Tech rode outstanding pitching performances from Jesse Hahn and Ben Rowen to a 4-2 victory over Miami in Atlantic Coast Conference baseball action Sunday afternoon at English Field, clinching its first-ever series from the ninth-ranked Hurricanes.

With the win, the Hokies, ranked No. 25 nationally, moved to 23-11 on the season and 8-7 in the ACC. Miami fell to 23-9 overall and 11-4 in conference play. Tech has now won four of its five conference series this season, including their last three. The Hokies now boast four wins over top-10 teams this season after taking two from then-No. 4 Florida State last weekend.

Hahn, who improved to 5-2 on the season, pitched seven innings of five-hit ball and struck out nine Hurricanes. He allowed two runs in the second inning, but settled down after that and surrendered just three hits over his final five frames of work. Rowen, who earned his second win in Friday’s game, picked up his fourth save of the season with two scoreless innings of relief. He struck out three Hurricane batters.

Duke Clinches Series Versus No. 11 Clemson With 7-2 Win
Chase Bebout held No. 11 Clemson to two runs over a career-high 7.1 innings in his first career ACC start to lead Duke to a series-clinching 7-2 victory in the series finale on Sunday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Bebout (4-0), a freshman who had been Duke's top midweek starter until getting the Sunday call versus Clemson, threw a career-high 114 pitches while holding the Tigers to just six hits. The 6-6, 210-pound right-hander struck out five batters on the way to a win in his first career ACC appearance.

Bebout got plenty of early run support from his offense, beginning with a two-run homer from senior Will Currier who homered for the fourth straight. The 6-4, 215-pound Currier crushed the home run in his first at bat of the day to give himself four home runs and nine RBI in four games this week. He also extended his hitting streak to a career-best seven games and drove in at least one run for the ninth straight outing.

Harman's Gem Lifts Terps Over Eagles, 4-2
With Maryland's bullpen depleted after pitching 7 1/3 innings in Saturday's doubleheader, starter Brett Harman knew he had to give the Terps seven to eight solid innings in order for them to win Sunday.

The junior exceeded those expectations, recording Maryland's first complete game this season and setting a career high with 12 strikeouts as Maryland topped Boston College, 4-2.

Harman broke his previous career high of 10 strikeouts and threw his first complete game since May 8, 2009 against Wake Forest.