Baseball ACCtion: Wednesday, April 14

April 14, 2010

No. 5 Jackets Pound Bulldogs, 25-6
Tony Plagman and Jeff Rowland each went 4-for-5 to lead 14 different players with a hit, while the Georgia Tech baseball team (28-7) recorded its largest-ever victory over rival Georgia (11-22) with a 25-6 win Wednesday night at Foley Field. With the win, the Yellow Jackets clinched the three-game series between the two.

The 25 runs also tie the most ever recorded by one team in the 112-year old rivalry. It is the most scored by Tech this season. Tech's previous largest margin of victory over the Bulldogs came in 1998, a 21-4 win at Russ Chandler Stadium.

Tech had a season-high 25 hits on the night, 12 that went for extra-base hits. The team recorded three triples, which tie the school record.

Gutierrez Perfect in Seven as No. 13 Miami One-Hits FGCU
Senior right-hander David Gutierrez tossed seven perfect innings and three Miami pitchers combined on a one-hitter as the 13th-ranked Hurricanes cruised to a 9-0 win over Florida Gulf Coast Wednesday night at Hammond Stadium.

Making just his second start of the season, Gutierrez (3-0) kept the first 21 FGCU batters off the bases through seven, inducing six ground-outs, seven strikeouts and eight fly-outs. Working on a pitch count, Gutierrez was then relieved to start the eighth after his pitch total had reached 84. Gutierrez's seven strikeouts was one shy of his career-high.

Reliever Eric Whaley tossed a scoreless eighth for the 'Canes, but allowed a hit-by-pitch, a single and a walk in the inning. Daniel Miranda came on in the ninth to retire FGCU in order and secure the one-hit bid. 

Ness, Foreman Shut Out UNC Greensboro 1-0
Seniors Michael Ness and Jonathan Foreman combined for a four-hit shutout as Duke edged UNC Greensboro 1-0 on Wednesday evening at the USA Baseball National Training Complex for the Blue Devils' fourth shutout of the year.

Ness started and fired five scoreless innings before Foreman (2-0) entered in the sixth and was near-perfect over the final four frames. Foreman retired the first 11 batters he faced and struck out six without issuing a walk. The senior right-hander struck out five straight hitters at one point while firing just under 75 percent of his pitches for strikes.

Ness also pitched without giving up a walk while striking out four and scattering three singles. Duke's defense backed up both pitchers with another errorless showing, marking the 18th time this season that the Blue Devils have not committed an error.

Terps Steal 10 Bases, Top Retrievers 10-7
Maryland broke the school's single-game stolen bases record that it set earlier this season and scored at least one run in each of the first six innings en route to a 10-7 win over UMBC Wednesday night.

Alfredo Rodriguez went 4-for-5, Jack Cleary and Dan Gentzler had three hits apiece and David Poutier went 2-for-4 to help Maryland complete a season sweep of the Retrievers.

The Terps had already broken the school record for stolen bases in a game when they took eight against Hofstra on March 6. Against UMBC on Wednesday, Maryland had nearly reached that number halfway through the game and finished the evening with 10.

Boston College Hangs On For 10-9 Beanpot Win Against Harvard
Harvard scored five times in the top of the ninth but left the bases loaded as the Boston College baseball team held on to beat Harvard, 10-9, in the first round of the Beanpot Wednesday at Campanelli Stadium.

Losing 10-4 heading into the final frame, Harvard put up five runs - all with two outs. Dillon O'Neill led off with a walk and after the next two batters were retired, Marcus Way hit an RBI double. Consecutive singles brought in another run and then Brent Suter walked to load the bases. Sam Franklin dropped an RBI single in front of the right fielder to make it 10-7.

Chris Rouches forced in a run when he drew a walk to pull Harvard within two runs and then a wild pitch made it a one-run game with a pair in scoring position. O'Neill walked to load the bases again but junior Dave Laufer fanned Kyle Larrow to end the game.

No. 26 VMI Defeats No. 1 Virginia
No. 26 VMI scored six runs in the sixth inning to break open a close game en route to a 12-3 victory over the top-ranked Virginia baseball team Wednesday evening at Gray-Minor Stadium. The Cavaliers suffered their first midweek loss of the season.

John Barr (Jr., Ivyland, Pa.) homered and drove in a pair as part of a 2-for-3 night, while Stephen Bruno (Fr., Audubon, N.J.) stretched his hit streak to 15 games with a first-inning bunt single. Phil Gosselin (Jr., West Chester, Pa.) added two hits for Virginia (27-8).

UVa starter Whit Mayberry (Fr., Alexandria, Va.) suffered the loss after allowing five runs (four earned), six hits and one walk while striking out three in 3.2 innings of work. He fell to 1-2 on the season. UVa pitchers gave up a season-high 12 runs and 15 hits in the defeat. 

Late Inning FSU Rally Falls Short
Sixth-ranked Florida State (26-8) fell to Jacksonville (18-17) 10-8 as the Dolphins evened the season series at a game apiece Wednesday evening on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. Jacksonville scored eight of its 10 runs in the final two innings defeating the Seminoles in Tallahassee for the second time in the last three years.

With the Seminoles capitalizing on a Jacksonville error in the seventh to take a 4-2 lead, the Dolphins erupted for five runs in the eighth and three in the ninth to snap FSU's five-game winning streak.

The Noles would not go down without a fight scoring one in the eighth before staging a ninth inning rally that saw FSU score three more times, while putting the tying run at second base with two outs. 

Tar Heels Fall To Chanticleers 12-4
No. 9 Coastal Carolina scored four runs in the first inning and never trailed defeating No. 21 North Carolina 12-4 Wednesday night at Boshamer Stadium. The Tar Heels' Jimmy Messer suffers the loss as Carolina falls to 22-13 overall. The Chanticleer's Austin Fleet earns the win improving Coastal Carolina to 29-5 on the year.

Messer (1-1) lasted just two thirds on an inning allowing four runs on two hits in the first. Carolina used seven different pitchers in relief - Greg Holt, Zach Bernard, Cody Penny, R.C. Orlan, Teddy Mitrosilis, Bryant Gaines and Parker Thomas. Gaines looked strong throwing one shutout inning allowing no hits. Thomas fanned the side in the ninth.

Fleet (4-1) earns the win throwing 4.1 shutout innings. Starter Matt Laney allowed three runs on six hits with three strikeouts. Jackson Geary allowed one run in the ninth. 

Elon Holds Off Wake Forest for 9-8 Win
Elon scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning to take the lead and held on for a 9-8 win on a chilly and overcast Wednesday night at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.

Wake Forest falls to 10-25 with the loss, while Elon improves to 23-12 with the victory.

Jim Stokes earned his first win of the season in relief for Elon, pitching 2.1 scoreless innings and allowing three hits with three strikeouts. Ryan McGrath received the loss to fall to 1-2 on the season. McGrath gave up a run and walked the only batter he faced.

UNC Wilmington Hands NC State 7-4 Setback
Michael Rooney, Alex Hill and Ben Thielsen drove in two runs apiece, and six UNC Wilmington relievers combined to pitch 4 2/3 scoreless innings Wednesday night to lift the Seahawks to a 7-4 victory over NC State at Doak Field at Dail Park.

The Wolfpack, which dropped to 22-14 with the loss, fielded a makeshift lineup due to injuries and illness. In particular, center fielder Kyle Wilson is out for at least two weeks with a groin pull, and right fielder Drew Poulk is out with an persistent but intermittent abdominal problem. Their absence forced Wolfpack coach Elliott Avent to revamp his lineup and put first baseman Harold Riggins in left field, second baseman Dallas Poulk in center, and left fielder Russell Wilson in right. Shortstop Chris Diaz played second base.

The Wolfpack jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning against UNCW starter Daniel Cropper. Dallas Poulk led off and went all the way to second base on an error by third baseman Michael Bass. Andrew Ciencin reached on an infield single to second base, but Poulk was thrown out trying to score when the throw from Thielsen skipped past first base. Robbie Monday recovered quickly and nailed Poulk at the plate. Pratt Maynard followed with a double into the left-field corner to put runners on second and third. Harold Riggins got Ciencin home with a sacrifice fly, and Canela drove in Maynard with a single through the left side of the infield.

Kirkpatrick's Grand Slam Lifts Catamounts to 7-5 Win Over #16 Tigers
Tyler Kirkpatrick's grand slam in the seventh inning lifted Western Carolina to a 7-5 win over #16 Clemson at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Wednesday night. The Catamounts improved to 22-9-1, while the Tigers fell to 23-11.

Clemson took a 3-0 lead in the first inning on John Hinson's two-run homer, then Wilson Boyd broke a 3-3 tie with a two-run single in the fifth inning. But the Catamounts loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh and Kirkpatrick's go-ahead long ball proved to be the difference in their two-run win.

Andrew Chilcoat (1-0), the fourth of six Catamount pitchers, earned the win by pitching a perfect sixth inning. Daniel Ottone retired all five batters he faced over 2.0 innings pitched to record his seventh save of the year.