Baseball ACCtion: Saturday, April 17

April 18, 2010

No. 1 Virginia Baseball Whips No. 20 Virginia Tech, 8-2
The top-ranked Virginia baseball team scored six runs in its final three trips to the plate as it earned an 8-2 victory over No. 20 Virginia Tech Saturday afternoon in front of a sold-out crowd of 4,219 at Davenport Field. With the win, UVa has clinched the series win - its fifth over a ranked team this year. UVa goes for the series sweep at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Virginia (29-8, 12-5 ACC) steadily stretched its lead in the late innings, scoring twice with two outs in the sixth inning to break a 2-2 tie, then tallying a run in the seventh and three in the eighth to coast to the win. Virginia Tech fell to 24-13 overall and 8-9 in the ACC.

Virginia starting pitcher Robert Morey (Jr., Virginia Beach, Va.) worked seven strong innings to earn the win and improve to 5-2 this season. He allowed two earned runs, five hits and three walks while striking out three. Tyler Wilson (Jr., Midlothian, Va.) tossed two scoreless innings to pick up his second save.

No. 5 Tech Baseball Edges No. 16 Clemson, 4-3, to Clinch Series
Brandon Cumpton scattered three runs over 7.0 innings, while Jeff Rowland drove in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh to give fifth-ranked Georgia Tech (30-5, 14-3 ACC) a 4-3 win and series clinch over No. 19 Clemson (23-13, 10-7 ACC) Saturday at Russ Chandler Stadium.

Cumpton (6-0) won his sixth game of the season and remains undefeated on the year after holding the Tigers to three runs (two earned) Saturday. The Evans, Ga. native struck out six batters to help the Jackets reach the 30-win plateau for the 28th-straight year.

Rowland and senior Tony Plagman paced the offense with two hits apiece, while juniors Derek Dietrich and Thomas Nichols chipped in with huge solo home runs. Tech has now hit a home run in 14 consecutive games.

Perry, Martinez Lead No. 13 Miami Past No. 21 UNC, 11-1
The 13th ranked University of Miami baseball team continued its power surge Saturday night, getting home runs from Ryan Perry and Harold Martinez en route to an 11-1 win over No. 21 North Carolina at Alex Rodriguez Park. The win guarantees the Hurricanes their first series win against the Tar Heels since 2005 and their fifth ACC series win in their first six this season.

Zeke DeVoss went 3-for-4, scored three runs and stole three bases to lead Miami (26-9, 13-4 ACC) offensively. Perry's homer - his first of the season - came in the bottom of the second as his two-run blast to right proved to be the game-winner. Martinez's homer - a three-run shot in the fifth - was his team-leading 11th this season, his fifth in UM's last 10 games and his second in as many nights against UNC (22-15, 6-11 ACC).

Eight of UM's nine starters scored at least one run, while Scott Lawson had a season-high tying three RBI.

NC State Makes It Two Straight Over Maryland, 7-2
Cory Mazzoni pitched NC State’s second complete game in as many days, and five different Wolfpack hitters drove in runs to lead the Pack past Maryland 7-2 in the second game of a three-game ACC series at Shipley Field.

The Wolfpack, which won the first game of the series behind the stellar pitching of Jake Buchanan, has won the first two games of the series and now stands at 24-13 overall, 8-9 in the ACC. Maryland fell to 14-23 qand 4-13.

Although not quite as dominant as Buchanan was on Friday, Mazzoni (5-2) was in complete command from his first pitch to his last. He allowed just one earned run on five hits, walked one and struck out five. He never allowed more than two Maryland baserunners in a single inning and held Maryland hitless until two were out in the bottom of the fourth. He had retired 11 of 12 men to that point, and the one he reached base did so on an error, meaning Mazzoni did his job. For the game he set down 27 of 35 opposing hitters, and two of the eight who reached were the result of errors. Mazzoni retired 10 in a row in one stretch during the first four innings, and also cut down the final six batters he faced.

Duke Ties Series With 10-6 Win Over No. 6 Florida State
Brian Litwin went 3-for-5 and drove in the go-ahead run with a two-run double in the seventh inning to lead Duke to a 10-6 win over No. 6 Florida State on Saturday afternoon at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.

Litwin drove in three RBI and crossed the plate three times as Duke (21-15, 6-11 ACC) tied the series at one game apiece. The sophomore outfielder came to the plate with Duke trailing 6-5 in the bottom of the seventh and ripped the first pitch he saw to the right field warning track for a two-run double that put the Blue Devils on top for the remainder of the game.

Two-way freshman Marcus Stroman (4-1) shut out Florida State (27-9, 11-6 ACC) for the final three innings after take the mound from second base in the seventh. Stroman, who also singled in his last three at bats, took the mound with Duke trailing 6-5 and held the Seminoles to just one hit for the rest of the game.

Boston College Holds Off Wake Forest Rally In Ninth To Win 5-3
Wake Forest loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the ninth, but a strikeout and a 1-2-5 game-ending double play gave the Boston College baseball team a thrilling 5-3 win Saturday at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field.

The Demon Deacons loaded the bases thanks to a single, a walk and a hit batsman. Sophomore Taylor Lasko got Trenton Langston to fan at strike three for the inning's first out. Sophomore Matt Brazis came on to close the game and induced Pat Blair into a comebacker. Brazis took his time going home and got the first out but junior Garret Smith had no time to convert the double play at first. Steven Brooks, who had been on second, overran the third base bag though and Smith gunned him down on a close play to end the game.

Sophomore Mike Dennhardt had his second quality start in a row, throwing 7.0 innings and allowing three runs on eight hits. He struck out five but walked six. Dennhardt, the reigning ACC Pitcher of the Week, threw 13.1 consecutive scoreless innings before giving up two in the fifth.