Baseball ACCtion: Sunday, April 18

April 18, 2010

No. 5 Jackets Cruise by No. 16 Clemson for Series Sweep
Fifth-ranked Georgia Tech (31-5, 15-3 ACC) cruised to an 11-3 win over No. 16 Clemson (23-14, 10-8 ACC) behind strong pitching from Jed Bradley and four-hit performances from three different players Sunday at Russ Chandler Stadium. With the win, the Jackets picked up their sixth weekend series sweep of the season and fourth in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

Jacob Esch (4-for-5, 1 RBI), Tony Plagman (4-for-5, 2 RBI) and Jeff Rowland (4-for-5, 3 RBI) picked up 12 of Tech's 17 hits Sunday, as the Jackets scored a run in every inning for the first time this season.

Esch's solo homer to right field in the eighth inning closed the scoring on the day, and extended the team's consecutive home run streak to 15 games. The Chanhassen, Minn. native had a huge weekend, going 7-for-12 with four runs scored, a double, home run and two RBI in the three games. He entered the series with just six hits total (6-for-59) in 15 ACC games.

No. 13 Miami Sweeps No. 21 UNC with Walk-Off Win Sunday
The 13th-ranked University of Miami baseball team won in thrilling fashion over No. 21 North Carolina on Sunday, scoring three runs in the bottom of the eighth in a curfew-shortened game to pick up an 8-7 win at Alex Rodriguez Park. The win secured Miami's first ever series sweep over the Tar Heels since the `Canes joined the ACC in 2005.

Down 7-5 heading into the bottom of the eighth, the Hurricanes (27-9, 14-4 ACC) knew it would be their last chance to come back due to the Atlantic Coast Conference's curfew rule that wouldn't allow for another inning to start.

Zeke DeVoss quickly made it 7-6 with a solo homer to lead off the inning. Back-to-back walks by Frankie Ratcliff and Scott Lawson put runners on first and second, with still no outs on the board. Yasmani Grandal - who already had two hits and four RBI on the day - then singled up the middle in center to load the bases. Harold Martinez grounded into a double play, but moved Lawson to third and scored Ratcliff to tie it up at 7-7. Michael Broad, who had come on a pinch-runner in the seventh, then came to the plate with Lawson waiting on third. But the first pitch by reliever Nate Striz was thrown in the dirt and got away from catcher Jesse Wierzbicki, allowing Lawson to score easily to give the `Canes their second win this year on walk-off wild pitch.

Five-run ninth lifts No. 20 Tech over top-ranked Virginia
The 20th-ranked Virginia Tech baseball team scored five runs in the top of the ninth inning to rally from a two-run deficit and complete an 8-5 comeback win over No. 1 Virginia on Sunday afternoon at Davenport Field.

It was the Hokies’ third win over a No. 1 team in the past five seasons, following a 7-6 defeat of No. 1 Miami in 2008 and an 11-2 victory over No. 1 Florida State in 2006. The Hokies are now 5-4 against top-10 teams over the past three weekends.

Down by two entering the final frame, the Hokies (25-13, 9-9 ACC) drew three consecutive one-out walks from Virginia (29-9, 12-6 ACC) closer Kevin Arico, who had only walked four batters all season. After Arico was replaced by Tyler Wilson and a strikeout left the Hokies down to their final out, Sean Ryan drew Tech’s fourth walk of the frame to force home Ronnie Shaban and pull the Hokies within one.

NC State Pummels Maryland 22-6 For Series Sweep
NC State hung five crooked numbers on the scoreboard Sunday, scoring three runs or more in five different innings and easily thumping Maryland 22-6 in the final game of a three-game ACC series at Shipley Field.

The victory gave the Wolfpack a sweep of the series and lifted the Pack to 25-13 overall and 9-9 in the ACC. Maryland fell to 14-24 and 4-14.

Freshman righthander Anthony Tzamtzis (3-2) got the win with 2 2/3 innings in relief of starter Alex Sogard. Tzamtzis allowed two runs on five hits and walked two. Maryland starter Sander Beck (0-6) took the loss after allowing five runs on four hits in 2 1/3 innings.

Boston College Completes Sweep Of Wake Forest With 12-7 Win
Seven different players drove in runs and senior Robbie Anston hit three of the Eagles' 11 extra base hits as the Boston College baseball team beat Wake Forest, 12-7, Sunday to complete the weekend sweep at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field.

Anston went 4-for-5 for BC (19-17, 9-9 ACC) with two doubles, a triple, two RBI and a run. He was a home run shy of the cycle. Senior John Spatola hit a pair of triples and drove in three runs. Sophomore Brad Zapenas went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and three runs. Junior Mickey Wiswall was 3-for-4 with his 11th homer of the year, a double and three runs and freshman Matt Watson was 2-for-2 with a triple and a pair of RBI.

Junior John Leonard went 5.1 innings on the mound and picked up his second win of the year. He allowed two runs - one earned - on four hits. He struck out four and walked a pair. Sophomore Taylor Lasko earned the first save of his career, pitching the last 3.0 innings and allowing one run on two hits.