Baseball ACCtion: Tuesday, April 20

April 21, 2010

Big Bats Lead Virginia Tech to 16-6 Win Over Radford

RADFORD, Va. - The 20th-ranked Virginia Tech baseball team pounded out 18 hits, including nine of the extra-base variety, to defeat Radford 16-6 in non-conference action on Tuesday afternoon at RU Baseball Field.

Designated hitter Steve Domecus led the Hokies (26-13) by going 4-for-4 with a three runs scored and career-highs of three doubles and six runs batted in. First baseman Ronnie Shaban went 4-for-5 with two doubles and four RBIs, while shortstop Tim Smalling went 3-for-5 with four runs scored.

Radford (17-18) was led by second baseman Alex Guerra, who went 2-for-3 with four RBIs and a home run.

Tech starting pitcher Manny Martir (3-2) gave up four runs on four hits in 3.1 innings, but was eligible for the win because it was pre-arranged that the Hokies would use more than three pitchers on limited pitch counts. He struck out four and walked two.

Three Solo Blasts Give No. 9 Miami a 5-2 Win Over Bethune-Cookman

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The ninth-ranked University of Miami baseball team continued its recent home run barrage on Tuesday, hitting three solo shots en route to a 5-2 win over Bethune-Cookman on a wet night at Alex Rodriguez Park. The win was Miami's fifth straight against a mid-week opponent and 13th win in its last 15 games overall.

In addition to solo homers by Yasmani Grandal, Harold Martinez and Ryan Perry, the `Canes (28-9) got 6 2/3 strong innings from David Gutierrez, who has won each of his first three starts this year.

Gutierrez (4-0) allowed two runs on six hits while walking two and striking out six before Sam Robinson got the final out of the seventh on strikeout. Eric Whaley then came on and tossed a scoreless eighth before Daniel Miranda picked up his third save of the year after a scoreless ninth.

No. 2 Virginia Coasts Past Richmond, 11-3

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The second-ranked Virginia baseball team scored five runs in the third inning and cruised from there in an 11-3 victory over Richmond Tuesday evening at Davenport Field.

Virginia batters capitalized on 16 Richmond walks in the game. UVa finished with seven hits, highlighted by Phil Gosselin (Jr., West Chester, Pa.), who hit a solo home run. Chris Taylor (Fr., Virginia Beach, Va.) went 1-for-2, walked three times and scored four runs for Virginia (30-9), while Jarrett Parker (Jr., Stafford, Va.) walked four times. Steven Proscia (So., Suffern, N.Y.) drove in three runs for UVa.

In his first career start, Shane Halley (So., Burke, Va.) worked a career-high four innings to earn the win and improve to 2-0. He allowed just three hits and two walks while striking out four. Will Roberts (Jr., Richmond, Va.) pitched the final three innings to record his first career save. Richmond starter Shawn O'Neill (1-2) was saddled with the loss after tossing 2.1 innings and giving up four earned runs, two hits and three walks while striking out a pair.

No. 3 Jackets Down Georgia Southern, 6-2

ATLANTA -Mark Pope picked up his sixth win of the season, allowing just two runs over 8.0 innings as No. 3 Georgia Tech defeated Georgia Southern, 6-2, Tuesday evening at Russ Chandler Stadium.

With the win, the Jackets improved to 32-5 overall while the Eagles fell to 21-16.

Pope (6-0) joins teammate Brandon Cumpton to give Tech two six-game winners on the season.

After allowing two runs through the first three innings, the sophomore right-hander went on to pitch five scoreless innings while yielding just four hits from the fourth inning through the eighth. His 8.0 innings pitched tie a season and career high.

"I thought he [Mark Pope] threw the ball really well," head coach Danny Hall said. "I know that they got some hits, but some of them weren't that great and just happened to find some holes. I thought really after the first few innings that he was pretty dominant."

Delean, Terps Hold Off Old Dominion, 14-9

NORFOLK, Va. - Blair Delean held Old Dominion hitless through 6 1/3 innings and Maryland provided plenty of early run support, scoring nine runs in the first four innings, and the Terps held off a late charge by the Monarchs in a 14-9 victory Tuesday night.

Delean (2-1) tied career highs with eight strikeouts and 6 1/3 innings pitched and cruised through the first six frames. He took a no-hitter into the seventh and after retiring the first batter of the inning, issued a walk and a run-scoring triple that ended his evening.

But Maryland was in control by that point, aided by a litany of hits and steals early in the game.

Brandon Padula recorded his team-leading seventh three-hit game of the season and was one of six Terps to have multi-hit games. Dan Gentzler and Jordan Hagel also had three hits apiece, while Tyler Bennett, Zach Fisher and Alfredo Rodriguez had two hits each.

Pfisterer Leads Duke to 4-1 Win Over Liberty

LYNCHBURG, Va. - Eric Pfisterer held Liberty to three hits over eight innings to lead Duke to a 4-1 win over the Flames on Tuesday evening at Worthington Stadium.

Pfisterer (3-4) struck out seven and was just three outs away from completing his second straight complete game. The 6-2, 220-pound left-hander gave up his only run on a two-out single in the fifth inning and bounced back to shut out the Flames over his final three frames. Senior Jonathan Foreman took over in the ninth with a 4-1 lead to notch his second career save.

Pfisterer held Liberty's top four hitters to a combined 1-for-13. That quartet entered the game hitting a combined .351, but managed just one hit and four strikeouts against Pfisterer.

Charlotte Rallies to Defeat Wake Forest, 6-4

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Charlotte used a three-run eighth inning, capped by a go-ahead, two-run home run from Zane Williams, to rally for a 6-4 win over Wake Forest on Tuesday night at Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium.

Wake Forest falls to 10-29 on the season with the loss, while Charlotte improves to 26-8 and extends its home winning streak to 16 straight games.

Trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the eighth, Charlotte regained the lead with three runs. Kevin Gillespie walked to start the inning. Ryan Rivers followed with a double down the left field line to score Gillespie all the way from first as he slid in just ahead of the tag from Murray at the plate. Rivers moved to third on the throw home. After Mike Perkins struck out swinging for the first out of the inning, Williams put the 49ers back in front with a two-run home run over the wall in left-center field.

Florida State-Charleston Southern Game Postponed

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Tuesday night's game featuring sixth-ranked Florida State (28-9) and Charleston Southern (16-23) was postponed due to rain and lightning in the Tallahassee area.

The game was called initially due to lightning with two outs in the bottom of the third and the game tied at 5-5.