Baseball ACCtion: Wednesday, April 21

April 22, 2010

No. 2 Cavaliers Roll to 10-3 Win over George Mason
The second-ranked Virginia baseball team racked up 15 hits in posting a 10-3 win over George Mason Wednesday evening at Davenport Field. Six Cavaliers notched at least two hits as the Cavaliers rolled to the win.

Reed Gragnani (Fr., Richmond, Va.) and Keith Werman (So., Vienna, Va.) - the Cavaliers' eight- and nine-hole hitters - each recorded three hits for Virginia (31-9). Gragnani set career highs with his three hits and three RBI.

Jarrett Parker (Jr., Stafford, Va.) tripled in the third inning for his 14th career triple, breaking the school record. Parker was tied with Brian Buchanan (1992-94) for the career record. Parker finished the game 2-for-3 with three RBI. Chris Taylor (Fr., Virginia Beach, Va.) scored three runs in the game and scored seven times in UVa's two midweek games this week.

Nichols' Five Hit Day Leads Tech Baseball over Georgia Southern, 18-4
Thomas Nichols had five hits, including two doubles and two home runs, to lead the third-ranked Georgia Tech baseball team (33-5) to an 18-4 victory over Georgia Southern (21-17) in midweek action Wednesday at Russ Chandler Stadium.

The five hits were a career-high for Nichols, who also added a career high five RBI in his 5-for-5 performance. Four of his hits went for extra bases, as he grabbed two doubles in addition to his sixth and seventh home runs of the season.

Not to be overshadowed by Nichols performance, was a 4-for-5 day at the plate by senior Tony Plagman.

FSU Beats CSU on ALS Night
On a night reserved for the awareness of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or Lou Gehrig's disease) the Florida State Seminoles defeated Charleston Southern, 12-4, at Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles out-hit the Buccaneers 14-8 and scored in five of the eight innings they came to bat to earn the mid-week victory before welcoming the Miami Hurricanes for a three-game series this weekend in one of the top rivalries in all of college baseball.

Hunter Scantling gained the win in relief of Tyler Everett and improved his record to 2-2. Scantling entered in the second after Everett pitched a 1-2-3 first inning after his father, Jimmy Everett who is battling ALS himself, threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Scantling pitched five innings, allowed two runs and struck out a career-high seven batters in his second longest outing of the season.

Seminole head coach Mike Martin was driven to tears by the pre-game salute to Jimmy Everett.

Hinson's Three Homers Leads #20 Clemson Over Spartans 22-4 Wednesday
John Hinson went 5-for-6 with a school-record-tying three homers and seven RBIs in #20 Clemson's 22-4 win over USC Upstate at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Wednesday night. The Tigers improved to 24-14, while the Spartans dropped to 13-30.

Clemson scored 17 runs in the first four innings and never looked back. The Tigers' 18-run margin of victory was their largest since Clemson defeated Wake Forest 26-1 on May 18, 2006.

When Clemson scored seven runs in the second inning and seven runs in the third, it was the first time the Tigers scored at least seven runs in consecutive innings since May 14, 1991, when Clemson scored seven runs in the fourth and eight runs in the fifth in a 24-8 win over Georgia Tech in the ACC Tournament at Greenville, SC.

Tar Heels Tame Wildcats 13-0
Seven Carolina pitchers threw a combined three-hit shutout as North Carolina defeated Davidson 13-0 Wednesday night at Boshamer Stadium. Brian Goodwin paced the Carolina attack with two hits and five RBI. The Tar Heels totaled 18 hits en route to improving to 23-16 overall. Davidson was plagued by four errors falling to 17-20 on the year.

Greg Holt (1-2) earned the win in his first career start. Holt allowed two hits while striking out four Wildcat batters in four innings of work on the staff day. Zach Bernard, Bryant Gaines, Jimmy Messer, R.C. Orlan, Garrett Davis and Teddy Mitrosilis combined to throw six shutout innings while striking out seven and walking just three.

Dillon Hazlett led the team with three hits as 12 different Tar Heels posted at least one hit in the victory. Tarron Robinson added a solo home run, his second of the season. Seth Baldwin and Jesse Wierzbicki each registered two hits, while Mike Cavasinni scored three runs.

Boston College Wins Beanpot With 9-3 Win Against Northeastern
The Boston College baseball team won its first Beanpot since 2006 and its ninth overall as it defeated Northeastern, 9-3, Wednesday night at Campanelli Stadium.

Junior Mickey Wiswall and sophomore Anthony Melchionda both hit long three-run homers in the game. It was Wiswall's 12th of the season and Melchionda's fourth. Wiswall went 2-for-4 with two runs as did junior Matt Hamlet. Senior Robbie Anston was 3-for-5 with a double.

Four BC relievers combined to shut out the Huskies for the last five innings. Junior Kevin Moran threw 2.0 scoreless while sophomores Matt Brazis and Taylor Lasko and freshman Hunter Gordon each threw an inning.

NC State Wins Error-Plagued Game In Greenville, 8-6
A win is a win is a win, and NC State will take this one but it was not a thing of beauty. Errors were the order of the day Wednesday at Clark-LeClair Stadium. NC State and East Carolina committed six errors apiece and the two teams combined for eight unearned runs, but the Wolfpack outplayed the Pirates offensively when it counted, the late innings, scoring five runs in the seventh and eighth innings to record an 8-6 come-from-behind victory over the Pirates.

NC State, which improved to 8-6 with the win, now has won four games in a row, five of its last six, and nine of its last 12. The Wolfpack has won eight of the last 11 meetings with East Carolina. The Pirates dropped to 24-14 with the loss.

NC State used seven pitchers, and they combined to allow just one earned run on eight hits. Sophomore righthander Mike Russo (2-0) got the win by recording the final out of the seventh inning. Junior lefthander Grant Sasser worked the final 1 2/3 innings for his second save. Sasser walked two, but he did not allow a hit and recorded a strikeout, and wriggled out of a bases-loaded jam with the go-ahead run on base in the bottom of the eighth. Shawn Armstrong (0-2), the third of four ECU pitchers, took the loss after allowing three runs, all earned, on three hits in two-thirds of an inning.

Towson Sneaks Past Maryland, 3-1
Maryland and Towson engaged in a defensive battle for the first five innings until the Tigers broke through with a run in the sixth and eventually won 3-1 at a rain-soaked Shipley Field at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium Wednesday night.

Towson leadoff hitter Ben Winter singled and advanced to second on an error in the sixth to set up the go-ahead run. Relief pitcher Matthew Passauer struck out the next two batters he faced but Austin Harclerode ripped a double to right field that scored Winter and gave Towson a 1-0 lead.

Before the sixth Towson had recorded just one hit - a single up the middle by Nick Natolit, who was the second batter of the game.

Wake Forest Falls to UNC Greensboro, 13-7
Five RBIs from Alex Frederick helped lead UNC-Greensboro to a 13-7 win over Wake Forest in a slugfest Wednesday at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.

With the loss, the Deacons fall to 10-30 on the season while the Spartans improve to 16-21.

The Deacs took an early 1-0 lead with one run in the bottom of the first, but the Spartans answered right back with two runs in the top of the second to go ahead 2-1. UNC-Greensboro blew the game open with six runs in the top of the third to extend the lead to 8-1. The Deacs would get within four runs at 11-7 after six innings, but Warren Slack ended the game by pitching 3.2 scoreless innings for UNCG to extinguish any hope of a comeback.

The teams combined to use 15 pitchers, 10 from Wake and five from UNCG. Alex Shelton (1-0) got the win for the Spartans, giving up two earned runs on three hits in 2.1 innings pitched. Slack picked up his first save of the season after giving up only two hits and no runs in the final 3.2 innings. UNCG starter Matt Parish was knocked out of the game in the second inning after giving up one run on four hits.