Baseball ACCtion: Friday, April 23

April 23, 2010

No. 2 Virginia Baseball Wallops Maryland 27-4 to Sweep DH
Behind the third-most runs in an ACC game in program history, the second-ranked Virginia baseball team dismantled Maryland, 27-4, Friday night at Shipley Field to finish off UVa's first ACC doubleheader sweep since 2004. Virginia racked up 28 hits, with 14 going for extra bases, and batted around in three different innings.

Virginia (32-9, 14-6 ACC) fell two runs shy of the program record for runs in a game - both overall and in the team's ACC history. In ACC play the Cavaliers' 27-run effort is topped only by 29- and 28-run outings in 1990 and 1978, respectively. Both also were against Maryland.

The school record of 29 runs has been set three times - 2007 against Niagara, 1990 against Maryland and 1901 against Bellevue High School. The 27-run outburst is the sixth-most runs in a game in program history, behind the three 29-run games and 28-run outings in 1971 vs. Richmond and 1978 vs. Maryland. UVa now has scored 27 runs on five occasions in the program's 122-year history.


Hultzen Fires Gem as No. 2 Cavaliers Down Maryland in Game One of DH
Danny Hultzen (So., Bethesda, Md.) scattered six hits over 7.2 innings to lead the second-ranked Virginia baseball team to a 5-1 win over Maryland Friday in the first game of a doubleheader at Shipley Field.

Hultzen (6-1) allowed a run and a walk with five strikeouts as he improved to 4-0 in ACC games this season. Tyler Wilson (Jr., Midlothian, Va.) pitched the final 1.1 innings to notch his third save. Maryland starter Brett Harman (4-6) pitched eight innings and allowed three earned runs, seven hits and three walks while striking out eight in taking the loss.

Kenny Swab (Jr., Kernersville, N.C.) and Reed Gragnani (Fr., Richmond, Va.) each had two hits for Virginia (32-9, 13-6 ACC). Gragnani drove in two, while Swab scored twice.

No. 9 Miami Wins Series Opener at No. 6 FSU, 6-5
Six Hurricane relievers combined to allow just one run in 5 2/3 innings as No. 9 Miami earned a come-from-behind, 6-5 victory over No. 6 Florida State Friday night in front of 5,559 at Dick Howser Stadium.

Trailing 4-1 after four innings, Miami scored two runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth to take a lead that UM's bullpen would hold on to. Jerad Grundy (2-0) earned his second win of the season - tossing 1 1/3 scoreless in relief - while Daniel Miranda allowed a run in two innings of work to earn his fourth save of the season.

Miami improved to 29-9 overall and 15-4 in Atlantic Coast Conference play, picking up its sixth straight win and 14th in its last 16 games. FSU dropped to 29-10 and 12-7 with the loss.

Tar Heels, Harvey Top Tigers 5-3
Junior Matt Harvey pitched a complete-game with a career-best 15 strikeouts to lead North Carolina over No. 20 Clemson 5-3 Friday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Carolina scored all five of their runs with two outs to improve to 24-16 overall and 7-12 in league play. Clemson's Casey Harman (5-1) suffers his first loss of the season as the Tigers fall to 24-15 on the year and 10-9 in the ACC.

Harvey (5-2) continued to get stronger as the game progressed allowing three runs on six hits with 15 strikeouts en route to his first career complete-game. The Mystic, Conn., native caught nine Clemson batters looking at a called third strike and struck out the side three times.

The junior tossed the program's first complete-game since April of 2009. The 15 strikeouts eclipse his previous career-high of 13 and are just four shy of the single-game school record 19 strikeouts. Harvey has now struck out double-digit batters in four different starts this season.

No. 20 Hokies top No. 3 Yellow Jackets in 11-inning battle
The 20th-ranked Virginia Tech baseball team scored twice in the top of the 11th inning to claim a 3-1 victory over third-ranked Georgia Tech in Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball action on Friday night at Russ Chandler Stadium.

The win improved Virginia Tech to 27-13 overall and 10-9 in the ACC, and also marked the Hokies’ sixth win over a top-10 team in the past 10 conference games. Georgia Tech, which entered the game as the league’s top offensive team and ranked among the nation’s top 10 in six offensive categories, fell to 33-6 overall and 15-4 in the ACC. It was only the Yellow Jackets’ second loss at home this season (22-2).

Playing in their first extra-inning game of the year, the Hokies entered the 11th looking break open a game that had been tied at one apiece since the sixth inning. Catcher Steve Domecus got things started with a one-out single to extend his hitting streak to 17 games. Right fielder Austin Wates, who provided Virginia Tech’s only run to that point with a solo homer in the sixth, then singled up the middle to send Domecus to third in a successful hit-and-run.

Stroman Pitches Duke to 10-3 Win Over Wake Forest
In his first career start, freshman Marcus Stroman threw a complete game with 10 strikeouts to lead Duke to a 10-3 win over Wake Forest on Friday evening at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.

Stroman (5-1) surrendered just five hits in his nine innings and did not give up an earned run until the bottom of the ninth inning. Stroman, who made his first 12 pitching appearances in relief, struck out three of the last four batters he faced and held the Demon Deacons scoreless for seven straight frames until the ninth inning.

Duke (23-16, 7-12 ACC) gave Stroman plenty of run support, highlighted by a trio of home runs from Jeremy Gould, Will Currier and Jake Lemmerman. Gould's long ball came in the fourth inning and erased a 1-0 deficit, while Currier and Lemmerman's homers both came in a six-run ninth inning.

Boston College Opens Weekend At NC State With 9-5 Win
Senior Robbie Anston accounted for six runs and sophomore Taylor Lasko allowed one run in 4.1 innings of relief to lead the Boston College baseball team to a 9-5 win against NC State Friday night at Doak Field at Dail Park.

Anston finished the game 3-for-5 with two doubles, a triple, three RBI and three runs. Senior John Spatola went 3-for-5 with his 10th home run and two RBI. Junior Matt Hamlet was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI and senior Mike Sudol went 2-for-3 with a triple and two runs.

Lasko got the win in relief - his second of the season - allowing one run on five hits. He struck four and didn't issue a walk.