Baseball ACCtion: Tuesday, April 27

April 27, 2010

Georgia Tech Gets Sweep of Bulldogs With 6-4 Win at Turner Field

ATLANTA - Matt Skole and Evan Martin delivered big two-RBI hits in Georgia Tech's six-run, eighth-inning outburst Tuesday night, carrying the fourth-ranked Yellow Jackets to a 6-4 victory in the ninth Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Spring Baseball Classic at Turner Field.

Tech (35-7) won for just the second time in nine meetings between the two teams at Turner Field, before a crowd of 16,194 that braved a chilly and windy night and the threat of rain, and earned their first regular-season sweep of the Bulldogs since 1994. The Yellow Jackets took a 6-5 decision at Russ Chandler Stadium and a 25-6 win in Athens earlier in the season.

"It feels great and I hope it's not another 16 years in between the next time we do it [sweeping the season series against Georgia]," said Tech head coach Danny Hall. "It's a great feeling to beat them three times and we hadn't won here at Turner Field in awhile either. So, to get a win here is great. It's hard to sweep anybody, let alone in a series against Georgia."

The Yellow Jackets were shut out on just four hits through the first seven innings, but collected six against three Georgia relievers to score all of its runs in the decisive eighth and erase a 2-0 deficit.

Clemens' Gem Leads Boston College Past Quinnipiac, 6-1

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Senior Dane Clemens brought a shutout into the ninth inning as the Boston College baseball team beat Quinnipiac, 6-1, Tuesday at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field.

Clemens established new career highs with 8.2 innings pitched and seven strikeouts. He tossed 114 pitches and 76 of them were strikes. The Pelham, N.Y. product brought the shutout into the ninth, but lost it with a bases loaded walk.

Clemens faced the minimum number of batters through the first three innings with each of those frames ending in double plays. He also retired 14-straight batters from the fourth to eighth innings.

Sophomore Matt Brazis picked up his sixth save of the season, striking out the final batter with the bases loaded.

Gosselin Grand Slam Lifts No. 1 Virginia to Win Over No. 10 Coastal Carolina

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia baseball team, ranked No. 1 this week by Baseball America, stopped No. 10 Coastal Carolina's 17-game winning streak with a 6-3 victory over the Chanticleers Tuesday at Davenport Field. Phil Gosselin (Jr., West Chester, Pa.) hit a second-inning grand slam, which proved to be all the offense the Cavaliers needed behind the strong pitching of Branden Kline (Fr., Frederick, Md.), Tyler Wilson (Jr., Midlothian, Va.) and Kevin Arico (Jr., Flemington, N.J.).

Virginia (35-9) ran its winning streak to six games and gave head coach Brian O'Connor his 300th career win at UVa. O'Connor is in his seventh season at the helm of the Cavaliers.

Kline (3-0) recorded his best start as a Cavalier, holding Coastal (36-6) to two runs (one earned), four hits and one walk while striking out four over five innings. Wilson allowed a run over three innings before Arico pitched a perfect ninth for his 13th save, tying him with Appalachian State's Chris Patterson for the NCAA lead.

Graepel's Grand Slam Lifts Carolina Over High Point, 6-2

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Ryan Graepel's walk off grand slam lifted No. 25 North Carolina over High Point 6-2 in extra innings Tuesday night at Boshamer Stadium. Greg Holt earned the win improving the Tar Heels to 26-17 overall. High Point's Cory Swickle suffers the loss as the Panthers fall to 22-22 on the year.

Holt (2-2) threw 1.1 shutout innings allowing just one win. In the junior's last three appearances he posts two wins and a save.

Starter Garrett Davis labored in 1.2 innings of work, allowing just one run on one hit but walking three. Michael Morin threw a career-high five shutout innings, allowing just three hits and fanning four. Zach Bernard registered a big strikeout and rendered one hit in a third of an inning pitched. Colin Bates notched three strikeouts in 1.2 innings of work.

Graepel's first career grand slam, just his fifth career home run, and four RBI paced Carolina offensively. The senior also provided a walk-off single in a 6-5 win over Gardner-Webb earlier this season.

O'Grady's Walk-Off Lifts Duke to 2-1 Win Over North Carolina A&T

DURHAM, N.C. - Dennis O'Grady hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to give Duke a 2-1 win over North Carolina A&T on Tuesday evening at Jack Coombs Field.

With the bases loaded and the score tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the ninth, O'Grady cracked a deep fly ball to the left field warning track for his second hit of the game. His RBI knock drove in Will Piwnica-Worms, who hit a two-strike double to spark the late rally.

Senior left-hander Christopher Manno (2-2) earned the win after entering the game with runners on first and third with no outs in the top of the ninth and striking out three straight hitters to escape the jam. With the score tied at 1-1 and the go-ahead run at third base, Manno entered the game and got three straight Aggies to go down swinging with just 14 pitches, 11 of which were strikes.

No. 18 Hokies Top VMI 9-2

LEXINGTON, Va. - Five different players tallied two hits apiece, and the Virginia Tech pitching staff limited VMI to five hits, as the Hokies defeated the Keydets 9-2 in non-conference baseball action at Gray-Minor Stadium on Tuesday.

Shortstop Tim Smalling and left fielder Buddy Sosnoskie each hit home runs and had two RBIs apiece for the Hokies, who improved to 29-14 overall and 18-4 in non-league play. The Keydets fell to 29-13 with their eighth consecutive loss.

Despite only throwing three innings, Hokie freshman starter Joe Mantiply (3-1) was eligible for the win because it was predetermined that Tech would use more than three pitchers in the game. Mantiply struck out two and gave up one hit in his three scoreless frames of work. Fellow freshman Patrick Scoggin also threw three scoreless innings in relief, adding three strikeouts.

VMI starter Jeremy Brown took the loss to fall to 2-2.

Smalling got the scoring started when he sent the first pitch of the second inning over the scoreboard in left-center field to give the Hokies a 1-0 lead. It was Smalling's sixth home run of the season.

No. 11 Miami Uses Four Homers in 9-6 Win Over St. Thomas

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Zeke DeVoss, Stephen Perez and Scott Lawson combined to go 7-for-11 with five RBI and Eric Whaley picked up his fourth win as No. 11 Miami rallied to defeat St. Thomas, 9-6, Tuesday night at Alex Rodriguez Park. Michael Broad went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run for the Hurricanes who homered four times in the game.

The win was Miami's 30th of the season as the Hurricanes improved 30-11 overall. The victory also marked UM's sixth straight in mid-week play.

DeVoss led the Hurricanes going 3-for-4 with three runs scored and a home run that proved to be the game-winner. Lawson was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and four RBI - including a three-run home run - while Perez finished 2-for-4 with one run scored.

George Mason Defeats Maryland, 20-6

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - George Mason shortstop Ryan Soares had six RBI on two home runs and seven Patriots had multiple-hit games as they defeated Maryland 20-6 Tuesday night.

Soares, who led the team entering the game with a .413 batting average, hit a two-run homer in the first to give the Patriots an early lead and hit a three-run shot in the seventh as part of a seven-run inning.

Leadoff hitter Jeremy Haas went 4-for-6 at the plate and the Patriots scored in all but two innings to complete a season sweep of Maryland.

Kris Mengle (3-1) pitched two innings and didn't allow a hit to earn the win as George Mason improved to 27-12 on the season.

Blair Delean (2-2) went five innings for Maryland (15-29), allowing seven runs on nine hits in the loss.