Baseball ACCtion: Wednesday, April 28

April 28, 2010

No. 1 Virginia Topples Georgetown, 10-5

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The No. 1-ranked Virginia baseball team matched a season best with its seventh straight win Wednesday, as the Cavaliers recorded a 10-5 victory over Georgetown at Davenport Field.

Phil Gosselin (Jr., West Chester, Pa.) recorded his third career four-hit game, going 4-for-5 with three RBI. Reed Gragnani (Fr., Richmond, Va.) added two hits and two stolen bases. Eight of the nine Cavalier starters posted at least one hit as UVa finished with 13 hits in the game.

Justin Thompson (So., Danville, Va.) worked 3.1 innings of scoreless relief to pick up the win and improve to 3-0 this season. He allowed two hits and a walk while striking out three. UVa's six pitchers combined to strike out 13 batters. Georgetown starter Jared Cohen (1-1), the first of seven Hoya pitchers, allowed two earned runs and two hits in two innings in taking the loss.

No. 11 Miami Downs USF, 14-7, For 11th Straight Home Win

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The 11th-ranked University of Miami baseball team used back-to-back five-run innings in the fourth and fifth to pull away for a 14-7 win over USF Wednesday night at Alex Rodriguez Park. The Hurricanes (31-11) hit three home runs on the night en route to their seventh straight mid-week win and 11th-straight home victory.

Chris Palaez went 4-for-5 with four runs batted in, driving in a single run in each of his first four at-bats. Michael Broad, starting at second base for the first time this season, went 3-for-4 with a homer, two RBI and two runs scored. Harold Martinez went 2-for-5 with his team-leading 14th homer of the season while Ryan Perry extended his home run streak at home to five straight games with a three-run blast in the fourth that broke the game open.

No. 25 Tar Heels Blank Charlotte, 5-0

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Chris Munnelly tossed six scoreless innings and Colin Bates pitched the final three innings for his first save of the season as No. 25 North Carolina blanked Charlotte, 5-0, in a non-conference matchup Wednesday night at Hayes Stadium. Ben Bunting, Levi Michael, Jesse Wierzbicki and Dillon Hazlett each had two hits for the Tar Heels, who will take the rest of the week off for final exams.

Carolina (27-17) got the only run it would need in the top of the first inning, as Wierzbicki's two-out single plated Mike Cavasinni.

The Tar Heels added single runs in the fourth and sixth in support of Munnelly, who did not allow a runner past second in his six innings of work. The Winston-Salem freshman yielded just four hits and walked only one while striking out five in improving to 2-1 on the season.

Duke Completes Sweep of High Point With 13-11 Win

HIGH POINT, N.C. - Will Piwnica-Worms went 4-for-5 with four RBI and was a triple short of hitting for the cycle as Duke took down High Point 13-11 on Wednesday evening at Williard Stadium.

Piwnica-Worms homered for the third time in his last four games while senior outfielder Jeremy Gould finished 3-for-5 with a double and four RBI. The Blue Devils scored seven runs over the final three innings before senior left-hander Christopher Manno struck out the side in the ninth for the second straight day to preserve the win.

Duke leadoff hitter Jake Lemmerman and two-hitter Ryan McCurdy set the table for the Blue Devils (25-18, 7-14 ACC) from atop the lineup and combined for seven runs. Lemmerman went 3-for-4 with a walk while McCurdy reached safely three times.

Wake Forest Falls at Appalachian State, 10-5

BOONE, N.C. - Jeremy Dowdy was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with a home run and three RBIs to lead Appalachian State to a 10-5 win over Wake Forest on Wednesday afternoon at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.

Wake Forest drops to 12-32 with the loss, while Appalachian State improves to 31-8-1 with the win.

Appalachian State starter Matt Andress earned the win to improve to 8-2 on the season. Andress gave up two runs, only one earned, on five hits with five strikeouts in 3.0 innings of work. Wake Forest starter Tim Cooney suffered the loss to drop to 3-5. Cooney allowed six runs, five earned, on seven hits with three strikeouts in 3.0 innings.

Pat Blair led Wake Forest at the plate, going 4-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. Blair also recorded his 16th double of the season to move into a tie for third for doubles by a freshman in Wake Forest history. Mike Murray added three hits with an RBI and a run scored.

Terps Fall to James Madison, 8-3

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland baseball team was unable to overcome a strong pitching performance from James Madison Wednesday night, recording just five hits and falling to the Dukes 8-3.

The Terrapins took a 1-0 lead in the first when Matt Marquis drove in Alfredo Rodriguez, but were shut down over the next six innings.

James Madison (21-19) broke the game open in the fourth inning, picking up three runs off of Maryland reliever Eric Potter to take a 4-1 lead.

The Dukes added single runs in the fifth and seventh and two in the eighth to take a comfortable 8-1 lead.

Elon Outslugs NC State, 13-9

RALEIGH, N.C. - Niko Fraser had three hits and drove in four runs, and Harry Austin added three RBIs Wednesday night as Elon downed NC State 13-9 at Doak Field at Dail Park. The Phoenix jumped to a 6-0 lead in the top of the third inning and never let the Wolfpack get closer than three runs the rest of the way.

Elon improved to 28-16 with the win, while NC State fell to 26-17. Jared Kernodle (5-2), the second of eight Phoenix pitchers to work, got the win with 1 1/3 innings in relief of starter Dylan Clark, who had to leave the game after taking a line drive off his lower leg in the bottom of the third inning. Kernodle allowed three runs on three hits, walked two and struck out one. Thomas Girdwood came out of the bullpen with two on and none out in the bottom of the ninth and retired all three men he faced to earn his sixth save. NC State starter Mike Russo (2-1) took the loss after allowing four runs on three hits in 1 2/3 innings.