Baseball ACCtion: Saturday, May 1

May 1, 2010

Morey, Parker Propel No. 1 Virginia Baseball to 11-1 Win at Duke
Behind huge games from Robert Morey (Jr., Virginia Beach, Va.) and Jarrett Parker (Jr., Stafford, Va.), the top-ranked Virginia baseball team defeated Duke, 11-1, Saturday afternoon at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C. The victory stretched the Cavaliers' season-long win streak to nine games and clinched UVa's seventh ACC series win this year.

Morey (7-1) pitched his first career complete game, marking the Cavaliers' second straight complete game after Danny Hultzen (So., Bethesda, Md.) went the distance Friday night. It is the first time Cavalier pitchers have thrown back-to-back complete games since Jacob Thompson and Pat McAnaney did so March 28-29, 2008 against Virginia Tech.

Parker posted his first career five-hit game and his first career two-home run game. He scored three times and drove in four and pushed his home run total to six. John Hicks (So., Sandy Hook, Va.) had three hits, including a homer, while Steven Proscia (So., Suffern, N.Y.) homered and hit a three-run double.

No. 11 Miami Clinches Series with Maryland Saturday, 6-4
No. 11 Miami picked up another Atlantic Coast Conference series win with a 6-4 victory over Maryland Saturday night at Alex Rodriguez Park. Starter Jason Santana tied a career-high with seven innings pitched, keeping the Terrapins off the board over his last five innings after allowing three early runs.

The win was Miami's 10th straight against an ACC opponent at home. The Hurricanes (33-11, 17-6 ACC) have now won each of their four ACC home series this season.

Santana (4-2) allowed three earned runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out seven innings. Wulf tossed a scoreless eighth and Miranda allowed a run in the ninth but earned his fifth save of the season.

Price tosses complete game to lead Tech over BC
Mathew Price pitched his second complete game of the season and redshirt freshman Andrew Rash provided the go-ahead runs as Virginia Tech assured itself another Atlantic Coast Conference series win with a 3-1 victory over Boston College at English Field on Saturday afternoon.

Tech, which won game one of the series 9-4 Friday night, improved its overall record to 31-14. The Hokies now stand 13-10 in ACC action. The 13 league wins are a new record for Tech, surpassing the previous mark of 12 established last season. Boston College fell to 24-19 overall and 12-11 in league play with the loss.

Price (6-3) won a pitchers' duel with Boston College left-hander Pat Dean, who suffered his first loss of the season after posting a 5-0 mark. Price scattered six hits and struck out nine over his nine innings on the hill. He gave up his lone run on a lead-off homer in the second inning. The junior right-hander stranded BC runners in scoring position in the third, fourth and fifth innings before limiting the visitors to just one hit and two base runners over the final four innings. Price retired 11 of the last 12 men he faced, including seven by strikeouts. His only walk of the game came in the ninth inning and that runner was promptly erased by a double play.

NC State Downs No. 6 Georgia Tech Behind Gem From Mazzoni
Cory Mazonni threw 4 1/3 no-hit innings, striking out five en route to a 4-2 win over sixth-ranked Georgia Tech on Saturday afternoon at Doak Field at Dail Park.NC State wins the series by virtue of winning the first two games.

All nine starting position players for the Wolfpack reached base, with Drew Poulk going 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. The Wolfpack defense turned three double plays, tying their season high.

NC State improved to 28-17 and 11-12 in the ACC with the win. The Yellow Jackets fell to 35-9 and 16-7. Mazzoni (6-2) pitched seven innings and allowed two runs on four hits. He walked five and struck out five. Brandon Compton (6-2) took the loss after allowing four runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings. Anthony Tzamtzis faced six batters and retired five of them, three on strikes, and rolled a double play to record his first save.

Noles Rebound In Game Two
Fourth-ranked Florida State (32-11) scored seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings and survived a bases loaded scare in the top of the ninth to hang on for an 8-5 victory over Le Moyne (25-24) in game two Saturday afternoon on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.

Mike McGee and Jayce Boyd drove in seven of the eight runs, while Tyler Holt, Stephen Cardullo and McGee finished the game with two hits a piece and were responsible for six of the seven hits posted by the Seminoles on Saturday.

McGee gave the Seminoles their first lead of the game with one swing of the bat in the seventh. With Florida State trailing 4-1 and the bases loaded, the junior from Port St. Lucie, Fla., took a 1-1 curveball from Le Moyne starter Mark Kuzma out of the park to left unloading on his second career grand slam and team leading 10th home run of the season. Leading up to the big hit by McGee, Rafael Lopez drew a walk followed by back-to-back singles by Holt and Cardullo.

Le Moyne Upsets FSU
Fourth-ranked Florida State (31-11) fell to Le Moyne (25-23) 3-1 in the first of a three-game series on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. Game one on Saturday was the resumption of Friday night's game which was suspended after five innings due to rain and poor field conditions.

The Seminoles left 11 runners stranded in game one including four in the final four innings on Saturday.

The best scoring opportunity for the Seminoles after the game resumed came in the seventh when the Garnet and Gold loaded the bases with no body out but failed to get a run across. Tyler Holt and Stephen Cardullo put together back-to-back singles, while Mike McGee followed with a walk. With the bases loaded, Stuart Tapley took the first pitch he saw from Le Moyne reliever Jeff Tardiff and lined it right back to the mound. The Dolphin pitcher snared the line drive and then threw over to first to get McGee for the double play. Tardiff then got Jayce Boyd to line out to right to maintain the Dolphins 3-1 lead.

Sale Pitches Eagles Past #25 Tigers 4-2 Saturday
Luke Smierciak's two-run homer in the eighth inning broke a 2-2 tie and Chris Sale struck out 10 batters in 8.0 innings pitched to lead Florida Gulf Coast to a 4-2 win over #25 Clemson in front of 4,017 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Saturday night. The Eagles, who took a 1-0 series lead, improved to 28-13, while the Tigers fell to 25-17.

The Eagles took a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth on Tim Roberson's two-run homer, then the Tigers scored a run in the bottom of the fourth and another run in the fifth to tie the score. Smierciak's long ball in the eighth inning gave the Eagles the lead. Clemson had runners on second and third in the ninth inning, but the Tigers fell short.

Sale (7-0) earned the win by allowing just four hits, two runs, and two walks with 10 strikeouts in 8.0 innings pitched (127 pitches). Jack Wagoner pitched a scoreless ninth inning to record his eighth save of the season. The two Eagle hurlers stranded nine Tiger baserunners, including six in scoring position. They also did not allow a leadoff batter to reach base.