Baseball ACCtion: Tuesday, May 4

May 5, 2010

No. 1 Virginia Baseball Takes 11th Straight, Downs VCU, 10-5
The No. 1-ranked Virginia baseball team defeated VCU, 10-5, Tuesday night at Davenport Field, running its winning streak to 11 games as it enters a nine-day break for final exams. Virginia upped its record to 40-9, marking the earliest the Cavaliers have hit the 40-win plateau.

Virginia's offense continued to click as the Cavaliers scored in double figures for the fifth straight game and the ninth time during the 11-game win streak. Jarrett Parker (Jr., Stafford, Va.) homered, tripled and drove in three, while Phil Gosselin (Jr., West Chester, Pa.) and Steven Proscia (So., Suffern, N.Y.) each had two hits.

Branden Kline (Fr., Bethesda, Md.) overcame a rocky second inning to pitch a career-best six innings and earn the win for UVa. Kline (4-0) allowed four runs and five hits in the second inning, but retired the final 13 batters he faced from that point. He walked one and struck out five.

No. 5 Florida State Beats Jacksonville, 11-10, in 13 Innings ... Story to come

Tar Heels Dispatch Elon 17-7
No. 24 North Carolina scored 11 runs over the last two innings to topple Elon 17-7 Tuesday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium. Mike Cavasinni notched four of the Tar Heels 18 hits as Carolina improved to 28-17 on the year. Elon's Ken Ferrer suffers the loss allowing six runs as the Phoenix drops to 30-18 this season.

Colin Bates (4-2) earned the win, tossing 3.1 innings of relief and allowing just one run. Starter Patrick Johnson allowed three runs on three hits in 3.2 frames of work. Zach Bernard, Nate Striz and Bryant Gaines combined to allow three runs in two innings of relief.

Cavasinni's four hits are just one shy of his career-best five set in 2006. Dillon Hazlett and Ryan Graepel each added two hits and four RBI to lead Carolina. Graepel belted his second home run in his last three games in the win. 

Seven-Run Second Sparks #24 Tigers' 14-2 Win Over Eagles Tuesday
Behind seven runs with two outs in the second inning, #24 Clemson blasted Florida Gulf Coast 14-2 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Tuesday afternoon. The Tigers, who won the series 3-1, improved to 28-17. The Eagles, who suffered their third loss in a row for the first time in 2010, dropped to 28-16.

Junior righthander Alex Frederick (3-1) earned the victory in his first start as a Tiger. The Lagrangeville, NY native allowed four hits, two runs (one earned), and two walks with six strikeouts in 5.0 innings pitched. Scott Firth, Kevin Kyle, and Josh Thrailkill combined to pitch the final 4.0 innings without allowing a run.

Patrick Nathanson (4-3), the first of five Eagle pitchers, suffered the loss. He yielded five hits, seven runs, and five walks with three strikeouts in 1.2 innings pitched. 

Offense Leads Maryland Past Towson, 10-5
Gary Schneider went 4-for-4 and Maryland cranked out 13 of its 15 hits in the first five innings on the way to a 10-5 victory over Towson Wednesday afternoon.

Maryland jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning and batted around in the fifth, scoring six runs to take a commanding lead.

Schneider, a freshman who had his first multiple-hit game last Friday against Miami, recorded two hits in the fifth inning alone against Towson. He led off the inning with a double, his third of the game, and capped it off with an RBI single that plated Maryland's sixth run of the inning. 

Sudol's Two Homers Lead Baseball Past Northeastern, 12-6
Senior Mike Sudol hit a pair of three-run homers to propel the Boston College baseball team past Northeastern, 12-6, Tuesday afternoon at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field.

Sudol doubled his home run total for the season to four and his six RBI was a career high. It was the second time in his career that he hit two homers with the other coming at Duke on April 26 of last year.

Sophomore Anthony Melchionda drove in a pair of runs and scored twice for the Eagles while junior Garret Smith hit a two-run double and walked two times. Sophomore Brad Zapenas went 2-for-4 with a double and a run.

Hokies fall to Davidson 14-10
After seeing a five-run lead slowly evaporate, Davidson College erupted for seven runs in the seventh inning to hand No. 16 Virginia Tech a 14-10 non-conference baseball loss at English Field on Tuesday.

Davidson led by five runs on two occasions during the early innings only to see the Hokies battle back to grab an 8-7 edge with three runs in the bottom of the sixth. The Wildcats bounced back with a vengeance in the seventh, however. The inning featured a three-run homer by third baseman Andrew Barna and a two-run round-tripper by shortstop Michael Zeblo, the first extra base hits of the game for Davidson. Sandwiched in between the two home runs was a two-run single by center fielder Coleman Barron.

The win, Davidson's first against a ranked team since beating No. 24 Wake Forest in 2006, improved the Wildcats to 19-26. Tech now stands 32-15 on the season. The loss was the first for the Hokies against a non-conference foe since dropping 10-6 decision to Rider on March 17.