Baseball ACCtion: Friday, May 7

May 7, 2010

Anston's Two Homers Push Boston College Past No. 5 Florida State, 10-7

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Senior Robbie Anston recorded two home runs in a game for the first time in his career to lead the Boston College baseball team to a 10-7 win against No. 5 Florida State on Friday at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field.

Anston led off the bottom of the first with a homer and then hit a three-run shot in the sixth to extend BC's lead to four runs. He walked twice in the game as well. Sophomore Brad Zapenas went 4-for-4 with an RBI double and two runs while classmate Anthony Melchionda was 2-for-4 with a two-run double and scored twice.

Sophomore Mike Dennhardt got the win for the Eagles (27-20, 13-12 ACC) after throwing 5.2 innings and allowing five runs on eight hits. After a shaky first inning when he gave up three runs with three hits and two walks, he only allowed four hits and one free pass in the next 4.2 innings.

Sophomore Matt Brazis picked up his seventh save of the season.

Graduates Lead No. 24 Clemson to 18-6 Win at Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Mike Freeman began Friday in Clemson, received his financial management degree in the morning, flew to the greater Washington, D.C. area in the afternoon, then went 4-for-5 with three RBIs to lead #24 Clemson to an 18-6 victory over Maryland in front of 541 fans at Bob Smith Stadium on Friday night. The Tigers, who took a 1-0 series lead, improved to 29-17 overall and 12-10 in the ACC. The Terrapins fell to 16-35 overall and 4-21 in ACC play. It was the latest meeting on the calendar between the two teams in College Park since 1972.

The Tigers jumped out to a 9-0 lead through five innings then put the game out of reach with seven runs in the seventh. Four Tigers in all made the trek from Tigertown to Maryland after receiving their degrees on Friday. Wilson Boyd, who received his degree in management, went 1-for-2 with two RBIs, and Josh Thrailkill, who also received his management degree, pitched the final 2.0 innings with three strikeouts. Justin Sarratt, who is out for the season due to injury, received his management degree as well.

Tiger starter Casey Harman (6-1) won the battle of Harmans on Friday. In 6.0 innings pitched, he allowed six hits and two runs to earn the victory.

Carolina Cruises Past Wake Forest, 18-5

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Matt Harvey pitched six solid innings to lead No. 24 North Carolina over Wake Forest 18-5 in front of 2218 fans Friday night at Boshamer Stadium. The Tar Heels registered 14 hits to improve to 29-17 overall and 9-13 in league play. Wake Forest was plagued by four errors falling to 12-33 on the year and 4-18 in the ACC.

Dillon Hazlett paced the Carolina attack with a career-best six RBI. The junior added three hits and two runs scored. Levi Michael posted three hits, including his fourth home run of the year, and scored a career-high four runs. Both Michael and Hazlett extended their hit streaks to career-bests 13 and 12 games, respectively.

Harvey (6-2) scattered eight hits while posting five strikeouts and allowing three runs in six innings of work. The junior did not issue a walk and caught all five Demon Deacons looking at a called third strike.

Ryan Graepel added a home run, his third in his last four games, and two RBI. Brian Goodwin matched a career-high with four runs scored, while Jesse Wierzbicki and Jacob Stallings each added two RBI and two hits.

NC State Upends Towson 14-5, Avent Wins No. 512

RALEIGH, N.C. - Drew Poulk hit his second grand slam of the year and John Gianis and Pratt Maynard also homered as NC State defeated Towson 14-5 in non-conference action on a hot and muggy Friday night at Doak Field at Dail Park. The top eight of the starting lineup for NC State scored and Andrew Ciencin went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a single, a run scored and two RBIs.

With the win, NC State coach Elliott Avent lifted his record at NC State to 512-329 in 13-plus seasons. His next victory will tie him with Sam Esposito as the winningest coach in program history. Esposito went 513-253 from 1967-87.

NC State improved to 29-18 with the win. The Tigers fell to 16-32. Ethan Ogburn earned his first win of the year, pitching four innings in relief and allowing three hits, two runs, one walk, and four strikeouts. Austin Hurd took the loss and dropped to 2-4 on the year.

Hernandez Strikes Out 13 as No. 7 Miami Rolls Past Barry

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Junior left-hander Chris Hernandez struck out a career-high 13 in six innings of work and Frankie Ratcliff and Nathan Melendres combined to drive in all six Hurricane runs as No. 7 Miami defeated Barry, 6-0, Friday night at Alex Rodriguez Park.

Hernandez and three relievers combined for the four-hit shutout and the `Canes struck out a season-high 19 as a staff as Miami improved to 35-11 overall.

Hernandez (7-2) allowed just two hits, didn't walk a batter, and struck out 13 of the 21 batters he faced en route to his team-leading seventh win of the season. E.J. Encinosa tossed two hitless innings while striking out four of the six batters he faced. Sam Robinson and Eric Whaley combined to pitch the final inning and each had a strikeout. In addition to striking out 19 batters, the four Miami pitchers did not walk a single batter all night.

Ratcliff finished the day 2-for-3 with a three-run homer and a RBI single while Melendres went 2-for-3 with a double, a single, two runs scored and two RBI.

No. 5 Jackets Down UIC, 8-4

ATLANTA - Derek Dietrich and Jeff Rowland reached base in every at-bat, and senior Tony Plagman drove in the go-ahead run with his 200th-career RBI to lead the fifth-ranked Georgia Tech baseball team (37-9) over Illinois-Chicago (17-24), 8-4, Friday evening at Russ Chandler Stadium.

Dietrich (4-for-4, RBI) and Rowland (3-for-3, 3 runs, 3 RBI) paced the Jackets at the plate, as Dietrich hit two doubles and Rowland added a triple and home run while coming up a double short of the cycle. In addition to reaching base on every at-bat, Rowland scored all three times.

"That's my job," said Rowland when asked about reaching base in every at-bat." Coach Hall wants me to get on anyway I can. I just try to see pitches and if I am able to get a pitch that I can handle and drive, then so be it. My main focus is just to get on base and let guys drive me in."

Junior right-hander Deck McGuire (6-3) recorded the win on the mound Friday. McGuire allowed three earned runs on seven hits in 6.0 innings, striking out six on the evening.