Baseball ACCtion: Saturday, May 8

May 9, 2010

Tar Heels Down Demon Deacons 7-2

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Colin Bates pitched 2.1 shutout innings to lead No. 24 North Carolina over Wake Forest 7-2 Saturday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium. Carolina won its season-high sixth straight game to improve to 30-17 overall and 10-13 in league play. The Demon Deacons, who has posted eight errors in the series, fall to 12-34 on the year and 4-19 in ACC play.

Bates (5-2) allowed just two hits to earn the win. Munnelly pitched a career-high 6.2 innings, allowing just two runs on six hits with a career-best eight punch-outs. The freshman did not factor into the decision in his fifth career start.

Jacob Stallings and Brian Goodwin led the Carolina attack each with two RBI. Goodwin hit his team-leading sixth triple and is now just two shy of the single season school record eight. Levi Michael extended his hit streak to a career-best 14 games with his fifth home run of the season. Tommy Coyle and Ryan Graepel each added two hits.

Wake Forest starter Stadler was strong in six innings with a career-best 11 strikeouts. The sophomore allowed just two runs on two hits, but was plagued by three Wake Forest errors. Justin Van Grouw (1-4) suffers the loss allowing the go-ahead runs.

No. 24 Tigers Reach 30-Win Mark in 12-8 Victory at Maryland Saturday

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Brad Miller went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and #24 Clemson totaled 17 hits in its 12-8 victory over Maryland in front of 908 fans at Bob Smith Stadium on a windy Saturday afternoon. The Tigers, who took a 2-0 series lead and reached the 30-win mark for the 36th season in a row, improved to 30-17 overall and 13-10 in the ACC. The Terrapins fell to 16-36 overall and 4-22 in ACC play.

The back-and-forth game saw the Tigers score two runs in the top of the first, only to see Maryland score four runs in the bottom of the first. Clemson scored two runs in the top of the second, but the Terrapins regained the lead with a run in the bottom of the second. But the Tigers scored eight combined runs in the final four innings and Alex Frederick pitched 5.0 solid innings in relief to seal the victory.

Frederick (4-1) earned the win, as he allowed six hits, two runs, and one walk with one strikeout. Jonathan Meyer, the second of three Tiger hurlers, pitched 2.0 scoreless innings as well.

John Dischert (0-1), the second of three Maryland pitchers, suffered the loss. He gave up five hits, five runs (two earned), and two walks with two strikeouts in 2.0 innings pitched.

No. 5 Georgia Tech Clinches Series Over Flames Wtih 11-5 Victory

ATLANTA - Cole Leonida and Thomas Nichols drove in three runs apiece, and right-hander Brandon Cumpton picked up his seventh win of the season as Georgia Tech clinched the series with an 11-5 win over Illinois-Chicago Saturday night at Russ Chandler Stadium.

With the win, the Jackets improved to 38-9 overall and matched their win total from 2009. Tech has had at least 38 wins in a season in 16 of head coach Danny Hall's 17 years on the Flats. The Flames fell to 17-25 with the loss.

"We scored in most of the innings tonight, and that is a good sign," head coach Danny Hall said. "It means that we are going in there and competing and battling at the plate, and that is what you want to see. Every inning you want to try to score."

Cumpton (7-2) recorded the win on the mound Saturday, giving the Jackets three seven game winners on the season. The Evans, Ga. native pitched 5.0 innings, allowing just two runs on three hits while striking out four.

Avent Ties Esposito On Poulk's Walk-Off Bomb, 6-5

RALEIGH, N.C. - Drew Poulk homered leading off the bottom of the 10th inning Saturday night to lift NC State past Towson 6-5 in the second game of a three-game non-ACC series at Doak Field at Dail Park. The victory is the 513th of Wolfpack head coach Elliott Avent's career, tying him with Sam Esposito as the winningest coach in program history.

Drew Poulk went 3-for-5 with a home run, a triple and three RBIs to pace the NC State offense. The Wolfpack, which won for the fourth time in its last five games, improved to 30-18. The Tigers fell to 16-33. Anthony Tzamtzis (4-2) picked up the win for the Wolfpack after working 1 2/3 innings. He allowed one run on four hits, one walk and two strikeouts. The loss goes to Drew Permison (4-4) who allowed just one run, the Drew Poulk homer, in 1 1/3 innings of relief.

Towson jumped on the board early with a 1-0 lead. Ben Winter doubled down the third-base line to start the game. Steve Yarsinsky hit a two-out double to left to score Winter.

No. 7 Miami Wins 16th Straight at Home With 11-1 Win Over Barry

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The seventh-ranked University of Miami baseball team hit three home runs and got another solid start out of Jason Santana to pick up an 11-1 win over Barry Saturday night at Alex Rodriguez Park.

The Hurricanes improved to 36-11 overall with the win and 19-0 all-time against Barry. It also marked Miami's 16th-straight win at Alex Rodriguez Park.

Santana (5-2), who was scheduled to go just four innings, earned the win after allowing just one run on one hit while walking one and striking out a career-high tying eight in just four innings. David Gutierrez relieved Santana and pitched equally as effective over the next four innings, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out seven before Iden Nazario tossed a scoreless ninth.

Miami pitchers combine to allow just one run on seven hits and four walks while striking out 36 in the two-game set against Barry.

Well-Balanced Effort Leads Virginia Tech to 12-0 Shutout Over Savannah State

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Austin Wates hit two homers and drove in five runs, and Matt Blow had a career-high four hits, as No. 16 Virginia Tech posted a 12-0 baseball win over Savannah State at English Field on Saturday evening.

The win - Tech's sixth shutout of the season - improved the Hokies to 33-15 on the season. The 33 wins are the most for the Hokies in their four seasons under Coach Pete Hughes and the most overall since registering 34 in 2003. Savannah State is 24-22 overall following the loss.

Early on, the game settled into a pitcher's duel between Tech's Justin Wright and Savannah State's Michael Allegretti. Wright struggled with his control, but overcame three walks, two hit batsmen and two wild pitches to post five scoreless innings. The junior southpaw stranded Tiger base runners in scoring position in four of his five innings, thanks in large part to nine strikeouts. Allegretti, meanwhile, allowed just two base runners, both on singles, during his first four frames.

Blow finally broke up the scoreless tie in the bottom of the fifth inning. The redshirt junior designated hitter smacked his fourth homer of the season, a solo shot off of Allegretti to right field.