Baseball ACCtion: Friday, May 14

May 15, 2010

Wake Forest Upsets Clemson in Series Opener, 9-5

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Austin Stadler struck out 11 and allowed just one run over 6.2 innings, while Wake Forest scored eight runs in the fourth inning to defeat Clemson 9-5 in the series opener on Friday night at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.

The Demon Deacons improved to 14-35 and 5-20 in the Atlantic Coast Conference with the win, while the Tigers dropped to 32-18 overall and 14-11 in the ACC.

Wake Forest scored in just two innings in the ball game, but an eight-run fourth proved to be the difference. The Deacs added another run in the fifth and let Stadler take care of the rest.

Stadler improved his record to 3-3 with the victory. For the second straight weekend, the sophomore from Midlothian, Va., struck out 11 batters over 6.2 innings. Stadler gave up just run on five hits, while throwing 118 pitches. Over his last three starts, Stadler has allowed just five runs, only three earned, while striking out 26 in 19.1 innings.

Clemson starter Casey Harman suffered the loss to drop to 6-2 on the year. Harman allowed six runs on seven hits with a strikeout in 3.1 innings.

Georgia Tech Takes Series Opener From Miami, 14-3

ATLANTA - Chase Burnette drove in four runs and Jay Dantzler three Friday night to back the four-hit pitching of Deck McGuire, and Georgia Tech captured the opener of a key Atlantic Coast Conference series over Miami, 14-3, at Russ Chandler Stadium.

Tech (40-9, 18-7 ACC), ranked No. 6 in the nation, won its fifth straight game and reached 40 victories in a season for the 21st time in its history. More importantly, the Yellow Jackets moved into a tie for the ACC Coastal Division lead with the fifth-ranked Hurricanes (36-12, 18-7) and Virginia. Miami's seven-game winning streak came to an end.

"It was a great start to the weekend, and I thought Deck really threw the ball well," said Tech head coach Danny Hall. "We had some big at-bats early. I thought Chase Burnette's at-bat to hit the triple and clean the bases was big for us. Great start to the weekend, still have two more games to play, but a good start."

Strong Hitting and Pitching Helps Hokies to 11-3 Win Over Duke

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Junior southpaw Justin Wright turned in another strong pitching performance as No. 15 Virginia Tech opened a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference baseball series against Duke University with an 11-3 win at English Field on Friday.

In a game that was much closer than the score, Wright made a 2-0 lead hold up for seven innings until Tech's bats finally provided some breathing room with a five-run, six-hit bottom of the seventh. The Tech left-hander held the Blue Devils to four hits - all singles - before giving up three runs in the eighth. He pitched 7.2 innings in improving his record to 7-3. Wright allowed three runs on six hits, while striking out three batters and walking two.

The Hokies are now 35-15 overall, posting their most wins in a season since 1999 when they won 42 games. Tech picked up its 15th win in ACC play against 10 losses. Duke is 28-23 on the season and 7-18 in league play following the loss.

NC State Takes Opener In Tallahassee, 5-2

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Jake Buchanan overcame a shaky first two innings, and NC State played Dr. Long Ball to defeat fifth-ranked Florida State 5-2 Friday night in the first game of a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series at Dick Howser Stadium.

The win, coupled with North Carolina's rainout at Virginia, puts the Wolfpack in sole possession of eighth place in the overall ACC standings. The Tar Heels and Cavaliers will play a doubleheader on Saturday.

NC State extended its current winning streak to four games and improved to 32-18 overall, 12-13 in the ACC. NC State has won five of its last six games. The Wolfpack now is 6-2 against teams ranked in the top 10 this season. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Seminoles, who dropped to 37-13 overall and 16-9 in the conference.