Baseball ACCtion: Sunday, May 16

May 16, 2010

Hicks Walk-Off Homer Propels No. 1 Cavaliers to 5-3 Win Over UNC

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - John Hicks (So., Sandy Hook, Va.) hit a three-run walk-off home run in the ninth inning as the top-ranked Virginia baseball team rallied to defeat No. 21 North Carolina, 5-3, Sunday afternoon at Davenport Field. Virginia won its 14th straight game and, in sweeping its first-ever three-game series from North Carolina, swept its third-consecutive ACC series.

Virginia drew a sellout crowd of 4,825 for the game - UVa's sixth sellout of the season. For the weekend, a UVa record 13,294 fans attended the three-game series. With the win, UVa matched a program record with its 21st ACC victory of the year.

Virginia (43-9, 21-6 ACC) had just four singles and trailed 3-0 through six innings before staging its comeback. Down 3-2 entering the bottom of the ninth, the Cavaliers strung together three straight hits. Steven Proscia (So., Suffern, N.Y.) hit a leadoff single off Greg Holt and aggressively moved around to third on a Jarrett Parker (Jr., Stafford, Va.) single to short right-center field.

Wake Forest Claims Series Over Clemson With 11-2 Win

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest scored eight runs in the first four innings and starter Tim Cooney gave up just two runs on four hits over eight innings to defeat Clemson 11-2 and clinch the series on Sunday afternoon at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.

With the win, the Demon Deacons improve to 15-36 overall and 6-21 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Clemson falls to 33-19 and 15-12 in the ACC.

Wake Forest also clinched the series with the victory. It marks the second straight series that the Demon Deacons have won over the Tigers at home and just the second series in the last 10 years that Wake has won over Clemson.

Freshman southpaw Tim Cooney improved his record to 4-6, throwing eight strong innings. The Collegeville, Pa., native allowed just two runs on four hits, while striking out four batters. The lefty finished the game strong, retiring the last eight batters he faced.

Joel Ernst closed the game by throwing a perfect ninth inning. The Demon Deacon hurlers retired 11 straight Tiger batters to end the game and didn't allow a Clemson hit after a leadoff homer in the sixth.

Georgia Tech Downs Miami, 6-3, Take ACC Weekend Series

ATLANTA - Jed Bradley pitched six strong innings for his conference-leading ninth win, and Derek Dietrich and Matt Skole each delivered three hits to lift sixth-ranked Georgia Tech past No. 5 Miami, 6-3, Sunday afternoon in the deciding game of a key Atlantic Coast Conference baseball series at Russ Chandler Stadium.

The win was the sixth in the last seven games for Georgia tech (41-10, 19-8 ACC), who pulled into a second-place tie in the Coastal Division with the Hurricanes (37-13, 19-8), one game behind Virginia (21-6), which maintained its lead Sunday with a win over North Carolina with one conference series left for each team.

Bradley (9-2) went six innings on the mound for Tech, scattering five hits and two walks while striking out five. The sophomore lefthander from Huntsville, Ala., stayed in the game just long enough to pick up the victory after Tech had been shut out for five innings.

Three of those hits came in the fourth inning when Harold Martinez got the Hurricanes on the board first, belting his team-leading 17th home run with two men on, his second round-tripper of the weekend.

Seminoles Survive Against Pack

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Fifth-ranked Florida State (39-13, 18-9 ACC) over came an 8-0 deficit to defeat NC State (32-20, 12-15 ACC) 12-9 Sunday afternoon on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.

The game was temporarily suspended with two outs in the seventh due to rain and lightning in the area with NC State's Drew Poulk at the plate and a 0-2 count. With curfew set for 5:15 p.m. and field deemed unplayable, the game was officially called giving the Noles the win and the series victory.

"I was just so proud of the way our guys played today after falling behind the way we did," said head coach Mike Martin. "This team refused to quit; they fought right back and got themselves in the ball game. It was truly a good win for this program."

With the win, Florida State closed out its regular season schedule perfect on Sunday's posting a 14-0 record. The win also moved Florida State within one win of claiming its fourth straight ACC Atlantic Division Title. The come-from-behind victory was huge for the Seminoles as the Tigers lost to Wake Forest 11-2 falling three games behind the Noles in the division.

Duke Comes Away With 11-7 Win Over No. 15 Virginia Tech

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The only thing that could slow down Duke starter Dennis O'Grady on Sunday afternoon was bad weather. O'Grady threw 5.1 no-hit innings and held 15th-ranked Virginia Tech to one run on three hits in seven innings, leading the Blue Devils to an 11-7 win over the Hokies at English Field.

O'Grady's no-hit bid ended with one out in the bottom of the sixth when Brent Zimmerman laced a one-out triple to right field. The junior right-hander went on to throw seven complete innings before the game was delayed one hour and 23 minutes due to rain and lightning. O'Grady (2-4) struck out six batters and did not allow a run until Buddy Sosnoskie followed Zimmerman's sixth-inning triple with an RBI single.

O'Grady contributed two RBI and a run in the win while also stealing a base. He was one of three Blue Devils with multiple RBI, joining classmate Jake Lemmerman, who went 3-for-3 with two RBI, and senior Ryan McCurdy who drove in two runs including a squeeze bunt.

Spatola Hits Two Homers in BC's 10-4 Win Over Dartmouth

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Senior John Spatola hit a pair of homers and drove in six runs to lead the Boston College baseball team to a 10-4 win against Dartmouth Sunday afternoon at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field.

It was Spatola's second multi-home run game of the season with the other one coming against Missouri on February 28. He finished the game 3-for-5 with three runs scored. Spatola has hit 14 home runs this season which is the fourth most in a single season at Boston College.

The top four batters in the Eagles' order went a combined 10-for-19 with nine runs scored and seven RBI. Senior Robbie Anston went 2-for-5 with a run, junior Matt Hamlet was also 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run and junior Mickey Wiswall went 3-for-4 and scored three times.

Wiswall's three hits gives him 201 in his career which is the seventh-most all-time. He is also just the seventh player in BC history to reach the 200-hit mark.