Baseball ACCtion: Tuesday, May 18

May 18, 2010

Plagman Powers Tech Past Georgia State in Home Finale, 9-3
Tony Plagman belted two of Georgia Tech's four home runs and Brandon Cumpton scattered four hits over six scoreless innings to lead the sixth-ranked Yellow Jackets (42-10) to a 9-3 win over Georgia State (31-21-1) Tuesday at Russ Chandler Stadium.

The Jackets improved to 12-1 against in-state opponents with the win, and closed out the regular season home schedule winning seven of their last eight at Russ Chandler. Tech has won seven of its last eight games overall.

The Jackets entered the game ranked second in the nation in home runs with 102, and belted four Tuesday against Georgia State. Plagman (2), Matt Skole and Thomas Nichols all went yard to give the team 106 on the season.

No. 9 'Canes Walk-Off Against FGCU for 17th Straight Home Win
The No. 9 University of Miami baseball team scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, earning its 17th consecutive home victory with a come-from-behind 5-4 win over Florida Gulf Coast Tuesday at Alex Rodriguez Park.

Down one with one out in the bottom of the ninth, Zeke DeVoss worked a full count before hitting a line-drive single into left field. David Villasuso pinch hit for Stephen Perez and came through with a double of the right field wall, scoring DeVoss for the game-tying run.

A wild pitch from FGCU reliever Pete Woodworth put Villasuso on third before Frankie Ratcliff roped his third hit of the day into right field for the Hurricanes' (38-13) fourth walk-off win of the season.

#22 Clemson Outlasts Blue Hose 8-2
Jason Stolz and Jeff Schaus both hit two-run homers and four Tiger pitchers limited the Blue Hose to two runs in #22 Clemson's 8-2 victory over Presbyterian at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Tuesday night. The Tigers improved to 34-19, while the Blue Hose dropped to 13-38.

The Blue Hose tied the score 2-2 with a run in the top of the third inning, but Clemson scored six runs over its next six innings at the plate and four Tiger hurlers held the Blue Hose scoreless from the fourth inning on to assist Clemson to its 34th win of the season.

Starter Scott Firth (2-1), a freshman righthander from Buffalo Grove, IL, earned the victory by tossing 5.1 innings, allowing seven hits, two runs, and no walks with a career-high six strikeouts. Kevin Kyle, Kevin Brady, and Tomas Cruz combined to pitch the final 3.2 innings without allowing a run.

Tar Heels Dispatch Niners 8-4
Ryan Graepel notched four hits and two RBI to lead North Carolina past Charlotte 8-4 Tuesday night at Boshamer Stadium. Jimmy Messer picked up his second win of the season tossing three shutout innings of relief. Carolina won its eighth straight game at home to improve to 33-20 on the year.

Charlotte's Tim Lysaught (4-4) suffers the loss as the Niners fall to 35-14 overall. The Tar Heels defeated Charlotte for the second time this season, after registering a 5-0 April 28.

Messer posted four strikeouts and allowed just one hit in three scoreless innings. Starter Michael Morin allowed just two runs in three frames. Nate Striz was strong in one inning of relief, allowing just one hit. Colin Bates, Zach Bernard and Greg Holt all combined to allow one run in two innings.

NC StateDowns High Point, 10-3
Harold Riggins, Pratt Maynard and Matt Bergquist drove in three runs apiece, and Alex Sogard worked six incredibly fast shutout innings Tuesday as NC State cruised past High Point 10-3 in non-conference action at Doak Field at Dail Park.

The Wolfpack improved to 33-20 with the win. The Panthers dropped to 26-27. Sogard, who allowed four hits and struck out four without allowing a walk, threw just 45 pitches, an average of 7.5 pitches per inning. He improved to 1-2 with the win.

High Point starter Brian Jones (0-4) pitched three shutout innings before running into trouble in the fourth and fifth. He wound up allowing six runs, four of them earned, on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings, walking one and striking out five. The Wolfpack managed just one hit off of Jones through the first three innings, a two-out double in the first inning by Drew Poulk, but finally broke through on a two-run homer to left field from Maynard in the fourth. 9

Wake Forest Topples Appalachian State, 10-3
Wake Forest starter Zach White allowed just one run in five innings, while the Wake Forest offense scored double-digit runs for the third time in the last five games to lead the Demon Deacons to a 10-3 win over Appalachian State on Tuesday night at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.

Wake Forest, which has now won four of its last five games, improves to 16-36 on the season, while Appalachian State falls to 32-16-1 with the loss.

White turned in another impressive start to improve his record to 2-1. The sophomore southpaw surrendered just one run on five hits, while striking out three over 5.0 strong innings. Appalachian State starter Ryan Arrowood received the lost to fall to 6-4 on the season. Arrowood allowed four runs on six hits with two strikeouts in 3.1 innings.

Boston College Loses To St. John's, 17-9
Joe Panik and Jeremy Baltz both hit two home runs and St. John's hit seven as a team to beat the Boston College baseball team, 17-9, Tuesday afternoon at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field.

Panik hit a three-run homer and a two-run shot while Baltz had a solo and a two-run round tripper.

Greg Hopkins went 3-for-6 with a homer and three runs, Jimmy Parque was 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBI and Sean O'Hare hit a grand slam. Seven Red Storm batters in the order recorded both a hit and an RBI.