Baseball ACCtion: Thursday, May 20

May 21, 2010

No. 9 Miami Tops No. 1 Virginia, 5-4, in 11 Innings
The ninth-ranked University of Miami baseball team won their second straight game via a walk-off hit as a Stephen Perez single in the bottom of the 11th gave the Hurricanes a 5-4 win over top-ranked Virginia Thursday night at Alex Rodriguez Park. The victory was Miami's 18th straight at home - the team's longest home winning streak in since 1998.

The win also gave Miami (39-13, 20-8) its 20th ACC win, marking just the second time since the team joined the ACC in 2005 that the `Canes reached the 20-win plateau in regular season league play.

Trailing 4-2 with one out and one on in the bottom of the eighth, Scott Lawson tied the game up with a towering two-run homer down the line in right. Both teams were then held off the board the next two innings before the `Canes mounted their rally in the 11th with two outs on the board. Nathan Melendres and Michael Broad both worked deep into counts, fouling off pitches before drawing back-to-back walks. Perez then hit the first pitch he saw into right, scoring the speed Melendres to give the `Canes their eighth win in their last nine meetings with the Cavaliers (43-10, 21-7 ACC).

No. 6 Jackets Blast Boston College, 15-8, in Series Opener
Chase Burnette had five of Georgia Tech's 23 hits, and the Yellow Jackets (43-10, 20-8 ACC) belted five home runs en route to a 15-8 series opening win over Boston College (28-25, 13-15 ACC) Thursday afternoon at Commander Shea Field.

With the five home runs, the Jackets moved into a tie for second-place on the school's single season home record list, tying last season's total of 111. Tech has hit nine home runs in the last two games, and recorded double-digit hits in six of the last eight outings.

Burnette's season-high five hits paced the Jackets on the day, as he drove in three runs on a home run and two doubles. Along with Burnette, Derek Dietrich, Cole Leonida, Tony Plagman and Matt Skole all went deep. Plagman's blast was his conference-leading 19th homer of the season.

#22 Tigers Rally in Eighth Inning to Edge #7 Seminoles 9-8
Brad Miller went 5-for-5 with a homer, double, three RBIs, and four runs and Wilson Boyd's two-out, run-scoring single in the eighth capped a three-run inning in #22 Clemson's 9-8 victory over #7 Florida State in front of 4,181 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Thursday night. The Tigers, who took a 1-0 series lead, improved to 35-19 overall and 16-12 in the ACC. The Seminoles dropped to 39-14 overall and 18-10 in ACC play.

Miller, who missed his first game on Tuesday against Presbyterian after starting each of the first 118 of his career at shortstop, totaled a career-high five hits, including his two-out, run-scoring double in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie the score, and a career-high four runs as Clemson's designated hitter. The Seminoles had taken an 8-6 lead with two runs in the top of the eighth inning, but the Tigers overcame two baserunning miscues in the frame to score the tying and winning runs with two outs.

Alex Frederick (5-1), the second of four Tiger hurlers, earned the win in 2.1 innings pitched despite allowing three hits, three runs (two earned), and two walks with two strikeouts. Tomas Cruz retired both batters he faced to record his third save of the season. Starter Casey Harman struck out eight and walked a career-high four batters in 6.0 innings pitched.

Tar Heels Handle Hokies 13-6
Brian Goodwin and Ryan Graepel each posted two hits and four RBI to propel North Carolina over No. 12 Virginia Tech 13-6 Thursday night at Boshamer Stadium. The Tar Heels won their eighth straight game at home as Matt Harvey pitched 7.1 strong innings to improve UNC to 34-20 overall and 12-16 in league play.

Harvey (7-3) struck out seven Hokies on the night, raising his career total to 254. That mark ties him for tenth with Roger Williams on the UNC career strikeout list. After Harvey exited, relievers Bryant Gaines, Zach Bernard and Greg Holt combined to work 1.2 innings of scoreless action while allowing just one hit.

Graepel and Goodwin provided the offense for the Carolina as each belted out three-run home runs. Dillon Hazlett also had a big night at the plate, setting a career-high with four hits and adding two RBI.

Pitching Guides Terps To 5-1 Win Over Deacons
Brett Harman gave Maryland another quality start, pitching six innings and striking out 10, and the Terrapin offense scored four of its five runs in the first two innings en route to a 5-1 victory over Wake Forest Thursday evening.

Harman reached double-digit strikeouts in a game for the third time this season - he also had 10 against Miami on April 30 and a career-high 12 against Boston College on April 11 - and reliever Adam Kolarek shut down the Wake Forest offense over the final three innings to earn his first save of the season.

The Terps forged a two-out rally in the first inning to take a lead they wouldn't surrender. After Brandon Padula was hit by a pitch, Gary Schneider doubled down the left-field line, giving Maryland runners on second and third.

NC State Takes First Game From Duke, 8-3
Drew Poulk continued his torrid hitting and Jake Buchanan pitched his second complete game of the season Thursday night to lift NC State past Duke 8-3 in the first game of a critical three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series.

With North Carolina’s 13-6 victory over Virginia Tech, and Georgia Tech’s 15-8 win at Boston College tightened the race for both the seventh and eighth spots in the eight-team field for next week’s ACC Tournament. NC State, which is now 34-20 overall, moved into a tie for seventh place with Boston College at 14-15 in the overall ACC standings. North Carolina improved to 12-16 with its win over the Hokies and is one game back in ninth place. Complicating matters for the Wolfpack is the fact that the Tar Heels and Eagles both have the tiebreaker over the Pack in case of any ties in the final standings.

Buchanan improved to 7-4 with a workmanlike performance. He scattered nine hits, struck out nine and walked three. Buchanan struggled through the middle innings of the game, allowing six hits, a walk and a hit batter from the third through the sixth innings, but settled in at the end of the sixth and wound up retiring 10 of the last 12 Blue Devil batters of the game.