Baseball ACCtion: Friday, May 21

May 21, 2010

No. 1 Virginia Clinches Share of ACC Coastal Division Title

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The No. 1 Virginia baseball team clinched at least a share of the ACC Coastal Division regular-season championship with a 3-1 win at No. 14 Miami Friday night at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field. The Cavaliers (44-10, 22-7 ACC), with their school-record 22nd ACC win, have a one-game lead over Georgia Tech heading into the final day of ACC play.

Virginia, by virtue of its head-to-head series win with Georgia Tech, also clinched the No. 1 seed in the upcoming ACC Baseball Championship, which is slated for next Wednesday through Sunday at NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro, N.C. UVa last finished atop the ACC regular-season standings in 1985; the Cavaliers also were ACC regular-season champions in 1972.

Pitching ruled the day for both teams. UVa pitchers, led by seven strong innings from starter Robert Morey (Jr., Virginia Beach, Va.), allowed just four hits. Miami's three pitchers surrendered just six hits - two by Chris Taylor (Fr., Virginia Beach, Va.).

Morey (9-2) pitched into the eighth inning for the third straight game to earn the win. He did not allow a hit until the sixth inning. Morey pitched to the first batter of the eighth and worked seven innings, giving up one earned run, three hits and four walks while striking out five.

Six-Run Third Inning Lifts No. 22 Clemson Over No. 7 Florida State, 8-4

CLEMSON, S.C. - Scott Weismann and David Haselden combined to limit the Seminoles to only five hits and #22 Clemson used a six-run third inning to defeat #7 Florida State 8-4 in front of 4,495 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Friday night. The Tigers, who took a 2-0 series lead, improved to 36-19 overall and 17-12 in the ACC. The Seminoles, who lost back-to-back games for just the third time all season, fell to 39-15 overall and 18-11.

Weismann (6-2) earned the win by allowing just three hits, three runs, and four walks with five strikeouts in 6.1 innings pitched. David Haselden pitched the final 2.2 innings, allowing two hits and one run.

Seminole starter Brian Busch (4-1) suffered the loss, as he yielded six hits, six runs, and three walks with two strikeouts in 2.1 innings pitched.

The Tigers took the game's first lead with six runs on five hits and three walks in the third inning. John Nester led off with a walk and Jason Stolz singled to right field. Brad Miller reached on a bunt single to load the bases with no outs.

Tar Heels, Bates Edge Hokies 5-3

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Colin Bates tossed six shutout innings of relief as North Carolina rallied past No. 12 Virginia Tech 5-3 Friday night at Boshamer Stadium. Carolina scored all five of their runs in the final three innings to improve to 35-20 overall and 13-16 in the ACC.

Bates (6-2) dazzled in six shutout innings of relief, allowing just three hits and tying a career-high with seven strikeouts. Starter Chris Munnelly lasted just three innings after allowing three runs on four hits. Neither Carolina hurler issued a walk.

Levi Michael, Brian Goodwin, Tommy Coyle and Jacob Stallings all registered two hits and a RBI to pace the Carolina attack, which plated four of its five runs with two outs. Senior Ryan Graepel added a hit and RBI as the Tar Heels won their ninth straight game at home.

Sean McDermott took the loss for the Hokies, who fell to 36-18 overall and 16-13 in the league. McDermott (1-1) allowed four hits and two runs in only 0.2 innings of relief. Starter Matthew Price was effective in six innings of work, surrendering just one earned run, but was saddled with a no-decision.

Georgia Tech Clinches Series Over Boston College, 7-5

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The sixth-ranked Georgia Tech baseball team (44-10, 21-8 ACC) used sacrifice flies in the seventh and eighth innings, and a strong outing from the bullpen to seal a 7-5 series clinching victory of Boston College (28-26, 13-16 ACC) Friday afternoon at Commander Shea Field. The series concludes with a 12:30 p.m. start Saturday.

"I thought our situational hitting was good when it needed to be," head coach Danny Hall said. "We didn't get a lot of hits, partly because the wind was blowing so hard straight in, but we did the little things that I thought we needed to in order to score."

The Jackets moved within half a game behind Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal division leader Virginia (21-7), who plays at Miami Friday evening in Coral Gables, Fla.

"Winning the series was big, and depending on what happens in Miami later tonight, we have a chance to play for first place in the conference tomorrow," Hall added.

Wake Forest Defeats Maryland, 13-1, to Even Series

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest starter Michael Dimock allowed just one run over 7.0 solid innings, while Matt Conway and Mike Murray each homered as the Demon Deacons defeated Maryland 13-1 on Friday night at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.

Wake Forest evens the series and improves to 17-37 overall and 7-22 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while Maryland drops to 17-38 and 5-24 in the ACC.

Dimock earned the win on the mound to improve his record to 3-9. The sophomore from Greensboro, N.C., allowed just one run on four hits with six strikeouts over 7.0 innings. After allowing a run in the second, Dimock shut down the Terrapin offense the rest of the way, retiring 12 straight batters at one point and sitting down 16 of the last 18 batters he faced. Maryland starter Eric Potter (2-10) suffered the loss, giving up six runs, five earned, on five hits over 2.0 innings.

Niko Spezial finished off the game for Wake Forest, pitching the final two innings. Spezial struck out four of the six batters he faced and did not allow a base runner.

NC State Holds Off Duke In 12, 7-6

RALEIGH, N.C. - Andrew Ciencin's two-out double drove in Kyle Wilson with the winning run in the bottom of the 12th inning Friday night to lift NC State past Duke 7-6 in the second game of a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series at Doak Field at Dail Park. With the victory, the Wolfpack clinched the series win and moved one step closer to securing a berth in next week's ACC Tournament in Greensboro.

With the win the Wolfpack improved to 35-20 overall and 14-15 in the conference. The Blue Devils dropped to 29-26 and 8-21 in the ACC. Grant Sasser (3-3) got the win with 1 2/3 innings of relief, striking out three and giving up two hits. Ben Grisz drops to 3-3 with the loss.

Kyle Wilson hit his sixth home run of the year and Drew Poulk extended his hitting streak to 14 games. Harold Riggins went 2-for-4 with two home runs and a walk.

Duke swung the bats early and and often and bled Wolfpack starter Cory Mazzoni for 15 hits in 8 2/3 innings. Duke wound up with 18 hits, a season high for hits allowed by NC State.