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April 26, 2011
The Eagles are in the midst of a busy stretch as the regular season enters its final month ... after completing a three-game series at Georgia Tech over the weekend, BC flew to New York City for a Monday game at No. 30 St. John's ... on Tuesday night, the Eagles will face Harvard at Boston's Fenway Park in the Beanpot championship game ... the weekend finds BC playing host to top-ranked Virginia in their three-game weekend series ... Matt McGovern has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games, including 10 straight before his streak was snapped on Saturday ... the hitting streak is longest by a Boston College player this season.
Over his last six games, junior Brad Miller is hitting .478 (11-for-23) and has improved his batting average from .395 to a league-leading .413. ... the Windermere, Fla., junior is three hits shy of 200 for his career and is bidding to become the first Tiger since Khalil Greene (.470 in 2002) to lead the ACC in hitting ... senior Jeff Schaus is four RBIs shy of 200 for his career ... sophomore Dominic Leone pitched the best game of his career against Wake Forest on Friday night ... Leone tossed 8.1 scoreless innings of three-hit ball with a career-high 10 strikeouts to earn the win in a 2-0 victory ... he gave up just three singles and did not allow a Demon Deacon past second base.
Sophomore Jeff Kremer ranks third among ACC batters with a .385 average ... freshman Chris Marconcini leads the league in triples with six ... Will Piwnica-Worms' 11 career triples tie for first among active ACC players (with North Carolina's Levi Michael) ... starter Dennis O'Grady and reliever Chase Bebout combined to hold No. 10 Florida State to seven hits while striking out nine in last Friday night's hard-luck 2-1 loss ... O'Grady (4-3) logged his second straight quality start ... the right-handed senior struck out five while scattering seven hits to hold his second straight top-10 opponent to two runs over more than five frames.
ACC Pitcher of the Week Sean Gilmartin struck out a career-high 13 batters in eight innings of last Friday night's series-opening win over Duke ... Gilmartin's 28 career victories tie Virginia's Danny Hultzen for the most among active players ... senior Mike McGee is tied for 24th among ACC career home run leaders with 47 and is also tied for 23rd on the ACC career save list with 17 ... outfielder James Ramsey owns the ACC's longest current hitting streak, having hit safely in 19 straight games ... during the streak, the Alpharetta, Fla., junior, is batting .405 (30-for-74) with nine doubles, three home runs and 22 RBIs.
Freshman outfielder Kyle Wren has a team-high 21 multiple-hit games and leads all ACC freshmen in batting average (.386) ... the Peachtree City, Ga., native has eight games with three-or-more hits this season, including a 5-for-5 performance with a triple, a home run and two RBIs against Maryland back on March 12 ... infielder Matt Skole is second among active ACC players with 42 home runs and is two hits shy of 200 for his career ... pitcher Mark Pope's four career complete-game shutouts are a Georgia Tech modern day record ... Craig Day (1903-1906) and Ed LaFitte (1906-1907) each had six in the early 1900s.
The Terps have added a Tuesday night home game with Saint Joseph's to their schedule to replace a March 23 contest with St. John's that was cancelled due to weather ... freshmen have continued to play a big role for the Terps, with as many as six in the lineup on some days ... outfielder Charlie White leads the team in hitting at .301 and has hit safely in 10 of the last 11 games ... White, who has batted leadoff the majority of the year, is also 15-for-15 on stolen bases ... outfielder Austin Kilbourne has a .358 batting average, .528 slugging percentage and .462 on-base percentage in 18 games, 14 of them starts.
Nathan Melendres led the Hurricanes in batting last week while slugging at a .688 clip, helping Miami to a 3-1 record, including a series win over 10th-ranked North Carolina on the road ... in an eight-run 10th inning for the Hurricanes in the series-opening win over UNC, Melendres capped the inning with a two-run homer, finishing the day with a game-high five hits and four RBI ... sophomore pitcher Steven Ewing collected his sixth consecutive win in last week's 5-3 victory over Bethune-Cookman ... Ewing tossed seven innings, striking out 10 batters (his second double-digit strikeout effort this season) without walking a batter.
Over his last 21 games, North Carolina freshman Colin Moran has 32 runs batted in and currently leads the ACC in both total runs batted in (54) and RBIs per game (1.29) ... the Rye, N.Y., native also leads the ACC in multiple RBI games with 16 ... Moran is bidding to become only the sixth Tar Heel to lead the league in runs batted in and first since Dustin Ackley tied for the league lead in 2007 ... junior Levi Michael leads all active ACC players in being hit by a pitch (38 times) ... with Sunday's nine-inning effort in a win over Miami, Kent Emanuel became the first UNC freshman pitcher since Andy Gale in 2005 to throw a complete game.
Wolfpack senior Rob Chamra gave up a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the first inning, then put zeroes on the scoreboard through the seventh inning on Friday night as NC State handed Virginia just its fourth loss of the 2011 campaign while dealing All-America left-hander Danny Hultzen only the third loss of his career at UVa and his first loss since March 5, 2010 ... Chamra improved to 6-0 with a 3.55 ERA for the season ... he is 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA in his last four starts ... after starting the season at 10-10, the Wolfpack has won 14 of its last 22 ... NC State is idle this week until playing host to Maryland in this weekend's ACC series.
John Hicks leads the ACC with 22 multiple-hit games ... in addition to having multiple hits in 50 percent of his games to date, the Sandy Hook, Va., junior has 16 games with two hits, five games with three hits and one four-hit effort ... Cavalier junior teammate Steven Proscia leads the ACC with 10 games of three-or-more hits ... Hicks is currently eighth in the ACC in hitting (.359) and Proscia is ninth (.357) ... despite losing in his last start (to NC State), reigning ACC Pitcher of the Year Danny Hultzen is 28-3 with a 2.19 ERA in his career ... Hultzen's career winning percentage of .903 ranks fifth all-time in the ACC, while his ERA is 22nd.
Sophomore Andrew Rash has been named the ACC Player of the Week ... Rash, the ACC leader is home runs, total bases and slugging percentage, increased his totals last week with nine hits - six for extra bases, including three home runs - and added seven runs scored and six RBI ...that included his second multi-home run game this season in Saturday's victory at Maryland ... Rash, a native of Anderson, S.C., has now homered in four straight ACC weekends ... Rash helped Virginia Tech sweep its first ACC series of the year and extend its road-winning streak to five games ... Rash has multiple hits in five of his last six games.
Steven Brooks has 72 career stolen bases (in 84 attempts) and is three shy of moving onto the ACC career top 25 list ... sophomore Tim Cooney tossed the first complete game of his career in a 9-3 road win at Clemson last Saturday ... Cooney was extremely efficient, needing only 98 pitches to complete the nine innings, including 67 strikes ... the sophomore lefty had seven strikeouts and didn't allow a walk ... Cooney scattered nine hits and gave up just two earned runs ... Wake Forest's midweek slate is highlighted by a home-and-home set with nearby Elon ... the Deacons visit the Phoenix on Tuesday night before hosting Wednesday.