Baseball ACCtion: Friday, February 20
Feb. 20, 2009
No. 1 Tar Heels Top VMI In Stadium Opener
Carolina (1-0) pounded out 16 hits and 13 runs for its biggest opening day offensive output since 2003. Gore went 3-for-5 with three RBI, while Fleury was 3-for-4 with three RBI. Fleury's three hits and three RBI matched career highs. Every Tar Heel starter hit safely on the afternoon.
All-America Dustin Ackley was 3-for-4 with an RBI and combined with freshman Levi Michael to reach base seven times on the afternoon to set the table for the middle of the order. Ackley extended his 14-game hitting streak dating to last season with the first base hit in the new facility.
Florida State Victorious On Opening Day
Sophomore Mike McGee paced the Seminole offense as he tied a career-high with three hits on Friday. The Port St. Lucie, Fla., native also knocked in three runs including a two-run single in the fourth which put the Seminoles ahead for good. Tyler Holt and Ohmed Danesh contributed offensively with a pair of hits in the win. Holt finished the evening 2-for-3 with a bunt single and a double, while Danesh was a perfect 2-for-2 with a single, a double and two RBI.
The Seminoles found themselves down early as Hofstra ran out to an early 3-1 lead after the first two innings. The Pride had their way with Florida State starter Geoff Parker (1-0) through the first two innings recording three runs on five hits. But Parker settled down nicely and worked three straight scoreless innings before giving way to the Seminole bullpen in the sixth.
No. 12 Miami Downs Rutgers, 6-1, in Season Opener
Miami (1-0) and Rutgers (0-1) remained tied at one heading into the bottom of the fifth before Lawson's third hit of the game - a two-out single to right - brought home Jason Hagerty for what would prove to be the game-winning run for the `Canes.
Sophomore starter Chris Hernandez picked up the win for UM, allowing just one run on three hits in six innings while striking out seven and walking three. Junior Taylor Wulf made his first career appearance on the mound for the `Canes, tossing two scoreless innings before giving way to junior Michael Rudman who pitched a scoreless ninth.
In addition to Lawson's 3-for-4 performance, sophomore Yasmani Grandal finished 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and two runs scored while freshman Harold Martinez went 2-for-4 with RBI in his Miami debut.
#19 Tigers Swipe Nine Bases in 8-3 Win Over Charlotte Friday
The nine stolen bases were the most by the Tigers in a game since April 19, 1989, when Clemson stole 10 bases in a 16-5 win over Georgia Tech. Four Tigers combined for the nine thefts. Johnson had a game-high three stolen bases.
Trey Delk (1-0) was in midseason form against the 49ers, as he worked 5.1 innings, allowing four hits, one run, and one walk with five strikeouts. Charlotte starter Joe Yermal (0-1) took the loss, as he allowed three runs in 2.1 innings pitched.
Hokies Blast UNCA in Opener
The Hokies’ 21 runs were the most for a Tech baseball squad in an opener since another 21-4 victory, that one at High Point on Feb. 27, 1988. Tech’s output against UNCA on Friday marked the most runs in any game for the Hokies since a 22-7 decision against Campbell in Blacksburg during the 2003 season.
Tech’s runs came in bunches with five innings of three runs or more. Eleven players combined to produce 18 base hits, including six doubles and one home run. The Hokies also capitalized on seven base on balls, six errors and six hit batsmen.
Terps Baseball Drops Season Opener at UNC Wilmington
Maryland drew first blood in the game thanks to Greenberg, who lead off the top of the second inning. Greenberg worked a 3-1 count against starting pitcher Daniel Cropper and sat on a high fastball. Greenberg got the pitch he wanted and drilled an absolute no-doubt home run into the wind to dead center field. The Terps threatened to score more runs in the frame, putting runners on first and second with one out, but Cropper escaped the jam with a ground-out and strikeout. Freshman Taylor Buran recorded a single to center field in the inning in his first career at-bat.
Left fielder Gerry Spessard put Maryland up 2-0 in the top of the third inning with a two-out single to center field, scoring Jensen Pupa. Mike Murphy was thrown out at third base on the play, but just after Pupa slid across home plate safely.
McGuire Fans 13 as Georgia Tech Routs Lipscomb, 9-0
McGuire (1-0) fanned a career-high 13 batters in seven innings, eclipsing the nine he accumulated against Georgia on May 7 of last season. He allowed just three hits and walked one while throwing 101 pitches. The 13 strikeouts were the most by a Tech pitcher since Cory Vance had 14 against No. 2 North Carolina on March 14, 2000.
The sophomore from Richmond, Va., was locked in a pitcher's duel with Lipscomb's Rex Brothers for four innings before Tech (1-0) broke the scoreless tie with three unearned runs in the fifth.
Virginia Blanks Bucknell in Opener, 12-0
Grovatt homered, tripled, scored three times and drove in two, while Proscia homered in his first college game, scored twice and also knocked in two. Virginia racked up 15 hits in the contest. Jarrett Parker (So., Stafford, Va.), Danny Hultzen (Fr., Bethesda, Md.) and Tyler Cannon (Jr., Pigeon Forge, Tenn.) each had a pair of hits for the Cavaliers.
Carraway earned the opening-day start on the mound for UVa and notched the win after pitching 5.1 innings, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out four. The bullpen was equally impressive. Lucas worked 2.2 scoreless innings, while Halley wrapped things up by striking out the side in the ninth inning. Bucknell had just one baserunner advance to second base.
Boston College Wins Season Opener 8-7
MacDonald allowed four hits and struck out four. Anston and Zapenas both had two RBI in the game. Zapenas went 2-for-5 in his collegiate debut while sophomore Mickey Wiswall went also had a pair of hits.
The crowd was the second-largest opening day number in Stetson baseball history and the sixth-largest all-time.
Wake Forest Opens Season with 11-2 Win over Akron
Wake Forest moves to 1-0 on the season, while Akron drops to 0-2.
Stadler excelled at both the plate and on the mound. He had a team-best four hits in the game and also drove in four runs, while scoring a run. On the mound, he threw five innings, allowing five hits and one earned run, while striking out seven with two walks. He earned the win in the first start of his collegiate career.
NC State Drops Opener to Rhode Island, 11-8
The Rams fell behind 5-0 to Wolfpack starter Jake Buchanan, but scored twice in the fourth, twice in the sixth and five times in the eighth to put the game away. The Wolfpack jumped to a 2-0 lead on Pratt Maynard’s two-run single in the bottom of the first, scored an unearned run in the second on a two-base error by Rhault at shortstop and Dallas Poulk’s double to left, then made 5-0 on Chris Schaeffer’s two-run homer in the third.
Buchanan, who pitched five strong innings for the Wolfpack, set down the first 10 Rhode Island batters of the game before allowing a one-out single to Oliver Palmer and a two-run home run to Rhault. Kyle Wilson’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth pushed the lead to 6-2.
Duke Falls 5-2 To La Salle In Season Opener
Malloy had hits in his first four at bats, including a solo home run in the third inning that was part of back-to-back shots for the Explorers (1-0) with teammate TJ Chism. Malloy was a triple short of the cycle, tagging a pair of singles, a double and a home run.
La Salle designated hitter Marc Schoch also sent in a pair of runs as part of a three-run fifth inning that proved to be the difference for the Explorers. Starter Drew Gerhart (1-0) held Duke (0-1) to two runs and six hits through five complete innings to earn the win before handing the ball over to left-hander Christian Schulz, who finished the game. Schulz gave up just two hits and struck out four batters in closing out the final four frames on the way to his first save of the season.