Baseball ACCtion: Sunday, April 25
April 25, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - For the second day in a row, sixth-ranked Florida State (31-10, 14-7 ACC) used a walk-off hit in the bottom of the ninth to defeat No. 14 Miami (29-11, 15-6 ACC) 6-5 Sunday afternoon on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. With the win, the Seminoles captured their first series victory over the Hurricanes in Tallahassee since 2003, while Florida State remained perfect on Sunday's this year moving to 10-0.
The 4,611 fans inside Howser Stadium could not have asked for a better ending than what they witnessed on Sunday afternoon. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth and the Noles trailing by one, Mike McGee took a 3-2 pitch from Miami reliever Taylor Wulf (0-1) and sent it over the fence in right center for a walk-off, two-run home run.
CLEMSON, S.C. - Kyle Parker went 3-for-4 with a home run and #20 Clemson scored six runs in the fourth inning to rally from a 5-0 deficit to defeat North Carolina 10-6 in front of 5,118 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in a game that started Saturday and was completed on Sunday due to inclement weather. The Tigers, who evened the series 1-1, improved to 25-15 overall and 11-9 in the ACC. The Tar Heels fell to 24-17 overall and 7-13 in ACC play.
Alex Frederick (1-1), the second of four Tiger pitchers, earned the win, as he pitched 1.2 hitless and scoreless innings. Will Lamb struck out the only batter he faced to record his first save of the season.
Michael Morin (5-2), the third of five Tar Heel pitchers, suffered the loss. He allowed two runs on two hits in 1.1 innings pitched.
The Tar Heels took the game's first lead in the second inning. Dillon Hazlett hit a one-out single on an 0-2 pitch to right field, moved to second on a wild pitch, and scored two batters later on Seth Baldwin's two-out single to center.
CLEMSON, S.C. - A pinch-hit double off the bat of Brett Knief scored Ryan Graepel to give North Carolina a 4-3 win over No. 20 Clemson Sunday afternoon at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Patrick Johnson outdueled Clemson starter Dominic Leone to improve Carolina to 25-17 overall and 8-13 in league play. Clemson left seven runners on base and falls to 25-16 and 11-10 in the ACC.
Johnson (4-3) set a new career-high with 8.1 innings pitched. The junior worked into the ninth and allowed just three runs, only one earned, on seven hits with six strikeouts. Greg Holt registered a huge strikeout to earn his third save of the year.
Leone pitched a career-best eight innings allowing just three runs, all in the first frame, on seven hits with three strikeouts. The freshman pounded the strike zone in just his third career start. Will Lamb (3-4) suffers the loss allowing one run on two hits in the ninth and final frame.
ATLANTA, Ga. - The 20th-ranked Virginia Tech baseball team won the front end of an unconventional double-header on Sunday at Russ Chandler Stadium to clinch a series win over third-ranked Georgia Tech.
After Saturday's affair was halted by rain in the middle of the fourth inning with the Hokies up 6-0, the game was suspended until Sunday at noon, where the Hokies completed what they started with a 10-3 win. Georgia Tech then won a slugfest in the third contest by a score of 14-12.
Following the split, Virginia Tech's record stands at 28-14 overall and 11-10 in the ACC, while Georgia Tech sits at 34-7 overall and 16-5 in league play. Over the past four weekends, the Hokies have gone 7-5 against top-10 teams, including three series wins.
RALEIGH, N.C. - The Boston College baseball team gave up its lead two times in the seventh and eighth innings, but showed tremendous fight as it also regained it twice en route to an 11-10 win Sunday afternoon at Doak Field at Dail Park.
It was the second wild win in as many games and with it, marks the first time since joining the ACC that the Eagles have swept on consecutive weekends. The lead in the game switched four times from the bottom of the seventh to the top of the ninth innings.
BC (23-17, 12-9 ACC) held a 6-2 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth but NC State (26-16, 9-12) battled back for the second time in as many days and scored a run in both the fifth and sixth innings, then put up three runs in the seventh to take a 7-6 lead.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Starter Michael Dimock had the best outing of his career, giving up only one run in eight innings with a career-high 11 strikeouts, as Wake Forest won its first Atlantic Coast Conference series of the year with a 7-1 victory over Duke Sunday afternoon at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
Dimock (2-7) tied a career high with eight innings pitched and gave up one run on five hits with 11 strikeouts and no walks. Dimock is the first Wake pitcher record 10+ strikeouts in a game since Brad Kledzik mowed down 10 Old Dominion batters in 2009.
"That's as dominating a pitching performance as you'll see in college baseball," said head coach Tom Walter. "He struck out 11 and walked none over eight innings. That's as good as it gets."
Joel Ernst finished the game, giving up one hit with a strikeout in the ninth inning.
Starter Dennis O'Grady (0-3) took the loss for Duke, giving up three runs, two of them earned, on seven hits in five innings pitched.