FROM PRESS RELEASES
UNC 8 Kent State 1
ROCK HILL, S.C. – Sophomore right-hander Alex White went six strong innings, and second baseman Kyle Seager drove in a career-best three runs for the second straight day in No. 2 North Carolina’s 8-1 win over Kent State Friday at the Coca-Cola Classic at The Winthrop Ballpark. The Tar Heels (5-1) scored seven runs over the first two innings and have outscored the opposition, 14-2, over the last two days.
White (2-0) did not allow an earned run for his second straight start and limited the Golden Flashes (1-4) to just four hits and one walk. He fanned six for the second consecutive outing and has 12 strikeouts to just three walks on the season. Freshmen Patrick Johnson and Logan Munson then combined for 2 1/3 scoreless innings before senior Rob Wooten got the final two outs in the ninth. After Friday’s effort, the UNC pitching staff has allowed just two earned runs over its last three games.
Miami 8 Florida 4
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Sophomore lefty Eric Erickson struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings and junior centerfielder Blake Tekotte and sophomore catcher Jason Hagerty combined for six hits as No. 9 Miami knocked off its in-state rival Florida, 8-4, Friday night in front of a sellout crowd of 3,000 at Mark Light Field. Junior second baseman Jemile Weeks homered for the second time this season as the Hurricanes (4-0) remained perfect on the season.
Erickson (2-0) no-hit the Gators (5-1) through five innings. He had a perfect game going heading into the sixth inning before surrendering a walk to Florida’s Jon Townsend. Erickson ended up allowing four runs on four hits while walking one in his second win of the season. Sophomore right-hander Kyle Bellamy continued his hot start for the Hurricanes. Bellamy struck out three in 1 1/3 innings. Carlos Gutierrez tossed a scoreless ninth to end the game.
FSU 6 Auburn 5
Auburn, Ala. – Florida State (5-0) scored early and held on late to take both games on the road of a home and home series against Auburn (4-2) with a 6-5 victory Friday afternoon at Plainsman Park. Sophomore Matt Fairel pitched a career-high seven innings to pick up his second win of the season while Jimmy Marshall got the final three outs in the ninth to register his first career save.
All six RBIs on Friday were recorded by Seminole newcomers including five by Florida State freshman. Jack Posey, who got his first start of the season as the Seminole designated hitter, went 1-for-1 with a double, a walk and two RBIs. Left fielder Mike McGee also recorded two RBIs on a single and a sacrifice fly, while Tyler Holt picked up an RBI with a single in the second. Tony Delmonico accounted for the sixth Seminole RBI on a sacrifice fly in the fourth.
Clemson 7 College of Charleston 6
Behind three home runs and J.D. Burgess’ double that scored two runs in the eighth inning, #13 Clemson rallied for a 7-6 victory over College of Charleston in front of 2,083 fans at Patriots Point Stadium on Friday. The Tigers improved to 5-0, while the Cougars fell to 4-1. Clemson also upped its all-time record to 19-0 against College of Charleston.
Reliever Alex Martin (1-0) earned the win by retiring the only batter he faced in the seventh inning. Matt Vaughn, a native of nearby Summerville, SC, pitched 2.0 scoreless innings with three strikeouts to earn his second save of the year. Tiger starter Graham Stoneburner surrendered three runs on four hits in the first inning, but he settled down and pitched near perfect baseball the next four innings to keep the Tigers within reach.
UVA 17 Siena 2
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Jacob Thompson (Jr., Danville, Va.) set the Virginia career wins record Friday as the 16th-ranked Cavaliers topped Siena, 17-2, at Davenport Field. Thompson earned his 23rd career victory, besting former Cavaliers Sean Doolittle (2005-07), Joe Koshansky (2001-04) and Seth Greisinger (1994-96). The win pushed Virginia to 7-0 on the young season, the program’s best start in a season since the 1971 squad opened 7-0.
Thompson (2-0) pitched seven solid innings, giving up an unearned run, four hits and two walks while striking out 10. Brad Grove (Jr., Glen Allen, Va.) pitched the final two innings to close out the game. Matt Moberg (0-2) took the loss for Siena (0-5) after allowing five runs, seven hits and a walk in three innings.
Louisville 3 NC State 1
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Senior Justin McClanahan belted a two-run home run and added an RBI double, while Zack Pitts, James Belanger and Gabriel Shaw allowed just one run on four hits, as the 22nd-ranked University of Louisville topped North Carolina State 3-1 Friday in the opening game of the Charleston Firefighter Memorial Challenge.
In the first inning, Chris Dominguez drew a two-out walk and McClanahan drilled the first pitch he saw the other way for a two-run home run, and a 2-0 Cardinals (3-1) lead. The home run was the second baseman’s third of the season in just four games.
Rutgers 10 GT 6
ATLANTA, Ga. – Rutgers used a four-run 11th inning to break a 6-6 tie and sophomore Kevin Lillis (Fair Haven, N.J.) pitched two innings of scoreless relief to give the Scarlet Knights a 10-6 victory over No. 22 and previously unbeaten Georgia Tech Friday afternoon in the series opener at Russ Chandler Stadium.
RU improved to 2-1 on the season with its second-consecutive victory over the Yellow Jackets (defeated GT, 9-5, in the series finale last season), while Georgia Tech fell to 5-1 on the year. The Scarlet Knights countered a game-tying rally from the Yellow Jackets in the ninth to win it in extra innings. It is the second nationally-ranked team in three games (No. 25 Old Dominion last weekend) the Scarlet Knights have defeated on the road this season.
VT 11 Central Conn 3
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Seven innings of two-hit ball by starter Josh Wymer and a four-hit, four-RBI performance from Jose Cueto lifted the Virginia Tech baseball team to an 11-3 win in its home opener on Friday in the Hawthorn Suites Invitational at English Field.
Wymer (Fort Worth, Texas) moved to 2-0 on the young season by allowing just one unearned run and fanning seven Blue Devils. He retired the final 18 batters that he faced, and helped the Hokies to pull even at 3-3 on the year. It was the third straight win for Tech in home openers, and the Hokies have now won 16 of 20 such games since beginning play at English Field in 1989.
Maryland 16 Hofstra 5
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Senior Steve Braun (Granada Hills, Calif./Pierce CC) and junior Gerry Spessard (Hagerstown, Md./Smithsburg) drove in four runs apiece and sophomore AJ Casario (Pine Hill, N.J./Overbrook) drove in another three as the Maryland baseball team blew out the visiting Hofstra Pride, 11-6, Friday afternoon at Shipley Field.
After stranding several runners on base the first four games of the season, the Terps (2-3) exploded for 16 runs on 12 hits, both season highs, against the Pride (0-1).
The Terps loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the first inning, but were held to only one run. However, Casario broke out of an early-season slump in the second, crushing a two-run homer to right field to put Maryland up 3-0. Maryland went up 8-0 with a five-run fifth inning highlighted by a two-run single by senior Nick Jowers (Beltsville, Md./DeMatha Catholic).
Wake Forest 16 Kennesaw State 0
Wake Forest (2-3) used a seven-run second inning and a five-run eighth to dispose of Kennesaw State (4-4), 16-0, in the first game of the Screentech Wiregrass Classic in Dothan, Ala.
Ben Terry started the Deacon scoring barrage in the second with a one out, bases loaded single that scored Andy Goff and Evan Ocheltree.
After an RBI single from Willy Fox made the score 4-0, Dustin Hood came up with the bases loaded for the second time in the inning and once more the Deacs cashed-in. Hood doubled down the left field line to score Fox and Terry and Wake led 6-0.
Boston College 7 Mount St. Mary’s 3
LANTANA, Fla. – Senior Terry Doyle pitched a complete game eight hitter to help the Boston College baseball team defeat Mount St. Mary’s, 7-3, Friday evening at the Santaluces Sports Complex.
Doyle set a career-high with 13 strikeouts to earn his first win of the season. The right-hander’s previous high was 12 punch outs which he totaled last year against Wake Forest. The complete game marks the third of Doyle’s career.
On the offensive side, freshman Matt Hamlet went 3-for-4, collecting two singles, triple and two RBIs. Sophomore Tony Sanchez went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs, while junior Eric Campbell hit a solo homerun for the Eagles, who own a 3-1 record on the season.
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