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GT 6 Rutgers 0

ATLANTA – Zach Von Tersch, Kevin Jacob and Taylor Wood combined on a three-hit shutout and Tony Plagman drove in four runs to lead No. 22 Georgia Tech (7-1) to a 6-0 win over Rutgers (2-3) Sunday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium.

The shutout was Tech’s fourth of the year, doubling the Yellow Jackets’ total from the 2007 season. It also marks just the fourth time (5-1994, 9-1997, 6-2002) that Tech has posted at least four shutouts in a season since the arrival of head coach Danny Hall in 1994.

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Va Tech 12 Binghamton 1

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Freshman Sean McDermott pitched seven scoreless innings and Virginia Tech posted double-digit runs for the fifth straight game as the Hokies closed out the Hawthorn Suites Invitational with a 12-1 victory over Binghamton on Sunday at English Field.

McDermott, a left-hander from Walpole, Mass., evened his season record at 1-1 by limiting the Bearcats to just three hits over the first seven innings. The Tech freshman allowed just one base runner to advance past first base during his stint on the mound. He struck out four batters and walked two.

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Game 1: Lehigh 16 Boston College 14 (10 innings)

LANTANA, Fla. – The Boston College baseball team (3-3, 0-0 ACC) scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to send the game into extra innings, but fell to Lehigh (3-5), 16-14, in 10 innings.

The Eagles trailed 14-11 entering the bottom of the ninth frame. Marc Perdios started the rally by getting hit by a pitch with one out in the inning. Barry Butera followed by hitting a single to right centerfield. Tony Sanchez and Eric Campbell each hit back-to-back RBI singles to cut the deficit to one run, 14-13.

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Game 2: Boston College 7 Notre Dame 2

LANTANA, Fla. – Junior James MacDonald pitched a career-high 8.0 inning of seven-hit baseball and used a three-run home run from Tony Sanchez and solo homers from Ryan Akel and Dave Laufer to help Boston College (4-3, 0-0 ACC) defeat Notre Dame (3-3, 0-0 Big East), 7-2, Sunday afternoon at the Santaluces Sports Complex.

In 8.0 innings, MacDonald held the Fighting Irish to only two runs on seven hits. The right-hander tallied four strikeouts to bring his record to 2-0 on the season.

The Eagles pushed across two runs in the top of the third inning thanks to a miscue by the Notre Dame defense. Mickey Wiswall led off the inning with a single to leftfield. Notre Dame starter Wade Korpi (0-1) recorded the next two outs before Marc Perdios reached on an error, which allowed Wiswall to score. Barry Butera followed with a RBI single to plate Perdios, giving BC the 2-0 lead.

Game 1: Duke 4 Columbia 1
Game 2: Duke 19 Columbia 5

DURHAM, N.C. – Led by a pair of four-RBI days from freshman Jake Lemmerman and sophomore Gabriel Saade, the Duke baseball team completed a four-game sweep over Columbia Sunday afternoon, winning by 4-1 in game one and 19-5 in game two in a doubleheader at Jack Coombs Field.

Duke (10-0) drove a combined 52 hits over the four-game series, including 10 in Sunday’s opener and 20 in the 19-5 series finale. The Blue Devils batted .356 for the series with 16 extra base hits, while the pitching staff held Columbia (0-4) to just 10 runs, including a pair of one-run performances in each doubleheader opener.

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Hofstra 6 Maryland 5

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Gerry Spessard (Hagerstown, Md./Smithsburg) homered for the second straight day and Steve Braun (Granada Hills, Calif./Pierce CC) extended his hitting streak to nine games, but the University of Maryland baseball team dropped it series finale with Hofstra, 6-5, Sunday afternoon at Shipley Field.

The Terps (4-4) were going for their first four-game sweep in program history, but had to settle for taking three out of four from the Pride (1-3).

Joe Palumbo’s two-run single in the fourth inning gave the Terps their only lead of the day, 3-1. The Pride went ahead 5-3 in the top of the sixth and held off a couple Maryland rallies in the win.

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NC State 4 The Citadel 3

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Eryk McConnell was masterful for six innings, and Jimmy Gillheeney struck out the side on 10 pitches in the ninth to record the save, but that’s not to imply that there weren’t some tense moments in NC State’s 4-3 win over The Citadel in the final game of the Charleston Firefighter Memorial Challenge.

The Wolfpack pecked its way to a 4-0 lead through five and a half innings, scratching out runs here and there off The Citadel’s ace, Wes Wrenn (0-1), who took the loss after allowing all four runs on nine hits in seven innings of work. Nick Stanley doubled leading off the second inning and scored on a groundout off the bat of Tommy Foschi. Foschi doubled with one down in the third inning and wound up scoring on an infield single by Devon Cartwright.

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UNC 4 St. John’s 2

ROCK HILL, S.C. – Catcher Tim Federowicz belted a key solo home run in the eighth inning, and four pitchers combined on a four-hitter to give No. 2 North Carolina a 4-2 win over St. John’s Sunday in the championship game of the Coca-Cola Classic at The Winthrop Ballpark. Second baseman Kyle Seager had his fourth straight two-hit game and led the Tar Heels (7-1) with 10 RBI on the weekend.

Federowicz and Seager each went 2-for-3 with an RBI, and first baseman Dustin Ackley scored two runs, drove in one and hit safely for the 12th straight game in the victory.

UNC reliever Nate Striz (1-0) tossed three scoreless innings to pick up his first career victory. The Lakeland, Fla., freshman came on in a jam in the fifth, gave up just one hit and struck out two. Senior reliever Rob Wooten held the Red Storm (6-2) scoreless over the final two innings to earn his second save. In his first career start, UNC righty Garrett Davis went 3 2/3 shutout innings, struck out four and allowed four hits and two walks.

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South Carolina 5 Clemson 1

Blake Cooper and Curtis Johnson shut down the Tiger bats to lead #3 South Carolina to a 5-1 victory over #13 Clemson Sunday in front of 6,258 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Gamecocks improved to 5-1 overall, while the Tigers fell to 5-2.

The two rivals will face each two more times in April on consecutive Wednesdays. The Gamecocks lead the season series 2-0.

Cooper (1-1) pitched 6.0 solid innings to earn the victory. The sophomore righthander allowed one unearned run on seven hits while striking out three and walking none. Reliever Curtis Johnson pitched 3.0 scoreless innings with four strikeouts to earn his first save of the season. D.J. Mitchell (1-1) suffered the loss, as he allowed two runs (one earned) on 10 hits while striking out a career-high-tying six batters in 5.1 innings pitched.

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Florida 6 Miami (FL) 2

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Florida shortstop Cole Figueroa broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning with a grand slam to left field as the No. 8 University of Miami baseball team dropped its first game of the season Sunday, 6-2, in the series finale against the Gators (6-2) at Mark Light Field. The Hurricanes (5-1) won the series two games to one.

Freshman left-hander Chris Hernandez was effective in his second consecutive Sunday start, allowing just one earned run on two hits in six innings to earn the no decision. Hernandez struck out seven in six innings. Alex Koronis (0-1) suffered the loss for Miami allowing one run on one hit in 1 1/3 innings of work. He struck out three of the five batters he faced. Junior lefty P.J. Fisher, making his first career appearance at UM, tossed just 2/3 of an inning, allowing three runs on three hits while Iden Nazario, also taking the mound for the first time as a Hurricane, tossed a scoreless ninth.

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FSU 10 Auburn 1

Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State (7-0) kept its undefeated season intact on Sunday afternoon with a 10-1 victory over Auburn (4-4) to sweep the four-game series from the Tigers. Freshman Mike McGee threw seven shutout innings to earn his second win in as many starts, while the Seminole hitters pounded out double-digit hits for the seventh straight game.

“Obviously, I am trying to hide my excitement, but when you play as well as we did the last four games, it is extremely exciting,” said head coach Mike Martin. “I am very happy for our university and certainly our baseball program. We played solid baseball and it’s very gratifying to see a club with as many new players as we have go out there and perform the way they did in front of tremendous crowds this weekend. It is just very exciting to be a Florida State Seminole.”

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UVA 12 Cornell 3

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – David Adams (Jr., Margate, Fla.) went 4-for-4 while Pat McAnaney tossed six strong innings to lead the Virginia baseball team to a 12-2 win over Cornell Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader at Davenport Field. The Cavaliers (8-0) play Siena at 3 p.m. today in the second half of their doubleheader.

McAnaney struck out a career-high 11 batters in earning his first win of 2008. He pitched six innings, allowing two earned runs, six hits and a walk. Jake Rule (Sr., Waynesboro, Va.) tossed three scoreless innings to notch his first save at Virginia.

At the plate, the Cavaliers racked up 18 hits, as Adams went 4-for-4 with two doubles and tied a career high with five RBI. Dan Grovatt (Fr., Tabernacle, N.J.) went 3-for-4, while Jeremy Farrell (Jr., Westlake, Ohio) homered and drove in two. Tyler Cannon (So., Pigeon Forge, Tenn.) scored three times.

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Wake Forest 15 Penn State 4

Dothan, Ala. – A four-run third inning and a six-run seventh propelled Wake Forest to a 15-4 win over Penn State Sunday in the Screentech Wiregrass Classic in Dothan, Ala.

First baseman Evan Ocheltree was 3-for-6 with 6 RBIs and one run scored.

The Deacs went 3-1 in the round robin tournament, improving to 4-4 on the season. Wake outscored its opponents 39-8 on the weekend.

Ocheltree began his day with a double to right field in the top of the second to score Dustin Hood and Brett Linnenkohl and give the Deacs a 2-0 lead.

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