Miami (FL) 13 FIU 2
MIAMI, Fla. – Sophomore right-hander David Gutierrez no-hit Florida International for the first three innings and No. 2 Miami erupted for 11 runs during those innings as the Hurricanes cruised past the Golden Panthers, 13-2, at University Park Wednesday night. Miami improved to 23-2 matching the best start ever by a Jim Morris coached team at UM.
Gutierrez (1-0) tossed a career-long six innings and allowed one run on three hits. Michael Rudman, Kyle Bellamy and Carlos Gutierrez each tossed an inning in relief. Jemile Weeks, Blake Tekotte, Yonder Alonso, Dennis Raben, Joey Terdoslavich and Yasmani Grandal each had a pair of hits for the Hurricanes, who posted a season-high 17 hits in the win. Weeks also had three-RBI while Terdoslavich scored three runs.
FSU 7 Jacksonville 5
Jacksonville, Fla. – In a tale of two games, Wednesday night’s contest featuring Florida State (25-3) and Jacksonville (16-11) went from a pitcher’s duel to a scoring outburst in the final three innings with the Seminoles hanging on for a 7-5 victory over the Dolphins. Jason Stidham drove in pinch runner Luke Smierciak with the game-winning run on a sacrifice fly RBI in the eighth while Tommy Oravetz connected on a ninth inning home run to hand the Seminoles their ninth win in the last 10 games at Alexander Brest Field.
The Garnet and Gold registered a season-high nine stolen bases on Wednesday with Tyler Holt, Stidham, Smierciak and Jack Rye each registering a pair. Holt stole home in the top of the seventh leading to a three-run inning which gave the Seminoles the lead for good. It was the most stolen bases in a game for Florida State since swiping eight against West Virginia back on March 6, 2004.
UNC 7 Appalachian State 0
CARY, N.C. – Freshman right-hander Patrick Johnson and four relievers combined on a five-hit shutout Wednesday in No. 3 North Carolina’s 7-0 victory over Appalachian State at Cary’s USA Baseball National Training Complex. The Tar Heels (23-5) struck out 14 batters en route to their fourth shutout of the season.
Johnson (3-0) matched a career-high with seven Ks for the third time this season over 5 1/3 scoreless innings. The Conover, N.C., native held the Mountaineers (15-14) to just four hits but walked three. Johnson struck out the side in the fifth and fanned four straight batters at one point.
Towson 7 Virginia 6
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Junior righthander Josh Squatrito pitched out of a ninth inning jam as the Tigers (12-15) jumped out to a 7-2 lead and held off 14th-ranked Virginia (24-6) by 7-6 at Davenport Field on Wednesday evening, earning a split of their two-game series with the Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers, who edged the Tigers by 9-8 in the series opener, had won 22 of their last 23 games prior to losing to Towson on Wednesday evening.
Georgia 6 Clemson 4
CLEMSON, S.C. — Georgia got six shutout innings from its bullpen and posted a 6-4 win over Clemson here Wednesday to sweep the two-game set in front of a Doug Kingsmore Stadium crowd of 5,973.
For the second night in a row, Georgia (17-10) jumped on the Clemson starting pitcher in the first. After a two-out walk to junior Gordon Beckham, sophomore first baseman Rich Poythress launched a two-run home run off Tiger right-hander Trent Rothlin. It was the seventh home run of the year for Poythress and his second one in as many nights. Georgia has outscored its opponents 44-13 in the first inning this season.
Coastal Carolina 9 Wake Forest 4
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The 21st-ranked Coastal Carolina University baseball team (22-6) scored five runs in the middle three innings and got a quality relief appearance from junior David Anderson (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) in a 9-4 win over Wake Forest (12-15) April 2 at Hooks Stadium.
Coastal got off on the right foot in the first, scoring three runs. Freshman Scott Woodward (Markle, Ind./Norwell) led off with a bunt single. He moved to second on a wild pitch. Junior Dock Doyle (Conway, S.C./Conway) then traded places with Woodward, reaching on a run-scoring double to right. Junior David Sappelt (Graham, N.C./Southern Alamance) would reach on an error, putting runners on second and third. Anderson brought in both runners with a double down the right field line.
GT 6 East Tennessee State 4
Boston College 10 UConn 4
STORRS, Conn. – Boston College scored six runs in the sixth inning, capped off by a three-run homer by Barry Butera to defeat the Connecticut Huskies 10-4, Wednesday afternoon at J.O. Christian Field. With the win the Eagles improved to 13-14 overall this season, while the Huskies dropped to 14-12.
Butera went 2-for-4 at the plate with a single and sac fly to go along with his three-run homer. Eric Campbell (3-for-5, two runs) and Mickey Wiswall (2-for-3, two runs) rounded out the multi-hit players for the Eagles.
John Leonard (2-0) worked the first seven innings to earn the victory. The freshman scattered eight hits and recorded two strikeouts.
NC State 12 Elon 0
RALEIGH, N.C.–On Tuesday, NC State broke out the high-top stirrups for a win at East Carolina. Back home at Doak Field at Dail Park for a non-conference game against Elon on Wednesday, the Wolfpack put on its hitting shoes and thoroughly trounced an outstanding Phoenix team 12-0.
Overshadowed somewhat by the offensive onslaught, the Wolfpack pitching staff turned in an exceptional performance as well. Off to a 22-7 start, the Phoenix came into the Doak having won three games in a row and five of its last seven. Elon came into the game hitting .316 as a team and scoring more than eight runs a game. Nine innings later, Elon left the Doak having been shut out for the first time in 2008. Sam Brown (1-1) started an matched his career high with five innings pitched. He allowed four hits, walked one and fanned four. Alex Sogard, Jeff Stallings, Jason Zinser and Jake Buchanan followed Brown to the mound for one inning apiece and allowed just two Elon baserunners on a pair of walks by Zinser.
Maryland 9 George Mason 5
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Chad Durakis went 3-for-3 and Joe Palumbo came through with a pair of clutch RBI singles to lead the Maryland baseball team to a 9-5 victory against George Mason Wednesday night at Shipley Field. It was Maryland’s ninth straight non-conference win.
The Terps (16-13, 3-9 ACC) used six different pitchers in the game, including three perfect innings of relief from senior Mike Sufczynski (Darnestown, Md./St. John’s) to close the Patriots (12-15, 7-4 CAA) out and earn his first victory of the season.
Sophomore Tim Kearney (New Castle, Pa./Neshannock) got the start for the Terps and allowed a first-inning run in two innings of work.
Va Tech 8 Longwood 7
BLACKSBURG, Va. – An eight-run, seven-hit third inning was all the Virginia Tech Hokies needed to record an 8-7 win over visiting Longwood on Wednesday night at English Field in non-conference baseball action.
Tech scored all eight of those runs with two outs to move to 10-18 on the year, while Longwood fell to 17-11. Eight of the ten Hokies who batted recorded a hit, and one of those who didn’t was Brandon Lower (Roanoke, Va.), who walked in all three of his plate appearances. Five different Hokies had two hits apiece.