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Miami (FL) 12 FAU 10

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Junior first baseman Yonder Alonso blasted a two-out two-run ninth inning home run and No. 1 Miami overcame a seven-run deficit to rally past Florida Atlantic, 12-10, Wednesday night at FAU Stadium in front of 2,348 fans. Junior closer Carlos Gutierrez (2-1) picked up his second win for the Hurricanes (31-3), who won the season series over the Owls (21-13).

Alonso finished 3-for-6 with three runs scored and two RBI for Miami, which scored 10 of its 12 runs with two outs. It was Alonso’s ninth home run of the season. Sophomore shortstop Ryan Jackson led the Hurricanes going 4-for-5 with three RBI and two doubles. Junior right fielder Dennis Raben went 3-for-5 with three runs scored while Mark Sobolewski hit his fourth home run of the season and finished with four RBI for the Hurricanes who had 17 hits in the contest.

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Florida State 10 North Florida 2

Tallahassee, Fla. – Second-ranked Florida State (33-3) won its tenth straight game with a 10-2 victory over North Florida (21-17) Wednesday night on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles scored five runs in the bottom of the first and never looked back to remain undefeated all-time against the Ospreys in just their third season at the Division I level.

“I am just very proud of the way our guys approached the game,” said head coach Mike Martin. “We are talking about a team that has played Florida very tough in three games. They beat a very good UCF team five times in a row. They have a club that is very experienced even though they have a lot of sophomores.”

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North Carolina 5 Charlotte 4 (12 innings)

CARY, N.C. – Left fielder Kyle Shelton followed a two-run, game-tying rally in the 11th inning with an RBI fielder’s choice in the 12th to lift No. 4 North Carolina to a 5-4 comeback win over Charlotte Wednesday at Cary’s USA Baseball National Training Complex. With the victory, the Tar Heels (31-7) extended their winning streak over the 49ers (27-8) to 12 games.

In the decisive bottom of the 12th, the Tar Heels loaded the bases on a leadoff walk, a hit batter and a Dustin Ackley single before Shelton hit a one-out grounder to Charlotte third baseman Aaron Bray that scored Garrett Gore from third with the game-winner.

Freshman right-hander Matt Harvey (5-2) earned the win after setting down Charlotte in order and striking out two in the top of the inning. The 49ers’ Andrew Smith (4-2) was responsible for the Tar Heels’ game-winning rally in the 12th and took the loss.

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South Carolina 6 Clemson 0

Clemson, S.C. – Senior right-hander Nick Godwin hurled 7.2 scoreless innings and back-to-back home runs from freshmen Justin Hopper and Scott Wingo highlighted a five-run fourth inning as South Carolina (27-10) defeated Clemson (18-19) 6-0 on Wednesday evening at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Carolina finishes the 2008 series sweeping the Tigers, the first time the Gamecocks have swept the Tigers in the four-game format that began in the 2001 season. Carolina returns to action on Friday evening at home with a three-game series with Ole Miss. First pitch on Friday night is scheduled for 6 pm.

After earning a win against Clemson last week at home, Godwin continued to be effective on the road as he limited the Tigers to just three hits and three walks while striking out seven batters to earn his second win vs. Clemson this year. Godwin is now 4-2 on the year. Godwin also earned the Tom Price Award given to the Most Valuable Player from South Carolina for the SC-Clemson series. Wilson Boyd earned the Bob Bradley Award for the Tigers. Each MVP award is named after Price and Bradley, who both served as sports information directors at their respective schools. Clemson starting pitcher Justin Sarratt lasted 3.1 innings and allowed five runs on nine hits with three strikeouts and no walks allowed. He is 1-2 on the year.

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GT 14 Ga Southern 8

STATESBORO, Ga. – Brad Feltes, Derek Dietrich and Luke Murton all hit home runs to power No. 21 Georgia Tech (27-10) to a 14-8 win at Georgia Southern (18-17) Wednesday in the opening game of a five-game road swing for the Yellow Jackets.

Home runs accounted for 11 of the Yellow Jackets’ 14 runs in the game. A grand slam by Brad Feltes – his third of the season – gave the Yellow Jackets breathing room in the fifth inning after Tech took a 2-0 lead on a home run by Dietrich in the top of the first. Murton hit a solo homer in the seventh inning and blasted his first grand slam of the season in the eighth to account for his season-high five RBI in the game.

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Duke 16 Campbell 2

BUIES CREEK, N.C. — Nate Freiman and Gabriel Saade combined for six RBI and five runs to lead Duke to a 16-2 win over Campbell Wednesday evening at Taylor Field.

Freiman collected four hits in six at bats, while Saade mashed a triple and a single while also picking up his 15th stolen base of the season. The four-hit game was the fourth straight multi-hit outing for Freiman, who has raised his batting average 60 points to a team-leading .393 during that span. Since returning to the lineup six games ago, Freiman is batting .500 with 14 RBI, two home runs and four doubles.

Of Duke’s 20 hits in the game, eight went for extra-bases. Catcher Matt Williams had two extra-base knocks with a pair of doubles, while shortstop Jake Lemmerman hammered his second career home run. In addition to Freiman and Saade, four other Blue Devils collected multiple hits, including sophomores Alex Hassan and Ryan McCurdy who each turned in three hits. Hassan has now collected at least one hit in all 21 of Duke’s non-conference games this season.

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Maryland 14 UMES 1

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Sophomore AJ Casario went 3-for-5 and drove in a season-high six runs as the University of Maryland baseball defeated Maryland-Eastern Shore, 14-1, at Shipley Field Wednesday evening, extending its record non-conference winning streak to 13.

Casario (Pine Hill, N.J./Overbrook) plated the first runs of the game, belting a two-run double to left field in the bottom of the second off UMES starter Dan Sterling. Steve Braun (Granada Hills, Calif./Pierce CC) added an RBI single in the frame to give the Terps a 3-0 lead after two innings.

The Terps (22-17) added five runs in the bottom of the third to pull away.

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Boston College 5 UMass 4

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Boston College (19-18) received a strong outing from freshman starting pitcher John Leonard and relievers Chris Kowalski and Michael Belfiore to defeat Massachusetts (11-15), 5-4, on Wednesday afternoon at Commander Shea Field.

Leonard (3-0) worked 6.2 innings and allowed no earned runs with four strikeouts to earn the win. Kowalski pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless relief, while Belfiore tossed the final frame to earn his fifth save of the season. The three pitchers combine to allow no earned runs and walk only one batter.

Harry Darling led the Eagles offense with a 2-for-3 day at the plate. The senior also scored a run and hit a double. Mickey Wiswall added a two-run triple, and Garret Smith chipped in with a single and two RBIs in the victory.

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NC State 11 Radford 2

RALEIGH, N.C. – When a team is playing well and in the heart of its schedule, an unheralded midweek opponent can be a dangerous game. Radford could have posed just such a danger for NC State on Wednesday, but the Wolfpack came out swinging and downed the Highlanders 11-2 at Doak Field at Dail Park.

The win was NC State’s fourth in a row and its 11th in its last 13 games. The Pack improved to 25-11 on the season. Radford lost its 10th game in a row and fell to 15-20.

“When you’re coming off an emotional win like we had last night against East Carolina and you have a big conference weekend game coming up, a game like this can be a trap game,” Wolfpack head coach Elliott Avent said. “I was really pleased that we came out and played loose and played well. We knew it was important to score early, and we did.”

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VT 11 Liberty 1

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Virginia Tech extended its non-conference winning streak to six games by pounding out 16 hits and allowing just four to defeat Liberty University 11-1 on Wednesday afternoon at Worthington Stadium.

Now winners of eight of their last 11 games, the Hokies improved to 16-21 overall while the Flames, who paid tribute to the one-year anniversary of the Virginia Tech tragedy with a moment of silence, a prayer and a balloon release, dropped to 18-18.

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Wake Forest 10 Winthrop 8

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Wake Forest got home runs from Allan Dykstra, Willy Fox and Weldon Woodall to earn a 10-8 defeat of Winthrop Wednesday afternoon at Hooks Stadium.

With the win, the Demon Deacons move to 14-22 on the season. The Eagles drop to 15-21 overall.

Wake Forest took leads of 4-0, 6-4, and 7-6 over the first six innings, only to see Winthrop battle back to tie the score on each of the three occasions. However, the fourth time the Deacons took the lead, it stuck. Wake plated two runs in the bottom of the seventh, added an insurance run in the eighth and then held the Eagles to just one run over the final two innings.

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