Here is your ACC Recap for Feb. 25th.
North Carolina 9 Liberty 5
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The heart of the order combined to drive in eight runs in a 9-5 win for No. 1 North Carolina over Liberty Wednesday at Bryson Field at Boshamer Stadium. Mark Fleury belted a two-run home run, and Garrett Gore and Kyle Seager each doubled and drove in three to help Carolina (4-1) bounce back from its first loss of the season.
Seager was 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBI, Gore went 2-for-5 with his second three-RBI game of the season and Fleury was 2-for-3 with two walks and the two-run homer in the third. All-America Dustin Ackley tripled home a run in his first trip to the plate, walked in his next four appearances and scored three runs on the afternoon.
Georgia Tech 5 Georgia Southern 3
STATESBORO, Ga. – Kevin Jacob worked 6.2 strong innings and Matt Skole drove in three runs on a pair of extra-base hits to help Georgia Tech (4-1) to a 5-3 win over Georgia Southern (4-1) Wednesday afternoon at J.I. Clements Stadium.
The win evened the season series at 1-1, with a pair of games still remaining on the 2009 schedule. The two teams will meet again in Atlanta for a two-game series in early April.
Jacob (1-0), making the first start of his college career, allowed just three runs – only two of which were earned – while striking out four to pick up the first win of his career. The Baltimore native’s 6.2 innings eclipsed his previous career high of 4.0 innings, set last season against Duke.
Clemson 8 Wofford 2
Clemson, ranked #19 in the country, improved its winning streak versus Wofford to 12 games with an 8-2 win in front of 3,609 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Wednesday. With the win, the Tigers improved to 4-0 and the Terriers fell to 2-3.
Reliever Casey Harman (1-0) pitched 1.1 innings of no-hit ball to earn the win. Anthony Rowland (0-1) took the loss, allowing two runs on two hits in 0.1 innings pitched. On the day, six Tiger pitchers combined to strike out 13 Terriers versus only two walks.
Clemson got on the board with a two-out rally in the bottom of the third. Addison Johnson stole second after reaching on a fielder’s choice and Mike Freeman walked. Ben Paulsen then singled through the right side to score Johnson and give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.
Virginia Tech 10 East Tennessee State 2
BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia Tech baseball team bounced back from a loss to East Tennessee State on Tuesday to defeat the Buccaneers in Wednesday’s rematch by a score of 10-2 at English Field.
The Hokies (5-1) got those 10 runs on just nine hits, as the Bucs (3-1) committed four errors on the day. Sophomore second baseman Tony Balisteri drove in three of those runs by going 2-for-4, while catcher Steve Domecus launched a two-run home run to extend his hitting streak to six games.
James Madison 5 Maryland 1
HARRISONBURG, Va., Feb. 25, 2009 – Senior pitcher Justin Wood (Dayton, Va./Turner Ashby) pitched 7 1/3 strong innings, and the Dukes stole eight bases on their way to a 5-1 victory over the Maryland Terrapins on Wednesday at Long Field/Mauck Stadium.
With the win, JMU improved 3-3, while Maryland fell to 1-4 with the defeat. After starting the season 0-3, the Dukes have won three straight games to even their record.
Wood (1-1) gave up one run on five hits in his 7 1/3 innings of work to get his first win of the season. Sophomore pitcher Kevin Munson (Roanoke, Va./Cave Spring) came on in relief to throw 1 2/3 innings of scoreless ball.
NC State 3 Elon 1
ELON, N.C. – Sometimes it’s not how many hits you get but when you get them. Six Elon pitchers held NC State to just three hits Wednesday, but the Wolfpack made the most of them, getting two with runners in scoring position thanks to walks to defeat the Phoenix 3-1 at Latham Park.
Dallas Poulk sent a one-out flare to center field in the fourth to drive in Pratt Maynard, and Drew Poulk rolled a two-out chopper up the middle in the fifth with runners on second and third and the infield playing him to pull. Drew Martin and Brian Bello scored on the play.