Here is your ACC Recap for March 4th
North Carolina 10 Gardner-Webb 3
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Mark Fleury connected on a grand slam and drove in a career-best five runs, and right-hander Bryant Gaines earned his first career win in No. 2 North Carolina’s 10-3 victory over Gardner-Webb Wednesday at Boshamer Stadium. The Tar Heels improved to 8-1 with their fifth straight win, while the Bulldogs dropped to 3-4.
Fleury, who leads the Tar Heels with 17 RBI and three home runs, went 2-for-2 with an RBI double in the third, the grand slam in the sixth and a pair of walks. Ben Bunting made his first start in the leadoff spot and responded with his second straight three-hit game, and Levi Michael, Kyle Seager and Ryan Graepel added two hits apiece to pace the Carolina offense. Garrett Gore chipped in with two RBI and two runs scored.
Gaines (1-0) posted career bests of five innings and six strikeouts in just his second start. He allowed just one earned run on six hits and three walks en route to his first victory.
North Florida 5 Florida State 4
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With one swing of the bat in the top of the eighth against Florida State on Wednesday, freshman Steve Hillan catapulted the University of North Florida baseball program into new heights.
On a first-pitch fastball from Florida State’s Brian Busch, Hillan clobbered the pitch to deep left field, and the ball hit the top of left fielder Mike McGee’s glove and over the fence to put the Ospreys up 5-4. It was Hillan’s first-ever collegiate hit, and he might not have been in the lineup if it weren’t for several injuries to the lineup.
Senior RHP Ty Pryor shut down the No. 6 Seminoles in the final two innings to give UNF (4-6) its biggest win in program history, beating FSU 5-4. It was the highest-ranked Division I opponent the Ospreys have ever defeated, and it was the first time in five tries UNF has beat FSU.
Miami (FL) 14 Mt. St. Mary’s 3
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Freshman Harold Martinez homered, scored four runs and drove in three while junior right-hander Michael Rudman won his first career game as the eighth-ranked University of Miami baseball team defeated Mount St. Mary’s, 14-3, Wednesday night at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.
After Mount St. Mary’s (0-5) opened the scoring with three runs in the top of the third, Miami (7-2) scored all 14 of its runs over the next five innings to secure its first mid-week win of the 2009 season. The Hurricanes evened the score at 3-3 at the end of three, before plating two more in the fourth, four in the fifth, three in the sixth and the final two in the seventh.
Clemson 17 UNC-Asheville 2
The #19 Clemson Tigers pounded out 15 hits in a 17-2 win over UNC Asheville Wednesday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. It was Clemson’s largest margin of victory since 2006. The Tigers improved to 5-2 and the Bulldogs dropped to 2-7.
Clemson scored 12 runs in the first three innings, including seven in the first two innings, all with two outs. The Tigers scored in six of the eight innings in which they batted. The game saw 16 pitchers used, including nine by UNC Asheville.
Clemson reliever Justin Sarratt (1-0) earned the win for the Tigers, as he pitched one inning and gave up one hit and one unearned run. UNC Asheville starter Taylor Wohlwend (1-3) took the loss for the Bulldogs, as he gave up four runs on four hits with three walks in one inning.
Florida Gulf Coast 6 Boston College 4
FORT MYERS, Fla. – One night after falling to Boston College 7-6, FGCU would find themselves victorious after a solid pitching performance from their starter, sophomore Patrick Nathanson (Maitland, Fla.).
FGCU’s Robert Greene (Cape Coral, Fla.) began the scoring after he crushed a 2-1 fastball 430 feet over the center field fence to put FGCU up 1-0.
Boston College would even the score in the fourth inning with a two out home run to left center by Tony Sanchez (Miami, Fla.).
Virginia 17 George Washington 4
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia baseball team racked up 20 hits in a 17-4 win over George Washington Wednesday afternoon at Davenport Field. Phil Gosselin (So., West Chester, Pa.), Dan Grovatt (So., Tabernacle, N.J.) and Jared King (Fr., Radford, Va.) each had three hits for Virginia.
Virginia used seven pitchers in the contest. Neal Davis (Jr., Baltimore, Md.) earned the win after starting and going two scoreless innings. He improved to 2-0 this season. Tom Gately (0-1) took the loss for GW after allowing five earned runs, six hits and four walks in three innings.
Gosselin also drove in four runs, while King scored three times and knocked in a pair. Steven Proscia (Fr., Suffern, N.Y.) hit a double and a triple and Franco Valdes (Jr., Miami, Fla.) and Corey Hunt (R-So., Charlottesville, Va.) each had a pair of hits. Eleven Cavaliers recorded at least one hit in the contest. UVa also stole five bases.
Game 1: NC State 5 Akron 4 (18 innings)
Game 2: NC State 15 Villanova 0
LAKE WORTH, Fla. – NC State played three games to win two Wednesday, taking a split-opponent doubleheader against Villanova and Akron and taking 27 innings to do so.
The Wolfpack, which improved to 7-2 and extended its winning streak to seven games, hammered Villanova 15-0 in the first game of the twin-bill, then played Akron for 18 innings and five hours and twelve minutes before outlasting the Zips 5-4. The 18-inning game was the longest in NC State history.
Eleven NC State pitchers, two shy of the NCAA record for a single game, combined to strike out 31 Zips batters, setting a new NCAA Division I mark and easily eclipsing the old record of 26, set by Murray State on April 12, 1987, vs. Austin Peay. That game was a 15-inning affair. Akron used five pitchers in the game, and they combined to fan 20 Wolfpack hitters, and the 51 strikeouts for the two teams combined also is an NCAA Division I record.
Duke 11 UNC Greensboro 3
DURHAM, N.C. – Nate Freiman launched two home runs and sent in four RBI to lead Duke to an 11-3 win over UNC Greensboro Wednesday afternoon at Jack Coombs Field.
It was the second multi-home run game of the season for Freiman, who now boasts four long balls, 13 RBI, a .391 average and a .957 slugging percentage on the season. Junior Alex Hassan also homered and reached base safely in all five of his plate appearances, drawing two walks, singling twice and mashing a two-run homer. Hassan also stole a base for the first time this season.
Duke (6-1) scored 11 runs on 13 hits, scoring in double digits for the third time this season. The win was the sixth straight for the Blue Devils and was credited to junior reliever Michael Ness (1-0), who came into the game in the second inning and gave up just two hits until exiting at the end of the fifth. He struck out two and walked one while lowering his season ERA to 1.35.
UNC-Wilmington 12 Wake Forest 7
WILMINGTON, N.C. – Sophomore Cody Stanley drove in four runs and sophomore Tyler Stott collected four hits as UNC Wilmington knocked off Wake Forest, 12-7, to stay unbeaten on the season Wednesday at Brooks Field.
The Seahawks, who trailed 7-2 after three innings, improved to 8-0 with the non-conference win and equaled the best start in school history set in 1968. The Demon Deacons suffered their first loss of the season to fall to 6-1.
Stanley went 3-for-5 and knocked in the tying and go-ahead runs in a 6-run sixth inning. Stott, meanwhile, entered the game with one career-hit and paced the Seahawks at the top of the order.