Here is your ACC Recap for March 18th
#1 UNC 6 Princeton 1
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Right-hander Bryant Gaines tossed 5 2/3 shutout innings, and Levi Michael and Mark Fleury each homered to lift No. 1 North Carolina to a two-game sweep of Princeton, 6-1, Wednesday at Boshamer Stadium. With the victory, the Tar Heels (16-2) extended their season-best winning streak to eight games.
Gaines (3-0) struck out six, walked two and scattered five hits to pick up his third consecutive Wednesday win. Relievers Logan Munson, Ryan Leach, Nate Striz and Colin Bates allowed just one run over 3 1/3 innings the rest of the way, as Carolina pitching held the Tigers (3-4) to just one run on nine hits over the midweek series.
Fleury went 3-for-4 with two RBI for his fourth career three-hit day. He singled and scored in the second, connected on a solo home run in the fifth and delivered a run-scoring single in the seventh.
#4 Miami (FL) 11 UMBC 1
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – For the second straight game, the fourth-ranked University of Miami baseball team cruised past its mid-week opponent, taking an 11-1 victory over UMBC Wednesday night at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.
Miami (16-3) jumped out early and never looked back, scoring three in the first and five more in the second to get out to a comfortable 8-0 lead after two. From there, the `Canes added two more runs in the fourth and fifth while UMBC scored its lone run in fifth.
UM has now won 10 of its last 11 games heading into this upcoming weekend series at No. 7 Virginia. With the loss, UMBC drops to 2-7 overall.
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#5 Georgia Tech 11 Kennesaw State 3
ATLANTA – Tony Plagman’s three-run home run highlighted a seven-run first inning, and Jason Garofalo added a career-high five RBI to help No. 3 Georgia Tech (14-1) to an 11-3 win over Kennesaw State (7-8) Wednesday evening at Russ Chandler Stadium.
The Yellow Jackets swept the three-game season series from Kennesaw State and extended their winning streak to five games against the Owls.
Plagman’s team-leading sixth home run came after Jason Haniger drove in the first run of the game with an RBI single. The Yellow Jackets began the inning with five straight hits before Kennesaw State starter Justin Edwards recorded the first out of the frame. Tech added three more runs after Plagman’s homer, with run-scoring hits by Jay Dantzler and Garofalo.
#16 Clemson 14 South Carolina-Upstate 0
Clemson SC-Justin Sarratt, Scott Weismann, Kyle Deese, Tomas Cruz, and Matt Vaughn combined to pitch a no-hitter in #18 Clemson’s 14-0 victory over USC Upstate at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Wednesday night. It was the Tigers’ 14th no-hitter in school history and first since the second game of a doubleheader on March 6, 1984, when Scott Parrish no-hit The Citadel in a seven-inning game. It was also just the second no-hitter involving multiple pitchers in Tiger history.
Only two Spartans reached base in the game. The first was in the first inning when a routine flyball was dropped in the outfield. The other came in the eighth inning on a walk. In between, Tiger hurlers retired 19 Spartans in a row. The Tigers turned a double play in the eighth inning, meaning the five Tiger pitchers combined to face just one batter over the minimum.
The Tigers, who won their seventh game in a row, improved to 13-4, while the Spartans fell to 6-11. It was the first-ever meeting between the Tigers and USC Upstate on the diamond. The Spartans had beaten Charlotte 4-3 on the road on Tuesday night to snap the 49ers’ 10-game winning streak.
Game 1: #21 Virginia 11 Canisius 3
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 14 Virginia baseball team scored in each of its final seven trips to the plate en route to an 11-3 win over Canisius Wednesday at Davenport Field. UVa ran its school-record winning streak to 17 games, the longest active streak in the country, as the Cavaliers remained the only undefeated team in Division I this year.
Dan Grovatt (So., Tabernacle, N.J.) went 3-for-4 to extend his hitting streak this season to 17 games. He also has a 19-game streak dating to last season. He scored a career-best four runs and stole two bases.
Danny Hultzen (Fr., Bethesda, Md.) added three hits and three RBI, while Steven Proscia (Fr., Suffern, N.Y.) and Corey Hunt (R-So., Charlottesville, Va.) each had a pair of hits. David Coleman (So., Richmond, Va.) hit his first career home run and drove in two runs.
Game 2: #21 Virginia 5 Wagner 2
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 14 Virginia baseball team finished off a doubleheader sweep with a 5-2 win over Wagner Wednesday night at Davenport Field. UVa also won its first game of the day, 11-3, over Canisius.
UVa (18-0) pushed its school-record winning streak to 18 games, the longest active streak in the country, as the Cavaliers remained the only undefeated team in Division I this year.
Phil Gosselin (So., West Chester, Pa.), Keith Werman (Fr., Vienna, Va.) and Tyler Cannon (Jr., Pigeon Forge, Tenn.) each had two hits for Virginia. Gosselin also drove in two runs. Dan Grovatt (So., Tabernacle, N.J.) had a hit to extend his hitting streak this season to 18 games. He has a 20-game streak dating to last season.
Bryant 8 Boston College 5
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Elon 5 NC State 3
RALEIGH, N.C. – Cory Harrilchak went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs, and J.D. Reichenbach worked 6 1/3 strong innings Wednesday to lift Elon to a 5-3 victory over NC State at Doak Field at Dail Park.
Elon won for the fourth time in its last five games and the fifth time in its last seven to improve to 9-5 on the season. The loss dropped the Wolfpack to 10-9.
The Phoenix took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning off starter and loser Zak Sinclair (1-1). Zeth Stone reached on a force play and Bennet Davis took a one-out walk. Mike Melillo hit a grounder in the hole between first and second. Second baseman Kyle Wilson got to the ball, but his throw to second was high and went into shallow left field. Stone scored on the play, with Davis taking third and Melillo second. Chase Austin walked to load the bases and Sinclair avoided further damage by inducing Dallas Tarleton to ground into an inning-ending double play.
Wake Forest 6 High Point 5
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Steven Brooks’ game-winning two-out, two-run double capped off a four-run bottom of the sixth inning as Wake Forest rallied for a 6-5 win over High Point on Wednesday night at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
Wake Forest moves back over .500 with the win, improving to 9-8 on the season, while High Point drops to 5-10 on the year.
Brooks led the way at the plate for the Demon Deacons, finishing the game with two hits, including the game-winning two-RBI double. Austin Stadler went 1-for-4 at the plate with a RBI and a run scored. Shane Kroker also drove in a run and had a hit in three at bats. Each player in the Wake Forest starting nine had at least one hit in the game.
Maryland 8 Old Dominion 3
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Third baseman Mike Murphy tied a career high with four RBIs and starting pitcher Brett Harman overcame some first-inning struggles to lead the University of Maryland baseball team to an 8-3 victory Wednesday evening against Old Dominion.
After losing at Old Dominion the night before, the Terps won the back end of the midweek home-and-home to improve to 7-0 at home this season and 9-9, overall.
The Monarchs (5-11) jumped on Harman right away. Center fielder Max Most led off the game with a home run to center field and Donnie Corsner added an RBI single later in the inning to put the Monarchs up 2-0. However, Harman retired the next two batters to escape further damage and settled down from that point.
Game 1: Duke 12 UMES 4
Game 2: Duke 5 UMES 2
DURHAM, N.C. – Nate Freiman mashed two home runs and drove in four RBI in game one and Jonathan Foreman threw five strong innings in game two to lead Duke to a double header sweep over Maryland-Eastern Shore, winning 12-4 and 5-2 Wednesday night at Jack Coombs Field.
Freiman went 5-for-7 on the day with a 3-for-5, two-home run performance in the opener and a 2-for-4 showing in game two that included a double. The outing gave the 6-8 senior first baseman his third multi-home run game of the season and jumped him two spots into a tie for fifth place on Duke’s all-time home run list. Freiman also made his first start at catcher since his sophomore season and caught a runner stealing while allowing just one wild pitch all game.
Foreman (1-1) gave up just one run in his five complete innings as the game two starter to notch his first win of the year. A junior right-hander, Foreman scattered three hits and struck out five batters before turning the ball over to the relief trio of John Bunder, Michael Ness and David Putman, who combined for just one run over the final four innings. Putman collected his first career save, while Ness and Bunder both earned holds.
Virginia Tech 7 VMI 3
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Right fielder Austin Wates, third baseman Ronnie Shaban and second baseman Tony Balisteri combined to go 7-for-12 with two homers, five RBIs and six runs scored to lead the Virginia Tech baseball team to a 7-3 win over visiting VMI on Wednesday evening.
The three underclassmen contributed almost all of Tech’s offense on the day, as the Hokies tallied nine hits to VMI’s 11. Tech came through in the clutch, however, as six of the Hokies’ runs came with two outs, while the Keydets left 11 runners on base.
Wates and Balisteri each hit home runs for the Hokies, who improved to 12-6 with the win and 11-2 in non-conference play. Shaban went 3-for-4 and scored twice in the game, falling just a home run shy of the cycle. Starting pitcher Josh Wymer (1-0) earned his first win of the season after holding the Keydets (8-10) to two runs on five hits in five innings of work. He matched a season-high with five strikeouts.