Here is your ACC Recap for March 24th.
Ohio State 7 #2 Miami (FL) 1
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – A trio of Ohio State pitchers, led by starter and winner Alex Wimmers (now 5-0), one-hit the No. 2 Miami Hurricanes and the Buckeye bats did more than enough to secure a 7-1 victory Tuesday before 1,755 fans at Alex Rodriguez Park. Ohio State, ranked 16th in the Collegiate Baseball poll, improves to 18-3 with the win while Miami, No. 2 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll, falls to 18-5.
Wimmers, pitching on three days rest for the first time as a collegian, was a warrior, pitching 5.0 innings without allowing a base hit. He exited with the Buckeyes up, 6-1, with a first inning Miami run unearned and set up by two errors and a walk. Wimmers walked five and struck out two for the game.
He was replaced in the sixth by Drew Rucinski, who worked 3.0 innings with his only base runners the result of a first-batter-faced single and a walk allowed in the seventh.
Georgia State 10 #3 Georgia Tech 1
Led by a trio of home runs, the Georgia State baseball team earned a 10-1 upset win over #3 Georgia Tech on Tuesday night at Russ Chandler Stadium. The win over the third ranked Yellow Jackets was the highest ranked opponent that the Panthers have defeated in the history of the program.
“We look at every game as a big game and a big win,” commented head coach Greg Frady. “To come over here to Georgia Tech and get a win like this against a great organization and such a well run club is a special thing. Tonight was also the first night that we played on television in a number of years, so that just adds to an already great evening of baseball for our team.”
#5 North Carolina 8 # 26 UNC-Wilmington 1
WILMINGTON, N.C. – No. 5 North Carolina put up five runs in the third inning, and three Tar Heel pitchers combined on a five-hitter in an 8-1 win over No. 26 UNC Wilmington Tuesday in front of a record crowd of 3,608 at Brooks Field. Levi Michael homered and doubled as the Tar Heels (18-4) won their eighth in a row over the Seahawks (17-4).
Michael jump-started Carolina with his ACC-best ninth home run in the first and doubled in the five-run third. Wilmington native Garrett Gore and Ryan Graepel added two hits and an RBI apiece for the Tar Heels, and Kyle Seager doubled in the third to extend his season-best hitting streak to 12 games.
UNC lefty Brian Moran (1-1) earned his second career win – both against the Seahawks – with 2 1/3 shutout innings in relief. He entered with two on the fifth, stranded both runners and allowed just one hit the rest of the way, while striking out three. Right-hander Matt Harvey closed with two scoreless frames and struck out four, including the side in the ninth.
Game 1: #20 Clemson 5 Elon 3
Clemson, ranked #20 in the country, improved to 15-6 with a 5-3 victory over Elon in game one of a doubleheader at Doug Kingsmore Stadium Tuesday. Clemson and Elon, who fell to 12-6 with the loss, will play the second game of the doubleheader at approximately 9:00 PM.
Clinton McKinney (1-0) pitched a career-high 3.0 innings in relief and allowed only two hits with three strikeouts to earn his first win as a Tiger. Matt Vaughn came on in the ninth to record his first save of the year. Elon starter Cory Harrilchak (0-1) took the loss for Elon, as he pitched 6.0 innings and allowed three runs on 12 hits and one walk with two strikeouts.
Brad Miller and Mike Freeman started the bottom of the third inning with infield singles and Ben Paulsen’s sacrifice bunt moved both runners into scoring position. After a Kyle Parker single to centerfield plated Miller, Freeman scored on a wild pitch to give Clemson a 2-0 lead.
Game 2: #20 Clemson 8 Elon 7
Clemson, ranked #20 in the country, improved its home-winning streak to nine games with an 8-7 victory over Elon at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Tuesday night. With the win, the Tigers swept the doubleheader and improved to 16-6 on the season, while Elon fell to 12-7. Earlier on Tuesday, Clemson defeated the Phoenix 5-3.
Clemson reliever Craig Gullickson (1-0) earned the win for Clemson, as he pitched 3.0 innings and allowed one run on three hits with three strikeouts. Tomas Cruz pitched the ninth inning to earn his first save of the season. Elon reliever Tom Porter (0-1) took the loss, as he pitched 0.2 innings and allowed one unearned run on one hit.
Elon jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Cory Harrilchak led off the game with a double to center. After Harrilchak advanced to third on a groundout, Bennett Davis reached on a fielder’s choice as Harrilchak was thrown out at the plate. Mike Melillo followed with a two-run home run to deep right field to give the Phoenix a 2-0 lead.
#21 Virginia 13 Towson 4
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 8 Virginia baseball team scored nine runs in the first three innings and cruised from there in a 13-4 win over Towson Tuesday at Davenport Field.
Phil Gosselin (So., West Chester, Pa.) went 3-for-4 with four RBI to lead Virginia’s 14-hit night. Jarrett Parker (So., Stafford, Va.), Steven Kouril (Fr., Arlington, Va) and Corey Hunt (R-So., Charlottesville, Va.) each had a pair of hits. Kouril, in his first career start, also scored three times, as did Parker.
Robert Poutier (Sr., Yorktown, Va.) earned the win for Virginia after starting and pitching five innings, allowing three earned runs, six hits and two walks. Poutier (1-0) also struck out six. Jeff Randolph (0-2) took the loss for Towson and allowed seven earned runs, six hits and two walks in one-plus inning of work.
UVa (20-2) scored first with a run in the first inning. Parker led off with a single and moved to third on a well-executed hit-and-run single by Gosselin. Danny Hultzen (Fr., Bethesda, Md.) then grounded into a double play, with Parker scoring on the play.
#22 Florida State 11 Florida Gulf Coast 3
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Coming off a weekend series victory over Clemson, 22nd-ranked Florida State (12-8) continued to ride the momentum downing Florida Gulf Coast (13-9) 11-3 in the first meeting between the two schools. FSU broke out to a 5-0 lead after three innings and never looked back cruising to an eight-run victory over the Eagles on Tuesday night inside Dick Howser Stadium on Mike Martin Field.
The Seminoles out hit the Eagles 12-11 in game one of a two-game mid-week set as seven of the 12 hits went for extra bases including five doubles. The top three hitters in the Seminole line-up (Tyler Holt, Stephen Cardullo and Stuart Tapley) finished 5-for-12 with three runs and four RBI.
“Well, it was a good win,” said head coach Mike Martin. “I was very pleased with the way our young men competed all night long. We will enjoy this one for a little bit and then begin preparing once again for a very good Florida Gulf Coast team on Wednesday night.”
Game 1: Duke 4 Alabama A&M 2
Game 2: Duke 13 Alabama A&M 2
DURHAM, N.C. – Will Piwnica-Worms had two hits in each game and accounted for six total runs to help Duke sweep a pair of seven-inning games, 4-2 and 13-2, in a double header against Alabama A&M Tuesday afternoon at Jack Coombs Field.
Piwnica-Worms went 2-for-3 with a double and a stolen base in the opener and 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs in the finale. The outing raised the freshman center fielder’s average to .313 and helped Duke (16-7, 5-4 ACC) win its fourth straight game.
The Blue Devils knocked out 13 hits in game two and 20 total hits in the twinbill, 10 of which went for extra bases. Game one starter Jonathan Foreman (2-1) turned in five solid innings to notch the win in game one, while the freshmen trio of Trevor Cesar (1-1), Eric Pfisterer and David Putman combined to hold the Bulldogs (6-10) to three hits in game two. Junior reliever Michael Ness also contributed two shutout innings in game one to notch his second save of the season. Duke’s pitchers surrendered just three hits and two earned runs in the 14-inning span
Boston College 8 Hartford 4
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Sophomore Pat Dean threw 7.0 innings and allowed one unearned run and the Boston College baseball team scored four runs in the top of the ninth to break a tie and defeat Hartford, 8-4, Tuesday afternoon at the Hartford Baseball Field.
Sophomore Mickey Wiswall went 4-for-5 in the game with three two-out RBI. Redshirt freshman Andrew Lawrence went 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBI and junior Mike Belfiore recorded a two-run double. Wiswall and Lawrence both hit two doubles on the day.
Dean allowed just four hits and an unearned run in his outing. He struck out nine batters, walked one and retired 13 of 15 Hawks at one point but picked up a no decision.
George Mason 6 Maryland 5
Fairfax, Va. – The George Mason baseball team scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to overcome a two-run deficit and extend its home winning streak to 15 straight games as the Patriots beat Maryland, 6-5 on Tuesday afternoon at Spuhler Field. Mason, which was held to three hits in the first seven innings got timely hitting in the eighth to win the game and improve to 17-4 on the year. Maryland fell to 10-12.
Ryan Soares and Shane Davis each had two hits and two RBI. Freshman Kevin Lingerman got the start for Mason, pitching into the sixth and picking up a no-decision. Shawn Griffith earned the win while Ryan Brecko got his sixth save of the year.
Virginia Tech 5 South Carolina-Upstate 3
BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia Tech baseball team took advantage of seven bases on balls and catcher Anthony Sosnoskie delivered a go-ahead three-run double in the seventh inning as the Hokies claimed a 5-3 win over visiting USC Upstate on Tuesday night at English Field.
Sosnoskie’s game-winner came with the Hokies down 3-2 and the bases loaded after designated hitter Steve Domecus extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a bunt single. Tech only had six hits in the game, but Sosnoskie’s was all that mattered as the Hokies improved to 14-8 overall and 12-2 in non-conference play.
Tech reliever Ben Rowen picked up his second win of the season after getting the last out of the decisive seventh and pitching a scoreless eighth. Redshirt sophomore Brandon Fisher collected his second save in the last three games after tossing a one-hit ninth.
NC State 4 UNC-Greensboro 3
RALEIGH, N.C. — Wade Moore went 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and three RBIs and Kyle Rutter survived a ninth-inning rally with the help of a close play at the plate to key a 4-3 victory over UNC Greensboro on Tuesday at Doak Field at Dail Park.
NC State moves to 13-10 with the victory. The loss drops UNCG to 7-10.
Five Wolfpack pitchers combined to strike out 15 as the bullpen once again came through for NC State. Alex Sogard (2-2) earned the victory with three innings of shutout relief. He struck out six and walked one. At one point, Sogard struck out five consecutive UNCG hitters. Zak Sinclair started for NC State, going three innings, striking out four and walking two. Matt Parish started for the Spartans and took the loss, falling to 1-1 on the year. Kyle Rutter helped hold off UNCG’s late comeback to earn his first save. He allowed two hits, walked one, and struck out two.
Wake Forest 13 Davidson 11 (11 innings)
DAVIDSON, N.C. – Weldon Woodall hit a one-out, two-run home run in the top of the 11th to lift Wake Forest to a 13-11 win over Davidson on Tuesday night at Wilson Field.
Wake Forest improves to 11-10 on the season, while Davidson drops to 9-10 on the year.
Offense was the theme of the game. Steven Brooks had a career-high four hits and also drove in a career-best five runs. Bentley Heyman had a career-high three hits, including the first home run of his collegiate career, and also had a career-best four RBIs. Tyler Smith and Ian Tomkins also had multi-hit games for the Deacs, with each player recording two hits. Woodall came in as a pinch hitter late in the game and went 1-for-2 with a homer and two RBIs.