Here is your ACC Recap for March 31st.
Georgia 6 Clemson 5
ATHENS-Top-ranked Georgia scored four runs in the third and held off No. 22 Clemson, 6-5, Tuesday at Foley Field.
Georgia improved to 23-3 and won for the ninth time in 10 games while Clemson dropped to 18-8.
Bryce Massanari and Colby May hit home runs and finished with two hits apiece for Georgia. Rich Poythress, the reigning National Hitter of the Week, went 2-for-4 with his league-leading 48th RBI.
Jason Leaver (3-0) pitched three innings and allowed one run on four hits to earn the win. Justin Earls and Michael Palazzone combined to throw three shutout innings, and Dean Weaver worked the ninth to earn his third save in as many games and fifth overall.
UNC 9 Davidson 4
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – All-America Dustin Ackley belted a pair of two-run home runs to jump-start No. 5 North Carolina to a 9-4 win over Davidson Tuesday at Boshamer Stadium. Ackley finished 4-for-4 with three runs scored and drove in a season-best four runs for the Tar Heels (21-6).
Ackley, who now has 12 career games with four-plus hits, recorded his fourth career multi-homer game and second this season. The Walnut Cove, N.C., native also went deep twice against Appalachian State March 11 and is second on the squad with eight homers – one more than he hit all of last year.
Mark Fleury was 2-for-3 with two RBI, and Levi Michael added two hits for Carolina.
Florida State 3 Florida 2 (FINAL, 5 Innings )
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida State (17-8) defeated Florida (18-9) 3-2 on Tuesday night at the Baseball Grounds in Jacksonville in a game called after five innings due to heavy rain that washed out play for the rest of the evening. The win for the Seminoles was their seventh in a row and first of the season against the Gators tying the season series at a game a piece.
Jack Posey broke a 2-2 tie with a solo home run in the top of the fifth to give the Seminoles the one-run victory. The home run could not have come at a better time as the heavens opened in the top of the sixth washing away the rest of the game.
John Gast (3-2) picked up the victory after working one inning in relief. Sean Gilmartin threw one pitch and registered two outs to earn his first collegiate save. Alex Panteliodis earned the loss falling to 2-3 on the year.
Virginia 12 Radford 2
SALEM, Va. – The No. 10 Virginia baseball team exploded for nine runs in the second inning in posting a 12-2 victory against Radford Tuesday night at Salem Memorial Baseball Stadium.
Eleven Cavaliers recorded hits as the Cavaliers piled up 15 in the game. Every position player on the Virginia roster saw action in the game. Phil Gosselin (So., West Chester, Pa.) went 2-for-3 with three RBI, while Jarrett Parker (So., Stafford, Va.) was 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs.
Tyler Cannon (Jr., Pigeon Forge, Tenn.) also went 2-for-4 with two doubles. John Hicks (Fr., Sandy Hook, Va.) singled twice to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.
UVa starting pitcher Robert Poutier (Sr., Yorktown, Va.) tossed five shutout innings to earn the win and improve to 2-0 this year. He allowed three hits and one walk while striking out six. Paul DeVito (3-1) took the loss for the Highlanders, allowing nine earned runs and eight hits in 1.1 innings. Josh Hammonds slowed down the UVa offense, pitching seven innings out of the bullpen and giving up two earned runs, six hits and two walks while fanning six.
Duke 16 NC Central 3
DURHAM, N.C. – Nate Freiman went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI to back a six-hitter from the Duke pitching staff in the Blue Devils’ 16-3 win over N.C. Central Tuesday evening at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Freiman reached base in four of his six plate appearances for his second straight multi-hit, multi-RBI game. Over his past two games, Freiman has driven in eight runs on seven hits, including three home runs and two doubles. Freiman was one of five Blue Devils with multiple hits against N.C. Central (4-13) and helped support a career-long five-inning performance from Duke starter Trevor Cesar (2-1), who struck out five batters and scattered four hits and a run for his second straight win.
Designated hitter Jeremy Gould went 3-for-4 to extend his team-high hitting streak to 10 games for the Blue Devils (18-9, 6-6 ACC), who stole a season-high seven bases and won their sixth straight non-conference game. Outfielder Tom Luciano, batting in the leadoff spot for the first time in his career, went 2-for-5 with a pair of stolen bases and two runs, while two-hitter Matt Williams finished 2-for-3 and center fielder Will Piwnica-Worms finished 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI. Williams, Freiman, Piwnica-Worms and second baseman Gabriel Saade all had multiple RBI in the win.
Maryland 7 Navy 3
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Senior Mike Moss went 2-for-5 with a career-high four RBIs on a pair of doubles to lead the University of Maryland baseball team to a 7-3 victory Tuesday afternoon at in-state rival Navy. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Terps and gave them their first non-conference road win of the season.
After leaving the bases loaded in the top of the first inning, Maryland (12-15) again loaded the bases in the top of the third. Moss, who popped out to end the first-inning threat, came through in the third against Navy starting pitcher Jeff Murdza.
With one out, Moss ripped Murdza’s first offering into the left-center field gap, plating Will Greenberg, Mike Murphy and A.J. Casario to give the Terps an early 3-0 lead.
Maryland tacked on a pair of runs against Navy reliever Alec Thomas in the fifth inning. With one out and Casario at second base after an infield single and stolen base, Moss deposited a Thomas pitch into an almost-identical location as his third-inning double, doubling again to plate Casario. Two batters later, Moss scored on center fielder Dan Benick’s RBI triple to right-center field.
Boston College 11 Northeastern 2
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Sophomore Pat Dean tossed 6.0 scoreless innings and scattered five hits as the Boston College baseball team beat Northeastern for the second time this season, 11-2, on Tuesday afternoon at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field.
Dean struck out seven and didn’t allow a walk in his outing and improved to 3-1 on the year.
At the plate, junior Robbie Anston went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs and an RBI. Sophomore Matt Hamlet had a hit and drove in a career-high three runs while classmate Garret Smith recorded two runs and two RBI. Freshman Brad Zapenas went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and a run.
Virginia Tech 4 James Madison 0
HARRISONBURG, Va. – Five Virginia Tech pitchers combined to post the Hokie baseball team’s first shutout in nearly two years by tossing Tech to a 4-0 defeat of James Madison on Tuesday afternoon at Long Field.
None of Tech’s hurlers threw more than three innings as the Hokies breezed through one of the shortest, most efficient games of the season, with the Tech defense chipping in by going errorless for the seventh time this year.
Freshman Clark Labitan started for the Hokies and because it was predetermined that he would not go five innings (he pitched two), he was eligible for the win, thus improving to 4-1. Rhett Ballard (two innings), Kyle Cichy (one), Brandon Fisher (three) and Ben Rowen (one) helped close out the game to record Tech’s first shutout since blanking VMI on May 9, 2007. It was the first time that James Madison had been held scoreless in 84 games.
Wake Forest 15 Charlotte 7
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Wake Forest offense exploded for 13 runs in the first six innings, while freshman Michael Dimock turned in a fantastic outing on the mound as the Deacs cruised to a 15-7 victory over Charlotte on Tuesday night at Hayes Stadium.
The Demon Deacons improve to 14-11 on the season, while Charlotte drops to 14-10 on the year.
After scoring 12 runs in the series finale at Duke on Sunday, the Wake Forest offense picked up where it left off against the Blue Devils. The Deacs were set down in order in the first, but scored at least one run in the next five innings, including three runs in the third and five runs in the fourth. Wake Forest pounded out 18 hits in the game.