Here is your ACC Recap for April 1st.
# 1 Georgia 4 #18 Clemson 2
CLEMSON, S.C.—–Top-ranked Georgia scored three runs in the ninth to erase a one-run deficit and beat No. 22 Clemson, 4-2, Wednesday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
The Bulldogs (24-3) were limited to just two hits in the first seven innings, but came back with a home run by Colby May in the eighth, then rallied to win in the ninth.
With Georgia trailing 2-1, Matt Cerione led off the ninth with a single followed by a walk to pinch hitter Johnathan Taylor. Rich Poythress singled to right field to drive in Cerione and a fielding error by the Clemson right fielder allowed Taylor to score and Poythress to move to third. Joey Lewis drove in Poythress with an RBI groundout to give the Bulldogs a 4-2 lead.
Will Harvil (2-0) closed the door on the Tigers (18-9) with a perfect ninth.
#6 North Carolina 7 Old Dominion 6
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Mark Fleury hit a solo home run in the eighth and followed with a walk-off RBI double in the ninth to rally No. 5 North Carolina past Old Dominion, 7-6, Wednesday at Boshamer Stadium. Led by Fleury and Garrett Gore, the Tar Heels (22-6) scored three times in the eighth and answered the Monarchs (8-16) with a run in the ninth for their third straight victory.
Fleury was 2-for-4 with two runs, his seventh homer and two RBI for his third straight multi-hit game. Gore matched his career high with three hits for the seventh time and put Carolina in front in the eighth with a two-run triple. Ben Bunting added two singles and a walk.
Max Most led ODU with three hits, and Gerard Hall was 2-for-4 with a two run home run.
# 7 Miami (FL) 15 Barry 10
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The seventh-ranked University of Miami baseball team out-slugged Barry University Wednesday night, picking up a 15-10 win at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.
The Hurricanes’ 15 runs marked the third-highest scoring out-put of the season, with Jason Hagerty and Dave DiNatale combining for four hits, seven RBI and four runs scored. Hagerty, who went 2-for-3 with a homer, a double and two walks, finished with four RBI and two runs while DiNatale went 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs.
With the win, Miami improved to 21-7 overall while Barry dropped to 28-4.
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#16 East Carolina 14 NC State 4
RALEIGH, N.C. – Trent Whitehead hit two home runs and drove in a career-high five RBI and Drew Schieber drove in four as No. 16 East Carolina (22-5) snapped a five-game losing streak to in-state rival NC State (15-13) with a 14-4 victory Wednesday night at Doak Field.
A pair of three-run home runs by Whitehead and Devin Harris highlighted a seven-run third inning that gave ECU an early 7-0 lead and the Pirates never looked back. Jared Avchen was plunked by a Cutler pitch then took second on Austin Homan’s single up the middle before Whitehead cleared the bases.
After Stephen Batts drew a walk then took second when Kyle Roller was plunked by another Cutler fastball, Drew Schieber drove in the fourth run of the frame with a single down the third base line just out of Drew Martin’s reach that scored Batts. Harris unloaded on a Cutler fastball, his fifth of the season, to left center putting the Pirates up 7-0.
#21 Virginia 6 Norfolk State 2
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Jarrett Parker (So., Stafford, Va.) and Phil Gosselin (So., West Chester, Pa.) each recorded three hits as the No. 10 Virginia baseball team earned a 6-2 win over Norfolk State Wednesday night at Davenport Field. Parker swatted his seventh home run and knocked in two, while Gosselin doubled twice as the two combined to go 6-for-8 at the top of the UVa batting order.
Danny Hultzen (Fr., Bethesda, Md.) had the go-ahead two-run single in the sixth inning, and David Coleman (So., Richmond, Va.) added a two-run single and scored twice. Virginia went 3-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left a season-high 14 runners on base.
On the mound, Shane Halley (Fr., Burke, Va.) tossed a career-high 3.1 innings and gave up only one hit while striking out three to earn the win and improve to 2-0 this year. The Cavalier bullpen of Halley, Justin Thompson (Fr., Danville, Va.) and Brad Grove (Sr., Glen Allen, Va.) was solid, allowing just four hits over the final five innings and not walking a batter.
Boston College 5 UConn 4
STORRS, Conn. – Down a run entering the ninth inning, the Boston College baseball team scored twice to come from behind and beat Connecticut, 5-4, Wednesday afternoon at J.O. Christian Field. Junior Tony Sanchez went 3-for-4 with two homers and three RBI for the Eagles.
Sanchez has hit five home runs in the last five games and now has 10 on the year which is tied for the fifth-most in a single season at BC with Vinny Scavone (2003). His 20 career blasts is tied for seventh on the Eagles’ all-time list with Gregg Radachowsky (1987-90) and Jeff Mackor (1999-2002).
Sophomore Garret Smith went 2-for-4 at the plate with a game-tying RBI double in the ninth. He then scored the game-winning run later in the inning on a wild pitch. BC used seven pitchers on the day and junior Mike Belfiore picked up his second win of the season, working 2.0 innings of scoreless ball.
Duke 3 Elon 2
DURHAM, N.C. – Duke’s bullpen trio of Eric Pfisterer, Michael Ness and Alex Hassan combined to hold Elon scoreless on just four hits over the final five innings to preserve a 3-2 Duke win Tuesday evening at Jack Coombs Field.
Pfisterer (2-1) picked up the win after taking over for starter Jonathan Foreman in the fourth inning and holding Elon (14-10) to three hits over 3.1 scoreless innings. Pfisterer struck five without giving up a walk before handing the ball over to Michael Ness, who pitched 1.1 scoreless innings, and closer Alex Hassan, who locked up his seventh save of the season with a hitless ninth inning. In addition to the five strikeouts he picked up, Pfisterer picked off two Elon runners, bringing his total to an ACC-leading six pickoffs on the season.
Duke scored all three runs in the fifth inning, thanks to a rally that started with leadoff singles by freshman center fielder Will Piwnica-Worms and sophomore third baseman Dennis O’Grady, who each went 2-for-3 with a run. After those two jump-started the inning, catcher Matt Williams came through with an RBI fielder’s choice ground ball that Elon mishandled and threw into the outfield to allow two runs to score on the play. Hassan then sent in the final run in the inning by grounding into a double play with leadoff batter Tom Luciano standing on third base.
Maryland 12 UMES 3
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Terrapin center fielder A.J. Casario went 4-for-5 with two home runs, a double and five RBIs to lead the University of Maryland baseball team to a 12-3 victory against in-state foe UMES Wednesday evening at a rainy Shipley Field.
Casario tied a career high with four hits, came a triply short of hitting for the cycle and missed a third home run by mere feet.
After a scoreless first inning for both teams, the Terps (13-15) jumped on Hawks starting pitcher Russel Deutschmann in the bottom of the second.
With one out, Jensen Pupa doubled to right-center field and first baseman Curtis Lazar followed with an RBI double off the center-field wall. Second baseman Matthew Murakami drove in Lazar with an RBI single and Casario homered to center field two batters later, a three-run shot that put the Terps up 5-0. Right fielder Will Greenberg plated the sixth run of the inning with a sacrifice fly.
Wake Forest 4 UNC-Greensboro 3
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – A routine fly ball to left field off the bat of Steven Brooks with two outs in the bottom of the ninth turned into a walk-off single when the UNC Greensboro outfielder slipped, allowing the ball to drop and scoring Shane Kroker, as Wake Forest rallied for a 4-3 win over UNCG on Wednesday night at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
Wake Forest improves to 15-11 on the season, while UNCG drops to 8-14.
With the game tied at three entering the bottom of the ninth, the Wake Forest offense mounted a rally, scoring the game-winning run. Austin Stadler hit a one-out double down the right-field line. Bentley Heyman flew out to center field for the second out of the inning. With two outs and two strikes, Brooks hit a fly ball to left-center field. Left fielder Pedro Leon was striding over to catch the ball, but slipped and the ball fell between the left fielder and the center fielder, allowing Kroker, who had pinch ran for Stadler, to trot home for the game-winning run.