Here is your ACC Recap for April 7th.
North Carolina 3 East Carolina 1
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – North Carolina right-hander Patrick Johnson carried a no-hitter into the seventh against hard-hitting East Carolina, and the No. 2 Tar Heels held off a late rally for a 3-1 win over the No. 14 Pirates Tuesday at Boshamer Stadium. With the victory, Carolina (25-7) extended its current winning streak to nine over ECU (25-6).
Johnson (2-0) was masterful against the Pirates, who entered the night eighth nationally with a .361 team average. Over a career-best 6 1/3 innings, the Conover, N.C., native struck out a career-high 11, walked three and allowed just the one base hit in the seventh. He retired six of the final seven batters he faced via the strikeout and fanned two or more in four separate frames.
Miami (FL) 8 FAU 7
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Starter Jason Santana struck out a season-high six in six innings to improve his record to 5-0 as the fifth-ranked University of Miami baseball team defeated FAU, 8-7, Tuesday night at Alex Rodriguez Park.
The Hurricanes (24-8), trailing 2-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth, used a four-run inning to take the lead for good against the Owls (17-12). Santana, making his fourth start of the season and his second against FAU, allowed three earned runs while not walking a single batter.
Jason Hagerty led the Hurricanes offensively, reaching base three times and going 2-for 3 with an RBI and a run scored. Vickash Ramjit also contributed offensively by going to 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Georgia Tech 8 Georgia Southern 4
ATLANTA – Luke Murton belted two home runs to lead No. 8 Georgia Tech (20-6) to an 8-4 victory over Georgia Southern (21-8) Tuesday night at Russ Chandler Stadium.
Murton went 2-for-4 with four RBI to pace the Tech offense Tuesday night, while Jeff Rowland and Matt Skole also added two hits apiece for the Yellow Jackets.
After being held without a home run through the first 19 games of the season, Murton has now hit seven homers over the last seven games. He has three multi-homer games during the span.
Virginia 8 Stony Brook 0
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Behind shutout pitching and 15 strikeouts from Robert Poutier (Sr., Yorktown, Va.) and Robert Morey (So., Virginia Beach, Va.), the No. 11 Virginia baseball team blanked Stony Brook, 8-0, Tuesday evening at Davenport Field. The shutout was Virginia’s third of the year and the first since Feb. 21 vs. Bucknell.
The pitching staff was supported by 11 hits from the UVa offense. Four Cavaliers picked up two hits each, highlighted by Jarrett Parker (So., Stafford, Va.), who had a double and two-run home run while scoring twice and driving in four. Phil Gosselin (So., West Chester, Pa.) added a pair of doubles, while Tyler Biddix (So., Richmond, Va.) had two hits and scored three times and John Barr (So., Ivyland, Pa.) singled twice.
South Carolina 7 Clemson 6
Columbia, S.C. – DeAngelo Mack’s two-run single in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted South Carolina to a 7-6 come-from-behind victory over No. 20 Clemson on a chilly Tuesday evening at Carolina Stadium. The win marks Carolina’s sixth consecutive victory over the Tigers and ninth victory in the last 10 games vs. Clemson. Carolina is now 21-10 on the year while the loss drops Clemson to 20-11 for the season. Both teams meet again on Wednesday night at Clemson with first pitch at Doug Kingsmore Stadium scheduled for 7 p.m.
Trailing by a run in bottom half of the ninth, South Carolina mounted a rally against Clemson reliever Casey Harman. Pinch hitter Adam Matthews got it started with a base hit to left field to lead off the frame and pinch hitter Casey Rihn followed with a walk giving Carolina a pair of runners with no outs. Jackie Bradley, Jr. then did his job as he laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to advance both runners to second and third base. Clemson elected to intentionally walk Whit Merrifield that set the stage for Mack. The Gamecock outfielder, who also hit a game-winning homer earlier in the season at Clemson in a 3-1 win on Feb. 28, roped a 1-1 pitch for a RBI base hit to right field that scored both Matthews and Rihn and sealed a one-run victory for the Gamecocks.
UMass 5 Boston College 2
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Game 1: Duke 14 NC Central 1 (7 innings)
Game 2: Duke 9 NC Central 3 (7 innings)
DURHAM, N.C. – Nate Freiman drove in five runs in a double header sweep over N.C. Central, helping Duke win the opener 14-1 and the nightcap 9-3, while going 4-for-7 on the day with his 10th home run of the season Tuesday night at Jack Coombs Field.
Freiman had a single, double and home run in the opener and an RBI triple in game two. Duke’s everyday first baseman, Freiman also donned the catcher’s gear in game two and threw out all three Eagle base runners that tried to steal against him. Duke (22-11, 7-8 ACC) caught five runners stealing on the day, two of which were by regular starter Matt Williams, who has now caught eight this season. Williams also drove in four runs in game one with a pair of hits to reach the 30-RBI plateau for the first time in his career.
Wake Forest 20 USC-Upstate 14
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Tyler Smith and Evan Ocheltree each had four hits to lead a 20-run, 22-hit Wake Forest attack as the Demon Deacons defeated USC Upstate 20-14 on Tuesday night at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
Wake Forest improves to 18-12 on the season, while USC Upstate drops to 7-23 on the year.
The Demon Deacons enjoyed its best offensive game of the season, recording a season-high 22 hits and scoring 20 runs for the first time since May 24, 2005, when Wake scored 20 times against Maryland. After not scoring a run in the first inning, the Deacs scored in their last seven offensive innings, including six runs in the third, five runs in the fifth and four runs in the seventh.
Maryland 7 Towson 2
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – David Poutier went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and Mike Murphy hit a two-run home run in the first inning to lead the University of Maryland baseball team to a 7-2 victory against Towson Tuesday evening at Shipley Field.
In a game that was moved up two hours due to cold and windy weather, the Terrapins’ pitching staff limited the potent Tigers offense to one earned run on only six hits. Sophomore left-hander Adam Kolarek pitched the first four innings for Maryland, allowing one run on two hits. Brett Harman and Ian Schwalenberg pitched two innings apiece and Dan Gentzler pitched a scoreless ninth.
After a perfect top of the first inning for Kolarek, Maryland’s offense built an early lead in the bottom half. With one out, A.J. Casario was hit by a pitch and Murphy brought him home with a two-run homer to right-center field. Will Greenberg followed with a double down the right-field line to extend his hitting streak to 11 games and later scored on a balk by Towson starting pitcher Wes Shifflett.
NC State 10 UNC-Wilmington 2
RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State returned home from a disappointing series at Boston College and took its frustrations out on UNC Wilmington on Tuesday night at Doak Field at Dail Park. The 10-2 victory gives the Wolfpack a 17-15 record while the Seahawks fall to 17-11.
The victory produced a career milestone for head coach Elliott Avent, who notched career victory No. 700. Avent’s career record now stands at 700-506 in 19-plus seasons as a head coach. He is 475-295 in 12-plus seasons as head coach of the Wolfpack.
“The 700th win really doesn’t mean that much to me,” Avent said. “What mattered was watching us play the game the way it’s supposed to be played. I felt that tonight was the first time we played a complete game all year. We got excellent pitching from Cory Mazzoni and our bullpen, we played well defensively and only made one mistake all night, and we hit the ball well.”