Here is your ACC Recap for April 8th.
North Carolina 12 Richmond 8
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Ryan Graepel and Kyle Seager drove in three runs apiece to lift No. 2 North Carolina to a 12-8 win over Richmond Wednesday at Boshamer Stadium. Right-hander Jimmy Messer kept the Spiders off the scoreboard until the sixth in his second career start for the Tar Heels (26-7).
Seager went 3-for-5 with two runs in addition to his three RBI, while Graepel and Mark Fleury, who doubled and scored twice, each had two hits on the night. Dustin Ackley added an RBI double and scored three runs, as all nine starters hit safely for Carolina.
Messer (1-0) picked up his first win with career bests of seven strikeouts and 5 1/3 innings. He held Richmond (13-13) scoreless on just two hits over the first five innings. In the sixth, Messer was charged with six runs, just three of which were earned, and finished with five hits and two walks allowed on the night.
Georgia Southern 23 Georgia Tech 3
ATLANTA, Ga. – Ty Wright (Montrose/ABAC) went 4-for-5, including his first career grand slam to highlight a 7-run seventh inning, as Georgia Southern hammered Georgia Tech 23-3 Wednesday afternoon (April 8). The 26th-ranked Eagles, scoring a program-high 23 runs in the series against Tech, improved to 22-8 overall.
Wright led off the contest with a base hit for the fourth consecutive game, and also extended his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games. Kevin Bowles (Statesboro/Statesboro) singled and two wild pitches by Jed Bradley brought home Wright. With Bowles on third and two out, Phillip Porter (Marietta/Sprayberry) reached on a RBI infield single for a 2-0 lead.
Stony Brook 6 Virginia 2
Charlottesville, Va. – Stony Brook University’s baseball team scored five first inning runs on its way to a 6-2 victory over the No. 11 Virginia Cavaliers tonight at Davenport Field. It is the Seawolves first victory over a ranked opponent since joining the Division I ranks in 2000. Sophomore Nick Thode (Huntington Station, N.Y.) and senior Steven Mazzurco (Selden, N.Y.) each recorded two hits and an RBI to lead the Seawolves. Stony Brook improves to 13-12 with the victory while Virginia falls to 27-6.
UVA starter Jeff Lorick retired freshman Pat Cantwell (West Islip, N.Y.) and sophomore Chad Marshall (Paris, Ontario) to start the first but Thode then singled and moved to second when Lorick walked junior Jeremy Nowak (Cheektowaga, N.Y.). Mazzurco, senior Michael Tansey (Valley Stream, N.Y.) and senior Keith Fier (Armonk, N.Y.) then each followed with run-scoring singles to put SBU up 3-0.
Junior Robert Dyer (Selden, N.Y.) then knocked a two-run double to left-center field to push Stony Brook’s lead to 5-0. The Cavaliers cut the Seawolves lead to 5-2 in the fourth on a sacrifice fly from Steven Proscia and an RBI double from Franco Valdes.
Coastal Carolina 16 Wake Forest 13
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Helped by an 11-run fourth inning, the 19th-ranked Coastal Carolina University baseball team (26-7) defeated Wake Forest (18-13) 16-13 in a slugfest at the Wake Forest Baseball Park in Winston-Salem, N.C. Coastal Carolina had a 15-2 lead after the 11-run inning, but held on as the Demon Deacons scored eight runs combined in the seventh and eighth innings.
Coastal Carolina was leading 4-2 heading into the top of the fourth. Freshman Tommy Winegardner (St. Leonard, Md./Riverdale Baptist) reached on an error to lead off the inning. Freshman Taylor Motter (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Palm Beach Gardens) then reached on a fielder’s choice. Coastal Carolina’s next 12 hitters would reach base safely. Sophomore Rico Noel (Lawton, Okla./Lawton) reached on a throwing error by Shane Kroker. He stole second and the Chants would load the bases as junior Adam Rice (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Elgin C.C.) was hit by a pitch. Senior Tyler Bortnick (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) walked to bring in Motter. Senior David Anderson (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) cleared the bases with a double to right, making it 7-2 Chants. Wake Forest replaced starting pitcher Michael Dimock with Joel Ernst, who promptly gave up singles to junior Jose Iglesias (Miami, Fla./St. John’s) and freshman Daniel Bowman (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby), the latter scoring Anderson. Redshirt freshman Rich Witten (Danville, Ky./Danville) walked to load the bases and Winegardner’s single brought in a pair of runs. Motter doubled to bring in Witten and Noel brought in a pair of runs with a single up the middle. Rice walked and Bortnick loaded the bases with a single. Anderson brought in the 11th run of the inning with a single to center field.
Florida State 14 North Florida 6
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – No. 25 Florida State (19-10) avenged an early season loss to North Florida (14-20) downing the Ospreys 14-6 on Wednesday night at the Baseball Grounds in Jacksonville. After falling to UNF for the first time in school history back on March 4 in Tallahassee, the Seminoles evened the season series at a game a piece scoring in all but two innings.
Florida State continued to add to their recent home run barrage connecting on five Wednesday night including two off the bat of Jason Stidham marking his first career multi-home run game. Also contributing to the long ball at the Baseball Grounds on Wednesday were Stephen Cardullo, Stuart Tapley and Mike McGee. In the last 12 games, the Seminoles have now recorded 32 home runs after hitting just 16 round trippers in their first 17.
Clemson 7 South Carolina 5
Clemson, SC – Chris Epps’ pinch-hit, run-scoring single with two outs in the fifth inning gave #20 Clemson a lead it never relinquished in its 7-5 victory over South Carolina in front of 5,865 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Wednesday night. The Tigers, who cut South Carolina’s lead in the four-game season series to 2-1, improved to 21-11 on the season, while the Gamecocks fell to 21-11. The Tigers and Gamecocks will conclude their four-game, regular-season series in Columbia on April 22.
The Tigers scored three runs in the third inning to overcome a 2-0 deficit and three more runs in the fifth inning after trailing 4-3. From that point on, relievers Craig Gullickson and Graham Stoneburner limited South Carolina to only one run on two hits in the final four innings to close out the two-run win.
UNC-Greensboro 13 Duke 4
GREENSBORO, NC – UNC Greensboro scored five early runs and broke the game open in the eighth inning with six run as the Spartans defeated Duke, 13-4, on Wednesday evening at the UNCG Baseball Stadium.
Five UNCG pitchers combined to allow just four runs and eight hits and reliever Greg Smith was credited with the win after allowing just two hits in 2 1/3 innings of work. Corey Overholtzer went 3-5 with four RBI and three runs scored to lead the Spartans (9-17) at the plate.
Duke starter Trevor Cesar picked up the loss for the Blue Devils (22-12) after allowing five runs in just 1 1/3 innings of work.
Virginia Tech 13 James Madison 9
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Down 9-2 entering the bottom of the sixth inning, the Virginia Tech baseball team scored 11 unanswered runs over the next three frames to register a 13-9 come-from-behind win over James Madison on Wednesday at English Field.
Tech only had two hits over the first four innings, but as they customarily do, the bats woke up and the Hokies tallied 12 base knocks before the night was through.
“These kids never seem to get credit for it, but all they do is keep battling,” Tech head coach Pete Hughes said. “They never give up and this was a great win because of that.”
Boston College 10 Rhode Island 0
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Sophomore Mickey Wiswall hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the first and the Boston College baseball team never looked back as six different pitchers shut out Rhode Island, 10-0, on Wednesday afternoon at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field.
BC’s pitching gave up just four hits on the day and after the first inning, allowed just one runner to reach second base. Sophomore Dave Laufer picked up the win after working 3.0 innings and allowing one hit.
Wiswall ended the day 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBI and two runs. His homer was the fifth on the season. Junior Robbie Anston and sophomores Matt Hamlet and Garret Smith all had two hits on the day with Anston and Smith both hitting a double. Both of them crossed the plate twice while Smith added an RBI. Freshman Brad Zapenas had a career-high three RBI on the day.