Here is your ACC Recap for April 16th.
UNC 20 Winthrop 4
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Ben Bunting went 3-for-5 with three RBI and tied a school record with two triples, and No. 4 North Carolina got eight strong innings from its bullpen in a 20-4 win over Winthrop Wednesday at Boshamer Stadium. Garrett Gore and Ryan Graepel also added three hits, as the Tar Heels (28-10) snapped a two-game losing skid with their biggest offensive outburst of the season.
Carolina struck for season bests of 20 runs on 21 hits, and 13 Tar Heels hit safely on the night. After falling behind 3-0 in the first, UNC tallied 20 unanswered runs and scored in every inning but the fifth before the Eagles (24-12) added a run in the ninth.
Bunting, who also scored three runs, became the sixth Tar Heel with two triples in a game and the first since Kyle Shelton did so against VCU last season. Gore was 3-for-4 with three runs, and Graepel went 3-for-3 with three runs to match career highs in both categories. Dustin Ackley and Mark Fleury chipped in with two hits and two RBI apiece, and Brett Thomas connected on his first career home run, a three-run shot in the seventh.
Georgia Tech 18 Georgia State 2
ATLANTA – Kevin Jacob struck out a career-high eight batters and 10th-ranked Georgia Tech (23-8-1) plated 11 runs in the second inning before cruising to an 18-2 win over Georgia State (23-13) Wednesday night at The Field at Panthersville.
Twelve consecutive Yellow Jackets reached base before Georgia State recorded the first out in the second inning. After Tony Plagman was hit by a pitch to lead off the frame, the next three Tech batters reached base via walks, including Jake Davies’, which came with the bases loaded.
Chris House then drove in two runs with a double before Evan Martin belted his first home run of the season – a three-run shot – to put the Jackets ahead, 6-0. An RBI double from Derek Dietrich, run-scoring single by Luke Murton, sacrifice fly by House and another base hit from Martin made the score 11-0 before the Panthers could get out of the inning.
Florida State 8 North Florida 7
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State (22-12) captured its fifth walk-off victory of the season as Jason Stidham connected on a two-out, bloop single to left in the bottom of the ninth to lead the 20th-ranked Seminoles to an 8-7 victory over North Florida (15-23) Wednesday night. The Garnet and Gold trailed 7-5 heading into the bottom of the seventh but scored a run in each of the final three innings to take the season series from the Ospreys.
Tyler Holt got things going in the ninth as he drew a one out walk from UNF reliever Spencer Jones (1-1). He advanced to second on a passed ball and moved to third two batters later as Mike McGee hit into a fielder’s choice groundout to second. With two outs, Stidham stepped in and flared a base hit to left on a 1-0 pitch from Ty Pryor scoring Holt for the game-winner. The walk-off hit by Stidham was his second in four days, while the last three Seminole wins have all come courtesy of a walk-off victory in the ninth.
Clemson 13 Western Carolina 2
Clemson, SC – A six-run first inning, highlighted by Kyle Parker’s grand slam, enabled #18 Clemson to cruise to a 13-2 victory over Western Carolina at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Wednesday night. The Tigers, who won both games of the home-and-home midweek series by a combined score of 24-3, improved to 25-12, while the Catamounts fell to 20-14.
Clemson totaled 15 hits, including four doubles and two home runs, in the game. Parker led the way by going 4-for-5 with a grand slam and three runs. Jason Stolz added a career-high three hits and two RBIs, while Wilson Boyd went 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
Tiger reliever Alex Frederick (1-0) earned his first win as a Tiger. The sophomore righthander from Lagrangeville, NY pitched 2.0 innings, allowing just one hit, no runs, and no walks with three strikeouts.
East Carolina 7 NC State 0
GREENVILLE, N.C. – Freshman Kevin Brandt tossed a career-high 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball and combined with three other hurlers as No. 17 East Carolina took the season series from in-state foe N.C. State 7-0 Wednesday night at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.
Brandt, who made just his second start of the season, improved to 5-1 on the year for the Pirates (27-10) allowing just three hits, fanning four and walking three. Brad Mincey faced just one batter when he entered the game in the seventh, while Bailey Daniels walked one and had a punch out in the eighth inning. Sophomore Seth Simmons closed the game by striking out the side, despite allowing a single.
Cory Mazzoni suffered the loss dropping to 1-4 after allowing three runs (all earned) on six hits with a pair of strikeouts. Joey Cutler, who was saddled with the loss in the first contest, was touched for four runs (all earned) on five hits in just one-third of an innings. A trio of Wolfpack (19-18) pitchers combined to shutdown the Pirates offense for the final 3 2/3 frames, scattering two hits.
UMass 12 Boston College 8
AMHERST, Mass. – The UMass baseball team used five home runs to help power its way past Boston College, 12-8, on Wednesday afternoon at Earl Lorden Field. With the victory, the Minutemen move to 11-19 overall, while the Eagles drop to 23-13. The win also was the 599th for UMass head coach Mike Stone as his next will be the 600th of his 27-year coaching career.
Boston College began the game with a two-run top of the first. Andrew Lawrence poked a one-out single up the middle and Tony Sanchez followed with a walk. On the next play, both runners came home as Mickey Wiswall singled and moved to second as the ball was misplayed in the outfield.
The Minutemen quickly erased the deficit with one swing of the bat in the bottom of the inning. Senior Sam Boone dropped a single into right center and his classmate Adam Tempesta blasted the first pitch he saw over the fence in left for a two-run homer.
Virginia Tech 22 High Point 13
HIGH POINT, N.C. – The Virginia Tech baseball team hammered a season-high six home runs on its way to its most runs in a game since 2003, crushing High Point University by a score of 22-13 on Wednesday night in non-conference action at Williard Stadium.
Center fielder Steve Bumbry and shortstop Ronnie Shaban combined to drive in 14 runs for the Hokies, who banged out 21 hits and tied a season high by drawing eight walks. Bumbry went 4-for-7 with three home runs and four runs scored, while Shaban finished 3-for-6 with a pair of homers, including a grand slam. Both drove in a career-high seven runs apiece, while Bumbry became the first Hokie to hit three bombs in a game since Sean O’Brien did so against Maryland last season.
UNC-Greensboro 10 Wake Forest 4
GREENSBORO, NC – UNC Greensboro exploded for five runs in the third and sixth innings as the Spartans defeated Wake Forest, 10-4, on Wednesday evening at the UNCG Baseball Stadium. The Spartans have now won four of their last five games, including a pair of wins over ACC opponents.
Sophomore Warren Slack pitched four innings of two-hit relief for the Spartans (12-18) to push his record to a perfect 3-0 this season. Ray Quinones helped pace the Spartans at the plate as he hit a pair of two RBI doubles in the game.
Wake Forest reliever Gabe Feldman allowed five runs in two innings of relief to pick up the loss for the Demon Deacons (20-16).
Duke 15 Wofford 9
DURHAM, N.C. – Jake Lemmerman went 3-for-5 with three RBI, three runs, a double, triple and three stolen bases to help Duke top Wofford 15-9 Wednesday evening at Jack Coombs Field.
Lemmerman was one of three Blue Devils with three RBI, joining Alex Hassan, who went 2-for-4, and Eric Pfisterer, who finished 3-for-5. The Blue Devils (26-13, 9-9 ACC) mashed five of their 12 hits for extra bases with Hassan doubling twice and Pfisterer once.
Duke had six players cross the plate at least twice. First baseman Nate Freiman drew three walks and scored twice, while Jeremy Gould also drew two free passes on the way to two runs. Ryan McCurdy also logged his second three-hit game of the season with three singles.
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