#1 UNC 7 UNC-Wilmington 5
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Dustin Ackley and Mark Fleury connected on three-run home runs in the fifth inning for just about all the offense No. 1 North Carolina would need in a 7-5 win over UNC Wilmington Tuesday at Boshamer Stadium. Down 4-0 before the pair of homers, the Tar Heels (32-10) rallied for their largest come-from-behind victory of the season and their ninth straight over the Seahawks (21-15).
Carolina right-hander Jimmy Messer (2-0) worked a career-best 5 2/3 innings and faced the minimum through four but allowed five runs on five hits over his final 1 2/3 innings of work. He finished with five strikeouts and walked two.
Relief ace Colin Bates took over there, tossing 3 1/3 shutout innings and striking out three to earn his sixth save.
#8 Georgia Tech 16 Western Carolina 7
ATLANTA – Jason Haniger went 4-for-5 with a home run and four RBI, and Chris House and Cole Leonida added three hits apiece to lead No. 4 Georgia Tech (27-8-1) to a 16-7 win over Western Carolina (22-16) Tuesday night at Russ Chandler Stadium.
The victory was the Jackets’ sixth straight, and the teams will meet again Wednesday night at 6 p.m. in Cullowhee, N.C.
The Jackets jumped on Western Carolina early, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first on Jason Haniger’s sixth home run of the season before the Catamounts combined aggressive base running and Matt Johns’ two-run homer to take a 4-2 lead in the top of the second inning.
Florida State 9 UNC-Asheville 2
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State (26-12) recorded its fifth straight win with a 9-2 victory over UNC Asheville (7-32) Tuesday night on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles continued their dominance over the Bulldogs recording their 11th straight win, while improving to 20-1 all-time.
After giving up an early run in the third, the 20th-ranked Seminoles bounced right back with six runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead for good. Mike McGee drove in four runs all with one swing of the bat as the Port St. Lucie, Fla., native connected on his first career grand slam. It marked the fifth grand slam hit by a Seminole batter this year.
#16 Virginia 8 VCU 1
RICHMOND, Va. – Steven Proscia (Fr., Suffern, N.Y.) hit a grand slam as part of a five-RBI night as the No. 11 Virginia baseball team defeated VCU, 8-1, Tuesday evening at The Diamond in Richmond, Va.
The game’s start was delayed an hour and 12 minutes because of rain.
Matt Packer (Jr., Germantown, Tenn.) made the start on the mound for Virginia and was impressive, going five innings while allowing just three baserunners – two hits and one walk. Packer (2-4) struck out six in earning the win. Neal Davis (Jr., Baltimore, Md.) worked the final 1.1 innings to notch his first save of the season.
#21 Clemson 5 #19 Coastal Carolina 3
Clemson, SC – With two outs in the ninth inning, Jeff Schaus blasted the first pitch over the fence in right-field for a walkoff grand slam to lift #20 Clemson to a 5-3 victory over #19 Coastal Carolina on Tuesday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Tigers, who upped their winning streak over the Chanticleers to seven games, improved to 27-14, while Coastal Carolina fell to 30-10.
Tiger reliever Clinton McKinney (3-0) earned the win, as he pitched a hitless and scoreless ninth inning with three strikeouts. Starter Graham Stoneburner pitched 6.0 strong innings, allowing just five hits, one unearned run, and two walks with five strikeouts.
Chanticleer closer Nick McCully (3-1) suffered the loss. In 0.2 innings pitched, he yielded two hits, two walks, and four runs. The junior righthander entered the game with a stellar 0.98 ERA and eight saves. He had only allowed three runs in 27.2 innings pitched all season as well.
Boston College 16 Bryant 8
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Sophomore Mickey Wiswall and redshirt freshman Andrew Lawrence combined for five home runs and 13 RBI to lead the Boston College baseball team past Bryant, 16-8, on Tuesday at a rain-drenched Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field.
Wiswall went 4-for-5 for the Eagles (25-15) with three homers, including a grand slam, a double and seven runs. He also scored four times. His RBI and run totals are both career highs. Lawrence finished the day 4-for-5 as well with two home runs, six RBI and three runs. Each of those numbers are career highs and his two long balls were the first of his career. Lawrence entered the game with five RBI on the year.
Junior Robbie Anston was the other Eagle with four hits on the day, going 4-for-5 with three runs. Classmate Tony Sanchez went 2-for-3 with two walks and three runs. Boston College’s first four batters in the lineup (Anston, Lawrence, Sanchez, Wiswall) accounted for 14 of the team’s 17 hits and 13 of its runs.
Maryland 6 LaSalle 5
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The visiting La Salle Explorers scored five unanswered runs to tie the game in the top of the seventh inning, but Mike Murphy broke the tie in the bottom half with a leadoff home run and the bullpen held the lead as the University of Maryland baseball team braved a 59-minute lightning delay and earned a 6-5 victory Tuesday evening at Shipley Field.
The Terrapins (19-21) scored five runs in the bottom of the second to build a working margin early off La Salle starter Drew Gerhart. With two on and no outs, left fielder Gerry Spessard drove an RBI double into the right-field corner. Center field Dan Benick then drove in another run on a sacrifice fly and right fielder A.J. Casario delivered an RBI single to center field to put the Terps up, 3-0.
UNC Greensboro 5 NC State 3
GREENSBORO, NC – UNC Greensboro rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to score five runs in three innings and avenge an earlier loss this season as the Spartans defeated NC State, 5-3, on Tuesday night at the UNCG Baseball Stadium. Less than a month ago, UNCG dropped a 4-3 heartbreaker to the Wolfpack when the game-tying run for the Spartans was thrown out at the plate to end the game.
Freshman Zach Furl picked up his first win of the season for the Spartans (15-19) after pitching 3 1/3 innings of no-hit relief. Sophomore Ray Quinones went 2-4 at the plate, including his 11th double of the season to lead all batters.
High Point 12 Wake Forest 5
Bill Manion sparked the offense by going 5-for-5 and hit his second homerun of the season in leading High Point to a 12-5 win over intra-triad rival Wake Forest Tuesday night at Williard Stadium.
High Point (17-19) scored early and often as the posted a five-run first inning and 10 runs through the first four innings of play. Jeff Cowan drew a walk to start the bottom of the first inning and Alfie Wheeler reached on a sacrifice bunt attempt on an errant throw from the Wake Forest pitcher putting runners at second and third. Manion legged out an infield single up the middle plating Cowan. A failed pickoff attempt on Manion sailed down the rightfield line which allowed Manion to advance all the way up to third and scored Wheeler. Billy Alvino was hit by a pitch followed by a double down the rightfield line from Kyle Mahoney, bringing in Manion and putting both runners in scoring position. Max Fulginiti extended his Big South leading hitting streak to 26-games with a single up the middle, scoring both runners to give the Panthers a 5-0 lead after the first inning and chased starter Mark Adzick from the game allowing five runs (four earned) without registering an out.
William and Mary 14 Virginia Tech 10
Blacksburg, Va. – The William and Mary Tribe men’s baseball team used an improbable comeback to defeat Virginia Tech on Tuesday night, 14-10. With the win, the College improves its record to 17-20 on the season, while the Hokies fall to 24-14 on the year.
“That was a great win for us tonight,” Tribe head coach Frank Leoni said after the game. “We battled through some early adversity and found a way to win in the end.” Leoni added, “This was a huge win for our program tonight.”
At the plate, the College used a total team-effort to complete the comeback. Freshman Tadd Bower had a great day at the dish, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Also collecting three hits and three RBIs was senior Lanny Stanfield, who hit two doubles and scored three runs on the day. Senior Jeff Jones also had three RBIs, with two coming on a homerun in the sixth inning. Sophomore Derrick Osteen also had three hits and also stole two bases for the Green and Gold.