Here is your ACC Recap for May 9th.
UNC 5 NC State 2
RALEIGH, N.C. – Adam Warren and Brian Moran combined on a four-hitter as No. 1 North Carolina evened its weekend series with NC State with a 5-2 victory Saturday at Doak Field. The Tar Heels (38-12, 17-8 ACC) managed just three hits of their own but took advantage of 11 walks and three hit batters by Wolfpack pitching.
After the start of the game was delayed 80 minutes due to inclement weather, Warren (6-2) allowed two runs on two hits in the first but retired the next nine batters he faced and blanked State (23-28, 9-17 ACC) for the next 4 1/3 innings on just two hits. He struck out seven and gave up two runs on four hits and three walks over 5 1/3.
Saturday marked the third time in the last four starts that Warren allowed two or more runs in the first and kept the opposition off the scoreboard for the rest of his outing. He also did against Florida State and Miami. Warren’s win was the 28th of his career, which is tied with Jim Dougherty for third in school history.
Florida State 8 Georgia Tech 6
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In a back and forth game that featured three ties and five lead changes, Florida State (36-13, 19-8 ACC) rallied from a run down scoring three times in the ninth to defeat Georgia Tech (32-12-1, 15-8-1) 8-6 Saturday afternoon inside Russ Chandler Stadium. The win keeps the Seminoles at the top of the league standings with just one conference game remaining.
“I’m going to be honest with you,” said head coach Mike Martin. “I’m very happy. I’m very happy because we now legitimately have a chance to play for it (the number one seed in the ACC Tournament). We are right where we want to be with an opportunity and we’ve got that opportunity now. Today was a big win for us.”
Virginia 10 Duke 9
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – John Barr (So., Ivyland, Pa.) hit a bases-loaded single with one out in the ninth inning to cap a seven-run rally as the No. 11 Virginia baseball team defeated Duke, 10-9, Saturday afternoon at Davenport Field. The Cavaliers trailed 9-3 with one out in the eighth inning but scored five in the eighth and then tied the game on the first pitch in the ninth inning on a home run by Danny Hultzen (Fr., Bethesda, Md.) before Barr’s heroics.
The big rally was UVa’s second such comeback this year. The Cavaliers scored six runs in the ninth inning April 11 at Georgia Tech to win 11-10.
Steven Proscia (Fr., Suffern, N.Y.) homered for the second straight day for the Cavaliers. He reached base four times and finished 2-for-3 with two RBI and three runs. Phil Gosselin (So., West Chester, Pa.) also had two hits and scored twice, while John Hicks (Fr., Sandy Hook, Va.) had a pair of hits and two RBI and Dan Grovatt (So., Tabernacle, N.J.) nabbed two hits and scored twice.
Maryland 10 Wake Forest 9
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Freshman Tyler Bennett tied Maryland baseball’s single-game records in home runs and RBIs, driving in eight runs on three homers to lead the Terrapins to a 10-9 victory against Wake Forest Saturday evening at Shipley Field.
Bennett’s third home run of the game turned an 8-6 Maryland deficit into a 9-8 lead in the seventh inning. Bennett became the third player in Maryland history to hit three homers in a game. Jason Mohap hit three homers against Coppin State in 1999 and Brian Jarosinski hit three against Hartford in 2004. Bennett matched Mohap’s record for RBIs in a game. Mohap drove in eight runs in that three-homer performance against Coppin State.
Carlos Lopez delivered a two-run homer off Maryland starting pitcher Adam Kolarek in the top of the second to stake the Demon Deacons (21-26, 6-20 ACC) to an early 2-0 lead.
OUT OF CONFERENCE GAMES
Miami FL 14 Bethune-Cookman 4
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Yasmani Grandal finished with six RBI – including a three-run homer in the fifth inning – as the 15th-ranked University of Miami baseball team evened the weekend series with Bethune-Cookman with a 14-4 win Saturday night at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.
The win pushed Miami’s record this year to 32-17 while Bethune-Cookman drops to 28-26. Grandal, who has now homered in five of UM’s last nine games, also hit a two-run single in the fourth that would prove to be the game-winner before recording another RBI single in the seventh, finishing the night 3-for-5.
Miami (FL) Recap
Clemson 11 UNC-Wilmington 3
Clemson, SC – The #19 Clemson Tigers scored eight runs on eight consecutive hits in the third inning en route to an 11-3 victory over UNC Wilmington in front of 4,885 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Saturday night. The Tigers, who took a 2-0 series lead, improved to 34-16, while the Seahawks dropped to 25-19.
After the first Tiger was retired in the third inning, the next eight batters combined to tally two homers, three doubles, and three singles during the rest of the frame to break the game open. It was Clemson’s highest-scoring inning of the year by two runs.
Clemson starter Casey Harman (6-3) pitched 6.0 strong innings to earn the win. The sophomore lefthander allowed six hits, two runs (one earned), and one walk while tying his career high with nine strikeouts. Justin Sarratt and Will Lamb combined to pitch the final 3.0 innings, allowing one run on three hits. UNC Wilmington starter Cameron Roth (0-2) suffered the loss, as he gave up nine runs on 11 hits in 2.1 innings pitched.
Lemoyne 5 Boston College 4
Chestnut Hill, Mass. – Junior All-American left fielder Chris Edmondson (Johnson City, N.Y./Johnson City) drove in the game-winning run with two outs in the top of the ninth inning to lead the Le Moyne College baseball team to a 5-4 win over Boston College on Saturday afternoon at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field.
The Eagles opened the scoring in the first inning with a pair of runs on a home run to center field by Mickey Wiswall. Tony Sanchez, who doubled down the left field line one batter earlier, scored on Wiswall’s 12th home run of the season.
Le Moyne, which picked up its sixth victory over an ACC-member school, got a run back in the top half of the third inning on an opposite-field home run by freshman right fielder Brett Botsford (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker). The Dolphins took a 3-2 advantage in the fourth inning with two runs on two hits and an error. Edmondson was hit by a pitch to open the frame and moved to third on a single through the right side by senior catcher Chris Haynes (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius). Senior shortstop Matt Nandin (North Syracuse, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse) drove in Edmondson from third with a sacrifice bunt attempt that the first baseman couldn’t handle, allowing Nandin to reach first and Haynes to move around to third. Junior center fielder Sean Paino (Wappinger Falls, N.Y./Roy C. Ketcham) followed with a single through the right side to drive in Haynes with the go-ahead run.