#16 East Carolina 6 #3 Virginia 1
GREENVILLE, N.C. – Sophomore Kevin Brandt allowed one run on five hits over 6 2/3 innings, while freshman John Wooten went 2-for-4 from the plate with two RBI in No. 11 East Carolina’s 6-1 win over No. 2 Virginia Saturday afternoon at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.
The lefty from Fuquay Varina walked three and fanned four in his first action of the 2010 season and improved his career record to 10-2. Mike Wright (1.1 IP, 1 K) and Seth Simmons (1.0 IP, 1 BB, 2 K) closed out the final 2.1 innings securing the Pirates 10th win over a Top 5 program in school history.
#6 Florida State 14 Georgia State 7
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Fifth-ranked Florida State (1-0) started the 2010 season on the right foot thanks to an 11-3 victory over Georgia State (0-1) Friday night on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles fought back from an early two-run deficit rattling off nine unanswered runs en route to their 12th victory in a row on opening day.
Senior Stephen Cardullo picked up where he left off following his junior All-American season by going 2-for-2 with a double, two runs scored, two walks and four RBI. Mike McGee also turned in a fine performance collecting a pair of hits including his first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the fourth. The junior left fielder finished the game with two runs and three RBI.
#9 Georgia Tech 20 Missouri State 3
ATLANTA – Senior Tony Plagman went 4-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI to lead the sixth-ranked Georgia Tech baseball team to a commanding 20-3 win over Missouri State on Saturday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium. The win for the Jackets also earned head coach Danny Hall the 900th victory of his career.
With the win, Tech moves to 2-0 on the year, while Missouri State falls to 0-2. The Jackets combined for 19 hits on the day, eight going for extra bases.
#12 Miami (FL) 10 Rutgers 8
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The 12th-ranked University of Miami baseball team scored double-digit runs for the second straight night to open the season as the Hurricanes downed Rutgers, 10-8, Saturday night at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.
For just the second time in head coach Jim Morris’ 17 seasons in Coral Gables and the sixth time in school history, the Hurricanes scored double-digit runs in back-to-back games to open the season – scoring 10 a night after plating 12 runs in the opener on Friday. The win also secured a series win for the `Canes – the second straight year Miami opened its season with a series win over the Scarlet Knights.
North Carolina 4 George Washington 2
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Senior Mike Cavasinni scorched a two-out two RBI single to lead No. 11 North Carolina over George Washington 4-2 in front of 1254 fans at Boshamer Stadium Saturday. North Carolina (2-0), who trailed 1-0 for the first seven and a half innings, scored all of its four runs in the seventh inning, with two outs, to defeat George Washington (0-2) for the second time in as many days. Patrick Johnson (1-0) earned the win, while the Colonials Brian Derner (0-1) suffered the loss.
A 1-for-4 and two RBI performance by Cavasinni led the Tar Heels. Cavasinni extended his hit streak to eight games, dating back to last year, which is a new career-high. The Huntersville, N.C., native has kept the Tar Heels alive in the young season with clutch hitting late in the games.
Clemson 10 Michigan State 2
Greenville, SC – John Hinson, Wilson Boyd, and Mike Freeman all hit home runs to lead #15 Clemson to a 10-2 victory over Michigan State in front of 3,563 fans at Fluor Field on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers improved to 2-0, while the Spartans fell to 1-1. Clemson also moved to 6-0 all-time at Fluor Field.
Hinson gave Clemson a 4-0 lead with a three-run homer in the second inning, then Boyd hit a two-run homer in the sixth and Freeman added a three-run home run in the seventh to put the game out of reach. Freeman went 2-for-5 with a homer, double, and two runs, while Boyd went 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs to lead Clemson’s 10-hit attack.
Coastal Carolina 13 Virginia Tech 5
CONWAY, S.C. – The 12th-ranked Coastal Carolina University baseball team (2-0) scored 13 unanswered runs to defeat Virginia Tech (0-2) 13-5 Feb. 20 in game four of the Caravelle Resort Tournament in Conway, S.C. The Chanticleers trailed 5-0 in the third inning, but battled back and took a 9-5 lead on a grand slam from redshirt-senior Chance Gilmore.
Sophomore starting pitcher Anthony Meo got out of the first inning without giving up a run, but ran into trouble in the second. Anthony Sosnoskie doubled to open the inning. Meo then had an error on a sacrifice bunt, putting runners on first and second with no one out. Michael Seaborn walked to load the bases. Meo struck out Matt Blow, but Sean Ryan singled to score Sosnoskie for the first run of the game. Mike Kaminski then hit a liner just out of reach of redshirt-sophomore Tommy LaStella, scoring Shaban to make it 2-0. Meo got his second strikeout of the inning, getting Tim Smalling, but another infield hit, this time by Austin Wates, made it 3-0 Hokies.
Game 1: Duke 9 Georgia 5
WACO, Texas – Jake Lemmerman drove in the go-ahead run with an RBI single in the seventh inning and then delivered a solo home run in the ninth to lead Duke to a 9-5 win over No. 22 Georgia Saturday evening at Baylor Ballpark in game four of the QTI Apparel’s Opening Weekend Classic.
Game 2: Baylor 3 Duke 2
WACO, Texas – Brooks Pinckard tied the game with a seventh-inning RBI single, scored the go-ahead run, and then went to the mound to preserve the win as Baylor held off Duke, 3-2, Saturday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark.
The Bears had to rally from two runs down after four innings to get the win. Craig Fritsch started on the mound for Baylor and allowed two runs – one of which was earned – in 5.0 innings, but did not factor in the decision.
Game 1: Wake Forest 7 Dayton 2
Game 2: Army 5 Wake Forest 2
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Wake Forest baseball team split a doubleheader on Saturday, defeating Dayton 7-5 in the first game and falling 5-2 to Army in the nightcap at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
Wake Forest is now 2-1 on the season.
Ryan Semeniuk led Wake offensively, finishing the day 4-for-7 at the plate with three RBIs and a run scored. Austin Stadler homered in both games and drove in four runs on the day.
On the mound, Joel Ernst saw time out of the bullpen in each game, tossing 2.2 innings on the day and allowing a run on three hits, while fanning four.
Boston College 12 Tulane 0
NEW ORLEANS – Sophomore Mike Dennhardt tossed seven innings of two-hit baseball to lead Boston College to a 12-0 blanking of Tulane Saturday at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.
Dennhardt allowed seven base runners and none of them advanced past second base. BC’s starting pitching has thrown 14.0 innings and allowed two runs on eight hits in the series.
Senior captain Robbie Anston was a home run shy of the cycle as he went 4-for-5 with three RBI and three runs. He reached base on all five of his at-bats. Sophomore Anthony Melchionda and freshman Matt Watson both went 2-for-5. Melchionda added his fifth RBI of the series and Watson belted a three-run homer.
NC State 18 LaSalle 3
RALEIGH, N.C. — NC State did the bulk of the damage early, but the result was more of the same — the Wolfpack handed La Salle a lop-sided 18-3 defeat Saturday at Doak Field at Dail Park in the second game of a three-game series.
The Wolfpack, which scored 17 runs in the first two innings Friday in a 32-3 blowout, scored six in the second, three in the third and six again in the fourth before putting the offense away until the eighth.
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Florida International 11 Maryland 2
MIAMI – In his first collegiate at bat, freshman Jabari Henry launched a moon shot over the left field wall and finished 1-2 with two runs and four RBI to lead the Golden Panthers to an 11-2 win over the Terrapins Saturday night at the FIU Baseball Stadium.
Henry made his presence known in the bottom of the second when he saved a run by gunning out Brandon Padula at home plate to end the inning and any chance of a Terrapin rally.
"I was pumped after I got the guy out at home," said Henry on the throw. "I was fortunate enough to make a good throw and my catcher Sean Reilly did the rest."