Here is your Big East Recap for February 19th.
Florida 6 South Florida 2
Gainesville, FL- Junior Josh Adams (Jacksonville, Fla.) powered No. 7 Florida to a 6-2 victory over USF in front of 3,309 fans at McKethan Stadium in the season opener for both teams on Friday. The two-time All-SEC second baseman was a perfect 3-for-3 with four RBI, a pair of home runs and a double. In his collegiate debut, freshman Austin Maddox (Jacksonville, Fla.) went 2-for-4 and blasted a two-run homer on the first swing of his Gator career. Making his return to the lineup after missing the 2009 campaign, redshirt sophomore right-hander Tommy Toledo (Tampa, Fla.) scattered three hits, registered four strikeouts and allowed an unearned run in 3.1 innings.
Miami (FL) 12 Rutgers 1
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Junior left-hander Eric Erickson tossed 5 2/3 effective innings in his first start in nearly two years and sophomore third baseman Harold Martinez smacked two deep homers to left as No. 12 Miami defeated Rutgers, 12-1, in the season opener for both teams Friday night at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.
Coastal Carolina 4 West Virginia 2
CONWAY, S.C. – The 12th-ranked Coastal Carolina University baseball team (1-0) opened the 2010 season with a 4-2 win over West Virginia (0-1) Feb. 19 at Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field in Conway, S.C. It was the second game of the Caravelle Resort Tournament on the Coastal Carolina campus.
The Mountaineers opened the scoring as the second batter of the game, Jedd Gyorko, hit a home run hugging the left field line. Coastal would answer with a run in the bottom of the frame. Junior Rico Noel drew a one-out walk. He then stole second and scored on a single through the right side from redshirt-sophomore Tommy La Stella.
Both junior Cody Wheeler and West Virginia’s Jarryd Summers would trade zeroes on the mound for the next few innings. West Virginia would then take a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth. Dom Hayes reached on an error to begin the frame. He went to second as Wheeler hit Colin Durborow. Both runners moved up a base on a passed ball and Hayes would score on a groundout from Gyorko. West Virginia looked like it was going to plate another run, but junior Scott Woodward made a great play on a high-chopped grounder from Dan Dibartolomeo.
Louisville 13 Bowling Green 1
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The 12th-ranked Louisville baseball team opened the 2010 season in impressive fashion with a dominating 13-1 win over Bowling Green on Friday afternoon at Jim Patterson Stadium.
Junior right-handed pitcher Thomas Royse allowed only one unearned run on two hits in 5.0 strong innings to earn the win, while six Louisville hitters finished with at least two hits led by senior second baseman Adam Duvall and sophomore outfielder Stewart Ijames with three hits each. Duvall was 3-for-5 overall with three runs scored and one RBI, while Ijames was 3-for-5 with three RBI.
Texas A&M 11 Seton Hall 2
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Barret Loux struck out eight over five strong innings and Brodie Greene drove in a career-high four runs to lead the Texas A&M baseball team to an 11-2 win over Seton Hall in the 2010 season opener Friday night before 5,284 fans at Olsen Field.
The Aggies took a 4-2 lead into the last of the seventh before touching up the Pirate bullpen for two in that frame and five more in the eighth. The story of the night for the A&M offense was clutch hitting, as nine of 11 runs, eight of 11 hits and six of seven RBIs came with two outs.
Cincinnati 5 Florida Atlantic 3
BOCA RATON, Fla. – A two-run fifth inning by the University of Cincinnati baseball team broke open a 1-1 tie and Cincinnati tacked on two late insurance runs to win its 2010 season-opener, 5-3, over Florida Atlantic University Friday evening at FAU Baseball Stadium.
“Considering we haven’t had much practice time on the field, I thought we played really clean and did a great job from start to finish,” said head coach Brian Cleary. “We got a great start from Dan [Jensen] and we had some timely hitting. We fought hard and found a way to grind out a win.”
Georgetown 6 Davidson 2
Senior Tim Adleman (Raleigh, N.C./Wakefield) gave up one run on five hits over six-plus innings, while junior catcher Erick Fernandez (Hialeah, Fla./Hialeah), and junior third baseman Sean Lamont (Houston, Texas/Bellaire) drove in three runs apiece as the Georgetown baseball team used a four-run seventh inning to push past Davidson College, 6-2, in the 2010 season opener.
The Hoyas improve to 1-0, while the Wildcats fall to 0-1. The teams will play the second game of a three-game series at Wilson Field on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. It is the first time Georgetown has won the season opener since beating Duke, 5-3, during the 2000 season.
Notre Dame 12 Mississippi Valley State 4
ITTA BENA, Miss. – Notre Dame senior 1B Casey Martin (Chesterton, Ind.) went 4-for-5 with a solo home run, while senior 2B Ryne Intlekofer (Moorpark, Calif.) and senior LF Ryan Connolly smacked three and two-run home runs, respectively, to lead the Irish past Mississippi Valley State, 12-4, in the season openers for both teams Friday afternoon. Notre Dame picked up its first victory in a season opener since 2007.
Junior RHP Cole Johnson (Hudson, Ohio) picked up the victory. He limited the Delta Devils to just a pair of earned runs, both came around to score after leaving the game, on five hits in 5.2 innings of work. Johnson struck out two and did not issue a walk. In fact, he only worked to a three-ball count on two occasions.
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Pittsburgh 18 Wofford 6
PITTSBURGH – The Pitt baseball team (1-0) picked up its first win of the season Friday evening in an 18-6 victory over Wofford in the first of a three-game series for the Panthers and Terriers.
The Panthers totaled 25 hits on the day including four doubles and a Joe Leonard grand slam. Leonard (Dawson, Pa./Connellsville) led the team with three runs scored and six runs batted in. Junior transfer Sean Toole (Edwardsville, Pa./Lackawanna CC) had quite a debut in his Pitt uniform as he hit 5-for-6 with a run scored and three RBI on the night.
St. John’s 9 New Orleans 3
NEW ORLEANS, La. – Senior Bruce Kern tossed 5.0 innings of perfect baseball, while Scott Ferrara, Greg Hopkins and Joe Panik had two RBI apiece to lead the St. John’s baseball team to a 9-3 win against the University of New Orleans. Kern (1-0) faced the minimum 15 batters and had eight strikeouts for St. John’s (1-0). Ferrara and Panik each had a two-run home run for the Red Storm, while Jimmy Parque and Jeremy Baltz added three hits and an RBI apiece. Starting pitcher Joe Zimmermann (0-1) allowed four runs, two earned, in 5.0 innings for New Orleans (0-1).
Villanova 13 Norfolk State 2
NORFOLK, Va. – Staff ace Brian Streilein (Staten Island, N.Y.) struck out a career-high 12 batters over 6 2/3 scoreless innings and Villanova (1-0) opened the season in dominant fashion with a 13-2 victory at Norfolk State (0-1) in the start of a three-game series Friday afternoon at Marty L. Miller Field. Streilein was backed by a 17-hit attack in which 10 different players had at least one hit for the Wildcats.