Here is your ACC Recap for February 21st.
Virginia 14 East Carolina 11
GREENVILLE, N.C. – The No. 2 Virginia baseball team held off a late East Carolina rally in posting a 14-11 victory over the No. 11 Pirates Sunday afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium in Greenville, N.C. UVa picked up a 2-1 series win.
The wild contest featured 30 hits and 37 players, including 13 pitchers, while lasting four hours and 11 minutes. Every Virginia starter recorded at least one hit, with seven posting at least two. Keith Werman (So., Vienna, Va.) and Dan Grovatt (Jr., Tabernacle, N.J.) each had three hits for the Cavaliers, who finished with 19 hits. Phil Gosselin (Jr., West Chester, Pa.) homered and scored three times for the Cavaliers. UVa had plenty of opportunities to tack on more runs, but left 17 runners on base.
East Carolina Recap
Florida State 12 Georgia State 2
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Behind a strong pitching performance from junior John Gast, fifth-ranked Florida State (3-0) completed the series sweep of Georgia State with a 12-2 victory Sunday afternoon on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. With the three-game sweep, the Seminoles extended their streak of season opening series victories to 29 straight, while remaining undefeated (20-0) all-time against the Panthers at home. "It was a good opening weekend for us," said head coach Mike Martin. "It was exciting to get this season started. The young men are excited; they know there is a lot of baseball in store for them the next couple of months."
Georgia Tech 13 Missouri State 0
ATLANTA – Sophomore pitcher Jed Bradley had a career-high 12 strikeouts while the No. 6 Georgia Tech baseball team homered four times in a 13-0 shutout win over Missouri State Sunday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium. The Jackets improve to 3-0 on the season while the Bears fall to 0-3. Bradley (1-0) was terrific in his season debut, holding the Bears to just four hits and no runs while striking out 12 of the 22 batters he faced. His 12 strikeouts were the most by a Tech player since Deck McGuire fanned 13 on opening day against Lipscomb in February of 2009.
Miami (FL) 9 Rutgers 7
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Trailing 7-5 with two on and two out in the bottom of the ninth, freshman centerfielder Zeke DeVoss smacked a three-run, walk-off homer to propel No. 12 Miami to a 9-7 victory Sunday afternoon over Rutgers at Alex Rodriguez Park.
Down two with one out in the bottom of the ninth, junior leftfielder Chris Pelaez started the rally with single to center of Rutgers reliever Charlie Law. After a wild pitch moved Pelaez over to second, Harold Martinez flew out to right for the second out of the inning but was able advance Pelaez over to third. With no more room for error, Frankie Ratcliff kept the rally alive with a walk, putting runners on the corner with two outs. Nathan Melendres followed with a hard grounder to third that got through third baseman Russ Hopkins, allowing Ratcliff to move to third and Melendres to second. Down a run at this point, DeVoss – UM’s No. 9 hitter – smacked a outside fastball on a one-and-one count over the wall in left to give the `Canes the two-run win.
North Carolina 6 George Washington 3
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Junior Colin Bates pitched a career-high seven effective innings to lead No. 11 North Carolina over George Washington 6-3 Sunday in front of 1205 fans at Boshamer Stadium. North Carolina improves to 3-0 with their series sweep of George Washington, who falls to 0-3 on the young season. Bates (1-0) earned his eleventh career victory in his first career start. The junior allowed three runs on six hits while striking out five Colonial batters. Jimmy Messer earned his first career save with two innings of no-hit ball. The Colonials Ryan LaPointe (0-1) suffered the loss allowing five earned runs on ten Tar Heel hits.
Clemson 8 Furman 5
Clemson, SC – Clemson, ranked as high as #15 in the nation, jumped out to a 7-2 lead after four innings and held on for an 8-5 victory over Furman in front of 5,539 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Tigers improved to 3-0, while the Paladins fell to 0-3. Red-shirt freshman righthander Kevin Brady (1-0) earned his first career win by tossing 3.1 innings, allowing three hits, one earned run, and no walks. Alex Frederick pitched 2.2 scoreless innings in relief of one-hit ball with two strikeouts and freshman righthander Jonathan Meyer picked up his first career save by pitching 2.0 perfect innings with one strikeout.
Georgia 10 Duke 5
WACO, TEXAS—–The 22nd-ranked Georgia Bulldogs split a doubleheader Sunday at the Baylor Ballpark, beating Duke 10-5 and falling to Baylor 5-2. The Bulldogs finish the opening weekend 2-2, going 1-1 against the host Bears and 1-1 with the Blue Devils.
"We’ve got a chance, we played pretty well, but one thing we have to cut down on is the number of walks because that’s not the type of pitching staff we have," said Georgia coach David Perno "We pitched around them Friday but it hurt us in our losses Saturday and Sunday. Offensively, we’re missing a couple of pieces this weekend but when we get healthy, we’ll be fine. I liked what I saw from our starters today in Michael Palazzone and Chase Hawkins. At the plate, Zach Cone had a tremendous weekend, he’s a future Big Leaguer. Also, Peter Verdin and Johnathan Taylor had a pretty good showing and we liked what freshman Todd Hankins did too. Overall, I think we can pitch better and that will be huge for us, and we’re looking forward to getting home and playing at Foley Field."
Tulane 14 Boston College 6
NEW ORLEANS – Jeremy Schaffer sparked a seven run first inning with a grand slam and Tulane never looked back as it beat the Boston College baseball team, 14-6, Sunday at Turchin Stadium. Schaffer went 2-for-5 with five RBI in the game. Blake Crohan went 4-for-5 with a double, an RBI and three runs scored and Brennan Middleton went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs. Seven Green Wave players had multiple hits as Tulane recorded 19 as a team.
Dayton 19 Wake Forest 10
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NC State 15 LaSalle 9
RALEIGH, N.C. — The game was far more competitive, but NC State pulled away at the end to hand La Salle a 15-9 defeat and complete a three-game sweep in the season-opening series for both teams. With the 15 runs scored, the Wolfpack set a new school record for runs in a three-game series with 65, setting the old record of 61, set in 2002 vs. Coppin State.
NC State Recap
Florida International 4 Maryland 1
MIAMI – The FIU Golden Panthers baseball team (3-0) completed a three-game opening-series sweep for the first time since they won three from Bethune-Cookman in 1999 as they defeated the Maryland Terrapins (0-3), 4-1, Sunday afternoon to open the season with a perfect 3-0 record.
Sophomore Pablo Bermudez continued his torrid hitting in the series when he took a 1-0 offering belt high from UMD’s Sander Beck over the left field fence for his first career grand slam scoring sophomore Garrett Wittels, freshman Rudy Flores and senior Junior Arrojo.
Virginia Tech 14 West Virginia 3
CONWAY, S.C. – After coming out on the wrong side of two lopsided scores earlier in the weekend, the Virginia Tech baseball team turned the tables and cruised to a 14-3 victory over West Virginia on Sunday to close out its play at the Caravelle Resort Tournament on the campus of Coastal Carolina.
Baseball America preseason All-American Jesse Hahn turned in the best start of his career, coasting through a career-high seven scoreless innings to earn the win for the Hokies (1-2). Hahn only allowed three balls out of the infield in his time on the mound, striking out four and inducing 13 ground-ball outs. He only allowed five hits, all of which were singles and two of which were infield singles. He walked none and struck out four.