Here is your Big East Recap for February 21st.
Florida 7 South Florida 6 (10 innings)
Freshman Mike Zunino (Cape Coral, Fla.) delivered a walk-off single down the right-field line in the 10th inning as No. 7 Florida (3-0) completed a sweep of USF (0-3), 7-6, on Sunday afternoon at McKethan Stadium. The Gators had rallied to force extra innings with three runs in the ninth, including the tying run on a two-out fielding error by sophomore shortstop Sam Mende.
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.
FAU 9 Cincinnati 0
Freshman right-hander Kevin Alexander tossed six shutout innings in his collegiate debut and the Florida Atlantic University baseball team scored five runs in the fifth inning to cruise past the University of Cincinnati 9-0 on Sunday to win the season-opening series at the FAU Baseball Stadium in Boca Raton.
The Owls improve to 2-1 on the season and will return to the field on Friday, February 26 against the University of Missouri in a three-day tournament at Auburn University. Cincinnati falls to 1-2 on the spring campaign.
Davidson 11 Georgetown 3
DAVIDSON, N.C. — The Davidson Wildcats scored nine runs on five hits and five errors in the fifth inning to bust open a 1-0 game en route to an 11-3 victory over the Georgetown Hoyas in the series finale Sunday afternoon at Wilson Field.
Davidson (1-2) scored first, getting a run in the third on a fielder’s choice by senior catcher Tommy Piacenza, but took complete control with a nine-run fifth inning to chase Georgetown (2-1) starter Tommy Isaacs, who was tagged with the loss after allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits in four innings. The Hoya bullpen combined to allow six hits for eight runs, but because of eight miscues in the field only two were earned.
Notre Dame 19 Mississippi Valley State 3
GREENVILLE, Miss. – Notre Dame senior 1B Casey Martin (Chesterton, Ind.) registered a team-high four RBI as the Irish had five players with at least two RBI in a 19-3 rout of Mississippi Valley State in college baseball action from Legion Field Sunday afternoon. Notre Dame improved to 3-0 on the season and capped off its first perfect opening weekend since 2004.
Martin, who homered in each of Notre Dame’s first two games of the season, went 2-for-6 with a double, run scored and four RBI. He finished the weekend with seven RBI. Freshman OF Charlie Markson (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) came off the Irish bench with two hits and three RBI. Junior DH David Casey (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) went 2-for-2 with a run scored and two RBI. Senior OF Matt Grosso (Hebron, Conn.) went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI, while freshman C Joe Hudson (Odessa, Fla.) went 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI on a pair of sacrifice flies.
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Wofford 9 Pittsburgh 8
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Wofford College baseball team needed ten innings to pick up the first win of the season 9-8 over Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon at Russell C. King Field. After singles by Alex Lee and Kyle Behrendt in the bottom of the tenth, Mac Doyle hit a single to right field to bring in the winning run.
Wofford is 1-2 on the season, while Pittsburgh is 2-1. The Terriers were led by Matt Moore with three hits and three RBIs and Landon Bennett with two hits and three RBIs. The Panthers were led by Joe Leonard with three hits and two RBIs and Zach Duggan with two hits and three RBIs.
St. John’s 31 New Orleans 6
NEW ORLEANS, La. – St. John’s completed a three-game sweep and broke a 54 year old school-record for runs scored with a 31-6 win against the University of New Orleans. The old record was set on April 28, 1956 in a 30-7 win at Brooklyn. Paul Karmas was 4-for-7 with three home runs and 10 RBI, while Greg Hopkins was 4-for-7 with one home run and seven RBI to lead St. John’s (3-0). Scott Ferrara and Jimmy Parque added four RBI apiece, while Jimmy Brennan added a two-run home run for the Red Storm. Sean Hagan (1-0) picked up the win in relief in his collegiate debut. Alan Harris had three RBI to pace New Orleans (0-3).
St. John’s took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. After drawing a lead off walk, Ferrara stole second base. With one out, Hopkins then blasted a two-run home run to deep left field.
Villanova 10 Norfolk State 1
NORFOLK, Va. – For the third straight game a starting pitcher did not allow an earned run and Villanova (3-0) completed a three-game sweep of Norfolk State (0-3) on Sunday afternoon with a 10-1 win at Marty L. Miller Field. Kyle McMyne (Old Forge, Pa.) pitched five scoreless innings, Chris Johnson (Shrewsbury, N.J.) had three hits and the Wildcats are 3-0 to begin a season for the first time since 2004.