#2 Florida State 14 Hofstra 4
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 2 Florida State (6-0) registered its second series sweep in as many weeks with a 14-4 victory over Hofstra (0-6) in game three Sunday afternoon on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. The win kept the Seminoles undefeated all-time against the Pride as the Garnet and Gold have now won all 10 games in the series.
Freshman Justin Gonzalez paced the Seminole offense in the series finale going 3-for-4 with a double, four runs scored and four RBI. As a team, Florida State tied a season-high with 14 runs while pounding out a season-high 17 hits. Stephen Cardullo and Rafael Lopez also contributed with three hits a piece in the win.
#3 Virginia 8 Rhode Island 5
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 1-ranked Virginia baseball team finished off a three-game series sweep of Rhode Island with an 8-5 victory Sunday at Davenport Field. The Cavaliers (6-1) scored five runs in the first inning and coasted to their fifth straight win.
Phil Gosselin (Jr., West Chester, Pa.) went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI to lead the Cavaliers’ offense. He finished the week 9-for-17 with six RBI. Keith Werman (So., Vienna, Va.) added a pair of hits as he went 6-for-7 in the series. John Hicks (So., Sandy Hook, Va.) also had a three-run double to key the Cavaliers’ big first inning.
Xavier 7 #5 Georgia Tech 6
ATLANTA – An error-riddled No. 4 Georgia Tech was handed its first loss of the season Sunday afternoon as Xavier baseball came out of Atlanta with a 7-6 win over the Yellow Jackets. The Musketeers scored their seven runs on 12 hits – the most given up by GT this season – to snap Tech’s seven-game win streak. This win is XU’s first-ever over a top-five ranked opponent.
The Musketeers were led by junior John McCambridge who went 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBI and two runs scored. Also for Xavier, junior Ben Thomas went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a game-high 13 putouts while senior Drew Schmidt and junior Phil Bauer each added two hits as well.
Manhattan 12 #10 Miami (FL) 7
RIVERDALE, N.Y. – The Manhattan baseball team (1-2) rolled to their first victory of the season knocking off #10 Miami (5-1) 12-7 on Sunday at Alex Rodriguez Park in Coral Gables, Fla. The Jaspers’ bats were active posting 17 hits in the ball game and freshman reliever John Soldinger was untouchable in his collegiate debut shutting down the Hurricanes to earn a four inning save. Jaspers’ lefty starter Mike Gazzola earned his first win of the year.
The win marked Manhattan’s first over a ranked opponent since 2006 when the Jaspers defeated #6 Nebraska and Cornhuskers starter Joba Chamberlain in the NCAA Tournament. The Jaspers also defeated #15 Tulane that year in the season opener.
#12 North Carolina 8 Maine 4
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – No.11 North Carolina pounded out 14 hits and struck out a combined 15 batters to defeat Maine 8-4 Sunday at Boshamer Stadium. The Tar Heels improve to 6-1, while Maine falls to 1-5 on the season.
Colin Bates (2-0) earned the victory throwing five innings and allowing three runs on three hits and striking out a career-best seven batters. Jimmy Messer and Michael Morin each were masterful in relief, combining to strike out eight. Morin earned his second save of his career and the season allowing only one hit in 2.2 innings pitched.
#13 Clemson 12 Wright State 6
Clemson, SC – Jeff Schaus went 3-for-3 with a homer and a career-high five RBIs and Kyle Parker added two solo home runs to lead #15 Clemson to a 12-6 victory over Wright State in front of 4,027 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Tigers, who swept the series 3-0, improved to 6-0, their best start since their 13-0 start in 2002. The Raiders fell to 2-5.
Mike Freeman matched Schaus’ hit total by going 3-for-5 with three runs and an RBI, while Brad Miller and Jason Stolz both added two hits, a double, and two runs in Clemson’s 12-hit attack.
#19 Coastal Carolina 6 NC State 3
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The 12th-ranked Coastal Carolina University baseball team (7-1) received another stellar pitching performance by redshirt-junior Jim Birmingham and redshirt-senior Chance Gilmore hit two home runs in a 6-3 win over North Carolina State (6-1) Feb. 28 in the final game of Baseball at the Beach at BB&T Coastal Field. The Chants wrap up the event with a 4-0 record after their defeat of the Wolfpack.
Birmingham got through the first two innings just one batter over the minimum, but ran into trouble in the third, when he gave up single to Dallas Poulk and Chris Diaz to lead off the inning. The Wolfpack tried a double steal but senior Jose Iglesias threw out Poulk at third. Kyle Wilson would ground out and Birmingham would get Andrew Ciencin to fly out to end the threat.
Boston College 14 Missouri 6
AUBURN, Ala. – Senior John Spatola led an offensive outburst with two home runs and seven RBI as the Boston College baseball team beat Missouri, 14-6, Sunday at Auburn’s Plainsman Park.
Spatola finished the day 3-for-4 with those two homers and a double. It marked the first time in his career that he had a multiple home run game and his seven RBI were a career high.
Delaware 4 Maryland 1
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Steve Ulaky accounted for all the offense the University of Delaware baseball team needed and the Blue Hen pitching staff looked sharp throughout the contest as the squad wrapped up its series against Maryland with a 4-1 victory on Sunday afternoon at Shipley Field.
Ulaky had an excellent game at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored for Delaware (2-4). His offensive efforts were backed nicely by Michael Londino, Matt Harden, and Eric Buckland, who combined to allow just four hits and one run during the game.
Duke 8 Fordham 3
Foreman (1-0) sat down the side in five of his seven innings and ended his start by retiring 10 straight batters. The 6-0, 200 pound senior racked up four strikeouts and held the Rams (0-6) hitless in all but one inning.
Kent State 13 Wake Forest 8
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Kent State jumped out to a 7-0 lead and never looked back in a 13-8 win over Wake Forest. The Golden Flashes improve to 4-2 on the season while Wake Forest Falls to 3-6.
"We put together quite a few big innings," said head coach Scott Stricklin after the game. "We were able to get on base and steal bases. We stole five bases and put the ball in play a lot to put pressure on the defense."
Virginia Tech 13 Charleston Southern 1
CHARLESTON, S.C. – After being held to four runs in Saturday’s win, the Virginia Tech offense woke up on Sunday to tally 15 hits and cruised to a 13-1 victory over Charleston Southern to complete a three-game sweep of the Buccaneers in Charleston, S.C.
The Hokies scored 34 runs over the weekend to improve to 4-2 on the season. Redshirt junior shortstop Tim Smalling accounted for six of those runs on Sunday, going 3-for-6 with a Tech season-high six RBIs, including a grand slam that served as his first home run of the season.