Wright State 2 #2 Virginia 1
The Wright State baseball defeated #1 Virginia Friday afternoon by a score of 2-1 in Charlottesville, VA. Senior Alex Kaminsky (Fostoria, OH) picked up the win, going seven innings and giving up one earned run on seven hits. Senior Greg Robinson (Wilmington, OH) came on to pitch the final two innings and earn his first save. Sophomore Tristan Moore (New Albany, OH) led the way offensively with a three-for-four day and a run scored.
Virginia, top ranked in the Baseball America and Rivals.com polls for the last two weeks, scored in the first inning as the Raiders scored once in the third and once in the sixth. The losing pitcher was Danny Hultzman. The Cavaliers are now 6-2 on the season as the Raiders jump to 3-5 on the young campaign. WSU will play Dartmouth Saturday before a rematch against UVA on Sunday at 3 pm.
#3 Florida State 12 #29 Georgia 1
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Third-ranked Florida State (8-0) kept its undefeated record intact Friday night with a 12-1 victory over No. 25 Georgia (6-4). The win was the third straight over the Bulldogs and second in a row over a ranked opponent. The 11-run margin was the largest margin of victory for the Seminoles in the series since downing the Bulldogs 16-4 in Tallahassee back on March 19, 1959.
Picking up where he left off in last year’s NCAA Tallahassee Regional Tournament, Sean Gilmartin (3-0) once again stymied the Georgia offense allowing just one unearned run on six hits over seven innings of work. The sophomore southpaw did not issue a walk while tying a career-high with nine strikeouts.
#5 Florida 7 #10 Miami (FL) 1
Sophomore Alex Panteliodis (Tampa, Fla.) kept No. 10 Miami (6-2) hitless into the fifth and registered a career-high eight strikeouts as No. 5 Florida (6-1) captured the series opener between the Sunshine State rivals on Friday night, 7-1, at Alex Rodriguez Park. Making his initial start of the season, Panteliodis (3-0) gave up two hits over 5.2 innings and was supported by an offense that plated four runs in the third and three in the eighth. Sophomore Nick Maronde (Lexington, Ky.) collected his first career save with seven strikeouts over 3.1 hitless and scoreless innings.
“Our pitching was outstanding tonight,” head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “Alex (Panteliodis) gave us a quality start and Nick (Maronde) was solid in relief. We need to go on the road and win Friday night games against top-notch pitchers, that is something we haven’t been able to do for the last couple of years. Our hitters shortened their swings and had a much better approach at the plate tonight. I saw a lot of progress from Tuesday night.”
#7 Georgia Tech 5 Rutgers 0
ATLANTA – Junior Deck McGuire struck out nine batters in eight innings of work to lead the No. 4 Georgia Tech baseball team (8-1) to its fifth shutout of the season in a 5-0 series-opening win over Rutgers (1-6) Friday at Russ Chandler Stadium.
With five shutouts on the season, the Jackets are just three away from tying the school record of eight – held by the 1906, 1971 and 1997 teams.
McGuire (2-0) won his second game of the season, allowing just six hits in 8.0 innings pitched while combining with junior Kevin Jacob to keep Rutgers off the board. The eight innings were a season high for McGuire, who pitched seven in each of his previous two starts.
#9 Clemson 4 #24 South Carolina 3
Clemson, SC – Jason Stolz and Wilson Boyd both had two-out, run-scoring singles late in the game and David Haselden pitched 4.0 hitless and scoreless innings in relief to lead #9 Clemson to a 4-3 win over #15 South Carolina in front of 6,346 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Friday night. The Tigers, who took a 1-0 lead in the series, improved to 8-0, while the Gamecocks dropped to 5-3.
The Gamecocks took a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning on Adrian Morales’ sacrifice fly. But the Tigers scored single runs in the seventh and eighth innings on two-out singles by Stolz and Boyd, respectively, to give the Tigers the one-run win.
#12 North Carolina 4 Michigan 2
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Junior Matt Harvey pitched eight shutout innings and struck out eleven batters to lead No. 12 North Carolina over Michigan 4-2 Friday at Boshamer Stadium. A spectacular double play in the top of the fourth followed by a two-run home run off the bat of Dillon Hazlett in the bottom of the frame, proved to be the lead Carolina would never relinquish. North Carolina improves to 8-1 on the year, while Michigan falls to 4-5.
Harvey (2-0) struck out 10 or more batters for just the third time in his career, earning his 16th career victory. The junior fanned the side twice, including three strikeouts in the fifth on just 12 pitches. The Mystic, Conn., product was masterful for the second consecutive week, allowing no runs on three hits in eight innings.
Boston College 5 Florida Atlantic 2
BOCA RATON, Fla. – Junior Pat Dean pitched 7.0 strong innings and freshman DH Matt Watson blasted a three-run homer to lead the Boston College baseball team to a 5-2 win Friday night at the FAU Baseball Stadium.
Dean allowed four hits during his outing and two runs, both of which came in the eighth inning. He struck out four and walked three. Dean retired nine straight batters and 14 of 16 after allowing a leadoff hit in the first inning.
Maryland 6 Hofstra 3
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland snuck out to an early lead over Hofstra, tallying single runs in the first and second innings, and the Terps went on to defeat the Pride 6-3 Friday at Shipley Field at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium.
Maryland’s Eric Potter and Hofstra’s Sean Monaghan were locked in a pitchers dual for the first six innings, with the Terps leading 2-1 when both pitchers exited after six innings. A three-run seventh by Maryland, spurred by a bases-loaded single by David Poutier, proved to be the difference in the game.
Virginia Tech 9 Long Island 2
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Fueled by three home runs in a five-run fifth inning, the Virginia Tech baseball team jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, defeating Long Island University 9-2 on Friday afternoon in the home opener at English Field.
With the win, the Hokies improved to 5-2 on the young season, while the Blackbirds fell to 1-4. Tech is now 17-5 in home openers at English Field since beginning play there in 1989, and has won 10 of its last 13.
NC State 17 Quinnipiac 6
RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State baseball took down Quinnipiac in the opener of a three-game series, 17-6, on Friday night at Doak Field at Dail Park. Despite trailing after the first inning, NC State (8-1) racked up 12 runs over the next two frames to take a commanding 13-2 lead after three innings over the Bobcats (0-1). The Wolfpack’s Chris Schaeffer was 4-for-5 at the plate with a homer and three RBIs, and Drew Poulk hit a grand slam to lead an NC State offense that pounded out 17 hits.
Rob Chamra (3-0) picked up the win in relief, allowing just three hits and striking out four in relief. Bobcats’ starter Michael Oskandy (0-1) lasted just 2 and 2/3 innings after giving up 12 runs (seven earned) on nine hits.
Duke 3 Temple 0
Ness (1-0) started and went six innings to earn his first win of the season, while Manno took over for the final three to earn his first career save. The duo combined to strike out 12 batters while walking just one as Duke (5-3) won its fourth straight game and improved to 4-0 at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Wake Forest 4 Xavier 2
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Back-to-back sixth-inning RBI doubles by Austin Stadler and Carlos Lopez propelled Wake Forest to a 4-2 win over Xavier on Friday afternoon at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
Wake Forest improves to 4-6 on the year, while Xavier drops to 1-7 with the loss.
The Deacons took a 1-0 first inning lead, but Xavier rallied back to go ahead 2-1 in the second inning. Wake Forest tied the game in the third inning, and scored two runs in the sixth to give the Deacs a lead they would never relinquish.