Here is your ACC Recap for March 16th.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The top-ranked Virginia baseball team scored in each of the first five innings and received a strong pitching performance from a trio of hurlers in a 9-1 win over William and Mary Tuesday at Davenport Field. Will Roberts (So., Richmond, Va.), Chad O’Connor (R-Fr., Chesapeake, Va.) and Shane Halley (So., Burke, Va.) combined to scatter four hits while striking out 13 Tribe batters.
Roberts (2-0) overcame some early control problems to pitch six strong innings. He allowed an earned run, four hits and five walks while tying a career high with eight strikeouts. O’Connor and Halley combined to retire the final nine batters in order.
#3 Georgia Tech 6 Georgia 5
ATLANTA – Jacob Esch drew a bases-loaded walk to break a 5-5 tie in the bottom of the eighth inning, and Andrew Robinson pitched a perfect ninth as the No. 3 Georgia Tech baseball team defeated rival Georgia, 6-5, Tuesday night at Russ Chandler Stadium.
The Yellow Jackets have now won five-straight games at Russ Chandler Stadium against the Bulldogs, and improve to 14-1 on the season. Georgia fell to 8-9 overall with the loss.
#8 Florida 8 #4 Florida State 5
No. 6 Florida (13-3) limited No. 4 Florida State (13-3) to one hit over the final seven innings and overcame a pair of three-run deficits en route to an 8-5 victory in front of a season-high 4,773 fans at McKethan Stadium on Tuesday night. Sophomore left-hander Nick Maronde (Lexington, Ky.) (1-0) threw two scoreless and hitless innings to earn the win and junior southpaw Kevin Chapman (Coral Springs, Fla.) kept the Seminoles off the scoreboard over the final three frames to pick up his third save. Sophomore Preston Tucker (Tampa, Fla.) (2-for-3) continued his torrid stretch by driving in four runs, giving him 13 over the past four games.
Charlotte 11 #9 Clemson 10
With the bases loaded and Charlotte trailing the No. 7 Clemson Tigers 10-8, the Niners’ senior catcher Zane Williams (Claremore, Okla.) came away with a bases-clearing two-out double down the left-field line to give the 49ers the 11-8 lead and the eventual 11-10 victory. The home win over the Tigers moves Charlotte to 8-4 on the season and drops the Tigers to 13-2. The game marks the end of an 11-game home stand for Charlotte.
Charlotte has defeated a team ranked seven or higher in each of the past three seasons, but it was the first win over a ranked opponent at Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium, which opened March 31, 2007. It was the first home win over a Top-25 opponent since defeating then-No. 20 East Carolina on April 13, 2002 in Charlotte.
Fordham 4 #11 Miami (FL) 3
Coral Gables, Fla. – Last week, it was Fordham softball taking down a ranked ACC powerhouse in Georgia Tech. On Tuesday, it was Fordham baseball’s turn, as the Rams defeated the 11th ranked Miami Hurricanes, 4-3, behind a three-RBI night by Angelo Ponte at Alex Rodriguez Park in Coral Gables, Fla. It was Fordham’s first win over Miami in nine all-time games, and the first over a ranked opponent since 2005.
With the win, Fordham improves to 4-10 on the season, while Miami moves to 10-5. The last ranked opponent Fordham beat was Winthrop in 2005.
#17 North Carolina 25 Princeton 1
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Brian Goodwin’s 3-for-3 and three RBI performance led No. 17 North Carolina over Princeton 25-1 Tuesday at Boshamer Stadium. Goodwin walked four times to reach base seven different times – which is believed to be a North Carolina record. Garrett Davis (2-1) earned the win, allowing just one run on two hits while matching a career-high with six strikeouts. The 25 runs scored and 22 hits are both the highest totals of the season. The 25 runs are the most since Carolina thrashed Davidson 28-3 March 28, 2007. Carolina improves to 13-4 overall as Princeton falls to 1-7 overall.
Davis picked up his second victory of the season and career Tuesday. Jimmy Messer, Teddy Mitrosilis, Nate Striz and Michael Morin combined to throw four shutout innings. Mitrosilis made his first appearance at a Tar Heel. The Carolina staff matched its season-best allowing just three hits.
UConn 8 Boston College 4
STORRS, Conn. – Nick Ahmed went 3-for-4 with three RBI and one home run to lift the University of Connecticut baseball team over Boston College 8-4 in the Huskies’ 2010 home-opener on Tuesday afternoon at J.O. Christian Field.
After Boston College took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, Ahmed led the Huskies’ charge in the bottom of the frame as UConn took a 4-3 advantage. Junior Pierre LePage led off UConn’s offensive half of the inning with a double to right center before scoring on Ahmed’s second home run of the year to cut the Eagles’ lead to one.
NC State 24 NC Central 6
DURHAM, N.C. — Taking advantage of the cozy confines of the old Durham Athletic Park, NC State hit five home runs, scored in every inning, and pulled away late Tuesday for a 24-6 rout of North Carolina Central.
The venerable Durham ballpark measures just 290 feet down the right-field line and 340 to the power alley in right-center. And the Wolfpack’s lefthanded hitters took full advantage, with Dallas Poulk, Danny Canela and Terran Senay (twice) going deep the short way, The only righthanded hitter to go deep for the Pack, third baseman Andrew Ciencin, went the other way with his home run, taking the ball to right-center.
Maryland 3 Old Dominion 2
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Brandon Padula hit a two-out, run scoring double in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie and Maryland defeated Old Dominion 3-2 Tuesday.
Alfredo Rodriguez singled through the left side with one out in the eighth and then stole his ACC-best eighth base of the season to reach scoring position. With a 2-2 count, Padula turned on a fastball and pulled it down the left field line, allowing Rodriguez to score what would be the game-winning run.
Virginia Tech 11 Rider 8
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Virginia Tech used a five-run sixth inning to end a see-saw battle for the lead and earn an 11-8 non-conference baseball win over Rider University at English Field on Tuesday night.
Tech needed just three hits to produce its five runs in the decisive sixth inning. The Hokies were also the beneficiaries of two walks, two hit batters and two wild pitches during the frame. A two-run single by first baseman Austin Wates gave Tech the lead for good after second baseman Michael Seaborn scored the first run of the inning on a wild pitch. Catcher Anthony Sosnoskie and Seaborn were both hit by pitches later in the inning to force runs home.