#1 Virginia 6 James Madison 3
HARRISONBURG, Va. – The top-ranked Virginia baseball team captured a 6-3 victory over James Madison Wednesday night in front of a Dukes’ home record crowd of 1,815 at Veterans Memorial Park in Harrisonburg, Va.
Virginia’s five pitchers limited James Madison to four hits. Virginia starting pitcher Branden Kline (Fr., Frederick, Md.) worked into the sixth inning and allowed just two hits and two runs (one earned). In all, Kline (1-0) pitched five innings, walked three and struck out three as he notched his first college win.
Neal Davis (Sr., Baltimore, Md.), Whit Mayberry (Fr., Alexandria, Va.) and Tyler Wilson (Jr., Midlothian, Va.) provided the relief until Kevin Arico (Jr., Flemington, N.J.) shut the door in the ninth inning to earn his sixth save.
#9 Clemson 22 Georgia Southern 6
Clemson, SC – Behind 21 hits, including nine doubles, one triple, and six home runs, #7 Clemson defeated Georgia Southern 22-6 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Wednesday night. It was the most runs scored by the Tigers since 2006. Clemson improved to 14-2, while the Eagles fell to 9-9.
The Tigers scored eight runs in the first inning thanks to four home runs, including going deep back-to-back twice in the opening frame. Clemson added four runs in the third inning and eight runs in the sixth inning to put the game out of reach.
#11 Miami (FL) 9 Fordham 8
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – With the score tied at eight with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Frankie Ratcliff came home on a wild pitch by Fordham closer Brando Casalicchio to give the 11th-ranked Hurricanes a 9-8 win over the Rams Wednesday night at Alex Rodriguez Park.
Ratcliff – who finished the night 2-for-5 with three runs scored – singled to center with one out in the bottom of the ninth to get the inning going for the `Canes. After stealing second, Ratcliff then advanced to third on a grounder to first by Stephen Perez. Then with two outs in the inning and a 1-2 count on Yasmani Grandal, Ratcliff broke home on Casalicchio’s wild pitch, scoring easily to give the `Canes the one-run victory.
#17 UNC 12 Princeton 5
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Bryant Gaines (1-0) earned his first win of the season to lead No. 17 North Carolina over Princeton 12-5 Wednesday. Seven different Tar Heels had at least one hit to help Carolina improve to 14-4 overall this season. The Tigers were plagued by four errors defensively as Princeton falls to 1-8 on the young season.
Parker Thomas pitched 3.1 innings in his first career start. The Winston-Salem, N.C., native allowed four runs on four hits while striking out three Wednesday. Gaines, who is less than a year removed from "Tommy John" surgery, earned his first win since March 31, 2009. Gaines tossed one inning allowing just one run on three hits.
Boston College 8 Bryant 2
SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Sophomore RHP Taylor Lasko allowed one run in 6.0 innings of work to lead the Boston College baseball team to an 8-2 win at Bryant on St. Patrick’s Day.
Lasko allowed one run on five hits for his first collegiate win. He struck out two and walked one.
Sophomore Andrew Lawrence led BC (7-9) at the plate going 3-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run. Senior Robbie Anston, junior Mickey Wiswall, sophomore Anthony Melchionda and freshman Matt Watson all had two hits. Anston and junior Matt Hamlet both had two RBI and Hamlet had a solo home run. Wiswall and Melchionda also hit solo shots.
Gardner-Webb 3 Wake Forest 2 (11 innings)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – O.J. McFarland’s two-run double in the top of the ninth helped Gardner-Webb rally to tie against Wake Forest Wednesday night, and Ty Boyles scored on an 11th inning balk to lift the Diamond ‘Dogs to a 3-2 win.
Gardner-Webb (8-11) got singles from Aaron Miller and Kurt Fulginiti with one out in the top of the ninth, and McFarland delivered with a double to right that plated Miller and pinch runner Zeke Blanton. GWU had a chance to push in front, as Wake intentionally loaded the bases, but the Deacons worked out of the jam.
Duke 3 Liberty 2 (11 innings)
CARY, N.C. – Will Piwnica-Worms beat out a two-out infield single to drive in the winning run in the bottom of the 11th as Duke defeated Liberty 3-2 on Wednesday evening at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.
Sophomore outfielder Joe Pedevillano – who reached base four times in the game – started the 11th inning with a leadoff walk, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ryan McCurdy and then stole third with two outs. Piwnica-Worms then slapped a ground ball up the middle that was cut off by Liberty shortstop Matt Williams, but Piwnica-Worms beat the throw to first base to allow Pedevillano to score the winning run.
William and Mary 5 Maryland 2
Williamsburg, Va. – The William and Mary Tribe baseball team recorded its 10th win of the season on Wednesday night, beating the Maryland Terrapins, 5-2, at Plumeri Park. With the victory, the Tribe improves its record to 10-6 on the season.
On the mound for W&M, sophomore Matt Davenport continued his stellar pitching, coming out of the bullpen to pitch the final 5.2 innings to move his record to 3-0 on the season. Davenport struck out five batters, not allowing a run to come across.
UNC-Wilmington 9 NC State 6
WILMINGTON, N.C. – Andrew Cain drove in four runs on three hits, including a home run, as UNCW raced out to an early lead and held off NC State for a 9-6 win on Wednesday in college baseball action at Brooks Field.
The Seahawks, who have now won five straight at Brooks Field against NCSU, posted their sixth straight win to improve to 10-7. The Wolfpack dropped to 12-5.
Rider 10 Virginia Tech 6
BLACKSBURG, VA- Junior Karl Johnston (Hamilton/Peddie) had two hits and three RBI, all in one inning, to lead Rider to victory at Virginia Tech Wednesday evening. "This was a nice win for us," said Rider head coach Barry Davis. "We got some clutch hits."
The Broncs scored nine runs on eight hits in the sixth inning to take a 9-3 lead. Johnston had three RBI on two singles in the inning. "We certainly got the big inning we’ve been looking for," Davis said, "and a lot of it (four runs) was with two outs."