#2 Virginia 8 Towson 5
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The top-ranked Virginia baseball team scored an 8-5 win over Towson Tuesday at Davenport Field. Kenny Swab (Jr., Kernersville, N.C.) went 3-for-3 and reached base safely in all five of his trips to the plate, while the Cavaliers’ bullpen buckled down to retire 14 of the final 15 Towson batters to seal the win.
Shane Halley (So., Burke, Va.), the first of three UVa relievers, pitched three innings to earn the win and improve to 1-0 this season. Justin Thompson (So., Danville, Va.) pitched two perfect innings with three strikeouts before Kevin Arico (Jr., Flemington, N.J.) tossed a scoreless ninth inning to notch his ACC-best ninth save of the season.
#3 Georgia Tech 14 Georgia State 3
ATLANTA – Sophomore Mark Pope struck out a career-high 11 batters, and combined with the Georgia Tech bullpen to hold the nation’s top scoring team to just three runs in a 14-3 win over Georgia State Tuesday at the Field at Panthersville.
Georgia State entered the game ranked No. 1 in the country in scoring (13.2) and batting average (.379). Pope, along with senior Patrick Long and junior Taylor Wood held the Panthers to just three runs on eight hits as Tech improved to 22-2 season.
#5 Florida State 7 #9 Florida 2
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Fourth-ranked Florida State (20-4) defeated No. 8 Florida (18-6) 7-2 Tuesday evening in front of a sell out crowd of 9,276 at the Baseball Grounds in Jacksonville. The Seminoles collected their sixth win in a row and their third straight over the Gators in Jacksonville. FSU moved to 2-1 against Florida this year with the final game of the regular season series coming on Tuesday, April 13 in Tallahassee.
#22 UNC 14 Winthrop 5
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Cody Penny earned his first collegiate victory to led No. 22 North Carolina over Winthrop 14-5 Tuesday night at Boshamer Stadium. Ten different Tar Heels recorded a hit and nine different players scored a run in the win over the Eagles. Ryan Graepel posted three hits, just on shy of his career-best, to help Carolina improve to 17-9 overall. Winthrop falls to 13-11 on the year with the loss.
Penny (1-0) threw a career-high three innings of relief, allowing just one run on two hits while striking out a career-best four batters. Bryant Gaines made his first start of his career, allowing four runs on five hits in three frames of work. Greg Holt and Teddy Mitrosilis combined to pitch three hitless innings of relief.
Wake Forest 14 Charlotte 0
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Wake Forest turned in its most complete performance of the season as the offense plated a season-high 14 runs and six Wake Forest pitchers combined for a shutout as the Demon Deacons defeated Charlotte 14-0 on Tuesday night at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
With the victory, Wake Forest improves to 9-17 on the season while Charlotte falls to 15-6 on the year.
The Wake Forest offense was rolling from the start, scoring in each of the first four innings. The Deacs scored three runs in the first, two runs in the second, a run in the third and broke the game open with six runs in the fourth. Wake closed the scoring with two runs in the seventh. The Demon Deacons finished the game with a season-high 14 runs on 13 hits.
Duke 13 High Point 1
CARY, N.C. – Freshman Chase Bebout and three relievers combined to throw a four-hitter against one of the nation’s best offenses as Duke took down High Point 13-1 on Tuesday evening at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.
High Point (16-10) ranked third nationally with a .371 batting average entering the game, but went just 4-for-29 against Bebout (3-0) and relievers Ryan Knott, David Putman and Matt Morris. Bebout scattered three hits and one run over six complete innings while Knott, Putman and Morris each threw one inning and held the Panthers to one hit for the remainder of the game.
Maryland 7 VCU 2
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland pitchers allowed just two hits over the last six innings while the offense scored the final six runs of the game, as the Terps defeated VCU 7-2 Tuesday at a rainy Shipley Field at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium.
Ian Schwalenberg came on in relief of starter Adam Kolarek with one out in the fourth, pitching his way out of trouble and giving up just two hits in 3 2/3 innings.
Virginia Tech 11 VMI 3
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Virginia Tech pitchers struck out a season-high 16 batters and the Hokies scored seven runs during the first three innings on the way to an 11-3 non-conference baseball victory over No. 29 Virginia Military Institute at English Field on Tuesday. The win moved Tech to 17-9 on the season, while VMI is now 20-5.
Tech hurlers Manny Martir, Brandon Fisher and Ben Rowen combined to hold VMI to just six hits in the game. Starter Martir posted a career-high 10 strikeouts during six full innings of work. He allowed three runs (one earned) on five hits and walked just one batter, while improving his record to 2-1. Fisher worked two scoreless innings, matching his career-best for strikeouts with five. Rowen closed out the win with a scoreless ninth, allowing a hit and fanning one batter.