Here is your ACC Recap for March 31st.
#2 Virginia 17 Towson 4
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The top-ranked Virginia baseball team parlayed a pair of huge innings into a 17-4 victory over Towson Wednesday in front of 2,042 fans at Davenport Field. Virginia racked up 16 hits, including seven of the extra-base variety, in the dominating victory.
Virginia’s Jarrett Parker (Jr., Stafford, Va.) went 3-for-4 with a grand slam and five RBI, while Steven Proscia (So., Suffern, N.Y.) snapped out of a recent slump with two triples and four RBI. Stephen Bruno (Fr., Audubon, N.J.) fell a home run shy of the cycle as he went 3-for-4 with four runs scored and two RBI. David Coleman (Jr., Richmond, Va.) also hit a home run for the Cavaliers.
Kennesaw State 7 #3 Georgia Tech 4
KENNESAW, Ga. – On the strength of a five-run seventh inning and three solid pitching performances, Kennesaw State defeated No. 2 Georgia Tech, 7-4,Wednesday evening at Stillwell Stadium. The Owls won for the third time in program history against the Yellow Jackets, and with wins over Georgia and Georgia State this season, have now defeated all three local rivals.
"I thought that pitching-wise, we really did a good job this evening," said KSU head coach Mike Sansing, who saw his team improve to 11-16 on the season. "We got a big double from Bucky Smith in the second inning to give us some life, and we kept battling all the way to the end."
#17 Coastal Carolina 4 #12 Clemson 3 (11 innings)
CLEMSON, S.C. – Junior Rico Noel belted a two-out solo home run in the 11th inning as the 14th-ranked Coastal Carolina University baseball team (20-5) defeated 10th-ranked Clemson (18-7) 4-3 March 31 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson, S.C. It was Coastal’s first win over the Tigers since 2005 and the first win at Clemson since 2003.
Noel hit his fourth home run of the season and it was the second straight extra-inning game that his home run was the difference. Noel hit a walk-off home run in the 10th inning in a 3-2 win over Radford April 10, 2009. Redshirt-senior Austin Fleet walked John Hinson to open the bottom of the 11th. Hinson moved to second on a John Nestor sacrifice fly, but Fleet got Chris Epps to fly out and Will Lamb to groundout back to him to end the game.
#15 Miami (FL) 12 Florida Atlantic 5
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The 15th-ranked University of Miami baseball team used home runs by Yasmani Grandal, Chris Pelaez and Stephen Perez and at least one hit by the entire starting lineup to cruise to a 12-5 win over FAU Wednesday night at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.
After falling behind 3-1 after three innings, the `Canes scored multiple runs in each of the next four innings, including three in the fourth on homers by Grandal and Pelaez to put the `Canes ahead for good.
#22 North Carolina 17 Richmond 6
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Senior Ryan Graepel’s career-best six RBI catapulted No. 22 North Carolina over Richmond 17-6 Wednesday night at Boshamer Stadium. Nine different Tar Heels recorded a hit and eight different players registered at least one RBI. Garrett Davis earned the win to help Carolina improve 18-9 overall. Richmond’s Ian Marshall suffers the loss as the Spiders fall to 12-11 overall with the loss.
Davis (3-2) tossed 2.2 shutout innings of relief while striking out five batters. Starter Cody Stiles allowed just two earned runs on three hits in 2.2 innings of work. The freshman earned a career-high in innings and strikeouts with three. Greg Holt, Zach Bernard, R.C. Orlan. Parker Thomas and Nate Striz all pitched in relief combining to allow one run on five hits.
Boston College 5 Northeastern 4
BROOKLINE, Mass. – Senior Geoff Oxley earned his first win of the season on the mound and junior Matt Hamlet drove in two runs to lead the Boston College baseball team to a 5-4 win at Northeastern Wednesday at Friedman Diamond.
The game was a makeup of Tuesday’s contest that was postponed due to rain. The Eagles were originally scheduled to travel to Rhode Island Wednesday, but that game was postponed due to flooding in the area.
BC (11-13) scored two runs in the top of the first inning and led the rest of the way. Hamlet walked twice, drove in two runs and scored another. Freshman Matt Watson went 2-for-3 and senior Mike Sudol had the game’s only extra base hit, a triple. Senior John Spatola also had an RBI.
Duke 11 NC Central 2
DURHAM, N.C. - Jake Lemmerman homered for the second straight game and freshman Devin Burke notched his second win as Duke defeated N.C. Central 11-2 on Wednesday evening at the historic Durham Athletic Park.
Lemmerman mashed a three-run shot – his team-leading sixth of the season - in the first inning for his second home run in as many days. The home run extended Lemmerman’s hitting streak to a team-best nine games, a span in which he has delivered three doubles, three home runs and nine RBI.
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Maryland 5 Navy 1
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Eric Potter pitched five innings of no-hit ball, Maryland scored three runs early and led throughout in a 5-1 victory over Navy on Wednesday night.
Potter, who was on a pitch count and was removed before the start of the sixth inning, was perfect through three innings. He surrendered a walk in the fourth and fifth, but also struck out four in his best performance this season.
NC State 7 Old Dominion 3
RALEIGH, N.C. — Kyle Wilson hit two homers and drove in three runs Wednesday night to lift NC State past Old Dominion 7-3 at Doak Field at Dail Park.
The two-homer game was the second of Kyle Wilson’s career. His second homer was the first ball hit off NC State’s new scoreboard in right field. Both home runs gave NC State, now 16-9, the lead in the game. Old Dominion dropped to 12-17.
Virginia Tech 14 East Tennessee State 3
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Austin Wates’ career-high five RBIs paced an 18-hit Hokie attack on Wednesday night as the Virginia Tech baseball team defeated East Tennessee State 14-3 at Cardinal Park.
Tech improved to 18-9 with the win, while East Tennessee State fell to 16-7.
Six Hokies recorded at least two hits apiece in the game, with Wates, left fielder Steve Domecus and shortstop Ronnie Shaban each tallying three. Wates, Shaban and first baseman Matt Blow all homered, while Domecus hit a pair of doubles.
Elon 17 Wake Forest 12
ELON, N.C. – Justin Hilt and Mike Melillo each homered while Alex Swimdrove in a career-high five runs as the Elon Phoenix slugged its way to a 17-12 victory over the visiting Wake Forest Demon Deacons from Latham Park on Tuesday night. Elon has now won six straight over Wake Forest and improved to 16-10 on the year. The Demon Deacons are now 9-18.
Hilt gave Elon an early 1-0 advantage when he drilled a 3-2 pitch over the wall in left-center to lead off the bottom of the first. The bomb was the second of the season for Hilt.