Here is your ACC Recap for April 14th.
LEXINGTON, Va. – The top five hitters in the lineup went 10 for 21 with 10 RBIs as No. 26 VMI defeated No. 1 Virginia, 12-3, in front of a record crowd of 1,463 fans at Gray-Minor Stadium Wednesday night. The win is VMI’s first-ever over a top-ranked opponent and improves the Keydets to 29-5 on the season. The Cavaliers fall to 27-8 with the loss, the team’s first mid-week setback in 10 games this season.
In a showdown pitting two nationally-ranked teams for the first-time ever at VMI, the Keydets responded each time that Virginia cracked the scoreboard. The Cavs jumped on top with a run in the first, but VMI answered with three in the bottom of the inning to take the lead for good. Virginia cut the deficit to 3-2 in the fourth, but VMI posted two in the bottom-half to maintain the advantage. In the sixth, a John Barr home run capped the visitors’ scoring, before VMI sent 10 men to the plate in a six-run sixth to put the game out of reach.
#5 Georgia Tech 25 Georgia 6
ATHENS, Ga. – Tony Plagman and Jeff Rowland each went 4-for-5 to lead 14 different players with a hit, while the Georgia Tech baseball team (28-7) recorded its largest-ever victory over rival Georgia (11-22) with a 25-6 win Wednesday night at Foley Field. With the win, the Yellow Jackets clinched the three-game series between the two.
The 25 runs also tie the most ever recorded by one team in the 112-year old rivalry. It is the most scored by Tech this season. Tech’s previous largest margin of victory over the Bulldogs came in 1998, a 21-4 win at Russ Chandler Stadium.
"One of our goals tonight was to win the series," head coach Danny Hall said. "I think we played well and really swung the bats well, and it was a nice victory for us."
Jacksonville 10 #8 FSU 8
When things haven’t seemed to go their way in 2010, the Dolphins finally decided to take matters into their own hands as the JU baseball team scored eight runs in the final two innings to slug its way to a 10-8 win over No. 6 Florida State, Wednesday evening at Dick Howser Stadium.
JU (18-17), which has now won in two of its last three games at Dick Howser, scored its most runs in Tallahassee since winning a 12-6 decision over FSU (26-8) on April 30, 1973. The win was also the second against a ranked opponent this season (Oklahoma).
“It’s always a big win when you can defeat a team in the top 10, said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “But to get a win on the road in the part of the year when we are injured and banged up shows the heart and character of this team against a tremendous opponent like Florida State.”
#11 Coastal Carolina 12 #21 North Carolina 4
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The ninth-ranked Coastal Carolina University baseball team (29-5) earned its 10th straight win with a 12-4 victory over 21st-ranked North Carolina (22-13). Coastal now has won three straight regular-season meetings against the Tar Heels and are tied with VMI for most wins in the country.
Coastal Carolina opened the scoring with four runs in the top of the first. North Carolina starter Jimmy Messer walked juniors Rico Noel and Scott Woodward to open the game. Senior Jose Iglesias sacrificed both runners up a base and both came home on a single up the middle by redshirt-sophomore Tommy La Stella. Senior Adam Rice then hit his third home run of the season, a shot to left field that gave the Chants a 4-0 lead.
#14 Miami (FL) 9 Florida Gulf Coast 0
FT. MYERS, Fla. – Senior right-hander David Gutierrez tossed seven perfect innings and three Miami pitchers combined on a one-hitter as the 13th-ranked Hurricanes cruised to a 9-0 win over Florida Gulf Coast Wednesday night at Hammond Stadium.
Making just his second start of the season, Gutierrez (3-0) kept the first 21 FGCU batters off the bases through seven, inducing six ground-outs, seven strikeouts and eight fly-outs. Working on a pitch count, Gutierrez was then relieved to start the eighth after his pitch total had reached 84. Gutierrez’s seven strikeouts was one shy of his career-high.
Western Carolina 7 #17 Clemson 5
Clemson, S.C. – Tyler Kirkpatrick blasted a seventh-inning grand slam home run and the Catamount pitching staff held No. 16 Clemson hitless over the final four innings as Western Carolina rallied to upset the Tigers, 7-5, Wednesday night in mid-week, non-conference action at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
The win was just the fourth all-time for WCU over Clemson on the road, and second for third-year head coach Bobby Moranda since taking over in 2008.
Elon 9 Wake Forest 8
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Elon rallied for three runs in the eighth inning, keyed by a Scott Riddle two-RBI single, and tacked on another in the ninth before holding off a late charge by Wake Forest to claim a 9-8 victory from Wake Forest Baseball Park on Wednesday night.
The victory was the seventh consecutive in the series for Elon which completed the season series sweep of Wake Forest on Wednesday. The Phoenix also improved to 5-0 against ACC competition on the year.
Elon (23-12) grabbed the lead in the second inning when Matt Hinson belted his 10th home run of the season over the wall in right-center. Ryan Adams, who had walked to lead off the inning, also scored on the blast to give the Phoenix a 2-0 advantage.
Boston College 10 Harvard 9
BROCKTON, Mass. – Harvard scored five times in the top of the ninth but left the bases loaded as the Boston College baseball team held on to beat Harvard, 10-9, in the first round of the Beanpot Wednesday at Campanelli Stadium.
Losing 10-4 heading into the final frame, Harvard put up five runs – all with two outs. Dillon O’Neill led off with a walk and after the next two batters were retired, Marcus Way hit an RBI double. Consecutive singles brought in another run and then Brent Suter walked to load the bases. Sam Franklin dropped an RBI single in front of the right fielder to make it 10-7.
Maryland 10 UMBC 7
BALTIMORE – Maryland broke the school’s single-game stolen bases record that it set earlier this season and scored at least one run in each of the first six innings en route to a 10-7 win over UMBC Wednesday night.
Alfredo Rodriguez went 4-for-5, Jack Cleary and Dan Gentzler had three hits apiece and David Poutier went 2-for-4 to help Maryland complete a season sweep of the Retrievers.
The Terps had already broken the school record for stolen bases in a game when they took eight against Hofstra on March 6. Against UMBC on Wednesday, Maryland had nearly reached that number halfway through the game and finished the evening with 10.
Duke 1 UNC-Greensboro 0
CARY, N.C. – Seniors Michael Ness and Jonathan Foreman combined for a four-hit shutout as Duke edged UNC Greensboro 1-0 on Wednesday evening at the USA Baseball National Training Complex for the Blue Devils’ fourth shutout of the year.
Ness started and fired five scoreless innings before Foreman (2-0) entered in the sixth and was near-perfect over the final four frames. Foreman retired the first 11 batters he faced and struck out six without issuing a walk. The senior right-hander struck out five straight hitters at one point while firing just under 75 percent of his pitches for strikes.
UNC-Wilmington 7 NC State 4
RALEIGH, N.C. – Ben Thielsen and Mike Rooney had three hits apiece and the Seahawk bullpen shined again with 4 2/3 innings of one-hit, shutout relief as UNCW topped host NC State, 7-4, at Doak Field on Wednesday.
The win extends the Seahawks winning streak to six games, tying a season-high, and raised their record to 21-13. The victory was also UNCW’s first at Doak Field since the 1998 season and gave UNCW a season sweep of the home-and-home series. The Wolfpack, meanwhile, dropped to 22-13.