Here is your ACC Recap for February 18th. The ACC went a combined 9-3 as all 12 teams were in action on opening day.
#6 Texas 8 Maryland 0
AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Longhorns opened up their 2011 baseball campaign with an 8-0 victory over the Maryland Terrapins at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on Friday afternoon.
Taylor Jungmann was solid in a complete-game shutout and the Texas offense came to life in the sixth inning for a strong opening to the new season.
Jungmann struck out nine, walked one and allowed five hits, only one of which came after the third inning. It marked his first career complete-game shutout and
#7 Clemson 14 Eastern Michigan 3
Clemson, SC – Clemson, ranked as high as #4 in the nation, opened the 2011 season with 16 hits and 10 walks en route to a 14-3 victory over Eastern Michigan in front of 6,138 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Friday afternoon. It was the season-opener for both teams and the first meeting between the two since 1976.
The Tigers took a 4-0 lead in the first inning, but a three-run homer by Robert Wendzicki in the second inning cut Clemson’s lead to 4-3. But the Tigers scored three runs in the third, fourth, and seventh innings to pull away for the win.
#10 Florida State 12 VMI 0
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With a command pitching performance by Sean Gilmartin, timely hitting and perfect glove work, Florida State opened its 64th baseball season with a 12-0 shutout of VMI, Friday at Dick Howser Stadium.
Gilmartin (1-0) scattered six hits and struck out six in a walk-free performance which delivered the Seminoles their first opening day shutout victory since 1985. On an error-free day featuring a pair of big defensive plays, Mike Martin ushered in his 32nd season at the helm of the Seminoles with his third shutout victory on opening day.
#13 Virginia 6 UAB 4
AUBURN, Ala. – Danny Hultzen (Jr., Bethesda, Md.) pitched 6.2 innings of one-run baseball and added a pair of run-scoring hits, while David Coleman (Sr., Richmond, Va.) chipped in three hits as the No. 13 Virginia baseball team opened its season with a 6-4 win over UAB Friday afternoon in the Auburn Tournament, held at Plainsman Park in Auburn, Ala.
Hultzen fired 6.2 innings and allowed one earned run, three hits and one walk while striking out 10 to notch the win. He earned his 21st career victory to tie for second in UVa history with four others. Branden Kline (So., Frederick, Md.) got the final two outs of the ninth inning to earn the save.
CONWAY – Senior Hayes Orton crushed an 0-1 fastball over the right-field wall for a three-run, walk-off home run to give 18th-ranked Coastal Carolina a 9-6 win over Boston College in the team’s 2011 season openers at Chanticleer’s Caravelle Resort Tournament before a crowd of 1,373 — a record for a regular-season game at Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field.
In the first game of the event, Virginia Tech defeated Indiana, 4-2. On Saturday, Tennessee Tech and Virginia Tech will play at 11 am, followed by Coastal Carolina and Tennessee Tech at 3 pm. Prior to the CCU game, the athletics department will honor the record-setting 2010 Chanticleer baseball team, presenting them their Big South and NCAA Regional Championship rings.
#19 LSU 15 Wake Forest 4
BATON ROUGE – A pair of home runs by junior Mikie Mahtook coupled with a solid start from senior pitcher Ben Alsup propelled the No. 15 LSU Tigers past Wake Forest, 15-4, in the season-opener on Friday in front of a record crowd of 10,055 fans at Alex Box Stadium.
With the win, LSU has now won its 10th straight season opener. The Tigers (1-0) will square off against the Demon Deacons (0-1) in Game 2 of the three game series Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. CST. Freshman right-hander Kevin Gausman will make his Tiger debut on the mound, and Wake Forest will counter with sophomore lefty Tim Cooney.
#20 Miami (FL) 2 Rutgers 1 (11 innings)
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – With the score knotted at one with a man on third and no outs in the bottom of the 11th inning, a deep foul ball to left off the bat of Stephen Perez scored Zeke DeVoss from third to give the 18th-ranked University of Miami baseball team a 2-1 win over Rutgers in its season-opener Friday night at Alex Rodriguez Park.
After some early offense from both teams in the first two innings, the next nine were owned by the pitching staffs as neither team was able to generate any offense. That was until the deciding 11th, when Zeke DeVoss hit a one-out triple to right-center moments before Perez won it for the `Canes.
#21 Georgia Tech 6 Kent State 3
ATLANTA – Uplifted by three hits apiece from Kyle Wren and Jacob Esch, the 19th-ranked Georgia Tech baseball team held onto an early advantage for a 6-3 season-opening win over Kent State Friday evening at Russ Chandler Stadium.
The Jackets improved to 62-47-3 all-time in season openers, 14-4 under head coach Danny Hall.
Tech had plenty of production from the top of the order, as Wren and Esch, the No. 1 and No. 3 hitters in the lineup, combined with freshman Mott Hyde (No. 2) for eight of the teams 12 hits and all six of the teams runs Friday.
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#29 UNC 2 Cal-Poly 1
LOS ANGELES – A 3-for-5 performance from junior Levi Michael and 2 2/3 innings of hitless relief from Greg Holt helped North Carolina open the 2011 season with a 2-1 win over Cal Poly in Los Angeles, Calif. Sophomore Tommy Coyle drove in the game-winning run in the top of the ninth, while Chris Munnelly struck out eight in 6 1/3 innings of work to help head coach Mike Fox improve to 13-0 in season openers as the Tar Heel skipper.
Levi Michael opened the scoring ledger on the 2011 season early in the contest when he drove a pitch to the warning track in the top of the first that Cal Poly left fielder David Armendariz was unable to track down. Michael raced around the bases and picked up a triple as senior Ben Bunting scored from first after drawing a four-pitch walk to open the game. Michael would be stranded at third after a short fly to right and a groundout was unable to move the shortstop into score.
NC State 17 Elon 4
RALEIGH, N.C. — Pratt Maynard drove in five runs on three hits Friday to power NC State to a 17-4 season-opening win over Elon at Doak Field at Dail Park.
Brett Williams, Chris Diaz, and Matt Bergquist, batting in the bottom three spots in the batting order, had eight hits and scored a combined 11 runs. Andrew Ciencin added three RBIs, and John Gianis and Tarran Senay had two RBIs apiece.
Virginia Tech 4 Indiana 2
CONWAY, S.C. – Behind a strong pitching performance from Joe Mantiply and a two-run blast by Andrew Rash, Virginia Tech opened the 2011 baseball season with a 4-2 victory over Indiana in the first game of the Caravelle Resort Tournament Friday afternoon at Watson Stadium.
Mantiply, a sophomore southpaw, went a career-high seven innings, scattered nine hits, allowed two earned runs and struck out five Hoosiers on the way to his first victory of the season. Junior Ronnie Shaban threw a perfect eighth and sophomoreJake Joyce closed the game in the ninth to pick up the first save of his career.
Duke 6 Richmond 5
DURHAM, N.C. – Duke freshman Chris Marconcini drove in the tying and go-ahead runs with a two-out, two-strike single in the bottom of the ninth inning to lead the Blue Devils past Richmond 6-5 on opening day at Jack Coombs Field.
With Duke (1-0) trailing 5-4 and runners on second and third with two outs, Marconcini fell behind 0-2 in the count, but then laced his second hit of the game into center field. Pinch runner Joe Pedevillano scored from third base to tie the game, and freshman third baseman Jordan Betts came in all the way from second to slide across the plate for the game-winning run.