#2 Florida 9 Boston College 3
No. 1 Florida (6-0) plated three runs in the seventh to snap a 3-3 tie en route to a 9-3 victory over Boston College (2-3) on Friday night. The Gators’ 20th-straight win at McKethan Stadium secured the weekend series, which will wrap up on Sunday at 1 p.m. Junior Preston Tucker (Tampa, Fla.) was 3-for-4 with a homer and drew a bases-loaded walk with one down in the seventh that brought in senior Bryson Smith(Watkinsville, Ga.) with the winning run. Freshman Daniel Gibson (Lutz, Fla.) (1-0) earned his first collegiate win, while sophomore starter Hudson Randall (Atlanta, Ga.) permitted one run in five innings of work.
“It was a good ballgame, I compliment their starting pitcher (Eric Stevens) for his first collegiate start,” head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “He did a nice job, mixed his pitches and threw strikes. Their infield defense was really good, they made some outstanding plays tonight and they didn’t give us much the first half of the game or so.”
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State broke out its bats – literally and figuratively – Friday night, pounding Hofstra 14-3 behind a 15-hit attack which included three homers and four doubles.
The Seminoles (5-0) seized control from the start and didn’t stop scoring until freshman Sean O’Brien capped the affair with a three-run blast to left in the eighth inning.
“It was a great feeling to get my first home run as a Seminole,” O’Brien said. “Those are things you dream about growing up.”
#10 Virginia 10 East Carolina 1
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Behind a masterful performance on the mound and at the plate from Danny Hultzen (Jr., Bethesda, Md.), the Virginia baseball team earned a 10-1 win over East Carolina Friday night at a windy Davenport Field. Virginia (5-0) scored 10 runs in the third and fourth innings to turn the game into a blowout.
Hultzen (2-0) struck out a career-high 15 batters and walked none in seven dominating innings. He allowed just three hits and retired 19 straight batters from the first to the seventh inning. During that span, only one ball left the infield. His previous strikeout high was 13, set in 2009 against Florida State and matched last year at Duke. At the plate, Hultzen was effective as well, going 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs.
Clemson, SC – The #5 Clemson Tigers tallied 15 hits and scored in each of the first seven innings to cruise to a 15-4 victory over Cincinnati in the opening game of the second-annual First Pitch Invitational in front of 4,804 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Friday afternoon. The Tigers improved to 3-1 overall, while the Bearcats dropped to 1-3. It was the first meeting between the two teams since 1980 and the first meeting at Clemson since 1936.
The win was Jack Leggett’s 1,149th in his 32nd season as a head coach, moving him ahead of Jay Bergman into sole possession of 20th place in the all-time wins list by a head coach at a Division I school. He joins the top 20 with the late Bill Wilhelm, who is tied for 15th in all-time wins with 1,161 in 36 seasons, all at Clemson.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – North Carolina improved to 5-0 on the season as freshman Colin Moran paced the offense to a 10-5 win over visiting Seton Hall Friday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium. Moran finished 3-for-5 with two RBI, including his first collegiate home run. Levi Michael added three RBI for the Tar Heels, while Chris Munnelly notched his first win of the year.
Seton Hall struck first in the top half of the first inning when Will Walsh took a Chris Munnelly offering out of the ball park over the right field fence to give the Pirates a quick 2-0 lead.
Carolina struck back in the bottom half of the first when Levi Michael laced a ball up the middle to score Ben Bunting who reached via error to open the inning.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Appalachian State University baseball snapped a 29-year losing streak against nationally ranked opponents with an impressive 7-5 triumph over No. 20 Miami (Fla.) on Friday night at Alex Rodriguez Park.
Appalachian (5-1) defeated a nationally ranked club for the first time since it downed No. 23 The Citadel, 5-4, in 1982. However, the victory is ASU’s sixth since 2007 over an opponent from the perennially powerful Atlantic Coast Conference.
A towering three-run home run by catcher Jeremy Dowdy in the fifth inning proved to be the difference in Friday’s triumph. The blast hit midway up the scoreboard beyond the left field fence at Alex Rodriguez Park and gave the Mountaineers a commanding 6-0 lead.
#24 Georgia Tech 13 St. John’s 0
ATLANTA – Five players recorded multiple hits and junior Mark Pope pitched six scoreless innings as the 21st-ranked Georgia Tech baseball team shutout No. 23 St. John’s, 13-0, Friday evening at Russ Chandler Stadium.
The Yellow Jackets improved to 4-2 with the win, while St. John’s fell to 2-2.
The St John’s entered the game with a .381 batting average, having scored 34 runs through its first three games, but Pope (2-0) kept the Red Storm hitters off-balance through six innings of work Friday.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Tomo Delp drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 13th inning and Maryland walked off with a 7-6 win over Army Friday night at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium.
Maryland (3-3) rallied from a two-run deficit to tie the game at 6-6 in the bottom of the eighth thanks to a Jack Cleary single that scored Jake Stinnett and Ryan Holland. After four scoreless innings, Cleary led off the 13th and was hit by a pitch, Alfredo Rodriguez reached base on a throwing error by Army pitcher Ken Jackson and Korey Wacker drew a walk to load the bases. Delp then stepped to the plate and took a 3-1 pitch low and inside to give the Terps the win.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Sparked by a five-run seventh inning, the Wake Forest baseball team defeated Minnesota 7-5 in come-from-behind fashion Friday evening at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
The Demon Deacons have now won two straight games and improve to 2-3 on the season. Minnesota, a participant both the 2009 and 2010 NCAA Regional Tournament, drops to 1-3.
Junior Michael Dimock again earned the victory for Wake Forest and now has a perfect 2-0 record. Dimock pitched two innings and gave up just one earned run out of the bullpen. Reliever Billy Soule (1-1) took the loss for the Golden Gophers.
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Virginia Tech collected 11 extra base hits, including seven home runs, on the way to a 17-9 victory over Niagara in its baseball home opener at windy English Field on Friday afternoon. The win improved the Hokies’ record to 4-1, while the Purple Eagles remained winless in four outings.
Tech out-hit Niagara 18-13 with its first eight hits all going for extra bases. The Hokies got two homers apiece from senior shortstop Tim Smalling and redshirt sophomore left fielder Andrew Rash. Rash also had a double on the way to a 3-for-5 day that included four runs batted in and four runs scored. Smalling and redshirt freshman designated hitter Chad Morgan both turned in three hits and three RBI during the contest.
CONWAY, S.C. — Brett Williams and Chris Diaz combined to drive in nine runs, and the NC State bullpen, led by senior Rob Chamra, pitched five shutout innings Friday to lead the Wolfpack past Pacific 13-4 at Watson Stadium in the first round of Baseball at the Beach.
In its third trip to Baseball at the Beach in the last five years, NC State (2-2) now has won five of seven games in the tournament. The Pack has won all three of its Baseball at the Beach games played at Watson Stadium.
Duke 6 Villanova 1
DURHAM, N.C. – Sophomore Chase Bebout carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, and freshman Chris Marconcini hit a two-out, three-run triple to give Duke a 6-1 win over Villanova in game one on Friday at Jack Coombs Field.
Bebout (1-0), a 6-6 right-hander, scattered two hits, two walks and one earned run over seven complete innings to earn his first win of the season on his second Friday start. Bebout retired 10 consecutive batters from the second through the end of the fifth before Villanova shortstop Mike Calbi broke up the no-hit bid with a grounder up the middle to lead off the sixth inning.