#2 Florida 7 Boston College 2
Number 2 ranked Florida (7-0) finished off a three-game sweep of Boston College (2-4) with a 7-2 victory on Sunday afternoon at McKethan Stadium in front of 4,213 fans. The Gators continued their best start since the 2002 club shot out of the gates with 11-straight wins.
Freshman Karsten Whitson (Chipley, Fla.) (2-0) gave up one run on five hits and had five strikeouts over 5.1 innings to earn the decision. The right-hander had started his collegiate career with 10.1 scoreless innings until allowing an RBI single to junior Anthony Melchionda (2-for-4) in the sixth inning. Sophomore Mike Zunino (Cape Coral, Fla.) was 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and two runs, matching his career high for hits.
# 8 Florida State 7 Hofstra 0
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Making his second start in six days, Florida State junior Gary Merians didn’t take his best stuff to the mound for Sunday’s series finale against Hofstra.
It didn’t matter.
Merians combined with four relievers on a two-hit shutout, amassing 12 strikeouts in a 7-0 victory before 4,386 fans at Dick Howser Stadium.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. – Junior Mike Wright worked a career-best seven innings and Mike Ussery drove in three runs as East Carolina defeated 10th-ranked Virginia 4-3 Sunday afternoon at Davenport Field. With the win the Pirates move to 4-2 on the year, while the Cavaliers fall to 6-1.
Wright was impressive in his second start of the season caring a no-hitter into the sixth inning before Chris Taylor singled to left field to start the frame. The 6-foot-5 right-hander allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits with four strikeouts improving 2-0 on the season. Brad Mincey (0.2 IP) and Jake Harris (0.1 IP) bridged the gap to closer Seth Simmons, who picked up his first save of the season and 21st of his career after working a scoreless ninth inning.
Clemson, SC – Three Tiger pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts, including nine by starter Kevin Brady, to lead #5 Clemson to an 8-0 win over Michigan State in front of 4,287 fans in the First Pitch Invitational at Fluor Field on Sunday afternoon. The Tigers, who went 3-0 in the second-annual round-robin tournament, improved to 5-1 on the season, while the Spartans fell to 5-1.
Brady (2-0), a sophomore from Gaithersburg, MD, pitched a career-long 7.0 innings in a starting role to earn the victory. He allowed just four hits, no runs, and no walks with nine strikeouts. Will Lamb pitched 1.2 perfect innings with four strikeouts, then Alex Frederick struck out the only batter he faced to close out the game. The trio of hurlers allowed just four baserunners and combined to face only two batters over the minimum. Only two Spartans reached second base, both on doubles, and no Spartan advanced past second base in the game.
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Danny Healey was dealing so he didn’t need an avalanche of run suppport Sunday. He got one anyway.
NC State scored seven runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a 9-0 lead, and Healey shut down 17th-ranked Coastal Carolina on two hits in seven innings as the Wolfpack rolled to a 12-3 victory over the Chanitcleers in the final game of Baseball at the Beach at BB&T Coastal Field.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Led by senior pitcher Joe DiRocco (East Hanover, N.J.), the Seton Hall baseball team upset #24 North Carolina, 3-1, in the final game of the three-game series on Bryson Field at Boshamer Stadium. The win improves the Pirates record to 2-4 on the season and delivers the Tar Heels their first loss of the young 2011 campaign.
DiRocco (2-0) picked up the win tossing 6.1 innings allowing only one earned run on four hits while striking out four, while his counterpart Michael Morin (0-1) suffered the loss lasting 5.1 innings surrendering two runs, one earned, on four hits striking out nine.
St. John’s 13 #24 Georgia Tech 2
ATLANTA – Junior lefty Brendan Lobban allowed just three runs in a career-high 7.2 innings and No. 23 St. John’s erupted for 12 hits to defeat No. 21 Georgia Tech, 13-3, in the series finale. Lobban (1-0) had five strikeouts, four 1-2-3 innings and allowed just one hit after the third inning. Joe Panik was 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI, while Matt Wessinger was 3-for-5 with a home run and four RBI to lead St. John’s (3-3). Jeremy Baltz was 2-for-2 with three RBI and a pair of walks. Matt Skole was 2-for-4 with two RBI for Georgia Tech (5-3), while Buck Farmer (0-1) took the loss after allowing seven runs, four earned, in 4.0 innings of work.
St. John’s grabbed a 1-0 lead, its first lead of the series, by drawing four walks in the top of the first. Following consecutive one-out walks to Pat Talbut and Panik, Sean O’Hare drew a four-pitch walk to load the bases with two outs. Baltz then walked on four pitches to force in a run and put the Red Storm on the board. Farmer, however, ended the inning with his third strikeout to strand a trio of baserunners.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland received yet another standout pitching performance, this time from lefty Eric Potter, and the Terps completed a three-game sweep of Army with a 3-1 win Sunday afternoon.
Potter went 7 1/3 and allowed just four hits while striking out six and walking two. After giving up a run in the fourth, the senior retired 11 straight to carry Maryland into the eighth inning.
The Terps (5-3) tied it in the fifth on a sacrifice fly from Tomo Delp that scored Jack Cleary and took the lead an inning later on Curtis Lazar’s RBI single to center field. They added their third and final run in the seventh by loading the bases with one out and getting Delp home from third on a Jake Stinnett groundout.
Wake Forest 7 Georgetown 5
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Wake Forest built an early seven-run lead and sophomore starter Tim Cooney pitched a strong 7.2 innings to help the Deacons defeat Georgetown 7-5 Sunday evening at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
Wake Forest has now won three of its last four outings to improve to 3-4 on the year, while the Hoyas fall to 4-3.
Cooney gave up just three hits through the first six innings and faced just two batters over the minimum during that time. He came out after retiring two batters in the eighth and gave up two earned runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out four.
Niagara 8 Virginia Tech 7
BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Niagara baseball team held off a ninth inning rally to secure an 8-7 win over the Virginia Tech Hokies on Sunday at English Field for its first win of the season.
“We played well today,” head coach Rob McCoy said. “We got a great outing from (Drew) Fittry on the mound and hit the ball around enough to overcome a couple defensive miscues. Our men earned this win.”
Duke 13 Villanova 3
DURHAM, N.C. – Duke blasted a season-high 20 hits in a 13-3 win over Villanova to sweep the series on Sunday afternoon at Jack Coombs Field.
Sophomore Jeff Kremer and freshmen Jordan Bettsand Chris Marconcini combined for 10 of Duke’ 13 RBI, and freshman outfielder Anthony D’Alessandro went 5-for-5 in the offensive explosion. Kremer finished 4-for-4 with three doubles and three RBI, Betts drove in a career-high four RBI with three hits, and Marconcini went 3-for-5 with three RBI and his third triple of the week.