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ACC Recap for March 8th

Here is your ACC Recap for March 8th.

#4 South Carolina 5 #8 Clemson 4

GREENVILLE, S.C. – South Carolina scored five runs in their final two at-bats and held off a furious Clemson rally in the ninth to earn a 5-4 victory in the Reedy River Rivalry game before a crowd of 7,125 at Fluor Field on Tuesday night.

With the win, South Carolina (9-1) earns a victory in the season series against the Tigers, getting a 6-3 win on Friday night in Columbia and falling by a 10-6 count on Sunday at Clemson (7-3). The Gamecocks have won four out of five against the Tigers and 14 of the last 20 in the series.

The Gamecocks got four runs in the seventh after struggling offensively through the first six innings. A leadoff walk to Christian Walker led to a sacrifice bunt from Brady Thomas, moving Walker to second. A single from Adrian Morales put runners at the corners with one out, and then Peter Mooney hit a high chopper to first that was mishandled by the first baseman, scoring Walker to tie the game at 1-1.

South Carolina Recap
Clemson Recap

#5 Florida State 10 Maine 2

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – If you’re within earshot of the Florida State baseball dugout during any game, you’ve likely heard Seminole coach Mike Martin’s constant reminder:

“Two-out hits win ballgames.”

Heeding Martin’s words, sophomore first baseman Jayce Boyd has been extending innings and driving in runs at an incredible pace through the first dozen games for the fifth-ranked Seminoles.

Boyd extended his team lead in two-out run production Tuesday night, driving in four runs in a 3-for-4 performance which helped the Seminoles (11-1) to a 10-2 win over Maine at Dick Howser Stadium.

FSU Recap
Maine Recap

#6 Virginia 1 Marshall 0

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia baseball team ran its winning streak to seven games with a 1-0 victory over Marshall Tuesday afternoon at Davenport Field. It marked Virginia’s first 1-0 win since March 27, 2001, against Richmond.
Pitching and defense obviously ruled the day, with the teams combining for 15 hits, including 14 singles.

Virginia’s pitching staff, which was named InsidePitching.com’s National Pitching Staff of the Week on Monday, continued its strong start to the season by notching its fourth shutout of the year – double the Cavaliers’ total from all of 2010. Virginia (13-1) lowered its 2011 team ERA to 1.50.

Virginia Recap
Marshall Recap

#14 North Carolina 16 Elon 0

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – What started off as a pitcher’s duel ended in a rout Tuesday afternoon as No. 15 North Carolina took down visiting Elon (8-5), 16-0, at Boshamer Stadium. Freshman Kent Emanuel picked up the win tossing six one-hit innings for his second win of the year. The Tar Heels scored all 16 runs in the final six innings of the game. Up next is a 1 p.m. contest against St. John’s on Wednesday.

Freshman left-hander Kent Emanuel turned in his second straight impressive start Tuesday as the Woodstock, Ga., native threw six scoreless innings, allowing just one hit.

Emanuel struck out five and lowered his ERA to a team-low 1.35 for the year.

UNC Recap
Elon Recap

#25 Georgia Tech 7 Kennesaw State 4

ATLANTA – Freshman Mott Hyde was 3-for-4 with four RBI to lead the 24th-ranked Georgia Tech baseball team to a 7-4 victory over Kennesaw State Tuesday evening at Russ Chandler Stadium.

Georgia Tech improves to 9-4 on the season after picking up its fourth-straight win, while Kennesaw State drops to 9-3 with the loss.

Hyde drove in a pair of runs with a double to left field in the second inning, and knocked in two more in the third with a single up the middle to give Georgia Tech an early 5-1 lead.

Georgia Tech Recap
Kennesaw State Recap

Boston College 6 Bethune-Cookman 4

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Freshman Eric Stevens tossed 4.0 shutout innings while junior Anthony Melchionda and sophomore Matt Watson combined four for RBI as the Boston College baseball team beat Bethune-Cookman, 6-4, Tuesday night at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.

Stevens earned his first collegiate win in his second start. He allowed just one hit and seven of the 12 outs he recorded were by strikeout. Senior Garret Smith picked up his second save of the season.

Melchionda hit a two-run double in the seventh that proved to be the game-winner while Watson finished 2-for-3. Junior Brad Zapenas went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs. Junior Marc Perdios was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run.

Boston College Recap
Bethune-Cookman Recap

Maryland 8 Delaware 0

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Five Maryland pitchers combined for a complete-game shutout and Ryan Holland ripped a three-run triple off the right-field wall as part of a five-run seventh inning to lead the Terps over Delaware 8-0 Tuesday afternoon.

Sophomore lefty Jimmy Reed (1-1) came on in relief of starter Chuck Ghysels in the fourth and needed just 11 pitches to get through two innings thanks to a pair of inning-ending double plays. Reed was credited with the win as Maryland (8-4) finished its eight-game homestand 7-1.

Junior Michael Boyden followed Reed with two innings and freshman Brady Kirkpatrick and junior Korey Wacker pitched an inning apiece to finish off the Blue Hens (3-9). Over the final six innings Maryland faced just one more batter than the minimum, turning three double plays in that span.

Maryland Recap
Delaware Recap

Duke 9 High Point 6

DURHAM, N.C. – Freshman Angelo LaBruna drove in a career-high six RBI to lead Duke to a 9-6 win over High Point on Tuesday evening at Williard Stadium.

LaBruna, a 5-10 shortstop, tagged three RBI singles and a sacrifice fly while reaching base safely in four of his five plate appearances. The 3-for-3 performance improved his batting average to .310 for the season and gave him the most runs in a game by a Duke player since all-time home run leader Nate Freiman had seven RBI on Feb. 21, 2009.

Duke Recap
High Point Recap

Miami (FL) 5 Illinois State 4 (11 innings)

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Junior Rony Rodriguez took a 0-1 pitch deep over the left field wall for his second home run of the season on Tuesday night, helping the University of Miami win a 5-4 ballgame against visiting Illinois State University in walk-off fashion during the 11th inning at Alex Rodriguez Park in Coral Gables, Fla.

Miami (5-7) trailed 4-0 after 4 1/2 innings, committing three errors in that span and accounting for three wild pitches and two passed balls. With head coach Jim Morris suited up for the first time in six games and back in the Hurricanes’ dugout, the 18th-year skipper was not impressed with his team’s defensive efforts early-on.

With the score tied at 4-all head into what would be the third extra-inning game of the season for the `Canes, junior closer Daniel Miranda struck-out the side in the top of the 11th after allowing a man aboard with a single midway through the Illinois State (7-4) at-bat.

Miami (FL) Recap
Illinois State Recap

Virginia Tech 14 Florida Atlantic 2

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Virginia Tech made the most of five Florida Atlantic errors and again used a strong outing by starting pitcher Joe Parsons to register a 14-2 victory over the Owls Tuesday night at FAU Baseball Stadium in its final tune-up before starting ACC play on Friday.

Michael Seaborn, Andrew Rash, and Tyler Horan all drove in three runs, while Rash, Chad Pinder, and Johnny Morales each scored two times to lead the Hokies. Smalling and Rash were the only two Tech players with two hits, as the Hokies had 12 in the contest.

Virginia Tech Recap
FAU Recap

NC State 6 Radford 3

RALEIGH, N.C. — Vance Williams made his first start of 2011 one to remember, and Cameron Conner gave him all the offensive support he needed Tuesday as NC State defeated Radford 6-3 in the first game of a two-game midweek series at Doak Field at Dail Park.

Williams (1-0) pitched a career-longest six innings and allowed a run on just two hits. He walked one and struck out five. The only glitch on his pitching line was a two-out solo home run by Matt Hillsinger in the top of the third inning. Williams retired 15 of 17 Radford batters through the first five innings, and 18 of 21 overall.

NC State Recap
Radford Recap