#5 Florida State 9 Maine 3
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Devon Travis played with one of the best leadoff hitters in Florida State baseball history last season, and is quickly proving he’s a pretty good visual learner.
As the successor to Tyler Holt in the leadoff spot this season for the Seminoles, Travis is off to a torrid start, serving as both the table-setter and a run producer.
Travis’ leadoff homer in the home first jump-started the Seminoles’ 9-3 win over Maine Wednesday afternoon. It was just the beginning for the sophomore from West Palm Beach, who drove in four runs in a 3-for-3 performance.
#14 North Carolina 8 St. John’s 1
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Sophomore Cody Stiles continued the strong starting pitching from Tuesday on Wednesday afternoon as he threw seven innings of one-run ball as the Tar Heel bats provided eight runs of support in an 8-1 win over visiting St. John’s (5-6). Carolina has scored eight or more runs in its last four games and will look to keep the offense rolling this weekend as it opens ACC play at Wake Forest on Friday.
St. John’s struck first in the top of the second Paul Karmas led off with a double to left field before scoring on a single through the right side by Jeremy Baltz to give the Red Storm the early 1-0 lead.
#24 Coastal Carolina 10 Wake Forest 2
CONWAY – Coastal Carolina pitcher Josh Conway had a third-straight impressive performance and Wake Forest pitchers struggled early as the 24th-ranked Chanticleers (9-4) defeated the Demon Deacons, 10-2, Wednesday night at Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field. The game was originally set to be played at Wake Forest, but inclement weather forecast in Winston-Salem, N.C., forced the venue change.
Conway, the reigning Big South Pitcher of the Week, struck out six and allowed just one hit over five innings, while retiring the first six batters he faced. The sophomore improved to 3-0 on the season and in his last three starts has pitched 16 innings., allowing just six hits and two earned runs while striking out 23.
On the other side, Wake Forest (4-8) used 10 pitchers over eight innings, allowing nine hits and 10 walks while hitting two batters. Justin Van Grouw (1-2) suffered the loss, pitching to just three batters, all walks, before leaving the game.
UCF 18 Boston College 0
Orlando, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) – The only thing that slowed down Brian Adkins Wednesday was the weather as UCF hammered Boston College, 18-0. The sophomore lefty out of Orlando’s University High School delivered 7.0 innings of two-hit ball for the Knights (10-3), not allowing a run or a walk and striking out five, and had plenty left to try for the complete-game shutout until the weather delay forced him to sit the last two innings in the dugout.
“The biggest thing for me is jumping ahead in counts and letting my defense play. And that’s what I did,” said Adkins, who improved to 3-0 on the season. “I had all three pitches going and the defense made a lot of great plays behind me. That’s always a recipe for success. I can’t lie and say I wasn’t mad (about the weather), but the most important thing was we kept the shutout and got the win.”
WIlliam and Mary 7 Duke 4
Williamsburg, Va. – The William and Mary Tribe baseball team won its second-straight game on Wednesday night, defeating the visiting Duke Blue Devils, 7-4, at Plumeri Park. With the win, the Tribe improves its record on the season to 4-11, while Duke falls to 11-3 on the year.
Senior Jonathan Slattery continued his torrid hitting of late for the Tribe, going 3-for-5 with three doubles, two RBIs, and two runs scored to pace the Tribe’s offense. Classmate Derrick Osteen also had three hits for the College, scoring a pair of runs, while junior Tadd Bower drove in a pair on the day. Junior Chris Forsten was 2-for-4 with a RBI, while sophomore Ryan Williams also knocked in a run.
Illinois State 9 Miami (FL) 2
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Ten years after helping Miami win the College World Series as an assistant coach, Mark Kingston returned to Coral Gables, Fla., – this time as the opposing head coach – and led Illinois State to a 9-2 victory over the Hurricanes, Wednesday night at Alex Rodriguez Park. The Redbirds bounced back from Tuesday’s loss by outhitting Miami 11-to-6 without committing an error.
“We played as well as we can possibly play,” Kingston said. “We had five more hits than Miami, we played flawless defense, we ran the bases extremely well, and our pitchers, Dan Savas and Matt Werderitch, were outstanding.”
NC State 8 Radford 1
RALEIGH, N.C. — Pratt Maynard led a 16-hit attack with three hits, including a two-run home run, and NC State rolled past Radford 8-1 Wednesday in the final game of a two-game midweek series at Doak Field at Dail Park.
The Wolfpack, which won for the third time in its last four games and improved to 7-5, got the win with two-run innings in the second, fourth, fifth and sixth. The offensive outburst backed the combined six-hit pitching of five NC State pitchers. Rob Chamra (2-0), the third NC State pitcher to take the mound, got the win with 3 2/3 shutout innings of one-hit relief. He fanned three and walked just one.