#5 Florida State 15 Boston College 6
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Through 15 games the fifth-ranked Florida State baseball team has established a stubborn streak at the plate, which continues to serve the Seminoles well.
The Seminoles scored 11 runs with two outs Saturday night, continuing a season-long trend, in their 15-6 victory over Boston College.
Sherman Johnson, Rafael Lopez and Taiwan Easterling each knocked out three hits as the Seminoles battered an overly-generous BC pitching staff for 15 hits on top of 13 walks. FSU’s first nine runs came across with two outs in the book, including all six in a second inning that shaped the longest game of the season.
#6 Virginia 8 #8 Clemson 7
CLEMSON, S.C. – John Hicks (Jr., Sandy Hook, Va.) singled in the go-ahead run with two out in the ninth inning to lift No. 6 Virginia to an 8-7 win over No. 4 Clemson Saturday afternoon at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson, S.C. After squandering a three-run lead, Virginia (15-1, 2-0 ACC) then rallied from a three-run deficit with three runs in the eighth inning and one in the ninth to capture the victory while also clinching a series win over Clemson (7-5, 0-2).
The teams were tied at seven entering the ninth. After falling behind 0-2, pinch hitter Danny Hultzen (Jr., Bethesda, Md.) rebounded to lead off the inning with a walk. Keith Werman (Jr., Vienna, Va.) followed with a hit-and-run single. After Chris Taylor (So., Virginia Beach, Va.) struck out while attempting to bunt, John Barr (Sr., Ivyland, Pa.) reached on a fielder’s choice, with Hultzen getting forced out at third on the play. Hicks then went the other way, slapping a single through a gaping hole on the right side of the infield to easily score Werman and give UVa an 8-7 advantage.
#14 North Carolina 10 Wake Forest 2
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Junior Carlos Lopez blasted two home runs and sophomore starter Tim Cooney was solid on the mound to help Wake Forest defeat North Carolina 10-2 Saturday evening at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
The Deacon victory evens the series at one game apiece and improves Wake Forest’s record to 5-9 overall and 1-1 in ACC action. The Tar Heels fall to 14-2, 1-1 ACC.
Lopez finished the game 3-for-4 with two homers, a double, four RBIs and three runs scored. This marks his third-career multi-home run game and his second three-hit game of the season.
#25 Georgia Tech 9 Maryland 3
ATLANTA – Freshman Kyle Wren was 5-for-5 and belted one of three Georgia Tech (11-4, 2-0 ACC) home runs to lead the 24th-ranked Yellow Jackets to a series clinching 9-3 win over Maryland (8-6, 0-2 ACC) Saturday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium.
“I thought we did a great job of getting some two-out hits and getting runners into scoring position,” head coach Danny Hall said. “We had some stolen bases to get runners into scoring position and then we got hits. There were a lot of good things and good at bats that happened when we needed them to happen. I felt like offensively we had a good day.”
Duke 8 NC State 3
DURHAM, N.C. – Sophomore Jeff Kremer’s first career home run and freshman Chris Marconcini’s two triples helped lead Duke to an 8-3 win over N.C. State on Saturday afternoon at Durham Bulls Athletic Park to even the series at one game apiece.
Kremer, the 5-11, 200-pound catcher, finished the day 2-for-4 with a double and his first career home run, which was also the first of the season for the Blue Devils (12-4, 1-1 ACC) who rank third in the ACC with 51 extra-base hits.
Miami (FL) 2 Virginia Tech 1
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – With Coral Gables named “The City Beautiful”, it was University of Miami sophomore pitcher E.J. Encinosa adding to that splendor Saturday night, hurling 8 2/3 innings in helping the Hurricanes grab a 2-1 win over Virginia Tech in ACC play at Alex Rodriguez Park. The win gave UM the series win over the Hokies, and gave UM its first pair of wins together on the season.
Miami (7-8, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) got the second consecutive impressive start from Encinosa. Suffering a loss last week at Florida in a tough 1-0 decision against the top-ranked Gators, the Miami native got timely hits and run support this time around to earn his first victory on the hill since March 31, 2010.
Encinosa and Virginia Tech starter Marc Zecchino were locked in a pitchers’ duel – the second in as many weeks for Encinosa – heading into the bottom-half of the fifth inning when the Hurricanes finally erased zeros from the scoring column on the scoreboard.