#2 Florida 5 #4 Florida State 4 (10 innings)
Junior Daniel Pigott (Ormond Beach, Fla.) delivered a walk-off single in the 10th inning that scored sophomore Nolan Fontana (Winter Springs, Fla.) with the winning run as No. 1 Florida (15-2) edged No. 4 Florida State (15-2), 5-4, on Tuesday night in front of a record crowd of 5,930 fans at McKethan Stadium. The Seminoles used a four-run third to grab the lead but were held scoreless for the final seven innings of the contest. The teams have now split two of their four regular-season meetings, with contests remaining in Jacksonville on March 29 and in Tallahassee on April 12.
After junior right-hander Anthony DeSclafani (Freehold, N.J.) (3-0) retired the Seminoles in order to begin each club’s first extra-inning affair of the season, Fontana ripped a one-out triple into the right-field corner off FSU senior Mike McGee (0-1). Pigott (3-for-4) battled to a 3-2 count before slicing a single into center field that snapped a four-game slide for the Gators against their Sunshine State rivals. The game-winning hit represented Pigott’s career-best fourth RBI of the night and the junior is hitting a team-best .483 (28-for-58).
#17 North Carolina 11 Princeton 2
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – No. 15 North Carolina used a nine-run eighth inning to beat Princeton (2-6) 11-2 Tuesday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium. The Tar Heels picked up three hits from Tommy Coyle, while Ben Bunting drove in a team-high three runs in the win. Cody Stiles improved to 3-0 on the mound by tossing 6.2 innings of one-run baseball. UNC will head to Blacksburg, Va. later this week to take on Virginia Tech in an ACC weekend series.
Jesse Wierzbicki extended his career-long hit streak to 10 games on Tuesday when he connected on his fourth home run of the year in the bottom of the second inning. Princeton’s Kevin Link challenged Wierzbicki with a fastball inside which the senior first baseman rifled foul down the third base line. Link threw another fastball on the very next pitch that Wierzbicki tattooed over the right center field fence giving Carolina the 1-0 lead.
ATLANTA – Behind strong pitching from Matthew Grimes and Luke Bard, the 21st-ranked Georgia Tech baseball team defeated Georgia Southern, 4-3, in midweek action on Tuesday at Russ Chandler Stadium.
The Yellow Jackets (13-4) extended their winning streak to eight games, and will conclude a four-game midweek series with the Eagles (11-6) on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
“Tonight was a tough ballgame,” head coach Danny Hall said. We hung in there and played well and played good defense. That is what it is going to take.
RALEIGH, N.C. — NC State head coach Elliott Avent was looking for a spark for his struggling offense. Harold Riggins provided an explosion instead.
Riggins had what you might call a big day at the plate in leading the Wolfpack past Buffalo 7-5. He walked to lead off the second inning, was hit by a pitch leading off the fifth, hit a two-run double in the sixth, and topped the day off with a grand-slam home run in the eighth.
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Miami (FL) 7 FAU 3
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Three University of Miami pitchers combined to strikeout 13 while allowing just two FAU hits in a quick 7-3 win over the Owls Tuesday night at Alex Rodriguez Park.
Starter Steven Ewing and relievers Adam Sargent and Daniel Miranda combined to retire the final 16 batters, as a two-out, fourth-inning walk marked the last time anyone would reach base for the Owls.
The win moves Miami to 9-8 overall while FAU fell to 11-7.
Liberty 11 Maryland 4
A strong relief appearance by Garrett Baker and seven extra base hits propelling the Liberty Flames past the Maryland Terrapins, 11-4, Tuesday afternoon at Smith Stadium.
With victory, Liberty moves to 9-8 on the year. The Flames have won four-straight games. Maryland falls to 8-8 on the year. Conversely, the Terps have lost four-consecutive contests.
Baker entered the contest with the bases loaded, no one out and one run already in for Maryland and quickly restored order. The junior allowed only an unearned run, scattering three hits over eight effective innings. The left-hander struck out five and walked none, running his record to 2-0. He retired seven consecutive batters from the second through the fourth innings and later, finished his outing by setting down 12 Terrapins in order.
DURHAM, N.C. – Dillon Haviland pitched five shutout innings to pick up his first win of the season, and Joe Pedevillano notched a career-high five RBI to lead Duke to an 11-3 win over N.C. Central on Tuesday afternoon at Jack Coombs Field.
Haviland (1-1) pitched five shutout innings, scattering two hits with four strikeouts and no walks before turning it over to classmates Robert Huber and Tito Nava. Haviland sat down 14 out of the 16 batters he faced, including a string of 13 straight, before giving up a hit in the top of the fifth inning.
Wake Forest 7 Charlotte 1
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Mac Williamson blasted his first-career grand slam in the fifth inning to help Wake Forest defeat Charlotte 7-1 on Tuesday evening at Hayes Stadium.
Williamson ended the game 2-for-2 with a grand slam, five RBIs and a sacrifice fly. His grand slam is the first hit by a Wake Forest batter since Carlos Lopez performed the feat as a freshman against Coastal Carolina on April 8, 2009.
The win is Wake Forest’s first on the road this season, as the team improves to 7-9. Charlotte falls to 12-4.