#3 Virginia 14 Maryland 1
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 3-ranked Virginia baseball team scored 10 runs in the fourth inning in blowing out Maryland 14-1 Friday evening at Davenport Field. The 10-run inning was Virginia’s largest single-inning output since a 10-run third inning against North Carolina in the 2009 ACC Tournament.
Danny Hultzen (Jr., Bethesda, Md.) improved to 5-0 this season after pitching six innings and allowing one earned run, four hits and three walks. He struck out nine and became the first Virginia pitcher to surpass 300 career strikeouts. Hultzen now has 301 career strikeouts, which ranks 23rd in ACC history.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Jayce Boyd belted his first career grand slam in the first inning and Florida State never looked back, cruising to a 12-4 victory over Wake Forest in Friday’s ACC series opener at Dick Howser Stadium.
The fifth-ranked Seminoles (17-5, 5-2) scored five runs in the first and six in the fourth, more than enough to put an end to their frustrating string of five consecutive extra-inning games. It marked the first time since March 12 that FSU did not bat in the ninth inning – or later.
#13 North Carolina 8 Duke 3
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – No. 12 North Carolina overcame its largest deficit of the season to record an 8-5 win over rival Duke (15-9, 2-5 ACC) Friday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium. Freshman Brian Holberton drove in a career-high three RBI in the victory, while Tommy Coyle extended his hit streak to 13 games with a 3-for-4 effort. The Tar Heels and Blue Devils will do battle again on Saturday with first pitch slated for 12 noon.
The Tar Heels found themselves in an early hole Friday afternoon as the Blue Devils struck for four two-out runs in the top of the first. Starter Patrick Johnson forced a pair of fly outs before Jordan Betts singled through the left side. A hit batsman and a walk loaded the bases for Mark Tatera who hit a ball back up the box scoring two runs on the play.
RALEIGH, N.C. — Yes, there’s no place like home. NC State played its first Atlantic Coast Conference game of the season at Doak Field at Dail Park on Friday night and looked very much at home in shutting out 15th-ranked Clemson 6-0 in the first game of a three-game series.
Cory Mazzoni went the distance and tossed a four-hitter for the Pack, his second career complete game and his first career shutout. The four-hitter marked the fewest hits allowed by NC State and the staff’s first shutout since an 11-0 three-hitter over North Carolina Central on April 13, 2010. Mazzoni set a new career high for strikeouts in an ACC game with 10. He walked two and hit two batters.
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#17 Georgia Tech 8 Miami (FL) 3
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – No. 12 Georgia Tech extended its nation-leading win streak to 14 games, as eight of the Yellow Jackets’ nine starters recorded a hit in a 8-3 series opening win on over Miami Friday night at Alex Rodriguez Park.
The Jackets (19-4, 7-0 ACC) remain perfect in Atlantic Coast Conference play with the win, improving to 7-0 in the league. Tech gave Miami (14-9, 6-1 ACC) its first loss in conference play, and ended the Hurricanes’ nine-game win-streak.
The Jackets had 14 hits on the night, the most allowed by the Miami pitching staff this season. Junior Matt Skole and sophomore Sam Dove led the team at the plate with three hits apiece. Skole has 12 hits in the last four games, while the three hits for Dove were a career-high.
Boston College 5 Virginia Tech 3
KINGSTON, R.I. – Junior Anthony Melchionda hit a two-run homer and eight different pitchers shut out Virginia Tech for eight innings as the Boston College baseball team beat the Hokies in the series opener, 5-3, at Bill Beck Field at the University of Rhode Island.
The game was played at URI due to field conditions at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field.
The pitching staff started the game by throwing 6.1 no-hit innings and retired 14-straight batters from the second to the seventh innings. The Eagles faced the minimum number of batters from the third to the seventh. The Hokies were only able to get two men on second base until the ninth inning.