#2 Virginia 2 George Washington 0
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Will Roberts (Jr., Richmond, Va.) recorded the eighth nine-inning perfect game in NCAA Division I baseball (since 1957) to lead the top-ranked Virginia baseball team to a 2-0 victory over George Washington Tuesday at Davenport Field. Roberts recorded 27 straight outs and needed just 98 pitches to earn the second perfect game in ACC history.
It is the 19th perfect game of any length in NCAA Division I history, the first for any pitcher in Division I since 2002 and the first in the Virginia annals. Lost in the shuffle – it also was the 2,000th victory in UVa program history.
Roberts tossed nine perfect innings and tied his career high with 10 strikeouts. It was the first complete game of Roberts’ career; his previous career high was 7.2 innings, set earlier this season against Niagara.
#9 Florida State 5 #4 Florida 2
Charlotte 4 #10 UNC 3
Junior catcher Miguel Rodriguez (Cape Coral, Fla.) drove in the first two runs and sophomore third baseman Shane Basen (Waxhaw, N.C. / Marvin Ridge HS) drove in the last two as the Charlotte 49ers took down No. 6 North Carolina 4-3 at Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium Tuesday night in non-conference baseball action. The win extends Charlotte’s streak to four straight years with a defeat over a team ranked seven or higher. Charlotte improves to 20-6 on the year, snapping the Tar Heels’ nine-game win streak and handing them only their fourth loss of the season (23-4). Charlotte has won eight of its last nine contests and improves to 18-4 at home in 2011.
Charlotte took the first lead of the game with a run in the second. First baseman Corbin Shive (Salisbury, N.C. / East Rowan HS) drew a leadoff walk and came around to score on Rodriguez’s RBI single through the left side of the infield.
The Tar Heels wrestled the lead away with a pair of runs in the third on back-to-back RBI hits from center fielder Ben Bunting and shortstop Tommy Coyle.
Mercer 4 #12 Georgia Tech 2
ATLANTA, Ga. – On a bitterly cold Tuesday night, the Mercer baseball team finally broke through to end a 13-year streak of futility versus Georgia Tech, defeating the nation’s No. 6 ranked team, 4-2.
Mercer (18-9) had lost 17-straight games in the all-time series and hadn’t defeated the Yellow Jackets since 1998 prior to Tuesday night’s victory.
The loss for Georgia Tech (21-5) also ended the longest current winning streak in the country at 16 games.
#17 Clemson 11 Georgia 5
Clemson, SC – Richie Shaffer capped a seven-run sixth inning with a grand slam in #16 Clemson’s 11-5 win over Georgia at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Tuesday night. The Tigers improved to 14-9 overall, while the Bulldogs fell to 11-14. The win was Jack Leggett’s 1,160th in his career, which moved him into a tie for 18th place (with Jack Coffey) on the all-time wins list by a head coach at a Division I school.
Georgia jumped out to a 4-1 lead through four innings. After Chris Epps hit a solo homer in the fifth inning, Clemson took advantage of five walks and Shaffer’s grand slam to score seven runs in the sixth inning.
Kevin Pohle (3-1), the fourth of seven Tiger pitchers, earned the win by retiring the only batter he faced in the sixth inning. Will Lamb entered the game in relief of starter Justin Sarratt and struck out a career-high six batters in 3.1 innings pitched. The six Clemson relievers combined to allow six hits, two runs, and four walks with 10 strikeouts in 7.0 innings pitched, while the seven pitchers combined for 12 strikeouts in the game.
Wake Forest 6 Appalachian State 2
HICKORY, N.C. – Brian Holmes struck out seven batters and Carlos Lopez reached base four times to help Wake Forest defeat Appalachian State 6-2 Tuesday evening at L.P. Frans Stadium.
The Demon Deacons improve to 9-15 on the year, while the Mountaineers dip below .500 at 12-13.
Holmes started and earned his first victory in a Deacon uniform, moving to 1-1 on the year. Along with his seven strikeouts, Holmes went five innings, scattered three hits and walked just two batters. Lawrence Pardo started and took the loss for ASU to fall to 1-3.
Justin Van Grouw and Michael Dimock both pitched scoreless innings of relief to aid the strong pitching effort by the Wake Forest staff.
Northeastern 2 Boston College 1 (11 innings)
The Northeastern University baseball team defeated the Boston College Eagles in an extra inning affair Tuesday afternoon, claiming a 2-1 victory at Friedman Diamond in Brookline, Mass.
Freshman outfielder Aaron Barbosa had his third consecutive multi-hit game in the effort, going 3-5 with a walk and two steals. The steals are his eighth and ninth of 2011. DH Jon Leroux (2-5) slugged two hits as well.
NU scored the winning run in the 11th without the benefit of a hit. After two quick outs, SS Oliver Hart walked to represent the winning run. 2B Alan Pastyrnak drew a quick base-on-balls before Barbosa reached on a dropped third strike to load the bases for junior co-captain Matt Miller. Miller was unable to capitalize on the situation, but the opportunity never presented itself as Eagles’ reliever Eric Stevens uncorked a wild pitch to score Hart for the winning run.
Campbell 4 Duke 1
BUIES CREEK, N.C.-Ellis Lowe knocked in two and scored a pair while Campbell relievers tossed six shutout innings to down visiting Duke, 4-1, Tuesday night at Taylor Field.
The Camels improve to 12-14 on the season, while Duke falls to 15-12 with the midweek loss. The win was Campbell’s first over the Blue Devils since 2001, when CU topped Duke 12-8 at Taylor Field and 7-0 in Durham.
The win was also the Camels’ first this season when scoring less than five runs, breaking a streak of 10 games.
Campbell struck first in the contest, as back-to-back doubles from Lowe and Alan Denman gave the Camels an early 1-0 lead after one complete.
Miami (FL) 13 Florida Gulf Coast 2
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami scored in each of the first five innings, and sophomore Steven Ewing took care of the rest, as the Hurricanes blew out the visiting Florida Gulf Coast Eagles, 13-2, Tuesday evening at Alex Rodriguez Park.
Eight different starters reached base, as the Hurricanes (15-11) scored a season-high in runs scored. Sophomores Zeke DeVoss and Michael Broad each hit home runs, as the Hurricanes recorded five extra-base hits in the win.
Ewing (3-1, 2.60 ERA) threw 4 1/3 innings of no-hit baseball in earning the victory. After Ewing left in the sixth inning, the bullpen returned to dominance to allow FGCU (13-13) just three hits and no runs in the final 3 1/3 innings.
NC State 9 UNC Greensboro 1
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Andrew Ciencin homered and drove in four runs and Ethan Ogburn allowed three hits in six shutout innings Tuesday to lead NC State past UNC Greensboro 9-1 at the UNCG Baseball Stadium.
The Wolfpack, which won for the fifth time in the last six games, improved to 15-11 with the victory, while the Spartans dropped to 14-9.
NC State put the game away early. Ciencin belted a two-out three-run homer to left in the top of the first inning off UNCG starter and loser Jonathan Jones (0-1), and the Wolfpack added single runs in the third and fourth. Ciencin drove in Pratt Maynard with an RBI groundout in the third, and Matt Bergquist singled in Brett Williams in the fourth.
Radford 7 Virginia Tech 5
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Robert Lamas (Annandale, Va./Paul IV) hit a two-run double in the fifth to give Radford the lead, Matt Hillsinger (Bowie, Md./Archbishop Spalding) went 4-for-5, and the Highlanders snapped a three-game slide with a 7-5 win over Virginia Tech on Tuesday night.
Radford (14-10) earned its first win over the Hokies (14-13) since April 20, 2004. The win was the first for the Highlanders at English Field since March 9, 2000.
Two-out runs were key for the Highlanders – Matt Mack (Davidsonville, Md./St. John’s College H.S.) singled home a run in the third to give Radford a 2-1 lead, Hillsinger’s fourth-inning single scored Lamas, and Lamas gave the Highlanders a 5-3 lead, one they didn’t give up, with his double in the fifth.