# 1 Virginia 12 Radford 0
RADFORD, Va. – The top-ranked Virginia baseball team scored eight runs in the first two innings and never looked back in coasting to a 12-0 victory over Radford Tuesday evening at RU Baseball Stadium in Radford, Va. With the shutout win the Cavaliers broke the ACC single-season record for shutouts with their 12th shutout of the year; the record was held by the 1977 Clemson and 2005 Virginia teams.
David Coleman (Sr., Richmond, Va.) went 4-for-4 to highlight a strong offensive performance by the Cavaliers (37-3), who piled up 16 hits in the contest. Chris Taylor (So., Virginia Beach, Va.) led off the game with a home run and finished 3-for-5 with three RBI, while Jared King (Jr., Radford, Va.) added three hits and a pair of RBI. John Hicks (Jr., Sandy Hook, Va.) hit a three-run home run.
#10 Florida State 13 Florida Gulf Coast 2
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With a workmanlike effort that pleased its coach, 10th-ranked Florida State came out quickly and finished fast in Tuesday night’s 13-2 win over Florida Gulf Coast.
Junior pitcher Gary Merians set the tone with four solid innings for the win in a controlled start and the Seminoles wasted no time providing some run support. FSU bolted to a 4-1 lead after two innings and was never threatened.
“I thought our pitching was pretty good tonight and when you don’t make an error, you certainly feel good,” FSU coach Mike Martin said. “We were able to get a lot of guys in the ball game – we haven’t had a game like this in a long time.”
#13 North Carolina 8 Coastal Carolina 3
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – No. 10 North Carolina used a seven-run fifth inning en route to an 8-3 win over visiting Coastal Carolina (24-13) Tuesday night at Boshamer Stadium. Levi Michael paced the offense with a 2-for-4 two RBI performance and Kent Emanuel improved to 5-1 on the season by throwing three innings of one-run relief. The Tar Heels will welcome in No. 20 Miami for a three-game set starting Friday night at 7 p.m.
The Tar Heels run their home winning streak to 19 games with the win and improve to 21-1 in the friendly confines of Boshamer Stadium.
Kent Emanuel notched his fifth win of the year going three innings allowing just one run on four hits. The freshman did not walk a batter for the fourth straight time on the mound and recorded four punch outs in the victory.
Mercer 6 #16 Georgia Tech 3
MACON, Ga. – The Mercer baseball team pushed three runs across in the first inning and never looked back en route to a 6-3 triumph over No. 9 Georgia Tech on Tuesday evening at Claude Smith Field.
The win was Mercer’s (25-15) second-straight over the ACC powerhouse and gave the Bears their first season sweep of Georgia Tech (27-11) since 1976.
The win was also the Orange and Black’s second triumph over a ranked team this season, marking 2011 as the first year Mercer has won two or more games against ranked teams since the Bears defeated then No. 1 ranked Clemson and Florida back in 2006.
NC State 3 Campbell 2
RALEIGH, N.C. — Andrew Ciencin’s bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth inning drove in Chris Diaz with the winning run as NC State defeated Campbell 3-2 in non-conference baseball action at Doak Field at Dail Park.
Diaz got the ninth-inning rally started with an infield single, and Campbell reliever Matt Marskberry (1-3) hit Brett Williams with a pitch to put runners on first and second with one away.
Marskberry struck out John Gianis for the second out of the inning, but Pratt Maynard beat out a ground ball to first baseman Josh Holskey on a close play at the bag to load the bases for Ciencin, who drove a 2-1 pitch just short of the warning track in left-center field. Left fielder Jimmy Brenneman got a good break on the ball, but missed making a diving catch by a few feet.
James Madison 6 Maryland 1
COLLEGE PARK, Md., April 19, 2011 – Nine James Madison pitchers tossed one inning apiece to combine on a four-hitter in a 6-1 victory over Maryland in a nonconference baseball game Tuesday evening at Shipley Field.
JMU improved to 26-12 overall with its fourth win in five games and defeated Maryland for the second time in seven days after a 12-8 win in 12 innings last Wednesday. UM dropped to 17-21.
The four hits and one run allowed by the Dukes’ pitching staff each matched season lows. Senior left-hander Alex Valadja (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Catholic) earned the win in the predetermined short outing as JMU led 2-0 before he took the hill in the first. The Dukes received perfect innings from junior Scott Mayer (Waterford, Va./Loudoun Valley) in the fifth, freshman Ty McFarland (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) in the seventh and senior James Weiner (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne’s-Belfield) in the ninth.
UNC Greensboro 5 Duke 4
DURHAM, N.C. – UNCG got a pair of runs in the seventh inning to tie the game and then Cody Walker scored on a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth to give the Spartans a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over Duke on Tuesday night at Jack Combs Field.
Colby Hyatt (5-2) came in to pitch the final 1 2/3 innings for UNCG (19-16) and allowed just one hit and struck out two batters. Duke (20-20) reliever Eric Pfisterer (2-3) was credited with the loss after allowing two runs on two hits in 2 1/3 innings of work.
Trevor Edwards led UNCG with a pair of RBI, while John Hein had an impressive 3-5 performance at the plate with two runs scored. Bobby Martin also went 2-5 with an RBI and two runs scored for the Spartans.
Virginia Tech 13 East Tennessee State 6
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Virginia Tech pounded out a season-high 20 hits, including 10 for extra bases, and pushed 13 runs across the plate, its third straight game in double figures, to hand the ETSU Buccaneers a 13-6 loss at Cardinal Park Tuesday night.
Virginia Tech (20-19) had six players with at least two hits and four Hokies with at least two RBI, while ETSU (22-13) had four with multi-hit games but only one – Clinton Freeman – had a pair of RBI.
Tony Balisteri led the attack with four hits and scored twice, while Chris Kay had three hits, three RBI, and four runs scored. Jake Atwell had three RBI, Ronnie Shaban had two RBI on three hits, Andrew Rash had three hits, and Johnny Morales and Matt Blow each had a pair of hits.
Wake Forest 9 Winthrop 8 (11 innings)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – In his first at bat of the season, Austin Stadler drove in Conor Keniry from third base in the bottom of the 11th inning to give Wake Forest a 9-8 win over Winthrop Tuesday night at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
Keniry reached on a fielder’s choice and moved to third on a one-out single up the middle by Steven Brooks. After Brooks stole second to base to take the double play away, Stadler hit a hard grounder to first baseman Matt Lobacz. Lobacz fielded the ball cleanly and threw home, but Keniry was running on contact and slid home as the throw bounced just before reaching the catcher.
The win gives Wake Forest a 15-23 record and ties the season series after Winthrop won an extra inning game last Wednesday over the Deacons 6-5. The Eagles are now 18-20 on the year.