#10 Florida State 2 Duke 1
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Economy and performance.
Everyone wants that in a new car, but Florida State baseball coach Mike Martin is glad to have it in junior left-handerSean Gilmartin.
Gilmartin continued his season-long brilliance Friday night at Dick Howser Stadium at the expense of visiting Duke. With complete command of his slider and change-up, the California native left the Blue Devils flailing in the twilight, registering a career-high 13 strikeouts over eight innings in a 2-1 victory.
“That was a pro game. Your starter goes eight; has a tremendous outing,” Martin said. “Your reliever comes in -1-2-3; just a well-played baseball game.”
ATLANTA – Junior Mark Pope tossed his fourth career complete game shutout, while junior Jacob Esch drove in the go-ahead run in the fourth inning to lift No. 9 Georgia Tech (28-11, 15-4 ACC) over Boston College (14-21, 6-12 ACC), 2-0, in the series opener on Friday night at Russ Chandler Stadium.
Pope’s complete game was his fifth of the season, and the sixth of his career. His four career complete-game shutouts are a modern era record. Craig Day (1903-1906) and Ed LaFitte (1906-1907) each had six in the early 1900’s.
The junior from Marietta, Ga. scattered eight hits over the nine innings, and improved his record to 9-1 on the season. He recorded five strikeouts, and did not issue any walks.
Clemson, SC – Dominic Leone pitched 8.1 innings of three-hit ball with a career-high 10 strikeouts and Scott Weismann struck out the only two batters he faced to lead Clemson to a 2-0 win over Wake Forest in front of 4,685 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Friday night. The Tigers, who won their sixth game in a row and took a 1-0 series lead, improved to 24-13 overall and 10-9 in the ACC. The Demon Deacons, who had gone 70 straight games scoring at least one run, fell to 15-24 overall and 6-13 in ACC play.
The Tigers grabbed a 1-0 lead on Phil Pohl’s run-scoring double in the first inning, then the starting pitchers dominated for the next six innings. The Tigers added an insurance run on Will Lamb’s run-scoring double in the eighth inning and Weismann closed the door in the ninth inning to move the Tigers’ ACC record above .500 for the first time in 2011.
Virginia Tech 7 Maryland 2
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Joe Mantiply struck out a career-high nine batters and, for the ninth time in 10 games, Virginia Tech had at least 10 hits en route to a 7-2 victory over Maryland Friday night in ACC action at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium.
Mantiply worked 6 1/3 innings, allowed five hits, two runs, one earned and walked two to even his record at 5-5 and help the Hokies improve to 21-19 overall and 5-14 in the ACC. Maryland dropped to 17-23 with the loss and 4-15 in conference play.
The Hokies scored in the third, fourth and fifth innings to give Mantiply a lead he would not relinquish.