NC State 6 #1 Virginia 2
#1 Virginia 3 NC State 1
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The top-ranked Virginia baseball team split a doubleheader with North Carolina State Saturday at Davenport Field, with the Wolfpack winning the opener, 6-2, before the Cavaliers took game two, 3-1.
This marks Virginia’s first split in five doubleheaders this season; the Cavaliers had swept each of the previous four. The Cavaliers are now 39-4 this season, including a 17-3 mark in the ACC. NC State now stands 24-17, with a 9-11 record in ACC play.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Solid pitching and timely hitting enabled Mike Martin’s 10th-ranked Florida State baseball team to continue its mastery of Duke at home Saturday night.
The Seminoles (30-10, 13-7 ACC) provided starter Hunter Scantling with a pair of runs in the first, then broke the game open with a four-run fifth and rolled to a 10-3 win.
It was the Florida State’s sixth consecutive victory – tying its longest winning streak of the season – and 20th consecutive at home against the Blue Devils.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Chantz Mack laced a two-run scoring single to allow No. 20 Miami some room in the top of the sixth, pushing the Hurricanes to a doubleheader sweep of No. 10 North Carolina, 5-3, Saturday night in ACC baseball play inside Boshamer Stadium.
Miami (27-12, 15-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) broke the game open in the top-half of the sixth with a two-run, two-out single from sophomore outfielder Chantz Mack – who entered the game in place of Nathan Melendres, who was injured diving for a ball in the second inning. Melendres would stay on another inning before being replaced defensively by Mack, who moved to left – then pushing Rony Rodriguez to right and Dale Carey to center.
ATLANTA – The ninth-ranked Georgia Tech baseball team used a six-run third inning, and junior pitcher Jed Bradley allowed just one run over seven frames for an 8-1 series-clinching victory Saturday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium.
The Jackets improve to 29-11 overall and 16-4 in the Atlantic Coast Conference with the win. Boston College falls to 14-22 and 6-13 in the ACC.
“I thought Jed [Bradley] threw the ball well and we played some good defense,” head coach Danny Hall said. “Our guys swung the bats better today. We can still get better, but overall I thought we played really solid the whole game.”
CLEMSON, S.C. – Tim Cooney pitched his first-career complete game and gave up just two earned runs to help Wake Forest even the series against Clemson with a 9-3 win Saturday evening at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
The Demon Deacons improve to 16-24 overall and 7-13 in conference play with the win, as the Tigers drop to 24-14 and 10-10.
In a season full of strong pitching performances, Cooney perhaps had his most impressive outing against the Tigers on Saturday night. The sophomore lefty struck out seven but kept his pitch count down by not walking any batters and allowing his defense to take care of business behind him. He needed just 98 pitches to finish the nine innings, throwing 67 for strikes.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Andrew Rash hit a pair of home runs and Marc Zecchino turned in another quality start as Virginia Tech defeated Maryland 11-2 Saturday afternoon in ACC action at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium.
In all, Rash had three hits – the fourth time in the last five games – four RBI and three runs scored to help the Hokies improve to 22-19, 6-14 in the ACC. Zecchino (4-4) went eight innings, scattered 10 hits, struck out three and allowed just one earned run to drop Maryland to 17-24 overall and 4-16 in league play.
Ronnie Shaban also had three hits for the Hokies, driving in two, while Matt Blow also drove in a pair and Michael Seaborn scored two times.