UCF 14 #7 Florida State 10
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) – Senior Jonathan Griffin’s mammoth grand slam capped off a seven-run seventh in UCF’s wild 14-10 victory at No. 6 Florida State (35-12) Saturday. It was the Knights’ (29-18) third victory against a top-10 team this season (defeated top-five Florida twice), and they now have seven victories over ranked opponents on the year, which are the most since the 2004 roster also produced seven wins.
“I was just focused on seeing the ball well and I wasn’t trying to do too much,” described Griffin of his first-career grand slam in two seasons as a Knight. “I wanted to take a nice, smooth swing and I put a good piece of the barrel on it.”
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – A day before graduation a pair of Tar Heel seniors left their mark on the program once again as Greg Holt and Ben Bunting drove in runs in back-to-back inning to push No. 12 North Carolina (36-10, 15-8 ACC) to a 5-4 win over Maryland (20-31, 5-21 ACC) Saturday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium. The Tar Heels captured the series with the win and will go for the sweep Sunday with first pitch set for 1 p.m.
Carolina jumped out to a 3-0 lead after six inning before the Terps answered with a three-run home run in the top of the seventh and a single run in the eighth to put the Tar Heels in a tight spot.
A 1-2-3 inning in the bottom half of the eight put Maryland within three outs of evening the series.
Game 1: Clemson 13 Gardner-Webb 1
Game 2: Clemson 12 Gardner-Webb 0
Clemson, SC – Jeff Schaus went 4-for-4 to lead #16 Clemson to a season-high 20 hits and a 12-0 victory over Gardner-Webb in the second game of a doubleheader at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Saturday night. The Tigers, who took a 2-0 lead in the series, improved to 31-15, while the Bulldogs dropped to 28-16-1. The victory was Jack Leggett’s 800th as Clemson’s head coach.
The Tigers scored in seven of the eight innings in which they batted. Clemson, who totaled 11 two-out hits in the contest, scored five two-out runs in the fourth inning to break the game open and the pitching staff recorded its fifth team shutout of the season.
#15 Georgia Tech 9 Illinois-Chicago 2
CHICAGO – Junior pitcher Mark Pope earned his 10th win of the season, and four different players recorded multiple hits to lead No. 10 Georgia Tech to a 9-2 win over Illinois-Chicago in non-conference action Saturday night at Les Miller Field.
Pope improved to 10-2 overall after holding the Flames to just two runs (one earned) on six hits over six innings on the night. The entire pitching staff was solid as freshman Dusty Isaacs and sophomore Luke Bard kept UIC off the bags in three shutouts innings of relief.
The three hurlers received plenty of support offensively as the Yellow Jackets combined for 11 hits. Junior Jake Davies, sophomore Brandon Thomas and freshmen Mott Hyde and Kyle Wren each chipped in with two hits apiece.
#23 Miami (FL) 9 Hofstra 3
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The 14th-ranked University of Miami Hurricanes used another barrage of hitting to defeat the Hofstra Pride, 9-3, Saturday night at Alex Rodriguez Park in Coral Gables, Fla. The Hurricanes took the series from the Pride with back-to-back wins Friday and Saturday.
Miami (31-15) has scored a total of 25 runs in the two games this series, using timely hitting and effective pitching to win the first two contests in lop-sided fashion.
Hofstra (11-28) struck first in the scoring column Saturday evening, as UMiami sophomore starter Eric Whaley took an inning to settle down. He walked the first batter of the game on four pitches, and gave up two-straight singles that led to the first run of the game. But, after a sacrifice bunt, he struck out the next two batters to limit the damage to just that one run.
Wake Forest 15 Boston College 5
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Wake Forest offense turned in seasons highs of 15 runs and 17 hits, as the Demon Deacons clinched the series against Boston College with a 15-5 win Saturday afternoon at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
With two wins to begin the series, Wake Forest has now won its second Atlantic Coast Conference series of the season and improves to 19-26 overall and 9-14 in league play. Boston College falls to 16-28 and 7-18 in the ACC.
Six Demon Deacon hitters had two or more hits in the game, including Pat Blair and Ryan Lloyd who both had three hits. In addition, Wake Forest scored in seven of the eight innings in which it came to the plate.
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BLACKSBURG, Va., May 7, 2011 – Sophomore first baseman Matt Tenaglia (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East) had a pair of multiple-RBI hits as James Madison scored seven runs over the final four innings to rally past Virginia Tech 7-5 in a non-conference baseball game Saturday evening at English Field.
JMU won its fourth straight game to improve to 31-15 overall. VT fell to 27-21 with the loss.
Tenaglia hit a two-run single in the sixth inning as JMU trailed 3-0 entering the sixth. He then gave the Dukes the lead for good with a two-run home run in the eighth, his ninth of the season. He extended his JMU season-best hitting streak to 14 games with eight of the last 10 featuring multiple hits.