#2 Virginia 3 #24 Miami (FL) 2
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Tyler Wilson (Sr., Midlothian, Va.) gave up just one hit and struck out 11 over 7.2 innings of dominant work to propel the No. 1-ranked Virginia baseball team to a 3-2 victory over No. 16 Miami Saturday afternoon at Davenport Field. Wilson (6-0) allowed only two baserunners on a hit and a walk and tied his career highs in innings pitched and strikeouts.
The teams each have won a game in the series. The rubber game now will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday because of the threat of inclement weather. Please note that Senior Day ceremonies will be held following the conclusion of the game.
Wilson retired the first 17 batters that he faced before allowing a clean double to Shane Rowland with two outs in the sixth. He walked Stephen Perez with two outs in the eighth for his only other baserunner.
ATLANTA – Freshman Daniel Palka’s walk-off single capped a five-run ninth inning rally to lift No. 9 Georgia Tech (36-15, 19-7 ACC) to a 9-8 win over North Carolina (40-11, 17-9 ACC), also ranked as high as ninth, Saturday night at Russ Chandler Stadium. The win evened the series and sets up a rubber-match on Sunday.
Palka’s game-winning single to right field was a perfect ending to his outstanding game, as the Lyman, S.C. native went 4-for-5 with a home run and two RBI.
His solo home run to right field an inning earlier started the rally after the Jackets fell behind by an 8-3 score on a two-run shot to right-center by North Carolina’s Jesse Wierzbicki in the seventh frame.
Blacksburg, VA – Brad Miller’s three-run homer in the eighth inning broke a 3-3 tie in #16 Clemson’s 8-3 win over Virginia Tech in front of 713 fans in the second game of a doubleheader at English Field on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers, who took a 2-0 lead in the series and won their eighth game in a row, improved to 36-15 overall and 15-11 in the ACC. The Hokies dropped to 28-23 overall and 9-17 in the ACC.
Joseph Moorefield (2-1) struck out the only batter he faced in the seventh inning to earn the win. Matt Campbell pitched 2.0 hitless and scoreless innings with three strikeouts to record his second save of the season. Starter Justin Sarratt pitched 6.1 effective innings, allowing six hits, three runs, and one walk with eight strikeouts. Clemson also improved to 10-0 in Sarratt’s 10 starts in 2011. Four Tiger pitchers combined for 12 strikeouts in the contest as well.
Hokie starter Marc Zecchino (5-5) suffered the loss. He yielded seven hits, five runs (four earned), and one walk with seven strikeouts in 7.1 innings pitched.
Lemoyne 4 Boston College 2
Chestnut Hill, Mass. – Senior righty Jeff Tardiff (Framingham, Mass./Framingham) struck out seven in a complete-game performance to lead the Le Moyne College baseball team to a 4-2 win over Boston College on Saturday afternoon at Shea Field.
The Dolphins opened the scoring in the game with a run on one hit in the first inning. Freshman left fielder Pat Wiese (Fayetteville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy)was hit by a pitch on the fifth pitch of the game and proceeded to move to second on a wild pitch. Following a pair of strikeouts, sophomore shortstop Ryan Mahoney (Clay, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse) singled down the left field line to drive in Wiese.
Boston College evened the score at one in the bottom of the second inning. Third baseman Anthony Melchionda doubled to left center with one out and came around to score on a double down the right field line by first baseman Mike Sudol.