The UNC-Wilmington Seahawks picked up a 5-3 victory over VCU in the rubber game of their series. Daniel Cropper pitched into the ninth inning with a shutout and Daniel Hargrave picked up three hits in the winning effort.
The North Carolina Tar Heels completed a sweep of the Miami Hurricanes with a 11-7 victory in the series finale. Benji Johnson and Tim Federowicz combined for seven RBI in the game to lead the Tar Heel offense. Johnson hit a grand slam in the second inning to erase an early four run deficit. Manny Miguelez had his worst outing of the season by letting up seven runs in his three innings of work. UNC starter Luke Putkonen was just as bad by going four innings and giving up six runs. UNC will be back in action on Tuesday with Elon and UNC-Greensboro on Wednesday. UNC will host Virginia next weekend in ACC action. Maine and Rutgers will play midweek games with Miami before the Canes host Maryland next weekend.
Wake Forest 7 Virginia 6
The Demon Deacons took the rubber game of their three game set with Virginia by a score of 7-6. Willy Fox drove home Brett Linnenkohl in the bottom of the ninth to give the Deacons their fifth walk-off victory of the season. Wake Forest will be back in action Tuesday with a brief two-game set with Ball State and Virginia will play Niagara on Tuesday. UVA will head to UNC next weekend while Wake Forest heads to FSU to open the ACC schedule for the Noles.
NC State 20 Maryland 3
The NC State baseball team was able to salvage a game on Sunday by picking up a 20-3 victory over Maryland. NC State scored 13 runs in the fifth inning to blow open a 3-1 game to a 16-1 rout. Caleb Mangum went 2-5 with four RBI to lead the Pack offense. NC State will be back in action on Tuesday with a two game set with Valparaiso and then will host Virginia Tech. Maryland will host James Madison and Coppin State before heading back on the road for a series with Miami.
Virginia Tech 5 Georgia Tech 4
The Virginia Tech Hokies scored 3 runs in the ninth inning to turn a 4-2 deficit into a 5-4 victory. Matt Foley with one out hit a solo home run off of Matt Wieters to draw the Hokies within a run. Wieters then proceeded to hit the next two batters to set up first and second and one out. Bryan Thomas then grounded out to the shortstop to set up a first and third and two outs when Jose Cueto hit a single to drive in the tying run. Tim Ladd came on to pitch to Sean O’Brien but walked him so Wieters came back to the mound to pitch to Warren Schaffer who hit a single to drive in the eventual winning run.
Boston College 10 Duke 2
The Boston College Eagles completed the three game sweep in Durham over the Duke Blue Devils on Sunday. Eagles starter Nick Asselin picked up his first victory of the season by going seven innings while only allowing two runs. Terry Doyle picked up his second save of the season and weekend by working the last two innings. Johnny Ayers and Jared McGuire both picked up three hits to lead the Eagles charge. Boston College erupted for eight runs over the last two innings to blow the game wide open. Boston College will be back in action at Umass-Amherst on Wednesday before heading to Georgia Tech and Duke will host Fairleigh Dickinson for a brief two game set.
Clemson 7 Memphis 2
The Clemson Tigers used a ten hit attack to knock off Memphis 7-2. Clemson was led on offense by Addison Johnson who went 2-4 with 2 RBI. Clemson will be back in action on Wednesday when Georgia Southern visits and they host ACC rival Duke next weekend. Memphis, on the other hand, will host Illinois State for a brief two game set before having Akron come for a three game set over the weekend.
FSU 9 Indiana 0
The FSU Seminoles continued their perfect start to the season with a 9-0 victory over the Hoosiers. Ryan Strauss pitched eight shutout innings, struck out eight batters, and only gave up three hits to pick up his fourth victory of the season. FSU will be back in action on Friday when they host Wake Forest while Indiana heads to North Florida for games on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Joseph Krebs is happy.
It’s not just how he’s throwing the ball.
It’s not just his consistency.
Krebs, the Texas Longhorns’ best relief pitcher throughout the season, is comfortable with the way everything is going right now.
He proved that again Sunday as he came on in relief to pitch 2 1/3 innings and help the Longhorns beat Miami University 10-4 in a five-inning, rain-shortened game at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Texas won the final two games of the series after dropping the opener Friday.
The Redhawks (3-6) were mounting a comeback in the third inning, trailing 6-3 with one out and runners on second and third when Krebs (3-0) entered. He got Jeff Carroll to ground out to third, which scored a run to make it 6-4, and induced Chris Niro into another groundout to end the threat.
Krebs is happy in the long-relief role, but his lights-out dominance has coach Augie Garrido thinking about switching Krebs’ role.
“Coach (Skip) Johnson and myself are going to have to talk to see if we’re getting the right number of innings out of him,” Garrido said. “We might need to move him into a starting role. With Keith Shinaberry’s performance and Pat McCrory’s performance and Randy Boone, Krebs might be able to take that third starter role and run with it.”
While Krebs’ role might be changing, the Longhorns’ lineup might be set. Texas (15-7) pounded out 14 hits in four-plus innings at the plate, putting together a six-run second inning to take control.
Travis Tucker was 3 for 3 with four RBIs and Nick Peoples, who was moved to the nine spot, went 3 for 3 with three RBIs. The addition of DH Russell Moldenhauer and shortstop Josh Prince, who went 5 for 5 during Saturday’s victory, has made the Horns’ lineup extremely dangerous heading into Big 12 play.
“You have an opportunity to get a rally going, keep a rally going from beginning to end,” Garrido said.
After a Wednesday matchup against Winthrop, the Longhorns open Big 12 play against Baylor on Friday.
Garrido is just two wins away from 1,600 for his career, and chances are he will reach the milestone against Baylor, one of Texas’ biggest rivals.
The Penn Quakers lost the final game of their Florida Trip by a score of 13-6 to Fordham. Javier Martinez pitched 6.0 innings for the Rams whilke giving up three runs on six hits to get his first victory of the season. Mike Mobbs led the Rams offense with a 3-3 game with two homers and five RBI. Penn’s Alex Nwaka had two hits for the only multiple hit game for the Quakers.
After giving up 13 runs on Friday, The UNC-Wilmington Seahawks shutout the VCU Rams 3-0 in CAA action. Jeff Hatcher of UNC-Wilmington pitched a complete game shutout to get his second victory of the season. Senior catcher John Batts went 2-2 at the plate with two RBI’s to lead the hitting attack. The teams play the rubber game tomorrow at 2 pm.
The Citadel Bulldogs and Columbia Lions played a doubleheader on Saturday with each school picking up a victory. In Game 1, The Lions picked up 14 runs on 20 hits to blow out the Bulldogs by a final score of 14-1. Bill Purdy of Columbia pitched eight innings while giving up the only run on six hits. Ron Williams went 4-5 with 4 RBI to lead the offensive attack for the Lions. Andrew Ward also picked up 3 RBI on his three hits. The Citadel was led by Zach Brown and Kyle Jordan who each got two hits on the afternoon. In Game 2, Chris McGuiness hit a solo home run to break a 1-1 tie in the seventh inning to provide the winning run. The Citadel starter Matt Crim scattered seven hits in seven innings of work while only giving up one run to pick up his first victory of the year. Link Saunders pitched a scoreless ninth to get his third save of the season. Columbia starter Henry Perkins was the hard luck loser by going eight strong innings while giving up five hits and 2 runs (one earned) to bring his record to 1-1 on the season. The teams will play on Sunday at 1 pm in the rubber game.
The Citadel Game 1 Recap
Columbia Game 1 Recap
He pulled out the memory Friday night, as he often does to pump himself up and get ready for a start.
Texas pitcher Adrian Alaniz took out the DVD of his best performance as a Longhorn and sat down to view the masterpiece.
“I watched the final two innings of my no-hitter against Oklahoma,” Alaniz said Saturday.
Now he’s got another tape to watch.
Alaniz didn’t throw a no-hitter Saturday, but his complete-game two-hitter against Miami of Ohio keyed the Horns’ 10-0 victory at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
“It’s kind of funny that I pulled that one out,” Alaniz said of his 2005 performance against Oklahoma. “The performances were really similar. I was just getting ahead of the hitters and throwing all my pitches for strikes. I really didn’t do anything different than I did in any of my other outings.”
It was the way Alaniz threw the ball, with confidence, with control, and for a strike whenever he wanted. It was effortless.
“He threw really good today,” Texas pitching coach Skip Johnson said. “I was really proud how he stayed with the process through the whole game. He got his rhythm set early with his fastball, breaking ball and changeup.”
Alaniz (5-1) kept Miami (3-5) frustrated all day, changing speeds and mixing pitches effectively to match his pinpoint control. He allowed just four baserunners and at one point retired 15 consecutive batters, a streak that was ended by Josh Prince’s throwing error.
The Longhorns (14-7) manufactured two runs in the first and second inning to take a 4-0 lead. They left putting the game away to Kyle Russell.
Russell, who’s having an All-America season, hit his ninth home run of the year and third of the series, turning on a two-out, two-strike pitch in the fourth inning for a three-run shot.
“I just closed my eyes and swung,” joked Russell, whose four-RBI day tied a career high and brought his season total to 25. “I’m seeing the ball well, that’s the only thing I can say. I don’t swing as hard when I hit the home runs. My problem last year was I swung too hard. This year I’m catching myself before I do that.”
While the Horns seemed to be batting forever, Alaniz worked through the Redhawks’ lineup quickly. He needed just 104 pitches to finish the game.
Singles by Jeff Carroll and Jordan Petraitis, a hit batsman and the error were the only blemishes for Alaniz.
The UNC Tar Heels picked up another win on Saturday by a score of 3-1 to bring their record to 14-1 on the season. Freshman Alex White pitched 7.2 innings while allowing only an unearned run to pick up his third victory of the season. Alex White also scattered six walks which he needs to tone down before teams start taking advantage of those base runners. Reid Fronk and Dustin Ackley both picked up two hits and an RBI in the game to lead the Tar Heels offense. Jemile Weeks of Miami also picked up two hits in the loss. The teams will be back in action on Sunday with a noon start.
Wake Forest 5
David Adams went 5-6 on the afternoon to lead the Cavaliers to a 13-5 victory over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Jacob Thompson of UVA picked up the victory by lasting 5.1 innings and giving up 5 runs. Alex Smith and Jake Rule pitched 3.2 shutout innings to close out the victory. Patrick Wingfield and Brandon Guyer each picked up three hits in the victory. Wake Forest was led on offense by Austin Jones who hit a three run homer in the fifth inning. The teams will play the rubber match on Sunday at 1 pm.
NC State 2
The Maryland Terrapins continue their strong start to the season with a 4-2 victory over NC State on Saturday. The Terps were led on offense by Mike Murphy and Jon Greenwich each hit solo home runs to lead the Terps to the victory. Ryan Moorer pitched 5.2 innings while only giving up 1 run but picked up the no decision. Eric Surkamp was equally as good by pitching seven innings giving up two runs and getting the no-decision also. The Terps were able to break a 2-2 tie in the top of the ninth on Greenwich’s homer and tacked on an insurance run before turning the ball over to Brett Cecil. He pitched a perfect inning to pick up his fifth of the season. The teams will be back in action on Sunday at 1:30 pm.
Georgia Tech 19
Virginia Tech 4
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets followed yesterday’s loss with a 19-4 drubbing of the Virginia Tech Hokies. Matt Wieters and Luke Murton hit home runs in the eight run sixth inning to lead the GT offense to victory. Jared Hyatt picked up his second win of the season by going 5.0 innings in relief.
Boston College 10
The Boston College Eagles picked up their second straight victory over the Duke Blue Devils to star the conference 2-0. Punter/Right Fielder Johnny Ayers went 4-4 with a walk in the lead off role with four runs scored to lead the Eagles to the victory. Dan Houston pitched 5.1 innings of solid relief to pick up his first victory of the season. Andrew Wolcott picked up his first loss of the season by lasting only 1.1 innings and giving up five runs on eight hits.
Florida State 8
The Florida State Seminoles picked up their 19th straight victory to open the season with a 8-2 decision over Indiana. Jason Stidham and Ruari O’Connor both picked up two hits to lead the Seminole offense. Micheal Hyde was struck in the head with a first inning comebacker but ended up going five innings to pick up the win.
Andy D’Alessio and Marquez Smith both hit two run homers to lead the Clemson Tigers to the 8-2 victory over Memphis. Stephen Clyne picked up the victory by going the last 3.1 innings while only giving up one hit and no runs.
No matter what he did, John Ely couldn’t get Kyle Russell out. Russell hit two home runs and a single off Ely, a right-handed starter for Miami University of Ohio.
The problem for the Texas Longhorns was Ely dominated the rest of them with ease.
With his fastball. With his changeup. With his curveball.
Everything Ely threw to the plate seemed to be the perfect pitch as Miami defeated Texas 6-2 on Friday during the first night game at the partially renovated UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
“It feels good to do this against a team like Texas,” Ely said. “I just tried to keep my pitches down, attack the strike zone and get ahead of the count.”
That’s exactly what Ely did, which is why it took him 135 pitches to get through the entire game. He gave up just seven hits.
“The story is more about what they were able to do instead of what we weren’t able to do,” Texas coach Augie Garrido said. “To take anything away from (Ely) would be unprofessional. It was his night.”
The Redhawks jumped on Texas starter James Russell (3-2), scoring two runs in the first and second innings for a 4-0 lead.
“I had a little trouble with location, and the good pitches I made, they put in play,” said Russell, who gave up six runs (five earned) and 10 hits in five-plus innings.
Once the Redhawks (3-4) jumped ahead, the Longhorns (13-7) couldn’t touch Ely.
The Horns loaded the bases in the second inning with two outs, but Travis Tucker’s hard-hit ground ball found the glove of Miami third baseman Jordan Petraitis, who ended the inning with a force at second.
“That was a play of great reflexes,” Garrido said. “If that’s a hit, the momentum changes right there. But he makes that play, and they keep the momentum.”
There were bright spots for Texas. Kyle Russell continued to pound the ball, going 3 for 4, including the solo shots in the sixth and eighth innings. He has eight home runs and 21 RBIs in just 20 games.
Last year Russell started strong before tailing off and finishing with 10 homers and 42 RBIs.
“I’m just sitting here, relaxing, seeing the ball and hitting the ball,” he said. “I’ve experienced tailing off, and I think this year I’m more mature.”
The other bright spot was reliever Keith Shinaberry, who pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings, giving up just one walk.
Texas will face Miami again at 2 p.m. today, sending right-hander Adrian Alaniz to the mound to face Connor Graham.
The Ohio State Buckeyes knocked off North Florida 3-2 in 11 innings on Friday evening. The Buckeyes had the potential winning runs thrown out at the plate in the top of the ninth and tenth innings but were able to break through in the 11th inning. Eric Fryer hit a perfect swinging bunt in the 11th inning with the bases loaded to drive home Ryan Dew from third base with the winning run. Ohio State will be back in action tomorrow at 4pm when they face Western Michigan while North Florida will face off with Uconn at 1pm.