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The CBB checks in on BC-UNC Game 1

The College Baseball Blog headed to the Boston College and North Carolina doubleheader on Saturday. I only stayed for the first game of the doubleheader because of the bitter cold that is hitting New England.

Robert Woodard started for the Tar Heels and Kevin Boggan for the Eagles. Woodard only lasted four and a third innings while giving up two runs on eight hits. Woodard was not very effective in his work as he had zero strikeouts and the Boston College bats were not missing many pitches. He did not have his top of the line slider that has become his out pitch over the last few years. Kevin Boggan gave the Eagles six strong innings while giving up three runs on six hits. Boggan had a decent curveball and an effective curveball that kept the Tar Heels off balance but they were able to get the key hit unlike Boston College. Boggan was followed by freshman Michael Belfiore who went 2.2 innings while surrending three runs on five hits. Geoff Oxley got the final out of the ninth.

The Boston College Eagles continued to run themselves out of innings. In the third inning, Ryan Hutchinson reached third base with one out and subsequently picked off by Robert Woodard in a 2-1 game at that point. The next inning Boston College had Tony Sanchez and Eric Campbell get back to back singles to set up a 1st and 2nd situation with Peter Frates up to bat. Frates proceeded to lay down which went right back to Woodard who proceeded to throw Sanchez out at third base and Chad Flack just missed doubling up Frates at first base. Jett Ruiz then came up and hit a sharp groundball to the right of Josh Horton who snagged it and tossed it to Reid Fronk who made a great turn at the bag and completed the double play by making a very strong throw to Dustin Ackley at first. Boston College loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth but were not able to bring any runners in.

The UNC Tar Heels showed a very strong lineup from top to bottom. Josh Horton hit a key three run double to blow the game wide open and provided the final 7-2 scoreline. Horton went 2-3 in the game while scoring three runs, driving in three, and walking twice. Horton really impressed me with his stellar defense and great hitting. Reid Fronk also played extremely well with many extended at bats including his triple he hit in the first innings. He went 3-5 and was only a homer shy of hitting for the cycle. Dustin Ackley looked like a solid player but only went 1-4.

The teams will be back in action on Sunday for the final game of the series.

Boston College Recap
North Carolina Recap

ACC Recap for April 6th



Florida State 10 NC State 4

Bryan Henry continued his perfect start to the season by going seven strong innings while allowing three runs on six hits. Brandon Reichert led the Noles offense by grabbing 4 RBIs including a home run. Buster Posey led all players with three hits.

FSU Recap
NC State Recap
UVA 4 Duke 0

The Virginia Cavaliers received complete shutout from Jacob Thompson who allowed only four hits while striking out ten to pick up the 4-0 victory over Duke. Greg Miclat, Sean Doolittle, and Brandon Marsh all went 2-3 in the game to lead the offense.

Virginia Recap
Duke Recap

Georgia Tech 9 Miami 2

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets got a three run homer from Wally Crancer in the third inning to lead the Jackets to the 9-2 victory over Miami. David Duncan pitched 5.1 innings while giving two runs to up his record to 5-2 on the season.

GT Recap

Miami Recap

Wake Forest 8 Maryland 5
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons came back from two three run deficits to deficit the Terps by an 8-5 score. Andy Goff hit his first homer of the season and Ben Terry went 4-4 to lead the Deacons attack. Wake Forest starter Brad Kledzik settled down after a rough first inning to allow five runs over his six innings.

Wake Forest Recap

Maryland Recap

The Clemson Tigers are leading Virginia Tech 5-1 in a suspended game which was stopped because of snow and heavy winds in the fifth inning. The teams will try to continue the game on Saturday.

Clemson Recap

Virginia Tech Recap

ACC Weekend Preview for April 6th-8th

FSU at NC State

The Florida State Seminoles head to Raleigh NC to take on the Wolfpack. Florida State is coming off a 16-7 loss to Florida on Wednesday. The Seminoles have a 29-3 record and 8-1 in the ACC. The Seminoles starting pitchers have been fantastic this year with Bryan Henry leading the staff with a record of 7-0 and an ERA of 2.44. Ryan Strauss and Michael Hyde complete the staff. Strauss has a 7-0 record with an ERA of 2.08. Michael Hyde got the first loss for the staff last Saturday against Duke. He has an 8-1 record and an ERA of 2.79.

The NC State Wolfpack picked up a come from behind victory over East Carolina on Wednesday by a 3-2 scoreline. They enter the series with Florida State sporting a 23-8 overall record and 8-4 record in the ACC. NC State completed a sweep over the Boston College Eagles last weekend and outscored the Eagles by a score of 40-7 over series. NC State top pitching prospect is Andrew Brackman who pitched seven innings last weekend while only allowing 1 run and four hits. He hit 97 on one of the radar guns that was around me. He has an overall record of 5-2 with a 3.42 ERA.

The College Baseball Blog predicts NC State takes two out of three games this weekend.

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Bryan Henry (7-0, 2.44 ERA) vs Eric Surkamp (3-1, 3.00 ERA)
Saturday: Michael Hyde (8-1 2.79 ERA) vs Andrew Brackman (5-2, 3.42 ERA)
Sunday: Ryan Strauss (7-0, 2.08) vs Jimmy Gillheeney (3-1, 2.06 ERA)

FSU Game Notes
NC State Game Notes

Clemson at Virginia Tech

The Clemson Tigers will head to Virginia Tech for a three game set this weekend. They have an overall record of 20-9 but an average 5-4 mark in the ACC. The Tigers picked up two big OOC victories over SEC foe Georgia. The Tigers pitching has been suspect so they will have potential All-American closer Daniel Moskos making his first career start on Friday. The top hitter for the Tigers is Brad Chalk who is hitting .408. Andy D’Alessio is questionable for the weekend with a pulled groin he suffered last weekend against Miami.

Virginia Tech enters with 16-14 overall record and 4-8 in the ACC under first year head coach Peter Hughes. The Hokies knocked off VMI on Wednesday but were swept at home by the Virginia Cavaliers. They have had some pitching problems this season as the staff has the second highest ERA in the conference at 5.94 which is only behind the BC Eagles. Adam Redd is the top pitcher with a 2-2 record and ERA of 2.89. Sean O’Brien is the top hitter for the Hokies with a .345 average while driving in 18 runs. Nate Parks has become a pest on the base paths as he has 24 stolen bases in 28 attempts.

The College Baseball Blog predicts that Clemson sweeps the Hokies.

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Daniel Moskos (2-2, 2.49 ERA) vs Greg Fryman (2-4, 6.80 ERA)
Saturday: David Kopp (3-2, 3.32 ERA) vs Andrew Wells (2-2, 5.49 ERA)
Sunday: Ryan Hinson (2-1, 2.04 ERA) vs Adam Redd (2-2, 2.89 ERA)

Clemson Game Notes

Virginia Tech Game Notes

Duke at Virginia

The Duke Blue Devils head to Charlottesville for an ACC series with the Virginia Cavaliers. The Blue Devils started the season with a 15-1 record but have struggled since then by losing 11 out of the next 17 to have an overall record of 21-11 but 2-10 in the ACC. The Blue Devils knocked off previously number 1 ranked Florida State behind top pitcher Tony Bajoczky. The Blue Devils are young and talented so the Cavaliers better take them seriously. The Cavaliers lost on Wednesday night at VMI but enter with a solid 27-6 record and tied for first place in the coastal division with an 8-4 mark. Jacob Thompson has become the ace of the staff with a 7-0 record and an ERA of 1.75. He is the leading candidate for ACC Pitcher of the Year if he can continue these numbers. The top hitter is Brandon Guyer who is hitting an outstanding .443 on the season.

The Virginia Cavaliers will take two out of three games according to The College Baseball Blog.

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Jacob Thompson (7-0, 1.75 ERA) vs Alexander Hassan (2-1, 2.86 ERA)
Saturday: Matt Packer (3-1, 3.12 ERA) vs Tony Bajoczky (5-2, 2.63 ERA)
Sunday: Sean Doolittle (5-2, 2.74 ERA) vs TBA

Virginia Game Notes
Duke Game Notes

Georgia Tech at Miami

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets enter Coral Gables with a very respectable 20-11 mark and tied for first place in the Coastal Division of the ACC at 8-4. The Yellow Jackets pitching is still suspect with David Duncan leading the staff with a 4-2 record and 3.54 ERA. The Yellow Jackets offense is still loaded with Danny Payne hitting .409 in the leadoff role and Matt Wieters continuing his great career with a .325 average and six homers on the season.

Miami is coming in with a 18-13 record and only 5-7 in the ACC. The Hurricanes have played some of the top teams in the ACC early in the season thus the reason for the slow start. They will start playing some easier games in the coming weeks to get themselves eligible for the conference tournament. Eric Erickson has been far the best pitcher on the staff with a solid 4-3 record and a minuscule ERA of 1.96. Yonder Alonso leads the team in batting average at a .383 clip.

The College Baseball Blog predicts that Miami wins two out of three games this weekend.

Probable Pitchers
Friday: David Duncan (4-2, 3.54 ERA) vs Erik Erickson (4-3, 1.96 ERA)
Saturday: John Goodman (1-1, 4.18 ERA) vs Scott Maine (2-5, 4.42 ERA)
Sunday: Ryan Turner (3-3, 3.57 ERA) vs Enrique Garcia (2-2, 2.91 ERA)

Miami Game Notes

GT Game Notes

Wake Forest at Maryland

Wake Forest and Maryland both enter this must win series looking to knock each other farther back from the eighth spot in the ACC standings. Wake Forest enters with an overall record of 15-16 and 4-8 in the ACC. They have had some starting pitching struggles with a staff ERA of 5.26. They are led by All-American candidate Allan Dykstra who leads the team with 12 homers. Wake Forest will be without Willy Fox who is out with a leg injury.

Maryland enters with a record of 19-12 and 5-7 in the ACC. They have been receiving great play from Freshman AJ Casario who leads the team in hitting at .327. The top pitcher in the rotation for the Terps has been Ryan Moorer who is 3-1 with a 3.43 ERA.

The College Baseball Blog predicts that Wake Forest sweeps the Terps with their powerful offense.

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Brad Kledzik (2-2, 4.81 ERA) vs Casey Baron (3-1, 3.60 ERA)
Saturday: Garrett Bullock (2-1, 5.31 ERA) vs Ryan Moorer (3-1 3.43 ERA)
Sunday: Charlie Mellies (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs Kevin Biringer (2-5, 4.75 ERA)

Maryland Game Notes
Wake Forest Game Notes

I previewed the UNC at Boston College yesterday and it can be read here.

Clemson rallies past UGA

The Clemson Tigers scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to knock off the Georgia Bulldogs 11-10 in non-conference action. Addison Johnson hit a line drive with two outs to left field with the winning run on second in DJ Mitchell. Matt Cerione dove for the ball and flipped over. As he was getting up to show that he made the catch, the ball popped loose and the winning run scored. Joshua Fields picked up his fifth loss of the season as he continues to struggle with a 1-5 record and an ERA of 5.91. Stephen Clyne picked up the win by getting the final out in the top of the ninth. His record goes to 4-0. Georgia will head to Ole Miss on Thursday while Clemson stays home to host Virginia Tech.

Clemson Recap
Georgia Recap

Clemson hosts Georgia

The Clemson Tigers will host the Georgia Bulldogs in the second half of a home and home series tonight. The Tigers picked up a 4-2 victory on Tuesday in Athens GA behind strong pitching from Alan Farina and Stephen Clyne. (Recap available here.) Georgia will start Jason Leaver while Clemson will counter with Matt Zoltak. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

Clemson Game Notes
Georgia Game Notes

ACC Players of the Week

Tony Thomas Jr. of Florida State and Eric Niesen of Wake Forest were recognized as Players of the Week in the ACC for the week ending on April 1st.

Thomas led the Seminoles to a series victory over Duke and a victory over North Florida on Wednesday in which he had a week average of .579 (11-19) with five homers, five singles, and a double. He also scored nine runs, drove in eight runs, and stole four bases. Thomas was also named a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

Eric Niesen made three appearances this week and had an ERA of 0.00 over 10 innings. He pitched 8.1 shutout innings on Sunday against North Carolina, pitched 0.2 innings on Friday against North Carolina, and a scoreless inning on Wednesday against Winthrop.

ACC Release
Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Release

FSU Release
Wake Forest Release

ACC Recap for 4/1



Florida State 8 Duke 5

The Florida State Seminoles scored two runs in the first inning and never looked back as they took the rubber game with the Blue Devils 8-5. Tony Thomas Jr. went 4 for 5 with two homers and four RBI’s. Ryan Strauss continued his perfect start to his collegiate career as he picked up his seventh win of the season with six innings of work. FSU will be back in action on Tuesday when they head to Jacksonville for a single game with the Florida Gators before heading back into ACC play next weekend with a visit to NC State. Duke will head to Davidson on Tuesday before heading to Virginia for a weekend set.

FSU Recap
Duke Recap

Wake Forest 6 North Carolina 0

Eric Nielsen of Wake Forest shut down the North Carolina Tar Heel offense by allowing only six hits in his 8.1 innings of work. Willy Fox of Wake Forest led the offense by going 4-5 with an RBI and a two runs scored. Dustin Ackley got a single in the first inning to extend his hit streak to 22 straight games. Luke Putkonen got his first career loss today to drop his overall record to 5-1 while Nielsen goes to 3-3. UNC will host UNC Wilmington on Tuesday before heading to Boston College for a Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday series while Wake Forest will head to Elon on Tuesday before going to Maryland over the weekend.

Wake Forest Recap
North Carolina Recap

Virginia 8 Virginia Tech 5

Sean Doolittle pitched 6.2 innings while allowing two unearned runs as the Virginia Cavaliers completed a sweep over the Virginia Tech Hokies 8-5. Tim Henry led the offensive attack by going 2-4 with 2 RBI in the win. Bryan Thomas went 2-5 with 2 RBIs in the losing effort for the Hokies. Virginia will be back in action on Tuesday when they travel to VMI before hosting Duke while Virginia Tech will play VMI on Wednesday before hosting Clemson.

UVA Recap
VT Recap

Miami 7 Clemson 6

The Miami Hurricanes grabbed the rubber game of their series with the Clemson Tigers by a score of 7-6. The Hurricanes received 3.2 innings of one run relief from Danny Gil and grabbed a run off of Daniel Moskos in the eighth inning which proved to be the winning run. The Hurricanes will be back in action on Wednesday when they play FIU while Clemson travels to Georgia on Tuesday.

Miami Recap
Clemson Recap

Georgia Tech 4 Maryland 2

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets completed the sweep over the Maryland Terps with a 4-2 victory. This series sweep was a devastating loss for the Terrapins as this was their chance to prove their mettle against a solid ACC team but could not come through in the clutch. On Sunday, Matt Wieters and Michael Fisher each hit homers to lead the Yellow Jacket offense. GT will host Wofford on Tuesday before heading to Miami for a weekend set. Maryland will host UMBC on Tuesday and head to Towson on Wednesday before hosting Wake Forest next weekend.

GT Recap
Maryland Recap

NC State 6 Boston College 2

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ACC Recap for 3/31

Duke 8 Florida State 5

Tallahassee native Tony Bajoczky went 6.2 innings while giving up four runs on six hits to give the Duke Blue Devils their seocnd ACC win and Florida State’s first ACC loss. Duke was able to jump all over Michael Hyde in the second inning by knocking him out of the game on six hits and six runs in the inning. This was Hyde’s first loss of the season which drops him to 8-1 while Tony Bajoczky goes to 5-2. Duke and FSU finish off the series at noon.

Duke Recap
FSU Recap

UNC 11 Wake Forest 6

The North Carolina Tar Heels used an eight run seventh inning to erase a 5-1 deficit and leading the Tar Heels to the 11-6 victory. The Tar Heels received a average outing from Alex White in which he gave up four runs in his six innings. Dustin Ackley continued his strong freshman season by picking up another two hits in the game. The Tar Heels and Demon Deacons finish off the series tomorrow at 1:30 pm.

UNC Recap
Wake Forest Recap

UVA 11 Virginia Tech 4

The Virginia Cavaliers got 17 hits to pick up a 11-4 victory over the Virginia Tech Hokies. Brandon Marsh led the offense with a four hits while Brandon Guyer and Tyler Cannon also picked up three hits. UVA starter Matt Packer only lasted four innings while giving up four runs (two earned) and was relieved by Andrew Carraway who pitched five scoreless innings to get his fourth victory. The Cavs and Hokies finish the series at 1 pm Sunday.

UVA Recap
Virginia Tech Recap

Clemson 4 Miami 1

The Clemson Tigers bounced back to tie the series at one game a piece on Saturday with a 4-1 victory over Miami. The Tigers got six innings of one run baseball from Ryan Hinson to up his record to 2-1 on the season. He was followed by Stephen Clyne who allowed only one walk in two innings of work while Daniel Moskos pitched a perfect ninth to get his sixth save of the season. Brad Chaulk went 3-4 to lead the offense. The teams play the rubber game on Sunday at 12:00pm.

Clemson Recap
Miami Recap

Georgia Tech 16 Maryland 6

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets clinched a series victory with a 16-6 victory over the Maryland Terrapins. Tony Plagman went 4-5 with four RBIs and 3 runs scored to lead the offensive attack of the Yellow Jackets. Patrick Long also had a solid day by going 3-4 with 4 RBI’s at the plate. The teams finish the series off on Sunday at 1 pm.

GT Recap
Maryland Recap

NC State 10 Boston College 1

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The CBB reports on Game 2 of BC/NC State



NC State 10 Boston College 1

The NC State Wolfpack jumped all over Boston College starter Nick Asselin as they were able to get a quick seven runs over the first two innings to cruise to a 10-1 victory. Asselin gave up six hits, three walks, and hit a batter while giving up seven earned runs over his two innings of work. He was followed by Nate Jeanes who looked solid in seven innings of work while giving up three runs in the eighth inning as he was tiring.

Andrew Brackman was very unimpressive to myself in seven innings he gave up four hits, three walks, and hit two batters while giving up only one earned run. He hit 97 on the radar gun a few times but was not hitting his corners and his curveball was flat over the first 3 or 4 innings. I still don’t see how the scouts have him going in the first round but I believe that his size is the biggest reason scouts are in love with him.

This was the first game I have attended this year and I have to say that I was unimpressed with the Boston College hitters. Tony Sanchez was the only hitter that looked comfortable at the plate while Jared McGuire has continued to struggle since he moved to left field last season. He won the Big East Player of the Year award as a sophomore and is barely cracking .260. I don’t think I will be at the game on Sunday as I have some better options in the area for baseball including a solid Navy team taking on Holy Cross and some Division 2 action at Bryant. We will see where I show up tomorrow and if I do head to the Heights, I better see some life out of that baseball program or it will be a very long season.

NC State Recap
BC Recap

ACC Recap for 3/30



FSU 15 Duke 3

The Florida State offense continued their slaughter on ACC pitching with a 15-3 victory over the Duke Blue Devils in Game 1 of their weekend series. Tony Thomas Jr. had three hits on the night including two homers. He hit his first homer to lead-off the game and hit his other homer in the second inning when the Seminoles tacked on five runs. Bryan Henry continued his strong pitching by going six innings while giving up two runs. The victory tonight was his seventh consecutive to start the season. Alexander Hassan picked up his first collegiate loss by giving up nine runs in 2.2 innings. The teams will continue their series on Saturday with Game 2 with a battle of Tallahassee with native sons Michael Hyde facing Tony Bajoczky at 2:00 pm.

FSU Recap
Duke Recap

UNC 3 Wake Forest 1

Robert Woodard pitched an absolute gem on Friday evening to take the opener of their weekend set with Wake Forest by a score of 3-1. Woodard went 7.1 innings while only giving up two hits with one of them being a home run for Michael Murray. The homer was Murray’s first career round tripper. Brad Kledzik pitched 6.1 inngs while giving up all three runs. He gave up a two-run homer in the first inning to Dustin Ackley who continued his hitting streak to twenty games with the homer. Andrew Carignan struck out the side in the ninth to get his seventh save of the season while Robert Woodard goes to 6-0 on the season. First pitch for Game 2 is scheduled for 1:00 pm.

UNC Recap
Wake Forest Recap

Virginia 3 Virginia Tech 1

The Virginia Cavaliers headed across the state to take on the Virginia Tech Hokies and walked away with a 3-1 victory. Jacob Thompson started the game for the Cavaliers and went seven innings giving up six hits but only one did damage in Luke Padgett’s seventh inning homer. Tim Henry led the Cavs offense with a two run double int he second inning then was driven in by the next batter Greg Miclat to account for all the scoring in the game. Greg Fryman pitched a complete game but picks up his fourth loss of the season. Jacob Thompson now is 7-0 and Casey Lambert got his seventh save by striking out the side in the bottom of the ninth. The teams will continue tomorrow with Game 2 at 1:00 pm on RSN.

UVA Recap
VT Recap

Miami 10 Clemson 3

The Miami Hurricanes used a 13 hit attack to easily handle the Clemson Tigers by a 10-3 score. Yonder Alonso hit two homers to lead the Hurricane attack while starting pitcher Eric Erickson was strong in his six innings of work and only gave up three runs to get his fourth victory of the season. The teams will continue their series at 7:00 pm.

Miami Recap
Clemson Recap

NC State 24 Boston College 4

The North Carolina Wolfpack used a 24 run performance from their offense over the final six innings to blowout the Boston College Eagles 24-4 on Friday. This was Boston College’s first home game of the season but they were rudely greeted by the Wolfpack offense. Mike Roskopf went 4-6 with two homers and six RBIs to lead the Wolfpack bats. BC starter Kevin Boggan gave up ten runs in his 4.2 innings of work to give him an overall record of 2-3 on the season. NC State starter Eric Surkamp went six innings while giving up two runs. NC State pitcher Joey Cutler picked up a save by working the final three innings which was his second save of the season. BC and NC State return to Shea Field on Saturday with first pitch scheduled at 1:00 pm. The College Baseball Blog will have two staff covering the game on Saturday.

BC Recap
NC State Recap

Georgia Tech 5 Maryland 4

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth off of All-American closer Brett Cecil to pick up an exciting 5-4 victory on Friday evening. The game was tied as they entered the top of the ninth with one out Steve Braun hit a solo homer to put the Terps up 4-3. Georgia Tech was able to tie the game on a Danny Payne single to center field in the bottom of the ninth with one out when Luke Murton stepped to the plate and proceeded to hit a single through the left side of the infield to drive in Jeff Ussery with the winning run. Brett Cecil picked up his third loss of the season while Brad Rulon gets his first victory. The teams continue their series with the first pitch at 1:00 pm.

GT Recap
UMD Recap