Mike Martin is looking at the starting rotation and might be mixing things up this weekend when the Seminoles visit Miami. Florida State has one of the top pitchers in the country in Bryan Henry but Michael Hyde has started to struggle with two consecutive losses and a no-decision in his last start against North Carolina in which he only lasted 3.1 innings. Ryan Strauss also struggled mightly against North Carolina on Sunday by giving up five runs in 3.2 innings. The Tallahassee Democrat discusses the topic here.
Danny Payne of Georgia Tech was named the ACC Player of the Week after hitting .545 over four games last week. The Yellow Jackets won all four games of the week with a victory over Georgia on Wednesday and sweeping NC State in a three game ACC series this past weekend.
David Duncan also of Georgia Tech and Bryan Henry of FSU were named Co-Pitchers of the Week for the ACC. Duncan pitched 8.2 innings on Friday against NC State in which he only allowed one run on two hits while striking out eleven batters. The Jackets ended up scoring two runs in the bottom of the ninth to walk-off with a 2-1 victory. Bryan Henry also started on Friday and held the North Carolina Tar Heels to one run on four hits in eight innings. He upped his record to 10-0 on the season.
The North Carolina Tar Heels were able to salvage the final game of their series with Florida State on Sunday 10-6. Josh Horton, Tim Federowicz, and Kyle Seager all drove in three runs to account for nine out of the ten runs scored. North Carolina starting pitcher Luke Putkonen went 5.2 innings while surrendering four runs on eight hits. His record goes to 6-1 on the season. Andrew Carignan came in to relieve Putkonen and was roughed up for two runs on a hit and four walks. Tim Federowicz came in to close out the game for the Tar Heels and worked out of a bases-loaded jam with the potential leading run on base to get his second career save. FSU starter Ryan Strauss was roughed up in 3.2 innings giving up five runs. He picks up his first loss of the season to drop to 8-1. Mark Gildea led the FSU offense with his second three hit game of the weekend.
Clemson 2 Virginia 1
Ryan Hinson pitched 6.1 scoreless innings while allowing only one hit to Patrick Wingfield in the seventh inning. Hinson gets his record to 4-1 on the season. Alan Farina pitched the final 2.2 innings giving up a run on two hits. He picks up his first save of the season. Sean Doolittle was also strong in his start when allowing only one run in his six innings. Doolittle’s record drops to 6-3. Andy D’Alessio and Taylor Harbin each went 2-4 to lead the Tiger attack. Greg Miclat, Sean Doolittle, and Patrick Wingfield each registered a hit to account for all the hits from the Cavs on the day.
Georgia Tech 7 NC State 3
Luke Murton went 3-4 with two runs scored and two driven in to lead the Yellow Jackets to the 7-3 victory. The Yellow Jackets jumped on NC State starter Jimmy Gillheeney for six runs in his 2.1 innings of work. His record drops to 3-2 on the season. Yellow Jackets starter Ryan Turner only lasted 3.1 innings while giving up three runs. Chris Hicks picked up the victory in relief by going a scoreless two innings to up his record to 2-0.
Duke 4 Maryland 2
The Duke Blue Devils took the rubber game of their series with the Maryland Terrapins by a 4-2 score. The Devils received a solid outing from Andrew Wolcott who went six strong innings while only giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits. Wolcott ups his record to 4-3. He was relieved by Michael Seader who pitched three hitless innings to earn his eighth save on the season. Maryland starter Kevin Biringer who only lasted 4.1 innings while giving up four runs (three earned) to drop his record to 3-8.
Miami 9 Virginia Tech 5
The Miami Hurricanes showed no mercy this weekend as they swept the Virginia Tech Hokies by score of 9-5 on Sunday. Miami got to Virginia Tech starter Andrew Wells (2-4) for all nine runs in the first six innings of the game. Mark Sobolewski went 4-4 with three runs scored while Dennis Raben went 3-5 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Eric Erickson got the win to get his record to 5-3 with five innings and allowing all five Hokie runs (only three earned).
Virginia Tech Recap
Boston College 11 Wake Forest 5
Boston College completed the sweep of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons to take over the eighth spot in the ACC standings. Boston College emergency starter Dan Houston got off to a rough start by allowing three runs in the first inning but settled down to throw six innings allowing four runs on six hits and seven walks. The Boston College offense have come alive lately and continued the trend by pounding out 18 hits. The offense was led by second baseman Joseph Ayers who went 4-4 with an RBI and three runs scored. Michael Belfiore also drove in three runs and went 3-5 at the plate. Wake Forest starter Charlie Mellies who is coming off elbow surgery gave up six runs in four innings of work. The Wake Forest bullpen combined to give up five runs on eight hits over the final four innings.
The Florida State Seminoles took the second game of their weekend series with North Carolina to clinch another series victory. FSU used a two run homer from Jack Rye in the fifth inning which turned out to be the winning run. Travis Burge and Danny Rosen pitched the final three innings to give the Noles their 12th victory on the season.
Virginia 3 Clemson 0
Matt Packer, Michael Schwimer, Casey Lambert combined on a four hit shutout over Clemson at Doug Kingsmore Stadium to clinch the series victory for the Cavs. Beau Seabury went 2-4 with an RBI to lead the Cavs offense while Taylor Harbin was the only Tiger with multiple hits in the game.
Georgia Tech 4 NC State 3
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets picked up another one run victory over NC State on Saturday for the second straight day. Danny Payne hit a run scoring single in the sixth inning to break a 3-3 tie and lead the Jackets to the win. The Wolfpack offense was held in check by the GT pitching as they struck out 17 batters in the game.
Duke 11 Maryland 1
Tony Bajoczky continued his strong pitching with a complete game victory over the Maryland Terrapins on Saturday. The offensive star for Duke was Alexander Hassan who went 2-4 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI in the win.
Miami 4 VT 3
The Miami Hurricanes clinched a series victory with a tough 4-3 win over the Virginia Tech Hokies. Mark Sobolewski led the offensive attack with two hits and a homer.
I would like to apologize to my readers on the length of my posts today but I really didn’t plan on BC-Wake Forest to go 17 innings. Click here for my recap of that game.
The College Baseball Blog took a little road trip on Saturday down to Brockton MA for some ACC action between Boston College and Wake Forest. BC got a fabulous pitching performance from junior pitcher Terry Doyle who was on top of his game for the first time this season. He went nine innings while giving up two runs (one earned) while striking out 12 batters. Wake Forest starter Garret Bullock was equally impressive as he went ten innings while also giving up two runs. The teams stayed tied until the 14th inning when Wake Forest manufactured a run out of a lead-off single from Evan Ocheltree who was driven home with two outs by Allan Dykstra who hit a ball in the hole to Ryan Hutchinson but he bobbled the ball to let the run score. Boston College responded right away in the bottom of the 14th as Jared McGuire hit a lead-off triple and was driven in with a single through the left part of the infield by Joseph Ayers. Wake was able to get out of the inning without anymore damage. The teams continued to stay tied until the top of the 17th inning when Ben Terry and Allan Dykstra hit back to back singles to start the inning. Nate Jeanes then walked Eric Williams to load the bases with no outs. Jeanes then bared down and struck out Andy Goff and induced a shallow fly ball to Peter Frates which Ben Terry could not score on because it was not deep enough. Jeanes then struck out Ocheltree to end the inning. The Eagles then took their at bats against Phil Negus and Tony Sanchez hit a single to lead off the inning and then was driven in by next batter Eric Campbell who hit an absoulte bomb to center field which went off the wall and enabled Sanchez to score all the way from first base to give the Eagles their second walkoff win in as many days. Nate Jeanes pitched 5.2 innings while allowing only one run. Eric Nielsen took over for Bullock and gave them five innings while only giving up a single run also. Local MA native Phil Negus came in to relieve Nielsen and got the loss in 1.0+ innings of work in his return to Massachusetts.
The Florida State Seminoles knocked off UNC 4-2 in the first game of their weekend series. Bryan Henry continued his strong pitching by giving the Noles eight innings while only one run on four hits to bring his record to 10-0. Robert Woodard was also strong as he allowed two runs in seven innings while striking out eight batters. This was Woodard first loss since March 26th, 2006 against Georgia Tech. Woodard’s career record is now 30-4 and on the season 7-1. Mark Gildea led the Seminoles offense by going 3-4 with 3 RBI. Dustin Ackely hit his sixth homer on the season but his average dropped on the night because he went 1-4. Game 2 of the series will take place at 1 pm on Saturday.
Boston College 5 Wake Forest 4
The Boston College Eagles scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth to pick up a crucial 5-4 victory over Wake Forest in Game 1 of their series. The Eagles took advantage of Josh Ellis in the bottom of the ninth as he hit two batters and gave up three hits to drop his record to 2-2 on the season. James MacDonald picked up his first win of the year by getting the final out of the ninth. Kevin Boggan gave the Eagles seven innings while only allowing two runs while Wake Forest starter Brad Kledzik pitched 7.1 innings while also giving up two runs. The Eagles tied the game at two in the bottom of the eighth but Wake Forest broke through for two runs in the top of the ninth off of Geoff Oxley. I should be in attendance tomorrow in Brockton to see some baseball.
Virginia 5 Clemson 3
The Virginia Cavaliers stole nine bases while knocking off the Clemson Tigers 5-3. Jacob Thompson continued with his strong season as he went eight innings while giving up three runs. Thompson now has a record of 9-0 while Casey Lambert closed the door with a scoreless ninth to get his eighth save. Daniel Moskos started for Clemson but was roughed up for four runs in 3.1 innings. His record evens up at 3-3. Sean Doolittle went 3-4 with two RBI. Andy D’Alessio went 2-4 with a two run homer to lead the Tiger offense. The teams will be back in action at 7:00 PM Saturday.
GT 2 NC State 1
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets scored two runs on a Wally Crancer walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth to lead the Jackets to the 2-1 victory. David Duncan and Eric Surkamp both pitched outstanding for both squads. Duncan went 8.2 innings while striking out a career high 11 batters but did not get the decision as Brad Rulon got the last out in the ninth to up his record to 2-1. Eric Surkamp was the only pitcher used in the game by the Wolfpack. He entered the ninth inning nursing a 1-0 lead when the top of the order in Danny Payne lead off the inning with an infield single to third base. Michael Fisher then laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to put Payne at second with Matt Wieters up to bat. The Wolfpack intentionally walked Wieters to face Wally Crancer. He drove the first pitch he saw into the left center gap which enabled both runners to score and give the Jackets the walkoff win. Surkamp’s record drops to 3-2 on the season but should be much better then that. The teams continue their series at 7 pm on Saturday evening.
Maryland 5 Duke 4 (11 innings)
The Maryland Terps outlasted the Duke Blue Devils in 11 innings to get a 5-4 victory. Dan Benick scored the winning run in the 11th on a throwing error by Duke’s catcher Matt Williams to give Maryland the lead for good. Brett Cecil pitched the final 3.1 innings to get his fifth win of the season while Jonathan Anderson gets the loss to drop his record to 2-2. The teams will head back to the field on Saturday at 2 pm for Game 2 of the series.
Miami 11 VT 9
The Virginia Tech athletic department hosted their first athletic event on Friday evening since the shooting incident earlier this week and they drew an English Field record crowd of 3,132. Nick Freitas made an incredible catch at the left field wall to rob Warren Schaeffer of the tying home run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Danny Gil picked up his third save of the season while Scott Maine picked up the win to up his record to 3-5. VT starter Adam Redd gets the loss by giving up seven runs in five innings of work to drop his record to 2-4. The teams will be back in action on Saturday for Game 2 at 5 PM.
The biggest series of the weekend in the country takes place in Tallahassee where the Seminoles take on the North Carolina Tar Heels. Each team leads their respective divisions in the ACC. Both schools also are in the top 5 in all major polls in the nation. North Carolina is led by Freshman sensation Dustin Ackley who leads the nation with a .474 batting average. Robert Woodard will take the ball on Friday night as he continues to be the ace of the staff. He leads the team with 7-0 record with an ERA of 1.98. Florida State is led by Tony Thomas Jr. who has the highest batting average on the team at .465. Bryan Henry is continuing to hold down the number 1 starter role as he is 9-0 with a 2.37 ERA. The CBB predicts that UNC sweeps the Seminoles in Tallahassee. (I am still not a fan of FSU pitching).
Friday: Robert Woodard (7-0, 1.98 ERA) vs Bryan Henry (9-0, 2.37 ERA)
Saturday: Alex White (4-2, 3.04 ERA) vs Michael Hyde (8-2, 2.84 ERA)
Sunday: Luke Putkonen (5-1, 3.43 ERA) vs Ryan Strauss (8-0, 2.44 ERA)
UNC Game Notes
FSU Game Notes
Tallahassee Democrat Preview
SEBaseball Article on Woodard
Virginia at Clemson
The other big series this weekend is when Virginia heads down to Clemson for a three game set. The Cavaliers are ranked eighth in the nation and Clemson 13th by NCBWA. Virginia is led by one of the top pitchers in the country in Jacob Thompson who enters the weekend with an 8-0 record and 1.32 ERA. The Cavaliers are led by Brandon Guyer who currently has a 25 game hitting streak in which he is hitting .439 during that time. Greg Miclat also is hitting .404 on the season. The Cavs knocked off Richmond on Tuesday 12-5. The Tigers have moved closer Daniel Moskos to the starting the rotation the last two weekends where he has pitched 10 innings and only allowed two runs. Brad Chaulk leads the team with a .416 average and Marquez Smith leads the team with six homers on the season. The CBB predicts that Virginia takes 2 out of 3 games.
Friday: Jacob Thompson (8-0, 1.32 ERA) vs Daniel Moskos (3-2, 2.27 ERA)
Saturday: Matt Packer (3-2, 3.75 ERA) vs David Kopp (4-2, 3.74 ERA)
Sunday: Sean Doolittle (6-2, 2.42 ERA) vs Ryan Hinson (3-1, 2.28 ERA)
NC State at Georgia Tech
The Wolfpack head down to Atlanta to take on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in another key ACC showdown. NC State enters the series with a 27-11 overall record and 11-7 in the ACC. NC State is led by starting pitcher Eric Surkamp who is 3-1 with a 2.98 ERA. Andrew Brackman fills the Saturday starter role but has been up and down throughout the season as his record is 6-3 with a mediocre ERA of 3.67 ERA. Mike Roskopf continues his hot hitting as he has a .435 average over the last 12 games. NC State rolled past Davidson on Wednesday with a 14-3 victory. Georgia Tech enters with a 23-14 record and a solid 10-7 in the ACC. They have had suspect starting pitching this year with Eddie Burns leading the staff with a 3-1 record and 2.74 ERA. Matt Wieters (.336 BA) and Danny Payne (.379 BA) still are the heart and soul of the Yellow Jackets attack. The CBB predicts that NC State takes 2 out of 3 games.
Friday: David Duncan (5-2, 3.29) vs Eric Surkamp (3-1, 2.98)
Saturday: Eddie Burns (3-1, 2.74) vs Andrew Brackman (6-3, 3.67)
Sunday: Ryan Turner (3-3, 3.74) vs. Jimmy Gillheeney (3-1, 3.40)
Maryland at Duke
The Maryland Terrapins and Duke Blue Devils will meet in Durham NC. Both schools will be looking to get back into the ACC Tournament hunt as Maryland is two games behind Wake Forest for the last spot while Duke is four games behind Wake Forest. Maryland is led by Dan Benick who leads the every day players with a .333 average. The top starting pitcher for the Terps has been Casey Baron who is 4-3 with a 3.64 ERA. Duke has been receiving tremendous pitching performances from Tony Bajoczky who has beaten FSU, UVA, and Georgia Tech on the season. His record is 7-2 with a solid 2.94 ERA. The CBB predicts that Duke takes 2 out of 3 games.
Friday: Alexander Hassan (2-3, 3.43 ERA) vs Casey Baron (4-3, 3.64 ERA)
Saturday: Tony Bajoczky (7-2, 2.94 ERA) vs Ryan Moorer (3-2, 4.21 ERA)
Sunday: Jonathan Anderson (2-1, 2.05 ERA) vs Kevin Biringer (3-7, 5.95 ERA)
Maryland Game Notes
Duke Game Notes
Miami at Va Tech
This series took on special meaning this week after the tragedies at Virginia Tech this past week. The game on Friday night will be the first athletic event since the incident on Monday in which the Hokies will participate in. The Miami athletic department in a pre-game ceremony will present a check for 10,000 dollars to the fund for the victims of Monday’s tragedies. The Hurricanes are led by Yonder Alonso who is hitting .373 average while the Hokies are led by Sean O’Brien at .340. The CBB predicts that Miami takes 2 out of 3 games.
Miami Game Notes
VT Game Notes
Wake Forest at Boston College
Wake Forest heads up north to take on the Boston College Eagles. Wake Forest enters the weekend with a 22-19 overall record and 8-10 ACC record. Wake Forest currently has a two game lead over Boston College who enters with a 13-21-1 record and 6-12. Boston College needs to sweep the Deacons this weekend to put themselves in position to make the ACC Tournament as the season is winding down. Wake Forest is led by All-American candidate Allan Dykstra who leads the team in average at .351 and homers at 15. The Deacons might be without their second best hitter Willy Fox who is suffering from an injury he got from confronting an intruder on April 2nd. Boston College has struggled throughout the season with the worst hitting team in the conference. They broke out last weekend against Maryland on Sunday in a 18-6 victory over the Terps. BC is led by freshman catcher Tony Sanchez who is hitting .344 average. The CBB will be in attendance for Saturday’s game in Brockton and we predict that Wake Forest sweeps the Eagles.
Friday: Brad Kledzik (3-3, 5.33 ERA) vs Kevin Boggan (3-4, 4.24 ERA)
Saturday: Garrett Bullock (3-1, 5.50 ERA) vs Terry Doyle (2-3, 6.50 ERA)
Sunday: Charlie Mellies (1-1, 5.40 ERA) vs Nate Jeanes (0-3, 5.13 ERA)
Wake Forest Game Notes
The ACC has announced their players of the week for the period ending on April 16th in Buster Posey and Enrique Garcia. Posey led FSU to a 4-0 record by hitting .416 (5 for 12) in the weekend sweep over Virginia Tech. Posey also had a perfect week on defense as he didn’t commit an error in his 29 fielding attempts. Garcia pitched a complete game against NC State on Saturday as the Hurricanes went on to win the game 5-1. Garcia pitched eight shutout innings before tiring in the ninth as he allowed a run on two hits in the final inning.
Ryan Strauss pitched seven strong innings to pick up his eighth straight victory to start the season as his Seminoles knocked off the Hokies 8-5. The Seminoles bullpen gave up four runs over the final two innings but the Noles held off the late charge. Mark Gildea led the offense by going 3-5 with 2 RBI. FSU will be back in action on Wednesday when they host Florida while VT hosts William & Mary also on Wednesday.
Clemson 5 Wake Forest 4
Wake Forest put the typing run on second base with one out in the bottom of the ninth when the rain came down in buckets thus calling the game after 8.1 innings. Ryan Hinson gets the win for the Tigers by giving a solid start for the Tigers. He went seven innings while only giving up two runs. The Tigers offense was led by Andy D’Alessio went 3-4 with three RBIs. The Tigers will be back in action on Wednesday when they go to South Carolina while Wake heads to High Point.
Wake Forest Recap
NC State 19 Miami 9
Jones in honor of Jackie Robinson wore the number 42 in remembrance of Jackie Robinson and had one of the best days of his career. Marcus Jones went 4 for 6 with 3 RBIs to lead the Wolfpack to the blow out victory over the Miami Hurricanes. Jimmy Gillheeney started for the Wolfpack but was roughed up for five runs in his first two innings. Andrew Taylor ended up getting the win in relief by going 3.1 innings without allowing a run. John Housey started for Miami but let up three runs in his only inning of work. NC State will be back in action on Wednesday when they play Davidson while Miami hosts North Florida.
NC State Recap
GT at Virginia (CCD)
Virginia and Georgia Tech canceled the final game of their series do to the large rain event in the northeast. I am still wondering why the teams didn’t play a doubleheader on Friday or Saturday. Virginia will be back in action on Tuesday when they host Richmond while GT will play Wednesday against Georgia.
The Duke Blue Devils got another strong start from Tony Bajoczky who picked up his seventh victory on the season by working eight innings while only giving up three runs (two earned) to lead his team to the 9-3 victory. North Carolina starter Alex White was knocked around for six runs in 2.2 innings. His record drops to 4-2 on the season. Nate Freiman went 3-5 with an RBI and a run scored to led the Blue Devil attack. Josh Horton and Tim Fedroff each went 2-4 in the losing effort for the Tar Heels.
Game 2: UNC 7 Duke 4
Josh Horton led the North Carolina Tar Heels to a 7-4 victory with a homer and two RBIs. Adam Warren started for the Tar Heels and pitched five strong innings while giving up two runs to up his record to 7-0 on the season. Michael Ness got the loss in relief by pitching two innings and giving up five runs.
FSU 4 VT 3
Brandon Reichert broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the eighth with a sacrifice fly to center field to drive in the winning run to give the Seminoles the 4-3 victory. Noles reliever Brian Chambers got the victory by working two innings and giving up only one run. His record goes to 2-0 on the season. Danny Rosen pitched a perfect ninth inning to get his fifth save of the season. Scott Stoehr gave up one run in 2.1 innings of action to drop his record to 1-3.
Virginia 7 GT 6
David Adams hit a three run homer with two out in the bottom of the ninth to give the Cavs a walkoff victory over Georgia Tech on Saturday afternoon. Danny Payne entered the ninth inning with a 6-4 lead and promptly got the first two outs when he ran into some trouble. He proceeded to walk Sean Doolittle and then hit Brandon Guyer with the next pitch to set up a second and first situation. David Adams then promptly put the fourth pitch of his at bat over the left field wall to give the Cavs the victory. Danny Payne gets the loss for the second consecutive Saturday so his record drops to 0-2. Virginia reliever Pat McAnaney grabs the win to get his record at 2-0 on the season.
Wake Forest 6 Clemson 5
Brett Linnenkohl hit an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to drive in Tyler Smith with the winning run to lead the Deacons to a 6-5 victory over the Clemson Tigers. The victory snaps a 17 game losing streak for Wake Forest against Clemson. Eric Niesen of WF picks up his fourth win of the year while Clemson reliever Alan Farina drops his record to 2-1.
Miami 5 NC State 1
Enrique Garcia pitched a complete game and received home runs from Dennis Raben and Blake Tekotte to lead the Hurricanes to a 5-1 victory over NC State. Andrew Brackman started for NC State and went seven innings while giving up five runs on ten hits. Jeremy Synan provided a 2-4 game to led the Pack offense.
Boston College 18 Maryland 6
Boston College blew open a tight game by scoring a total of ten runs in the fifth and sixth inning to lead the Eagles to a 18-6 victory. Peter Frates led the offense by hitting two homers and drove in eight runs. Ted Ratliff got the win by pitching 2.1 shutout innings while only allowing a single hit. His record is now 3-1. Kevin Biringer got the loss by giving up three runs in the two innings of work. Biringer’s record drops to 2-7.