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.
Bryan Henry pitched six shutout innings while only allowing two hits and a walk while striking out nine batters to lead the Noles to the 14-1 blowout victory. The Seminoles offensive leader was Jason Stidham who went 3-4 with a homer, three runs scored, and three RBIs. Peter Hughes left starter Greg Fryman in the game by letting him pitch 5.2 innings while giving up 14 runs (13 earned) on 15 hits. The teams will be back in action on Saturday for Game 2 of the series.
UNC 7 Duke 0
Robert Woodard picked up his 30th career victory to tie Michael Hogg’s school record for career wins. Woodard pitched nine shutout innings while giving up nine hits and walking only one Blue Devil batter. His record heads to 7-0 on the season. Chad Flack is starting to find his stroke again as he went 2-4 with a homer, two runs scored, and an RBI. Alexander Hassan started for Duke and pitched five innings while giving up five runs. His record drops to 2-3 in his freshman season. Tim Sherlock and Ryan McCurdy each had two hits to lead the Blue Devils offense.
Georgia Tech 2 UVA 1 (11 innings)
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets won a pitching duel with the Virginia Cavaliers on Friday with a 2-1 victory. Jeff Ussery laid down a suicide bunt with one out in the 11th inning to drive home Patrick Long with the winning run. Jacob Thompson started for the Cavaliers and went 7.2 innings while giving up one unearned runs on six hits. Jake Rule ended up getting the loss for the Cavs by giving up three hits and a run in the 11th inning. His record drops to 2-3. David Duncan started for Georgia Tech and went seven innings while giving up one run on six hits and two walks. Jared Hyatt pitched four hitless innings to up his record to 6-0.
Clemson 6 Wake Forest 2
The Clemson Tigers got s very strong start from Daniel Moskos who went six strong innings in his second career start while only giving up a single run. His record goes to 3-2 on the season. The Clemson offense was led by Wilson Boyd and Brad Chaulk who each had three hits in the game. Wake Forest starter Brad Kledzik also pitched 6.0 innings but gave up four runs on ten hits. Kledzik’s record goes to 3-3. Michael Murray hit a solo homer in the game to lead the Deacons offense.
NC State 5 Miami 3
Vince Gutierrez scored the go-ahead run after two bad throws on a pickoff play allowed him to score and Joe Florio hit a two-out single to drive in another run to lead the Wolfpack to the 5-3 victory. Jeff Stallings got the win by working the final two innings without allowing a run. Alex Koronis got the loss for the Hurricanes by working 1.2 innings while letting up two runs on no hits but two walks. Caleb Mangum led the Pack offense by going 1-5 with a two run homer in the 3rd inning. Yonder Alonso and Dennis Raben each had three hits in the losing effort.
NC State Recap
Game 1: Boston College 5 Maryland 3
Game 2: Maryland 7 Boston College 4
The Boston College Eagles and Maryland Terrapins split a doubleheader on Friday as the teams decided to play a doubleheader due to the impeding weather heading into the Maryland area on Sunday. Boston College received stellar starting pitching in Game 1 as Kevin Boggan pitched eight strong innings while only giving up two hits and one run. He handed the ball over to Geoff Oxley who got into some trouble in his 0.2 innings of work. The score was 5-3 with the winning run up to bat in Chad Durakis but Terry Doyle picked off Mike Murphy to end the game. Boggan ups his record to 3-4 and Doyle picked up his third save. In Game 2, Boston College received another strong outing from Nate Jeanes who pitched seven strong innings while giving up three runs (two earned). He was relieved again by Terry Doyle but this time he wasn’t‘ as successful. Doyle entered the game with a tight 4-3 lead. The first batter he faced was Dan Melvin who hit a home run to left field to tie the game up. After the Terps were done knocking Doyle around he had given up four runs on five hits and two walks. Brett Cecil shut down the Eagles bats over the last five outs in the game to get the win to up his record to 4-3 while Doyle’s record goes to 2-3.
The Duke Blue Devils head down the road to visit the Tar Heels for a Coastal Division showdown. The Tar Heels are leading the Division with an 11-4 record in the conference while Duke is pulling up the rear with a paltry 3-12. The Tar Heels swept Boston College last weekend in a fairly easy fashion behind strong pitching and solid hitting. UNC knocked off the Charlotte 49ers on Tuesday by a score of 6-3 and had their Wednesday game with Elon postponed due to rain. The Tar Heels are led by Freshman All-American candidate Dustin Ackley who is hitting an outstanding .489 on the season. Robert Woodard has continued his dominance on the mound despite last week’s poor performance with his 6-0 record. Duke took one game last weekend from Virginia and had a mid-week game with Davidson postponed by rain. Duke is led by Jimmy Gallagher who is hitting .368 on the season. Tony Bajoczky has become the ace of the staff with victories over Virginia and Florida State the last two weekends. The CBB predicts that UNC takes all three games on the weekend.
Probable Pitching Matchups
Friday: Robert Woodard (6-0, 2.34 ERA) vs Alexander Hassan (2-2, 2.88 ERA)
Saturday Game 1: Alex White (4-1, 2.13 ERA) vs Tony Bajoczky (6-2, 3.04 ERA)
Saturday Game 2: Luke Putkonen (5-1, 3.43 ERA) vs TBA
Virginia Tech at Florida State
Peter Hughes leads his Virginia Tech Hokies into Dick Howser Stadium for an ACC series this weekend. Va Tech has an overall record of 17-17 but 4-11 in the ACC. The Hokies were swept last weekend by Clemson but picked up a victory over Richmond on Tuesday. The Hokies have been led by Sean O’Brien who has continued his strong start with a .349 average. Florida State enters with a very good record of 32-4 and 10-2 in the ACC. Florida State picked up a non-conference win over Jacksonville 7-2 on Tuesday and are coming off taking two out of three with NC State last weekend. Tony Thomas Jr. has continued hitting the ball well at a .493 average as he has become the toughest out in the ACC. The Seminoles weekend starters have only lost two games this season. The CBB predicts that FSU sweeps the Hokies.
Probable Pitching Matchups
Friday: Bryan Henry (8-0, 2.60 ERA) vs Greg Fryman (2-5, 6.84 ERA)
Saturday: Michael Hyde (8-2, 2.82 ERA) vs Andrew Wells (2-3, 5.32 ERA)
Sunday: Ryan Strauss (7-0, 2.59 ERA) vs Adam Redd (2-2-1, 2.72 ERA)
Georgia Tech at Virginia
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets head to Virginia to take on the Cavaliers this weekend. This will be one of the big ACC Matchups on the season because both teams are expected to make the NCAA tournament this season. Georgia Tech has an overall record of 21-13 and 9-6 in the ACC while Virginia enters with a 30-7 overall record and 10-5 in the ACC. Georgia Tech is led by MLB prospects Matt Wieters and Danny Payne. Both players have seen time in the field and on the mound this year. Payne ended up getting his first loss of the season last Saturday against Miami by giving up a three run homer to Mark Sobolewski. Payne has an ERA of 2.79 in eight appearances this year. Payne is also leading the team in hitting at a .381 clip. Matt Wieters enters the weekend with a .336 average with seven homers. He has struggled out of the bullpen where he is 1-2 with a 6.75 ERA. Virginia has been playing good baseball with tons of excellent pitching coming from Jacob Thompson who has an earned run average of 1.49 in his nine starts. The Cavaliers offense has been led by the two headed monster of Brandon Guyer who is hitting .435 and Greg Miclat who is hitting an even .400. The CBB predicts that UVA takes two out of three games.
Probable Pitching Matchups
Friday: Jacob Thompson (8-0, 1.49 ERA) vs David Duncan (5-2, 3.53 ERA)
Saturday: Matt Packer (3-2, 3.27 ERA) vs Eddie Burns (3-1, 2.33 ERA)
Sunday: Sean Doolittle (6-2, 2.42 ERA) vs Ryan Turner (3-3, 3.88 ERA)
GT Game Notes
UVA Game Notes
Clemson at Wake Forest
The Clemson Tigers take their 23-9 overall record and 8-4 record in the ACC up to Winston Salem to take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons who have been struggling this season with an overall record of 20-16 and 7-8 in the ACC. The Tigers are led by Brad Chaulk who is hitting .393 on the season. Daniel Moskos is going to be making his second start of the season and his career this weekend as he is making the transition from Closer to Starter in the middle of the season. He lasted only four innings against Va Tech last weekend but the game was suspended due to snow on the field until Saturday. Wake Forest is led by All-American candidate Allan Dykstra who leads the team with 13 homers and an average of .349. The CBB predicts that Clemson Tigers will sweep the series.
Probable Pitching Matchups
Friday: Brad Kledzik (3-2, 5.24) vs Daniel Moskos (2-2, 2.45)
Saturday: Garrett Bullock (3-1, 5.17) vs David Kopp (4-2, 3.22)
Sunday: Charlie Mellies (1-0, 0.00) vs Ryan Hinson (2-1, 2.23)
NC State at Miami
The NC State Wolfpack head down to Coral Gables to take on the Miami Hurricanes in a weekend series. The Wolfpack carry a record of 24-10 and 9-6 in the ACC. NC State lost two out of three games against FSU last weekend. They are led by Mike Roskopf who is hitting .436 in his last ten games. Caleb Mangum leads the team in hitting with a .333 average. Jimmy Gilheeney has been a pleasant surprise for the Wolfpack with his 3-1 record and 2.45 ERA in his freshman campaign. The Hurricanes have been playing better baseball lately as their record has gone up to 21-14 and 7-8 in the conference. Yonder Alonso leads the Canes offense with his solid .367 average. Eric Erickson is not scheduled to pitch this weekend as he got injured in warm-ups last weekend and his status is still up in the air. The CBB predicts that Miami takes 2 out of 3 games.
Friday: Scott Maine (2-5, 4.03 ERA) vs Eric Surkamp (3-1, 2.84 ERA)
Saturday: Enrique Garcia (2-2, 3.08 ERA) vs Andrew Brackman (6-2, 3.31 ERA)
Sunday: TBA vs Jimmy Gilheeney (3-1, 2.45 ERA)
Boston College at Maryland
Both schools are looking to pick up some big ACC wins in their hunts to get to the ACC Tournament. BC enters the series with an overall record of 10-20-1 and 4-11 in the ACC. Boston College currently is on a nine game losing streak in the ACC but picked up a non-conference win over Harvard on Wednesday. Maryland has a 19-16 record and 5-10 record. Boston College has been led by freshman Tony Sanchez who is hitting at a .336 clip. Johnny Ayers is still questionable after hurting his shoulder a few weeks ago. Maryland is currently on a five game losing streak after losing a non-conference contest on Wednesday to Old Dominion 4-2. Maryland freshman AJ Casario leads the team in batting average at .333. Maryland closer Brett Cecil has seven saves on the season with a 3.50 ERA. The CBB predicts that BC takes 2 out of 3 games in the series.
UPDATE: BOSTON COLLEGE AND MARYLAND HAVE CHANGED THE SCHEDULE TO A DOUBLEHEADER ON FRIDAY AND A SINGLE GAME ON SATURDAY.
Probable Pitching Matchups
Friday Game 1: Casey Baron (3-2, 3.86 ERA) vs Kevin Boggan (2-4, 4.89 ERA)
Friday Game 2: Ryan Moorer (3-2, 4.18 ERA) vs Nate Jeanes (0-3, 5.67 ERA)
Saturday: Kevin Biringer (2-6, 5.87 ERA) vs TBA
The ACC has released their players of the week for the period ending on April 8th. Brandon Reichert has picked up the Player of the Week award for having multiple hits in every game this weekend as his Seminoles took two out of three games with NC State. Jacob Thompson has picked up the Pitcher of the Week award by pitching a complete game shutout while only allowing four hits in a 4-0 victory over Duke.
UNC 7 Boston College 2 (completion of suspended game from 4/7)
The North Carolina Tar Heels and Boston College Eagles finished the ninth inning of the second game of their series on Sunday afternoon. The Tar Heels picked up the 7-2 victory. Dustin Ackley led the Tar Heels by going 4-5 in the win. Alex White picked up the victory to up his record to 4-1 while Nate Jeanes drops to 0-4.
UNC 16 Boston College 5
The North Carolina Tar Heels got 19 hits to throttle the Boston College Eagles by a score of 16-5 in Game 3 of their weekend set. Tim Federowicz led all hitters with three hits and four RBIs. Rob Wooten picked up the win in relief by working 1.2 innings while allowing one run. Wooten’s record goes to 1-0 on the season. Terry Doyle started for the Eagles and was lit up by the high powered offense of North Carolina. He allowed eight runs in 2.2 innings. Doyle’s record drops to 2-2 on the season.
Boston College Recap
Florida State 6 NC State 5
The Florida State Seminoles rallied for five runs in the sixth inning to erase a 4-0 deficit to win their fourth consecutive ACC series. The Seminoles and Wolfpack traded runs in the eighth inning to make the final scoreline 6-5. In the five run sixth inning, Brandon Reichert hit a bases loaded double after a two run homer from Dennis Guinn. Ryan Strauss started for the Seminoles but only lasted 3.2 innings while giving up four runs. Casey Whitmer followed Strauss and got the win to get his first win of the season. Danny Rosen pitched a perfect 1.2 innings to get his fourth save of the season. Jimmy Gillheeney pitched well but came up with a no-decision after giving up three runs over 5.1 innings. Nate Karns picked up the loss by giving up two runs without retiring a batter. His record goes to 2-2 on the season.
Virginia 8 Duke 1
The Virginia Cavaliers took the rubber game of their weekend set with Duke by a score of 8-1. The Cavaliers received 6.0 innings from Sean Doolittle where he only allowed 1 run on four hits. Sean Doolittle’s record goes to 6-2 on the season. Duke starter Jonathan Anderson pitched five shutout innings while only allowing three hits. He was followed by Michael Ness who pitched one inning while giving up three runs to grab the loss which drops his record to 3-2. The Cavaliers were led on offense by Brandon Guyer who went 2-4 with two runs scored, three RBI’s, and a homer. Beau Seabury and Tyler Cannon were the only other Cavaliers with two hits in the game. Duke had only one player with multiple hits in Jimmy Gallagher.
Clemson 5 Virginia Tech 2 (10 innings)
Doug Hogan of Clemson hit a three run homer in the top of the tenth inning to complete the sweep over the Virginia Tech Hokies by a scoreline of 5-2. Alan Farina picked up the win by pitching 4.1 innings of shutout baseball to get his second victory on the season. Stephen Clyne got his second save of the season by pitching the bottom of the tenth. Scott Stoehr picks up the loss for the Hokies to drop his record to 1-2.
Miami 8 Georgia Tech 7
Gus Menendez hit a game tying homer in the seventh inning then provided the game winning single in the bottom of the ninth to let his Hurricanes walk off with an 8-7 victory over Georgia Tech. Danny Gil of Miami picked up the win to up his record to 3-0 and Matt Wieters got his second loss of the season to drop his record to 1-2.
Georgia Tech Recap
Wake Forest 7 Maryland 5
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons completed a sweep of the Maryland Terrapins by knocking them off on Sunday by a 7-5 score. Charlie Mellies got his first start in almost a year allowed only one hit in his scheduled two innings start. He picks up his first victory of the season. Kevin Biringer pitched 2.1 innings while giving up seven runs (six earned) to drop his record to 2-5 on the season.
Wake Forest Recap