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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NC State 6 Boston College 2
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NC State 10 Boston College 1
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Florida State Seminoles will leave the state of Florida for the first time this season when they head to Durham NC to take on the Duke Blue Devils. Florida State enters the series with a 27-1 overall record and a perfect 6-0 record through two weekends of the ACC portion of the schedule with sweeps over Wake Forest and Boston College. Tony Thomas Jr. is the leading hitter for the Noles with a .482 batting average on the season. Bryan Henry is the considered the ace of the staff and has a 6-0 record and a 2.37 ERA which is the highest of the weekend starters for the Seminoles. Ryan Strauss with a 1.57 ERA and Michael Hyde at 1.74 have both been dominant from their spots in the weekend rotation. Duke enters with a 19-9 overall record and 1-8 in the ACC. They picked up their first victory last Saturday when they beat Georgia Tech by a 3-0 score. Jimmy Gallagher leads the Blue Devils with a .356 batting average while Nate Frieman is right behind him at .351. Freshman Alexander Hassan leads the Duke pitching staff with a 2.10 ERA in his six appearances. The College Baseball Blog predicts that Florida State continues their undefeated ACC season with a sweep of Duke.
Probable Pitching Matchups
Friday: Bryan Henry (6-0, 2.37 ERA) vs Alexander Hassan (2-0, 2.10 ERA)
Saturday: Michael Hyde (8-0, 1.74 ERA) vs Tony Bajoczky (4-2, 2.27 ERA)
Sunday: Ryan Strauss (6-0, 1.57 ERA) vs TBA
Wake Forest at UNC
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons will be taking a roadtrip this weekend when they visit the North Carolina Tar Heels. The Demon Deacons picked up a loss this week to Winthrop by a score of 15-9 to give the Deacons an overall record of 14-13 and 3-6 in the ACC. Wake Forest is led by Allan Dykstra who leads the team in average at .378 and homers with 12 on the season. The Wake Forest weekend pitching staff has been ineffective with Brad Kledzik leading them with a 4.91 ERA. UNC enters hitting the ball extremely well as they got 28 runs from their offense in a 28-3 drubbing over Davidson in their only mid-week game of the week. North Carolina’s overall record is 23-4 and 6-3 in the ACC. They are lead by Dustin Ackley who is hitting an outstanding .495 on the season for the young freshman. Alex White has the lowest ERA out of the weekend starters at 1.91 but Robert Woodard is right there at 2.35 to provide a strong 1-2 punch. The College Baseball Blog predicts that UNC takes 2 out of 3 games on the weekend.
Probable Pitching Matchups
Friday: Brad Kledzik (2-1, 4.91 ERA) vs Robert Woodard (5-0, 2.35 ERA)
Saturday: Garrett Bullock (2-1, 4.96 ERA) vs Alex White (3-1, 1.91 ERA)
Sunday: TBA vs Luke Putkonen (5-0, 3.51 ERA)
Virginia at Virginia Tech
The Virginia Cavaliers will travel across the state with their 24-5 overall record and ACC record of 5-4 to take on the Virginia Tech Hokies for a big weekend series. The Cavaliers are led by the .447 average of Brandon Guyer and Greg Miclat who is hitting a hefty .433 on the season also. The Cavaliers top pitcher has been Jacob Thompson who leads the weekend staff with an ERA of 1.83 and a 6-0 record. Sean Doolittle has gotten off to a slow start on the mound with a 4-2 record and a solid ERA of 3.20. Doolittle is also hitting .300 on the season which is down from the .324 he hit in 2006. The Hokies enter the series with a 15-11 overall record and 4-5 in the ACC. They picked up a loss to James Madison on Tuesday. They are led by first year head coach Peter Hughes who bolted out of Boston College after the 2006 season. The top weekend starter for the Hokies is Adam Redd who is 2-1 with an ERA of 3.68. The top hitter for the Hokies is Nate Parks who is hitting .336 with Sean O’Brien at .323 in the second spot on the team batting average list. The Hokies are a running team as they have attempted to steal 64 bases and successful on 43 of them while their opponents have attempted 31 and only been successful on 22 of them. The College Baseball Blog predicts that Virginia sweeps the Hokies.
Probable Pitching Matchups
Friday: Jacob Thompson (6-0, 1.83 ERA) vs Greg Fryman (2-3, 7.79 ERA)
Saturday: Matt Packer (3-1, 2.97 ERA) vs Andrew Wells (2-1, 4.19 ERA)
Sunday: Sean Doolittle (4-2, 3.20 ERA) vs Adam Redd (2-1, 3.68 ERA)
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Miami at Clemson
The Miami Hurricanes enter this series against Clemson with an unheard of 15-12 overall record and 3-6 ACC record. The Hurricanes are entering the series after a week long break after losing two out of three games to Virginia last weekend. The Hurricanes are led by Yonder Alonso who leads the team in hitting with his .374 average. Freshman Eric Erickson has been the most consistent weekend starter for the Canes with a 3-3 record but a very good ERA of 1.58. Clemson enters the series coming off a 15-6 victory on Wednesday over Western Carolina and a 14-2 victory on Tuesday over Gardner-Webb to bring their overall record to 17-7 and ACC record stands at 4-2 after a weekend sweep over Duke and losing two out of three up at Maryland. Clemson is led by a strong offensive attack which is hitting on the season as a unit at a strong .293 batting average. Brad Chaulk is the leading hitter at .425. The top weekend starter has been P.J. Zocchi who is 3-0 on the season with a 2.70 ERA. The College Baseball Blog predicts that Clemson sweeps the Hurricanes out of South Carolina.
Probable Pitching Matchups
Friday: Eric Erickson (3-3, 1.58 ERA) vs P.J. Zocchi (3-0, 2.70 ERA)
Saturday: Scott Maine (2-4, 4.68 ERA) vs Ryan Hinson (1-1, 2.14 ERA)
Sunday: Enrique Garcia (2-2, 2.43 ERA) vs David Kopp (3-2, 3.58 ERA)
Maryland at Georgia Tech
The Maryland Terps will travel down to Final Four country this weekend for a three game set against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Maryland is coming off two midweek victories in which they beat William & Mary on Tuesday by a score of 15-3 and then followed that on Wednesday with a no-hitter in which they beat Coppin State 12-0. The Terps have an overall record of 18-8 and 5-4 in the ACC. They are led by Freshman A.J. Casario who leads the team in batting average at .371. The top weekend starter has been Ryan Moorer who is 3-0 with a 2.29 ERA. The Yellow Jackets swept Georgia Southern in a quick two game mid-week series by scores of 10-2 and 6-2. They are led by All-American candidates Matt Wieters who leads the team with 28 RBI and Danny Payne who leads the team in batting average at .412. John Goodman has become the most consistent weekend starter for the Jackets as he enters the weekend with a 1-1 record and an ERA of 2.84. The College Baseball Blog predicts that Maryland continues their hot streak by taking two out of the three games on the weekend.
Probable Pitching Matchups
Friday: David Duncan (4-2, 3.40) vs. Casey Baron (3-1, 3.59)
Saturday: John Goodman (1-1, 2.84) vs. Ryan Moorer (3-0, 2.29)
Sunday: Ryan Turner (2-3, 3.89) vs. Kevin Biringer (2-4, 4.65)
NC State at Boston College
The NC State Wolfpack will head to Boston College this weekend for a key ACC showdown. The Wolfpack enter with a 19-8 overall record but 5-4 in the ACC. They are led on offense by Joe Florio who is hitting .345 on the season. Ramon Corona is continuing to struggle at the plate with a .223 average. He struggled in teh Cape Cod League in 2006 with the Hyannis Mets where he hit .236 for the summer. The top pitcher for the Wolfpack weekend rotation has been Freshman Jimmy Gilheeney who is 2-1 with a very healthy 1.84 ERA. The biggest prospect of the season in terms of height and hype was Andrew Brackman who enters the series with a record of 4-2 and an ERA of 3.79. Brackman has been roughed up over his last four starts as he has a 1-2 record and an ERA of 6.26 over that period. Some people were talking about Brackman’s fastball hitting 99 MPH this summer on the cape. Boston College enters the series coming off a 10-7 victory over Holy Cross on Thursday and a 6-5 victory over Hartford on Tuesday. Boston College has an overall record of 8-11-1 and 4-5 in the ACC. The Eagles are led by two sport athlete Johnny Ayers who leads the team with a .369 batting average. Tony Sanchez is second on the team with a .365 batting average. Kevin Boggan leads the pitching staff with a 2-2 record and an ERA of 2.57 on the season. The College Baseball Blog predicts BC to take 2 out of 3 games this weekend.
The College Baseball Blog will have staff at both Saturday’s and Sunday’s games. So stay tuned for full coverage of the series.
Probable Pitching Matchups
Friday: Kevin Boggan (2-2, 2.57 ERA) vs Eric Surkamp (2-1, 3.00 ERA)
Saturday: Nick Asslein (1-1, 5.85 ERA) vs Andrew Brackman (4-2, 3.79 ERA)
Sunday: TBA vs Jimmy Gillheeney (2-1, 1.84 ERA)
UNC 28 Davidson 3
North Carolina hit six homers including two from Benji Johnson to give the Tar Heels the 28-3 victory over Davidson. UNC scored eleven runs in the second inning and then twelve in the third to take full control of the game. UNC will be back in action on Friday when they host Wake Forest.
Maryland 12 Coppin State 0
The Maryland Terrapins held Coppin State hitless and used a balanced attack by scoring in seven out of their eight at bats to continue the Coppin State losing streak to 20 games. Mike Murphy went 2-4 with 3 RBIs to lead the Maryland offensive attack. Brett Curll, Tim Kearney, Brett Jones, and Nick Pearce all went two innings without allowing a hit while Brian Shellhamer pitched a perfect ninth to complete the no-hitter. Maryland will visit Georgia Tech this weekend for a big ACC series.
Virginia 4 Longwood 3
Brandon Marsh hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to lead the Cavaliers to a 4-3 come from behind victory over Longwood. Casey Lambert struck out 2 batters in the top of the ninth to pick up the victory for the Cavs. Virginia will travel across the state to Virginia Tech for a weekend series.
Clemson 15 Western Carolina 6
The Clemson Tigers blew out Western Carolina 15-6 in non-conference action on Wednesday in Clemson SC. Taylor Harbin and Doug Hogan led the offense with three hits a piece. Clemson will return to action on Friday when they host the Hurricanes.
NC State 6 UNC-Greensboro 0
The NC State Wolfpack received a stellar pitching performance from Nate Karns, Jeff Stallings, and Sam Brown who combined on a three hit shutout. Caleb Mangum and Pat Ferguson each picked up two RBIs to lead the offense. NC State heads to Chestnut Hill to open the BC home schedule this weekend and The College Baseball Blog should be there on Saturday and Sunday.
Georgia Tech 6 Georgia Southern 2
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets used nine pitchers and were able to limit the Georgia Southern Eagles to two runs. Danny Payne and Michael Fisher were the only two Yellow Jackets with two hits on the day. Georgia Tech will host Maryland this weekend for a big ACC series.
Winthrop 15 Wake Forest 9
The Winthrop Eagles used a ten run fifth inning to pick up a 15-9 slugfest victory over Wake Forest on Wednesday. Winthrop will visit UNC–Asheville while Wake Forest heads to UNC for a big ACC weekend series.
Caleb Graham picked up his first victory of the season as he shutdown the North Florida offense for the first six innings.
UVA 17 George Mason 6
Brandon Guyer went 3-4 with four RBIs, four runs scored, and a grand slam to lead the Cavaliers to a 17-6 thumping of George Mason. David Adams and John Scaglione were the other Cavs with three hits on the day.
Clemson 14 Gardner-Webb 2
The Clemson Tigers without head coach Jack Leggett pounded out 21 hits with twelve different players picking up at least one hit to pound Gardner-Webb 14-2. Ben Paulsen went 5-5 with a homer and six RBI to lead the Tiger offense.
Duke 11 Campbell 7
Kyle Kreick picked up three hits to lead the Blue Devils to a come from behind 11-7 victory over Campbell.
Georgia Tech 10 Georgia Southern 2
Eddie Burns struck out ten batters over eight innings while only giving up one earned run to pick up his second consecutive victory. Danny Payne and Michael Fisher each picked up three hits to lead the offensive attack from the Jackets.
Georgia Southern Recap
James Madison 8 Virginia Tech 6
Joe Lake drove home Bryan Lescanec to break a 6-6 tie in the bottom of the eighth to lead JMU to the 8-6 victory over Virginia Tech.
Maryland 15 William & Mary 3
The Terps scored nine runs in the fifth inning to coast to a 15-3 victory over William & Mary. Joe Palumbo set the stage in the lead-off role by going 4-5 with two runs scored and three RBIs in the win.