The Citadel Bulldogs completed a sweep over Eastern Illinois by a score of 5-4. The Bulldogs used a two run rally in the eighth to get the lead for good. Sonny Meade hit the tiebreaking sacrifice fly while Chris McGuiness pitched four scoreless innings to allow the comeback. McGuinness picks up his second victory in as many days. The Citadel will be back in action on Tuesday when Winthrop visits while Eastern Illinois head home to host Chicago State on Wednesday.
Game 1 Virginia 9 UNC 6
Sean Doolittle went 4-5 with 2 RBI to lead the Cavaliers to the 9-6 victory over North Carolina in Game 1 of the doubleheader on Saturday. Doolittle started the game on the mound but only lasted 4.0 innings while giving up five runs. Andrew Carraway ended up picking up his third victory of the season for the Cavs by working three innings while giving up one run. Casey Lambert picked up his fourth save by pitching a perfect ninth. Alex White started for UNC but gave up five runs in his 5.1 innings of work. Dustin Ackley led the Carolina offense with a 4-4 day.
Game 2 UNC 9 UVA 4
The UNC Tar Heels were able to avoid a series sweep with a 9-4 victory in the nightcap of their doubleheader with Virginia. Reid Fronk and Tim Federowicz each had three hits in the game. Fronk also picked up 4 RBI in the game. Matt Packer started the game for the Cavs but was knocked around for seven runs over his four innings. Luke Putkonen picked up the victory for giving up four runs over 5.2 innings. The Cavs will be back in action on Tuesday when they visit Richmond while UNC will face Towson for a two game series on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Florida State 11 Wake Forest 1
The Florida State Seminoles won their 23rd straight game with a 11-1 victory over the Demon Deacons. FSU exploded for a combined ten runs over the sixth, seventh, and eighth inning to blow open a 1-1 tie. Tony Thomas Jr. and Mark Hallberg both went 2-3 with 2 runs scored to set the table for the rest of the lineup. Ryan Strauss was solid on the mound for the Noles by going seven strong innings and only gave up a single run to get his fifth victory of the season. Garrett Bullock of Wake Forest went 5.1 innings while surrendering four runs. Willy Fox was the only Wake Forest play with two hits. FSU will head to Jacksonville to take on the Dolphins on Wednesday before hosting Boston College next weekend. Wake Forest will host Ohio on Tuesday before heading to Winthrop on Wednesday. Wake will host NC State next weekend for a key ACC series.
Clemson 9 Duke 6
The Clemson Tigers continued Duke’s struggles in the ACC opponent by knocking them off 9-6 in the series finale. Clemson starter Alan Farina had a poor outing in which he gave up six runs in two innings. Matt Vaughn was able to salvage the game by following Farina by pitching four shutout innings to get pick up his first win of the year. Brad Chaulk went 3-4 to lead the Tiger offense on the day. The Tigers will be back in action on Tuesday when they go to Western Carolina. Duke starter Jonathan Foreman was equally bad by going 2.1 innings and giving up seven runs. Brett Bartles hit a three run homer in the first inning to highlight the Duke offense. Duke will be back in action on Friday when Georgia Tech visits.
Maryland 5 Miami 4
The Maryland Terps were able to salvage a game from Miami 5-4 on Sunday. The Terps used 6.1 inning performance from Kevin Biringer in which he gave up two runs. Brett Cecil pitched a perfect ninth inning to get his sixth save of the season. Maryland will be back in action on Wednesday when VCU visits for a game and will host Clemson Friday-Sunday in the next ACC series. Miami will be off to next weekend when they head to Virginia for a key ACC match-up.
Boston College 9 Georgia Tech 2
Terry Doyle made his first start of the season today and made it count with a six inning start while only giving up two runs. Michael Belfiore pitched the final three innings without giving up a run to get his first career save. The Eagles were led by freshman catcher Tony Sanchez who went 3-4 with a homer and 3 RBI. The Eagles will be back in action on Wednesday when they visit Central Connecticut State while Georgia Tech will face Georgia State. BC heads to Florida State for their next ACC series while GT will visit Duke.
Virginia Tech 6 NC State 4 11 innings
The Virginia Tech Hokies scored two unearned runs in the top of the 11th to avoid the sweep at the hands of NC State. The Hokies and closer Rhett Ballard blew a three run lead in the bottom of the ninth but regained his composure to pick up the victory. The Hokies took advantage of two Drew Martin errors to get the victory. The Hokies will be back in action on Wednesday when Longwood visits before UNC comes to town next weekend. NC State will be heading to Wake Forest next weekend.
Kyle Russell had three RBIs on two home runs Sunday to help lead Texas to an 8-3 victory over Baylor.
Brad Suttle hit an RBI double and Russell followed with his first homer of the afternoon to give Texas (19-7, 3-0 Big 12) a 3-0 lead in the fourth. Texas added a run in the fifth on a triple by Chance Wheeless and another in the sixth on Russell’s solo homer.
The game was the fourth this year in which Russell hit two home runs.
The Longhorns got their final three runs in the eighth. Suttle singled to score Wheeless and then scored on a throwing error. Russell scored on a single by Josh Prince.
Chase Gerdes homered for Baylor (12-10, 0-3) in the fifth. Seth Hammock hit an RBI single in the sixth and Tim Jackson scored on a throwing error for the other Bear runs.
Joseph Krebs (4-0) gave up one run on five hits an struck out two in five innings for Texas.
Randall Linebaugh (2-2) took the loss for Baylor, giving up five runs on six hits in seven innings.
All Baylor needed was a strike. One pitch over the plate and the inning would have been over.
Texas still would have trailed 2-0. The Bears would have been coming to bat. But what appeared to be a strike was called a ball. Then there was a walk . . . and another walk . . . and a single.
Eight batters later, Texas led 7-2.
Texas turned everything around in the third inning Saturday, flipping a rough start into an easy 14-2 victory by taking advantage of a small opportunity at Baylor Ballpark.
It all came with two outs.
“This tells you something about our team,” said Bradley Suttle, whose 11-pitch at bat in the third inning keyed the rally. “We had a few good at-bats. Then we got a couple of hits. Our team can hit. Then we relaxed a little bit and let loose.”
With two outs in the third, Chance Wheeless singled, Jordan Danks walked and so did Suttle, who fought off a bunch of pitches and escaped a couple of close calls that went Texas’ way.
Then the rally began.
Kyle Russell worked the count to 3-2 before singling up the middle to tie the game at 2. Russell Moldenhauer doubled just inside the first-base line, scoring Suttle. Josh Prince followed with a two-run double. Preston Clark walked. Nick Peoples and Travis Tucker each followed with RBI singles.
“The at-bats right through there were spectacular,” Texas coach Augie Garrido said. “The walks. Bradley turned his at-bat around. (Kyle) Russell working the count full and waiting for his pitch to hit. It was the best hitting.”
The Horns (18-7, 2-0 Big 12) poured it on in the next inning, scoring four more runs as Suttle, who hit two right-handed home runs, and Kyle Russell hit back-to-back homers.
“I’ve been struggling right-handed,” Suttle said. “I haven’t been getting as many right-handed at-bats. But I worked on it a little extra today and earlier this week. I guess it paid off.”
It was Russell’s 11th home run of the season. Baylor (12-9, 0-2) has 10 home runs this year.
The 14 runs were the most Baylor had allowed at home since 1998 and the 12-run loss was the Bears’ worst in the nine-year history of Baylor Ballpark.
The sizeable gap was made possible by Texas right-hander Adrian Alaniz, who fought off a shaky start that led to two first-inning runs and went seven strong innings to improve to 6-1.
Alaniz’ calming down after the first inning, and Baylor starter Kendal Volz’ losing control in the third was the difference.
“The difference in experience really showed,” Baylor coach Steve Smith said. “We had a young pitcher on the mound, and he was able to get to two strikes a couple of times in the third inning, but then he made some mistakes. On the other hand, Alaniz struggled early but turned it around.”
The UNC-Wilmington Seahawks picked up a 13-8 victory over Georgia State on Saturday. Jason Appel led the offense by going 3-6 while driving in a run and scoring one for the Seahawks. Jeff Hatcher picked up the win by going 6.0 innings while giving up five runs. Bradley Logan hit two homers in the losing effort for the Panthers. Full Recaps are linked below.
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Zach Brown was able to beat out a potential double play ball with runners on the corners and one out in the bottom of the 10th to pick up the victory for the Bulldogs by a score of 5-4. Link Saunders picked up his third victory of the season in relief by pitching three scoreless innings.
The Virginia Cavaliers used a five run 11th inning to blow open a tight 2-2 game. Greg Miclat went 3-5 on the day with 2 RBI’s to lead the offensive attack for the Cavaliers. Jacob Thompson had another strong outing on Saturday by going seven innings and only giving up one run. Robert Woodard was almost as good by lasting 6.2 innings and giving up 2 runs. The teams will be back in action tomorrow with a doubleheader which starts at noon.
Florida State 4 Wake Forest 3
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons tried to make a furious comeback but were one run short in a 4-3 loss to the Florida State Seminoles. This victory continues the win streak of the Seminoles to 22 to start the season. The Noles attack was led by Tony Thomas Jr. who went 2-3 with two runs scored from the lead-off spot. Michael Hyde pitched 5.2 scoreless innings while giving up four hits and a walk to get his seventh victory of the season. Eric Williams and Evan Ocheltree both had two hits in the losing effort for the Deacons. The teams will close out the series tomorrow at 1:00pm.
Clemson 7 Duke 2
The Duke Blue Devils are still searching for their first ACC victory on the season after dropping Game 2 of the Clemson series by a score of 7-2. Clemson jumped out to an early 4-0 lead after an inning and were able to hang on the rest of the game to the lead. Ryan Hinson pitched 6.1 innings while surrendering 2 runs to pick up his first victory of the season. Michael Ness picked up the loss for the Blue Devils by giving up six runs in his 3.2 innings. Brett Bartles had two hits and drove in a run to lead the offense. The teams finish their series with a first pitch on Sunday at 1:00pm.
Miami 4 Maryland 3
The Miami Hurricanes picked up a come from behind victory over the Maryland Terps 4-3 in ACC action Saturday night. The Hurricanes used a two run bottom of the ninth to turn a 3-2 deficit to a 4-3 win. They did this off of All-American closer Brett Cecil who pitched the final 1.2 innings and gave up two unearned runs as Gerry Spessard made an error in the inning. Mark Sobolewski had a bases loaded walk to drive in the winning run in the ninth. The teams will finish the series on Sunday at 1pm.
Georgia Tech 5 Boston College 2
The Boston College Eagles picked up their second straight loss to Georgia Tech on Saturday this time by a score of 5-2. Nate Jeanes started for the Eagles and had a very shaky first inning in which the Jackets scored five runs on two hits, a balk, an error, and three walks. The Jackets were held in check the rest of the game as they only got two more hits over the next seven innings. Chris House was the only Yellow Jacket with multiple hits with his 2-3 day. Peter Frates led the Eagles with a 3-4 game.
Game 1 North Carolina State 12 Virginia Tech 8
Game 2 North Carolina State 5 Virginia Tech 2
The NC State Wolf Pack picked up two victories in ACC action on Saturday over the Virginia Tech Hokies. In Game 1, Pat Ferguson was a triple short of the cycle as he drove in 2 runs and scored three with his 3-4 game. In Game 2, Jeremy Synan hit a bases loaded triple in the seventh inning to blow open a 2-2 tie to the final score.
Ryan Belanger pitched eight innings while only giving up two runs (one earned) on eight hits to pick up his fourth victory of the year for Southern Miss in a 5-2 victory over Kent State. Southern Miss was led on offense by Trey Sutton who went 3-5 at the plate. Eagles closer Patrick Ezell pitched a perfect ninth to pick up his sixth save of the season. Kent State’s offensive leader was Will Vazquez who went 2-4 with an RBI. The teams will be back in action Saturday at 1 pm with Evan Smith going for Kent State and Barry Bowden going for Southern Miss.
Andrew McNulty threw Franklin Pierce’s fifth no-hitter in the school’s history in a 7-0 victory over Bloomfield College of New Jersey. McNulty is a senior for the Ravens and a transfer from Seton Hall. He pitched all seven innings while walking five and striking out seven. This was the second game of the doubleheader as Franklin Pierce won game 1 by a score of 19-3.
The UNC Wilmington Seahawks picked up a 5-3 loss to Georgia State on Friday. Drew Grant pitched 6.1 innings while only allowing 2 hits and three runs to get the victory. UNC-Wilmington starter Bradley Holt lasted 7.1 innings and gave up five runs (all earned) on seven hits. The Panthers got a homer from Jean-Michel Rochon-Salvas, Charlie Pelt, and Aeden McQueary in the game to lead them to the 5-3 victory. Full recaps linked below.