The Wake Forest Demon Deacons used a two run homer in the bottom of the tenth inning by Tyler Smith to give them an exciting 9-7 victory over the Charlotte 49ers. This was Smith’s first at bat on the season and he produced in a big way. Charlotte starter Spencer Steedley had a rough outing by going 6+ innings while giving up six runs (only five earned). Ryan Hamilton picked up the loss for the 49ers by going 2.0 innings and gave up the two run homer. Ben Hunter picked up the win for the Demon Deacons by giving them 2.2 scoreless innings of relief while only giving up one hit to pick up his first victory of the young season.
NC State picked up a victory over the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks 5-2. NC State pitcher Kyle Rutter picked up the victory while Erik McConnell got the save. UNC-Wilmington pitcher Jeff Hatcher picked up the loss. NC State will play in the Keith LeClair Classic over the weekend at East Carolina. UNC-Wilmington will head to Wake Forest for a three game set.
The ACC has named Mark Sobolewski of Miami the Player of the Week and Andrew Brackman the Pitcher of the week for February 26th. Mark went .571 at the plate to lead the Hurricanes to a series victory over the Phoenix of Elon. Andrew Brackman was spectacular in his start this weekend against Coastal Carolina when he pitched 7.1 shutout innings and picking the victory in a 4-0 victory over previously undefeated Coastal Carolina. Miami will face the Florida Marlins on Tuesday while NC State will host UNC-Wilmington also on Tuesday.
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons picked up a 5-3 victory on Sunday to salvage one game out of their series with the University of San Diego. Garrett Bullock pitched very well for the Deacons to but did not pick up the win. He pitched 7.0 innings while giving up three runs (only one earned) while scattering seven hits, two HBP, and a balk. Josh Ellis picked up the win for the Deacs by going the final 2.0 innings while giving up only a hit and a walk. Evan Ocheltree hit a solo home run in the top of the ninth to provide the first of the two runs in the top of the ninth. Eric Williams provided the other RBI in the ninth to drive home Ben Terry for the insurance run. Justin Snyder led the San Diego offense by going 2-4 on the day. Wake Forest now heads back to Winston-Salem where they will host Charlotte on Tuesday. The Toreros will play UC-Riverside on Tuesday. I have also linked to the Game Recaps for Saturday below which San Diego won 5-4 behind Kevin Muno’s first career hit which drove in the winning run.
The Citadel Bulldogs knocked off UNC-Asheville by a score of 4-3 in the final game of the Homewood Suites Shootout. The Citadel got a walk-off RBI single from Kyle Jordan in the bottom of the ninth. Link Saunders picked up the victory for The Citadel by pitching 1.2 innings of shutout baseball. The Citadel will play Campbell on Tuesday before heading to the Diary Queen Classic in Minneapolis, Minnesota. UNC-Asheville will be off until Friday when they head to the University of New Orleans.
The Minnesota Gophers behind a six run sixth inning to pick up a 7-3 victory over the Virginia Tech Hokies in the final day of The Homewood Suites Shootout. VT starting pitcher David Cross pitched no hit baseball until the sixth inning when the Gophers went on their rampage of six runs. Cross ended up picking up the loss with Tyler Oakes picking up the win for the Gophers.
The Vanderbilt Commodores came back from two deficits to pull out a 7-6 victory. Boston College jumped out to a 5-1 lead after 3 innings. Vanderbilt was held in check until the bottom of the eighth when they were trailing 5-3. Pedro Alvarez started the inning off by walking on four pitches. Ryan Flaherty then followed with a single up the middle. Shea Robin then followed with a sacrifice bunt to set up second and third with one out. BC made a pitching change to bring in closer Dan Houston who promptly made Dominic de la Osa make an excuse me swing to get the runner home from third and Flaherty advanced to third base while Osa was out at first. The next pitch thrown by Houston got by catcher Tony Sanchez to allow Flaherty to score from third and tie the game up. Houston was able to work around a walk and a single to get out of the inning. BC then picked up a key lead-off double by Joseph Ayers in the top of the ninth. BC decided to bunt with Johnny Ayers to move Joseph Ayers to third with one out. Vanderbilt then brought in closer Casey Weathers who was greeted by a ground ball from Ryan Hutchinson which got through the infield to drive Joseph Ayers to get a 6-5 victory. Weathers then got the final two outs of the inning. As we entered the bottom of the ninth, Vanderbilt was trailing by one run. Dan Houston got David Macias and Alex Feinberg to fly out . BC then pitched around Pedro Alvarez to bring the winning run to the plate in Ryan Flaherty. Ryan then took the fourth pitch and put it over the left field wall to win the exciting game away from Boston College.
BC is having some major problems in the closer role this season as this is Dan Houston’s second blown save of the weekend. I think a change is needed in the bullpen for the Eagles. They are continuing to hang around these more powerful teams but can’t finish the deal.
BC will return to action on Friday with an exbition game against the Boston Red Sox. Daisuke Matsuzaka will start against the Eagles in his first career appearance on American soil. Vanderbilt will be back in action on Tuesday with Austin Peay.
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On Day 2 of the Homewood Suites Shootout, The Minnesota Gophers behind a 4-4 performance from Second baseman Derek McCallum picked up a 6-3 victory over the Citadel.
Anthony Sosnoskie hit a grand slam in the top of the tenth inning to lead the Va Tech Hokies to a 9-6 victory over UNC-Asheville at the Homewood Suites Shooutout.
The Boston College Eagles continued their quick three game set in the Music City Classic. They lost to Lipscomb by a score of 4-3. The Eagles had another average start on Saturday by Adam Crabtree who gave the Eagles five innings but gave up four runs on eight hits. This was Crabtree’s first career appearance for the Eagles as he missed the 2006 season with Tommy John surgery and did not see action in 2005. The Eagles were led on offense by Freshman Tony Sanchez who went 2-2 in his second career game. The Eagles will be back in action Sunday when they visit Number 1 ranked Vanderbilt.
The San Diego Toreros got a one hit seven inning performance from Brian Matusz in a 2-0 victory over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Matusz struck out 10 batters in the game to continue to show that he is one of the top pitchers in college baseball this season. Matusz was followed by AJ Griffin who pitched two scoreless and hitless innings to pick up the save. San Diego scored runs on singles by Jordan Abruzzo in the first inning and Daniel Magness in the fourth. The teams will be back in action on Saturday at 1 pm Pacific.