The Florida Atlantic University Owls picked up a 15-3 victory over the Boston College Eagles to split the two game set at a game a piece. The Owls jumped on Boston College starter Adam Crabtree in the fourth inning by scoring four runs in the inning to get a 5-1 lead. Trent Kavanaugh of Boston College ended up getting the game out of control in his 1.1 innings of work by allowing six runs (all earned) while giving up five hits and three walks. Robbie Widlansky went 3-4 for the Owls while Eric Campbell of BC went 2-4 with 2 RBI. FAU will be back in action on Tuesday when they host Maine while BC plays on Monday against Penn.
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons picked up a 11-2 victory over UNC-Wilmington in collegiate baseball action in Winston Salem, NC on Saturday. Brett Linnenkohl led the Deacons at the plate with a 4-4 game including a two run homer in the 3rd inning. Eric Nielsen continued his strong start to the season with 7.0 innings pitched and letting up three hits and two runs (only 1 earned) to pick up his second victory of the year. Both teams will face off again on Sunday.
Wake Forest Recap
The Virginia Cavaliers picked up a 10-4 victory over the Delaware Blue Hens on Saturday. Jacob Thompson lasted 6.0 innings while giving up one run and striking out eight for his fourth straight victory. Patrick Wingfield hit a grand slam in the third inning to provide the offense for the Cavs as this victory give the Cavaliers a 13-1 record. Delaware drops to 0-5 on the young season. Both teams will face off tomorrow in the series finale.
The Boston College Eagles picked up a solid 6-5 victory over the FAU Owls on Saturday evening. Boston College was led by home runs from Jett Ruiz and Jared McGuire. Ryan Hutchinson also chipped in with a 4-5 game with three doubles. Kevin Boggan gave the Eagles 5.0 innings while only allowing 2 runs which both came in on a Robbie Widlansky home run. Dan Houston gave up one hit in the ninth inning before picking up his first career save. The teams close out their quick 2 game set on Sunday at 1pm.
The UNC-Wilmington Baseball team heads to Wake Forest for a three game weekend series. The Seahawks enter the series coming off a loss to NC State on Tuesday evening while Wake Forest is coming off an exciting walk-off victory also on Tuesday with Charlotte. The pitching match-ups are Wake Forest pitcher Brad Kledzik (0-1, 5.40 ERA) facing Ryan Doolittle (0-0, 3.68) on Friday. The Demon Deacons will send Eric Nielsen (1-0, 4.05 ERA) to the mound on Saturday to face Bradley Holt (1-1, 7.43 ERA). The series finale will have Wake Forest sending Garrett Bullock (1-0, 1.50 ERA) facing UNC-Wilmington’s Daniel Cropper (1-1, 5.51 ERA).
Wake Forest Series Notes
UNC-Wilmington Series Notes
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.