Duke baseball stops Clemson

Wolcott helps Devils even ACC series

From College News ReleasesApril 5, 2009 

Andrew Wolcott pitched six strong innings, and Duke held off No. 17 Clemson 10-7 on Saturday night to even their three-game ACC baseball series at Clemson, S.C.

Wolcott (5-1) outdueled Clemson's Graham Stoneburner (3-3) to pick up his third straight win over a top-25 opponent.

Wolcott, who had previously beaten then-No. 1 North Carolina and then-No. 6 Miami, scattered 10 Tigers hits and held Clemson (19-10, 8-6 ACC) to two earned runs over his six innings of work.

Closer Alex Hassan shut down a late Clemson rally and got the final four outs to notch his ACC-leading eighth save of the season.

Freshman center fielder Will Piwnica-Worms provided three RBIs for the Blue Devils (20-10, 7-7) with a pair of hits.

Jeremy Gould went 2-for-5 with a solo homer, and Hassan and Jake Lemmerman also had two hits each for the Blue Devils.

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GEORGIA TECH 10, UNC 6 (11): Georgia Tech scored three times in the bottom of the ninth, and Jason Haniger hit a walk-off grand slam in the 11th to lift the host third-ranked Yellow Jackets (19-5, 9-3 ACC) over No. 5 North Carolina (23-7, 8-5).

Luke Murton connected on two of the Jackets' four home runs in the game.

Mike Cavasinni went 3-for-5, and Ben Bunting and Garrett Gore each added two hits for the Tar Heels. Gore homered and drove in three runs.

EAST CAROLINA 15-10, UAB 9-9: No. 16 ECU (25-5, 8-1 C-USA) totaled 31 hits in the doubleheader to complete a three-game series sweep of host UAB (16-13, 1-5).

The Pirates had won five straight games and 15 of their past 16.

In the opener, East Carolina scored seven runs in the first inning and put five on the scoreboard in the ninth to win.

Devin Harris went 3-for-5 with four RBIs to lead the ECU offense in the first game.

In the second game, ECU got homers from Stephen Batts, Dustin Harrington and Harris.

Brad Mincey (7-1) pitched 3 1/3 innings of relief for the win and Seth Simmons came on to get the final two outs for his fifth save.

N.C. STATE 8-6, BOSTON COLLEGE 4-8: Jimmy Gillheeney worked seven strong innings, and Pat Ferguson homered and drove in four runs to lead visiting N.C. State over Boston College in the first game of a doubleheader.

Boston College (18-10, 6-6 ACC) won the second game to earn the split with the Wolfpack (16-14, 6-8), getting three RBIs from Mickey Wiswall and 3 1/3 combined innings of relief from Pat Dean and Mike Belfiore.

State led the opener wire-to-wire.

Gillheeney (4-1) allowed two runs, one unearned, on seven hits. He walked three and struck out five.

Wolfpack catcher Chris Schaeffer went 3-for-5 with an RBI in the first game and shortstop Dallas Poulk was 2-for-3 as State totaled 11 hits.

WAKE FOREST 15, VIRGINIA TECH 14 (10): Carlos Lopez's two-out RBI single to left field lifted Wake Forest (17-11, 5-9 ACC) over host Virginia Tech (16-12, 3-10) to win its second straight game over the Hokies and clinch the three-game ACC series.

Mike Murray went 5-for-6 with a homer, two doubles and six RBIs to lead the Deacons.

With the score tied at 14 entering the 10th, Murray doubled down the left-field line with one out for his fifth hit.

After a strikeout, Tyler Smith reached on an infield single to third. Lopez, who was 0-for-4 entering the plate appearance, lined a single into left field to score pinch-runner Ryan Semeniuk to drive in the eventual winning run.

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