CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - No. 8 North Carolina scored four runs in the first inning and never trailed in downing the No. 23 Virginia baseball team 5-3 Sunday afternoon at Davenport Field. The Sunday attendance of 4,422 gave UVa a weekend total of 13,675, the most in program history for a regular-season series.
With the win the Tar Heels (27-9, 12-6 ACC) swept the three-game series and became the first ACC team to sweep the Cavaliers at Davenport Field since Georgia Tech from May 9-11, 2003.
Brandon Downes (Fr., South Plainfield, N.J.) went 3-for-3 and scored twice off the bench for Virginia (23-13-1, 9-9). Stephen Bruno (Jr., Audubon, N.J.) homered and knocked in a pair of runs for the Cavaliers.
Virginia starting pitcher Artie Lewicki (So., Wyckoff, N.J.) worked 4.1 innings, allowing four earned runs, six hits and a walk while striking out three. He was credited with the loss and fell to 1-2 this season.
BLACKSBURG, Va. – For the second time in as many days, Virginia Tech baseball found itself with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth in a tie game with the No. 6 Miami Hurricanes and a freshman coming to the plate.
This time, though, it was Mark Zagunis facing the Hurricane closer E.J. Encinosa, who quickly got the Hokie catcher into an 0-2 hole. Zagunis fought back to even the count at 2-2, then laced a single through the right side to score Gabe Ortiz with the game winner as Tech posted a 3-2 victory on Sunday at English Field.
The win gave the Hokies the series win over the visiting Hurricanes and marked their first ACC series win over a top 10 team since April 2010, when they took two-of-three from then No. 9 Miami. Tech improved to 25-13, 7-11 ACC with the victory as Miami dropped to 25-11, 12-6 in the conference.
ROCK HILL, S.C. – Right fielder Ryan Cordell had four hits, including two home runs, propelling the Liberty Flames to victory over the Winthrop Eagles in a Big South contest at the Winthrop Ballpark, Sunday.
Cordell's second and third home runs of the
year were two of the right fielder's four hits in the contest. It is the second
time this season that the sophomore has collected four hits in a game. Cordell
also scored four runs.
Second baseman Bryan Aanderud had three hits and three RBIs for the Flames on the afternoon. The second baseman leads the Flames with 39 RBIs this season.
Liberty improves to 9-3 in Big South Conference play and 30-9 overall. With the win, Liberty takes two out of the three games in the series. Head Coach Jim Toman's team matches the 1981 Liberty team by reaching 30 wins during a season the fastest in program history. Winthrop falls to 5-7 in conference games and 12-25 overall.
Liberty's Herndon runs his record to 3-1 on the year. The right-hander gave up one run on three hits. He struck out one and walked three batters in six innings of work. Shawn Clowers pitched the final three innings of the game to pick up his first save of the season.
Liberty now travels to Athens, Ga., for a game with the Georgia Bulldogs, tomorrow afternoon. First pitch at Foley Stadium is scheduled for 3 p.m.
CONWAY, SC - Rich Witten had two big hits Saturday, the second being a walk-off home run, to give Coastal Carolina a 3-2 win over VMI Sunday afternoon at Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field before a national ESPNU telecast.
The Chanticleers (24-11, 7-2 Big South) get their first conference sweep of the season and run their winning streak to 16 straight victories over the Keydets (11-25, 4-11).
Witten's first big hit came in the sixth. With two on and one out, VMI turned to Reed Garrett out of the bullpen. Witten promptly hit the first pitch he saw to the left field wall for a two-run double, tying the game at 2-2. Then, in the ninth, Witten led off the home half and launched a 2-1 pitch over the left-center field wall for his first home run of the season and 13th of his career.