Georgia Tech Triumphs in Weekend Series with Hokies

Jonathan Roberts pitched one inning in relief of starter Buck Farmer in GT's 11-1 win Friday night.
Jonathan Roberts pitched one inning in relief of starter Buck Farmer in GT’s 11-1 win Friday night.

Georgia Tech 11, Virginia Tech 1
Georgia Tech 14, Virginia Tech 9
Virginia Tech 6, Georgia Tech 2

Georgia Tech’s bats have no understanding of mercy.  The Yellow Jackets have scored ten or more runs in 11 of their 16 games, including nine straight before Sunday.  This was expected to be a slugfest of a series, and it did not disappoint.  There were only four home runs (two by Hokie Brendon Hayden), but there was still plenty of offense to go around.

Overall, you have to consider this a good weekend for both teams.  Georgia Tech established themselves as an ACC contender with two wins on the road against a fellow offensively-minded team. For Virginia Tech, they picked up a win on Sunday against one of the better conference teams thanks to Devin Burke’s sparking performance on the mound and held their own in Saturday’s keg league battle.

Florida State 4, Boston College 0
Florida State 9, Boston College 4
Florida State 9, Boston College 1

The Seminoles remain undefeated, sweeping Boston College to improve to 15-0 in 2013.

Florida State hurler Brandon Leibrandt was five outs away from a no-hitter in the series opener when Boston College third baseman John Hennessy singled to left field.  Leibrandt finished with three strikeouts, four walks, and one hit over eight innings, giving the ball to Bobby Coles to wrap up the 4-0 win.

Outfielder DJ Stewart had a good weekend at the plate for Florida State. The freshman hit two doubles and his first career triple while scoring two runs and driving in three more.  Sophomore Giovanny Alfonzo was 4-for-10 with two walks, giving his batting average a much-needed boost to .225.

Clemson 10, NC State 5
Clemson 7, NC State 4
NC State 4, Clemson 1

The eighth-ranked Wolfpack stumbled at home, losing two of three against the Clemson Tigers.  Clemson was able to rough up Carlos Rodon on Friday, putting together a five-run fifth inning to chase him from the game and secure a 10-5 victory.

NC State also suffered an injury to Preseason All-American shortstop Trea Turner. Turner sprained his ankle stepping awkwardly on first base during the Friday game and missed the rest of the weekend. According to Aaron Fitt at Baseball America, he is expected to miss four to six weeks.  Turner was batting .464 with five home runs, 18 RBI, and eight stolen bases in 2013.

Virginia 7, Maryland 6
Virginia 5, Maryland 0
Maryland 4, Virginia 2

Virginia suffered its first loss of 2013, but not before taking a series win to open ACC play in Charlottesville.  The Cavaliers took the first game of the series on a walk-off double from sophomore Derek Fisher, plating Joe McCarthy for the winning run.  Fisher was 4-for-4 with two runs and three RBI in the contest, postponed to Saturday for a doubleheader.

Strong pitching from the Terrapins prevented the sweep and ended the Cavaliers season-opening winning streak. Alex Robinson lasted only 2 2/3 innings after walking five batters and hitting two more and giving up an earned run.  However, his relief combined to surrender only one run on five hits for the remainder of the game.  This made for a tough loss for opposing pitcher Nick Howard, who allowed one earned run and struck out eight Terrapins in 6 1/3 innings..

North Carolina 4, Wake Forest 0
North Carolina 20, Wake Forest 6
North Carolina 6, Wake Forest 2

The best team in the nation continued its perfect start, as North Carolina opened ACC play with a sweep of Wake Forest.  The Tar Heels outscored Wake Forest 30-8 over the weekend, hitting ten home runs.  Eight of these bombs came on Saturday, when North Carolina crushed the Deacons 20-6.

Freshman outfielder Skye Bolt had three of the home runs for the Tar Heels. They were the only three hits of the weekend for him, but they were good enough to drive in four runs during the series.  North Carolina also got a complete game shutout from junior hurler Kent Emanuel in the series opener, as he fanned seven Deacons and allowed five hits.

Duke 4, Miami 2
Duke 9, Miami 2
Miami 5, Duke 3

The Duke Blue Devils picked up a big series win to open conference play, claiming two of three games against the Miami Hurricanes in Coral Gables. After an 11-0 start, the Hurricanes have now lost four of their last six games.

Duke second baseman Andy Perez provided exactly what you look for from a leadoff man all weekend, going 6-for-12 at the plate and stealing two bases.  Drew Van Orden pitched well for the Blue Devils on Saturday, going six shutout innings and allowing three hits while fanning four.

ATLANTIC DIVISION

Florida State – 15-0 (3-0)
Clemson – 9-5 (2-1)
NC State – 12-4 (1-2)
Maryland – 10-5 (1-2)
Wake Forest – 9-8 (0-3)
Boston College – 3-11 (0-3)

COASTAL DIVISION

North Carolina – 14-0 (3-0)
Virginia – 14-1 (2-1)
Georgia Tech – 14-2 (2-1)
Duke – 8-7 (2-1)
Miami – 13-4 (1-2)
Virginia Tech – 12-4 (1-2)

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