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April 4, 2012

Clemson Rolls 11-0 Behind Gossett, Homer Attack

Freshman righthander Daniel Gossett struck out 13 and three Clemson Tigers hit home runs in Clemson's 11-0 win over Winthrop at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Tigers improved to 15-13, while the Eagles dropped to 9-21.

The Tigers took a 3-0 lead into the fourth inning, then blew the game open with six runs in the fourth. Gossett, meanwhile, retired the first 15 batters before surrendering a leadoff single in the sixth inning. He gave up two hits in the sixth, but held the Eagles scoreless and allowed the Tigers to record their first shutout of the season.

Gossett (3-2) allowed just three hits, all singles, struck out 13 and did not allow a walk in seven innings. His 13 strikeouts were the most by a Tiger since May 31, 2009, when freshman lefthander Chris Dwyer totaled 13 strikeouts against Oklahoma State in the Tigers' 15-1 win in the Clemson Regional.

Josh Strong (0-2), the first of six Eagle hurlers, suffered the loss. He gave up two hits, one run, and two walks in two innings pitched.

Jay Baum, Richie Shaffer, Jon McGibbon and Garrett Boulware all had two hits apiece to pace Clemson's 14-hit attack. Shaffer went 2-for-3 with a homer, two RBIs, two runs, and one walk, while Pohl had a game-high three RBIs on his long ball. Stolz added a home run to give Clemson a season-high three homers in the game. Every Tiger starter had at least one hit by the end of the fourth inning.


Boston College 8, Connecticut 5
Tom Bourdon broke a 5-5 tie with a one-out double in the eighth inning and Boston College went to add a pair of unearned insurance runs and defeat Connecticut 8-5 at historic Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field.

The Eagles (13-15) scored five runs in the second inning to take a 5-0 lead, but the Huskies (15-13) chipped away at the lead, scoring two in the fourth, one in the fifth and two more in the sixth to tie the game at 5-5 before the Eagles' winning rally in the eighth.

Senior lefthander Nate Bayuk (2-1) recorded the win with 2 1/3 shutout innings of relief. He gave up three hits and a walk and struck out one. Senior righty Kyle Prohovich recorded his second save, going one inning and allowing one hit.

Blake Butera extended his hitting streak to a team-best 10 games, going 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Rob Moir also extended his career-longest hitting streak to seven games with two hits in four at-bats.

Connecticut's Pat Butler (2-3) took the loss, going 5 1/3 innings and allowing two runs on seven hits. He struck out six. L.J. Mazzilli went 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBIs for the Huskies, and Tim Martin had four hits, including a double, in five at-bats. Joe Pavone was 3-for-3.


Virginia Tech 13, Wofford 4
Chad Pinder, Tyler Horan and Johnny Morales each drove in three runs to lift Virginia Tech past Wofford 13-4 at English Field. The Hokies improved to 19-12 with the victory. The Terriers fell to 11-18.

Pinder was 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles, pushing his team lead in two-baggers to 16. He also scored three runs. Horan had two hits, including a two-run home run, his eight of the year, and also scored three times. Morales was 1-for-4.

Virginia Tech broke the game open with a five-run second inning, added two more in the fourth and sixth, then capped the scoring with a three-run seventh. Mark Zagunis had three hits in the game, extending his hitting streak to 12 games, while also extending his reached-base streak to 23 games. Brendon Hayden also had a pair of hits.

Eddie Campbell (4-0) picked up the win with four innings of solid relief, allowing a run on two hits with a career-high seven strikeouts. Mason Bradley (0-2) started for Wofford and suffered the loss after allowing six runs on seven hits in two innings.


Duke 9, Campbell 7
Duke scored six runs in the top of the eighth inning to take a seemingly safe 9-2 lead over Campbell, then held on for dear life as a five-run Camels rally in the bottom of the ninth inning fell short in the Blue Devils' 9-7 victory at Taylor Field in Buies Creek.

Duke improved to 13-17 with the victory. Campbell fell to 25-5 with the defeat.

Andy Perez paced the Blue Devils at the plate, finishing 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Andrew Istler was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, while Will Piwnica-Worms was 2-for-5 with a two-run double and a run scored. Mike Rosenfeld finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, Grant McCabe was 2-for-3 with a run and Jordan Betts added a hit, an RBI and a run.

Dillon Haviland, the second of four Blue Devils pitchers, got the win and improved to 1-0 with 3 1/3 innings of shutout relief. David Putnam got the final two outs in the roller-coaster bottom of the ninth for his fourth save. Campbell starter Paul Eyster got the loss and fell to 1-1 after allowing two runs on four hits in two innings.


Georgia Tech 7, Kennesaw State 3
Georgia Tech opened a 7-0 lead in the sixth inning and rolled past Kennesaw State 7-3 at Stillwell Stadium to sweep the two-game season series from the Owls. Brandon Thomas had two hits and drove in two runs for the Jackets.

Freshman righthander Cole Pitts gave Georgia Tech another quality midweek start, working four innings on a predetermined pitching split and turning a 4-0 lead over the bullpen to start the bottom of the fifth. Pitts allowed two hits, struck out five and did not allow a walk to improve to 4-1.

"Pitts threw the ball great," Georgia Tech head coach Danny Hall said. "We just wanted to get him work and get him ready for the weekend and the guys behind him threw well."

Kyle Wren, Sam Dove, Conor Lynch and Mott Hyde all had two hits for the Yellow Jackets, who improved to 19-11 with the win. Kennesaw State dropped to 18-12 with the loss.


George Mason 7, Maryland 6
Three Maryland errors led to five unearned runs as George Mason came from behind to defeat the Terrapins 7-6 at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium. The Patriots improved to 19-11 with the victory, while the Terps dropped to 18-12.

Maryland led 6-4 heading into the eighth inning and reliever Charlie Haslup struck out the first two batters in the inning before walking two batters to put runners on first and second. That brought up Patriots pinch-hitter Andrew Sable, who drove a triple to the gap in right-center field past a sprinting Jordan Hagel, driving in both runs. Josh Leemhuis followed with a single to right field, driving in Sable and giving George Mason a 7-6 lead.

Maryland had at least one hit in eight of nine innings, led by Hagel's 4-for-4 performance, but left 13 runners on base in the game. Michael Montville went 3-for-5 with a home run, and Alfredo Rodriguez and Korey Wacker had two hits apiece.

Haslup (2-2) struck out four and allowed three runs, all of them unearned, on two hits and took the loss. George Mason reliever Branden Bartlett (2-0) pitched a scoreless seventh to earn the win.


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