FROM CBB NEWS SOURCES
Miami (FL) 12 UNC 2
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Freshman left-handed pitcher Chris Hernandez won for the 10th time with a seven-strikeout performance in 7 2/3 innings and junior first baseman Yonder Alonso hit his second career grand slam – which also was the second one against a team ranked No. 2 – as No. 1 Miami (43-6, 23-3 ACC) cruised to a 12-2 win over the second-ranked Tar Heels (43-10, 20-7 ACC) Thursday night to win the Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division. Jemile Weeks and Dave DiNatale each added two hits for Miami, which snapped a four-game losing streak to the Tar Heels.
Miami (FL) Recap
NC State 12 FSU 2
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — In what was probably the biggest game of the year to date, NC State didn’t come up big; the 18th-ranked Wolfpack came up huge. Matt Payne led a 14-hit attack with three hits and three RBIs, and Eric Surkamp and two relievers combined on a three-hitter to lead the Pack past third-ranked Florida State 12-2 at Dick Howser Stadium.
NC State, which scored in double figures for the fourth game in a row, limited Florida State to a season-low three hits and handed the Seminoles their most lopsided defeat of the season. The victory lifted the Wolfpack to 37-16 overall, and at 18-9 and in fourth place overall in the ACC, NC State sets a school record for conference victories. Combined with Miami’s 12-2 victory over North Carolina, the Wolfpack now is within two games of the third-place Tar Heels with two to play.
NC State Recap
UVA 4 GT 2
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Matt Packer (So., Germantown, Tenn.) scattered five hits and gave up one run over a career-best seven innings in propelling the No. 28 Virginia baseball team to a 4-2 win over Georgia Tech Thursday night in the series opener at Davenport Field.
John Barr (Fr., Ivyland, Pa.) posted a career-high three hits, while Franco Valdes (So., Miami, Fla.) added two for Virginia. UVa had nine hits on the evening, compared to six for the Yellow Jackets, who received two hits each from Luke Murton and Derek Dietrich.
Duke 4 VT 2
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Andrew Wolcott held Virginia Tech to one run over six innings before allowing relievers Michael Ness and Alex Hassan to close out the final three innings of a 4-2 Duke win over the Hokies Thursday evening at English Field.
Wolcott scattered six hits and struck out six over his six complete frames while turning in his team-leading sixth quality start of the season. After Virginia Tech tied the game at 2-2 with a two-out rally in the eighth, Hassan (5-0) picked up the final out in the eighth and shut down the Hokies (22-31, 5-23 ACC) in the ninth to lock up the win. Duke broke the 2-2 tie with a two-run ninth that featured a wild pitch that gave Duke the lead and a two-out RBI single by catcher Matt Williams.
Duke broke the 2-2 tie with a two-run ninth that featured a wild pitch that gave Duke the lead and a two-out RBI single by catcher Matt Williams.
Wake Forest 10 Boston College 3
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Coming into this week’s three-game series at Boston College, Wake Forest needed to win just once to clinch a berth in the ACC Tournament. The Demon Deacons took care of business early, cruising to a 10-3 defeat of the Eagles in game one of the series Thursday afternoon at Commander Shea Field.
The Deacons move to 23-28 overall and 12-15 with their seventh win in their past eight games. Wake has now won five consecutive conference games. Boston College drops to 25-26 overall and 8-20 in the league.
Clemson 9 UCF 1
D.J. Mitchell struck out nine batters, while Ben Paulsen and Stan Widmann each drove in three runs to lead Clemson to a 9-1 win against Central Florida in front of 1,017 fans at Jay Bergman Field on Thursday night. The Tigers, who took a 1-0 series lead, improved to 28-25-1, while the Knights dropped to 31-23. It was Clemson’s first-ever game at Central Florida, as the Tigers evened the all-time series 3-3.
Mitchell (6-4) allowed five hits, one run, and two walks with nine strikeouts in 7.0 innings pitched to earn the win. Justin Sarratt pitched 2.0 scoreless innings of one-hit ball to close out the game. Central Florida starter Kyle Sweat (5-4) suffered the loss, as he allowed six hits, four runs (three earned), and two walks with four strikeouts in 5.1 innings pitched.