FROM CBB NEWS SOURCES
UNC 12 Miami (FL) 11
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Tim Federowicz went 2-for-5 with three RBI and then recorded the game-ending strikeout with the tying run on third base to lift No. 2 North Carolina to a 12-11 win over No. 1 Miami and a series victory Saturday at Mark Light Field. Behind a home run and five RBI from Tim Fedroff and four hits and two RBI from Kyle Shelton, the Tar Heels (45-10, 22-7 ACC) built an eight-run lead through five innings and held off a late rally by the Hurricanes (43-8, 23-5) to win their third straight series against UM.
With the series-clinching victory, UNC matched school records for regular season (45) and Atlantic Coast Conference (22) victories. The Tar Heels, who have captured four of their last six regular season series against the nation’s top-ranked team, also completed the regular season unbeaten in ACC weekend series for the first time since the league went to three-game sets in 1990.
FSU 8 NC State 1
Tallahassee, Fla. – Third-ranked Florida State (46-9, 24-6 ACC) sent its senior class out in style on Saturday night with an 8-1 victory over No. 22 NC State (37-18, 18-11 ACC) in the final regular season game for both teams. The Seminoles scored seven runs in the first two innings and got a solid pitching performance from senior Ryan Strauss to win its eighth conference series of the season. With the win, FSU tied the school record for its best finish in league play at 24-6, a record set just last year.
“That was a great job of baseball,” said head coach Mike Martin. “I am very proud of the way we played the game tonight. This was a good win for our baseball team. That was a very good first season; now we move into a part of the season that we have worked very hard to arrive at.”
Ga Tech 9 UVA 7
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Tony Plagman had a career-high five hits and Brad Feltes drove in three runs to lead No. 25 Georgia Tech (38-17, 16-14 ACC) past Virginia (36-19, 15-15 ACC), 9-7, Saturday afternoon at Davenport Field.
Plagman went 5-for-5 with two doubles and finished the weekend 8-for-13 (.615) with three doubles, a triple and a home run. Feltes had three hits, two of which were doubles, to finish the series with six hits against the Cavaliers.
Duke 7 Va Tech 5
BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Duke baseball team wrapped up one of the most successful seasons in school history Saturday afternoon with a 7-5 series-clinching win over Virginia Tech at English Field.
With the win, the Blue Devils (37-18-1, 10-18-1 ACC) conclude their 2008 campaign with the third most wins in school history and double digit conference victories for the first time since 2001. Duke finished with a school-record .978 fielding percentage and the second fewest walks allowed since the NCAA adopted a 50-plus game schedule in 1990. The Blue Devils also finished among the top 10 in the school record books in several offensive categories, including batting average, runs scored, hits, doubles and fewest strikeouts.
Boston College 11 Wake Forest 7
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Tony Sanchez hit two home runs, including a grand slam to help Boston College (26-27, 9-21 ACC) defeat Wake Forest (24-29, 13-16 ACC), 11-7, in the season finale on Saturday afternoon at Commander Shea Field.
Sanchez went 3-for-4 with two homers, six RBIs and three runs scored. The two home runs and six RBIs in a game mark career highs for the sophomore catcher.
Freshman Mickey Wiswall had a three-hit day at the plate, including a double, while sophomore Michael Belfiore collected a hit and scored three runs. Eric Campbell added a homer, a three-run shot, his sixth of the season.
Clemson 8 UCF 5
Clemson scored three runs in the eighth inning to take the lead for good and defeat Central Florida 8-5 in front of 1,625 fans at Jay Bergman Field on Saturday night. The Tigers, who swept the series 3-0, wrapped up the regular season with a 30-25-1 record and five-game winning streak, while the Knights fell to 31-25.
Justin Sarratt (2-2) earned the win by pitching 1.1 scoreless innings in relief, while Matt Vaughn pitched a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts to record his 11th save of the season. Five Tiger pitchers combined for eight strikeouts without allowing a walk or hit-by-pitch in the contest.
Knight reliever Brian Griggs (1-4) suffered the loss, as he allowed four runs (three earned) on four hits in 3.1 innings pitched.