FROM CBB NEWS SOURCES
Miami (FL) 15 Georgia Tech 12
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – The second of Dave DiNatale’s two homers lifted top-seeded Miami to a 15-12 victory over Georgia Tech on Thursday night in the 2008 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Championship at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.
DiNatale’s ninth homer of the year, with two runners on, erased a 12-11 lead Georgia Tech had taken into the top of the ninth. Jemile Weeks added an insurance run with an RBI single later in the inning.
Miami pitcher Carlos Gutierrez (4-2), retired the Yellow Jackets in order in the bottom of the ninth, after giving up a leadoff single to Tony Plagman. Brad Rulon (3-1), who gave up DiNatale’s home run, got the loss.
NC State 10 Clemson 0 (FINAL/7 Innings)
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – With even average run support this season, Clayton Shunick would have been an easy pick for Atlantic Coast Conference pitcher of the year. On Thursday against Clemson, Shunick got plenty of support and pitched like an All-American as NC State defeated the Tigers 10-0 in the second round of the ACC Tournament, a game shortened to seven innings by the tournament’s 10-run mercy rule.
The victory keeps alive NC State’s championship hopes, although the Wolfpack will need help to advance to Sunday’s championship game. NC State must defeat top-seeded Miami Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m., but also must have Clemson defeat Georgia Tech in the 10 a.m. game. Without Clemson’s help, Miami would win a three-way tiebreaker with NC State and Georgia Tech.
The win stopped a three-game losing streak for NC State, which improved to 38-19 with the win and helped improve its case for possibly hosting an NCAA regional next week, especially after Wednesday’s disappointing loss to Georgia Tech.
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