Here is your ACC Recap for April 5th.
#6 North Carolina 13 #3 Georgia Tech 10
ATLANTA – Dustin Ackley homered twice and drove in four runs for the second time this week, and Kyle Seager equaled a school record with four doubles to lead No. 5 North Carolina past No. 3 Georgia Tech, 13-10, in the series finale Sunday at Russ Chandler Stadium. With the win, the Tar Heels (24-7, 9-5 ACC) secured their first series victory in Atlanta since 1998.
Carolina’s two All-America position players, who were a combined 2-for-15 in the series entering Sunday, teamed up for seven hits, five runs and five RBI in the finale. Seager and Ben Bunting, who drove in two runs, each matched career highs with four hits.
Ackley, who also drove in four runs and homered twice Tuesday against Davidson, finished 3-for-5 with home runs No. 9 and 10 for the season, four RBI and three runs scored. The Walnut Cove, N.C., product now owns five career multi-homer games, including three this season.
#7 Miami (FL) 14 #19 Florida State 8
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Harold Martinez and Yasmani Grandal each hit grand slam homers and starter Iden Nazario struck out six in six innings of work as No. 7 Miami beat No. 23 Florida State, 14-8, Sunday afternoon in front of 3,209 at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.
The victory secured Miami’s (23-8, 10-5 ACC) second straight series win over the Florida State (18-10, 7-6 ACC), after the `Canes took two-of-three from the Seminoles last year in Tallahassee. The 14 runs scored by the `Canes on Sunday was the most UM has put up against FSU since winning 17-11 on April 10, 2004 in Tallahassee.
After FSU plated a run in the top half of the first, the Hurricanes put up five runs in the bottom of the frame and another five in the second to put the game out of reach early on.
#18 Clemson 10 Duke 1
Jack Leggett earned win #700 as Tiger head coach in #17 Clemson’s 10-1 victory over Duke in front of 4,753 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Clemson, who won the series 2-1, improved to 20-10 overall and 9-6 in the ACC, while the Blue Devils dropped to 20-11 overall and 7-8 in ACC play. The Tigers also moved into first place in the ACC Atlantic Division standings ahead of both Boston College (7-6) and Florida State (7-6), who are tied for second place.
Leggett, in his 16th season as the leader of the Tiger program, upped his record at Clemson to 700-319-1. He also owns a 1,077-609-1 record in his 30th season as a college head coach.
Tiger starter Chris Dwyer (3-2) pitched 6.0 effective innings to earn the win. The Swampscott, MA native allowed just four hits, one run, and no walks with five strikeouts. He allowed a triple to lead off the game, then retired the next 11 Blue Devils. He also did not allow a runner past first base after the leadoff triple.
#21 Virginia 17 Maryland 2
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 10 Virginia baseball team racked up 19 hits overall and scored 12 runs in its first three trips to the plate in a 17-2 victory over Maryland Sunday afternoon at Davenport Field. The Cavaliers take the ACC series, two games to one.
Phil Gosselin (So., West Chester, Pa.) led the Cavaliers’ offense with three hits, including a home run, and a career-high five RBI. John Hicks (Fr., Sandy Hook, Va.) matched a career high with four hits, while John Barr (So., Ivyland, Pa.) added three hits. Franco Valdes (Jr., Miami, Fla.) had the big hit of the day, a second-inning grand slam.
Tyler Wilson (So., Midlothian, Va.) made the first ACC start of his career and went 5.0 strong innings, allowing two earned runs, six hits, one walk and five walks. He earned the win and improved to 5-2 this year. The UVa bullpen was stellar as well, with Neal Davis (Jr., Baltimore, Md.), Will Roberts (Fr., Richmond, Va.), Sean Lucas (R-Fr., Fishkill, N.Y.) and Justin Thompson (Fr., Danville, Va.) combining to allow just two hits and two walks over the final four innings.
Boston College 11 NC State 10
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The Boston College baseball team faced a 10-2 deficit in the fifth inning but scored nine unanswered runs – capped by a solo homer from junior Tony Sanchez in the eighth – to come back and stun NC State, 11-10, Sunday afternoon at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field.
Down 10-9 entering the bottom of the eighth inning, sophomore Matt Hamlet chopped a grounder to the third baseman who threw it way over the first baseman’s head, allowing Hamlet to get to second. The next pitch was a wild one and went all the way to the backstop. The catcher couldn’t find it, though, and Hamlet scored all the way from second to tie the game.
Then during the same at-bat, Sanchez blasted a home run on a full count to center give BC the dramatic game-winning run.
Virginia Tech 3 Wake Forest 2
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Sophomore starting pitcher Justin Wright’s second career complete game, combined with senior Klint Reed’s game-winning home run in the eighth inning, lifted the Virginia Tech baseball team to a 3-2 win over visiting Wake Forest on Sunday at English Field.
Wright’s nine innings pitched was the longest outing for a Tech pitcher this season, and his eight strikeouts were one shy of his career high. The Chesterfield, Va., native struck out nine batters against Bucknell earlier this season, and his other complete game came against top-ranked Miami last May. In this one, he scattered eight hits and didn’t issue a walk as he improved his record to 2-1.
Reed’s first home run of the season couldn’t have come at a better time for the Hokies, as he delivered it in bottom of the eighth with the game knotted at two. He was the first batter up for the Hokies in the decisive frame, and he lined the solo shot just over the left field fence to lift the Hokies to 17-12 overall and 4-10 in the ACC. Wake Forest slipped to 17-12, with a 5-10 conference mark.