Here is your ACC Recap for May 14th.
Boston College 3 North Carolina 1
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The Boston College baseball team earned its spot in the 2009 ACC Championship with a 3-1 win against No. 4 North Carolina on Thursday at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field.
It will be the first time that the Eagles have advanced to the conference tournament since its first season in the league in 2006.
Sophomore John Leonard picked the perfect time to come up with his best start of the season on the mound. He threw 5.1 innings and allowed one run on five hits. He struck out five and walked three. Freshman Matt Brazis picked up his first collegiate win when he closed out the sixth inning with a strikeout. Junior Mike Belfiore earned his eighth save of the season, throwing 3.0 innings and striking out four.
Georgia Tech 10 Duke 3
DURHAM, N.C. – Chris House tied a career-high with four RBI, and Deck McGuire scattered five hits over eight innings to improve to 10-0 on the season, as seventh-ranked Georgia Tech handed Duke a 10-3 loss Thursday night at Jack Coombs Field.
With the win, the Yellow Jackets (34-13-1) improved to 17-8-1 against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents and are one game ahead of North Carolina in the race for the Coastal Division title after the Tar Heels dropped a 3-1 decision at Boston College earlier in the day.
The loss dropped Duke to 32-22 on the season and 13-15 in ACC games. The two teams will meet again at 2 p.m. Friday in the second game of the series.
Virginia Tech 5 Virginia 4
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Virginia Tech first baseman Austin Wates hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Hokies to dramatic 5-4 win over the 10th-ranked Virginia Cavaliers on Thursday night at English Field.
Wates’ fifth homer of the season upped the Hokies’ record to 31-20 overall and 11-16 in the ACC, keeping them in contention for the final spot in next week’s ACC Tournament. It was Tech’s first victory over Virginia (38-11-1, 15-10-1 ACC) since 2003, ending a 12-game losing streak to the Cavaliers.
Clemson 13 NC State 8
Raleigh, NC – Chris Epps, Mike Freeman, and Brad Miller all totaled three hits and at least two RBIs apiece to lead #14 Clemson to a 13-8 victory over N.C. State in front of 802 fans at Doak Field on Thursday night. The Tigers, who took a 1-0 series lead, improved to 37-17 overall and 17-11 in the ACC. The Wolfpack fell to 25-29 overall and 10-18 in ACC play.
The Tigers pounded out 15 hits and walked nine times, leading to 13 runs. It was a balanced effort, as no Tiger scored more than two runs, had more than three hits, or totaled more than three RBIs.
Senior righthander Trey Delk (4-1) earned the win for the Tigers. In 6.0 innings pitched, he allowed five hits and two runs. Wolfpack starter Jimmy Gillheeney (6-5) suffered the loss, as he yielded three hits, six runs, and four walks in 1.0 innings pitched.
Miami (FL) 23 Wake Forest 5
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The 21st-ranked University of Miami baseball team turned in its greatest offensive output of the season, recording 25 hits en route to a 23-5 win over Wake Forest Thursday night at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
The Hurricanes (33-18, 16-12 ACC) scored six runs in each of the first two innings before pulling away for the 18-run win over the Demon Deacons (22-28, 6-22 ACC) in the first game of a three-game series. The 25 hits for Miami were the most for any UM team since the Hurricanes recorded 26 against Virginia on April 24, 2004.
The eighth and ninth hitters in UM’s lineup – Ted Blackman and Nathan Melendres – each finished with five RBI while Chris Herrmann became the first Hurricane to score five runs in a game since Jim Burt accomplished the feat on June 6, 2004 against FAU. Eight of the nine hitters in UM’s lineup finished with multiple hits, while all nine in the starting lineup had already recorded a hit before the second out of the second inning was recorded.
OUT OF CONFERENCE
Florida State 8 Grambling State 1 (6 innings/weather)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State (37-14) returned to the win column Thursday evening downing Grambling State (14-32) 9-1 in a game called with one out in the bottom of the six due to heavy rain that pounded the Tallahassee area. With the win, the Seminoles pushed their consecutive win total to 12 straight on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.
Florida State grabbed the early lead and never looked back scoring twice in the second and five in the third to run out to a commanding 7-0 lead. Six of the nine runs scored on Thursday night came on two outs. The Seminoles finished the game with 13 walks, two off the season-high set against Hofstra.
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