Here is your ACC Recap for May 15th. The biggest news was that Duke clinched the final spot in the ACC Tournament by beating Georgia Tech 6-4.
Duke 6 Georgia Tech 4
DURHAM, N.C. – Andrew Wolcott tossed a nine-inning complete game and held No. 7 Georgia Tech to four runs to lead Duke to a 6-4 win Friday afternoon at Jack Coombs Field.
Wolcott (7-3) did not give up a run over his final five innings and improved to 4-0 with a 2.70 ERA against top-25 teams this year. The 6-6, 240 pound right-hander threw a career-high 129 pitches, including 82 strikes, to give Duke its sixth win over a top-25 team this season. With the win, Duke locks up a spot in the eight-team ACC Tournament field and enters Saturday’s game against the Yellow Jackets with the series tied at 1-1.
Duke junior right fielder Alex Hassan drove in three runs and was a double short of hitting for the cycle in a 3-for-5 outing that featured his third homer and fourth triple of the year. Hassan also crossed the plate three times to account for five of Duke’s six runs. Senior designated hitter Tim Sherlock accounted for the other run with a solo home run in the fifth inning as part of a 3-for-4 outing. Duke catcher Matt Williams also logged a three-hit game to improve his team-leading batting average to .354 for the season.
North Carolina 16 Boston College 10
Virginia Tech 9 Virginia 8
BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia Tech baseball team fought off a late rally by rival Virginia to claim a 9-8 victory over the 10th-ranked Cavaliers on Friday night at English Field, clinching its third ACC series of the season.
Left fielder Klint Reed and first baseman Austin Wates combined to tally seven hits and four runs scored for the victors, who improved to 32-20 overall and 12-16 in league play. Reed is now 12 for his last 21 with 10 runs scored, while Wates upped his batting average to .395 with three singles.
Starting pitcher Justin Wright picked up his seventh win of the year against just two losses, while reliever Ben Rowen earned his fourth save.
Clemson 11 NC State 5
Raleigh, NC – The #14 Clemson Tigers scored five runs in the first inning and five runs in the third inning and held on for an 11-5 win over N.C. State in front of 1,245 fans at Doak Field on Friday night. The Tigers, who took a 2-0 series lead, improved to 38-17 overall and 18-11 in the ACC. The Wolfpack dropped to 25-30 overall and 10-19 in ACC play.
Like the night before, when Clemson’s first six batters of the game touched home plate, the Tigers nearly equaled that feat on Friday when the first five Tigers that stepped to the plate came around to score. Clemson scored five more runs in the third inning to build a 10-1 lead and the Tiger bullpen combined to pitch 4.0 scoreless innings to seal the victory.
Tiger starter Casey Harman (7-3) earned the win. In 5.0 innings pitched, he allowed eight hits, five runs, and no walks with eight strikeouts. Justin Sarratt pitched 2.0 scoreless innings in relief, while Ryan Hinson and Matt Vaughn each pitched a scoreless inning to close out the game. The four Clemson hurlers combined for 12 strikeouts against no walks
Game 1: Florida State 14 Grambling State 6 (7 innings)
Game 2: Florida State 9 Grambling State 7
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – It what was supposed to be a seven inning game turned in to a nine inning affair as game two of a doubleheader featuring Florida State and Grambling State was decided by an Ohmed Danesh two-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth. The Seminoles (39-14) extended their home winning streak to 14 games with the 9-7 victory over the Tigers (14-34) Friday night on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.
“I take my hat off to Grambling with the way they fought, but I take my hat off to Florida State with the way they got it done,” said head coach Mike Martin. “We were out here all day long. It was a real credit the way these guys persevered; I am very proud of them. Grambling out hit us, we made four errors, I would say we persevered.”
The Seminoles, who led by as many as four runs in game two, saw their lead slip away as the Tigers scored runs in four consecutive innings to draw within one of the lead at 6-5.
Miami (FL) at Wake Forest PPD