Here is your ACC Tournament recap for Friday, May 22.
Boston College 10, #16 Miami (FL) 1
DURHAM, N.C. – Sophomore Pat Dean was nearly untouchable on the mound through 7.0 innings as he led the Boston College baseball team to its second win against a top-20 opponent in as many days. This time it was against No. 16 Miami, 10-1, on Friday in the 2009 ACC Championship.
The Eagles (33-24) finished their first-ever ACC Championship bid with a 2-1 record to finish second in its division. Florida State will play in the title game from Division A due to its win against BC on Wednesday. Boston College finished its stint at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in impressive fashion and bolstered its NCAA Championship resume by beating No. 13 Georgia Tech on Thursday, 7-3, and then dominating the Hurricanes today.
Boston College will now wait until Monday at 12:30 p.m. to find out its NCAA Regional fate. The 2009 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship 64-team field, with first-round regional pairings and site assignments, will be revealed in a live, half-hour telecast on ESPN at that time.
Duke 10 Clemson 4
DURHAM, N.C. – Nate Freiman went 3-for-4 and became Duke’s all-time home run leader with his 43rd career home run to back a 7.1-inning start from classmate Andrew Wolcott that led Duke to a 10-4 win over No. 13 Clemson Friday evening at the ACC Tournament.
Freiman crushed the record-breaking homer in his third at bat of the day, sending his ACC-leading 20th long ball of the year over the Blue Monster at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. He just missed hitting another over the 35-foot tall fence when his seventh-inning double hit three feet from the top of the left-center field wall. He was one of two Blue Devils to homer in the game, joining sophomore shortstop Jake Lemmerman, who drove in three runs and was a single short of hitting for the cycle.
Lemmerman is now 6-for-8 with five RBI and four extra-base hits in Duke’s two ACC Tournament games, while Duke is 1-1 in tournament play and 8-9 against top-25 teams.
Virginia 11 North Carolina 1 (8 innings/run rule)
DURHAM, N.C. – Behind a 10-run third inning and strong pitching, the No. 14 Virginia baseball team defeated No. 4 North Carolina, 11-1, in the ACC Baseball Championship Friday night in front of a crowd of 6,319 at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C. The game was called during the eighth inning because of the tournament’s 10-run rule – the first run rule at the event since 2006.
Virginia, the tournament’s sixth seed, is 2-0 in Division B and can clinch a spot in the ACC Championship game with a win Saturday against No. 7-seed Duke. No. 1-seed Florida State already has clinched a championship-game berth out of the other division. North Carolina, seeded second, drops to 1-1 in the tournament.
Danny Hultzen (Fr., Bethesda, Md.) worked 6.1 innings, allowing one earned run, five hits and two walks while striking out six. The ACC Freshman of the Year improved to 8-1 this year and lowered his season ERA to 2.15. Robert Poutier (Sr., Yorktown, Va.) pitched 1.2 perfect innings in relief.