#5 Virginia 5 #4 Florida State 4
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The No. 5 Virginia Cavaliers won their second consecutive 11-inning game over No. 4 Florida State, winning 5-4 Saturday afternoon in front of 3,884 fans at Davenport Field. Jared King (Jr., Radford, Va.) led off the bottom of the 11th inning with a walk-off homer to left, giving Virginia (19-1, 5-0 ACC) its 13th consecutive victory. The Seminoles fall to 15-4 overall and 3-2 in the ACC.
The Cavaliers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Chris Taylor (So., Virginia Beach, Va.) singled and John Barr (Sr., Ivyland, Pa.) followed with a double down the right field line. Taylor scored on an RBI single from Danny Hultzen (Jr., Bethesda, Md.) and Barr scored on Steven Proscia’s (Jr., Suffern, N.Y.) sacrifice fly.
#14 Clemson 16 Duke 7
Clemson, SC – Seven different Tigers scored two runs and #16 Clemson slugged 18 hits in its 16-7 victory over Duke in front of 4,315 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Saturday night. The Tigers, who took a 2-0 series lead, improved to 9-7 overall and 2-3 in the ACC. The Blue Devils dropped to 15-6 overall and 2-3 in ACC play.
Duke jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, then the Tigers answered with five runs in the bottom of the first. Duke tied the score with two runs in the third inning and took the lead on Christopher Marconcini’s solo homer in the top of the fourth inning. After a lightning delay in the bottom of the fourth inning, Clemson scored seven runs in the frame to pull away and cruised to a nine-run win.
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Freshman Kent Emanuel equaled a career high with nine strikeouts as No. 15 North Carolina held on for a 5-4 win at Virginia Tech (12-9, 0-5 ACC) to claim the series win over the Hokies. Tom Zengel drove in three runs for the Tar Heels who will look for the series sweep on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Both offenses were stifled through the first three innings as Carolina’s Kent Emanuel and Virginia Tech’s Marc Zecchino combined to allow just one hit apiece. The second time through the order proved to be a different story, however.
Jacob Stallings got things going with a seeing eye single through the right side of the infield with one out. Colin Moran was hit by a pitch moving Stallings into scoring position.
#22 Georgia Tech 12 NC State 0
ATLANTA – Matt Skole and Jake Davies keyed a six-run outburst with big hits in the third inning, and Jed Bradley pitched shutout ball for seven innings Saturday, leading 21st-ranked Georgia Tech past NC State, 12-0, in the middle game of a weekend Atlantic Coast Conference baseball series at Russ Chandler Stadium.
The Yellow Jackets amassed 17 hits and won their 11th straight game with the series-clinching win and improved to 16-4 overall, 5-0 in conference play. The Wolfpack dropped their third straight ACC game and well to 10-9, 1-4. The series concludes at 1 p.m. Sunday.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland broke a 3-3 tie on a bases-loaded balk by Boston College pitcher Eric Stevens in the bottom of the seventh and freshman right fielder Charlie White’s leaping catch at the wall in the eighth inning helped preserve a 4-3 Terrapin win Saturday afternoon.
White provided the play of the game with one on and one out in the eighth, leaping at the wall to rob an extra-base hit from Mike Sudol, then throwing to first to double up Matt Watson who likely would have scored and tied the game had White not made the catch.
Catcher Jack Cleary and second baseman Ryan Holland each had singles in the decisive seventh inning. Boston College replaced pitcher Nate Bayuk with Stevens after Bayuk walked Tomo Delp to load the bases. With Matt Marquis at the plate, Stevens dropped the ball just before his delivery, allowing Cleary to come home for the 4-3 lead.
Miami (FL) 4 Wake Forest 3
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Harold Martinez’s run-scoring single through the right side in the ninth inning completed a come-from-behind effort for the University of Miami, keeping the Hurricanes undefeated in Atlantic Coast Conference play with a 4-3 series-clinching victory at Wake Forest on Saturday night inside Wake Forest Baseball Park. The win was Miami’s sixth consecutive, and the ‘Canes seventh win in the last eight games.
Trailing 3-2 after eight innings of play, Miami (11-8, 5-0 ACC) used a leadoff walk by Zeke DeVoss from Wake Forest (7-11, 2-3 ACC) reliever John McLeod – who entered in the eighth for fellow reliever Michael Dimock. Following the walk, DeVoss swiped second and junior outfielder Nathan Melendres drove him in to knot the game at 3-all with a standup double down the right field line.
Melendres would come across as the game-winning run a play later with Harold Martinez’s second hit of the evening. Melendres extended his hitting streak to a team-leading six games, while Martinez extended his to five.