#2 Virginia 9 Virginia Tech 3
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Tyler Wilson (Sr., Midlothian, Va.) pitched seven shutout innings and David Coleman (Sr., Richmond, Va.) homered and drove in five runs as the top-ranked Virginia baseball team defeated Virginia Tech, 9-3, Saturday afternoon at English Field in Blacksburg. Virginia (27-2, 10-1 ACC) now has won eight straight games and also has clinched its fourth straight ACC series this year.
Wilson (4-0) pitched seven innings, giving up five hits and two walks (one intentional). He struck out 10, marking his second straight double-figure strikeout performance and the third of his career. Wilson did a great job of working out of jams, as Tech went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position against him.
Virginia Tech starter Marc Zecchino (2-4) worked 5.2 innings, allowing seven earned runs, nine hits and a walk in taking the loss. He struck out 11.
Maryland 5 #9 Florida State 0
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – David Carroll continued his dominance on the mound and freshman Jake Stinnett drove in three runs to lead the University of Maryland baseball team to a 5-0 victory against No. 7 Florida State Saturday afternoon at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium.
With the victory, the Terrapins (13-14, 2-9 ACC) ended a 40-game losing streak to the Seminoles (20-7, 7-4 ACC). Maryland’s last victory against Florida State was March 26, 1998 in Tallahassee, Fla. It was also Maryland’s first home win against the Seminoles since May 2, 1993.
Florida State threatened to get on the board in the first inning and appeared it would when James Ramsey singled up the middle with two outs and Devon Travis on second base. However, center fielder Korey Wacker charged, cleanly fielded the ball and made a perfect, one-hop throw to catcher Aaron Etchison, who applied the tag on a sliding Travis for the final out.
#10 North Carolina 9 #17 Clemson 5
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – No. 6 North Carolina used a four-run eighth inning en route to a 9-5 series-clinching win over No. 16 Clemson (14-11, 4-7 ACC) Saturday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium. The ACC leader in RBI added to his total as Colin Moran drove in three more runs in the win, including a pair in the four-run eighth to help Carolina to a 15th consecutive home win. The Tar Heels will look for a third straight ACC sweep on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Clemson struck first for the second straight day in the top of the first taking advantage of a Tar Heel error to put the lead off man on base. Following a ground out to second, Phil Pohl was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second.
The Tigers attempted a double steal but backstop Jacob Stallings was able to cut down Pohl attempting to steal second for the second out of the inning. Clemson picked up a RBI single to right to take the lead before Kent Emanuel forced a fly out to end the inning.
Duke 4 #12 Georgia Tech 3
DURHAM, N.C. – Angelo LaBruna scored the tying and go-ahead runs, and Marcus Stroman threw two no-hit innings out of the bullpen for his first save of the season as Duke took down No. 6 Georgia Tech 4-3 on Saturday afternoon at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Thanks to a dominant bullpen performance from reliever Ben Grisz and Stroman, the Blue Devils (16-13, 3-8 ACC) handed the Yellow Jackets (22-6, 10-1 ACC) their first ACC loss of the season. Grisz (2-1) entered the game in the sixth inning and threw 1.1 scoreless frames before LaBruna scored the go-ahead run on a passed ball in the seventh inning.
With a one-run lead in hand, Duke then went to Stroman, who struck out five of the eight batters he faced while holding the Yellow Jackets hitless in the eighth and ninth innings. Georgia Tech entered the series ranked sixth nationally with a .330 batting average, but managed just one hit over the final 3.1 innings off of Grisz and Stroman.
NC State 6 Wake Forest 4
RALEIGH, N.C. — Chris Diaz went 3-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs, including the tying and go-ahead runs, as NC State defeated Wake Forest 6-4 Saturday to even their three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series at a game apiece.
The Wolfpack won for the sixth time in its last eight games and improved to 16-12 overall, 4-7 in the ACC. Wake Forest dropped to 10-16 overall and 4-7.
Diaz led off the Wolfpack’s three-run third inning with a solo home run to left field, drove in the game-tying run with a single in the fourth, and drove home what proved to be the winning run with a single in the sixth and came all the way around to score a huge insurance run when the ball skipped past center fielder Steven Brooks for a three-base error.