#14 Georgia Tech 10 #2 Virginia 8
ATLANTA – Junior Jake Davies was 4-for-4 with three RBI, and sophomore pitcher Buck Farmer won his sixth-straight game as the eighth-ranked Georgia Tech baseball team defeated No. 1 Virginia, 10-8, in the series finale on Sunday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium.
Georgia Tech (24-9, 12-3 ACC) ended a three-game losing skid with the win and avoided a series sweep. It also halted Virginia’s (31-3, 13-2 ACC) win streak at 12 games.
“We really battled hard the whole day,” head coach Danny Hall said. “They [Virginia] are going to make you play. They score runs, and they can pitch and you have to battle hard for nine innings.
#10 North Carolina 7 #9 Florida State 6
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – North Carolina used a seven-run third inning en route to a 7-6 win over Florida State in Tallahassee Sunday afternoon breaking the Seminoles’ streak of 25 consecutive Sunday victories. Greg Holt earned the win tossing 4.2 innings of relief, while Michael Morin notched his second save in as many days.
Carolina’s one through five hitters combined for 10 hits, five runs and six RBI as the Tar Heels claimed the series 2-1. The series victory was the first for the Tar Heels in Tallahassee in their last eight trips dating back to a 1995 series win over the Seminoles.
The Tar Heels fell behind for the 11th straight game but battled back once again and own a 9-2 record in those games.
Maryland 7 #26 Clemson 6
CLEMSON, S.C. – Maryland broke a tie in the top of the ninth inning when Alfredo Rodriguez doubled down the left-field line and scored on Michael Montville’s single to right field for a 7-6 win over Clemson on Sunday afternoon.
Korey Wacker worked out of trouble in the bottom half of the inning by striking out Clemson’s Brad Miller, who was 10-for-13 in the series, and retiring Spencer Kieboom on a fielder’s choice with two men on to preserve the win.
Wacker, who came on in relief of starter Chuck Ghysels after Clemson scored two runs in the fifth for a 5-4 lead, pitched 4 1/3 innings and allowed just one run as the Terps (15-17, 3-12) rallied twice for go-ahead runs.
Boston College 6 Duke 4 (11 innings)
DURHAM, N.C. – The Boston College baseball team scored four runs in the last three innings to force extras and junior Anthony Melchionda hit a two-run single in the top of the 11th to lead the Eagles past Duke, 6-4, Sunday afternoon at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Freshman Tom Bourdon led off the 11th for BC by striking out, but the ball was in the dirt and the catcher couldn’t find it which allowed him to reach first. Junior Brad Zapenas sacrificed him up to second and then sophomore Matt McGovern hit an infield single to put runners on the corners. A 2-3 groundout put both runners in scoring position with two outs before Melchionda came through with the big hit, taking the first pitch of his at-bat to right for a two-run single.
Miami (FL) 3 NC State 0
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – After a wild win on Saturday night, the University of Miami (21-11, 11-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) made easy work of NC State (18-15, 5-10 ACC) with a 3-0 shutout win to complete a series sweep of the Wolfpack at Alex Rodriguez Park on Sunday afternoon.
In his seventh start, sophomore pitcher E.J. Encinosa (2-2, 2.84 ERA) tossed seven scoreless innings, striking out a career-high 11 batters while allowing just two hits and walking one. Five times on the course of the day, Encinosa forced three-up, three down against the Wolfpack – and just five NC State batters hit to the outfield in the Miami native’s time on the bump.
By comparison, starting Wolfpack pitcher Grant Sasser’s (1-2, 1.29 ERA) performance proved to be NC State’s downfall. Through four innings, Sasser failed to issue a walk, but a costly error came in the fourth inning as a balk put Harold Martinez into scoring position.
Virginia Tech 11 Wake Forest 2
Wake Forest 3 Virginia Tech 2
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – In its fifth doubleheader of the season, but its first in ACC action, Virginia Tech was able to split the twin billing with Wake Forest – winning the first game, 11-2, but falling in the second game, 5-3 – Sunday afternoon at WF Baseball Park. With the split, the Hokies won the league series.
Tim Smalling collected five hits on the day to lead Tech (17-17, 3-12), while Jake Atwell drove in three and both Gabe Ortiz and Tony Balisteri crossed the plate three times. Wake Forest (12-20, 5-10) was able to get the split thanks to a walk-off Charlie Morgan two-run home run in the second game.
Balisteri’s three-hit – his fifth straight game with at least two hits which raised his average almost 45 points – three-run effort in game one highlighted the Hokie attack, while Michael Seaborn, Smalling and Andrew Rash each had two hits. Ortiz and Rash each scored a pair of runs.