#1 Virginia 7 NC State 6
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The top-ranked Virginia baseball team picked up a 7-6 victory over North Carolina State Sunday afternoon to clinch a series win in front of 3,452 spectators at Davenport Field. With the win the Cavaliers earned their 13th straight ACC series victory, dating to a series loss at NC State April 2-4, 2010.
Virginia (40-4, 18-3 ACC) reached the 40-win plateau for the seventh time in the last eight seasons. UVa is the first team to reach 40 wins this year in Division I baseball. NC State fell to 24-18 and 9-12 in the ACC.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Answering early and rallying late, 10th-ranked Florida State finished off a three-game sweep of Duke Sunday at Dick Howser Stadium with a 13-9 victory.
The Seminoles (31-10, 14-7 ACC) chipped away at an 8-4 deficit, then raced past the Blue Devils with a six-run seventh inning. It was FSU’s seventh consecutive win – its longest string of victories this season- and 21st in a row at home against Duke, in a streak that dates to 1994.
Jayce Boyd (3-for-4) drove in a game-high four runs and Sherman Johnson added three RBI to the cause with a bases-clearing double in seventh, which extended his hitting streak to 12 games. James Ramsey (3-for-4), Mike McGee (2-for-4) and Parker Brunelle (2-for-4) made significant contributions to the Seminoles’ 13-hit attack.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Freshman southpaw Kent Emanuel earned his sixth win of the year as No. 10 North Carolina downed No. 20 Miami (27-13, 15-5 ACC) by a score of 8-1 Sunday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium. The win snaps a five-game conference losing streak for the Tar Heels and improves their record to 32-10 on the year, including a 13-8 ACC mark.
Emanuel becomes the first freshman pitcher since Andy Gale in 2005 to throw a complete game. Gale tossed a shutout against Davidson on April 12 of 2005.
Emanuel ran his record to 6-1 on the year with the win becoming the second freshman in the ACC to reach the six win mark joining Miami’s Bryan Radziewski. Emanuel also becomes the third Tar Heel pitcher with six wins equaling the total of seniors Greg Holt and Patrick Johnson.
ATLANTA – The ninth-ranked Georgia Tech baseball team completed a three-game sweep of Boston College with a 10-8 victory Sunday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium.
Eight of the Yellow Jackets’ (30-11, 17-4 ACC) nine starters recorded at least one hit, while six drove in runs for Tech’s fifth weekend series sweep of the season.
Junior Jacob Esch, sophomore Sam Dove and freshman Daniel Palka each had two hits to pace the team at the plate.
Clemson, SC – Clemson broke a 3-3 tie with five runs in the fifth inning on its way to a 10-4 win over Wake Forest in front of 4,112 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Tigers, who won the series 2-1, improved to 25-14 overall and 11-10 in the ACC. The Demon Deacons dropped to 16-25 overall and 7-14 in ACC play.
Mac Williamson gave the Demon Deacons a 2-0 lead in the first inning with a two-run homer, but the Tigers scored a run in the bottom of the first and two more in the second to take the lead. After Wake Forest tied the score with a run in the top of the fifth inning, the Tigers took advantage of three walks and two errors along with two hits to score five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Jeff Schaus’ two-run single highlighted the uprising.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Behind a 14-hit attack and more strong pitching, Virginia Tech swept its first ACC series after defeating Maryland 13-5 on Sunday afternoon at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium.
With the win, and coupled with Boston College and Wake Forest losses, the Hokies improved to 23-19 overall and 7-14 in the ACC and into the eighth spot in the overall conference standings. Maryland dropped to 17-25, 4-17 in the league.
Every Tech starter had a hit and scored a run in the contest, led by Tony Balisteri with three hits and a pair of runs, while Michael Seaborn, Tyler Horan and Johnny Morales all crossed the plate twice. Seaborn and Chad Morgan each drove in a team-high three RBI.