#24 Miami (FL) 6 #2 Virginia 2
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The 16th-ranked Miami Hurricanes tacked five runs on the board in the opening inning and never looked back as they ran away from the top-ranked Virginia Cavaliers, 6-2, in the ACC series-opener between the two schools Friday evening at Davenport Field in Charlottesville, Va.
Facing the nation’s top-ranked team and a conference’s top pitching statistical leader for the second time this season – also doing so against Hudson Randall and the No. 1 Florida Gators in early March, the Miami Hurricanes (32-16, 17-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) seemed unafraid of the sell-out atmosphere or the circumstances surrounding the pivotal series on the road.
So, what was different this time around? UMiami veteran head coach Jim Morris was in the Hurricanes dugout, instead of listening to the game on the radio and watching on television in a hospital bed recovering from surgery.
#7 Florida State 9 NC State 4
RALEIGH, N.C. – Florida State’s Rafael Lopez appears quite comfortable in the leadoff spot, even if it’s only a temporary move.
Lopez opened Friday’s game with a solo homer to right, then slammed a two-run shot in the third – his fifth and sixth of the season – that staked the Seminoles to a lead they never relinquished, en route to a 9-4 victory over NC State.
The fast start and another stout effort by staff ace Sean Gilmartin moved the sixth-ranked Seminoles (38-12, 17-8 ACC) a step closer to their fifth ACC Atlantic Division title in six years.
#11 North Carolina 3 #15 Georgia Tech 2
ATLANTA – No. 9 North Carolina reached the 40-win mark for the 19th time in school history Friday afternoon as the Tar Heels (40-10, 17-8 ACC) claimed a 3-2 win at No. 15 Georgia Tech (35-16, 18-7 ACC). Senior Patrick Johnson notched his team-leading ninth win of the year and Michael Morin closed the door for his sixth save.
Colin Moran tallied a pair of RBI hits in the contest, including his ninth home run of the year, a solo shot in the fourth inning.
The ACC’s leading RBI man turned in his 18th multi-RBI game of the season and now has 62 on the season.
Wake Forest 7 Duke 2
DURHAM, N.C. – Starter Brian Holmes pitched six shutout innings, and Pat Blair reached base six times to lead Wake Forest to a 7-2 defeat of Duke in the teams’ series opener on Friday evening at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
With the win, the Demon Deacons improve to 21-27 overall and 11-14 in the ACC. The Blue Devils drop to 23-27 overall and 5-20 in conference play.
Holmes (3-3) was brilliant once again for the Deacons, allowing just three hits with eight strikeouts and three walks in six innings of work. The sophomore lefty even managed to overcome an hour-long rain delay in the fourth inning. Holmes had thrown 73 pitches prior to the delay and finished with 115 on the night.