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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Will Roberts (Jr., Richmond, Va.) worked into the eighth inning in an outstanding pitching performance, and the No. 1-ranked Virginia baseball team scored four runs in the seventh inning in a 5-4 victory over No. 16 Miami Sunday afternoon in front of a season-high 4,700 fans at Davenport Field. Virginia honored its six fourth-year student-athletes as well as manager Rod Larson in Senior Day ceremonies following the game.
Virginia (45-6, 22-5 ACC) took two of three games in the series to win its ninth straight ACC series this year and its 15th straight overall, dating to the 2010 season.
Roberts (10-0) allowed two runs (one earned), three hits and a walk in 7.0 innings while striking out five. He pitched to one batter in the eighth inning. In picking up his 10th win this year, Roberts becomes just the seventh pitcher in Virginia history to notch 10 or more wins in a season.
RALEIGH, N.C. – Florida State controls its ACC Atlantic Division destiny with one series to play after splitting a Sunday doubleheader at NC State.
The sixth-ranked Seminoles (39-13, 18-9) will take a three-game lead over Clemson into the final series of the season – a three-game homestand against the Tigers, which begins Thursday at Dick Howser Stadium. A single win over the Tigers will give FSU its fourth divisional title in five years and the No. 2 seed in the ACC Tournament.
ATLANTA –– Sophomore Buck Farmer tossed eight shutouts innings to lead the ninth-ranked Georgia Tech baseball team to a 3-0 win and a series victory over North Carolina, also ranked as high as No. 9, Sunday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium. The win gave head Coach Danny Hall is 300th-career Atlantic Coast Conference victory.
Sunday’s win provided Georgia Tech (37-16, 20-7 ACC) with a huge series victory over North Carolina (40-12, 17-10 ACC) after the Jackets had fallen in the opener on Friday before a ninth-inning comeback victory on Saturday. It was the seventh shutout this season recorded by the Tech pitching staff, one shy of tying a school record. It was also just the first time all year that the Tar Heels had been blanked.
“It was big,” said Hall of the momentum Saturday’s comeback victory gave the team heading into Sunday. “It totally flipped. We were dead in the water going into the ninth inning last night and it looked like we were going to lose the series, and then five runs later in the ninth we walk out of here with a chance to win. Buck Farmer was outstanding today, he can’t throw it better than he threw it and Luke [Bard] came in and did a great job in the ninth.”
BLACKBURG, Va. – Virginia Tech used three doubles by Chad Morgan and strong pitching from Joe Parsons and Manny Martir to defeat No. 20 Clemson, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon at English Field. With the victory, the Hokies improve to 29-23 overall and 10-17 in ACC action, while the Tigers fall to 36-16 overall and 15-12 in league play.
Parsons improved to 7-2 on the season and won his third straight ACC start. He pitched six and two thirds innings, allowing five hits and just one run. Martir got the third out in the seventh inning and closed the game to earn his second save of the season.
DURHAM, N.C. – Duke put two runners in scoring position with one out in the bottom of the 10th, but Michael Dimock quickly recovered to give Wake Forest a 6-5 win in the resumption of Saturday’s game on Sunday afternoon at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
With the win, the Demon Deacons improve to 22-27 overall and 12-14 in the ACC. The Blue Devils drop to 23-28 overall and 5-21 in conference play.
Saturday’s game had to be suspended entering the bottom of the 10th due to rain, hail and lightning. The game was resumed at 12:03 p.m. today with the Deacons leading 6-5 courtesy of Carlos Lopez’s solo home run in the top of the 10th.
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Four different pitchers combined to throw a five-hit shutout as the Boston College baseball team beat Le Moyne, 4-0, Sunday afternoon at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field.
Freshman Eric Stevens started the game and got the win, going 3.0 innings and allowing one hit. Junior Kyle Prohovich also worked 3.0 innings and struck out three batters. Senior Dave Laufer pitched two innings and classmate Garret Smith tossed the ninth.
Only six Dolphins reached scoring position in the game and two reached third base. The BC pitching staff issued just one walk in their third shutout of the season.