#14 North Carolina 2 #1 Virginia 1
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Freshman left-hander Kent Emanuel withstood the test from No. 1 Virginia (45-8, 22-7 ACC) Friday night and No. 13 Carolina (43-12, 19-10 ACC) picked up a pair of eighth-inning runs to claim a 2-1 victory over the Cavaliers. Carolina’s two and three hitters, Levi Michael and Colin Moran, each drove in a run in the go-ahead eighth inning. The Cavaliers drop a series for the first time all season and the Tar Heels will look for the sweep on Saturday.
Virginia starter Danny Hultzen, a likely first round draft pick in next month’s MLB Draft, was in complete control early setting the side down in order through the first four innings. Hultzen struck out at least two batters in each of the first four frames.
The Tar Heels eventually got to Hultzen in the fifth when Tommy Coyle took a pitch the opposite way for a single to break up the perfect game. Coyle would not advance past first base but the single got things going for the Tar Heels.
#12 Clemson 7 #6 Florida State 4
Tallahassee, FL – Brad Miller, Will Lamb, and Jeff Schaus all had three hits apiece to lead #15 Clemson to a 7-4 victory over #4 Florida State in front of 4,973 fans at Dick Howser Stadium on Friday. The Tigers, who evened the series 1-1, improved to 38-17 overall and 16-13 in the ACC. The Seminoles fell to 40-14 overall and 19-10 in ACC play.
Clemson scored one run in the second inning, four runs in the third inning, and two runs in the fifth inning to build a 7-0 lead. But the Seminoles rallied with two sixth-inning runs and two eighth-inning runs before bringing the potential tying run to the plate in the ninth inning. But the Tigers prevailed and locked up the #6 seed in the ACC Tournament with the victory.
Virginia Tech 7 #15 Georgia Tech 5
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Behind an almost complete game effort from Marc Zecchino and a Hokies offense that pounded out 14 hits, Virginia Tech defeated #12 Georgia Tech, 7-5, in ACC action at English Field Friday night.
In all, six Hokies had two hits to help the team improve to 30-24 on the season, 11-18 in conference play. The Yellow Jackets dropped to 38-17, 21-8 in the ACC.
Virginia Tech needed to rally in the bottom of the third, though, to erase an early two-run deficit. Four straight two-out hits brought home four straight runs with Johnny Morales plating the first on a single by Michael Seaborn.
Duke 2 #23 Miami, Florida 0
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – In the last start of his college career, senior Dennis O’Grady threw the first 7.2 innings of a combined four-hit shutout to lead Duke past No. 15 Miami 2-0 on Saturday evening at Alex Rodriguez Park.
O’Grady’s swan song was the best start of his career, as the senior from Floral Park, N.Y., held the 15th-ranked Hurricanes (33-20, 18-10 ACC) to three hits in their home park. O’Grady carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning and protected Duke’s two-run lead until sophomore Marcus Stroman took over and recorded the final four outs for his fourth save of the season.
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NC State 10 Boston College 0
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Cory Mazzoni overwhelmed the Boston College offense Friday, allowing just three hits in eight shutout innings to lead NC State past the Eagles 10-0 in the second game of a three-game series at Shea Field.
NC State, which has won the first two games of the series, won its fourth game in a row and improved to 32-23 overall and 14-15 in the ACC. The Eagles fell to 17-32 overall and 7-21 in the conference.
Wake Forest 15 Maryland 5
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Wake Forest tied a season-high in runs, and Tim Cooney pitched an excellent six innings to lift the Demon Deacons to a 15-5 win and a series victory over Maryland on Friday night at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium.
The Demon Deacons have now won three straight ACC series and improve to 24-28 on the year and 14-15 in conference play. The Terrapins drop to 21-34 overall and 5-24 in the ACC.
Pat Blair and Carlos Lopez both drove in four runs on the night, while Mac Williamson belted a pair of home runs to pace the Deacon offensive attack.