After the play-in games yesterday, Day 2 of the 2014 ACC Baseball Championships brought the first full day of competition down in Greensboro, N.C. The 'Hoos were still sitting on the sidelines awaiting their turn, but there was plenty of other action throughout the day.
In the 11am game, #4 seed Duke hosted #5 seed Clemson in the first true game of action for Pool A. The Blue Devils jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with a 2-run homer in the bottom of the second inning. Clemson got a run back on three consecutive singles in the 4th and then took the lead in the top of the fifth with two runs on two singles and a double. The Tigers extended their lead in the ninth with two insurance runs, which turned out to be important since Duke got one run back in the bottom of the 9th. Final score: Clemson 5, Duke 3.
The 3pm game saw #1 seed Miami hosting #9 seed Georgia Tech. You may remember Georgia Tech came out of the play-in game yesterday with an "upset" win over #8 seed Wake Forest. Apparently the Jackets weren't ready to give up that momentum. Georgia Tech used five runs in the final three innings to take down the top-seeded Hurricanes 6-3.
In Pool A play tomorrow, Georgia Tech (1-0) faces Duke (0-1) at 3pm. Clemson will face Miami in the nightcap at 7pm. The Yellow Jackets and Tigers are the home teams for those two games.
In the nightcap game tonight, #2 seed Florida State hosted #7 seed North Carolina. The Tar Heels were coming off their controversial win over in-state rival N.C. State in the playoff game. Unfortunately for the Heels (and for Tiki's cheering guide), they didn't have the same momentum that the Yellow Jackets did.
Florida State used a 4-run 4th inning to blow the game wide open at 5-0. The Seminoles would hit a couple home runs and coast to a 7-1 win. About the only thing that made the game interesting was Heisman Trophy winner and notorious crab thief Jameis Winston coming in to pitch the ninth and almost giving up a home run. Almost.
North Carolina (0-1) next faces #3 seed Virginia (0-0) on Friday night at 7pm. By that time, the Cavaliers will have faced #6 seed Maryland (tomorrow at 11am). Florida State (1-0) takes on those same Terrapins at 11am on Friday.