The ACC went 6-1 on the opening day of the ACC tournament, outscoring opponents by a combined 44-23 on the night. Clemson went down and Florida State needed extra innings but overall it was a solid night for the conference. Let's take a look at each game and see what's on tap for them today.
Clemson 4, Arizona State 7
The only school other than Virginia to be a lower seed on opening day, the Tigers also became the only ACC squad to lose on opening day. Second seed Arizona State used a two-run blast by Joey Bielek in the bottom of the seventh inning to move past Clemson into the winners' bracket.
Clemson will play Pepperdine tonight at 7pm. Pepperdine dropped their opening game to Cal State Fullerton 9-3.
Mercer 4, Florida State 5 (10 innings)
Of the winners in the ACC, the Seminoles had the closest shave. Mercer - probably best known for their 14-over-3 upset in last year's NCAA Basketball tournament - tied the game at 4 in the top of the third inning and then held FSU scoreless for seven innings to send the game to extra innings. A single, an error, a sacrifice bunt and a walk-off single gave the 'Noles the win over the feisty Bears.
FSU plays second seed College of Charleston tonight at 6pm. CofC had a narrow victory of their own - beating Auburn 7-6 in 11 innings.
Morehead State 2, Louisville 7
Louisville scored two in the second and two more in the third to take a lead they would not give up, then added insurance runs in the fourth and eighth innings for a comfortable victory over the Eagles of Morehead State. Cardinals starter Kyle Funkhouser allowed two runs on six hits in 7 innings of work before Lincoln Henzman came in to finish the game.
Louisville will face Michigan today at 4pm. The third seeded Wolverines upset Bradley 10-5.
Florida International 2, Miami 6
Coral Gables Regional
The Hurricanes scored all six runs in the first two innings and then coasted to a victory over Florida International. Miami starter Andrew Suarez went into the eighth inning before giving up two runs and being pulled for Cooper Hammond who finished off the Panthers..
The 'Canes play third seed Columbia today at 7pm. The Lions upset second seed East Carolina 6-3.
Stony Brook 0, N.C. State 3
Forth Worth Regional
Curt Britt and Will Gilbert combined to pitch a shutout against the Seawolves, allowing 6 runs and four walks while tossing four strikeouts. The Wolfpack got their offense on a two-run homer by Logan Ratledge in the fifth inning and some small ball (single, stolen base, HBP, single) in the eighth inning.
N.C. State will face top seeded TCU tonight at 8pm after the Horned Frogs downed Sacred Heart 10-0
Wright State 7, Notre Dame 13
The second seeded Irish dug themselves an early hole, giving up two runs to Wright State in the top of the 2nd and allowing another in the top of the third. But they came storming back in the bottom half of that frame, scoring four runs on five straight two-out hits. A back and forth affair in the sixth and seventh gave way to a huge 6-run inning for the domers. Notre Dame had a single, two doubles and two home runs in their final offensive frame.
Notre Dame takes the mound against Illinois tonight at 8pm. The Illini dropped fourth seeded Ohio 10-3