The first day of the ACC Baseball Tournament is in the books in Louisville, and things are looking pretty good for the Virginia Cavaliers.
No. 6 Miami 6 - No. 10 Georgia Tech 5 (13 innings)
It took the Hurricanes 13 innings to finally put away the Yellow Jackets, but the Canes got a much needed victory for their NCAA Tournament resume. A loss to GT would have crippled Miami’s chances. A win against Wake on Thursday could almost assure Miami a spot. The story of the game was Miami’s reliever, Andrew Cabezas who threw the final 6.1 innings for the Canes and held GT hitless to earn his 5th W of the season.
Georgia Tech’s season is essentially over. The Yellow Jackets can’t advance to Saturday’s semifinals and will not be playing next week. See you in 2018, GT!
No. 7 NC State 6 - No. 11 Boston College 1
The Wolfpack jumped on top of BC scoring 3 runs in the first inning. BC put up a fight putting men on base with 7 hits and 5 walks, but were unable to get it closer than a 2 run game. State’s Josh McClain and Brad Debo both went 2-4 and combined to score 3 of State’s 6 runs. Brett Kinneman pitched in with a 3 run home run of his own and 4 RBI on the day.
NC State and UNC will play the nightcap on Friday, with the winner advancing to the Semifinals on Saturday.
No. 9 Duke 6 - No. 5 Clemson 3
A three-run outburst by the Blue Devils in the 8th kept Duke’s hopes of winning the tournament alive. Jimmy Herron lead Duke with a 3-4 night, including a run scored and and RBI. While on the mound, Mitch Stallings limited Clemson to just 3 runs on 7 hits over 5.2 innings. Nick Hendrix came on in the 6th to pitch the final 3.1 innings and held the Tigers to 0 hits and just one base runner (a HBP).
The result won’t help Clemson’s hosting chances, but they’ll now get to play a UVa team on Friday that could already be assured a spot in the semifinals if they beat Duke on Thursday. A win over UVa would give Clemson a big RPI boost. The winner of the Duke-UVa game on Thursday will now advance to the semifinals.
If you’re looking forward to watching the second day of action in Louisville, here is the updated schedule due to inclement weather.