After an opening day with mixed results from the ACC, the conference representatives went 6-1 with the only loss coming from Clemson. All ACC teams are still alive with three able to secure a spot in the Super Regionals with a win tonight. Let’s check out the action from around the ACC on Day 2 of the NCAA Baseball Tournament.
Florida State 6 - UCF 1
There were several storylines from FSU’s 6-1 win over Central Florida to stay alive in the Tallahassee Regional. The first was the starting pitching performance by Florida State starter Tyler Holton. Holton struck out 13 Knights giving up only onr run on six hits. Then in the lifetime ridiculous achievement category, FSU won their 40th game of the season. What’s so incredible about that is FSU has done that 40 years in a row, 38 of which have come under head coach Mike Martin. For comparison, as good as Virginia has been under Coach O’Connor, five of his 14 teams have not reached the 40 win plateu.
Next Game: vs. Tennessee Tech 1 P.M.
No. 2 North Carolina 8 - Michigan 1
North Carolina was one of the biggest disapointments of day one when they not only to Davidson, but they burned ace J.B. Bukauskas in the process. Well, the Tar Heels bounced back nicely on Saturday scoring eight unanswered runs late in the game to defeat the Wolverines 8-1. Gianluca Dalatri was tremendous going seven strong for the Heels.
Next Game: vs. Florida Gulf Coast
N.C. State 5 - Kentucky 4
The Wolfpack were able to take the upper hand in the Lexington Regional thanks to a 5-4 win over the host Wildcats. NC State got home runs from Stephen Pitarra and Josh McClain as well as 7.2 innings out of the bullpen by Sean Adler to pick up the win and stay hot.
Next Game: vs. Winner Kentucky vs. Indiana 7 P.M.
Clemson 4 - Vanderbilt 9
Vanderbilt has rebounded nicely from their early exit at the SEC Tournament to look like the class of this Regional. Clemson didn’t play poorly getting a home run from Seth Beer, but the Tigers just couldn’t match the offensive fire power from the Commodores.
Next Game: vs. UNC Greensboro 1 P.M.
Wake Forest 4 - West Virginia 3
In the most exciting game of the day among those staged by ACC teams, Wake Forest made a furious comeback late, capped by a dramatic walk-off single by Gavin Sheets. The Demon Deacons moved into the driver’s seat in the Regional as All-ACC reliever Griffin Roberts gave the hosts a chance throwing two shutout innings in relief giving his team a chance at the comeback.
Next Game: vs. Winner Maryland vs. West Virginia 5 P.M.
No. 7 Louisville 11 - Oklahoma 1
The Cardinals have easily been the most impressive ACC team up to this point in the NCAA Tournament. The #7 National Seed got a seven run eighth inning in their rout of the Sooners. The Cardinals sent 12 men to the plate in the frame which broke a 1-1 tie through seven innings. Louisville awaits the winner of Xavier and Oklahoma.
Next Game: vs. Winner Oklahoma vs. Xavier 7 P.M.
Three ACC teams need to stave off elimination, while three more can advance today. Stay with Streaking the Lawn and we’ll bring you all the action from around the conference.