Virginia Sweeps NC State In Battle of Ranked Teams

ACC Standings (Rankings from March 25 NCBWA poll)

Atlantic Division
#4 Florida State – 22-2 (7-2)
Clemson – 15-8 (5-4)
#27 NC State – 16-9 (3-6)
Maryland – 14-9 (3-6)
Wake Forest – 14-12 (3-6)
Boston College – 13-17 (0-8)

Coastal Division
#1 North Carolina – 21-1 (7-1)
#9 Virginia – 22-2 (7-2)
#16 Georgia Tech – 18-5 (6-3)
Virginia Tech – 18-7 (5-4)
Miami – 19-8 (4-5)
Duke – 12-12 (3-6)

Virginia 8, NC State 2
Virginia 4, NC State 3
Virginia 6, NC State 3

Virginia had a huge weekend, sweeping fellow top-25 team NC State in Charlottesville. The Cavaliers had at least ten hits in each game of the series, batting .323 through the weekend. Nick Howard led the hit parade for the Wahoos, batting 6-of-12 with two doubles, three runs scored, and two more batted in.

The Cavaliers also displayed some resiliency during the weekend. In the first and third games of the series, NC State scored in the first inning to take an early lead. On both occasions, Virginia had reclaimed the lead by the fifth inning. Virginia was tied after six innings in the first game of the Friday doubleheader, but scored six runs over the course of the seventh and eighth frames to secure a comfortable 8-2 victory.

Georgia Tech 10, Florida State 0
Florida State 11, Georgia Tech 3
Florida State 8, Georgia Tech 6

In another battle of two ranked clubs, No. 5 Florida State bounced back from a series opening loss to take two of three from No. 11 Georgia Tech. Buck Farmer shut down the Seminoles in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader, pitching seven scoreless innings and striking out seven. Between Farmer and reliever Josh Heddinger, the Yellow Jackets held FSU to three hits.

DJ Stewart earned Co-ACC Player of the Week Honors for his performance against the Yellow Jackets. The freshman outfielder hit a grand slam in the second Friday game, leading the Seminoles to an 11-3 victory. In the two wins, Stewart was 4-for-8 with eight runs batted.

North Carolina 11, Boston College 0
North Carolina 5, Boston College 2
Sunday’s game cancelled due to inclement weather.

The top-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels improved to 21-1 overall with two wins against a struggling Boston College squad. Kent Emanuel had another sparkling outing, pitching eight shutout innings for the Tar Heels on Friday while striking out seven Eagles and allowing three hits. This dropped his ERA to 1.17 on the season.

Freshman outfielder Skye Bolt had a strong showing over the weekend as well. In Friday’s game, Bolt was 2-for-4 with a double, a run, and an RBI. Saturday, Bolt was again 2-for-4, driving in two more runs. North Carolina now leads the nation in scoring while sitting second in earned run average, which shows just how dominant they have been this season.

Miami 11, Virginia Tech 9
Miami 2, Virginia Tech 0
Virginia Tech 8, Miami 5 (10 innings)

No. 24 Virginia Tech suffered two losses to Miami in a divisional series in Coral Gables. The highlight for the Hurricanes came on Saturday, as Bryan Radziewski pitched a complete game two-hit shutout. The junior southpaw fanned 16 Hokies and walked one, earning him ACC Pitcher of the Week honors.

Virginia Tech bounced back with an extra-inning win on Sunday to prevent a Miami sweep. The Hokies jumped on Miami early, scoring four runs in the first inning. Miami slowly worked their way back into a tie to force extras, but a three-run tenth (led by a two-RBI double by Andrew Rash) secured the victory for the Hokies.

Clemson 7, Duke 0
Clemson 8, Duke 4
Duke 13, Clemson 1

Clemson moved into second place in the Atlantic Division standings, taking two of three from the Duke Blue Devils while NC State suffered its sweep. Freshman Garrett Boulware joined Stewart as ACC Player of the Week for his performance in the series. Boulware was 4-for-8 in Clemson’s two wins, driving in three Tiger runs.

The lone Duke win of the series was an emphatic one, however, as the Blue Devils defeated Clemson 13-1. Second baseman Andy Perez led the offensive onslaught, batting 3-for-4 with five RBI for Duke. Perez was a home run away from hitting for the cycle. Eight of Duke’s runs came in the fourth inning, in which they chased starter Scott Firth off the mound, only for reliever Matt Campbell to surrender five more runs.

Maryland 5, Wake Forest 4
Wake Forest 8, Maryland 7
Wake Forest 7, Maryland 4

Big innings were the order of the weekend for Wake Forest. On Friday, Maryland carried a 5-0 advantage into the eighth inning, but a four-run frame for the Deacons almost spelled a comeback win. Wake Forest had runners on second and third with two outs in that inning, but Matt Conway ended a seven pitch at-bat with a ground out to stifle the rally.

The Terrapins were not so fortunate on Saturday and Sunday. Wake Forest scored all eight of its runs of Saturday in the eighth inning to take an 8-2 lead. Maryland produced its own rally to make it a one-run game, but also stranded the tying run in scoring position in the ninth inning. In the rubber game, Wake Forest scored all seven of its runs in the second inning, but prevented any drama by holding Maryland to four runs over the remainder of the game.

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