Hokies, Tigers Claim Conference Series

Virginia Tech's Mark Zagunis was the hero in the Hokies' extra-inning win over Boston College Friday.
Virginia Tech’s Mark Zagunis was the hero in the Hokies’ extra-inning win over Boston College Friday.

ACC Baseball Standings (Rankings from Baseball America, May 6)

Atlantic Division
#9 Florida State – 38-9 (16-8)
#5 NC State – 37-11 (15-8)
#19 Clemson – 32-15 (17-10)
Maryland – 28-23 (9-18)
Wake Forest – 26-23 (7-17)
Boston College – 11-37 (3-23)

Coastal Division
#1 North Carolina – 42-4 (19-3)
#7 Virginia – 39-8 (17-7)
Georgia Tech – 29-18 (12-12)
#22 Virginia Tech – 30-19 (13-14)
Miami – 32-18 (11-13)
Duke – 25-23 (9-15)

Maryland 7, Clemson 2
Clemson 3, Maryland 2
Clemson 9, Maryland 5

Clemson swept a Monday doubleheader with Maryland to claim the series and pull within 0.5 games of Florida State in the Atlantic Division. Maryland won the series opener on Friday behind a gem from Jimmy Reed, which earned him his second straight ACC Pitcher of the Week Award. Reed pitched eight innings, allowing four hits and two runs while striking out 11 Tigers.

Clemson’s wins on Monday came in different ways. During the first game of the twinbill, the Tigers were held to five hits but scored three runs. What proved to be the go-ahead run was unearned in the seventh inning, as Steve Wilkerson advanced to third on a throwing error before scoring on a sacrifice fly. In the rubber game, the Tigers slugged their way to a 9-5 victory. Clemson tagged Maryland freshman Alex Robinson for seven runs over 4 2/3 innings to secure the victory.

Virginia Tech 1, Boston College 0 (12 innings)
Virginia Tech 7, Boston College 5
Boston College 5, Virginia Tech 3

Virginia Tech picked up two wins on the road against Boston College, but the Eagles were able to prevent a sweep with a win in the final game of the set. The opener needed extra frames to determine a winner, as both teams were scoreless after nine innings. Mark Zagunis scored the winning run in the top of the 12th on a John Hennessy throwing error.

Saturday’s game almost featured a dramatic comeback. The Hokies carried a 7-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth. The Eagles pieced together a two-out rally to put five runs on the board before Jake Joyce was brought in from the Virginia Tech bullpen. Joyce coaxed a ground out from Joe Cronin to end the threat and the game. In the Sunday contest, a four-run eighth inning was enough to give Boston College its third ACC win of the season.

Georgia Tech 4, Coastal Carolina 2
Coastal Carolina 7, Georgia Tech 4
Coastal Carolina 12, Georgia Tech 8

One week after losing two of three at Clemson and falling out of the Baseball America rankings, Georgia Tech dropped a home series with Coastal Carolina. The Yellow Jackets have now lost seven of their last nine games. Buck Farmer led the way in Georgia Tech’s lone victory of the weekend, pitching eight shutout innings and striking out nine Chanticleers.

Coastal Carolina responded by outslugging the Yellow Jackets. In the second game of Friday’s doubleheader, The Chanticleers scored seven runs on 11 hits, including three runs after the seventh inning to break a 4-4 deadlock. On Sunday, Coastal Carolina launched three home runs in 12-8 victory, negating a 3-for-4, two home run day for Daniel Palka.

Florida State 4, UCF 2
Florida State 6, UCF 1
Florida State 5, UCF 4

Florida State swept UCF to extend its winning streak to seven games, but it was not without theatrics. Stephen McGee earned ACC Player of the Week honors with two game-winning hits during the series. On Friday, McGee’s leadoff solo home run in the eighth inning broke a 2-2 tie in a game Florida State would win 4-2. On Sunday, McGee singled home Casey Smit to complete a three-run ninth inning rally for a 5-4 victory.

NC State 5, Presbyterian 1
NC State 8, Presbyterian 1
NC State 12, Presbyterian 3

The Wolfpack has now won 19 of its last 20 games following a sweep of the Presbyterian Blue Hose over the weekend. Carlos Rodon had another strong outing in the series finale, striking out nine Presbyterian batters. First baseman Tarran Senay hit his sixth home run of the season on Saturday.

Miami 12, St. John’s 3
Miami 4, St. John’s 2
Miami 6, St. John’s 4

St. John’s was 1-3 against ACC teams this season, losing two of three against Georgia Tech and a midweek game with North Carolina. That mark didn’t improve this weekend, as Miami swept the Red Storm. Byran Radziewski’s ERA on the season is now 0.97 following Saturday’s game, in which he fanned eight batters over eight innings, allowing one earned run.

Liberty 4, Duke 3

The Blue Devils only played one game this weekend, paying a visit to Lynchburg, Virginia and losing to the Liberty Flames 4-3. It was Liberty’s first win against an ACC team this season, after suffering six losses against Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, and Virginia Tech throughout the year.

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