BLACKSBURG, Va. — No. 1 North Carolina broke a scoreless tie in the sixth inning and added two more in the seventh en route to a 3-0 win at Virginia Tech Sunday to finish off a series sweep.
After North Carolina and Virginia Tech combined to score 46 runs in the first two games of their series in Blacksburg, Va., the starting pitchers locked into a duel Sunday afternoon.
North Carolina’s Hobbs Johnson (1-0) and Virginia Tech’s Devin Burke (5-3) traded scoreless frames with each working around six free passes.
The Tar Heels finally broke through against Burke in the sixth inning to plate the game’s first run.
Brian Holberton opened the frame with a single to right field and alertly advanced to second on a deep fly ball off the bat of Cody Stubbs that reached the warning track in left field.
Parks Jordan swung at the first offering he saw and rolled a single through the right side that plated Holberton and gave Johnson a 1-0 lead to work with.
The Hokies would put a pair on base in the bottom of the sixth inning but Johnson buckled down and threw a 3-2 fastball by Kyle Wernicki to end the threat.
The top of the order produced for the Tar Heels in the seventh as Chaz Frank singled and stole second base before Landon Lassiter walked ahead of the ACC’s leader in RBIs, Colin Moran.
Florida State 8-8, Duke 3-5: The Seminoles scored six runs in the first two innings in game two of Saturday’s doubleheader in Tallahassee, Fla.
A five-run third inning propelled Florida State in the early game.
N.C. State 3, Boston College 2: The Wolfpack finished off a sweep of the Eagles with a win in Chestnut Hill, Mass., behind six no-hit innings from freshman lefthander Brad Stone.
Clemson 6, Wake Forest 4: Steven Duggar launched a two-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Tigers a win in the series finale in Clemson.
N.C. A&T 3, 5, Gardner-Webb 4-1: Hunter Smith’s walk-off double lifted the Runnin’ Bulldogs to a win in the opener of a doubleheader in Boiling Springs, but the Aggies escaped with a victory in the nightcap to split a four-game season series.
East Carolina 4, Tulane 2: The Pirates scored two runs in the top of the ninth, and Drew Reynolds sat down Tulane in order in the bottom of the frame in New Orleans.