DURHAM — Maryland starter Jimmy Reed outdueled Duke’s Trent Swart and the Terrapins scored a single run in the eighth to win Friday’s series opener 1-0 at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Reed (5-3) scattered five hits and struck out three batters with two walks. Swart (4-4) was saddled with the loss despite allowing just one run on five hits over eight with nince strikeouts.
Maryland (24-20, 7-15 ACC) scored the lone run of the game in the top of the eighth. Jordan Hagel doubled with one out before scampering to third on a grounder to short by LaMonte Wade. With cleanup hitter Kevin Martir at the plate, a pitch in the dirt got away from Duke catcher Reed Anthes, allowing Hagel to score.
Duke (24-21, 8-14) had runners on first and second in the ninth, but Reed induced a fly ball to end the game.
The loss leaves Duke a game behind Virginia Tech (9-13, 25-18) – which lost 15-6 to Virginia – and two games behind Miami (28-17, 10-12), which lost to Boston College (7-34, 1-20), for the final two spots in the ACC championship beginning May 22.
Florida State 7, Wake Forest 3: The Deacons (24-21, 7-15 ACC) outhit the Seminoles (33-9, 14-8) and scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning, but Florida State was able to hang on at Dick Howser Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla.
The Seminoles jumped out early with a run in the first and two unearned runs in the second inning. Florida State then added two in the sixth and two in the seventh to take a 7-0 lead. Only four of their runs were earned.
Matt Conway collected three of the Deacons’ six hits, going 3-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Pitchers Matt Pirro and Connor Kaden held Florida State to just five hits in the game.
Pat Blair walked two times in the game to become Wake Forest’s all-time leader in walks drawn, surpassing Allan Dykstra with 172.
Pirro went six innings and tied a career-high with five strikeouts. He surrendered two hits and three earned runs, suffering the loss to fall to 3-6.
Florida State’s Luke Weaver tied a career-high with nine strikeouts and earned the win to move 5-1 on the season.
To go along with Conway’s three hits, Charlie Morgan, Kevin Jordan and Brett Armour each had one hit apiece. Conway, Armour and Jack Carey collected the three RBIs for Wake Forest.
Clemson 11, Georgia Tech 3: After a slow start, the host Tigers (29-13, 14-8 ACC) scored all of their runs during their final four innings at the plate to take the first game of their doubleheader against the Yellow Jackets (27-15, 11-11).
Seven different players drove in runs for Clemson, including Jon McGibbon (2-3, 3 RBIs) and Tyler Krieger (3-3, 2 RBIs).
Clemson starter Daniel Gossett went seven innings, giving up five hits and one earned run