Duke beats Pitt, clinches ACC tournament spot
Duke scored the first seven runs Friday evening and held off a late rally to down Pittsburgh 7-5 at Charles L. Cost Field.
With the victory, Duke (33-21, 14-15) became the seventh team to clinch a spot in next week’s ACC tournament.
Jack Labosky had two RBIs, homered in the fifth and recorded the final seven outs to pick up his first save. Justin Bellinger also homered and finished the game a triple shy of the cycle. Bellinger made a spectacular diving stop to wrap up the seventh with two runners aboard.
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Graduate student Trent Swart (4-2) got the win, allowing three runs on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings.
The Blue Devils struck first on Bellinger’s leadoff solo home run in the second. They added five runs in the third. Chris Proctor’s first triple plated two. Labosky followed with an RBI single, and Bellinger tacked on a RBI double. Cris Perez finished the scoring with an RBI single, giving Duke a 6-0 advantage.
Labosky launched his team-leading eighth homer in the fifth, extending the margin to 7-0.
No. 7 Louisville 9, Wake Forest 2: Wake Forest fell behind early at home and was unable to come back because of an impressive start by Louisville’s Drew Harrington.
Harrington took a no-hit bid into the fifth inning and finished with seven scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and a walk as he improved to 11-1 for the seventh-ranked Cardinals (45-10, 21-8).
The Deacons (32-22, 13-16) got a two-run homer from Gavin Sheets in the ninth for their only runs.
Louisville totaled 15 hits, including five doubles, two home runs and a triple. After a Brendan McKay RBI single in the first, Corey Ray hit a two-run homer in the fourth to make the lead 3-0. Will Smith chipped in a two-run homer in the fifth.
No Wake Forest player had more than one hit, and its only extra-base hit was the ninth-inning shot from Sheets.
The teams will wrap up the three-game series with a 1 p.m. game Saturday.
From news release