Florida State hands top-seeded Cards loss in the ACC baseball championship
Florida State continued to be Louisville’s nemesis.
Sophomore starter Tyler Horton delivered a solid performance on the mound, and Matt Henderson and Jackson Lueck each drove in a pair of runs to key the eighth-seeded Seminoles to a 6-2 win over the top-seeded Cardinals in Friday’s decisive Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Championship Pool A contest.
A crowd of 8,843 at Louisville Slugger Park saw FSU (37-20) advance to Saturday’s Noon semifinal game against ninth-seeded Duke (30-27). The teams did not meet during the regular season.
FSU is 4-0 in the city of Louisville over the last eight days, with three wins coming against the Cardinals (47-10), who finished atop the ACC Atlantic Division. The Seminoles defeated Louisville twice to close the regular season and edged Notre Dame on Wednesday in its ACC Championship opener.
While the Seminoles advance, Louisville – ranked No. 5 nationally – will await the upcoming announcements regarding the 2017 NCAA Tournament field. The 16 regional host sites will be revealed on social media, including Facebook and Twitter, between 8:30 and 9 p.m. on Sunday. On Monday, the full field of 64 teams will be announced on ESPN2 at noon.
Hurricanes storm into semifinals at the ACC baseball championship
LOUISVILLE, Ky. Sixth-seeded Miami owns a spot in the 2017 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Championship semifinals after rallying past third-seeded Wake Forest for a 5-2 win on Friday.
The Hurricanes wiped out a 2-0 deficit and two home runs by the Demon Deacons’ Stuart Fairchild by scoring five runs in their final two at-bats. Johnny Ruiz sparked Miami, scoring the tying run in the eighth inning and delivering a two-run double in the ninth that capped the scoring.
Miami (31-26) moves on to Saturday’s 4 p.m. semifinal game and will face second-seeded North Carolina for the right to play in Sunday’s title game.
Despite the loss, Wake Forest (39-18) remains a prime candidate to host an NCAA regional. The 16 host teams will be announced Sunday night at 8:30 p.m., followed by the unveiling of the entire 64-team field on Monday at noon.
Gregory Veliz – the second of four Miami pitchers – picked up the win despite walking seven batters in 2.1 innings. Veliz (6-4) struck out four batters and did not allow a hit. The Demon Deacons left 16 runners on base.
Big first inning carries Cavs past Tigers in the ACC baseball championship
LOUISVILLE, Ky. An eight-run first inning allowed Virginia to shift to cruise control, and the fourth-seeded Cavaliers posted a 10-2 win over fifth-seeded Clemson as both teams concluded play in the 2017 ACC Baseball Championship Friday afternoon.
Virginia (42-14) concluded this year’s Championship with a 1-1 record in Pool D and will now await the announcement of the NCAA Tournament field. The 16 regional host sites will be announced Sunday evening, followed by the full 64-team field on Monday at noon. Clemson (39-19) is also in line for an NCAA berth.
After spotting the Tigers a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, Virginia sent 12 men to the plate and collected nine hits off Clemson starter Pat Krall and reliever Alex Eubanks. Four of those hits went for extra bases – including a three-run homer by Cameron Simmons. Eight of the nine batters in Virginia’s starting lineup had at least one hit in the first.
Virginia starter Daniel Lynch (7-4) allowed five hits and one run in seven innings. Lynch walked one batter and struck out two,
Krall (8-3) who departed in the first after yielding hits to Virginia’s first six batters, took the loss for Clemson.
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