With a big weekend looming for some ACC teams, 13-of-14 conference members partook in a Tuesday midweek day as the Miami Hurricanes was the only team not in action.
The Clemson Tigers have seen their fair share of ups and downs this season with midweek games usually falling in the latter. They avoided another disappointing outing against Furman with a not-your-everyday walk-off win.
With the bases loaded, Chase Pinder was hit with a pitch allowing a runner to score and giving the Tigers the victory. Sophomore catcher Chris Okey went 1-for-4 with his lone hit being a home run, driving in three runs on the night.
Tyler Krieger led the offensively, going 4-for-4 with a run and RBI and Taylor Vetzel pitched 2 2/3 innings in relief to get the win.
Nick Poore pitched five innings and only surrendered two runs for the Boston College Eagles but the bullpen allowed six runs in three innings as they eventually fell to UCONN 8-7. Freshman Donovan Casey hit his first home run, a three-run shot in the fifth inning as one of his four hits overall to go along with four RBIs.
Duke also dropped their midweek game, a 9-6 contest to Campbell. Peter Zyla went 2-for-5 with a run and three RBIs, and Jack Labosky added another two hits in the losing effort. The Blue Devils used seven different pitchers that combined to allow 11 hits and nine runs (eight earned) while walking eight batters.
The Seminoles of Florida State avenged a midweek loss earlier in the season to in-state rival Florida Gators. Bryant Holtmann pitched five innings of one run baseball to get his fourth win of the season to go along with Dylan Silva’s four innings to get the save.
John Sansone went 4-for-4 with two runs scored as well as a RBI. Danny De La Calle went 2-for-5 with a home run, two RBIs and another two runs scored.
Louisville slugged out 17 hits and scored 16 runs in their rout of the Miami (OH) Redhawks. Corey Ray went 3-for-5 with a home run and four RBIs. Brendan McKay collected three hits of his own, one of which was a home run (drove in three runs of his own). Drew Harrington pitched three perfect innings in relief, striking out seven batters in the process.
Andrew Knizner and Joe Dunard hit a home run each, and combined for four hits, five runs and six RBIs in the Wolfpack’s win over Charlotte. Ryan Williamson pitched 5 1/3 innings, striking out eight batters to get the win and Tommy DeJuneas got the save after two innings of one-hit relief.
Notre Dame beat Eastern Michigan 6-0 behind Ryan Smoyer’s complete game shutout in which he allowed ten hits and struck out five. Robert Youngdahl scored three times, drove in a run and collected two hits in support of Smoyer’s performance.
Adam Haseley continued his hot streak since being moved to centerfield, collected another three hits and driving in a run while scoring two of his own. Daniel Pinero and Kenny Towns each drove in a pair as true freshman earned his second win in as many weeks after pitching seven innings of one-run baseball, striking out four batters.
A RBI single by Charles LeBlanc was the lone noise made by the Pitt Panthers, as they fell to West Virginia 4-1. Sam Mersing pitched five innings, allowed four runs and struck out four in taking the loss. Boo Vazquez and Ron Sherman each collected two hits in the loss.
In Alex Perez’s 200th consecutive start, the Virginia Tech Hokies defeated VMI 6-5. A pinch-hit RBI single by Phil Sciretta gave the Hokies the edge. Perez himself collected a hit in four atbats and Joe Freiday drove in two runs of his own. Kit Scheetz pitched six innings to get the win, and Sean Kennedy pitched two innings to get the save.
Nate Mondou hit his sixth home run of the season; Zach Piazza went 2-for-3 with a RBI in a losing effort as the Demon Deacons allowed nine runs in a four inning span, dropping their midweek game against Coastal Carolina.
Georgia Tech collected 13 hits, scored 13 runs and defeated rival Georgia by a score of 13-6. Matt Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with a home run and Wade Bailey scored three runs for the Yellow Jackets. Arden Pabst went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
The bullpen came together and pitched the final eight innings, only allowing six hits and one earned one.
Seven different North Carolina Tar Heels players drove in a run, and Hunter Williams pitched six strong innings in their win against Elon 10-5. Trent Thornton pitched the final 2 1/3 innings in perfect fashion while striking out four batters. After hitting his first home run over the weekend against the Hurricanes, Joe Dudek hit his second of the year.