ACC Baseball Scores: Miami Scores Three In Ninth To Earn Comeback Win

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The fourth weekend of the ACC schedule kicked off on Friday, with 12-of-the-14 teams taking part in action as the Notre Dame-Virginia game was postponed until Saturday as a part of a double header.

For the second straight week, the Boston College Eagles stole the first game of their series – this time against Duke. Behind another strong Jeff Burke outing, the Eagles took game one by the score of 6-1.

Burke pitched five shutout innings, striking out four Blue Devils before giving way to Justin Dunn who pitched the final four for his second save of the season.

Catcher Nick Sciortino drove in a career high three runs, all of which came on a double in the sixth inning. Joe Cronin and Chris Shaw added RBIs of their own from the middle-of-the-order.

Wake Forest took down the Clemson Tigers in the first game of their series, behind seven strong innings from Matt Pirro. The senior right hander allowed only four hits and struck out seven while only surrendering one run.

Will Craig hit his ninth home run of the season, as he and Nate Mondou both drove in two runs apiece in the winning effort.

Virginia Tech senior Sean Keselica improved to 4-0 in ACC play as he led the Hokies to a win against Florida State. Keselica has been a key part of the Hokies recent success in ACC play, as he has helped in taking down Virginia, Clemson and now Florida State in consecutive weeks.

Erik Payne went 2-for-4 with three RBIs, two of which came in the seventh where the Hokies scored five overall as a whole.

Chris Marconcini drove in a lone run to go along with his two hits for the Seminoles. Boomer Biegalski started again, pitching 6 1/3 innings while allowing four runs.

The Wolfpack of N.C. State used a nine-run fifth inning that included five doubles to blow by the Pitt Panthers 14-5. Logan Ratledge, Jake Armstrong and Andrew Knizer each registered three hits for the Wolfpack. Ratledge, Knizer and Joe Dunland all drove in two runners as well.

Cory Wilder pitched brilliantly for N.C. State, throwing five innings of one hit, two run baseball while striking out eight batters.

Behind Louisville’s ace Kyle Funkhouser, the Cardinals beat the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in their series opener. Matthew Gray provides a more in-depth analysis of the game.

Thomas Woodrey and Zac Gallen engaged in a pitcher’s duel but neither factored in the decision in the UNC-Miami game. After the Tar Heels jumped ahead and handed the ball to closer Trent Thornton, it all seemed like they were going to take the first game of the series.

But a three run ninth for the Hurricanes turned the tide in favor of Miami. A Willie Abreu two-run single tied the game before Johnny Ruiz put the Hurricanes ahead with his lone hit of the night.

Cooper Hammond pitched in relief to get the win, and Bryan Garcia pitched the ninth to get his fifth save of the season. Korey Dunbar for the Tar Heels and Ricky Eusebio for Miami each homered for their respective teams.

About the Author

Anthony Murphy

Anthony was born in Hawaii to a military family and has lived up and down the East Coast until settling in Virginia, where he has lived the majority of his life.

He developed his love for baseball watching the Pirates play with his grandfather, soaking up his stories and knowledge of the game. There wasn’t a day during any of his summer break as a kid where he and his brother didn’t have a glove in their hand, even if it was just to play catch.

While he has written on several websites about various other sports, baseball is his first true love in the sporting world.

Anthony will be covering the University of Virginia and the rest of the ACC for College Baseball Central, and you can follow him on Twitter: A_Murphy88.