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Heels, Pack into ACC semis

UNC rallies past Miami, 7-5, in 11 innings

By The Associated Press
Posted 5/23/19

DURHAM — Ike Freeman hit a sacrifice fly with one out in the 11th inning Friday, lifting North Carolina to a 7-5 victory against Miami and into the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament …

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ACC TOURNAMENT

Heels, Pack into ACC semis

UNC rallies past Miami, 7-5, in 11 innings

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DURHAM — Ike Freeman hit a sacrifice fly with one out in the 11th inning Friday, lifting North Carolina to a 7-5 victory against Miami and into the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament semifinals.

The Tar Heels (40-17) trailed 5-0 after three innings, but got two runs in the fourth, one in the fifth on Brandon Martorano’s home run and tied it on Michael Busch’s two-run shot in the eighth. Freeman’s fly ball to left in the 11th scored pinch runner Angel Zarate, who came on after Aaron Sabato’s one-out double.

Joey Lancellotti (6-2) worked 2 1/3 innings and Hansen Butler pitched the 11th for his first save.

The fifth-seeded Tar Heels will face 12th-seeded Boston College in the semifinals on Saturday.

Miami (39-18) scored five times in the first three innings, knocking UNC starter Austin Bergner out after he recorded just four outs. Freddy Zamora accounted for two of the runs with a first-inning double and a sacrifice fly in the second. Alex Toral added a solo home run for the Hurricanes.

Austin Love worked 6 1/3 innings, allowing just three hits and one run, in relief of Bergner.


Florida State’s Van Eyk stymies Wolfpack, 11-0

DURHAM — CJ Van Eyk allowed just one hit over six innings and Florida State had 16 hits Friday night in an 11-0 victory against North Carolina State in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.

Van Eyk (9-3) struck out 11 before J.C. Flowers worked the final inning. Flowers and Drew Mendoza each contributed three hits and three RBIs for the Seminoles (36-21).

The game was shortened to seven innings.

The Wolfpack (42-16) had already clinched a berth in Saturday’s semifinals. They will play Georgia Tech with the winner facing Boston College or North Carolina in Sunday’s title game.

The Seminoles scored twice in the first on Mendoza’s RBI double and Flowers’ single. They added two runs in the third and fourth innings and then tacked on four more in the fifth.

Mike Salvatore and Robby Martin each drove in a pair of runs for Florida State, which is hoping to get a berth in the NCAA tournament in Mike Martin’s 40th and final season as coach. The victory was Martin’s 2,023rd, extending his mark as the winningest coach in Division I baseball history.


English leads Georgia Tech past Duke

DURHAM — Tristin English doubled off the left-field wall with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning Friday, giving Georgia Tech a 5-4 victory over Duke and a spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament semifinals.

English, who also hit a two-run home run and pitched two hitless innings to earn his third victory in as many decisions, drove in Luke Waddell, who walked leading off the inning against Blue Devils reliever Thomas Girard (1-5) and went to second on a sacrifice.

Waddell had two hits and scored three times for the second-seeded Yellow Jackets (40-16), who will face North Carolina State in the semifinals on Saturday.

Duke (31-25) took a 3-0 lead in the first on an RBI single by Michael Rothenberg and Chris Crabtree’s two-run single. Rothenberg’s double-play grounder brought home another run in the third.

English homered in the bottom of the first and Kyle McCann added a two-run shot for Georgia Tech in the third.

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