GREENSBORO, N.C. — Steve Wilkerson’s RBI single with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted Clemson past Miami 3-2 on Thursday night at the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.
Jon McGibbon homered to help the fifth-seeded Tigers (36-22) improve to 2-0 in their three-team round-robin group. They will advance to the title game Sunday if they beat ninth-seeded Georgia Tech today.
Tyler Slaton led off the ninth with a walk, and moved to second on Steven Duggar’s single two batters later. Wilkerson followed with a single to right field off Bryan Garcia (5-4) that brought home Slaton with the winning run.
Dale Carey went 4 for 5 for the top-seeded Hurricanes (40-17), who fell to 1-1 at the tournament and play fourth-seeded Duke on Saturday.
Drew Moyer (5-1) got the win in relief of starter Daniel Gossett, who struck out eight in 8⅓ innings.
Today’s game with Georgia Tech marks the first meeting of the year between long-time rivals who have played 212 times previously dating back to 1902. This was the first season since 1973 that Georgia Tech and Clemson did not play in the regular season.
DUKE 6, GEORGIA TECH 0
Drew Van Orden pitched a five-hit shutout and struck out eight to lead Duke (33-24) over Georgia Tech (34-25).
It was the first complete game and first shutout of his Van Orden’s career. He fanned eight and walked one in improving his record to 6-5. He scattered just five hits in the winning effort.
“He pretty much had our number,”Georgia Tech coach Danny Hall said. “We couldn’t make adjustments at the plate and that’s the story of the game. You’ve got to tip your cap to Drew Van Orden.”
Ryan Dietrich and Andy Perez backed Van Orden with home runs, and Jordan Betts hit a two-run shot in the seventh inning for the Blue Devils.
Dietrich finished 4 for 5 with two RBI, and Perez and Betts both went 3 for 5 to lead a 14-hit Duke attack.
Two Georgia Tech streaks ended in the game: the ACC-best 36-game reached-base streak by Mott Hyde and the eight-game hitting streak by Ryan Peurifoy.
Duke will face Miami on Saturday.
MARYLAND 7, VIRGINIA 6
LaMonte Wade hit two home runs, and Jake Stinnett pitched eight innings as Maryland beat Virginia.
Wade’s two blasts were his first this year for the sixth-seeded Terrapins (35-19).
“The (second home run) it was a 1-0 count and he hung a slider and I was able to elevate it,” Wade said.
Kevin Martir also hit a two-run shot in the seventh for a 6-4 lead.
“It’s about sticking to our approach, the (home runs) weren’t on purpose they just happened with the good swings that we’ve been taking as a group, so just because the ball flies out we’re not going to change our approach,” Wade said.
Stinnett (7-6) had 10 strikeouts and threw 126 pitches, helping Maryland improve to 10-0 in May and set its season record for victories.
“I thought Jake was his normal outstanding self and he bent but he didn’t break,” Maryland coach John Szefc said.
Maryland plays No. 2 seed Florida State today, while Virginia plays No. 7 North Carolina.