DURHAM, N.C. — Chad Pinder drove in the winning run on a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning to help Virginia Tech beat Georgia Tech 3-2 on Friday in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament, clinching an appearance in Sunday’s final.
Pinder also had a home run in the fourth for the sixth-seeded Hokies (38-19), who went 3-0 in Pool B to reach the title game.
It is the Hokies’ first championship game appearance as a member of the league and the first championship game since they were in the Atlantic 10 in 2000.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling,” Pinder said. “We couldn’t be happier.
“We’ve just got to keep it rolling.”
Virginia Tech will play either North Carolina or North Carolina State, who face each other in tonight’s final game of pool play.
The Hokies were swept this season by North Carolina and North Carolina State, and are 1-23 against the Tar Heels since joining the conference.
Alex Perez drove in a run against Georgia Tech, while Virginia Tech starter Devin Burke (10-3) allowed two runs – one earned – and seven hits in 7⅔ innings.
Clark Labitan earned his 10th save.
Sam Dove and Matt Gonzalez each had two hits for the seventh-seeded Yellow Jackets (34-25), while Jonathan King (6-5) took the loss after allowing nine hits in 6⅓ innings.
“That was a really good ballgame,” Georgia Tech coach Danny Hall said. “I thought we played really well. Jonathan pitched really well. But credit them. Burke made a lot of pitches when he had to, and they got the big hit when they needed it.”
Georgia Tech upset second-seeded Florida State in its tournament opener but finished 1-2 in Pool B.
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Trea Turner and Bryan Adametz each drove in two runs to help North Carolina State beat Miami in pool play.
Turner had a two-run single in a four-run second inning for the fourth-seeded Wolfpack (44-13), who improved to 2-0 in Pool A in Durham. N.C. State beat Clemson 6-3 on Thursday and can reach the championship game by beating top-seeded North Carolina tonight.
Adametz extended the ACC’s longest active hitting streak to 14 games with a
3 for 5 effort. He scored once and had the Wolfpack’s only extra-base hit of the game with his 13th double of the season.
Reliever Andrew Woeck (6-1) earned the win, pitching three scoreless innings without giving up a hit.
Starter Chris Diaz (6-5) took the loss for the eighth-seeded Hurricanes (35-23), who also lost 10-0 to North Carolina on Thursday and stand at 0-2 in pool play.
For Miami, Tyler Palmer had two hits while Brad Fieger brought in the Hurricanes’ only run by taking a bases-loaded walk in the third inning.
Miami faces fifth-seeded Clemson today.