Virginia rallies to beat Clemson

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Branden Cogswell walked with the bases loaded in the eighth inning, and Virginia rallied to beat Clemson 3-2 in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference baseball tournament.

The fourth-seeded Cavaliers (38-15-1) erased a 2-1 deficit Thursday by manufacturing two runs in that inning. They loaded the bases with two outs and Chris Taylor was hit by a pitch from Mike Kent to force in the tying run.

Scott Firth then relieved Kent and walked Cogswell on five pitches to bring home the go-ahead run.

Jon McGibbon homered and Brad Felder gave fifth-seeded Clemson
(32-25) its one-run lead when he scored on an error in the top of the eighth.

Jared King had an RBI single in the third for Virginia.

MIAMI 5, NORTH CAROLINA 3

Dale Carey hit a two-run home run and Miami snapped North Carolina’s 14-game winning streak.

Carey’s drive to left in the seventh inning scored Stephen Perez, broke a 3-all tie and gave the sixth-seeded Hurricanes (35-20) a valuable first victory at the four-day tournament. Both Miami and second-seeded North Carolina (43-14) are 1-1 in Pool B play.

WAKE FOREST 7, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 3

Sophomore starting pitcher Jack Fischer went eight innings and struck out five as Wake Forest (33-23) defeated North Carolina State.

The Demon Deacons can earn a spot in the championship game with a win over Miami today and a victory by N.C. State (39-16) over North Carolina on Saturday.

SEC TOURNAMENT

LOUISIANA STATE 11, MISSISSIPPI 2

In Hoover, Ala., Jordy Snikeris homered, doubled and drove in four runs to power Louisiana State to a win over Mississippi in an elimination game.

Snikeris pinch-hit in the eighth and helped the Tigers (43-15) score seven runs in the final two innings.

Tyler Hanover went 4 for 5 and scored a pair of runs for LSU, while Austin Nola’s three hits included an RBI double.

LSU starter Kevin Gausman (10-1) allowed two runs in seven innings, scattering seven hits.

Auston Bousfield had three hits, including a pair of doubles, to lead Ole Miss (35-24).

KENTUCKY 5, MISSISSIPPI STATE 1

Thomas McCarthy went 4 for 5 with an RBI and scored three runs to lead Kentucky past Mississippi State

The victory gives Kentucky (43-15) a bye until Saturday. Mississippi State (36-22) will play LSU today in an elimination game.

The Bulldogs had three hits in the first inning, including a two-out RBI single by Trey Porter, but managed only one more the rest of the game.

Jerad Grundy (5-3) struck out nine over six innings in picking up the victory.

Alex Phillips pitched three hitless innings for his seventh save.

Kendall Graveman (4-4) took the loss, giving up six hits and two runs in only 2⅓ innings.

ON TV

11 a.m.–ACC Tournament, Georgia Tech vs. Virginia (FS South)

3 p.m.–ACC Tournament, Clemson vs. Florida State (FS South)

4–SEC Tournament, LSU vs. Mississippi (CSS)

7–ACC Tournament, Miami vs. Wake Forest (FS South)

7–SEC Tournament, South Carolina vs. Florida (CSS)


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