Jackets, Tigers post tournament wins

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GREENSBORO, N.C. - Zane Evans homered and drove in six runs and Georgia Tech routed Virginia 17-5 to remain unbeaten in the Atlantic Coast Conference baseball tournament.

Mott Hyde and Jake Davies each homered and drove in three runs on Friday. The Yellow Jackets (34-24) scored six runs in the third inning, then added four runs in the fourth to build a 10-3 lead and claimed a mercy-rule-shortened victory.

Eighth-seeded Georgia Tech is in control of Pool A and will earn a spot in the championship round with a win Saturday against Clemson.

Brandon Downes had an RBI single and Keith Werman added a run-scoring sacrifice bunt for the fourth-seeded Cavaliers (37-17-1), who led 3-0 in the third before Georgia Tech erupted.

In a later game, Jon McGibbon's three-run home run in the ninth inning lifted Clemson past Florida State 9-7.

McGibbon finished with four RBI for the fifth-seeded Tigers (33-25). They can claim a spot in the championship game if they beat Georgia Tech in their Pool A finale.

Clemson trailed 7-6 entering the ninth when Phil Pohl singled with one out and was replaced by pinch-runner Dominic Attanasio.

Pinch-hitter Mike Dunster then singled, and McGibbon followed by sending Robert Benincasa's 0-1 pitch over the fence in right-center.

Justin Gonzalez homered and drove in two runs for the top-seeded Seminoles (43-14). They fell to 0-2 in the round-robin tournament.


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