Miami's win puts Georgia Tech in ACC title game

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Jacob Heyward scored on a wild pitch before Tyler Palmer homered in the 12th inning, and Miami held on to beat Duke 6-5 on Saturday at the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.

Miami's Jacob Heyward, the brother of Braves slugger Jason Heyward, celebrates scoring on a wild pitch as Duke catcher Mike Rosenfeld argues the call during Saturday's game.  BOB LEVERONE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Miami's Jacob Heyward, the brother of Braves slugger Jason Heyward, celebrates scoring on a wild pitch as Duke catcher Mike Rosenfeld argues the call during Saturday's game.

The win by the top-seeded Hurricanes
(41-17) sends Georgia Tech to the championship game today against Maryland.

Georgia Tech, which is the No. 9 seed in the tournament, faced Maryland in a series in late April, with the Terrapins taking two of three on their home field.

The title game will be pivotal for the Terps (36-20) and Yellow Jackets (35-25), who might need to win the conference tournament to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament

Fourth-seeded Duke (33-25) would have made it to the championship game with a win.

Mike Rosenfeld’s infield single in the 12th brought home Jordan Betts from second and moved Chris Marconcini to third. Javi Salas came on to pitch and struck out Matt Berezo to end it.

Heyward – the brother of Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward – doubled to lead off the 12th. He was bunted to third and scored on Andrew Istler’s wild pitch to Palmer to make it 5-4.

“At first I hesitated a little bit because I couldn’t see where the ball was going,” Heyward said of the wild pitch. “But I listened to my coach, realized the ball was gone and I took off.”

Palmer then made it 6-4 with his home run.

Duke’s Cris Perez forced extra innings with a two-run, pinch-hit homer in the ninth.

Miami improved to 14-3 this season in one-run games.

“We’ve had tons of one-run games,” Miami coach Jim Morris said. “It’s definitely time for a Pepto-Bismol for me. It’s amazing we’ve won most of those.”

Miami got another solid start from veteran Bryan Radziewski, who struck out six and scattered six hits over 5⅔ innings. The Hurricanes then used four other relievers, including starter Salas. The senior struck out Matt Berezo looking to end the game with runners on first and third.

“Every win is huge and we definitely didn’t want to go into the postseason losing three in a row,” Radziewski said.

NORTH CAROLINA 13, MARYLAND 7

Will Myers’ tiebreaking RBI single started a six-run eighth inning that helped North Carolina beat Maryland.

Skye Bolt finished with three hits and
two RBI for the seventh-seeded Tar Heels (34-25).

The sixth-seeded Terrapins will play Georgia Tech in today’s championship game.

Landon Lassiter, Bolt and Tyler Ramirez had consecutive run-scoring singles during the Tar Heels’ big eighth.

Michael Russell and Zach Daly each drove in two runs for North Carolina.

Kevin Martir’s two-run homer in the third pulled the Terrapins to within 3-2, and Brandon Lowe’s run-scoring single capped Maryland’s five-run seventh and tied it at 7.

North Carolina won last year’s ACC title, but entered Saturday’s game with more at stake for its NCAA chances.

After a 7-1 loss to Florida State on Wednes­day and a 3-2 loss to Virginia on Friday, the Tar Heels were in danger of going 0-3 in pool play.


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