Clemson beats Duke in ACC Tournament opener

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Brandon Gold hit a two-run single in the eighth inning Wednesday to help Georgia Tech rally past top-seeded Miami 6-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.

Clemson third baseman Weston Wilson dives for a line drive by a Duke batter in the the fourth. The Tigers won 5-3.  Photo/,   NELSON KEPLEY/NEWS & RECORD
NELSON KEPLEY/NEWS & RECORD
Clemson third baseman Weston Wilson dives for a line drive by a Duke batter in the the fourth. The Tigers won 5-3. Photo/,

The ninth-seeded Yellow Jackets (34-24) had to beat Wake Forest in Tuesday’s elimination round to reach pool play and trailed 3-1 against the Hurricanes (40-16). But they scored two runs in the seventh to tie it, then added an insurance run in the ninth on Matt Gonzalez’s RBI single.

“I thought it was an outstanding college baseball game,” Georgia Tech coach Danny Hall said. “I said it (Wednesday), it seems like every game in this league is very hotly contested and usually comes down to somebody getting a two-out hit like Brandon Gold did today. It’s a great start for us.”

Ryan Peurifoy went 4 for 4 for the Yellow Jackets, while Josh Heddinger (4-4) earned the win by allowing three runs on seven hits in seven innings.

Dale Carey had three hits for Miami, which had won 27 of 30 and owned the No. 1 seed for the first time since winning the 2008 title.

Georgia Tech faces fourth-seeded Duke on Thursday in Pool A, while Miami faces fifth-seeded Clemson.

CLEMSON 5, DUKE 3

Tyler Krieger and Steven Duggar each drove in two runs, and Clemson (35-22) beat Duke (32-24) in its tournament opener.

Duke had runners on first and third in the ninth after Ryan Deitrich’s two-out RBI single pulled the Blue Devils within two, but reliever Matt Campbell got Mike Rosenfeld’s fly out to end it.

Chris Okey and Weston Wilson hit one-out singles in Clemson’s fifth, and Krieger made it 3-2 with his two-run double to right field off Michael Matuella (1-3).

Duggar added a two-run single in the ninth off Andrew Istler.

Garrett Boulware pulled Clemson to 2-1 with an RBI single in the fourth.

Deitrich also hit a two-run homer in the second.

Matthew Crownover (8-5) struck out nine in 7⅔ innings for Clemson.

FLORIDA STATE 7, NORTH CAROLINA 1

Billy Strode pitched six scoreless innings to help Florida State (42-14) beat North Carolina (33-24).

Strode (2-1) allowed four hits for the second-seeded Seminoles, who blew the game open with a four-run fourth inning. Danny De La Calle hit a two-run double while Casey Smit added an RBI single that helped FSU build a 5-0 lead.

Justin Gonzalez also drove in two runs, had two hits and scored two runs for Florida State.

Alex Raburn had two hits and drove in the only run for the seventh-seeded Tar Heels (33-24), who advanced to pool play by beating rival North Carolina State in Tuesday’s elimination round.

Florida State will face sixth-seeded Maryland on Friday, while North Caro­lina will play third-seeded Virginia.


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