GREENSBORO, N.C. — Derek Fisher had an RBI single in the eighth inning to help Virginia beat North Carolina 3-2 on Friday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.
Brandon Cogswell had three hits for the third-seeded Cavaliers (44-12), who managed just six hits on the night. But relievers Whit Mayberry and Nick Howard kept the Tar Heels off balance. Mayberry (6-1) earned the win, allowing one earned run in 2⅔ innings of
Wood Myers had four hits and had the two-run homer in the seventh that tied it for the seventh-seeded and reigning champion Tar Heels (33-25), who fell to 0-2 in pool play.
Zach Rice (2-3) took the loss.
The win sent sixth-seeded Maryland to the Sunday’s championship game out of Pool B. North Carolina plays Maryland today, while Virginia faces second-seeded Florida State.
MARYLAND 5, FLORIDA STATE 3
Jose Cuas drove in three runs to help Maryland beat Florida State.
Cuas hit a two-run double in a four-run third inning, then added a sacrifice fly in the seventh to give the sixth-seeded Terrapins (36-19) a 5-0 lead.
The second-seeded Seminoles (42-15) scored three in the eighth, two on wild pitches and one on an RBI single from John Nogowski.
Mike Shawaryn (10-3) earned the win, allowing two hits in seven innings. He struck out six and walked three.
“That was probably as good of an outing as Mike Shawaryn has had throughout the whole year,” Maryland coach John Szefc said. “When you look at the fact that he threw 73 strikes and 116 pitches … he’s been doing that for us the whole year, pretty much, not really shocking.”
Mike Compton (7-2) took the loss, pitching 6⅓ innings and allowing two earned runs.
Florida State committed two of its three errors in Maryland’s big inning.
Maryland improved to 2-0 in pool play at the tournament.
“Just very impressed with the University of Maryland,” Florida State coach Mike Martin said. “I felt their starter pitched another beautiful game, as he did in Tallahassee, and it’s kinda like I told John, I wished him good luck and told him I hoped I didn’t see him again until Omaha.”
That would be the College World Series, which opens June 14.