Jackets benefit from errors

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --- Georgia Tech scored two runs in the top of the ninth on three consecutive North Carolina State errors to beat the Wolfpack 10-9 on Wednesday in the opening game of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.

The Yellow Jackets' rally produced the fourth lead change of the game and handed the Wolfpack their first three-game losing streak of the season. The two teams combined for 19 runs, 28 hits and eight errors.

With Tech trailing 9-8 and down to its last at-bat, Chase Burnette and Patrick Long reached second and third on infield errors by first baseman Pat Ferguson and second baseman Russell Wilson. Jason Haniger then grounded to shortstop Dallas Poulk, who misplayed the ball into center field, allowing the tying and go-ahead runs to score.

Brad Rulon pitched a hitless ninth for his fifth save of the season. Andrew Robinson (3-2) got the victory.

Under the two-bracket, round-robin format, the fifth-seeded Yellow Jackets (39-17) will face top-seeded Miami today; and the No. 4 Wolfpack (37-19) will play No. 8 Clemson.

MIAMI 7, CLEMSON 1

Mark Sobolewski doubled home two runs in the first inning to give starting pitcher Chris Hernandez all the run support he would need as Miami beat Clemson.

Hernandez (11-0), the ACC leader in victories and winning percentage, faced the minimum number of batters over the first 5Q innings and went on to strike out 10 and allow four hits and no walks in eight scoreless innings.

Clemson (30-26-1) scored its only run in the top of the ninth on an RBI fielder's choice grounder by Kyle Parker. It was Parker's 50th RBI of the season.

FLORIDA STATE 8, WAKE FOREST 3

Bennis Guinn, Buster Posey and Stuart Tapley had home runs and Matt Fairel went seven strong innings as the Seminoles prevailed.

Fairel gave up three runs and struck out eight.


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