Georgia Tech's Jake Davies smacked two home runs Wednesday to upend top seed Florida State, 5-4, in the opener of the ACC tourney.
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Senior Jake Davies hit a pair of two-run home runs and junior Buck Farmer fired six strong innings as Georgia Tech beat No. 1 ranked Florida State 5-4 in the ACC baseball championship opener at NewBridge Bank Park on Wednesday.
The Yellow Jackets improved to 33-24 overall and 1-0 in Pool A with their fifth Top-25 win over the last month. The Seminoles had their four-game winning streak in the Tech series snapped, and slipped to 43-13 and 0-1 in Pool A. Tech and Virginia continue tournament play Friday at 11 a.m.
The first of two Davies' long balls -- an opposite field shot to left -- gave the Yellow Jackets a 2-0 lead in the first inning. He homered again -- this time to right -- to extend the lead to 5-0 in the fifth. Tech held on with sophomore Alex Cruz closing out his first career save in a key NCAA-resume-building postseason win.
"I would certainly hope it enhances our cause," Tech head coach Danny Hall said. "Let's put it that way."
The victory is Tech's first win over a No. 1-ranked team since April 10, 2011, an 8-6 victory at Russ Chandler Stadium over Virginia, and the first to open ACC Championship Pool Play since beating NC State, 10-9, in 2008 at the Baseball Grounds in Jacksonville, Fla. Tech had lost three-straight tournament openers since.
Georgia Tech joins N.C. State (2001) Wake Forest (1985) on the short list of ACC Championship No. 8-seeds that have knocked off the No. 1-seed.
Davies, who was a second-team All-ACC pick at first base, hit his career-best 10th and 11th home runs of the season, and extended his ACC-leading RBI total to 62. Of his 17 career homers, 11 have come with runners on base. Davies also homered twice in an April 29 game versus Clemson.
"After you just sit there and watch your team get the lead, it makes you feel pretty comfortable," said Farmer, the first-team All-ACC pick, who improved to 1-1 with a career 3.15 ERA versus the Seminoles. "You can throw strikes and know you have your offense behind you."
N.C. STATE 3, MIAMI 2:
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Ryan Mathews walked with the bases loaded in the ninth inning to force in the winning run and lift North Carolina State past Miami 3-2 on Wednesday in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference baseball championship.
The third-seeded Wolfpack (39-15) trailed 2-1 when they loaded the bases with one out in the ninth. Brett Austin scored the tying run on Chris Diaz’s chopper to third, and Diaz was safe when first baseman Esteban Tresgallo dropped the throw.
Reliever E.J. Encinosa then walked Mathews on five pitches to score Logan Ratledge from third.
Jake Fincher had a run-scoring groundout in the sixth for the Wolfpack.
That came after Chantz Mack hit a two-run home run in the sixth to provide all the offense for the sixth-seeded Hurricanes (34-20).
UNC 6, WAKE FOREST 0:
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Jacob Stallings drove in two runs and six North Carolina pitchers combined on a four-hitter in a 6-0 victory over Wake Forest in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference baseball tournament.
Stallings’ two-run double highlighted a four-run third inning Wednesday night to help the second-seeded Tar Heels (43-13) get off to a strong start in Pool B play.
Starter Shane Taylor allowed three hits with two strikeouts in 4 1-3 innings for North Carolina. R.C. Orlan, the third of five relievers used by the Tar Heels, struck out six in 3 2-3 innings.
Losing pitcher Tim Cooney allowed five earned runs and struck out 10 in 7 2-3 innings for the seventh-seeded Demon Deacons (32-24), who were held to four singles.
AUBURN KNOCKS OUT GEORGIA:
HOOVER, Ala. — Justin Bryant hit a solo home run and threw 1-1/3 scoreless innings of late relief to help Auburn beat Georgia 3-2 Wednesday in the second round of the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament.
Georgia trailed 3-0 in the eighth before scoring twice on RBI singles by Nelson Ward and Conor Welton.
Bryant, Auburn’s designated hitter, came in to pitch and struck out Joey Delmonico to end the eighth. Then in the ninth he got Colby May to line out to end the game with the bases loaded.
The Tigers (31-27) play South Carolina or Vanderbilt in Thursday’s third round. The loss knocked Georgia (31-26) out of the double-elimination tournament.
Auburn took a 1-0 lead in the first on a single by Patrick Savage that scored Jay Gonzalez.
Gonzalez scored again in the third on a groundout by Creede Simpson, followed by Bryant’s fourth homer of the season.
Mississippi State 3, LSU 2:
HOOVER, Ala. — Demarcus Henderson drove in Mitch Slauter with a sixth-inning single to give Mississippi State a 3-2 victory over top-seeded LSU on Wednesday in the second round of the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament.
Bulldogs starter Chris Stratton (11-1) struck out eight and allowed five hits over six innings. Jonathan Holder struck out two in the ninth to post his eighth save.
LSU (42-15) used seven pitchers, with none lasting more than 2-2/3 innings. Joe Broussard (4-1), who gave up the game-winning hit to Henderson, took the loss.
Adam Frazier and Brent Brownlee each had RBI singles in the third to give the Bulldogs (36-21) a 2-0 lead.
The Tigers tied the game in the fifth when Mason Katz lined a two-out, 3-2 pitch into left field, scoring JaCoby Jones and Austin Nola.
LSU will play Mississippi on Thursday in an elimination game, while MSU will take on Kentucky.
Vandy 3, S.C. 2:
HOOVER, Ala. — Mike Yastrzemski brought home Vince Conde with a bunt in the eighth inning to give Vanderbilt a 3-2 victory over South Carolina on Wednesday night in the second round of the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament.
Conde opened the eighth with a double off Tyler Webb (5-1). He advanced to third on a groundout, and then scored when Yastrzemski dropped a bunt down the first-base line.
Will Clinard picked up the save by pitching two scoreless innings. Kevin Ziomek (5-6) got the win.
The Commodores (31-25) play Florida in Thursday’s third round, while South Carolina (39-16) will take on Auburn.
Tanner English had a two-run single in the second to give the Gamecocks a 2-0 lead.
Conde made it 2-1 with a run-scoring sacrifice fly in the fifth. Spencer Navin tied the game in the sixth with a single that drove in Yastrzemski.