The 2013 ACC tournament is finally here.
This year's showcase began with two matchups on Wednesday in Durham, North Carolina.
No. 7 seed Georgia Tech—the reigning champion—took on No. 2 seed Florida State. That was followed by No. 6 seed Virginia Tech battling No. 3 seed Virginia. Lastly, No. 5 seed Clemson clashed with No. 4 seed N.C. State.
Here's a look at how it all went down on Day 1 of the 2013 ACC tournament.
N.C. State defeats Clemson, 6-3
N.C. State used a four-run seventh inning on Wednesday to defeat Clemson, 6-3.
Clemson got on the board first in the second inning by virtue of third baseman Shane Kennedy's hustle. With one out, Kennedy stole second base, then stole third. After shortstop Tyler Krieger struck out, Kennedy scored on a passed ball.
But N.C. State responded quickly, scoring a run in the bottom of the frame, as third baseman Grant Clyde connected on a solo shot to left field.
In the third inning, the Wolfpack struck again. After designated hitter Jake Armstrong singled to left and advanced to second on a groundout by Logan Ratledge, he scored on a fielding error by Clemson second baseman Steve Wilkerson.
Through two innings, N.C. State was leading, 2-1.
In the sixth inning, the Tigers threatened after Maleeke Gibson, Wilkerson and Steven Duggar all singled to load the bases. But Clemson ultimately didn't do much damage.
Gibson scored when Garrett Boulware grounded into a double play and then Kennedy struck out.
The score was tied, 2-2.
But then the seventh inning came and disaster struck for the Tigers.
With men on first and second for N.C. State, both runners advanced on a wild pitch. After shortstop Trea Turner walked to load the bases, right fielder Jake Fincher singled to left field, driving home one run. But the throw from left field was short, getting away from the cut-off man, and another run scored when the ball bounced into foul ball territory on the third-base side.
One batter later, catcher Brett Austin doubled to left-center field, scoring Turner and Fincher.
Clemson managed one more run in the ninth inning off a solo shot from Boulware, but it was too little, too late.
N.C. State will play No. 8 seed Miami (FL) on Friday. Clemson will play No. 1 seed North Carolina.
Virginia Tech defeats Virginia, 10-1
Virginia Tech erupted for six runs in the second inning on Wednesday en route to a 10-1 victory over Virginia.
The second inning was ugly right from the start for Virginia. After left fielder Tyler Horan led off with a double to left, Cavaliers shortstop Nick Howard threw Andrew Rash's ensuing grounder into the stands, allowing Horan to score and Rash to advance to second base. Then, Chad Morgan and Brendon Hayden hit back-to-back RBI doubles.
After Kyle Wernicki sacrificed Hayden to third base, Sean Keselica drove Hayden home with a single to right field. Next came shortstop Chad Pinder, who blasted a two-run home run to left center field.
Virginia scored its only run of the game in the bottom of the second inning. After second baseman Reed Gragnani walked, third baseman Kenny Towns tripled to left center field.
But that was the last time the Cavaliers would threaten.
The sixth inning was nearly as bad as the second for Virginia. The Hokies loaded the bases with none out before Pinder launched a grand slam to left field for his second home run of the game.
The Cavaliers were blanked for the rest of the game. The nine-run deficit was their largest of the season.
Pinder ended up going 3-for-5 with two home runs, one double, six RBI and two runs. His six RBI are a career high.
Virginia Tech will play Florida State on Thursday. Virginia will play Georgia Tech.
Georgia Tech defeats Florida State, 4-3
Georgia Tech stunned Florida State on Wednesday, hitting back-to-back home runs in the ninth inning for a come-from-behind victory in Durham.
The Yellow Jackets started things off in the fourth inning, scoring two runs. After hitting a leadoff triple, center fielder Brandon Thomas scored on a ground out by right fielder Daniel Palka. After catcher Zane Evans walked and third baseman Sam Dove singled, shortstop Mott Hyde drove Evans home with a single.
But the Seminoles came roaring back in the sixth. Georgia Tech starter Buck Farmer instantly got himself into trouble, plunking center fielder Seth Miller. After left fielder D.J. Stewart split the gap in left with a double, there were men on second and third. Both Miller and Stewart were eventually driven home on sacrifice flies by designated hitter Marcus Davis and third baseman Jose Brizuela, respectively.
It snapped Farmer's 14-inning scoreless streak against Florida State.
Farmer again got into trouble in the eighth inning. After Stewart's leadoff triple, the left fielder eventually scored on catcher Stephen McGee's shallow pop-out to right field.
Heading into the ninth inning, the defending champions were in trouble.
But Georgia Tech wasn't about to go quietly.
Florida State closer Robby Coles got two quick outs. Then, the unimaginable happened.
First, A.J. Murray launched an 0-1 fastball over the 32-foot fence in left field known as the Blue Monster. Then, Hyde connected on a slider from Coles, rivaling Murray's blast over the Blue Monster.
Coles entered the game with nine saves and a 1.16 ERA on the season. It was the first time in 41 games that Florida State had lost a game after leading after eight innings. It was the third time in 23 games that Georgia Tech had won a game after trailing after eight innings.
It's safe to say Georgia Tech, no matter its seed, is not going to give up the crown easily this season.
What a way to start the 2013 ACC tournament.
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