The 2015 ACC Baseball Tournament kicked off on Tuesday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in North Carolina. Louisville enters the 10-team event as the top seed after the Cardinals posted a 25-5 record during the regular season.
They received the opening day off along with the tournament's other top six teams. The other four squads took center stage for the play-in round. The winner of each game gets placed into one of the two pools for the main portion of the event.
So let's check out all of the important information for the first day of play. It's followed by a recap of the action. All sections will be updated following the conclusion of the second game.
Tuesday Schedule and Results
|2015 ACC Baseball Tournament: Tuesday Scores|
|1||No. 7 Virginia vs. No. 10 Georgia Tech||11-0 Virginia|
|2||No. 8 North Carolina vs. No. 9 Virginia Tech||5-3 UNC|
For a complete look at the tournament schedule, visit the ACC's official site.
|Pool A||Championship||Pool B|
|No. 1 Louisville||No. 2 Miami|
|No. 4 Florida State||Pool A Winner vs. Pool B Winner||No. 3 Notre Dame|
|No. 5 Clemson||No. 6 NC State|
|No. 8 North Carolina||No. 7 Virginia|
Day 1 Recap
Virginia 11, Georgia Tech 0
Virginia needed just seven innings to eliminate Georgia Tech via the 10-run rule. Josh Sborz notched the abbreviated shutout while allowing just one hit and striking out eight for the Cavaliers. He came within three outs of a shortened no-hitter before the Yellow Jackets finally got a knock off him.
Matt Thaiss got the No. 7 seed on the board in the first inning with an RBI single. Virginia never looked back, scoring four runs in the third inning and three in each of the next two frames. Georgia Tech could never muster any serious rallies.
Daniel Pinero led the offensive charge for the Cavs with a home run, four runs batted in and three runs scored. Pavin Smith also homered as five different members of the lineup knocked in at least one run during the rout.
Ryan Peurifoy had the only hit of the afternoon for Georgia Tech.
Andrew Ramspacher of the Daily Progress showcased Sborz's postseason success:
Mike Barber of the Richmond Times-Dispatch passed along comments from Yellow Jackets coach Danny Hall, who summed up the lopsided defeat quite simply:
As Mark Etheridge of D1Baseball.com noted beforehand, Georgia Tech was already on the tournament bubble, which doesn't bode well with this loss added in:
The win sends Virginia into Pool B for the next stage of the tournament. The contest is under a round-robin format over the next four days. The Cavaliers' first game will take place on Wednesday against the group's top-seeded team, Miami.
They reached the same stage of the event last spring before getting knocked out with a 1-2 record.
North Carolina 5, Virginia Tech 3
North Carolina overcame an early deficit to score a 5-3 victory over Virginia Tech and advance to pool play. Zac Gallen and Trevor Kelley combined to strike out 12 batters while giving up just two earned runs for the Tar Heels.
Saige Jenco gave the Hokies a 1-0 lead in the second. But it was the Heels who were finally able to put together a big inning in the fourth. They scored a run on a sacrifice fly and then brought home two more with a string of two-out hits to grab the lead.
Virginia Tech fought back, scoring one run in each of the seventh and eighth innings, but could never get back level. North Carolina added some insurance in the bottom of the eighth before closing it out.
Skye Bolt had a pair of runs batted in for the Heels while Landon Lassiter had a pair of doubles and a run scored.
Brian Barbour of Tar Heel Blog highlighted the strong finish by Kelley out of the pen:
Michael Lananna of Baseball America noted it was a must-win contest for UNC:
Now the Tar Heels move on to face the top overall seed from Louisville in its first pool game on Wednesday. They then face Florida State and Clemson over the next two days, a tough stretch to navigate without an off day to regroup.
North Carolina must rise to the occasion if it wants to advance in the postseason.