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ACC Baseball Tournament 2016: Tuesday Scores, Updated Bracket and Schedule

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 24, 2016

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The Virginia Cavaliers may not be the top seed in the 2016 ACC Baseball Championship, but many eyes will be on the defending national champions as they look to capture their fourth conference tournament title in Durham, North Carolina.

Virginia will be among the favorites to win along with the No. 1-seeded Miami Hurricanes and the second-seeded Louisville Cardinals.

Tournament play began Tuesday with two first-round matchups. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons and Duke Blue Devils clashed in the first game, and the Boston College Eagles and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will conclude the action.

Here's a look at how the day unfolded and how it shaped the tournament bracket.

Tuesday Results  

ACC Baseball Tournament Results—May 24
Time (ET)HomeAwayResult
11 a.m.No. 7 DukeNo. 10 Wake ForestWake Forest, 4-3
3 p.m.No. 8 Boston CollegeNo. 9 Georgia TechGeorgia Tech, 6-0
Source: TheACC.com

Wednesday Schedule

ACC Baseball Tournament Schedule—May 24
Time (ET)HomeAway
11 a.m.No. 4 Florida StateNo. 5 North Carolina State
3 p.m.No. 1 MiamiNo. 9 Georgia Tech
7 p.m.No. 2 LouisvilleNo. 10 Wake Forest
Source: TheACC.com

Tuesday Recap

Duke 3, Wake Forest 4

Wake Forest held off a late charge by the Blue Devils to start its ACC tournament in winning fashion. Duke scored twice in the seventh and had the game-tying run on third base in the ninth but couldn't bring in Kennie Taylor and was eliminated following a 4-3 defeat.

A two-run home run by sophomore center fielder Stuart Fairchild got Wake Forest off to a hot start in the top of the first. D1Baseball.com's Aaron Fitt is a big fan of Fairchild's game:

Aaron Fitt @aaronfitt

My man Stuart Fairchild blasts a 2-run HR way over Blue Monster, off awning of restaurant above. 2-0 WF. Love Fairchild’s power/speed combo.

Duke halved the deficit in the bottom of the second. Sophomore right fielder Peter Zyla singled to lead off the inning and worked his way around to third base with one out. Sophomore center fielder Evan Dougherty brought him home with a single into left field.

The Demon Deacons added a bit more breathing room in the top of the third, with junior second baseman Nate Mondou scoring junior designated hitter Jonathan Pryor on a sacrifice fly and putting Wake in the lead, 4-1.

Freshman catcher Chris Proctor scored on a double by sophomore third baseman Jack Labosky to bring the Blue Devils to within two runs, 4-2, in the bottom of the seventh. Labosky came home on a single from sophomore first baseman Justin Bellinger.

Duke had runners on the corners with two outs in the final inning, but Wake Forest closer Will Craig shut the door on the comeback attempt.

The Demon Deacons' Twitter account shared thoughts from the team after the game:

Wake Forest Baseball @WakeBaseball

Tom Walter, Parker Dunshee and Will Craig meeting with the media. "That's just a great team win for us." https://t.co/hVEZGFkWeE

The road won't get any easier for Wake Forest from here. With Tuesday's win, the Demon Deacons advance to pool play, and they face off with Louisville on Wednesday.

The two teams recently met for a three-game series from Thursday to Sunday. The Cardinals picked up a clean sweep in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Boston College 0, Georgia Tech 6

Georgia Tech tagged Boston College's pitchers for six runs on 13 hits, shutting out the Eagles and advancing to pool play.

BC had plenty of chances to put a run on the board. In the third inning, the Eagles stranded a runner on third with only one out, and they loaded the bases in the sixth and seventh innings but still couldn't get anybody home. SB Nation's BC Interruption spoke for Eagles fans everywhere:

Sam Apuzzo Interruption @bcinterruption

The baseball gods really hate BC today.

Juniors Brandon Gold and Matthew Gorst combined to stymie the Boston College offense. Gold went 6.2 innings, allowing seven hits and striking out five, while Gorst came on for the final 2.1 innings and allowed two hits and one walk.

As Georgia Tech noted on Twitter, the middle of the Yellow Jackets' lineup made a big difference in the game:

GeorgiaTech Baseball @GTBaseball

Our 3-6 hitters today: 8-for-18 with 3 HRs We need to hit the weight room. 💪💪💪

Sophomore second baseman Wade Bailey opened the scoring with an RBI single in the third inning. Fellow sophomore Trevor Craport doubled Tech's lead, 2-0, in the fourth with a solo home run to left. Baseball America's Hudson Belinsky analyzed how the third baseman has the look of a classic slugger at the plate:

Hudson Belinsky @hudsonbelinsky

Craport has a deep load with a barred lead arm and extends his hands early. Classic power and swing-and-miss swing.

Freshman right fielder Brandt Stallings doubled home first baseman Tristin English in the sixth inning to make it a 4-0 game. Georgia Tech added two insurance runs in the ninth, with English and senior left fielder Matt Gonzalez hitting solo homers.

The Yellow Jackets' reward for Tuesday's win is a date with Miami on Wednesday. The Hurricanes rank second in the most recent D1Baseball.com Top 25 and fourth in the USA Today Coaches' Poll. When Georgia Tech last met the Hurricanes in early May, they lost two out of three in Atlanta.

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