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ACC Baseball Tournament 2018: Thursday Scores, Updated Bracket and Schedule

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 24, 2018

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The 2018 ACC baseball tournament continued with its third day of action Thursday, with some teams beginning their postseason and others seeing it come to an end. 

No. 4 Duke and No. 3 North Carolina State each began pool play in Durham, N.C., hoping to start a possible run to the conference title. Meanwhile, No. 2 Clemson and No. 7 Miami will try to secure a trip to the semifinals while No. 9 Wake Forest and No. 10 Virginia attempt to bounce back from opening losses.

Follow along for a review of Thursday's action and preview for the rest of the week at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Thursday Results/Schedule

No. 4 Duke defeats No. 9 Wake Forest, 6-2 in 13 innings

No. 10 Virginia defeats No. 3 North Carolina State, 4-2

No. 2 Clemson defeats No. 7 Miami, 7-1

Full bracket available at TheACC.com.

               

Upcoming Schedule

Friday, May 25

No. 5 Louisville vs. No. 4 Duke, 11 a.m. ET

No. 8 Georgia Tech vs. No. 1 North Carolina, 3 p.m. ET

No. 6 Florida State vs. No. 3 NC State, 7 p.m. ET

Saturday, May 26

Pool A Winner vs. Pool D Winner, 1 p.m. ET

Pool B Winner vs. Pool C Winner, 5 p.m. ET

Sunday, May 27

ACC Championship Game, 12 p.m. ET

   

Day 3 Recap

   

Duke 6, Wake Forest 2 (13)

It took 13 innings, but Duke pulled out the 6-2 win Wednesday thanks to a two-out rally deep into extras.

Wake Forest's bullpen unraveled in the top of the 13th, walking in two runs after loading the bases with a pair of hit batsmen. Chris Proctor then provided some breathing room with a two-run single, becoming one of four players in the lineup with at least two hits.

FOX Sports South @FOXSportsSouth

Chris Proctor blows this one open for @DukeBASE with a 2️⃣-run single in the 13th. @theACC | @ACCBaseball https://t.co/TeK9k8925I

Duke seemed like it might score the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth but Christian Long gunned Joey Loperfido out at the plate.

FOX Sports South @FOXSportsSouth

GOT HEEEMMM!!!! Great throw from @WakeBaseball’s Christian Long and Logan Harvey applies the tag … and after review the call stands. @theACC | @ACCBaseball https://t.co/RNeo31Hvtv

In the 10th, the Blue Devils had bases loaded with no outs but couldn't get a run home.

They finally broke through in the 13th, though, scoring four runs to help pull away for the win.

Griffin Roberts did everything he could to keep the Demon Deacons in the game early, with his three-pitch repertoire looking truly impressive. Aaron Fitt of D1 Baseball described one impressive offering:

Aaron Fitt @aaronfitt

Griffin Roberts just threw a slider that broke about 7 feet right before it got to the plate for a strikeout of Jack Labosky. I don’t understand why that pitch is legal.

The starter finished with two runs allowed in 7.1 innings with six strikeouts.

Ryan Day got the start for Duke and gave up two runs in five innings, but Graeme Stinson, Bryce Jarvis and the rest of the bullpen were even better with eight combined scoreless innings.

Bobby Seymour's two-run double gave Wake Forest the early lead in the second inning, but runs were tough to come by the rest of the day and the Blue Devils were able to earn a come-from-behind victory.

Duke will face Louisville Friday in a game that will decide the winner of Pool D.

             

Virginia 4, North Carolina State 2

Virginia bounced back from its opening loss in the tournament to pull an upset over North Carolina State.

Cayman Richardson went 2-for-3 in the win for the Cavaliers, including a clutch double in the eighth inning to help the underdogs earn the win. 

NC State appeared to be in good shape early, scoring the first run on a bomb from freshman sensation Patrick Bailey. The team went up 2-0 before Virginia started to fight back with four straight runs.

The go-ahead score came in the fourth inning on a defensive mistake by the Wolfpack, but the Cavaliers added a much-needed insurance run in the eight on a double from Richardson:

Virginia Baseball @UVABaseball

Hoos with some insurance in the top of the ninth! The second double of the game from Cayman Richardson plates Nate Eikhoff! UVA now up 4-2 in T9 on NC State 📺💻📱 : RSN | @ACCNetworkExtra https://t.co/uc2h681BVt https://t.co/aUitW2q0Xz

Meanwhile, starting pitcher Derek Casey was on point for Virginia, allowing just two runs in 7.2 innings with nine strikeouts. Michael Lananna of Baseball America noted the stakes and broke down the performance from the senior:

Michael Lananna @mlananna

Senior righthander Derek Casey — making his last start ever for Virginia — has buckled down in the middle innings. Looking stronger as this game goes. Punched out Kinneman in the 6th on a 94 mph fastball. 3-2, UVa lead.

Although he got in trouble in the eighth, Bennett Sousa bailed him out before closing out the ninth.

North Carolina State used six different pitchers and they couldn't do enough to get onto the win column.

Florida State now has an opening to win Pool C and advance to the semifinals if it can take care of business against NC State Thursday.

     

Clemson 7, Miami 1

A six-run sixth inning powered Clemson to a 7-1 win over Miami to conclude Thursday's play.

Home runs from Drew Wharton and Chris Williams book-ended the Tigers' big inning. Wharton led off with a solo homer, and the Hurricanes were one out away from getting out of the inning with just the one run on the board. Instead, Clemson plated five more runs before Miami could get the final out.

Fox Sports South shared a highlight reel of the Tigers' offensive explosion:

FOX Sports South @FOXSportsSouth

💪 🐅💪 Drew Wharton, Chris Williams homer as part of 6️⃣-run inning and @ClemsonBaseball is putting on another offensive clinic in Durham. @theACC | @ACCBaseball https://t.co/CleKUC6BSE

Brooks Crawford got the start for Clemson and went five innings, giving up one earned run while striking out three and walking three. Ryan Miller came on to start the sixth and pitched the final four innings. He allowed four hits but kept the Hurricanes scoreless to collect the win.

The Tigers' win means they'll advance to the semifinal as the Pool B winner. Clemson dropped 21 runs on Notre Dame on Wednesday, and it cruised past Miami in the final innings—albeit because of a brief hot stretch.

With the top-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels eliminated from semifinal contention, Clemson is in the driver's seat to take the conference tournament.

             

Pool Standings

Pool A

No. 12 Pittsburgh 2-0

No. 1 North Carolina 0-1

No. 8 Georgia Tech 0-1

  

Pool B

No. 2 Clemson 2-0

No. 7 Miami 1-1

No. 11 Notre Dame 0-2

    

Pool C

No. 6 Florida State 1-0

No. 10 Virginia 1-1

No. 3 North Carolina State 0-1

    

Pool D

No. 5 Louisville 1-0

No. 4 Duke 1-0

No. 9 Wake Forest 0-2

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