The 2018 ACC baseball tournament is down to four—it just wasn't the four anyone expected.
Saturday's semifinal round saw 12th-seeded Pittsburgh attempt to continue its Cinderella run against fifth-seeded Louisville, while second-seeded Clemson hoped to take advantage of a shaken-up bracket against sixth-seeded Florida State.
Here is a look at how the semifinal matchups played out at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina.
Louisville 5, Pitt 2
Devin Mann hit a home run and drove in three runs, and Josh Stowers got on base for his 42nd straight game to lead Louisville to a 5-2 win over Pitt in their semifinal matchup.
Stowers has now driven in nine runs during the ACC tournament and has been on a tear for most of the season. It's highly likely Stowers will see his playing career end at Louisville following the NCAA tournament; his brilliant season put him on the radar of a number of MLB teams, and it's hard to have a better year than his 2018.
The Cardinals got three runs (two earned) off Pitt starter Dan Hammer, chasing him in fewer than four innings. Mann hit an RBI triple in the bottom of the first, and then Stowers added an RBI double before scoring on an error later in the fourth inning.
Ron Washington Jr. homered for Pitt in the top of the sixth to make the game 3-2, ending a shutout bid for Nick Bennett. The Louisville starter struck out seven and gave up just four hits over his six innings of work.
Mann's two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh sealed the deal for Louisville, and Austin Conway recorded a two-inning save to close it out.
Florida State 5, Clemson 4
Louisville avoided one upset earlier in the day.
Clemson couldn't do the same.
Florida State scored runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings, including a Rhett Aplin go-ahead RBI single in the top of the ninth, for a 5-4 win. The Seminoles will attempt to repeat as ACC tournament champions against Louisville on Sunday.
The win continues Florida State's streak of thrilling victories. The 'Noles had piled up walk-off victories in the lead up to the ACC tournament and in Raleigh this week.
C.J. Van Eyk threw the final three innings of scoreless baseball for Florida State. Van Eyk moved to 7-0 on the season despite being a reliever.
Starter Cole Sands gave up four runs (three earned) in six innings of work.
Drew Mendoza's two-run home run in the second inning put the Seminoles up early, but Clemson rallied with a three-run fourth. Tigers first baseman Chris Williams went deep for a three-run shot off Sands.
Sunday, May 27
Louisville vs. Florida State, noon (ESPN2)