The top seeds opened their accounts at the 2019 ACC baseball tournament Wednesday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina.
Louisville, the No. 1 team in the tournament, started the day against Boston College, which is fresh off a 7-5 win over Clemson on Tuesday. Georgia Tech, the No. 2 seed, was also in action against Notre Dame, which dropped its opener 10-6 to Duke.
Here are the full scores from Wednesday and recaps for each.
No. 12 Boston College def. No. 1 Louisville, 5-1
No. 2 Georgia Tech def. No. 11 Notre Dame, 12-6
No. 5 North Carolina def. No. 9 Virginia, 3-2 (10 innings)
No. 8 Clemson vs. No. 1 Louisville, 11 a.m. ET
No. 4 Miami vs. No. 9 Virginia, 3 p.m. ET
No. 3 North Carolina State vs. No. 10 Wake Forest, 7 p.m. ET
The full tournament schedule and bracket are available on the ACC's official site
Boston College 5, Louisville 1
Dan Metzdorf delivered a gem on the mound to give Boston College its second win of the tournament. The senior left-hander pitched a complete game, striking out seven, walking four and allowing one unearned run on three hits.
The result means the Eagles are through to the semifinals as the winners of Pool A.
Third baseman Jake Alu had a nice day at the plate to support his starting pitcher. The senior went 2-for-4 from the leadoff spot with three RBI.
Alu got Boston College on the board with a two-out, two-run single up the middle in the bottom of the fourth.
He also concluded the Eagles' scoring with a double into the gap in right center.
A pair of unearned runs in the seventh helped Boston College create some much-needed breathing room on the Cardinals. With two outs, Brian Dempsey reached on an error by Louisville second baseman Justin Lavey. After stealing second, Dempsey came around to score on a single by Gian Martellini. That hit moved Jack Cunningham to third, and he scored on a Joe Suozzi single one batter later.
The result highlights how quickly a team's conference title hopes can unravel. Louisville dropped nine conference games all season. Now, the Cardinals are already out of the race to win their third conference tournament title.
Georgia Tech 12, Notre Dame 6
Georgia Tech cruised past Notre Dame for a 12-6 win, quickly extinguishing the Fighting Irish's comeback attempt late in the game.
With a four-run seventh inning, Notre Dame trimmed the deficit to three runs, 9-6. However, the Yellow Jackets responded with two runs in the eighth and another run in the ninth to put the game away.
Georgia Tech initially surged ahead after bringing five runs home in the top of the fourth.
Jackson Webb doubled down the right-field line to make it a 3-1 game before a fielder's choice and a sacrifice fly put Tech ahead by four runs. Kyle McCann brought the scoring to an end with an RBI double to left.
Offensive balance was the key for the Yellow Jackets. Tristin English was the only starter who didn't register a hit.
Georgia Tech reliever Keyton Gibson entered the game with one out in the seventh as Notre Dame was getting back into it. Gibson then struck out John Arndorfer and got Eric Gilgenbach to fly out to right. Gibson shut the door over the final two innings, holding the Fighting Irish without a hit.
North Carolina 3, Virginia 2 (10 innings)
The ACC saved its closest Wednesday game for last, as North Carolina needed extra innings to notch a 3-2 victory over Virginia.
The Tar Heels built a 2-0 lead when Aaron Sabato scored on an Ike Freeman single that the Cavaliers struggled to field in the fourth inning and Danny Serretti drove in a run with a double in the sixth inning.
That appeared to be enough for some time with starting pitcher Tyler Baum cruising, but he finally ran into trouble in the seventh when he allowed a solo home run to Nate Eikhoff. He was also charged with Virginia's second run, which came in the eighth inning on a Brendan Rivoli RBI single.
In all, Baum allowed two earned runs and five hits while striking out six in 7.1 innings of work.
He was not the only starter who impressed, as counterpart Chester Harrington allowed two earned runs and six hits while striking out eight in 5.1 innings. Relief pitcher Andrew Abbott kept the Cavaliers in the game after entering in the sixth by holding the Tar Heels scoreless into the 10th when he was removed after walking Sabato.
However, the runner he was responsible for advanced to second on a wild pitch and third on a walk before scoring the winning run when Devin Ortiz hit Caleb Roberts with the bases loaded.
North Carolina celebrated the walkoff, and unsung hero Joey Lancellotti was credited with the win for throwing 2.2 shutout innings in relief.