Pool play continued Thursday in the 2019 ACC baseball tournament at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina.
Louisville entered as the No. 1 seed but saw its title hopes evaporate after one game following a loss to Boston College. The Cardinals still had an NCAA tournament seed to play for when they took on Clemson.
The 12th-seeded Eagles clinched Pool A to move on to the semifinals. Wake Forest, the No. 10 seed, could join them with a win over North Carolina State.
Below are the scores from Thursday and a recap of the action.
No. 8 Clemson def. No. 1 Louisville 7-1
No. 4 Miami def. No. 9 Virginia 10-3
No. 3 North Carolina State def. No. 10 Wake Forest 6-5
No. 7 Duke vs. No. 2 Georgia Tech, 11 a.m. ET
No. 5 North Carolina vs. No. 4 Miami, 3 p.m. ET
No. 6 Florida State vs. No. 3 North Carolina State, 7 p.m. ET
The full tournament schedule and bracket are available on the ACC's official site.
Clemson 7, Louisville 1
Mat Clark lost a no-hit bid in the ninth inning as Clemson rolled to a 7-1 win over Louisville.
The Cardinals not only boast one of the best offenses in the ACC but also stack up well nationally. They ranked 28th in batting average (.296), 44th in slugging percentage (.444) and 15th in scoring (7.8 runs per game).
Louisville still had no answer for Clark. Zach Britton was responsible for the only hit, homering off the left-hander to open the ninth.
Clark lasted two more batters before exiting and making way for Jacob Hennessy. He finished with three strikeouts and two walks, facing 28 batters in eight-plus innings.
The sophomore wouldn't have had a no-hitter still on the table in the ninth were it not for an impressive defensive play by second baseman Jordan Greene. With one out in the eighth, Greene made an over-the-shoulder grab in short right field to rob Cameron Masterman of a would-be hit.
Clark didn't need much in the way of run support yet got plenty from the Tigers offense. Justin Hawkins broke the game open in the fourth inning with a three-run homer to put Clemson up 5-0. Kyle Wilkie's solo home run in the seventh put an exclamation point on the team's performance.
Miami 10, Virginia 3
The top half of the order delivered for Miami as the Hurricanes earned a 10-3 win over Virginia.
Jordan Lala, Anthony Vilar, Freddy Zamora and Adrian Del Castillo combined to go 7-for-13 and drive in eight runs.
Del Castillo set the tone with a two-run homer in the first inning as Miami's first four hitters shouldered almost all of the team's offensive load. The rest of the lineup registered two hits.
The final score would likely look a lot different if Daniel Federman hadn't pitched out of a big jam in the bottom of the sixth.
The right-hander entered with runners on the corners and one out. Federman struck out Nate Eikhoff, but he reached first safely after the catcher couldn't handle the third strike. With the bases loaded and Miami only leading 5-3, Federman got Logan Michaels to ground into an inning-ending double play.
Virginia continued to hang around until the eighth inning, when the Hurricanes plated five runs to pull away and ruin any hope of a comeback.
NC State 6, Wake Forest 5
NC State rallied from four runs down to pull out a dramatic 6-5 victory over Wake Forest on Thursday.
As a one-out error in the second gave the Demon Deacons their first baserunner of the game, they would quickly capitalize on their opponent's mistake. A double by Michael Ludowig and a walk to Bruce Steel loaded the bases for DJ Poteet. The sophomore came through in the clutch with a two-run single to give his team an early lead.
Wake Forest wasn't done, though. A second NC State error allowed a third run to score, and Michael Turconi then extended the lead to four with a sacrifice fly.
It wasn't until the seventh that NC State was able to start to chip away at the deficit. A pair of Demon Deacons errors had the Wolfpack in business to start the top of the seventh. Both runners would come around to score later in the inning to make it a 4-2 game.
The Demon Deacons got a run back in the bottom of the frame thanks to a bases-loaded walk to Ludowig.
NC State quickly scored two in the ninth and had a pair of runners in scoring position with one out. With his team down to its final strike, Terrell Tatum beat out a bouncer to second. Not only did the tying run score on the play, but David Harrison hustled all the way from second to give the Wolfpack their first lead of the game, as replay reversed the call on the field from out at the plate to safe.
Wake Forest attempted to rally against NC State's Cameron Cotter in the ninth, getting the potential tying run to third with one out. However, Cotter managed to strand the runner on third and close out the stunning come-from-behind victory.