ACC: High drama in J-Town

By Glenn Tanner - May 27, 2007

North Carolina pushed across a run in the top of the 7th to take a 2-1 lead over Wake Forest, but the Deacons answered with a run in the bottom of the inning.

After seven innings, we're tied 2-2 in the ACC Tournament title game.

In the top of the 7th, Kyle Seager smacked a one-out double to right and moved to third on Seth Williams' infield single. Wake went to the pen for Eric Niesen's fourth appearance of the week. The Deacons defense played double-play depth instead of infield-in and it cost them when Garrett Gore nubbed a bleeder to third that scored the go-ahead run.

Wake responded in the bottom of the inning on a controversial call. With one out, Evan Ocheltree reached on a single and moved to second on a wild pitch. After a strikeout and a walk, Dustin Hood lined a single to left. Reid Fronk charged the ball and made a good pickup and a strong throw to the plate. Ocheltree slid wide and slapped the plate with his left hand as the catcher tried to slap the tag on his back. Home plate umpire Scott Erby ruled him safe, which brought a vociferous disagreement from UNC coach Mike Fox.

Fox ordered Allan Dykstra intentionally passed, then went to the bullpen for Matt Danford, who got a fly out to end the inning.

UNC starter Luke Putkonen had been dominant. After allowing an infield single to open the game, he didn't allow another hit until Ocheltree's. His final line: 6.2 innings, 3 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned, 3 walks, and 6 Ks

Wake Forest starter Charlie Mellies left after five innings -- he allowed four hits and no earned runs, walked none and struck out none in 56 pitches. He was relieved by Wednesday starter Brad Kledzik, who was charged with the second run.

Posted by Glenn Tanner at 02:59 PM on May 27, 2007

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