ACC: Rested and Ready for Day Three
By Glenn Tanner - May 25, 2007
I'm back and well-rested for day three of the ACC Tournament at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. Today's games feature Clemson and Wake Forest at 4:00, followed by Miami and Florida State.
Clemson hands Ryan Hinson the ball in the opener. Hinson is 5-2 with a 2.78 ERA in 71.1 innings. He'll be opposed by Wake's Brad Kledzik, who's 4-4 with a 5.04 ERA. Opposing hitters are batting a healthy .313 against Kledzik.
A Clemson win would not only set up a showdown with Florida State tomorrow, but also officially eliminate Miami.
Here's what we saw yesterday, besides lots of rain and the curious stainless steel box in the press box restroom...
Virginia weathered a 39-minute rain delay and got great pitching again to beat Georgia Tech 4-1. Sean Doolittle struck out 8 in 5.1 innings in what his coach Brian O'Connor called "one of his best performances in a long time." Cav hurlers have allowed one earned run in two games this week. The win officially eliminated both Georgia Tech and NC State in Bracket B.
"We've given up two runs in the two ballgames, but there is going to be a point, either in this championship or the next championship we try to win, when we're going to have to win a game 9-8. I believe we're capable of doing that." -- O'Connor
A between-games rain delay pushed the start of the nightcap to 10:10 p.m. North Carolina pounded out 19 hits to beat NC State 14-5 and set up a Saturday showdown against Virginia for a berth in Sunday's title game. The Wolfpack generously helped out their hated rivals by committing three consecutive infield errors in the fifth inning. NC State's hilarious baseball SID Bruce Winkworth said it best: "The Wolfpack took careful aim at its own foot in the top of the fifth, fired three times, and handed North Carolina a gift-wrapped four-run inning that blew the game open." The game ended at 1:15 a.m.
"It is a good feeling to be advancing to play Virginia and the fact that we have a day off is a great feeling. For it to be one o'clock in the morning, I usually don't feel this good." -- UNC coach Mike Fox
Posted by Glenn Tanner at 03:45 PM on May 25, 2007