ACC: Slugfest for a change

By Glenn Tanner - May 26, 2007

NC State and Georgia Tech have both been officially eliminated from ACC Tournament title contention.

Based on their RPI ratings, both are solidly locked into the NCAA Tournament as 2-seeds.

But even though this basically meaningless game is being played in front of an extremely sparse crowd, it's pretty entertaining so far.

After two and a half innings, NC State leads GT in a slugfest, 5-3.

NC State scored in the top of the first when Dallas Poulk singled to lead off the game, stole second, and scored on Marcus Jones's two-out single.

The winds are fairly calm so far today, and Georgia Tech's Tony Plagman turned on a fastball and cranked it over the right field wall for 2-run homer in the second.

The NC State bats really went to work in the top of the third. Dallas Poulk led off with a single, and Ramon Corona ripped a double to right. Poulk took a big risk trying to score on the play with none out, and the relay throw beat him to the plate. Poulk tried to slide around the tag of GT catcher Matt Weiters, missed the plate initially and slid past, but came back and touched it to tie it 2-2. Weiters argued that he tagged Poulk, and he may have -- but the ball was in his bare hand and he made the tag with his glove.

GT really could have used that out, because State had obviously figured out starter Ryan Turner. Ryan Pond made it 3-2 Pack with a sharp single, and Marcus Jones followed with a triple to the wall in center, and Turner was done. State added another run on a Caleb Mangum double before the inning was through.

Tech got one run back in the bottom of the inning when Danny Payne doubled to lead off and eventually scored on a grounder.

Turner's final line: 2 innings, 7 hits, 5 earned, no walks, 3 Ks

Posted by Glenn Tanner at 10:42 AM on May 26, 2007

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