Blue Devils fall to top-seeded Hurricanes; Tar Heels top Maryland
Jacob Heyward scored on a wild pitch before Tyler Palmer homered in the 12th inning, and Miami held on to beat Duke 6-5 on Saturday at the Atlantic Coast Conference baseball tournament.
The win by the top-seeded Hurricanes (41-17) sends Georgia Tech to the championship game Sunday against Maryland. Fourth-seeded Duke (33-25) would have made it with a win.
Mike Rosenfeld's infield single in the 12th brought home Jordan Betts from second and moved Chris Marconcini to third. Javi Salas came on to pitch and struck out Matt Berezo to end it.
Heyward — the brother of Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward — doubled to lead off the 12th. He was bunted to third and scored on Istler's wild pitch to Palmer to make it 5-4. Palmer then made it a 6-4 with his solo homer.
Duke's Cris Perez forced extra innings with a two-run, pinch-hit homer in the ninth.
UNC 13, MARYLAND 7
Will Myers' tiebreaking RBI single started a six-run eighth inning that helped North Carolina beat Maryland 13-7 on Saturday at the Atlantic Coast Conference baseball tournament.
Skye Bolt finished with three hits and two RBIs for the seventh-seeded Tar Heels (34-25).
The sixth-seeded Terrapins (36-20) clinched a berth in Sunday's league championship game earlier in the day when Miami beat Duke. Georgia Tech earned the other spot in the championship game.
Landon Lassiter, Bolt and Tyler Ramirez had consecutive run-scoring singles during the Tar Heels' big eighth.
Michael Russell and Zach Daly each drove in two runs for North Carolina.
Kevin Martir's two-run homer in the third pulled the Terrapins to 3-2, and Brandon Lowe's run-scoring single capped Maryland's five-run seventh and tied it at 7.