Bill Ruffner hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to break a 3-3 tie as Wake Forest eliminated Maryland, 6-3, in the Atlantic Coast Conference double elimination baseball tournament at Chapel Hill, N.C., yesterday.

Maryland's Mick Romanovsky (3-3) retired 13 consecutive batters before Kevin Bunn homered in the fifth for the game's first run.

Wake Forest is 24-11. Maryland finishes the season at 10-17.

In a winners bracket game, Dave Hopkins (2-2) pitched a five-hitter to lead Virginia past North Carolina, 6-3. The Cavaliers play Clemson tonight at 7. Anthony Latham hit a two-run homer in the eighth to give the Cavaliers (19-19) a 6-2 lead.

At Catholic, Hans Zeigler allowed only three hits and extended his scoreless inning streak to 16 as the Cardinals defeated UMBC, 18-0. Zeigler (5-0) struck out 10, walked two and didn't permit a hit until after there was one out in the sixth.

At UDC, Delaware State used 17 walks, including seven in a 10-run fourth inning, to win, 17-5, in the first game of a doubleheader sweep. Delaware then won, 8-2, scoring all its runs in the first two innings.

At Howard, the Bison split a doubleheader with St. Augustine, winning the opener, 5-3, and losing the second, 15-14. Howard's Barry Jackson had three hits.

At St. Mary's, Curt Anthony hit a two-run homer and Jim Houghton pitched a one-hitter for St. Mary's (10-4-1) in a 2-1 win over Georgetown in the first game of a doubleheader. Mike Saguto's grand slam in the second game helped the Hoyas (13-16) to a 17-2 win.