Erik Hanson set an Atlantic Coast Conference single-game record by striking out 18 batters to lead Wake Forest over top-seeded Virginia, 9-4, and Clemson set a tournament record by hitting six homers as the Tigers beat Maryland, 17-12, today in the first round of the ACC tournament at Georgia Tech.
In other first-round games today, North Carolina beat Duke, 15-2, and Georgia Tech beat North Carolina State, 23-11. In Friday's losers' bracket, the Cavaliers (30-11) will play N.C. State at 10 a.m. and the Terrapins (14-18) will meet Duke at 1. In the winners' bracket, North Carolina will play Clemson and Wake Forest (23-21-2) will face Georgia Tech.
Hanson (2-5) had 16 strikeouts and a 4-1 lead after six innings.
Wes Ragland (four hits, four RBIs) had run-scoring singles in the first and third innings to give Wake Forest a 2-0 lead. John Morabito's eighth-inning homer pushed the lead to 9-1.
Bill Narleski had three of Virginia's five hits and was the only Cavaliers starter not to strike out.
Maryland scored eight runs in the top of the first. Mike Murphy had three RBIs in the inning.
But in the third, Clemson closed it to 8-4 as as John Jay hit a two-run homer. In the fifth, Scott Dillon's two-run homer and Steve Baucom's solo homer closed the gap to 9-8. Ray Williams and Tommy Thomposon each homered in the sixth as Clemson took a 10-9 lead.