DURHAM, N.C. – In its first league championship game since 2000, No. 21 Virginia Tech was beaten by No. 3 North Carolina 4-1 in Sunday’s 2013 ACC Championship Game at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
In a match-up that featured two teams that were both 3-0 after pool play, the Tar Heels won their sixth ACC title and improved to 52-8 on the season. Tech, whose loss ended its eight-game winning streak, dropped to 38-20.
UNC opened the game’s scoring in the first frame and almost duplicated the same scenarios in the third to take a 2-0 lead. In both the first and third, Landon Lassister reached base by a hit and moved to third on Colin Moran singles.
With one out in each frame, Tech starter Eddie Campbell would get Skye Bolt to hit a grounder, and on each, with a double play possible, the Hokies ended up with a misplay, and Lassister would cross the plate.
The Hokies scored their only run in the top of the sixth, but had their chances throughout against Tar Heel starter Taylore Cherry. They had runner reach base in each of the first four innings, and in the fifth, actually had the bases loaded, but couldn’t get anyone home.
In the sixth, Tech again had the bases loaded, this time with no outs, but UNC reliever Trevor Kelley got a double play and a flyout to allow just one Hokie to score.
Campbell’s day was done after tying a career high of seven innings pitched, allowing six hits, two runs and striking out two. Joe Mantiply tossed the eighth and saw two more Hokie errors lead to a pair of unearned runs – insurance runs for the Tar Heels.
Kelley finished the game for UNC, throwing a perfect ninth for his second save of the season, while Cherry won his first of the year in the start. Campbell suffered the loss and is now 2-4 on the year.
Tech will now wait to hear where and when it will play in the NCAA regional, which begins next weekend.
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