Memorable Moments in ACC Baseball Championship History
As the 43rd ACC Baseball Championship is played this week, take a look at some of the most memorable performances in the history of the baseball Championship.
“Swing and a Miss”: Erik Hanson, Wake Forest (vs. Virginia) 1985
There weren’t too many things about the Wake Forest baseball team with one win in conference play that were very intimidating. But in 1985, the top-seeded Virginia Cavaliers found out that 6-foot-6 pitcher Erik Hanson was no joke. Hanson used his devastating curveball to rack up a tournament record 18 strikeouts and lead the Demon Deacons to an unbelievable 9-4 first round upset.
“The Never-Ending Game”: NC State vs. North Carolina 2013
In one of the most memorable games in tournament history, archrivals NC State and North Carolina waged war for what seemed like an eternity. With the score tied 1-1 in the top of the 18th inning, UNC first basemen and tournament MVP Cody Stubbs dropped a flare single into left-center field to push across the game winning run. NC State ace Carlos Rodon finished with a line of 10 innings pitched, one hit, no earned runs and 14 strikeouts. The 11,392 in attendance set a tournament record and the 18-inning, 6 hour and 3 minute marathon stands as the longest game in tournament history. [Click Here to Watch Complete Highlights]
“Rubber Arm”: Craig Gourlay, Wake Forest (vs. Clemson) 1986
In the first round of the 1986 tournament, Wake Forest junior Craig Gourlay did something you can almost guarantee will never be done again. Facing the 3-seed Clemson Tigers, Gourlay pitched an unreal 13 1/3 innings. He was finally pulled in the bottom of the 14th inning, before Clemson pushed across the game winning run and won 6-5.
“The Two-Touchdown Inning”: Clemson (vs. Wake Forest) 1975, (vs. Georgia Tech) 1982
Put up two touchdowns (14 points) in one quarter of football and you’re probably playing pretty well. Put up two touchdowns in one inning of baseball and you’re hitting on all cylinders in a way that even your own fans wonder if it will ever end. Clemson has pulled the "two-touchdown inning" twice in their tournament history, in 1975 versus Wake Forest and again in 1982 versus Georgia Tech. The Tigers were still a full touchdown short of the NCAA record of 21 runs in an inning, and five runs short of the all-time ACC record of 19, but who’s counting?
“Hitting Machine”: Jeremy Slayden, Georgia Tech (vs. Duke) 2003
They say hitting is contagious, so Georgia Tech right fielder Jeremy Slayden must have been pretty sick when the Yellow Jackets rolled past Duke, 23-4, in the 2003 tournament. Slayden went 6-6 at the plate that day, including four RBIs, four runs scored, two doubles and a home run. His six hit game set an ACC tournament record and tied the Georgia Tech single-game record. His six hits fell just one short of the all-time ACC record and Georgia tech’s 23 runs fell just one short of the tournament record of 24.