Virginia Routs NC State In ACC Tourney
May 26, 2005
JACKSONVILLE, FL.(AP) - Matt Avery was credited with a complete-game performance in pitching Virginia to a 12-2 win over North Carolina State Thursday in a game shortened to seven innings due to the 10-run rule in the Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournament at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.
The win sends Virginia (40-17) into Saturday's semifinals against the winner of Friday's Clemson-North Carolina State game. The Wolfpack (40-16) take on the Tigers in a 4 p.m. game Friday with the loser eliminated from the tournament.
The 10-run rule or "mercy" rule was implemented into the ACC Tournament for the first time this year. If a team is ahead by 10 or more runs after the opposing team has had at least seven at-bats, the game is halted.
Avery (6-5) allowed just six hits in recording his first complete game of the season in 14 starts. He struck out five and did not issue a walk. He allowed a pair of hits in both the second and fourth innings when the Wolfpack pushed across single runs.
Avery received plenty of early support as the Cavaliers scored all 12 runs in the first three innings with three, four and five-run outbursts in successive innings. Ryan Zimmerman, Sean Doolittle and Brandon Guyer all had a pair of hits and drove in two runs each to pace Virginia's attack. Zimmerman also scored three times with Guyer, Matt Street and Tim Henry all adding a pair of runs.
All nine starting batters (including designated hitter Guyer) with the exception of shortstop Mike Campagna had at least one hit and all but two starters scored at least once.
North Carolina State starting pitcher Gib Hobson (6-3) lasted just 1 1/3 innings in his shortest outing of the season. He gave up seven runs and six hits while walking three. He was relieved by Travis High who fared little better, allowing the remaining five runs in 1 2/3 innings.