2007 ACC Baseball Championship: Eighth-Seeded Wake Forest Topples Miami, 7-3
May 27, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Wake Forest's Allan Dykstra broke out of a slump with a single, home run and three RBI to lead Wake Forest to a 7-3 win over Miami Saturday in the ACC Baseball Championships.
The win sends Wake Forest into Sunday's championship game against North Carolina, with the Deacons seeking their fourth league title in the last 10 years. Wake Forest becomes just the second No. 8 seed to reach the league finals, joining the 2001 North Carolina State team.
Dykstra was hitless in the tournament before connecting for his ACC co-leading 18th home run in the third inning, a two-run, line shot over the right field wall. Two innings later, he drove in the Deacons third run with a single and later scored on a passed ball in the same inning.
Wake Forest (33-26, 14-16) scored its final two runs in the sixth inning without the benefit of a hit, combining two walks, an error and a sacrifice fly by Dustin Hood to round out its scoring.
Wake starting pitcher Ben Hunter (7-6) went six innings and allowed two runs, six hits, three walks and struck out eight to earn the win.
Miami (36-22, 17-13) got a two-run homer from Richard O'Brien in the second inning but didn't score again until the eighth inning. Jemile Weeks led off with a triple and came home on an error by Hood. Hurricanes' starter Enrique Garcia (7-4) gave up five runs in 4 1/3 innings and got the loss.
Wake Forest and North Carolina played a three-game series in late March this season with the Tar Heels winning two of the three games.