Virginia Tech upends No. 1 Wake Forest

It might be too late to sufficiently boost Virginia Tech’s NCAA Tournament at-large credentials, but the visiting Hokies upset No. 1 Wake Forest 14-6 Saturday in a regular-season finale.

Ocean Lakes High alum Carson DeMartini scored three runs for Tech (30-21, 12-17 ACC) against the Demon Deacons (45-9, 22-7), who won two of the series’ three games. Christian Martin and Chris Cannizzaro each had three hits and three RBIs.

With the Hokies ahead 7-3, Carson Jones struck the game’s biggest blow, a grand slam in the sixth.

Eight Hokies pitched. For Wake, Seth Keener (6-1) gave up four earned runs in the first two innings to take the loss.

UNC Wilmington 6, William & Mary 0: The Tribe dropped a doubleheader opener at UNCW, but W&M already had ensured a berth in the six-team Colonial Athletic Association Tournament. Stony Brook’s loss Friday at Towson ensured that.

W&M entered Game 2 at 32-22, 15-14; UNCW began it at 30-21, 19-8.

Zane Taylor pitched a seven-inning four-hitter for the victory. Taber Mangero had two hits and two RBIs for the Seahawks, and Joe Delossantos had two hits for W&M.

Tribe relievers Tom Mayer (2-3) and Brian Craven combined to yield six earned runs and 10 hits in four innings.

Old Dominion 7, Georgia State 6: The Monarchs overcame a 6-3 deficit in their regular-season finale to salvage one victory in a three-game series at Bud Metheny Ballpark.

ODU, as it expected before the series, will play a single-elimination game Tuesday in Montgomery, Alabama, in the Sun Belt Tournament. The Monarchs hope to advance to the double-elimination portion of the event.

Despite an RBI single by Alex Bouche and a solo home run by Jay Tarkenton, ODU trailed 6-3. But Hunter Fitz-Gerald, one of the nation’s top sluggers, clubbed a three-run homer to right field to tie the game in the sixth, scoring Kenny Levari and Josh Trujillo ahead of him.

Levari then slugged a go-ahead homer to right in the eighth.

ODU used five pitchers. Vincent Bashara (4-0) got the victory with 1 1/3 scoreless innings, and Joey DeChiaro worked around two hitws in the ninth for his second save.

No. 21 Virginia 8, Georgia Tech 7: The Cavaliers (44-11, 19-11) won the Coastal Division outright and will head into the ACC Tournament in Durham on a nine-game winning streak, having completed a three-game sweep of the Yellow Jackets (30-25, 12-18) in Atlanta.

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Jake Gelof belted two homers and drove in three runs, tying UVA’s single-season record for home runs with his 22nd. Griff O’Ferrall had three hits.

Jack O’Connor (6-3) got the victory in relief, and Jay Woolfolk garnered his ninth save.

Coppin State 10, Norfolk State 1: As the visiting Spartans (9-42, 6-24) ended a rough first season in the Northeast Conference, their former MEAC rivals (21-31, 14-16) completed a three-game sweep to gain the sixth and final spot in the conference tournament.

Winner Jordan Hamberg (4-4) pitched the first seven innings of a combined two-hitter. Antonio Velasquez (1-7) gave up six earned runs and six hits in four innings for the loss.

Coppin State tied Merrimack in the standings and won the tiebreaker via a sweep of the Warriors.

Jacob Council scored NSU’s run in the seventh on Dominic Joseph’s fielder’s choice.

NSU lost its last 10 games and 20 of its final 21.

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