Virginia Tech’s Chad Pinder of Poquoson slugged two home runs, including a grand slam, and had six RBI as the 21st-ranked Hokies (36-19) surprised Virginia 10-1 in the first round of Atlantic Coast Conference tournament pool play in Durham, N.C.
The Hokies are in the eight-team field for the first time since 2010. U.Va., ranked fifth nationally, fell to 45-10.
Also in the Virginia universities' pool, Georgia Tech beat Florida State 4-3 on back-to-back home runs in the ninth inning by A.J. Murray and Mott Hyde. Former Peninsula Pilot Buck Farmer pitched into the eighth inning for the Yellow Jackets.
In the other pool, N.C. State (43-13) scored four runs in the seventh to beat Clemson 6-3.
In the key inning, Jake Fincher ripped an RBI single between second and third base, and N.C. State added a second run on an errant throw from left fielder Tyler Slaton. Catcher Brett Austin drove in two more runs with a double to deep left-center field.
Each team will play three games in pool competition, and the top squad from each pool will advance to the championship game.
At the double-elimination Colonial Athletic Association tournament in Harrisonburg, Zach Fisher had three hits and two runs as Towson edged Northeastern 9-8, giving the Tigers their first opening-game victory in the event in 11 years.
That pushed No. 2 seed William and Mary’s tourney opener back to at least 6 p.m. Thursday. The Tribe will face the JMU-Delaware winner.
Tabb High graduate Jared Lyons (4-0) pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings for the victory as Liberty ousted Charleston Southern from the Big South tournament in Lynchburg with a 2-1 win.
The Flames' Trey Wimmer tied the score at 1 with a home run, and Alex Close scored the eventual winning run on Ashton Perritt's squeeze bunt in the eighth. ...
Longwood scored seven runs in the fourth and beat High Point 11-3, eliminating the Panthers. Warwick High graduate Brandon Vick (6-5) got the win by pitching all nine innings, scattering 10 hits.
The Lancers' Colton Konvicka was 5-for-6 with two doubles, a triple, four runs and two RBI. Jamestown High graduate Scott Burkett hit a home run, singled and drove in three runs for Longwood, and C.J. Roth was 2-for-5 with two RBI.
Brooke Ireland resigned after two seasons as William and Mary’s head coach. Her teams went 9-24, including eight losses to national top-10 teams.
Mitchell Frank, Virginia’s hero in Tuesday’s 4-3 win against UCLA in the team final, grabbed the spotlight again Wednesday with a 6-2, 6-1 first-round victory against the 64-man singles tournament's top seed, Mikelis Libietis of Tennessee.
Libietis who trying to play with an injured ankle, which he suffered in a team-tournament loss to U.Va.'s Jarmere Jenkins earlier in the week.
Tsvetan Mihov of South Carolina upended the No. 2 seed, Virginia’s Alex Domijan, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.
Also for the other Cavaliers, Jenkins -- the tourney's No. 3 seed -- won 6-2, 6-4 against Georgia's Ben Wagland, who had beaten him in the team tournament. Jenkins, named the team tourney's outstanding player, bounced back from a service break behind in the second set. But U.Va.'s Mac Styslinger lost 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) to Vanderbilt's Ryan Lipman.
VCU’s Max Wennakoski lost 6-4, 6-3 to one of the 9-16 seeds, Southern California’s Ray Sarmiento. Virginia Tech’s Amerigo Contini fell 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 to Princeton's Matija Pecotic, another 9-16 seed.
Also in Urbana, U.Va.’s Julia Elbaba, seeded 9-16, won her NCAA first-round match 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 against Tennessee’s Brynn Boren.
William and Mary’s Maria Belaya lost 6-1, 6-1 to UCLA’s Kyle McPhillips. VCU’s Cindy Chala won a 6-0, 5-7, 7-6 thriller against Clemson’s Anne-Liz Jeukeng in a match that began outdoors and moved indoors because of rain.