Mark Zagunis blasted a game-ending home run to left field over the Blue Monster in the ninth inning Thursday night to give Virginia Tech a 3-2 win over Florida State and a 2-0 record in ACC tournament pool play in Durham, N.C.
The Cavaliers will go to the title game if they beat FSU and Georgia Tech beats Virginia Tech.
Also, North Carolina (49-8) breezed past Miami 10-0 in the opening game for both as Kent Emanuel pitched an eight-inning four-hitter. Cody Stubbs was 4-for-5 with three RBI.
At the Colonial Athletic Association tournament, William and Mary took a 12-3 lead at James Madison, whose pitchers hit five Tribe batters during a seven-run bottom of the third.
That inning was in progress when the game was suspended until 9 a.m. Friday because of weather.
Delaware was ousted with two losses, and Towson overcame top seed UNC Wilmington 13-11.
Grafton High graduate Kyri Washington belted a three-run homer in the fifth as Longwood eliminated Gardner-Webb 6-5 at the Big South tournament in Lynchburg.
Brandon Delk, another Peninsula product, slugged a two-run homer for the Lancers, who moved into Friday's 10 a.m. game against Campbell.
Liberty beat Radford 3-2 in an elimination game as Justin Sizemore hit a two-run homer in the top of the ninth.
Richmond's season ended at 31-24 with a 10-6 loss to Saint Louis (37-19) at the Atlantic 10 tournament in Charlotte, N.C. Adam Forrer hit a grand slam for the Spiders.
William and Mary’s Jeltje Loomans and Maria Belaya beat a nationally 10th-ranked Auburn duo, Pleun Burgmans and Plamena Kurteva, 6-3, 6-4 in the NCAA doubles first round in Urbana, Ill., but Virginia’s singles and doubles entries were eliminated in the round of 32.
The Cavaliers’ Julia Elbaba fell 6-2, 6-1 to North Carolina’s Caroline Price, and U.Va.’s Stephanie Nauta and Li Xi lost 6-2, 6-1 to Pepperdine’s Lorraine Guillermo and Khunpak Issara.
VCU’s Cindy Chala led by a set and 5-2 in her second-rounder but fell 1-6, 7-5, 6-4 to Krista Hardebeck of team champion Stanford.
W&M's tandem, ranked 13th nationally, will play the tournament's third seeds, Patricia Veresova and Mary Weatherholt from Nebraska,
Virginia’s first two home games of the season, against Brigham Young (Aug. 31 on ESPNU) and Oregon (Sept. 7 on ABC in Virginia), will kick off at 3:30 p.m.
Old Dominion's Sept. 7 game at Maryland will kick off at 4 p.m. TV arrangements are pending, except for an online broadcast on ESPN3.
No. 3 seed Jarmere Jenkins of Virginia advanced to the NCAA singles round of 16, defeating Yannick Maden of Clemson 6-3, 6-4.
The Cavalier who won the winning match in Tuesday's team championship win, Mitchell Frank, fell 4-6, 6-0, 6-2 to Auburn's Andreas Mies.
In doubles, Jenkins and Mac Styslinger beat host Illinois' Ross Guignon and Tim Kopinski 6-3, 6-7 (10-12), 6-3 in the first round.
Track and field:
On the NCAA Division III championships’ first day in LaCrosse, Wis., Christopher Newport’s Daulton Teaford qualified for the men’s 200-meter final in a personal-record 21.26 seconds, the top time in his heat and the third-best overall.
CNU’s Enuma Ezenwa stood 16th in the women’s heptathlon with 2,732 points, setting a personal record of 25.99 in the 200 meters. ...
In the NCAA East Division I Preliminary in Greensboro, N.C., Tabb High alumna Kiara Porter ran the fourth-best preliminary time in the 400. A top-12 finish Friday would send her to the NCAA championships in Eugene, Ore.
W&M’s Elaina Balouris placed ninth in the 10K preliminary in a school-record 33:43.27, advancing to the final.