Eight-seed Georgia Tech controls its destiny at the ACC baseball championship after a 17-5 win over Virginia on Friday.
The Cavaliers can still reach Sunday's title game despite the loss, thanks to Clemson's walk-off 9-7 win over Florida State in Friday's second game. Virginia, the defending ACC champion, needs Clemson to beat Georgia Tech in Saturday's early game, then a win over the top-seed Seminoles in the second game.
Georgia Tech clinches a spot in Sunday's championship with a win over the Tigers on Saturday.
Virginia jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on Friday with a pair of runs in the second inning and another in the top of the third. But the Yellow Jackets came storming back with a total of 10 runs in the third and fourth innings. The game ended in the seventh on a Jake Davies walk-off homer that capped off a five-run inning for Tech.
Virginia starter Scott Silverstein struggled, giving up four runs on four hits in just 2.1 innings. Freshman Nick Howard replaced Silverstein in the third and gave up a two-run double to Zane Evans, the first batter he faced. Two batters later, Mott Hyde hit a two-run homer to cap the Yellow Jackets' six-run inning.
Evans added a two-run homer in the sixth, and went 3-4 for six RBI on the day. Davies, Hyde, and Brandon Thomas each drove in three runs for the Yellow Jackets.
Virginia plays again at 3 p.m. Saturday against Florida State.
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