N.C. State freshman ace Brian Brown turned in a nice performance in the Wolfpack’s opening ACC tournament game, a 3-0 win over Notre Dame. Brown, who doesn’t hit 90 on the radar gun, nonetheless kept the Irish off balance, striking out a career-high 10 batters in six innings. Brown also retired 13 of the last 15 batters he faced.
Once a 92-minute rain delay ended, the Wolfpack struck early, scoring two runs in the first and another in the second, all three runs coming with two outs (Joe Dunand, Ryne Willard and Andrew Knizner delivered the RBIs). Notre Dame’s best chance to score came in the second inning, when the Irish loaded the bases with one out. Brown struck out the next two batters, though. Laura Keeley
Clemson 7, Louisville 2: Clemson scored five runs in the first two innings and Zack Erwin struck out 11 batters in the Tigers’ victory over No. 3 Louisville in the ACC tournament at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The Tigers, who upped their record to 1-1 in the tournament, improved to 32-26 on the season. The Cardinals, who fell to 1-1 in the tourney, dropped to 43-15 in 2015.
Reed Rohlman started the scoring with a two-run single in the first inning and Robert Jolly added a run-scoring single. After Louisville scored a run in the top of the second inning, Steven Duggar’s sacrifice fly and Tyler Krieger’s run-scoring single in the bottom of the second inning gave Clemson a 5-1 lead. Weston Wilson added a two-run double in the fifth inning.
Zack Erwin (7-4) earned the win by allowing just six hits, one run and no walks with a season-high-tying 11 strikeouts in 8 innings.
The Tigers play No. 8 seed North Carolina on Friday at 3 p.m.
Winthrop 2, Campbell 1: Brad Kaczka went 2-for-3 and scored the go-ahead run to push the No. 3 Eagles past the No. 6 Camels in the Big South Conference tournament in Boiling Springs. The Eagles will play top-seeded Radford in the semifinal round on Friday morning at 10.
Josh Strong earned the win, going six innings and allowing one run on six hits. Reliever Joey Strain closed out the game and held the Camels to one hit in three innings to get his ninth save.