The Jackets posted the most-lopsided victory by a No. 8-seed in the tournament’s 39-year history, after Wednesday, becoming just the third eighth-seed to knock off a No. 1-seed with the 5-4 win over Florida State.
Zane Evans finished the day 3-for-4 with a career-high six RBIs, and the Jackets got three RBIs each from Brandon Thomas, former Calhoun standout Mott Hyde and Davies. Thomas was 2-for-3 and scored a career-high four times. For Tech, the 17 runs are a season-high and the most in ACC Championship play since beating NC State, by the same score, on the same field in 2010.
Tech improved to 34-24 overall, 2-0 in Pool A, and needs a Florida State win over Clemson to secure a spot in Sunday’s ACC Championship game. Should Clemson beat FSU today, the 11 a.m. game tomorrow between the Jackets and the Tigers would be for a spot in the title game.
“That was a great game for us, obviously,” said head coach Danny Hall. “Once we got the lead, we really swung the bats well. We had some great at bats, and I thought Cole really settled in. He got some big outs when he needed with guys in scoring position, and then our offense took over from there.”
After Virginia (37-17-1) sprinted out to a 3-0 lead, Tech unleashed the offense by scoring six times on six hits in the third. The Jackets tacked on four more in the fourth, two more in sixth and ended it in decisive fashion with a five-run seventh inning, highlighted by Davies’ walk-off three-run bomb to right.
Every Jacket in the lineup had at least one hit, as Tech pounded out 14 hits, including eight for extra bases (four doubles, a triple and three home runs).
Thomas got the offense going with this two-run single up the middle in the third, pulling Tech within 3-2.
After Davies doubled off the wall in right, Evans followed with a two-run double down the left-field line and two batters later, Hyde smashed a two-run homer down the left-field line.
Tech sent 10 batters to the plate in the six-run third inning and never looked back behind freshman righty Cole Pitts.
The rookie worked five innings, and allowed eight hits and four runs (two earned) to earn his second-consecutive win (6-4), and sophomore Dusty Isaacs closed out the final two innings.