Derek Fisher doubled in two runs to break tie in the 10th inning, doing so against the pitching of Heisman Trophy-winning Jameis Winston, as No. 1 Virginia (36-7, 17-5 ACC) beat No. 5 Florida State 5-3 in a series opener in Tallahassee.
Thanks to a three-run FSU fifth, Virginia trailed 3-2 before Mike Papi tied the score with an eighth-inning homer.
Winston, a closer who's far better known as a quarterback, entered with a runner on base and none out in the 10th. He retired two batters before Nick Howard singled to center field. Fisher worked the count full before lining a double off the fence in right-center field.
Howard then struck out the side for a save to beat the Seminoles (32-10, 16-6). ...
Michael Russell had two hits and Adam Pate scored two runs as North Carolina rallied from a two-run deficit to beat Virginia Tech 3-2 in Chapel Hill.
Carolina (25-18, 11-11 ACC) scored the tying and winning runs on a pair of RBI fielder's choices off the bat of Skye Bolt to make a winner out of Trevor Kelley, who pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of Trent Thornton.
Thornton and Virginia Tech's Sean Keselica matched each other pitch for pitch through five innings. The Hokies (18-23-1, 7-15 ACC) went ahead on a pair of RBI singles in the sixth. ...
Host Middle Tennessee State shut out Old Dominion 1-0 to start a Conference USA series in Murfreesboro. Jared Allen's home run in the second inning proved decisive.
Andy Roberts took a hard-luck defeat, pitching a four-hitter for the Monarchs (25-17, 12-10). Zac Curtis earned the win with a three-hit shutout for the Blue Raiders (21-21, 10-9). ...
Hofstra’s game at William and Mary was rained out, prompting a 1 p.m. doubleheader Saturday to start their Colonial Athletic Association series. The Tribe began the weekend just a half-game behind the CAA front-running College of Charleston.
Rain disrupted the Old Dominion Athletic Conference tournament in Lynchburg, in which Randolph-Macon eliminated Hampden-Sydney 4-3 on the second day. but the Peninsula was well-represented in All-ODAC balloting.
Eastern Mennonite's Adam Posey, a Poquoson High graduate, made the first team. New Kent graduate Kyle Henshaw of Bridgewater and Menchville product Jeff Gray of Hampden-Sydney were on the second team.
H-SC's Hunter Lewis, from Menchville High, was on the third team.
William and Mary stood second after the first round of the 54-hole CAA tournament, shooting a 7-over-par 295 at the Founders Club in Southport, N.C., as the Tribe's top four golfers for the day were even-par on the back nine.
UNCW's Stefan Brewer took the individual lead at 69. Charlie Kern (72), who is in a five-way tie for fourth individually, Davis Morrison (73) and Lucca Horwitz (74) led the Tribe.
Brooke Griffin tied an ACC tournament record by scoring seven goals, while also adding a pair of assists, as top-seeded Maryland eliminated fifth-seeded Virginia 15-9 in a semifinal at Boston College's stadium.
Liza Blue scored five goals for the Cavaliers, giving her 50 for the season.
U.Va. (10-8), ranked 14th nationally will learn its NCAA fate when the 26-team national tournament field is announced at 9 p.m. May 4.
Maryland will face second-seeded Syracuse for the championship.
Alex Domijan beat Dominic Cotrone 6-0, 6-2 on line 1 for the Cavaliers, who are ranked fourth nationally. FSU, the tournament's eighth seed, is 30th.
U.Va. will face Notre Dame in a semifinal.
Later Friday, in a match that began outdoors but was moved indoors elsewhere in the North Carolina Triangle because of rain, Virginia Tech, ranked 40th, held a team match point on No. 11 Duke, the second seed, but lost 4-3.
The Blue Devils earned the right to face North Carolina in Saturday's semifinals.
In a rain-delayed match that was moved indoors, third-seeded Virginia overcame No. 6 Georgia Tech 4-1 to reach the ACC semifinals.
The Cavaliers will face No. 2 seed Miami. Those two teams, plus top-seeded North Carolina and Clemson, all finished 12-2 in conference regular-season play, but fifth-seeded Duke shut out the fourth-seeded Tigers 4-0 Friday.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun