banner
North Carolina

UNC claims ACC title with 4-1 win over Virginia Tech

Posted May 26, 2013

North Carolina poses with the ACC championship trophy after defeating Virginia Tech 4-1 in Sundays title game at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

— With tired arms mounting for North Carolina, head coach Mike Fox turned to freshman Taylore Cherry Sunday in the ACC championship game against Virginia Tech. Making his first collegiate start, he responded with five solid innings that paved the way for the Tar Heels’ first conference title since 2007.

Meanwhile, the Tar Heels offense provided just enough support for the young starter and weary bullpen as they scored early to calm things down, then added some insurance late in a 4-1 win.

The conference title is the first in six years for UNC and their sixth as a program.

"This tournament is extremely difficult with all the great teams we have in our league," said UNC head coach Mike Fox. "It's a great accomplishment to navigate your way through this tournament and come out on top.

Following a 20-pitch first inning, the 6-foot-8 righty settled in by simply throwing strikes and pitching to contact. Cherry, who had thrown just 3.1 innings all year, did not record a strikeout on the afternoon, but walked just two and threw more pitches Sunday (90) than in all his previous five outings combined (73).

"The story was that he was prepared," said Fox. "You never know when your moment is going to be and when your time is gong to be. He's a great teammate and I couldn't be happier for him to get an opportunity to do what he did."

Cherry estimated that he only threw 10-or-so off-speed pitches all game, opting to stick with his fastball.

"In the end, I'm just trying to throw strikes and get outs," Cherry said. "(The fastball) was about all that was working for me so you might as well keep going back to it."

Saturday night’s table-setter, Landon Lassiter, again provided the spark for the UNC offense. He came around to score in the first inning after a one-out single then doubled in the third inning before being escorted home on a groundball by Skye Bolt. Lassiter later reached to lead off the eighth inning and scored his third run of the day on a throwing error after Bolt dropped a sacrifice bunt.

"Landon has had an unbelievable year for us," Fox said. "It didn't surprise me that he came out and had a great game for us."

Bolt went hitless on the afternoon but reached three times and claimed two RBIs. Lassiter went 2-for-3, was hit by a pitch and reached four times.

Virginia Tech’s offense amassed six hits on the day and challenged the Tar Heels in the middle innings.

Their lone run came in the sixth inning after a leadoff double by Tyler Horan. That was the last batter Cherry faced. Trevor Kelley, making his team-leading 28th appearance, gave up a single and hit a batter before inducing a double play that allowed Horan to score.

The Hokies also loaded the bases in the fifth inning with two outs, but Cherry won a nine-pitch battle against three-hole hitter Chad Pinder.

"I was just thinking about beating him," Cherry said of the at bat.

"I didn't come up clutch in certain situations that I have in the past," Pinder said. "It was a shame, but it's baseball. If you are not getting those clutch hits against a team like North Carolina it's hard to get a win."

Cherry earned the win his first ever collegiate decision while Kelley notched the four-inning save. The Tar Heels bullpen closed the tournament with 22.2 consecutive scoreless innings.

"Our bullpen certainly was the story," Fox said. "They've been goo for us all year. They were fresh and ready and they were verr aggressive attacking the strike zone and trusting their pitches." 

First baseman Cody Stubbs was named the tournament MVP.

Sunday’s game was played in front of 8,697 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park – a new ACC Tournament record.

UNC, hoping for the nation’s top seed in the NCAA tournament, will learn their fate Monday. The ACC as a conference is expected to get at least three of the eight national seeds in the NCAA tournament.

50 Comments

Please to add a comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • The Greatest Ever May 27, 2013

    Way to go guys!

  • Rapid Deployment May 27, 2013

    Wow, guess I should have known the civility couldn't last. I wonder if we were to suddenly find outselves in a national disaster, would we still behave in such a divisive manner. Would we help each other (like those people affected by the tornado in the miswest, or just try to identify what school a victim favored before deciding to be a good Samaritan or not. Would you honor a veteran today if you knew he/she attended another school than your favorite. Oh well, Happy Memorial Day to everyone. Hope you have a great day.

  • rduguyhere May 27, 2013

    View quoted thread



    Well, according to the Wuffus fannus, anything less than not sitting on every blade of grass and putting at least 2 people in every seat means that there was "no one" there. LOL

    Perhaps they are just still mad.?..

  • rduguyhere May 27, 2013

    View quoted thread



    Well, you know that every State fan's idea of success (no matter how bad their team's suk or how crass their fans actually are) is to pack (no pun intended) as many people into the seats as they possibly can and then yell their dear little hearts as loud as they can. Then turn to other teams in the country and tell them that they are the best fans in the world because of it. And tell those other teams that they are the worst fans in the world and their teams suk because of it and because they don't do the same thing....ie.... people in seats/yelling until they burst blood vessels on the sides of their heads.

    I am ok if they want to think that way. LOL

  • rduguyhere May 27, 2013

    View quoted thread



    And beating a dead horse will get you, your team, and your fanbase nowhere. Geez....

  • BattlingBishop 5 May 27, 2013

    View quoted thread



    "Sundays game was played in front of 8,697 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park a new ACC Tournament record."

    ?

  • Sports Talk Only May 27, 2013

    Carolina's resiliency in the tournament should give them much confidence heading into NCAA play. They know how to win. Great tournament from them, State, AND Va. Tech.

  • RDI762 May 27, 2013

    ^ This thread would be on page 25 right now and Moduke, Kmor and their band of misfits would not be MIA.

  • sickofblackleaders May 27, 2013

    View quoted thread

    I wonder how civil they would have been if Carolina would have lost Sat. or lost on Sunday?

  • mxteam44 May 27, 2013

    View quoted thread



    +100! Especially the very first sentence!

More...

 

 

  • ACC: Wake Forest at Duke

    Tomorrow at 8:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: Syracuse at NC State

    Saturday at 12:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • SEC: Florida at Kentucky

    Saturday at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Pac 12: Stanford at Arizona

    Saturday at 4:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: NC State at Clemson

    Tonight at 9:00 on WRAL-FM

  • ACC: Duke vs. Wake Forest

    Tomorrow at 8:00 pm on 620am

  • Big Ten: Wisconsin at Minnesota

    Thursday at 7:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • NBA: Dallas at Portland

    Thursday at 9:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHI 5
CAR 2
Final
SAV 49
NCCU 62
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
LAL
 
7:00pm Tonight
GT
UNC
 
9:00pm Tonight
CLEM
NCSU
 
Final
MIA 7
FIU 2
 
Final
DET 12
FLASO 2
 
1:05pm Today
DET
BAL
 
1:05pm Today
MIA
MIAFLA
 
1:05pm Today
PHI
NYY
 
1:05pm Today
BOS
NEASTERN
 
1:07pm Today
TOR
PIT
 
3:05pm Today
CIN
CLE
 
3:05pm Today
OAK
SFG
 
4:05pm Today
BOS
BOSTONCOLL
 
5:10pm Tonight
ARI
ASU
 
Final
PHI 103
TOR 114
Final
BRK 110
GSW 108
Final
MIA 115
PHO 98
Final
MIN 105
LAC 110
Final
DAL 102
NOP 93
7:00pm Tonight
CLE
BOS
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
LAL
 
7:00pm Tonight
NYK
SAC
 
7:30pm Tonight
ATL
HOU
 
8:00pm Tonight
MEM
UTA
 
8:00pm Tonight
CHI
WAS
 
9:00pm Tonight
DEN
MIL
 
Final
TEX 61
BAY 59
Final
SYR 47
UVA 59
Final
SHSU 76
CARK 49
 
Final
NWST 92
SELA 79
 
Final
NCAT 67
COOK 50
 
Final
HOW 61
NORST 59
 
Final
DELST 85
HAMP 75
 
Final
STEPH 83
INCWORD 62
 
Final
MCNST 70
LAM 69
 
Final
NO 79
NICST 89
 
Final
SAV 49
NCCU 62
 
Final
ALAAM 75
TXSOU 77
 
Final
VT 59
BC 66
Final
MVSU 66
GRAM 62
 
Final
ISU 77
OKLA 70
Final
ALAST 65
PVU 67
 
Final
ARKPB 64
JST 62
 
7:00pm Tonight
UMO
AKR
 
7:00pm Tonight
NAVY
ARMY
 
7:00pm Tonight
BST
EMICH
 
7:00pm Tonight
BUT
GEOR
 
7:00pm Tonight
IND
IOWA
 
7:00pm Tonight
FLGC
JVU
 
7:00pm Tonight
USCU
KNST
 
7:00pm Tonight
BGU
KSU
 
7:00pm Tonight
NKENTUCKY
LIP
 
7:00pm Tonight
HC
GHND
 
7:00pm Tonight
RUTG
MD
 
7:00pm Tonight
GT
UNC
 
7:00pm Tonight
BUF
OHIO
 
7:00pm Tonight
ALA
MISS
 
7:00pm Tonight
DAY
RIU
 
7:00pm Tonight
CMICH
TOL
 
7:00pm Tonight
DET
YOUNG
 
7:30pm Tonight
UNF
STET
 
8:00pm Tonight
ABCHRIST
HOUB
 
8:00pm Tonight
NDAK
NEOM
 
8:00pm Tonight
NILL
WMICH
 
8:00pm Tonight
ILLCH
WRST
 
9:00pm Tonight
MIZZ
AUB
 
9:00pm Tonight
UGA
KENT
 
9:00pm Tonight
NW
MICH
 
9:00pm Tonight
CLEM
NCSU
 
9:00pm Tonight
UF
TEXAM
 
9:00pm Tonight
KU
WVU
 
9:15pm Tonight
CREI
VILL
 
Final
NYR 4
NAS 1
Final
CHI 5
CAR 2
Final
SJS 4
MON 0
7:00pm Tonight
PHI
CAL
 
7:00pm Tonight
NJD
NAS
 
7:00pm Tonight
CLB
WAS
 
7:30pm Tonight
TAM
BUF
 
7:30pm Tonight
FLA
TOR
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
OTT
 
8:30pm Tonight
DAL
NYI
 
9:00pm Tonight
ARI
ANA
 
9:30pm Tonight
EDM
LOS
 
10:00pm Tonight
VAN
SJS