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Virginia Tech tops Georgia Tech 3-2 in ACC tourney
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Chad Pinder drove in the winning run on a sacrifice fly in the seventh to help Virginia Tech beat Georgia Tech 3-2 on Friday in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, clinching an appearance in Sunday's final.
Pinder also had a solo home run in the fourth for the sixth-seeded Hokies (38-19), who went 3-0 in Pool B to clinch a reach the title game.
Alex Perez also drove in a run for the Hokies, while starter Devin Burke (10-3) allowed two runs - one earned - and seven hits in 7 2/3 innings. Clark Labitan earned his 10th save.
Sam Dove and Matt Gonzalez each had two hits for the seventh-seeded Yellow Jackets (34-25), while Jonathan King (6-5) took the loss after allowing nine hits in 6 1/3 innings.
Georgia Tech upset second-seeded Florida State in its tournament opener but finished at 1-2 in Pool B.
LSU rallies for 3-2 win over Alabama in SEC
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - Tyler Moore and Ty Ross had run-scoring hits with two outs in the ninth to lead LSU to a 3-2 victory over Alabama Friday in a Southeastern Conference tournament elimination game.
The Tigers (50-9) face Arkansas in the semifinals on Saturday.
They got three straight two-out hits to take the lead in the final inning. Christian Ibarra singled and pinch-runner Jared Foster scored on Moore's double. Reliever Jay Shaw replaced Mike Oczypok and gave up Ross's RBI single.
LSU 's Chris Cotton then needed just 11 pitches to strike out all three batters in the bottom of the ninth for his 14th save. Nate Fury (2-1) pitched a scoreless eighth in relief of Ryan Eades for the win.
Alabama's Oczypok (4-2) allowed 10 hits in 8-2/3 innings.
Alabama had taken a 2-1 lead in the fifth when Mikey White produced an RBI triple and scored on Brett Booth's single.
NC State beats Miami 7-1 in ACC tournament
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Trea Turner and Bryan Adametz each drove in two runs to help North Carolina State beat Miami 7-1 on Friday in pool play at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Turner had a two-run single in a four-run second inning for the fourth-seeded Wolfpack (44-13), who improved to 2-0 in Pool A in Durham. N.C. State beat Clemson 6-3 on Thursday and can reach Sunday's championship game by beating top-seeded North Carolina on Saturday.
Reliever Andrew Woeck (6-1) earned the win, pitching three scoreless innings without giving up a hit.
Starter Chris Diaz (6-5) took the loss for the eighth-seeded Hurricanes (35-23), who also lost 10-0 to North Carolina on Thursday and stand at 0-2 in pool play.
For Miami, Tyler Palmer had two hits while Brad Fieger brought in the Hurricanes' only run by taking a bases-loaded walk in the third inning.
Miami faces fifth-seeded Clemson on Saturday.
Patrick: Another Indy 500 'less and less likely'
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR driver Danica Patrick says she still follows the Indianapolis 500, but she's not sure she'll ever race in the event again.
Patrick, who first earned her popularity in open-wheel racing, says her focus is on the Sprint Cup series and the chances of her running at the Indy 500 become "less and less likely with each passing year."
Patrick has run the Indy 500 seven times. She qualified fourth in 2005, eventually led 29 laps during her open-wheel career and finished third in 2009.
Patrick says she contemplated pulling "double duty" this year, racing in the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Coca 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on the same day, but decided against it.
Menards back at RCR
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) - Menards is sticking with Richard Childress Racing.
RCR announced the home improvement store signed a multi-year partnership renewal to back the No. 27 Sprint Cup series car driven by Paul Menard.
Menards first signed on with RCR in 2011. Childress said it was great to have Menard back as driver and Slugger Labbe return as crew chief so the program could build on the promise it's shown the past few seasons. Menard drove the car to win in the 2011 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He's tied for 10th in points standings this season.
Menard said he and all his family were happy to continue their relationship and growth with RCR.
Menard will start 22nd in Sunday night's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
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