May 20, 2000
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2000 ACC BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP MAY 20, 2000 – FORT MILL, SC SEMIFINAL ROUND
FORT MILL, S.C. – Georgia Tech (47-14) used a three-run seventh inning to take a 5-4 lead and went on to an 8-4 victory over the Clemson Tigers (45-16) to capture the program’s fifth Atlantic Coast Conference championship at the 2000 ACC Tournament at Knights Stadium in Fort Mill, S.C.
The Yellow Jackets opened the scoring in the contest with a single run in the second inning, as Bryan Prince scored on an RBI ground out by Derik Goffena.
Clemson answered immediately in the top of the third inning when a triple by Patrick Boyd plated Justin Singleton, who had reached on a single earlier in the inning.
Tech took the lead once again in the bottom of the fourth inning when Victor Monocal singled to left field to score Prince who had led off the inning with a double.
With the contest knotted at three in the seventh inning, the Tigers took a 5-4 advantage in the top of the inning when a sacrifice fly by Jeff Baker scored Casey Stone and Boyd scored later in the inning on an error by Georgia Tech third baseman Mark Teixeira.
In the bottom of the seventh, Tech tied the game at four when Teixeira made amends for a pair of errors with a two-RBI double that scored both Richard Lewis and Wes Rynders. The Yellow Jackets took the lead for good when a sacrifice fly by ACC Tournament MVP Jason Basil plated Brad Stockton.
Two runs by the Jackets in the bottom of the eighth ensured the final margin as Menocal scored on a wild pitch and Jason Perry crossed the plate with the final run on an RBI single by Lewis.
Both teams will play host to NCAA Regionals next weekend and will await their overall seeding in the NCAA Tourney, that will be announced on Monday.
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