ACC baseball wrap: Miami hands FSU first loss; UNC, N.C. State win

Clemson looking for bounce-back Saturday against Gamecocks; Virginia, Maryland open series today

Baseball - Jack Leggett

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Baseball - Jack Leggett

Nineteenth-ranked Miami handed No. 2 Florida State its first loss of the season Friday night, toppling the previously undefeated Seminoles 3-1 at Dick Howser Stadium.

Junior lefthander Chris Diaz delivered seven strong innings for Miami (5-3), striking out six batters and scattering just four hits.

"He pitched great," said Miami coach Jim Morris of Diaz, who improved his personal record to 3-0 with the win. "He's one of those guys who goes right after people. He's got good sink, gets a lot of groundballs. If you play good defense behind him, you have a good chance to win. I thought he had the guys off-balance all night. He pitched extremely well."

Freshman righthander Bryan Garcia earned his third save of the season, pitching the final two innings in the close victory.

The win marked Miami's third of the season against a team ranked in the top 25 and continued an impressive albeit brief trend; Miami handed then-No. 1 and undefeated North Carolina (16-0) its first loss of the season on March 15, 2013 at Boshamer Stadium.

Miami was one of six ACC teams that picked up victories on Friday.

N.C. State (7-1) won its seventh straight game, beating visiting Michigan 3-0. North Carolina (5-3) was a 3-0 winner over North Florida; Georgia Tech (5-4) edged Bowling Green 3-2; Virginia Tech (4-2) beat Cincinnati 4-1; and Boston College (5-3) was a 5-4 winner over Central Michigan.

Pittsburgh (4-3) dropped a 6-2 decision to Ohio State, Duke (5-4) lost to West Virginia 3-1; and Notre Dame (3-5) fell to UCLA 2-1.

Virginia's series opener against Monmouth was postponed, and rescheduled as part of a doubleheader.

Saturday's Schedule

Clemson vs. South Carolina, Greenville, S.C.

Duke vs. Marshall, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Notre Dame vs. Youngstown State, Cary, N.C.

Notre Dame vs. Michigan, Cary, N.C.

Boston College vs. Villanova, Port Charlotte, Fla.

U Mass-Amhert at Maryland (DH)

U Mass-Lowell at Virginia Tech

Pittsburgh at East Carolina

St. Louis at Wake Forest

UCLA at NC State

Miami at Florida State

North Florida at UNC

Bowling Green at Georgia Tech

Monmouth at Virginia

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