Hokies clinch spot in ACC championship game

Associated Press • May 24, 2013 at 10:55 PM

DURHAM, N.C. — Chad Pinder drove in the winning run on a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning to help Virginia Tech beat Georgia Tech 3-2 on Friday in the Atlantic Coast Conference baseball 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.

Starting pitcher 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). 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 1-2 in Pool B.

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