Georgia Tech scored two runs in the top of the ninth on three consecutive North Carolina State errors to beat the Wolfpack, 10-9, Wednesday in the opening game of the 2008 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Championship at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.
The Yellow Jackets' rally produced the fourth lead change of the game and handed the Wolfpack their first three-game losing streak of the season. The two teams combined for 19 runs, 28 hits and eight errors.
With Tech trailing 9-8 and down its last at-bat, Chase Burnette and Patrick Long reached second and third on infield errors by first baseman Pat Ferguson and second baseman Russell Wilson. Jason Haniger then grounded to shortstop Dallas Poulk, who misplayed the ball into center field, allowing the tying and go-ahead runs to score.
Brad Rulon pitched a hitless ninth for his fifth save of the season, while Andrew Robinson (3-2) picked up the victory. Eryk McConnell (4-2), the fifth N.C. State pitcher, took the loss.
Under the two-bracket, round-robin format, the fifth-seeded Yellow Jackets (39-17) will face top-seeded Miami at 5 p.m. Thursday. The No. 4 Wolfpack (37-19) will play No. 8 Clemson in the nightcap at 8 p.m.
N.C. State had leads of 6-2 and 7-3 before Tech rallied for five runs in the eighth, on six singles and a walk. Charlie Blackmon highlighted the inning with a two-run single and Luke Murton, who had tallied his 11th home run of the season in the seventh, broke a 7-7 tie with an RBI single.
The Wolfpack regained the lead in their half of the eighth on Nick Stanley's two-run double.
Blackmon went 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBI for Georgia Tech. Tommy Foschi went 3-for-4 with three runs and an RBI for N.C. State, while Ferguson was 3-for-5 and scored three runs.
N.C. State starting pitcher Eric Surkamp struck out nine batters and walked two in the first six innings.