GREENSBORO, N.C. — Daniel Spingola's two-run triple keyed a five-run second inning that lifted Georgia Tech past Wake Forest 5-3 in an Atlantic Coast Conference tournament play-in game.
The ninth-seeded Yellow Jackets (33-24) advanced into round-robin play at the tournament on Tuesday and will face top-seeded Miami on Wednesday.
Mitch Earnest hit an RBI double that scored Ryan Peurifoy, and Earnest and Brandon Gold scored one batter later on Spingola's triple to right field.
Mott Hyde followed with a triple to score Spingola, and he scored on Matt Gonzalez's single.
Kevin Conway had an RBI single in the third and Grant Shambley added a two-run single in the fifth for eighth-seeded Wake Forest (30-26).
Winner Sam Clay (4-1) relieved starter Matthew Grimes in the fifth and worked three scoreless innings. Losing pitcher Jack Fischer (4-7) allowed 11 hits in 5 1-3 innings.
No. 2 Cajuns look beyond Sun Belt
Located in the heart of SEC country, Louisiana-Lafayette knows its place in the college baseball hierarchy. That doesn't mean the Ragin' Cajuns have to accept it.
They've amassed the most wins in Division I this year, but the accomplishment is diminished by the fact they are in the Sun Belt Conference. Thus, their season will defined by how far they go in the NCAA tournament.
That's life in the No. 11 RPI conference, where any loss is a bad loss and even some wins hurt because of the weakness of the opponent.
Still, the Ragin' Cajuns (49-7) are up to No. 2 nationally behind Oregon State in this week's major polls and No. 7 in the RPI.
They're poised to be among the top eight NCAA seeds; that is, unless they stumble in this week's Sun Belt tournament.
Robichaux likes to say his team is made up of "plow horses, not show horses," and before breaking the huddle after wins, he asks, "What have we earned the right to do?"
The shouted response: "MORE!"