Property owner Roger Wade shows off an old city Clock Tower display to Denise Miller, owner of The City Market, which will open June 1 in the building at 137 E. First St. (Doug Walker / Rome News-Tribune)
Denise Miller, left, owner of the new City Market antiques and collectibles business coming to 137 East First Street, checks out the old Waytt's store letters in the warehouse space with property owner by Roger Wade. (Doug Walker / RN-T.com)
DURHAM, N.C. — Nick Howard and Kenny Towns each drove in two runs, and Scott Silverstein flirted with a complete-game performance to help Virginia beat Georgia Tech 8-2 on Thursday in pool play at the ACC tournament.
Silverstein (9-1) allowed two runs in 8 2-3 innings for the third-seeded Cavaliers (46-10), who rebounded from Wednesday’s loss to Virginia Tech in their tournament opener.
Howard and Towns hit consecutive home runs in the fourth for a 4-1 lead, then Brandon Downes added a homer in a three-run sixth for Virginia.
Zane Evans had three hits for the seventh-seeded Yellow Jackets (34-24), who beat Florida State on Wednesday.
Georgia Tech starter Dusty Isaacs (4-7) took the loss, allowing six runs — five earned — and six hits in five innings.
The Yellow Jackets face the sixth-seeded Hokies in Pool B today, while the Cavaliers play the second-seeded Seminoles on Saturday.
In other ACC action:
North Carolina 10, Miami 0
DURHAM, N.C. — Kent Emanuel threw eight scoreless innings and Cody Stubbs and Brian Holberton each drove in three runs to help North Carolina beat Miami in pool play of the ACC tournament.
Emanuel (10-3) allowed four hits for the top-seeded Tar Heels (49-8) in a game called in the eighth inning due to a 10-run mercy rule.
UNC got a fast start with Colin Moran getting an RBI single and Holberton adding a two-run single in the third inning.
Stubbs finished with four hits for the Tar Heels.
Moran’s RBI was his 84th of the year, setting a school single-season record.
Andrew Suarez (3-5) took the loss for the eighth-seeded Hurricanes (35-22), allowing 11 hits and seven runs in 5 1/3 innings. Miami managed only four singles.
Both teams play again today: North Carolina plays fifth-seeded Clemson in Pool A, and Miami faces No. 4 seed North Carolina State.
Arkansas 4, LSU 1
HOOVER, Ala. — Arkansas scored the go-ahead run on a squeeze bunt by Tyler Spoon in the eighth inning and tacked on two more insurance runs in the ninth to beat LSU 4-1 at the SEC tournament on Thursday.
Arkansas right-hander Ryne Stanek (9-2) earned the win, giving up just one unearned run on six hits over eight innings.
LSU’s Aaron Nola was nearly as good, giving up one run in seven innings.
Colby Suggs threw a scoreless ninth inning for his 12th save of the season.
Arkansas (37-19) outhit LSU (49-9) 12-6. The Razorbacks were led by Matt Vinson and Spoon, who each had three hits.
LSU reliever Joey Bourgeois (3-2) took the loss. The Tigers didn’t have any extra-base hits off the Razorbacks’ pitching staff, which came into the game with the lowest ERA in the country.
Alabama 7, Ole Miss 5 (10 innings)
HOOVER, Ala. — Mikey White hit a two-run single in the 10th inning to give Alabama a 7-5 victory against Mississippi at the SEC tournament on Thursday.
Alabama (34-25) trailed 3-0 early in the elimination game, but rallied for two runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and two more in the sixth to take a 5-3 lead.
The Rebels’ Stuart Turner hit a two-run single in the seventh inning to tie the game at 5-5 and eventually send it to extra innings.
White led the Tide with a 2-for-5 day that included three RBIs.
Tucker Hawley (5-2) earned the win with three innings of scoreless relief.
Ole Miss (37-22) was led by Turner and Will Jamison, who each had two hits.
Tanner Bailey (4-2) took the loss, giving up two runs in 2 1-3 innings of relief.
Final: Braves 6, Tourists 1
How it happened: Tyler Tewell’s two-run homer in the fifth inning gave the Braves a comfortable 6-1 lead, and they cruised home from there to win the opener of a four-game series.
Who did what for Rome: Chase Anselment finished 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored to help pace the Braves’ 12-hit attack. Tewell added a pair of hits, as did Jose Peraza and Joey Meneses. Levi Hyams and Josh Elander drove in one run each.
On the mound: Rome starter Patrick Scoggin worked six innings of one-run ball, allowing six hits with no walks and five strikeouts. Carlos Perez, who seems primed for a promotion, threw two scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 1.23, and Shae Simmons worked a scoreless ninth inning to finish the win.