The Blue Devils face the Pool A victor - top-seeded Louisville or eighth-seeded Florida State - Saturday at 1 p.m.
In the aftermath of Virginia's loss Thursday night in the ACC Baseball Tournament, reporters could be overheard debating the identity of UVa's No. 1 starting pitcher. It is the fourth loss for the Cardinals in the last five games. "We beat a really good team".
Duke baseball has not had a season to remember in 2017, but they have taken care of two ACC powers on their route to the semi-finals of the ACC tournament.
9 hitter, had a two-out, two-run single on a full count in the bottom of the sixth inning to plate the tying and go-ahead run for the Blue Devils. Both Miller and Proctor finished with two hits. But the Cavaliers leapfrogged in front with two runs in the fourth with a single, a walk, a double and a groundout resulting in two runs. Conine is batting.299 and has slugged 13 home runs and 56 RBI's this season.
Adam Laskey (4-5) allowed four runs for the ninth-seeded Blue Devils (30-28). Next came the big blow from Cam Simmons, a three-run home run to make it 6-1 with no outs to chase Clemson starter Pat Krall. Krall, who entered the afternoon with an 8-2 record and a 2.99 ERA, was pulled before an out was ever recorded in the first inning in favor of typical Saturday starter Alex Eubanks. FSU chose to then bring in closer, Drew Carlton, who was able to retire the first batter he faced but that was followed by a double off the wall to tie the game at 3-3. Holton responded calmly by retiring the side, and went on to shut out the "Cards for the next two innings".
"Runners were in motion, so I knew if I got a hit we were definitely going to get two", Proctor said.
"He just lived on his change-up low and outside and we'd swing out of the zone at it".
Caleb Knight's double to left lead off the seventh. He pitched the final 3 ⅓ innings against Clemson and 1 ⅓ innings against Virginia.
Labosky took over in the ninth and induced two ground balls after a sacrifice bunt to seal Duke's spot in the semifinals.
"I'm proud because the team you've seen out on the field on Tuesday and Thursday was not the team that played the first 15 or 20 games of the season", Duke head coach Chris Pollard said in the postgame press conference. "We had to overcome that, and for our guys to stay together, to stay committed to the program, to stay committed to each other and really work to be playing their best baseball at the end of the year I think speaks a lot about the culture that's in that locker room and the leadership that's in that locker room amongst our captains and our leadership council and our senior class".