CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kyle Teel hit a two-run homer in the third inning and No. 8 seed Virginia beat 12th-seeded Virginia Tech 3-2 on Tuesday to open ACC Tournament pool play.
Virginia (28-22) plays Notre Dame on Friday. Virginia Tech (27-24) faces the Fighting Irish on Wednesday.
Virginia starter Zach Messinger (3-1) struck out six in 5 1/3 innings in his fourth start of the season. Kyle Whitten earned his first save after retiring the side in order in the ninth.
Teel was 2 for 4, including his eighth home run of the season. Jake Gelof opened the scoring for Virginia with a sacrifice fly in the second, bringing home Logan Michaels.
Virginia Tech freshman Tanner Schobel hit a two-run homer in the sixth. Hokie starter Peyton Alford (2-6) allowed four hits and two earned runs in three innings, and Shane Connolly pitched five scoreless innings in relief.