ACC Baseball Weekend Roundup: One weekend remains

 

The Top 8 teams make the ACC Tournament. UNC will badly need a sweep and for NC State to lose their next series to make the ACC tournament, they hold the tiebreaker with a 2-1 series win over the Pack and did not face BC. It does not look likely to me that the Heels will get in. NC State finishes with Duke, and BC with Georgia Tech.

Georgia Tech won a series against Miami to move into a tie with the Hurricanes for second place in the ACC, two games behind Virginia. Miami has lost all four series it has played this year against Top 25 teams. Maybe the Canes are not what their record indicates, but they still have good pitching both overall and in ACC play.

The Hokies took two of three against Duke, winning their third straight ACC series and sixth in their last seven. I'd say they could be a dark horse candidate for the ACC Tournament.....if somebody can get rid of UVA for them.

Clemson faces FSU for the Atlantic Division title this weekend in Clemson, and must sweep to get it. Both teams will make the Tournament either way.

ATLANTIC DIVISION
School                 Conference Pct. Overall    Pct.
Florida State 18-9-0 .667 39-13-0 .750
Clemson 15-12-0 .556 33-19-0 .635
Boston College 13-14-0 .481 28-23-0 .549
NC State 12-15-0 .444 32-20-0 .615
Wake Forest 6-21-0 .222 15-36-0 .294
Maryland 4-23-0 .148 16-37-0 .302
COASTAL DIVISION
School               Conference Pct. Overall Pct.
Virginia 21-6-0 .778 43-9-0 .827
Georgia Tech 19-8-0 .704 41-10-0 .804
Miami 19-8-0 .704 37-13-0 .740
Virginia Tech 16-11-0 .593 36-16-0 .692
North Carolina 11-16-0 .407 32-20-0 .615
Duke 8-19-0 .296 29-24-0 .547

 

Clemson (33-19, 15-12) @ Wake Forest (15-36, 6-21) - Clemson rips itself a new one, loses 2 of 3. We get PC at home Tuesday, then Clemson will face FSU in a Thurs-Sat 3-game set to determine the ACC Atlantic Championship. Despite our inability to take care of business we can still win it.

WF gets App State and then Maryland in a cripple fight at home.

UNC (32-20, 11-16) @ #1 Virginia (43-9, 21-6)

UVA defeated VCU 10-5 in their midweek game. UNC defeated CofC 10-0.

Then Virginia had a tough series against the Heels, but won all 3. Virginia allowed just six runs in its first-ever three-game sweep of North Carolina, running its winning streak to 14 games—tied with Jackson State for longest active streak in the nation.

Game 1 on Friday was rained out and postponed to the next day for a matchup of Danny Hultzen against Matt Harvey on TV. Hultzen and Harvey both were a little shaky to start but Harvey calmed down after the 2nd to shut down UVA totally until the 9th, when he lost it with 2 outs, 3-2. Hultzen had poor command and barely made it through 5 innings, pitching (and walking) himself in and out of trouble, yet he allowed only 1 run. The teams combined for just 13 hits - all singles - and neither team scored from the third through eighth innings.

Still it was a rare college pitching duel that was worth watching. Game 2 of the doubleheader was more of the same, but pretty one-sided from the mound with UVA winning 5-1. UVA's Rob Morey (W, 8-2) pitched his second straight complete game, after winning with a complete-game effort at Duke on May 1. Morey allowed just three hits and two walks while striking out eight.

John Hicks hit a three-run walk-off home run in the ninth inning as Virginia rallied to defeat North Carolina, 5-3, Sunday afternoon at Davenport Field. Virginia won its 14th straight game and, in sweeping its first-ever three-game series from North Carolina, swept its third-consecutive ACC series.

Virginia UPCOMING: VMI at home, then finish up in Coral Gables. They Have a 2 game lead on Miami and GT in the Coastal division.

UNC UPCOMING: Charlotte at home, then hosting Virginia Tech

NC State (32-20, 12-15) @ #7 FSU (39-13, 18-9)

FSU defeated Stetson 6-2.

Florida State continues to struggle on the mound, but also continues to win, albeit in ugly fashion. The Seminoles took two of three from N.C. State and lead the ACC's Atlantic Division by three games over Clemson.

So. LHP/1B Sean Gilmartin (5.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) lost his fourth straight start Friday 5-2, falling to 6-6, 4.52 on the year. A pair of two-run home runs by the Wolfpack was all NC State starter Jack Buchanan (6-4) needed as the junior right hander baffled the Seminoles for 7.1 innings. After giving up two runs on four hits in the first, Buchanan blanked the Noles, scattering just two hits over the next 6.1 innings of work.

So. LHP Brian Busch (6.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) was solid in a no-decision Saturday, and the Seminoles overcame an early 3-0 deficit behind two hits and two RBIs from So. OF James Ramsey. He broke a 5-5 tie with an RBI single up the middle in the eighth scoring Johnson for the go-ahead run in leading the Noles to a 7-5 game two victory.

Florida State overcame an 8-0 deficit to defeat NC State 12-9 Sunday afternoon, and the Noles have not lost on Sunday this year. The game was temporarily suspended with two outs in the seventh due to rain and lightning in the area with NC State's Drew Poulk at the plate and a 0-2 count. With curfew set for 5:15 p.m. and field deemed unplayable, the game was officially called giving the Noles the win and the series victory.

FSU UPCOMING: @ Clemson Thurs-Saturday.

NC State UPCOMING: High Point, then finishing up with Duke.

#14 Miami (37-13, 19-8) @ #13 Georgia Tech (41-10, 19-8)

The Yellow Jackets pounded out 15 hits in their 14-3 win Friday in support of Jr. RHP Deck McGuire (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 9 K), who improved to 7-3, 2.91. Miami's Jason Santana (2.2 IP, 6 H, 9 ER) was blasted in Friday's blowout. McGuire (7-3), who had won only one of his last five starts, was sharp through seven innings of work despite enduring a 25-minute rain delay. The junior from Richmond, Va., scattered four hits, including a second-inning home run to Miami catcher Yasmani Grandal, and three walks while fanning nine batters. He took over the ACC lead in strikeouts with 99 in 92 2/3 innings.

"It was one of those nights that everything seemed to be working," said McGuire, who earned his 26th career victory. "I left a couple of pitches up to Yasmani [Grandal], and he made me pay for them. Other than that, I thought I kept the ball down well."

So. RHP Mark Pope (5 IP, 11 H, 5 ER) moved into the GT weekend rotation and took his first loss of the season Saturday. Chris Pelaez (3-for-5, 2 R, 4 RBI, HR) led a 17-hit attack in a 9-2 Miami win Saturday in support of Jr. LHP Chris Hernandez (6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 6 K). The 17 hits, seven for extra bases, were the most against an ACC opponent this season and one off the Hurricanes' season high, one night after they got just six. The opposite was true for Tech, which mustered just six hits, one night after it amassed 15, and only two from the top six men in the batting order.

Georgia Tech trailed 3-0 after five innings Sunday before storming back with six unanswered, helping So. LHP Jed Bradley (6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) improve to 9-2 this year in the 6-3 GT win.The Jackets scratched back for a four runs in the sixth to take the lead, getting started with a leadoff homer from Skole, his 16th of the season. Cole Leonida followed with a walk and Chase Burnette singled to chase Miami starter David Gutierrez.

GT UPCOMING: Georgia State, then to Boston College.

Miami UPCOMING: Florida-Gulf Coast and then UVA in Coral Gables.

Duke (29-24, 8-19) @ #12 Virginia Tech (36-16, 16-11)

Duke lost to Wofford 6-4. WOFFORD.

Sr. C Steve Domecus (3-for-5) was one of five Hokies to record multiple hits Friday in support of Jr. LHP Justin Wright (7.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER) in VT's 11-3 win.

Domecus (4-for-6, 3 R, 3 RBI, 2B) and So. 1B/3B Ronnie Shaban (4-for-5, 3 R, 6 RBI, HR) led a 19-hit barrage Saturday, and So. RHP Marc Zecchino (5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER) earned the win in relief of So. RHP Mathew Price (4 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 5 ER) in an 18-8 VT win.

Domecus had three more hits in an 11-7 losing effort Sunday, and Jr. RHP Jesse Hahn (4 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 0 K) took the loss in his return from a three-week layoff due to arm soreness. Duke's Dennis O'Grady threw 5.1 no-hit innings and held Virginia Tech to one run on three hits in seven innings.

Duke UPCOMING: NC state.

VT UPCOMING: At Davidson, then at UNC.

Boston College (28-23, 13-14) did not play an ACC opponent this weekend, and defeated Dartmouth 10-4.

BC UPCOMING: Georgia Tech at home.

Maryland (16-37, 4-23) also did not play, but did not play anyone in midweek. They have WF this weekend.

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