ACC Baseball Weekend Finale


The All-ACC Squads have been announced by the conference coaches this morning and UVA put 7 guys on the 32-man squad, with 3 on the 1st team. UVA is really one of the most complete baseball teams I can ever recall in college ball, and they didnt play a cupcake schedule either (#2 RPI coming into this weekend). Georgia Tech followed with six selections, including an ACC-high four first-teamers. Five Miami players were chosen via the coaches' balloting.

Clemson put Parker on 1st team with Schaus and Freeman on 2nd. I could make a case for John Hinson though.

Miami Catcher Yasmani Grandal edged Parker and others for player of the year, and he deserves it in my opinion. Its rare to see a catcher hit so well and so consistently over a season. Grandal leads the ACC in batting with a .428 average, along with 13 home runs and 54 RBIs. In conference games only, Grandal is hitting an even more torrid .463 with an .833 slugging percentage. Thirty-five of his 80 hits have gone for extra bases. Recently named a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award that goes to the nation's top catcher,

UVA's Danny Hultzen won ACC Pitcher of the Year. Hultzen owns an 8-1 record to go with an ACC-low 2.08 ERA. He has struck out a conference-high 106 batters in 86.2 innings while limiting opposing hitters to a collective .179 average - another ACC low.

Wilson Boyd made ACC PoW this week for his performances against FSU, and Colin Bates of UNC won Pitcher of the Week.

Final ACC Regular Season Standings - BC made it in the 8-team ACC Tournament over UNC via tiebreaker rules, they did not play each other this year. Clemson gets a #2 seed in the Tourney due to our Division championship.

Virginia sewed up the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season championship with a series win at Miami and remained at No. 1 in the Baseball America Top 25 rankings.

 

ATLANTIC DIVISION
School Conference Overall
Clemson 18-12 37-19
Florida State 18-12 39-16
NC State 15-15 36-20
Boston College 14-16 29-26
Wake Forest 8-22 18-37
Maryland 5-25 17-39
COASTAL DIVISION
School Conference Overall
Virginia 23-7 45-10
Georgia Tech 21-9 44-11
Miami 20-10 39-15
Virginia Tech 16-14 36-19
North Carolina 14-16 36-20
Duke 8-22 29-27

Baseball America rankings have Clemson up to #25 this week, while Collegiate Baseball have us at #16. USA Today-- #18. IF we can win a few games in the Tournament we have a very outside shot, in my opinion, of hosting a Regional. Particularly with SC and Coastal Carolina hosting locks. If we win it outright we should host

#14 FSU @ #25 Clemson - Clemson sweep in dominating fashion for 2 of the 3 wins.

#17 Miami @ #1 Virginia -

UVA's game against VMI was cancelled. The U needed a walk-off to defeat Florida Gulf Coast 5-4. 

Virginia came into Coral Gables and lost game 1 5-4 in 11 innings, extending Miami's home streak to 18 games. Trailing 4-2 with one out and one on in the bottom of the eighth, Scott Lawson tied the game up with a towering two-run homer down the line in right. Both teams were then held off the board the next two innings before the `Canes mounted their rally in the 11th with two outs on the board. Nathan Melendres and Michael Broad both worked deep into counts, fouling off pitches before drawing back-to-back walks. Perez then hit the first pitch he saw into right, scoring the speedy Melendres for the game winning score.

Game 2 was a pitching gem, pitting Robert Morey against Miami's Chris Hernandez with Morey getting the upper hand in the 3-1 UVA win. UVa pitchers, led by seven strong innings from Morey, allowed just four hits. Miami's three pitchers surrendered just six hits - two by Chris Taylor. The Hurricanes were ultimately done in by three errors, which directly led to two of UVa's three runs.

UVa pitchers stranded 14 Miami runners on base in the final 7-4 win, including seven in scoring position. Miami left seven runners on base in the first three innings alone.

Virginia put its leadoff hitter on base five times, and those runners came around to score four of the five times.

#18 Virginia Tech @ UNC

UNC dispatched UNC-Charlotte 8-4 in their only midweek game, while VT had the week off.

UNC desperately needed to sweep the series and I didnt believe they could do it, but they did and still couldnt get in the ACC tournament with BC's lone win over the weekend against GT. Since being swept by Miami they have improved and were in it with Virginia in a series of pitching duels, but still were swept in Charlottesville. UNC only have themselves to blame. They lost series to FSU and Duke, and were swept by the Coastal's best 3 teams. Had they won another game against Duke they'd be in it right now.

Matt Harvey pitched 7 1/3 innings in the 13-6 NC win in Game 1. Harvey struck out 7 and pushed his career total to 254 batters. VT ace Justin Wright was pummeled for 7 runs in 3.1 innings, and walked 5 batters.

Colin Bates tossed six shutout innings of relief as North Carolina rallied past Virginia Tech 5-3 Friday night. Carolina scored all five of their runs in the final three innings. Levi Michael, Brian Goodwin, Tommy Coyle and Jacob Stallings all registered two hits and a RBI to pace the Carolina attack, which plated four of its five runs with two outs. Senior Ryan Graepel added a hit and RBI as the Tar Heels won their ninth straight game at home.

VT Starter Matt Price pitched well but his bullpen lost it.

Levi Michael registered two hits and three RBI to lead North Carolina over Virginia Tech 10-2 Saturday afternoon. Patrick Johnson tossed seven strong innings as Carolina won their tenth straight game at home.

Johnson (6-3) scattered seven hits and allowed just two runs while striking out five Hokie hitters. Jimmy Messer pitched two scoreless innings of relief while allowing just one hit.

Michael was one of six different Tar Heels to notch two hits as UNC pounded out 15 hits. Seniors Mike Cavasinni and Ryan Graepel each posted two hits apiece and Graepel added two RBI in their final home games. Freshman Brian Goodwin notched two hits and two RBI while fellow freshman Tommy Coyle scored four times to round out the Carolina attack.

NC is now at the mercy of the NCAA committee.

#11 Georgia Tech @ Boston College

BC defeated Dartmouth 10-4 and lost to St Johns 17-9 in midweek action. GT defeated Georgia State 9-3.

BC needed to win one this weekend and got it in the finale 6-3, locking up their bid for the ACC Tourney. Senior John Spatola went 2-for-4 at the plate with his 15th homer of the year and three RBI. Sophomore Brad Zapenas hit his first collegiate home run and went 2-for-4 and scored twice while junior Garret Smith had a hit and an RBI.

In Game 1, GT belted 5 homers and crushed the Eagles 15-8. With the five home runs, the Jackets moved into a tie for second-place on the school's single season home record list, tying last season's total of 111. Tech has hit nine home runs in the last two games, and recorded double-digit hits in six of the last eight outings.

Burnette's season-high five hits paced the Jackets on the day, as he drove in three runs on a home run and two doubles. Along with Burnette, Derek Dietrich, Cole Leonida, Tony Plagman and Matt Skole all went deep. Plagman's blast was his conference-leading 19th homer of the season.

The Eagles starting the scoring in the bottom of the first with a solo shot to left field by Micky Wiswall off of Tech starter Deck McGuire. The home run was the only earned run McGuire (8-3) allowed on the day, as he scattered two runs on five hits over 6.0 innings for the win. He also lowered his overall ERA to 2.83.

Georgia Tech used sacrifice flies in the seventh and eighth innings, and a strong outing from the bullpen to seal a 7-5 series clinching victory of Boston College in Game 2. Tech had just 6 hits in the contest.

Duke @ NC State

Duke had the week off, while NCSU defeated High Point 10-3.

State went on to sweep the Dukies. Drew Poulk continued his torrid hitting and Jake Buchanan pitched his second complete game of the season Thursday night to lift NC State past Duke 8-3 in the first game.

Buchanan improved to 7-4 with a workmanlike performance. He scattered nine hits, struck out nine and walked three. Buchanan struggled through the middle innings of the game, allowing six hits, a walk and a hit batter from the third through the sixth innings, but settled in at the end of the sixth and wound up retiring 10 of the last 12 Blue Devil batters of the game.

Andrew Ciencin’s two-out double drove in Kyle Wilson with the winning run in the bottom of the 12th inning Friday night to lift NC State past Duke 7-6 in the second game. Kyle Wilson hit his sixth home run of the year and Drew Poulk extended his hitting streak to 14 games. Harold Riggins went 2-for-4 with two home runs and a walk.

Drew Poulk continued hitting, and Pratt Maynard and Tarran Senay drove in two runs apiece Saturday as NC State wrapped up the regular season with an 8-4 victory

NC State's lineup is just as potent as it was earlier this season, and will be a tough test for Tiger pitching. Duke's season is over.

CRIPPLE FIGHT

Maryland @ WF - For the Crown of the Worst team in the ACC.

WF won 2 of 3, and who cares about the details, they both suck. Maryland is a horrible horrible team.

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