ACC Weekend Preview (Feb. 19th-21st)

ACCLogo Here is your ACC Weekend Preview for games played February 19th through the 21st. I am not going to go into depth as you can check out my Atlantic Division preview by clicking here and my Coastal Division preview by clicking here. Starting next week, you will get a full preview of weekend action as we will already have a week in the books to start to see some trends. Remember to join me tomorrow at 12 noon for a Live Chat to discuss the games across the country. I have included picks from The Diamondback baseball beat writer Michael Lemaire and Georgia Tech student radio broadcaster Kyle Tait. I have also included a fan’s picks this year who will be picking under Skip McCarthy. You can leave your predications in the comment section at the bottom of the article.

#3 Virginia at #16 East Carolina

Storyline: This is one of the marquee series in the country during the opening weekend with the number 3 ranked Cavaliers taking on the number 16th ranked Pirates.

Probable Starting Pitchers

Friday: UVA So. LHP Danny Hultzen (9-1, 2.17 ERA) vs ECU Junior RHP Seth Maness (9-3, 4.71 ERA)

Saturday: UVA Junior RHP Robert Morey (3-0, 3.33) vs ECU So. LHP Kevin Brandt (9-2, 3.64 ERA)

Sunday: UVA Junior RHP Cory Winiarski (NR) vs ECU Junior RHP Brad Mincey (10-5, 3.16 ERA)

Predictions

Brian Foley: East Carolina takes 2 out of 3 games.

Kyle Tait: Virginia takes 2 out of 3 games

Michael Lemaire: Virginia beats ECU (2-1)

Skip McCarthy: UVA wins 2 of 3

Virginia Series Notes

East Carolina Series Notes

Georgia State at #6 Florida State

Storyline: Is this the year Florida State breaks the dryspell in the ACC with a National Title?

Probable Starting Pitchers

Friday: GSU JR RHP David Buchanan (NR) vs FSU So. LHP Sean Gilmartin (12-3, 3.49 ERA)

Saturday: GSU JR LHP Aidan Francis (5-1, 4.15 ERA) vs FSU JR RHP Geoff Parker (6-2, 4.82 ERA)

Sunday: GSU SR RHP Ryan Moore (7-2, 4.41 ERA) vs FSU JR LHP John Fast (5-3, 5.12 ERA)

Predictions

Brian Foley: FSU Sweeps

Kyle Tait: FSU Sweeps

Michael Lemaire: FSU sweeps

Skip McCarthy: Seminoles win 2 of 3

FSU Series Notes

Georgia State Series Notes

Missouri State at #9 Georgia Tech

Storyline: Can the Yellow Jackets find anyone for the other two spots in the rotation after Deck McGuire?

Probable Starting Pitchers

Friday: GT – Deck McGuire, RHP, Jr., (11-2, 3.50) vs MS – Aaron Meade, LHP (9-2, 3.39)

Saturday: GT – Brandon Cumpton, RHP, Jr. (4-3, 4.76) vs MSU – Pat Doyle, RHP, Sr. (4-2, 4.12)

Sunday: GT – Jed Bradley, LHP, So. (2-3, 6.65) vs MSU – TBA

Predictions

Brian Foley: GT takes 2 out of 3 games

Kyle Tait: Georgia Tech Sweep

Michael Lemaire: Ga Tech Sweep

Skip McCarthy: GA Tech wins 3 of 3

GT Series Notes

Missouri State Series Notes

Rutgers at #12 Miami (FL)

Storyline: Can the Hurricanes start the season out with a big weekend against a middle of the road Big East team?

Probable Starting Pitchers

Friday: UM – LHP Eric Erickson vs. RUTGERS – RHP Casey Gaynor

Saturday: UM – LHP Chris Hernandez vs. RUTGERS – LHP Dennis Hill

Sunday: UM – RHP Jason Santana vs. RUTGERS – RHP Willie Beard

Predictions

Brian Foley: Miami (FL) Sweep

Kyle Tait: Miami (FL) Sweep

Michael Lemaire: Miami (FL) Sweep

Skip McCarthy: Miami wins 3 of 3

Miami (FL) Series Notes

Rutgers Series Notes

George Washington at #13 North Carolina

Storyline: Can the Tar Heels find any offense or pitching this season with key losses after last season?

Probable Starting Pitchers

Friday: UNC Matt Harvey (7-2, 5.40 ERA) vs GW TBA

Saturday: UNC Colin Bates (4-4, 3.15 ERA) vs GW TBA

Sunday: UNC Patrick Johnson (2-2, 3.49 ERA) vs GW TBA

Predictions

Brian Foley: UNC Sweep

Kyle Tait: UNC Sweep

Michael Lemaire: UNC Sweep

Skip McCarthy: Tarheels win 3 of 3

UNC Season Preview

#14 Clemson vs Miami (OH), Furman, Michigan State

Storyline: How will Clemson rebound this season after losing so many quality pitchers from last year?

Probable Starting Pitchers

Friday: CU Casey Harman (7-3, 3.95 ERA) vs MU Tyler Melling (6-3, 6.35 ERA)

Saturday: CU Scott Weismann (3-1, 1.23 ERA) vs MSU Tony Bucciferro (5-2, 3.55 ERA)

Sunday: CU Kevin Brady (0-0 1.69 ERA) vs  Furman Barry Benton (2-6, 6.31 ERA)

Predictions

Brian Foley: Clemson Sweeps the weekend

Kyle Tait: Clemson Sweep

Michael Lemaire: Clemson goes 2-1

Skip McCarthy: Clemson goes 3 for 3

Clemson Series Notes

Wake Forest vs Army (2) and Dayton (2)

Storyline: How will new head coach Tom Walter do this season with the Demon Deacons?

Probable Starting Pitchers

Friday: WF LHP Austin Stadler (So., 4-5, 4.13) vs. Army RHP Kirk Porter (Jr., 6-3, 4.18)
Saturday: WF LHP Tim Cooney (Fr., 0-0, 0.00) vs. Dayton RHP Burny Mitchem (R-So., 1-0, 0.55)
Saturday: WF RHP Brandon Johnson (Jr., 0-0, 6.06) vs. Army RHP Ben Koenigsfeld (Jr., 8-4, 4.89)
Sunday: WF LHP Niko Spezial (Fr., 0-0, 0.00) vs. Dayton TBA

Predictions

Brian Foley: Wake Forest goes 3-1

Kyle Tait: Wake Forest goes 1-3

Michael Lemaire: Wake goes 2-2

Skip McCarthy: Wake Forest wins 3 of 4

Wake Forest Series Notes

Army Series Notes

Dayton Series Notes

Boston College at Tulane

Storyline: How will Boston College score runs without Tony Sanchez and Mike Belfiore?

Probable Starting Pitchers

Friday: BC LHP Pat Dean (Jr., 6-4, 3.30 ERA) vs RHP Conrad Flynn (Jr. 8-3, 3.93 ERA)

Saturday: BC RHP Mike Dennhardt (So., 5-2, 4.96 ERA) vs LHP Matt Petition (Sr,. 5-3, 5.13 ERA)

Sunday: BC TBA vs RHP Robby Broach (Jr. NR in 2009)

Predictions

Brian Foley: Tulane sweeps

Kyle Tait: Tulane takes 2 out of 3

Michael Lemaire: Tulane sweeps

Skip McCarthy: Eagles win 1 of 3

Tulane Series Notes

Boston College Series Notes

Duke vs Baylor (2) and Georgia (2)

Storyline: How will Duke replace Alex Hassan and Nate Freiman?

Probable Starting Pitchers

Friday: BU RHP Shawn Tolleson, Jr. (1-2, 4.50 ERA) vs DU: LHP Eric Pfisterer, So. (3-2, 5.00 ERA)

Saturday Game 1: BU RHP Craig Fritsch, Jr. (4-5, 5.09 ERA) vs DU RHP Michael Ness, Sr. (2-2, 2.44 ERA)

Saturday Game 2: UGA Michael Pallazone (3-0, 5.16 ERA) vs DU TBA

Sunday: UGA Chase Hawkins (3-2, 4.76 ERA) vs DU TBA

Predictions

Brian Foley: Duke splits the weekend

Kyle Tait: Duke goes 0-4

Michael Lemaire: Duke goes 2-2

Skip McCarthy: Duke goes 0 for 4

Duke Series Notes

Baylor Series Notes

Georgia Series Notes

Virginia Tech vs Kentucky, Coastal Carolina, and West Virginia

Storyline: How will Virginia Tech handle the high expectations for the team?

Friday: VT RHP Justin Wright (7-2, 3.95 ERA) vs KY Alex Meyer (1-4, 5.73 ERA)

Saturday: VT RHP Mathew Price (3-4, 6.90 ERA in 2009) vs CCU Anthony Meo (9-2, 2.93 ERA)

Sunday: VT TBA vs West Virginia TBA

Predictions

Brian Foley: VT goes 2-1

Kyle Tait: VT goes 1-2

Michael Lemaire: VT goes 1-2

Skip McCarthy: VA Tech wins 1 of 3

VT Series Notes

Coastal Carolina Series Notes

Kentucky Series Notes

West Virginia Series Notes

LaSalle at NC State

Storyline: How will NC State respond after a horrific season?

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Predictions

Brian Foley: NC State goes 2-1

Kyle Tait: NC State goes 2-1

Michael Lemaire: NC State sweeps

Skip McCarthy: NC State wins 3 of 3

NC State Series Notes

LaSalle Series Notes

Maryland at Florida International

Storyline: Will Bakich be able to bring his success from Vanderbilt to Maryland?

Probable Starting Pitchers

Friday: MD Brett Harman vs. FIU Scott Rembisz (6-3, 4.69 ERA)

Saturday: MD Eric Potter vs  FIU Corey Polizzano (4-3, 6.29 ERA)

Sunday: MD Adam Kolarek vs FIU Daniel DeSimone (5-6, 6.46 ERA)

Predictions

Brian Foley: FIU takes 2 out of 3 games

Kyle Tait: FIU takes 2 out of 3 games

Michael Lemaire: FIU sweeps

Skip McCarthy: Maryland wins 1 of 3

Maryland Series Notes

FIU Series Notes