ACC Weekend Preview (March 19th-21st)

The second week of ACC action sees only one series featuring ranked squads facing off against each other with Florida State heading to North Carolina. The number 1 ranked Virginia Cavaliers will entertain Boston College, Georgia Tech heads to Maryland, Virginia Tech visits Clemson, Miami (FL) visits Duke, and NC State heads to Wake Forest. The opening weekend didn’t see any major surprises besides Virginia beating FSU two out of three games and UNC dropping two to the Duke Blue Devils.

Boston College (7-9 Overall, 1-2 ACC) at #1 Virginia (14-3 Overall, 2-1 ACC)

Players to watch
BC: Robbie Anston (.397 BA, 1 HR, 11 RBI)
UVA: Dan Grovatt (.424 BA, 3 HR, 18 RBI)

Probable Starting Pitchers
Friday: BC RHP Kevin Moran (1-2, 10.54 ERA) vs UVA LHP Danny Hultzen (3-1, 1.04 ERA)
Saturday: BC RHP Mike Dennhardt (1-3, 10.91 ERA) vs UVA RHP Robert Morey (2-1, 4.03 ERA)
Sunday: BC TBA vs UVA RHP Cody Winiarski (1-0, 7.13 ERA)

Predictions
Brian Foley: UVA Sweep
Kyle Tait: UVA Sweep
Skip McCarthy: UVA Sweep

Virginia Series Notes
Boston College Series Notes

#3 Georgia Tech (14-1, 3-0 ACC) at Maryland (7-9, 1-2 ACC)

Players to watch
GT: Cole Leonida (.453 BA, 4 HR, 20 RBI)
Maryland: Brandon Padula (.518 BA, 2 HR, 15 RBI)

Probable Starting Pitchers
Friday: GT – Deck McGuire, RHP, Jr. (3-0, 0.87 ERA, 33 K’s) vs UMD – Brett Harman, RHP, Jr. (2-2, 5.81 ERA, 25 K’s)
Saturday: GT – Brandon Cumpton, RHP, Jr. (3-0, 3.18 ERA, 8 K’s) vs UMD – Adam Kolarek, LHP, Jr. (1-0, 1.08 ERA, 16 K’s)
Sunday: GT – Jed Bradley, LHP, So. (2-1, 2.12 ERA, 27 K’s) vs UMD – Sander Beck, RHP, So. (0-2, 4.05 ERA, 17 K’s)

Predictions
Brian Foley: GT Sweep
Kyle Tait: GT Sweep
Skip McCarthy: GT Sweep

Georgia Tech Series Notes
Maryland Series Notes

#4 Florida State (13-3, 1-2 ACC) at #17 UNC (14-4, 1-2 ACC)

Players to watch
FSU: Justin Gonzalez (.408 BA, 2 HR, 16 RBI)
UNC: Ben Bunting (.387 BA, 8 RBI)

Probable Starting Pitchers
Friday: FSU Sean Gilmartin, LHP (So., 3-1, 2.08) vs UNC Matt Harvey, RHP (Jr., 3-0, 2.52)
Saturday: FSU John Gast, LHP  (Jr., 3-0, 2.05) vs UNC Colin Bates, RHP (Jr.,3-0, 3.33)
Sunday: Geoff Parker, RHP (Jr., 1-1, 7.11) vs Patrick Johnson, RHP (Jr., 2-2, 3.57)

Predictions
Brian Foley: FSU 3-0
Kyle Tait: FSU 2-1
Skip McCarthy: FSU 2-1

FSU Series Notes
UNC Series Notes

Virginia Tech (13-5, 2-1 ACC) at #9 Clemson (14-2, 3-0 ACC)

Players to watch
VT: Austin Wates (.468 BA, 1 HR, 15 RBI)
Clemson: Kyle Parker (.424 BA, 8 HR, 19 RBI)

Probable Starting Pitchers
Friday- VT Justin Wright LHP Jr. 2-2 6.52 vs CU Casey Harman LHP Jr. 3-0 2.49
Saturday- VT Jesse Hahn RHP Jr. 4-0 0.64 vs. CU Will Lamb LHP So. 1-0 2.87
Sunday- VT TBA vs CU Scott Weismann RHP So. 2-0 3.38

Predictions
Brian Foley: Clemson 2-1
Kyle Tait: Clemson 3-0
Skip McCarthy: Clemson 2-1

Virginia Tech Series Notes
Clemson Series Notes

#11 Miami (FL) (11-5, 2-1 ACC) at Duke (12-4, 2-1 ACC)

Players to watch
Miami (FL): Chris Peleaz (.418 BA, 3 HR, 13 RBI)
Duke: Jimmy Gould (.339 BA, 1 HR, 13 RBI)

Probable Starting Pitchers
Friday: Miami Chris Hernandez, LHP (1-2, 2.35 ERA) vs Duke Michael Ness, RHP (1-1, 4.82 ERA)
Saturday: Miami Jason Santana (1-1, 6.63 ERA) vs Duke: Eric Pfisterer, LHP (2-1, 5.95 ERA)
Sunday: Duke Dennis O’Grady, RHP (0-0, 2.63 ERA) vs Miami: Eric Erickson, LHP (1-1, 3.79 ERA)

Predictions
Brian Foley: Duke 2-1
Kyle Tait: Miami 2-1
Skip McCarthy: Miami 2-1

Miami (FL) Series Notes
Duke Series Notes

NC State (12-5, 0-3 ACC) at Wake Forest (6-12, 0-3 ACC)

Players to watch
NC State: Chris Schaeffer (.462 BA, 3 HR, 13 RBI)
Wake Forest: Steven Brooks (.354 BA, 2 HR, 9 RBI)

Probable Starting Pitchers
Friday: NC State Jake Buchanan (2-1, 2.81) vs. WF Michael Dimock (1-2, 3.50)
Saturday: NC State Cory Mazzoni (2-1, 5.40) vs. WF Tim Cooney (2-0, 3.20)
Sunday: NC State Alex Sogard (0-0, 6.35) vs. WF Austin Stadler (1-0, 5.96)

Predictions
Brian Foley: NC State 3-0
Kyle Tait: NC State 3-0
Skip McCarthy: NC State 2-1

NC State Series Notes
Wake Forest Series Notes