ACC Weekend Preview (May 14th-16th)

We enter the second to last week of ACC action with ten out of the 12 teams in action. (Boston College and Maryland are both off from conference play). The biggest series of the weekend features the Miami Hurricanes playing the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in Atlanta as both teams look to make their final push for the Divisional title and a Regional Seed for the NCAA Tourney. The other big series is between the number 21 ranked North Carolina Tar Heels who are a bubble team for the NCAA Tourney taking on the number 2 ranked Virginia Cavs in Charlottesville. The other weekend action sees NC State visiting #8 Florida State, Duke going to #16 Virginia Tech and #19 Clemson going to Wake Forest.

#21 North Carolina (32-17, 11-13 ACC) at #2 Virginia (40-9, 18-6 ACC)

Players to Watch
UNC- Dillion Hazlett (.357 BA, 3 HR, 49 RBI)
UVA- Phil Gosselin (.395 BA, 6 HR, 43 RBI)

Pitcher to Watch
UNC- Matt Harvey (6-2, 2.68 ERA)
UVA- Danny Hultzen (7-1, 2.00 ERA)

PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS
Fri. 7 p.m.  UNC Matt Harvey, RHP vs UVA Danny Hultzen, LHP
Sat. 1 p.m. UNC Chris Munnelly, RHP vs UVA Robert Morey, RHP
Sun. 1 p.m. UNC Patrick Johnson, RHP vs UVA Cody Winiarski, RHP

Predictions:
Brian Foley’s: UVA 2-1
Kyle Tait: UVA 2-1

UNC Series Notes
UVA Series Notes

#11 Miami FL (36-11, 18-6 ACC) at #7 Georgia Tech (39-9, 17-7 ACC)

Players to Watch
Miami FL- Yasmani Grandal (.421 BA, 10 HR, 50 RBI)
Georgia Tech- Thomas Nichols (.384 BA, 9 HR, 36 RBI)

Pitcher to Watch
Miami FL- Eric Erickson (4-1, 2.52 ERA)
Georgia Tech- Deck McGuire (6-3, 3.05 ERA)

PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS:

Friday, May 14 (7 p.m.) – Russ Chandler Stadium (Atlanta, Ga.)
Georgia Tech – Deck McGuire, Jr., RHP (6-3, 3.05 ERA, 90 K’s)
Miami – Chris Hernandez, Jr., LHP (7-2, 3.04 ERA, 76 K’s)

Saturday, May 15 (7 p.m.) – Russ Chandler Stadium (Atlanta, Ga.)
Georgia Tech – Mark Pope, So., RHP (7-0, 3.73 ERA, 59 K’s)
Miami – Jason Santana, Sr., RHP (5-2, 4.83 ERA, 60 K’s)

Sunday, May 16 (1 p.m.) – Russ Chandler Stadium (Atlanta, Ga.)
Georgia Tech – Jed Bradley, So., LHP (8-2, 3.75 ERA, 82 K’s)
Miami – David Gutierrez, Sr., RHP (5-0, 3.86 ERA, 39 K’s)

Predictions:
Brian Foley: Miami 2-1
Kyle Tait: Miami 2-1

Miami Series Notes
Georgia Tech Series Notes

NC State (31-18, 11-13 ACC) at #8 Florida State (37-12, 16-8 ACC)

Players to Watch
NC State- Kyle Wilson (.380, 5 HR, 23 RBI)
Florida State- Tyler Holt (.356, 11 HR, 39 RBI)

Pitchers to Watch
NC State- Jake Buchanan (5-4, 3.94 ERA)
Florida State- Scott Sitz (5-0, 2.88 ERA)

Friday, May 14, 6:00 p.m.
Florida State – LHP, Sean Gilmartin (6-5) vs. NC State – RHP, Jake Buchanan (5-4)

Saturday, May 15, 6:30 p.m.
Florida State – LHP – Brian Busch (4-0) vs. NC State – RHP, Cory Mazzoni (7-2)

Sunday, May 16, 1:00 p.m.
Florida State – RHP – Scott Sitz (5-0) vs. NC State – TBA

Predictions
Brian Foley: FSU 2-1
Kyle Tait: FSU 2-1

NC State Series Notes
FSU Series Notes

Duke (28-22, 7-17 ACC) at #16 Virginia Tech (34-15, 14-10 ACC)

Players to Watch
Duke- Jake Lemmerman (.330, 9 HR, 36 RBI)
Virginia Tech- Austin Wates (.382, 7 HR, 42 RBI, 15-18 SB)

Pitchers to Watch
Duke- Dennis O’Grady (1-4, 4.73 ERA)
Virginia Tech- Jesse Hahn (5-2, 2.81 ERA)

Friday, May 14 (5:30 p.m.)
Duke Starter: Marcus Stroman, RHP (6-2, 4.08 ERA)
Virginia Tech Starter: Justin Wright, LHP (6-3, 3.10 ERA)

Saturday, May 15 (2 p.m.)
Duke Starter: Eric Pfisterer, LHP (3-5, 5.82 ERA)
Virginia Tech Starter: Matthew Price, RHP (7-3, 4.37 ERA)

Sunday, May 16 (1 p.m.)
Duke Starter: Dennis O’Grady, RHP (1-4, 4.73 ERA)
Virginia Tech Starter: Jesse Hahn, RHP (5-2, 2.81 ERA)

Predictions:
Brian Foley: VT 2-1
Kyle Tait: VT 3-0

Duke Series Notes
Virginia Tech Series Notes

#19 Clemson (32-17, 14-10 ACC) at Wake Forest (13-35, 4-20 ACC)

Players to Watch
Clemson-Kyle Parker (.391 BA, 17 HR, 50 RBI)
Wake Forest- Mike Murray (.347 BA, 3 HR, 42 RBI)

Pitchers to Watch
Clemson- Casey Harman (6-1, 3.29 ERA)
Wake Forest- Austin Stadler (2-3, 5.82 ERA)

Friday (6 p.m.) vs. Clemson
Wake Forest LHP Austin Stadler (So., 2-3, 5.82) vs. Clemson LHP Casey Harman (Jr., 6-1, 3.29)

Saturday (6 p.m.) vs. Clemson
Wake Forest RHP Michael Dimock (So., 2-8, 6.43) vs. Clemson RHP Scott Weismann (So., 4-2, 5.01)

Sunday (1 p.m.) vs. Clemson
Wake Forest LHP Tim Cooney (Fr., 3-6, 6.01) vs. Clemson TBA

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

Clemson Series Notes
Wake Forest Series Notes