ACC Weekend Preview (May 20th-22nd)

The ACC enters the final weekend of the season with a couple of important weekend matchups. The biggest series of the weekend is between #2 ranked Virginia and #13 ranked Miami in Coral Gables as both schools are battling with Georgia Tech for the Coastal Division title. Georgia Tech will head to Boston College to finish out the Yellow Jackets season. The Florida State Seminoles and Clemson Tigers will face off with FSU needing one victory to clinch the Atlantic Division title as the Tigers are three games back. The other key series sees the #17 ranked Virginia Tech Hokies heading down to Chapel Hill to take on the #26 ranked North Carolina Tar Heels. If UNC loses the series, it will likely be on the outside looking in for the NCAA Tournament. The other two series see NC State hosting Duke and Maryland heading to Wake Forest.

#2 Virginia at #13 Miami (FL)

Players to Watch
Virginia: Phil Gosselin (.396 BA, 7 HR, 47 RBI)
Miami: Yasmani Grandal (.432 BA, 13 HR, 54 RBI)

Pitcher to Watch
Virginia: Danny Hultzen (7-1, 1.98 ERA)
Miami: E.J. Encinosa (1-0, 1.58 ERA, 23 appearances)

Probable Starting Pitchers

VIRGINIA CAVALIERS (43-9, 21-6 ACC)
Thu. – RHP Branden Kline (4-0, 3.00 ERA)
Fri. – RHP Robert Morey (8-2, 3.30 ERA)
Sat. – LHP Danny Hultzen (7-1, 1.98 ERA)

MIAMI HURRICANES (38-13, 19-8 ACC)
Thu. – RHP Jason Santana (5-3, 5.86 ERA)
Fri. – LHP Chris Hernandez (8-2, 3.04 ERA)
Sat. – RHP David Gutierrez (5-0, 4.00 ERA)

Predictions
Brian Foley: UVA 2-1

Virginia Series Notes
Miami FL Series Notes

#7 Georgia Tech at Boston College

Players to Watch
Georgia Tech: Thomas Nichols (.379 BA, 10 HR, 38 RBI)
Boston College: John Spatola (.333 BA, 14 HR, 52 RBI)

Pitcher to Watch
Georgia Tech: Deck McGuire (7-3, 2.91 ERA)
Boston College: Pat Dean (5-1, 3.76 ERA)

Probable Starting Pitchers

Thursday, May 20 (1:30 p.m.) – Commander Shea Field (Chestnut Hill, Mass.)
Georgia Tech – Deck McGuire, Jr., RHP (7-3, 2.91 ERA, 99 K’s)
Boston College – Pat Dean, Jr., LHP (5-1, 3.76 ERA, 51 K’s)

Friday, May 21 (1:30 p.m.) – Commander Shea Field (Chestnut Hill, Mass.)
Georgia Tech – Mark Pope, So., RHP (7-1, 4.13 ERA, 62 K’s)
Boston College – John Leonard, Jr., RHP (2-2, 6.04 ERA, 22 K’s)

Saturday, May 22 (1 p.m.) – Commander Shea Field (Chestnut Hill, Mass.)
Georgia Tech – Jed Bradley, So., LHP (9-2, 3.81 ERA, 87 K’s)
Boston College – Taylor Lasko, So., RHP (3-1, 4.87 ERA, 35 K’s)

Predictions
Brian Foley: GT 3-0

Georgia Tech Series Notes
Boston College Series Notes

#8 Florida State at #20 Clemson

Players to Watch
FSU: Tyler Holt (.350 BA, 11 HR, 50 RBI)
Clemson: Kyle Parker (.378 BA, 18 HR, 53 RBI)

Pitcher to Watch
FSU: Mike McGee (4-0, 0.43 ERA)
Clemson: Casey Harman (6-2, 3.83 ERA)

Probable Starting Pitchers
Thursday, May 20, 7:00 p.m.

Florida State – LHP, Sean Gilmartin (6-6) vs. Clemson – LHP, Casey Harman (6-2)
Radio – 1270 the Team/94.3 FM
TV – CSS
Live Stats – Gametracker

Friday, May 21, 6:30 p.m.
Florida State – LHP – Brian Busch (4-0) vs. Clemson – RHP, Scott Weismann (5-2)
Radio – 1270 the Team/94.3 FM
Live Stats – Gametracker

Saturday, May 22, 1:00 p.m.
Florida State – TBA vs. Clemson – TBA
Radio – 100.7 FM
TV – RSN
Live Stats – Gametracker

Predictions
Brian Foley: FSU 2-1

FSU Series Notes
Clemson Series Notes

#17 Virginia Tech at #26 North Carolina

Players to Watch
Virginia Tech: Austin Wates (.379, 7 HR, 47 RBI)
UNC: Levi Michael (.349, 7 HR, 46 RBI)

Pitcher to Watch
Virginia Tech: Jesse Hahn (5-3, 3.06 ERA)
UNC: Matt Harvey (6-3, 2.72 ERA)

Probable Starting Pitchers

TBA

Prediction
Brian Foley: Va Tech 2-1

Virginia Tech Series Notes
UNC Series Notes

Duke at NC State

Players to Watch
Duke: Jake Lemmerman (.338 BA, 11 HR, 43 RBI)
NC State: Dallas Poulk (.369 BA, 9 HR, 51 RBI

Pitcher to Watch
Duke: Marcus Stroman, RHP (6-3, 4.78 ERA)
NC State: Jake Buchanan, RHP (6-4, 3.81 ERA)

Probable Starting Pitchers
Thursday, May 20 (6:30 p.m.)
Duke Starter: Marcus Stroman, RHP (6-3, 4.78 ERA)
NC State Starter: Jake Buchanan, RHP (6-4, 3.81 ERA)

Friday, May 21 (6:30 p.m.)
Duke Starter: Eric Pfisterer, LHP (3-6, 6.45 ERA)
NC State Starter: Cory Mazzoni, RHP (7-3, 4.58 ERA)

Sunday, May 22 (1 p.m.)
Duke Starter: Dennis O’Grady, RHP (2-4, 4.36 ERA)
NC State Starter: TBA

Prediction
Brian Foley: NC State 2-1

Duke Series Notes
NC State Series Notes

Maryland at Wake Forest

Players to Watch
Maryland: Brandon Padula (.337 BA, 4 HR, 31 RBI)
Wake Forest: Steven Brooks (.352 BA, 6 HR, 36 RBI)

Pitcher to Watch
Maryland: Brett Harman (4-8, 4.72 ERA)
Wake Forest: Austin Stadler (3-3, 5.40)

Probable Starting Pitchers
Thursday (6:00): RHP Brett Harman (4-8, 4.72) vs. LHP Austin Stadler (3-3, 5.40)
Friday (6:00): LHP Eric Potter (2-9, 8.33) vs. RHP Michael Dimock (2-9, 6.85)
Saturday (1:00): RHP Sander Beck (0-8, 7.55) vs. RHP Brandon Johnson (0-4, 8.59)

Prediction
Brian Foley: Wake Forest 2-1

Maryland Series Notes
Wake Forest Series Notes