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ACC Weekend Preview (April 15th-17th)

The ACC opens up the second half of the conference series this weekend with five different squads showing up in the latest NCBWA rankings while a sixth team in Miami is in the also receiving vote category.

Leading the ACC Atlantic Division is still the Florida State Seminoles who have a 9-6 conference record. Boston College is in second place with a 6-8 mark while Clemson is a half game behind them at 6-9. Both NC State and Wake Forest are 5-10 in conference play and Maryland is rouding out the division with a 3-12 mark.

The stronger division in the ACC is clearly the Coastal Division which is currently lead by the Virginia Cavaliers with a 13-2 conference record. UNC and Georgia Tech are a game behind them in a tie for second place with a 12-3 record. The Miami Hurricanes are a half game behind those squads at 11-3 as they check in at fourth place. Rounding out the division is a 4-11 Duke squad and Virginia Tech at 3-12.

The interesting part about this weekend is that none of the ranked squads will be facing off against each other. Here are the starting pitching rotations and our predictions for this upcoming weekend.

Duke (20-16, 4-11 ACC) at #2 Virginia (33-3, 13-2 ACC)

Probable Starting Rotation
Friday- DU LHP Dillon Haviland (2-2, 2.76 ERA) vs UVA LHP Danny Hultzen (7-0, 1.33 ERA)
Sunday G1 – DU RHP Dennis O’Grady (4-2, 4.70 ERA) vs UVA RHP Tyler Wilson (4-0, 2.68 ERA)
Sunday G2 – DU RHP Marcus Stroman (1-1, 2.55 ERA)vs UVA RHP Will Roberts (7-0, 0.87 ERA)

Prediction: UVA Sweep

UVA Series Notes
Duke Series Notes

#6 North Carolina (30-5, 12-3 ACC) at NC State (18-16, 5-10 ACC)

Probable Starting Rotation
Friday UNC RHP Patrick Johnson (6-0, 2.77 ERA) vs NC State RHP Cory Mazzoni (2-4, 4.07 ERA)
Saturday UNC LHP Kent Emanuel(4-1, 2.54 ERA) vs NC State LHP Grant Sasser (1-2, 1.29 ERA)
Sunday UNC TBA vs NC State TBA

Prediction: NC State 2-1

UNC Series Notes
NC State Series Notes

#12 Florida State (24-9, 9-6 ACC) at Virginia Tech (18-17, 3-12 ACC)

Probable Starting Rotation
Friday FSU LHP Sean Gilmartin (6-0) vs VT LHP Joe Mantiply (3-5)
Saturday FSU RHP Mack Waugh (1-1) vs VT RHP Marc Zecchino (3-4)
Sunday FSU RHP Hunter Scantling (2-0) vs VT RHP Joe Parsons (4-2)

Prediction: FSU 2-1

FSU Series Notes
VT Series Notes

#15 Georgia Tech (25-9, 12-3 ACC) at Wake Forest (13-21, 5-10 ACC)

Probable Starting Rotation
Friday: GT RHP Mark Pope (7-1, 1.16, 62.1 IP, 54 SO) vs. WF LHP Brian Holmes (2-1, 3.68, 29.1 IP, 20 SO)
Saturday: GT LHP Jed Bradley (3-1, 2.98, 48.1 IP, 64 SO) vs.WF LHP Tim Cooney (3-2, 2.52, 53.2 IP, 52 SO)
Sunday: GT RHP Buck Farmer (6-1, 2.54, 49.2 IP, 54 SO) vs. WF LHP Austin Stadler (1-6, 10.26, 40.1 IP, 40 SO)

Prediction: GT 2-1

Georgia Tech Series Notes
Wake Forest Series Notes

#23 Clemson (19-13, 6-9 ACC) at Boston College (13-17, 6-8 ACC)

Probable Starting Rotation
Friday: CU RHP Dominic Leone (0-1, 5.60) vs BC Bullpen
Saturday:CU RHP Scott Firth (3-0, 2.87)  vs BC RHP John Leonard (4-3, 3.71) vs.
Sunday: CU TBA vs BC Bullpen

Prediction: Clemson sweep

Clemson Series Notes
Boston College Series Notes

Miami (FL)  (22-11, 11-3 ACC) vs Maryland (16-18, 3-12 ACC)

Probable Starting Rotation
Friday: MIAMI – LHP Bryan Radziewski (5-2, 3.00) vs. Maryland – RHP David Carroll (5-2, 2.94)
Saturday: MIAMI – RHP Eric Whaley (5-1, 3.19) vs. Maryland – TBA
Sunday: MIAMI – RHP E.J. Encinosa (2-2, 2.84) vs. Maryland – TBA

Prediction: Miami 2-1

Miami Series Notes
Maryland Series Notes

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