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ACC Weekend Preview (Feb. 27th-March 2nd)

Boston College begins this weekend with an exhibition game against the reigning world champion Boston Red Sox for the 24th game between the clubs. Following the conclusion of the game at JetBlue Park at Fenway South, the Eagles head to Port Charlotte, Florida for the Snowbird Classic. The Classic showcases the 4-3 Boston College Eagles against Central Michigan at 3:00pm on Friday, Villanova at 12:00 on Saturday, and Western Michigan at 3:00pm on Sunday. Boston College is 1-1 on neutral territory and hopes to improve on their record this weekend.

The #16 Clemson Tigers begin their annual rivalry weekend against the #5 South Carolina Gamecocks this weekend. The 6-1 Tigers hope to extend their series lead over the 7-0 Gamecocks, which is currently held at 170-131-12 and began in 1899. The series begins Friday in the Gamecocks home, Carolina Stadium, at 7:00pm. Carolina leads the series when they are at home 80-66-2. The weekend continues at, 2:00pm on Saturday, on a neutral site, Flour Field, in Greenville. This is looking to be the most contentious game, as the Tigers are looking to break the neutral-site tie of 8-8. The Reedy River Rivalry weekend concludes at Clemson’s own Dough Kingsmore Stadium with the first pitch at 4:00pm.

The Duke Blue Devils head to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina this weekend for the Caravelle Resort Tournament. The series will be hosted by Coastal Carolina at Field at Pelicans Ballpark. Duke plays West Virginia Friday at 2:00pm to open the series. The Blue Devils hold a 8-2 contest record over the Mountaineers, though the two clubs have not met since the 1995 season. The Caravelle Resort Tournament continues for Duke against Marshall on Saturday at 10:00am. The last time the Blue Devils and the Thundering Herd met, in 2005, the victory went to the Thundering Herd, although the Blue Devils hold the lead in the series, which began in 1932, 2-1. The Blue Devils will conclude the series by facing off against the host Chanticleers Sunday at 5:00pm, for the first time in program history.

The #2 Florida State Seminoles begin a series tis weekend against state rival and conference rival #17 University of Miami Hurricanes in a non-conference matchup. The Noles are hosting this Canes for the 132nd time at Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium, with Florida State leading 76-54-2. The weekend for the two teams begins Friday evening at 4:00pm, marking the first time since 2004 that the series has not counted in conference play. In that span, the Seminoles lead the series 16-15. The series continues on Saturday with the first pitch scheduled for 2:00pm and concludes Sunday at 1:00pm. Florida State hopes to capitalize on the momentum they currently hold in this series, after winning two of three games at Miami last season, and increase their lead in the series, which is currently at 145-122-4.

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets begin a three game home series against the Bowling Green Falcons. The series pits coaches Danny Hall, for Georgia Tech, and Danny Schmitz, against one another; men who played against one another in college. The battle begins Friday with the first pitch scheduled for 4:00pm. The Yellow Jackets enter the weekend with a 4-3 record to the Eagles 2-4 record. On Saturday, the series continues at 2:00pm, for coaches that have been with their respective clubs, Georgia Tech and Bowling Green, for 22 and 24 seasons. The series comes to a close on Sunday at 1:00pm. The Yellow Jackets hope to end the weekend by coming out on top of the overall series lead, which currently stands in favor of the Eagles 3-1.

The University of Maryland Terrapins play host to the University of Massachusetts Minutemen this weekend. The series was scheduled to begin Friday, but was delayed to a doubleheader that is scheduled to begin at noon on Saturday due to wintry conditions surrounding Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium. This weekend’s battle will also be one of contemporary and veteran coaching styles. Terps head coach John Szefc is in his second year at the helm, where Minutemen head coach Mike Stone is seeking his 700th win in 27 seasons for UMass. The series comes to a close Sunday afternoon at 1:00pm. This is the first meeting between the two teams since 1971, where the Terps hold a lead of 3-2 and Maryland hopes to continue their winning ways over UMass.

The University of North Carolina Tar Heels welcome the University of North Florida Ospreys to Chapel Hill for their final non-conference series of the season this weekend. The series begins, between these two teams who have never previously met, Friday at 3:00pm. The Tar Heels and Ospreys are both currently sitting at a record of 4-3, even though UNC is nationally ranked #19 and UNF is unranked. The series continues between these seemingly well matched programs Saturday at 2:00pm. The second game of the series has the potential to be Coach Mike Fox’s 700th career win in sixteen years as the Tar Heels leading man. If UNC falls short in either of the first two games they have the ability to get Coach Fox’s 700th win when the series concludes Sunday at 1:00pm.

The North Carolina State Wolfpack begin the Irish Classic this weekend. The Wolfpack are currently ranked number seven nationally.  The weekend begins at Doak Field, against the Michigan Wolverines, at 3:00pm on Friday. The NC State go on the road for the second game of the series to Cary, to play #20 UCLA at Coleman Field, at 4:30pm. This game is the only one of the series to pit two teams ranked in the top 25 nationally against one another. The Irish Classic concludes for the #7 Wolfpack on Sunday afternoon  when Youngstown State takes on the Pack in Raliegh. 

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish host the Irish Classic this weekend in Cary, North Carolina. The 3-4 Irish’s first game of the weekend series will be the biggest test of the weekend for the club, as they are pitted against #20 UCLA. The game was scheduled to begin at 6:30pm, but has been moved to 4:30pm due to wintry conditions forecasted for Friday night. The weekend continues for the Irish with two games. The first of which begins at 12:00pm, after being rescheduled from 3:00pm, at NTC Stadium against the Michigan Wolverines. Saturday’s second game for Notre Dame, against Youngstown State, has been rescheduled from 11:30am to 4:00pm. The Fighting Irish look to finish the Irish Classic on a strong note against 0-8 Appalachian State on NTC Field 2 at 11:00am.

The University of Pittsburgh go on the road to Greenville, North Carolina this weekend to compete in the Keith LeClair Classic hosted by East Carolina. The 4-2 Panthers begin the series on Friday against the 5-2 Ohio State Buckeyes. The game, which begins at 1:00pm, will be a challenge for the Panthers who are 1-17 all time against the Buckeyes. The Classic continues for Pitt, at 3:00pm, on Saturday against 3-5 East Carolina University, who will again challenge the Pitt squad, as the Panthers trail 0-1 against the Pirates. The weekend in Greenville will end for the Panthers against Western Kentucky. The 6-2 Western Kentucky squad and Pitt have never faced one another, but will meet Sunday at 10:30am.

The #6 Virginia Cavaliers host Monmouth University at Davenport Field this weekend. This weekend series is amid a nine game home stand for the Cavaliers. The first game of the weekend series begins Friday at 3:00pm. The Cavaliers lead the series 3-0 over the Hawks. The series continues at 1:00pm on both Saturday and Sunday. The 6-2 Cavaliers look to continue their dominance over a 1-2 Monmouth team.

The Virginia Tech Hokies are hosting a tournament in honor of its 121st season of collegiate baseball. The 3-2 Hokies will welcome the 2-3 Cincinnati Bearcats and the UMass Lowell River Hawks to English Field for the weekend. The tournament gets underway for Virginia Tech on Friday at 2:00pm against the Bearcats. The Hokies lead the Bearcats 37-14 all time over their long history of 51 games. Virginia Tech then continues the series by playing UMass Lowell on Saturday at 2:00pm. The 2-1 River Hawks are in their first season as a division one baseball program. Virginia again faces UMass Lowell and Cincinnati, respectively, in a Sunday double header with games beginning at 11:00am and 2:00pm.

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons host a four team tournament this weekend in Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park. 5-4 Wake will begin the weekend with a 6:00pm game against the Stony Brook Seawolves. The Seawolves are coming off three losses in a series against Florida International University and are 0-3 on the season. The tournament continues Saturday when the Deacs face the Saint Louis Billikens. The Billikens come into Wake Forest with a 2-4 record. On the final day of the tournament, Sunday, the Demon Deacons play the Saint Peter’s Peacocks at 2:00pm. Wake Forest hopes to finish the weekend strong against a 0-3 Saint Peter’s.

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