The ACC heads to the second to final weekend with some key conference matchups in Charlottesville, VA and Clemson SC.
UNC at UVA
The Tar Heels invade the Hitting Wahoos of UVA for a big ACC Clash. This should be an excellent series with both teams having tremendous staffs. UNC is led by All-Everything Andrew Miller (10-0 1.91 ERA) who will face off against Sean Doolittle (8-1 1.99 ERA) in Game 1. Saturday’s game will be televised on the Regional Sports Networks with Robert Woodard (5-1 3.21) facing off against Jacob Thompson (9-1 2.39). In the series finale, Daniel Bard (6-2 3.69) will face Mike Ballard (6-2 3.01).
We predict that UVA takes 2 out of 3 and loses the first game of the series against Miller.
FSU at Clemson
The Seminoles head to Clemson’s Doug Kingsmore Stadium for an important series for seeding in the ACC and NCAA tournaments. FSU and Clemson both changed up the order in their staff for the weekend series. In game 1, FSU will send Tyler Chambliss (10-3 2.01 ERA) to face Stephen Faris (6-2 2.69). Faris had some struggles this season on the mound with a horrible performance at Boston College where he only went 1.2 innings and had very little control. If he finds his control, He should be fine against the Hitting Noles. Game 2 is the best matchup of the weekend. Bryan Henry (9-2 1.88 ERA) will face Josh Cribb (8-0 2.66) in a battle of the aces. Cribb has pitched well in the entire season while Henry has pitched well against the weaker teams in the ACC but has struggled against the likes of UNC and Miami. FSU will start for Game 3 Mark Sauls (1-0 2.70 That is not a misprint) against Tommy-John surgery phenom Jason Berken (7-3 2.77). Berken is a hard-throwing and fast working right hander who topped out against Boston College at 94 MPH.
I predict that Clemson will sweep FSU.
Duke at GA Tech
Tech will sweep the Blue Devils
NC State at Va Tech
NC State will take 2 out of 3
Miami hosts Wake Forest
Wake Forest takes 2 out of 3.
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Georgia beat the Georgia Tech tonight 5-4 in 11 innings at Turner Field home of the Atlanta Braves. Bobby Felmy hit a one out double off of Tech’s super closer Matt Wieters to drive in Gordon Beckham with the winning run. GA Tech did not play with Wes Hodges (calf) and Danny Payne (shoulder) because of injuries. Neither team had a starter go longer then 2 innings as they were just setting their respective teams up for the weekend series against Auburn and Duke.
The Georgia-Georgia Tech game has been postponed to Thursday night at Turner Field. This game is known as the Spring Baseball Classic for Kids because it benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The game will still be played at Turner Field and will still be broadcasted on CSS.
North Carolina became the first team in the nation to record 40 wins as they beat Campbell 6-3 on Tuesday evening. This was UNC’s first game in eight days because of the break for Final exams. UNC was led on offense with home runs from Sophomores Reid Fronk, Josh Horton, and Benji Johnson. They all contributed with solo home runs. Matt Danford picked up the win for the Heels and Andrew Carignan continued his strong closing on the season with his 12th save. UNC will be in action on Wednesday with Winthrop.
The Clemson Tigers came out and swept a doubleheader from the Duke Blue Devils by scores of 7-4 and 14-0.
In the first game, Clemson was led by Andy D’Alessio and Marquez Smith. Andy hit two home runs and Marquez went 3-4 with a homer and two doubles. Josh Cribb pitched 6.2 innings letting up 4 runs (2 earned) with ten strikeouts. Daniel Moskos pitched the ninth inning to pick up his eighth save.
The second game Clemson destroyed the Duke pitching by picking up 14 runs in the win. Adrian Casanova led the offense with a 3-3 performance with a double and two RBI’s. Marquez Smith continued his strong hitting on Monday with another two hits and driving in two runs. Stephen Faris started the game but was on a pitch count. He pitched 3 innings without letting up a hit. Duke did not have a runner get past first base the entire game.
The series concludes tomorrow at 1:00 pm.
FSU behind a strong bullpen beat the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in a 20 inning game by a score of 4-3. This was the longest game played by any ACC Team. FSU did not let up a run for the final 17 innings of the game and did not give up an earned run the entire game. Wake held FSU scoreless for 13 straight innings. Barret Browning picked up the Win for the Seminoles with Michael Hyde getting his first career save.
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons knocked off the FSU Seminoles 4-2 to take Game 1 on Friday. The Deacons were led by a very strong pitching performance from Freshman Brad Kledzik. He pitched 6 strong innings with 8 strikeouts and 1 hit. He did give up 5 walks which he worked around. FSU started scoring in the 8th off of Wake Forest closer Ben Hunter with 2 runs. In the ninth, FSU had runners on second and third and 1 out but could not get any runners across to keep the final score at 4-2.
Florida State at Wake Forest
Wake takes 2 out of 3.
Maryland at Boston College
BC takes 2 out of 3
Wright State at Miami
South Florida at GT
Gt takes 2 out of 3
Clemson at Duke
Weird Sunday through Tuesday series with Clemson sweeping the Blue Devils
Longwood vs NC State on Saturday and Sunday
NC State takes both games.
Long time Virginia Tech head coach Chuck Hartman has decided to retire after 47 years as a head coach effective at the end of the season. He served at Virginia Tech for 28 seasons and currently has a record of 1,441-810-8. This puts him fourth all time in wins. He has coached in four different conferences with VA Tech: Metro Conference, Atlantic Ten, Big East, and currently in the ACC. He also spent 19 years at High Point University as their head coach. This is a loss for college baseball as he is one of the class guys in this industry and raise a glass to him next time.
Andrew Miller of UNC has been the best pitcher this year in the ACC. He is 6-6 and throws in the mid-90′s and what makes him even better is the fact he is left-handed. Andrew enters this key weekend for the Tar Heels with a 10-0 record and a microscopic 1.91 ERA with 79 K’s in 75.1 innings. The MLB scouts are drooling over this raw talent and would love to see him in their future plans. This kid is the real deal and will likely be up in the majors within 2 years. He is listed on the Dick Howser Trophy Watch List with teammate Jay Cox.
My biggest question is How is this kid at UNC instead of Florida? He is from the backyard of the Gators in Gainesville.