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ACC Weekend Preview for 4/27-4/29


Florida State at Miami

The Florida State Seminoles head down to Miami in a big conference showdown this weekend. FSU enters the series with a 37-6 overall record and are in first place in the Atlantic Division with a 15-3 conference record. Florida State is coming off a tough series with North Carolina last weekend in which the Noles took two out of the three games. Miami enters with a 26-17 record and only 11-10 in the ACC. The Miami program is in a rebuilding mood and they took a three game series up in Blacksburg VA last weekend. The CBB predicts that FSU takes two out of three games.

Probable Starting Pitchers
Friday: Scott Maine (3-5, 3.43 ERA) vs Bryan Henry (10-0, 2.24 ERA)
Saturday: Enrique Garcia (4-2, 2.67 ERA) vs Ryan Strauss (8-1, 2.98 ERA)
Sunday: Eric Erickson (5-3, 2.29 ERA) vs TBA

FSU Game Notes

Miami Game Notes

North Carolina at NC State

The North Carolina Tar Heels head to Raleigh to take on their arch rival NC State in a key ACC series. North Carolina enters with a 35-9 overall record and 14-7 in the ACC. UNC is led by All-American candidate Robert Woodard who leads the team with a 7-1 record and has a very solid ERA of 2.05. Dustin Ackley leads the offense with .451 batting average which is second in the ACC and fourth overall in the country. NC State enters with a 28-14 record and 11-10 in the ACC. NC State was swept last weekend by Georgia Tech but picked up a non-conference win over UNC-Wilmington on Wednesday. Mike Roskopf over his last 15 games has six homers to lead the Pack attack. The CBB predicts UNC to take 2 out of 3 games.

Probable Starting Pitchers
Friday: Robert Woodard (7-1, 2.05 ERA) vs Eric Surkamp (3-2, 2.88 ERA)
Saturday: Alex White (4-3, 3.26 ERA) vs Andrew Brackman (6-4, 3.90 ERA)
Sunday: Luke Putkonen (6-1, 3.78 ERA) vs Jimmy Gillheeney (3-2, 4.32 ERA)

UNC Game Notes
NC State Game Notes

Maryland at Virginia

The Virginia Cavaliers will welcome the Maryland Terrapins for an ACC series this weekend. The Cavaliers are in second place only a half game back of North Carolina while Maryland is in last place in the Atlantic Division where they are a whooping eleven games back in the loss column behind Florida State. The Cavaliers are currently on a two game losing streak by losing the final game of their series with Clemson last weekend and picking up a non-conference loss to James Madison on Wednesday in 14 innings. That loss dropped the Cavaliers overall record to 34-10 and they have a 13-7 record in the ACC. Maryland enters with a 23-21 record but 7-14 in the ACC. They lost to West Virginia on Tuesday 13-2 and lost two out of three to Duke last weekend. The CBB predicts UVA to sweep Maryland.

Probable Starting Pitchers
Friday: Jacob Thompson (9-0, 1.54 ERA) vs Casey Baron (4-3, 3.66 ERA)
Saturday: Matt Packer (3-2, 3.38 ERA) vs Ryan Moorer (3-3, 4.97 ERA)
Sunday: Sean Doolittle (6-3, 2.33 ERA) vs Kevin Biringer (3-8, 5.98 ERA)

Maryland Game Notes
Virginia Game Notes

Georgia Tech at Clemson

Georgia Tech (26-15, 13-7 ACC) heads to Clemson University (27-14, 11-7 ACC) as both teams are trying to increase their potential seeding in the end of season ACC Tournament. Georgia Tech is led by Danny Payne (.391 BA) and Matt Wieters (.359 BA, 7 HR). Clemson has moved All-American closer candidate Daniel Moskos into the number 1 starter role and he has just been average in that role. Doug Hogan leads the Clemson offense with a with a .319 average. The CBB predicts that GT takes 2 out of 3 games.

Probable Starting Pitchers
Friday: David Duncan (5-2, 3.03) vs. Daniel Moskos (3-3, 2.29)
Saturday:
Eddie Burns (3-0, 2.98) vs. David Kopp (4-2, 3.32)
Sunday:
Ryan Turner (3-3, 3.99) vs. Ryan Hinson (4-1, 2.03)

GT Game Notes
Clemson Game Notes

Duke at Wake Forest

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons (24-22, 8-13 ACC) snapped a three game losing streak by picking up two non-conference road wins over Charlotte and Appalachian State. Duke (26-17, 6-15 ACC) took two out of three games last weekend against Maryland and also picked up a 12-0 victory over Campbell on Tuesday. The Blue Devils have been getting outstanding pitching from Tony Bajoczky who has a 8-2 record and a 2.70 ERA. The CBB predicts Duke to take two out of three games from the Deacons.

Probable Starting Pitchers
Friday: Alexander Hassan (2-3, 3.83 ERA) vs Brad Kledzik (3-3, 4.75 ERA)
Saturday: Tony Bajoczky (8-2, 2.70 ERA) vs Garrett Bullock (3-1. 4.91 ERA)
Sunday: TBA vs Charlie Mellies (1-2, 9.00 ERA)

Wake Forest Game Notes
Duke Game Notes

Virginia Tech at Boston College

Peter Hughes leads his Virginia Tech Hokies into Chestnut Hill in a battle between old friends. Peter Hughes was the head coach of Boston College for eight seasons but left after the 2006 season for Virginia Tech to replace coaching legend Chuck Hartman. Hughes former assistant coach and former teammate at Davidson Mikio Aoki was named the new head coach and he has seen some success this season by putting the Eagles into the race for an ACC tourney spot. The Eagles enter with a 16-22-1 overall record but are in eighth place in the conference with a 9-12 mark. The CBB predicts that BC takes 2 out of 3 from the Hokies.

Probable Starting Pitchers
Friday: Kevin Boggan (3-4, 4.02 ERA) vs Greg Fryman (2-7, 7.63 ERA)
Saturday: Nate Jeanes (1-3, 4.70 ERA) vs Andrew Wells (2-4, 5.84 ERA)
Sunday: Terry Doyle (2-3, 5.40 ERA) vs Adam Redd (2-4, 4.02 ERA)

Virginia Tech Game Notes

Boston College Stats

ACC Recap for April 25th

Clemson 14 South Carolina 5

The Clemson Tigers bats came alive at Doug Kingsmore Stadium by grabbing 16 hits as the Tigers rolled to a 14-5 victory over South Carolina. Wilson Boyd led the Tigers with 4 RBI with Ben Paulsen and Taylor Harbin with three hits and three RBI. D. J. Mitchell picked up his second win of the season by pitching six solid innings while giving up only one run on four hits and three walks. His record goes to 2-0 on the season. South Carolina starter Blake Cooper went four innings while giving up 2 runs (one earned) but grabbed the loss to drop his record to 5-1. The Tigers did most of their damage against Alex Farutto who gave up four runs in 0.2 innings. Clemson will be back in action when they host Georgia Tech while South Carolina will head to Alabama.

Clemson Recap
South Carolina Recap

North Carolina 3 High Point 1

The North Carolina Tar Heels got 6.2 innings of shutout relief from Rob Wooten, Matt Danford, and Andrew Carignan combined which carried the Tar Heels to the 3-1 victory over High Point. North Carolina was led on offense by Josh Horton who hit a homer to drive in a run while Seth Williams and Tim Federowicz each had an RBI to account for all the Tar Heels run. North Carolina will be back in action this weekend when they head to NC State while High Point heads to Longwood on Thursday.

UNC Recap
High Point Recap

James Madison 7 Virginia 6 (14 innings)

The James Madison Dukes scored five runs in the top of the 14th inning but ended up giving up four runs in the bottom of the 14th to hold onto a 7-6 victory over Virginia on Wednesday. The Dukes were led by Mitchell Moses who went 3-6 with four RBI including two homers while lead-off hitter Davis Stoneburner went 4-7. Virginia was led by David Adams who went 3-6. James Madison will head to Georgia State in a conference match-up while Virginia hosts Maryland.

UVA Recap
JMU Recap

NC State 6 UNC-Wilmington 1

Caleb Mangum drove in four runs to lead the Wolfpack to the 6-1 victory over the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks in non-conference action on Wednesday. Clayton Shunick (4-2) got the win by going 2.2 innings while giving up only one hit. Andrew Morgan got the loss to drop to 0-1 on the season. NC State will host UNC for a weekend series while Wilmington heads to William & Mary.

NC State Recap
UNC-Wilmington Recap

Miami 7 Stetson 3

Dennis Raben led the Hurricanes to a 7-3 victory by going 2-3 with a homer and 2 RBI. Yonder Alonso also hit a homer with his only hit in the game. Manny Miguelez went seven strong innings while only giving up only three runs to send his record to 1-2 on the season. Corey Kluber got his first loss of the season by giving up five runs in five innings to drop his record to 8-1. Miami will host FSU for a weekend showdown while Stetson heads to UCF next Wednesday for another mid-week match-up.

Miami Recap
Stetson Recap

Virginia Tech 8 Radford 3

Rob Whitley pitched six shutout innings in his first start in over a month to lead the Hokies to a 8-3 victory over Radford. The win was Whitley’s first of his young career. He was led on offense by Jose Cueto who went 2-5 with an RBI. The Hokies will be back in action on Friday at Boston College. The CBB will be moving their offices on Saturday and MIGHT be at Sunday’s series finale. Radford will host Mars Hill for a weekend series.

VT Recap
Radford Recap

Wake Forest 13 Appalachian State 5

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons won their second straight game in as many days with a 13-5 victory over Appalachian State in Boone NC. The Demon Deacons used a 17 hit attack but the biggest news of the game was the return of Willy Fox who missed the last 15 games with a laceration to his leg from a botched robbery at his residence in which he was stabbed by the intruder. Wake Forest will be back in action on Friday when they host Duke while ASU will play host to UNCAsheville.

Wake Forest Recap
Appalachian State Recap

Northeastern 2 Boston College 0

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ACC Recap for April 24th

UNC 10 ECU 0

The North Carolina Tar Heels rolled over East Carolina 10-0 behind a strong pitching performance from Adam Warren who went seven shutout innings to up his record to 8-0. Tim Fedroff picked up four RBI to lead the UNC offense. UNC will be back in action on Wednesday when they host High Point before going to NC State for a key ACC showdown. East Carolina will be back in action this weekend when they host Southern Mississippi.

UNC Recap

East Carolina Recap

Elon 13 Clemson 12

The Phoenix were able to edge the Clemson Tigers 13-12 in a classic slugfest in Clemson SC. Pat Irvine went 2-2 with 3 RBI including a homer and teammate Mike Melillo picked up a homer to lead the Phoenix offense to the victory. Doug Hogan went 2-3 with 5 RBI including a homer to lead the Clemson offense in the loss. Elon will host UNC-Greensboro for a weekend series while Clemson plays South Carolina on Wednesday.

Elon Recap
Clemson Recap

Wake Forest 3 Charlotte 2 (11 innings)

Brett Linnenkohl hit a homer in the top of the 11th inning to give the Wake Forest Demon Deacons a 3-2 lead and Josh Ellis pitched a scoreless bottom of the 11th to break a three game losing streak for the Deacons. Aaron Bray led the 49ers with three hits while Evan Ocheltree went 2-4. Wake Forest will head to Appalchin State on Wednesday while Charlotte will head to George Washington for a conference series on Friday.

Wake Forest Recap
Charlotte Recap

Duke 12 Campbell 0

Nate Freiman hit two homers and Jimmy Gallagher went 5-6 only a triple shy of the cycle to lead the Blue Devils to the 12-0 victory over Campbell. Jonathan Anderson got the victory on the mound by pitching five scoreless innings. Duke will be off until Friday when they head to Wake Forest while Campbell hosts Gardner-Webb in a conference series.

Duke Recap

Campbell Recap
Duke Chronicle

Georgia 10 Georgia Tech 7

The Bulldogs picked up a 10-7 victory over Georgia Tech. The Bulldogs were led by Matt Olson who went 4-5 with six RBI. The Bulldogs jumped on GA Tech starter John Goodman who only lasted 1.1 innings while giving up four runs on two hits and three walks to drop his record to 1-2 on the season. Jason Leaver picked up the victory by pitching going his scheduled three innings while giving up three runs. His record goes to 1-1 on the season. Josh Fields who has struggled throughout the season pitched a scoreless ninth to get his fourth save of the season. Georgia Tech will host Clemson for a weekend series while Georgia plays at Western Carolina on Wednesday.

UGA Recap
GT Recap

West Virginia 13 Maryland 2

The West Virginia Mountaineers blew out the Maryland Terrapins 13-2 in a battle between the Big East and ACC. West Virginia used a 16 hit attack led by Tyler Kuhn who went 3-6 with four RBI in the win. Maryland starter Mike Sufczynski picked up the loss to drop his record to 0-2 while Josh Whitlock got the win by pitching eight innings while allowing only two runs to up his record to 6-3. West Virginia is back in action on Friday when they host St. John’s while Maryland will head to Virginia on Friday.

WVU Recap
Maryland Recap
The Diamondback Recap

James Madison 8 Virginia Tech 6

The James Madison Dukes scored four runs on wild pitches as they took a non-conference game from Virginia Tech on Tuesday. Matt Browning went 3-4 with two runs scored to lead the Dukes offense. The Hokie offense was led by Nate Parks who also went 3-4 with one run scored. The Hokies will be back in action on Wednesday when they host Radford while JMU visits UVA on Wednesday.

VA Tech Recap
VT Student Paper Recap

Florida State to change rotation?

Mike Martin is looking at the starting rotation and might be mixing things up this weekend when the Seminoles visit Miami. Florida State has one of the top pitchers in the country in Bryan Henry but Michael Hyde has started to struggle with two consecutive losses and a no-decision in his last start against North Carolina in which he only lasted 3.1 innings. Ryan Strauss also struggled mightly against North Carolina on Sunday by giving up five runs in 3.2 innings. The Tallahassee Democrat discusses the topic here.

ACC Players of the Week

Danny Payne of Georgia Tech was named the ACC Player of the Week after hitting .545 over four games last week. The Yellow Jackets won all four games of the week with a victory over Georgia on Wednesday and sweeping NC State in a three game ACC series this past weekend.

David Duncan also of Georgia Tech and Bryan Henry of FSU were named Co-Pitchers of the Week for the ACC. Duncan pitched 8.2 innings on Friday against NC State in which he only allowed one run on two hits while striking out eleven batters. The Jackets ended up scoring two runs in the bottom of the ninth to walk-off with a 2-1 victory. Bryan Henry also started on Friday and held the North Carolina Tar Heels to one run on four hits in eight innings. He upped his record to 10-0 on the season.

ACC Release

GT Release
FSU Release

ACC Recap for April 22nd

UNC 10 FSU 6

The North Carolina Tar Heels were able to salvage the final game of their series with Florida State on Sunday 10-6. Josh Horton, Tim Federowicz, and Kyle Seager all drove in three runs to account for nine out of the ten runs scored. North Carolina starting pitcher Luke Putkonen went 5.2 innings while surrendering four runs on eight hits. His record goes to 6-1 on the season. Andrew Carignan came in to relieve Putkonen and was roughed up for two runs on a hit and four walks. Tim Federowicz came in to close out the game for the Tar Heels and worked out of a bases-loaded jam with the potential leading run on base to get his second career save. FSU starter Ryan Strauss was roughed up in 3.2 innings giving up five runs. He picks up his first loss of the season to drop to 8-1. Mark Gildea led the FSU offense with his second three hit game of the weekend.

UNC Recap

FSU Recap

Clemson 2 Virginia 1

Ryan Hinson pitched 6.1 scoreless innings while allowing only one hit to Patrick Wingfield in the seventh inning. Hinson gets his record to 4-1 on the season. Alan Farina pitched the final 2.2 innings giving up a run on two hits. He picks up his first save of the season. Sean Doolittle was also strong in his start when allowing only one run in his six innings. Doolittle’s record drops to 6-3. Andy D’Alessio and Taylor Harbin each went 2-4 to lead the Tiger attack. Greg Miclat, Sean Doolittle, and Patrick Wingfield each registered a hit to account for all the hits from the Cavs on the day.

Clemson Recap
Virginia Recap

Georgia Tech 7 NC State 3

Luke Murton went 3-4 with two runs scored and two driven in to lead the Yellow Jackets to the 7-3 victory. The Yellow Jackets jumped on NC State starter Jimmy Gillheeney for six runs in his 2.1 innings of work. His record drops to 3-2 on the season. Yellow Jackets starter Ryan Turner only lasted 3.1 innings while giving up three runs. Chris Hicks picked up the victory in relief by going a scoreless two innings to up his record to 2-0.

GT Recap
NC State Recap

Duke 4 Maryland 2

The Duke Blue Devils took the rubber game of their series with the Maryland Terrapins by a 4-2 score. The Devils received a solid outing from Andrew Wolcott who went six strong innings while only giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits. Wolcott ups his record to 4-3. He was relieved by Michael Seader who pitched three hitless innings to earn his eighth save on the season. Maryland starter Kevin Biringer who only lasted 4.1 innings while giving up four runs (three earned) to drop his record to 3-8.

Duke Recap

Maryland Recap

Miami 9 Virginia Tech 5

The Miami Hurricanes showed no mercy this weekend as they swept the Virginia Tech Hokies by score of 9-5 on Sunday. Miami got to Virginia Tech starter Andrew Wells (2-4) for all nine runs in the first six innings of the game. Mark Sobolewski went 4-4 with three runs scored while Dennis Raben went 3-5 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Eric Erickson got the win to get his record to 5-3 with five innings and allowing all five Hokie runs (only three earned).

Miami Recap

Virginia Tech Recap

Boston College 11 Wake Forest 5

Boston College completed the sweep of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons to take over the eighth spot in the ACC standings. Boston College emergency starter Dan Houston got off to a rough start by allowing three runs in the first inning but settled down to throw six innings allowing four runs on six hits and seven walks. The Boston College offense have come alive lately and continued the trend by pounding out 18 hits. The offense was led by second baseman Joseph Ayers who went 4-4 with an RBI and three runs scored. Michael Belfiore also drove in three runs and went 3-5 at the plate. Wake Forest starter Charlie Mellies who is coming off elbow surgery gave up six runs in four innings of work. The Wake Forest bullpen combined to give up five runs on eight hits over the final four innings.

Boston College Recap
Wake Forest Recap

ACC Recap for April 21st


Florida State 5 UNC 4

The Florida State Seminoles took the second game of their weekend series with North Carolina to clinch another series victory. FSU used a two run homer from Jack Rye in the fifth inning which turned out to be the winning run. Travis Burge and Danny Rosen pitched the final three innings to give the Noles their 12th victory on the season.

FSU Recap

UNC Recap

Virginia 3 Clemson 0

Matt Packer, Michael Schwimer, Casey Lambert combined on a four hit shutout over Clemson at Doug Kingsmore Stadium to clinch the series victory for the Cavs. Beau Seabury went 2-4 with an RBI to lead the Cavs offense while Taylor Harbin was the only Tiger with multiple hits in the game.

Virginia Recap
Clemson Recap

Georgia Tech 4 NC State 3

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets picked up another one run victory over NC State on Saturday for the second straight day. Danny Payne hit a run scoring single in the sixth inning to break a 3-3 tie and lead the Jackets to the win. The Wolfpack offense was held in check by the GT pitching as they struck out 17 batters in the game.

GT Recap
NC State Recap

Duke 11 Maryland 1

Tony Bajoczky continued his strong pitching with a complete game victory over the Maryland Terrapins on Saturday. The offensive star for Duke was Alexander Hassan who went 2-4 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI in the win.

Duke Recap

Maryland Recap

Miami 4 VT 3

The Miami Hurricanes clinched a series victory with a tough 4-3 win over the Virginia Tech Hokies. Mark Sobolewski led the offensive attack with two hits and a homer.

Miami Recap
VT Recap

I would like to apologize to my readers on the length of my posts today but I really didn’t plan on BC-Wake Forest to go 17 innings. Click here for my recap of that game.

The CBB takes in a classic in Brockton

The College Baseball Blog took a little road trip on Saturday down to Brockton MA for some ACC action between Boston College and Wake Forest. BC got a fabulous pitching performance from junior pitcher Terry Doyle who was on top of his game for the first time this season. He went nine innings while giving up two runs (one earned) while striking out 12 batters. Wake Forest starter Garret Bullock was equally impressive as he went ten innings while also giving up two runs. The teams stayed tied until the 14th inning when Wake Forest manufactured a run out of a lead-off single from Evan Ocheltree who was driven home with two outs by Allan Dykstra who hit a ball in the hole to Ryan Hutchinson but he bobbled the ball to let the run score. Boston College responded right away in the bottom of the 14th as Jared McGuire hit a lead-off triple and was driven in with a single through the left part of the infield by Joseph Ayers. Wake was able to get out of the inning without anymore damage. The teams continued to stay tied until the top of the 17th inning when Ben Terry and Allan Dykstra hit back to back singles to start the inning. Nate Jeanes then walked Eric Williams to load the bases with no outs. Jeanes then bared down and struck out Andy Goff and induced a shallow fly ball to Peter Frates which Ben Terry could not score on because it was not deep enough. Jeanes then struck out Ocheltree to end the inning. The Eagles then took their at bats against Phil Negus and Tony Sanchez hit a single to lead off the inning and then was driven in by next batter Eric Campbell who hit an absoulte bomb to center field which went off the wall and enabled Sanchez to score all the way from first base to give the Eagles their second walkoff win in as many days. Nate Jeanes pitched 5.2 innings while allowing only one run. Eric Nielsen took over for Bullock and gave them five innings while only giving up a single run also. Local MA native Phil Negus came in to relieve Nielsen and got the loss in 1.0+ innings of work in his return to Massachusetts.

This win ties the Eagles and Deacons for the final spot in the ACC Tournament. The teams will be back in action on Sunday at 1pm.

BC Recap

Wake Forest Recap

ACC Recap for April 20th

Florida State 4 UNC 2

The Florida State Seminoles knocked off UNC 4-2 in the first game of their weekend series. Bryan Henry continued his strong pitching by giving the Noles eight innings while only one run on four hits to bring his record to 10-0. Robert Woodard was also strong as he allowed two runs in seven innings while striking out eight batters. This was Woodard first loss since March 26th, 2006 against Georgia Tech. Woodard’s career record is now 30-4 and on the season 7-1. Mark Gildea led the Seminoles offense by going 3-4 with 3 RBI. Dustin Ackely hit his sixth homer on the season but his average dropped on the night because he went 1-4. Game 2 of the series will take place at 1 pm on Saturday.

FSU Recap
UNC Recap
Tallahassee Democrat Recap
SEBaseball Recap

Boston College 5 Wake Forest 4

The Boston College Eagles scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth to pick up a crucial 5-4 victory over Wake Forest in Game 1 of their series. The Eagles took advantage of Josh Ellis in the bottom of the ninth as he hit two batters and gave up three hits to drop his record to 2-2 on the season. James MacDonald picked up his first win of the year by getting the final out of the ninth. Kevin Boggan gave the Eagles seven innings while only allowing two runs while Wake Forest starter Brad Kledzik pitched 7.1 innings while also giving up two runs. The Eagles tied the game at two in the bottom of the eighth but Wake Forest broke through for two runs in the top of the ninth off of Geoff Oxley. I should be in attendance tomorrow in Brockton to see some baseball.

BC Recap
Wake Forest Recap

Virginia 5 Clemson 3

The Virginia Cavaliers stole nine bases while knocking off the Clemson Tigers 5-3. Jacob Thompson continued with his strong season as he went eight innings while giving up three runs. Thompson now has a record of 9-0 while Casey Lambert closed the door with a scoreless ninth to get his eighth save. Daniel Moskos started for Clemson but was roughed up for four runs in 3.1 innings. His record evens up at 3-3. Sean Doolittle went 3-4 with two RBI. Andy D’Alessio went 2-4 with a two run homer to lead the Tiger offense. The teams will be back in action at 7:00 PM Saturday.

UVA Recap
Clemson Recap

GT 2 NC State 1

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets scored two runs on a Wally Crancer walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth to lead the Jackets to the 2-1 victory. David Duncan and Eric Surkamp both pitched outstanding for both squads. Duncan went 8.2 innings while striking out a career high 11 batters but did not get the decision as Brad Rulon got the last out in the ninth to up his record to 2-1. Eric Surkamp was the only pitcher used in the game by the Wolfpack. He entered the ninth inning nursing a 1-0 lead when the top of the order in Danny Payne lead off the inning with an infield single to third base. Michael Fisher then laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to put Payne at second with Matt Wieters up to bat. The Wolfpack intentionally walked Wieters to face Wally Crancer. He drove the first pitch he saw into the left center gap which enabled both runners to score and give the Jackets the walkoff win. Surkamp’s record drops to 3-2 on the season but should be much better then that. The teams continue their series at 7 pm on Saturday evening.

GT Recap
NC State Recap

Maryland 5 Duke 4 (11 innings)

The Maryland Terps outlasted the Duke Blue Devils in 11 innings to get a 5-4 victory. Dan Benick scored the winning run in the 11th on a throwing error by Duke’s catcher Matt Williams to give Maryland the lead for good. Brett Cecil pitched the final 3.1 innings to get his fifth win of the season while Jonathan Anderson gets the loss to drop his record to 2-2. The teams will head back to the field on Saturday at 2 pm for Game 2 of the series.

Maryland Recap

Duke Recap

Miami 11 VT 9

The Virginia Tech athletic department hosted their first athletic event on Friday evening since the shooting incident earlier this week and they drew an English Field record crowd of 3,132. Nick Freitas made an incredible catch at the left field wall to rob Warren Schaeffer of the tying home run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Danny Gil picked up his third save of the season while Scott Maine picked up the win to up his record to 3-5. VT starter Adam Redd gets the loss by giving up seven runs in five innings of work to drop his record to 2-4. The teams will be back in action on Saturday for Game 2 at 5 PM.

Miami Recap
VT Recap
AP Article

ACC Weekend Preview for 4/20-4/22

UNC at FSU

The biggest series of the weekend in the country takes place in Tallahassee where the Seminoles take on the North Carolina Tar Heels. Each team leads their respective divisions in the ACC. Both schools also are in the top 5 in all major polls in the nation. North Carolina is led by Freshman sensation Dustin Ackley who leads the nation with a .474 batting average. Robert Woodard will take the ball on Friday night as he continues to be the ace of the staff. He leads the team with 7-0 record with an ERA of 1.98. Florida State is led by Tony Thomas Jr. who has the highest batting average on the team at .465. Bryan Henry is continuing to hold down the number 1 starter role as he is 9-0 with a 2.37 ERA. The CBB predicts that UNC sweeps the Seminoles in Tallahassee. (I am still not a fan of FSU pitching).
Probable Starters
Friday: Robert Woodard (7-0, 1.98 ERA) vs Bryan Henry (9-0, 2.37 ERA)
Saturday: Alex White (4-2, 3.04 ERA) vs Michael Hyde (8-2, 2.84 ERA)
Sunday: Luke Putkonen (5-1, 3.43 ERA) vs Ryan Strauss (8-0, 2.44 ERA)

UNC Game Notes

FSU Game Notes
Tallahassee Democrat Preview
SEBaseball Article on Woodard

Virginia at Clemson

The other big series this weekend is when Virginia heads down to Clemson for a three game set. The Cavaliers are ranked eighth in the nation and Clemson 13th by NCBWA. Virginia is led by one of the top pitchers in the country in Jacob Thompson who enters the weekend with an 8-0 record and 1.32 ERA. The Cavaliers are led by Brandon Guyer who currently has a 25 game hitting streak in which he is hitting .439 during that time. Greg Miclat also is hitting .404 on the season. The Cavs knocked off Richmond on Tuesday 12-5. The Tigers have moved closer Daniel Moskos to the starting the rotation the last two weekends where he has pitched 10 innings and only allowed two runs. Brad Chaulk leads the team with a .416 average and Marquez Smith leads the team with six homers on the season. The CBB predicts that Virginia takes 2 out of 3 games.

Probable Starters
Friday: Jacob Thompson (8-0, 1.32 ERA) vs Daniel Moskos (3-2, 2.27 ERA)
Saturday:
Matt Packer (3-2, 3.75 ERA) vs David Kopp (4-2, 3.74 ERA)
Sunday:
Sean Doolittle (6-2, 2.42 ERA) vs Ryan Hinson (3-1, 2.28 ERA)

Virginia Game Notes
Clemson Game Notes

NC State at Georgia Tech

The Wolfpack head down to Atlanta to take on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in another key ACC showdown. NC State enters the series with a 27-11 overall record and 11-7 in the ACC. NC State is led by starting pitcher Eric Surkamp who is 3-1 with a 2.98 ERA. Andrew Brackman fills the Saturday starter role but has been up and down throughout the season as his record is 6-3 with a mediocre ERA of 3.67 ERA. Mike Roskopf continues his hot hitting as he has a .435 average over the last 12 games. NC State rolled past Davidson on Wednesday with a 14-3 victory. Georgia Tech enters with a 23-14 record and a solid 10-7 in the ACC. They have had suspect starting pitching this year with Eddie Burns leading the staff with a 3-1 record and 2.74 ERA. Matt Wieters (.336 BA) and Danny Payne (.379 BA) still are the heart and soul of the Yellow Jackets attack. The CBB predicts that NC State takes 2 out of 3 games.

Probable Starters
Friday: David Duncan (5-2, 3.29) vs Eric Surkamp (3-1, 2.98)
Saturday: Eddie Burns (3-1, 2.74) vs Andrew Brackman (6-3, 3.67)
Sunday: Ryan Turner (3-3, 3.74) vs. Jimmy Gillheeney (3-1, 3.40)

GA Tech Game Notes
NC State Game Notes

Maryland at Duke

The Maryland Terrapins and Duke Blue Devils will meet in Durham NC. Both schools will be looking to get back into the ACC Tournament hunt as Maryland is two games behind Wake Forest for the last spot while Duke is four games behind Wake Forest. Maryland is led by Dan Benick who leads the every day players with a .333 average. The top starting pitcher for the Terps has been Casey Baron who is 4-3 with a 3.64 ERA. Duke has been receiving tremendous pitching performances from Tony Bajoczky who has beaten FSU, UVA, and Georgia Tech on the season. His record is 7-2 with a solid 2.94 ERA. The CBB predicts that Duke takes 2 out of 3 games.

Probable Starters
Friday: Alexander Hassan (2-3, 3.43 ERA) vs Casey Baron (4-3, 3.64 ERA)
Saturday: Tony Bajoczky (7-2, 2.94 ERA) vs Ryan Moorer (3-2, 4.21 ERA)
Sunday: Jonathan Anderson (2-1, 2.05 ERA) vs Kevin Biringer (3-7, 5.95 ERA)

Maryland Game Notes

Duke Game Notes

Miami at Va Tech

This series took on special meaning this week after the tragedies at Virginia Tech this past week. The game on Friday night will be the first athletic event since the incident on Monday in which the Hokies will participate in. The Miami athletic department in a pre-game ceremony will present a check for 10,000 dollars to the fund for the victims of Monday’s tragedies. The Hurricanes are led by Yonder Alonso who is hitting .373 average while the Hokies are led by Sean O’Brien at .340. The CBB predicts that Miami takes 2 out of 3 games.

Miami Game Notes
VT Game Notes

Wake Forest at Boston College

Wake Forest heads up north to take on the Boston College Eagles. Wake Forest enters the weekend with a 22-19 overall record and 8-10 ACC record. Wake Forest currently has a two game lead over Boston College who enters with a 13-21-1 record and 6-12. Boston College needs to sweep the Deacons this weekend to put themselves in position to make the ACC Tournament as the season is winding down. Wake Forest is led by All-American candidate Allan Dykstra who leads the team in average at .351 and homers at 15. The Deacons might be without their second best hitter Willy Fox who is suffering from an injury he got from confronting an intruder on April 2nd. Boston College has struggled throughout the season with the worst hitting team in the conference. They broke out last weekend against Maryland on Sunday in a 18-6 victory over the Terps. BC is led by freshman catcher Tony Sanchez who is hitting .344 average. The CBB will be in attendance for Saturday’s game in Brockton and we predict that Wake Forest sweeps the Eagles.

Probable Starters
Friday: Brad Kledzik (3-3, 5.33 ERA) vs Kevin Boggan (3-4, 4.24 ERA)
Saturday:
Garrett Bullock (3-1, 5.50 ERA) vs Terry Doyle (2-3, 6.50 ERA)
Sunday:
Charlie Mellies (1-1, 5.40 ERA) vs Nate Jeanes (0-3, 5.13 ERA)

Wake Forest Game Notes