ACC Weekend Preview for March 23-25

Boston College at Florida State

The Boston College Eagles head to Tallahassee for the first time ever to take on the number 2 ranked Florida State Seminoles. FSU is coming off their first loss of the season to Jacksonville on Wednesday while Boston College picked up a victory on Sunday over Georgia Tech before heading back to Boston where they had a game postponed because of the snow on the ground. The CBB predicts that BC will win one game of the series this weekend if Terry Doyle is able to pitch. If Doyle does not go then the Eagles will get swept.

Probable Starters
Friday: Bryan Henry (5-0, 2.61 ERA) vs Kevin Boggan (2-1, 2.14 ERA)
Saturday: Michael Hyde (7-0, 1.59 ERA) vs Nate Jeannes (0-1, 3.57 ERA)
Sunday: Ryan Strauss (5-0, 1.85 ERA) vs Terry Doyle (2-0, 2.40 ERA)

BC has not officially named any starting pitchers for this weekend yet so I have based this on past weekend rotation.

Florida State Game Notes

North Carolina at Virginia Tech

Peter Hughes welcomes the North Carolina Tar Heels to Blacksburg for a coastal division showdown. Virginia Tech enters the series with an overall record of 14-8 and 3-3 in the ACC while UNC is 20-3 and 4-2 in the conference. The CBB predicts that UNC sweeps the road series.

Probable Starters
Friday: Robert Woodard (4-0, 2.30 ERA) vs. Greg Fryman (2-2, 6.37 ERA)
Saturday: Alex White (3-0, 1.69 ERA) vs. Andrew Wells (1-1, 5.27 ERA)
Sunday: Luke Putkonen (4-0, 4.10 ERA) vs Adam Redd (2-0, 0.96 ERA)

UNC Game Notes
VA Tech Game Notes

Clemson at Maryland

Clemson will head to College Park this weekend with a 14-5 overall record and a conference record of 3-0. Clemson dropped a mid-week game to Western Carolina on Tuesday but should be able to bounce back strong this weekend. Maryland is 14-7 and 3-3 in the conference. Maryland picked up a 17-2 victory over VCU this week on Wednesday. The CBB predicts that Clemson will sweep the series.

Probable Starters
Friday: Casey Baron (3-1, 4.41 ERA) vs P.J. Zocchi (3-0, 2.00 ERA)
Saturday: Ryan Moorer (2-0, 2.78 ERA) vs Ryan Hinson (1-0, 2.00 ERA)
Sunday: Kevin Biringer (2-3, 4.68 ERA) vs David Kopp (2-2, 4.40 ERA)

Maryland Game Notes
Clemson Game Notes

Miami at Virginia

The Miami Hurricanes head to Charlottesville to take on the Virginia Cavaliers for a big ACC series. Both teams are expected to compete for the Coastal division crown so this could make or break the division for both of these teams. The CBB predicts that UVA takes 2 out of 3 games this weekend.

Probable Starters
Friday: Jacob Thompson (5-0, 1.98 ERA) vs Eric Erickson (3-2, 1.52 ERA)
Saturday: Matt Packer (2-1, 3.48 ERA) vs Scott Maine (2-3, 5.00 ERA)
Sunday: Sean Doolittle (4-1, 3.28 ERA) vs Enrique Garcia (1-2, 2.55 ERA)

NC State at Wake Forest

The NC State Wolfpack will head to Winston-Salem for a three game set with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. The Wolfpack enter with an impressive 16-7 record but a 3-3 record in the ACC. The Deacons have a 12-10 mark and a 2-4 record with two tough series already under their belt with FSU and Virginia. The CBB predicts that Wake Forest sweeps the weekend series.

Probable Starters
Friday: Brad Kledzik (2-1, 5.20) vs Eric Surkamp (2-1, 2.53)
Saturday: Garrett Bullock (1-1, 5.54) vs Andrew Brackman (4-1, 2.97)
Sunday: Eric Niesen (2-2, 5.12) vs Jimmy Gilheeney (1-1, 1.90)

NC State Game Notes
Wake Forest Game Notes

Georgia Tech at Duke
The Yellow Jackets head to Durham NC for a three game set with the Duke Blue Devils. Georgia Tech is coming off a mid-week victory over Georgia State 3-0 and took two out of three from Boston College last weekend for an overall record of 12-10 and 3-3 in the ACC. Duke enters the series with a pair of victories over Fairleigh Dickinson and were swept in their last ACC series by Clemson. They have a record of 17-7 but 0-6 in the ACC. The CBB has Georgia Tech winnign all three games.

Probable Starters
Friday: Alexander Hassan (2-0, 2.18 ERA) vs David Duncan (4-2, 3.79 ERA)
Saturday: Tony Bajoczky (3-2, 2.70 ERA) vs John Goodman (1-0, 4.50 ERA)
Sunday: TBA vs Ryan Turner (1-3, 4.32 ERA)

Georgia Tech Game Notes

Duke Game Notes

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FSU finally loses

The Florida State Seminoles finally lost a game after starting the season with a 23 game winning streak. Jacksonville University took advantage of two errors in the third inning to score four unearned runs to lead the Dolphins to the 5-3 victory. Former FSU player Ryan McArdle hit a two run double in that third inning to give the Dolphins the lead for good. The attendance for tonight’s game was 3,109 which is a record crowd at Alexander Brest Field. The Seminoles will host Boston College for a weekend series while Jacksonville hosts Kennesaw State in conference action.

FSU Recap
Section B Recap
Tallahassee Democrat Recap
Jacksonville Recap

UMD knocks off VCU

The Maryland Terrapins scored nine runs in the third inning to blow out the VCU Rams by a score of 17-2. The Terps offense was led by Will Greenberg who went 4-4 with 3 RBI. Mike Sufczynski picked up the win by going two innings and giving up one run. Cody Eppley picks up the loss for VCU by giving up nine runs in 2.1 innings of work.

UMD Recap
VCU Recap

Delaware wins a big game

Kyle Davis had a pinch hit bases loaded single in the bottom of the ninth to lead the Delaware Blue Hens to the walk-off 9-8 victory over St. Joseph’s. David Slovak picked up the win after pitching the top of the ninth in which he gave up a run. The win was Slovak’s first of the season while Chris Prescott picks up his third loss of the season. Delaware will be back in action on Friday when Hofstra visits town.

Delaware Recap
St. Joseph’s Recap

Conference USA Recap for 3/20

Southern Miss 9 Louisiana-Monroe 5

The Eagles got their fourth straight victory with a 9-5 victory over Louisiana-Monroe on Tuesday evening. Michael Ewing got three hits to lead the offense while Todd McInnis got the victory by going 3.0 innings on a staff night.

Southern Miss Recap
Louisiana-Monroe Recap
Hattiesburg American Recap

New Orleans 14 Tulane 2

The Privateers used a thirteen hit attack to hammer the Tulane Green Wave 14-2 in non-conference action on Tuesday. T.J. Baxter went 3-4 with four runs scored and four driven to lead the offensive charge.

UNO Recap
Tulane Recap

Texas A&M 10 Rice 9 (11 innings)

The Aggies picked up a very tough 10-9 victory over the Rice Owls on Tuesday. The Owls will be back in action on Friday when they visit Southern Miss for a weekend series.

Rice Recap
Texas A&M Recap

Memphis 17 Middle Tennessee State 3

The Memphis Tigers blew out Middle Tennessee State 17-3 on Tuesday. Bill Moss went 3-3 with four RBI and three runs scored to lead the Tigers to the victory.

Memphis Recap
Middle Tennessee State Recap

James Madison 12 Marshall 4

Matt Townsend hit two homers and drove in five runs to lead the Dukes to the 12-4 victory. The teams will face off on Wednesday.

JMU Recap
Marshall Recap

UAB 7 Troy 6

The UAB Blazers used a great relief appearance from James Oliver who entered with the tying run on second and the winning run on first with one out in the eighth but was able to get out of the jam and pick up his first save of the season.

UAB Recap
Troy Recap

ACC Recap for 3/20

UNC 10
Towson 2

The UNC Tar Heels picked up a 10-2 victory over the Towson Tigers behind a three hit game from Tim Fedroff. Adam Warren picked up his fourth victory of the season by going five innings while only giving up a run.

UNC Recap
Towson Recap

Western Carolina 6
Clemson 3

Western Carolina used a five run sixth inning to upset the Clemson Tigers by a score of 6-3. The Catamounts were led by catcher Blake Murphy who went 2-4 with two RBI. D.J. Mitchell hit a two run homer to lead the Tigers.

Western Carolina Recap
Clemson Recap

Virginia 11
Richmond 1

The Virginia Cavaliers used a 13 hit attack to pick up their 20th victory of the season over the Richmond Spiders. Brandon Guyer went 4-6 with 4 RBI to lead the Cavs to the victory. Pat McAnaney picked up the victory by going five strong innings while giving up only one unearned run.

Virginia Recap
Richmond Recap

Wake Forest 6
Ohio University 4

Willy Fox hit his fourth homer on the year and Dustin Hood went 3 for 4 to lead the Deacons to the 6-4 victory. This win broke a five game losing streak for the Deacons and gave them their 12th win on the season.

Wake Forest Recap
Ohio University Recap

Boston College and Central Connecticut State had their game canceled due to the unplayable field conditions throughout the Northeast. They will try to make up the series later this year on a date yet to be determined.

BC Release