Day 1 of the ACC Baseball Tournament got off to a flying start today.
FSU vs UVA
The Cavs and Noles opened the tournament up with a battle between each teams ace. Virginia sent Sean Doolittle to the mound to face the Seminoles ace in Bryan Henry. Doolittle pitched 6 innings giving up only 4 hits and striking out 9 Seminole batters while only letting up 1 run. Henry pitched 7 innings giving up 5 runs (4 earned) on 5 hits while only striking out 1 batter. The UVA offense was very proficient at moving runners along the bases. The Seminoles struck out 15 times on the day and this needs to change if the Seminoles want to get deep in the NCAA Tournament.
NC State vs UNC
The Wolfpack were led by Gib Hobson’s complete game in a 9-3 victory over the number 2 seed North Carolina Tar Heels. Hobson gave up a three-run homer in the first inning to Chad Flack but settled down after that. He pitched the complete game scattered 10 hits with 1 walk and had only 3 strikeouts. Andrew Miller took the loss for the Tar Heels which is only his second on the season. He gave up 7 runs (5 earned) with 5 walks in 6 innings.
Miami vs Georgia Tech
This game was a pitching duel between Scott Maine (UM) and Blake Wood (GT) with the Jackets coming out with a 2-1 win. The Miami run came on a Eddy Rodriguez home run in the second inning. The Georgia Tech runs came in the bottom of the fourth when Jeff Kindel got a one out double. He moved to third base on a Whit Robbins single in which Robbins was thrown out when he was trying to stretch it into a double. Wes Hodges came up and lined a 2 out double down the left field line to drive the tying run in. The score stayed tied until the bottom of the eighth inning with two outs Mike Trapani hit a solo homerun to give you the final scoreline. Scott Maine pitched 7.2 innings giving up 6 hits and 2 earned runs. Blake Wood pitched 8.1 innings and gave up only 5 hits before turning it over to the bullpen. Brad Rulon picked up the save by getting the last two outs by way of the K.
Wake Forest vs Clemson
Clemson used a 13 hit attack to beat the Demon Deacons 13-1 in a 7 inning game which was shortened on the ten run rule which is in effect for the tournament. Clemson was led by Freshman D.J. Mitchell who got three RBI’s in the game for the Jack Leggett Tigers. Taylor Harbin was a homer shy of the cycle in a 3 for 3 performance with an RBI. P.J. Zocchi allowed one run on four hits in six innings of work for the Tigers. Steve Richard pitched a scoreless 7th inning for the Tigers giving up two hits and striking out two. Wake Forest starter Eric Nielsen had a rough night pitching only 3.2 innings giving up 6 runs (5 Earned) on five hits and three walks. Wake reliever Kyle Young did not have an easier time either by pitching 2.1 innings and gave up 7 runs (4 earned) on eight hits and two bases on balls.
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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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The Huskers came out with a solid 3-1 victory over the Hurricanes today to take a 1-0 lead in the series. The game was delayed over 2 hours before it started but Joba Chamberlain was ready as he was the story for the Huskers as he scattered 7 hits in 8.0 plus innings pitched. He struck out 13 of the 29 batters he faced. Cesar Carrillo was very good also letting up 2 ER over 8.0 innings but his defense gave up an unearned run in the fourth inning which was key.
Here are some links to some articles around the country about the Super Regionals.
The Times-Picayune checks in with a few articles about the Regional. The first one is about Nathan Southard, one about Wayne Graham , and the final one is about the threat of a tropical storm interrupting the series.
The Houston Chronicle has three articles today about College Baseball. One about the Rice pitching staff, one about Baylor’s recent turnaround this season, and the final one is about TCU’s Lance Broadway who is up for the Roger Clemens award.
The Lincoln Journal Star has a ton of articles about the Huskers and Canes. The first one focuses on Mike Anderson. Another one focuses on Husker assistant Andy Sawyers. We also have articles on Ryan Braun and also an article about the Huskers two aces. Wow, There is only one more from the Lincoln Star and that is on Zach Kroenke. There is also an editorial about the game from Steven M. Sipple.
The Sun-Sentinel checks in with an article from Jim Sarni about the Huskers series. There is also an article on the Figueroa brothers. The Miami Herald has an article about Miami pitcher Andrew Lane and also an article on Seminole pitcher Bryan Henry.
The Corvallis Gazette-Times has an article about the interest in OSU baseball with this dream season of theirs.
The Gainesville Sun comes in with an article about Brian LeClerc’s hair and Tyler Chamberliss of FSU.
I have to go watch some games…Take it easy and Enjoy the games.
Miami at (3) Nebraska
This is going to be a very tough environment for the Hurricanes. I believe that Nebraska has the edge in the series based on the atmosphere of their stadium and fans. The Huskers pitching staff is led by Joba Chamberlain (8-2). This kid is a workhorse and has a very good curveball to go along with a plus 90 fastball. He has been the Friday starter all year for Nebraska and will likely face Cesar Carrillo who is 13-2 this season against some very solid ACC clubs. I expect a pitchers duel which will be broadcasted on ESPN at 1pm on Friday.
This series also features the two best Third basemen in the country in Alex Gordon from Nebraska and Ryan Braun from Miami. Gordon is hitting .382 with 18 HRs and was the number 2 pick in this week’s MLB draft.
This is what Baseball America says about Gordon:
Gordon should hit for power and average because he has a sweet lefthanded swing, strength, exceptional strike-zone discipline and the ability to make adjustments. He uses the entire field and can drive the ball where it’s pitched after getting pull-conscious as a sophomore. When Gordon first arrived at Nebraska, some thought he might have to move to first base or an outfield corner. But he has worked hard on his defense, where his strong arm, instincts and quickness are assets.
Ryan Braun on the other hand was only the fifth overall pick of the Milwaukee Brewers. He has been hitting well throughout his career with a .396 average with 18 HRs.
Baseball America’s Scouting Report on Braun
Braun has a hitch in his swing and a high, unconventional finish, but his hands are quick enough to make it work, and he’s athletic enough to repeat his stroke and drive pitches to all parts of the field. His future position will be the main source of concern for pro teams. He came to college as a shortstop and now plays third, but he has struggled with errors at both spots. Some scouts doubt his infield actions and footwork and say he’ll have to move to an outfield corner, where his plus arm and speed could allow him to be an above-average defender in time.
My prediction for this series is a 3 game set with Miami coming out on top with a one run victory on Sunday to shock the Home fans.