Baseball America had a chat today about the upcoming season. They address many different topics including the ACC with some discussion about Andrew Brackman and Virginia’s pitching among other topics. It is a pretty lengthy chat with Aaron Fitt and can be read here.
Andrew Brackman has decided to focus on Baseball during his senior season and give up his basketball career for the time being according to reports from SeBaseball and ESPN. Andy Katz also of ESPN believed that Andrew had some talent to become a serviceable player in the NBA. He was likely going to be a late 1st round pick in the 2007 NBA draft but now will be a top 5 pick in the MLB draft with his 7 foot frame.
Sorry for the lack of updates on the site recently but there really hasn’t been too much news to report. Feel free to send questions or comments to me.
Day 1 of the ACC Baseball Tournament got off to a flying start today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The ACC Baseball Tournament is being webcast on the internet. The games can be seen by clicking here. You will have to complete a brief registration before seeing the video.
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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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.