ACC Baseball Heads Into Final Weekend Before Championship


Weekend Schedule

Boston College at #25 Georgia Tech *
Thursday, 7 p.m. (ESPN3) | Friday, 7 p.m. (ESPN3) | Saturday, 1 p.m. (ESPN3)

#16 Clemson at Notre Dame *
Thursday, 6:05 p.m. | Friday, 6:05 p.m. | Saturday, 1:05 p.m. (ESPN3)

Duke at Pitt *
Thursday, 6 p.m. | Friday, 6 p.m. | Saturday, 11 a.m.

#5 Louisville at Wake Forest *
Thursday, 6 p.m. (ESPN3) | Friday, 6 p.m. (ESPN3) | Saturday, 1 p.m. (ESPN3)

#4 Miami at #11 Florida State *
Thursday, 6 p.m. (ESPN3) | Friday, 6 p.m. (ESPN3) | Saturday, 1 p.m. (ESPN3)

#17 North Carolina at #14 NC State *
Thursday, 6 p.m. (ESPN3) | Friday, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN3) | Saturday, 1 p.m. (ESPN3)

Virginia Tech at #12 Virginia *
Thursday, 6 p.m. | Friday, 6 p.m. | Saturday, 4 p.m.

League Notes
Six of the 10 spots in the 2016 ACC Baseball Championship remain up for grabs heading into the last week of the regular season … Miami, Louisville, Florida State and Virginia have secured spots in the tournament but will be battling for seeding during this weekend’s final three-game conference series … A total of three games in the loss column separate the fifth- and 12th-place teams in the current league standings.

Seven conference series are set Thursday through Saturday. Miami has clinched the Coastal Division title but will vying for the No. 1 overall seed as it travels to Florida State. The Seminoles, currently in second place in the Atlantic Division behind Louisville, also remain in contention for a division title and the No. 1 seed … Two more rivalry series cap the regular season as North Carolina travels to NC State, while Virginia Tech plays at Virginia … Other action finds Duke at Pitt, Louisville at Wake Forest, Clemson at Notre Dame, and Boston College at Georgia Tech.

The ACC Baseball Championship is set for May 24-29 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park … Seeding for the tournament will be determined and announced following the conclusion of Saturday’s games … The complete schedule with game times and pairings for the tournament will be announced on Sunday morning.

Georgia Tech will enter the BC series riding the momentum of Tuesday night’s extra-inning win over rival Georgia at Atlanta’s Turner Field … The Yellow Jackets’ win capped a 5-1 night for the ACC in the final set of nonconference games in the 2016 season.

Louisville forged into first place in the Atlantic Division last weekend with three-game sweep of visiting 10th-ranked NC State. ACC Co-Pitcher of the Week Zack Burdi threw 4.1 innings of hitless relief versus the Wolfpack and No. 7 Vanderbilt in earning three saves while striking out nine. Burdi threw 11 pitches over the course of the four games that were clocked at 100 mph or higher, and 10 more that were clocked at 99 mph.

ACC Player of the Week Stuart Fairchild of Wake Forest had multiple hits in each of his team’s three league games at Virginia Tech and had multiple RBIs in all four of the Demon Deacons’ games last week … Fairchild finished the week with five extra base hits and 13 RBIs, 10 of which came in the Virginia Tech series.

The ACC Co-Pitcher of the Week accolades for North Carolina junior Zac Gallen marked his third weekly ACC honor of the season and the fourth of his career. Gallen worked eight shutout innings in last Friday night’s 3-0 win over visiting Notre Dame, allowing just two hits while striking out eight. Gallen walked only one batter.

The ACC continues to show strongly in the NCAA RPI rankings, leading all conference with eight teams in the top 20, 11 in the top 50, and 13 among the top 80 … Three teams rank among the top seven with Louisville at No. 2, Miami at No. 3 and NC State at No. 7.