Florida State and Miami enter this weekend’s action holding division leads in the ACC standings as teams continue to battle for spots in the 2016 ACC Championship, held at Durham Bulls Athletic Park on May 24-29. In the Atlantic, the Seminoles jumped to the top spot this past week and hold a narrow lead over Louisville, while Miami is ahead of Virginia and Georgia Tech in the Coastal.
Four league series highlight this weekend’s schedule, including a key Atlantic Division series between No. 5 Florida State and No. 26 Clemson. Both Saturday’s and Sunday’s games will be broadcast on ESPN3, while Monday night’s game will be carried on ESPNU.
Other ACC series include Duke at No. 10 NC State, #20 Virginia at Pitt, and Virginia Tech at Boston College.
In nonconference competition this weekend, #25 Georgia Tech hosts #22 Coastal Carolina in Atlanta, with all three games on ESPN3. #6 Louisville hosts St. Johns, #4 Miami hosts Florida A&M, and Notre Dame hosts Ohio on other nonconference series.
Three ACC relievers were named to the NCBWA Midseason Stopper of the Year Watch list, an award given to the top reliever in college baseball. Included on the list from the ACC are Miami’s Bryan Garcia, Georgia Tech’s Matthew Gorst, and Clemson’s Pat Krall.
Louisville’s Kyle Funkhouser and Miami’s Thomas Woodrey were named finalists for the 2016 Senior CLASS Award, announced earlier this week. The ACC is the only conference with multiple representatives among the 10 finalists for the award.
Eight ACC teams are ranked this week in the national polls, including four that hold spots in the top 10. In the NCAA RPI, 12 of the league’s 14 teams are ranked in the Top 50, the most from any conference, while six of the top 14 are from the ACC: No. 2 Louisville, No. 5 Miami, No. 6 Florida State, No. 8 NC State, No. 11 Clemson, and No. 14 North Carolina. They are followed by No. 22 Georgia Tech, No. 23 Virginia, No. 30 Wake Forest, No. 33 Pitt, No. 38, Notre Dame, and No. 50 Boston College. Duke comes in at No. 61 this week.