ACC Baseball: Previewing March 18-20


Weekend Schedule for March 18-20

Boston College at #25 Clemson *
Friday, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN3) | Saturday, 4 p.m. (ESPN3) | Sunday, 1 p.m. (ESPN3)

#10 North Carolina at Duke *
Friday, 6 p.m. (ESPN3) | Saturday, 1 p.m. (ESPN3) | Sunday, 1 p.m. (ESPN3)

Virginia Tech at #28 Georgia Tech *
Friday, 6 p.m. | Saturday, 4 p.m. | Sunday, 1 p.m.

#4 Louisville at #6 Miami *
Friday, 7 p.m. (ESPN3)  | Saturday, 8 p.m. (ESPNU) | Sunday, 2:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

Notre Dame at #18 NC State *
Friday, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN3) | Saturday, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN3) | Sunday, 12 p.m. (ESPN3)

#8 Florida State at Pitt *
Friday, 6 p.m.  | Saturday, 3 p.m. | Sunday, 1 p.m.

Wake Forest at #12 Virginia *
Friday, 3:30 p.m. | Friday, DH | Saturday, 1 p.m.

League Notes
No.  4 Louisville’s visit to No. 6 Miami highlights the second weekend of ACC play. Other three-game series find Wake Forest at No. 12 Virginia, No. 10 North Carolina at Duke, No. 8 Florida State at Pitt, Boston College at No. 25 Clemson, Notre Dame at No. 18 NC State, and Virginia Tech at No. 28 Georgia Tech.
                                                                                              
Nine of the 14 ACC programs are ranked in at least one national poll this week, including five different teams that hold a spot in a top 10. On the season, seven ACC teams have been ranked in a top 10. 

Louisville carries a 10-game winning streak into the Miami series, the fifth-longest current streak in the country. Both Saturday’s  8 p.m. game and Sunday’s 2:30 p.m. game will be televised nationally on ESPNU. The Hurricanes have won nine of their last 10 games overall and six straight home games heading into Friday’s series opener. This weekend’s series will pit the two ACC division champions from a season ago, as Louisville captured the ACC Atlantic Division crown in 2015 with a 25-5 league record, while Miami won the Coastal at 22-8.

With one more victory in 2016, Miami head coach Jim Morris will become just the sixth coach in the history of Division I baseball to reach the 1,500-win milestone (1,499) … Morris, who has won 995 games during his illustrious 22-year-plus tenure, is five wins away from becoming the second coach in Miami history to reach 1,000 wins at the helm (Ron Fraser - 1,267) … With 10 more wins, Morris will move past Larry Hays (1,508) as the fifth-winningest coach in Division I baseball history by victories.

In Thursday night’s win over Wright State, Logan Taylor became the second Louisville player to steal home in the last 11 months after junior outfielder Corey Ray accomplished the feat against Wake Forest on April 18, 2015. Taylor's swipe of home capped a five-run fifth inning in which he also hit a three-run triple.

Two ACC players picked up national honors this week as Joe Cronin of Boston College was recognized as the NCBWA National Player of the Week, and Clemson freshman Seth Beer was named a National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball. Cronin is currently batting .389 with a pair of homers and 19 RBIs. Beer is batting .426, is tied for the ACC lead in home runs with seven and ranks third in RBIs with 22.

Boston College is 12-3 for the first time in program history (dating back to 1973). The Eagles earned their first ranking in school history earlier this week (No. 22 by Collegiate Baseball).