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Weekend Schedule for March 24-27
Boston College at Pitt *
Thursday, 3 p.m. | Friday, 1 p.m. | Saturday, 1 p.m.
Duke at Wake Forest *
Friday, 6 p.m. | Saturday, 4 p.m. | Sunday, 1 p.m.
A big weekend of ACC play is on tap with eight ranked teams facing off in four series. #4 Miami hosts #17 Clemson in Coral Gables, #7 North Carolina welcomes #25 Georgia Tech, #16 NC State heads to Tallahassee to play #10 Florida State, and #11 Virginia is at #8 Louisville. The other league series on the schedule are Boston College at Pitt, Duke at Wake Forest, and Notre Dame at Virginia Tech.
Three of the series – Boston College at Pitt, #25 Georgia Tech at #7 North Carolina, and Notre Dame at Virginia Tech – get an early start on Thursday this week.
Of the 21 league games this weekend, 14 will be broadcast on ESPN3, including 11 of the 12 contests between ranked opponents.
Eight different teams are ranked this week, including five different squads that hold spots in the Top 10 in one poll. This season, 10 of the 14 league teams have been ranked.
With two weekends of conference play in the books, Clemson and Florida State sit atop the Atlantic Division with 5-1 records, closely followed by Louisville at 4-2. In the Coastal, North Carolina is 5-1 followed by Miami and Virginia at 4-2.
Clemson’s Seth Beer took home ACC Co-Player of the Week honors after hitting .588 last week. The freshman hit his league-leading ninth home run, a 10th-inning walkoff home run on Sunday against Boston College, and extended his hitting streak to 18 games in a Tuesday win over Presbyterian College. North Carolina’s Tyler Ramirez hit .400 with two homers and 12 RBIs to be named the other ACC Co-Player of the Week. The junior reached base 15 times in 27 appearances as the Tar Heels won five games.
ACC Pitcher of the Week Joe O’Donnell (3-1) tossed a complete game four-hitter on Friday to lead the Wolfpack to a 9-1 win over Notre Dame.
Georgia Tech enters the weekend with the top team batting average at .329. Florida State (8.9 runs per game) and North Carolina (8.5) have the highest-scoring offenses, with the Tar Heels having scored double digits in five of their last six games. Louisville (2.31), North Carolina (2.49), and Florida State (2.62) have the top three team ERAs.
Louisville’s Nick Solak leads the league with a .461 batting average, just ahead of Clemson’s Beer at .448. Florida State’s John Sansone ranks No. 1 with 31 RBIs, followed by Beer and Wake Forest’s Will Craig with 26. Louisville’s Corey Ray has stolen a national-best 23 bases, and has swiped 10 more than any other player in the ACC.