ACC Baseball: Previewing April 1-4


Weekend Schedule for April 1-4

Duke at #21 Georgia Tech *
Friday, 7 p.m.
Saturday, 4 p.m.
Sunday, 1 p.m.

#7 Florida State at Boston College *
Friday, 2 p.m.
Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, 1 p.m.

#23 NC State at #14 Virginia *
Friday, 6 p.m.
Saturday, 4 p.m.
Sunday, 1 p.m.

#10 North Carolina at #2 Miami *
Friday, 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
Saturday, 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
Sunday, 1 p.m. (ESPN3)

Pitt at #24 Clemson *
Friday, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, 4 p.m.
Sunday, 1 p.m.

Virginia Tech at #5 Louisville *
Saturday, 1 p.m. (ESPN3)
Sunday, 1 p.m. (ESPN3)
Monday, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)

Wake Forest at Notre Dame *
Friday, 6:05 p.m.
Saturday, 4:05 p.m.
Sunday, 1:05 p.m.

League Notes
The fourth weekend of ACC league series features a showdown between the top two teams in the Coastal Division as No. 2 Miami (20-5, 7-2) plays host to No. 10 North Carolina (20-4, 6-3) … The Hurricanes seek to maintain their momentum at Mark Light Field, where they took two-of-three from Louisville and swept Clemson in conference play each of the previous two weekends … The Tar Heels have won eight of their last 10 overall.

Other ACC weekend series find Boston College welcoming Florida State in the Eagles’ first home conference action of the season … Notre Dame continues a 13-game homestand as it faces Wake Forest … Also on tap are NC State at Virginia, Pitt at Clemson, Duke at Georgia Tech, and Virginia Tech at Louisville … The Virginia Tech-Louisville series opens on Saturday and concludes with the first of five ACC Monday night games that will be televised nationally by ESPNU.

Eight ACC teams remain ranked among the nation’s top 25 in national polls, with Miami as high as No. 2, Louisville No. 4, Florida State and North Carolina No. 7, Virginia No. 13, Clemson No. 14, NC State No. 17 and Georgia Tech No. 18.

Florida State’s J.D. Drew, the 1997 ACC Player of the Year, was elected to the 2016 College Baseball Hall of Fame, as announced on Thursday. He is one of seven members in the class, joining Augie Garrido (Texas), Bob Braddy (Jackson State), Matt DeSalvo (Marietta College), Rick Monday (Arizona State), Tom Paciorek (Houston) and Tommy Thomas (Valdosta State).

Miami closer Bryan Garcia enters the weekend as the NCAA Division I active leader in saves with 33, including an ACC-leading eight this season … Louisville leads the ACC and ranks third nationally in team ERA at 2.22, led by starters Brendan McKay (1.10) and Drew Harrington (1.42) … Harrington has not allowed a run in four of his six starts this season … North Carolina currently owns a staff ERA of 2.28 and ranks sixth nationally in strikeouts per nine innings (9.8) … Louisville’s McKay leads all pitchers with 51 strikeouts, and North Carolina’s J.B. Bukauskas and Zac Gallen have each sat down 49 opposing batters.

Louisville’s Corey Ray continues to lead the ACC in RBIs (32) and ranks among the nation’s leaders in stolen bases (25) … Clemson’s Seth Beer (11) and Wake Forest’s Will Craig (9) continue to rank among the nation’s home run leaders … Miami catcher Zack Collins’ 23 RBIs during the month of March led all ACC players.