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#18 Clemson at #8 Louisville *
Friday, 6 p.m.
Saturday, 4 p.m.
Sunday, 1 p.m. (ESPN3)
#13 North Carolina at #25 Virginia *
Friday, 6 p.m.
Saturday, 4 p.m.
Sunday, 12 p.m.
Pitt at Virginia Tech *
Friday, 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, 1 p.m.
Sunday, 1 p.m.
The second half of the ACC regular season opens Friday with seven weekend series, including key division matchups with Clemson at Louisville and North Carolina at Virginia … Coastal Division leader Miami puts its 11-game winning streak on the line at Duke, while Atlantic Division leader Florida State also hits the road to play at Wake Forest … NC State visits Georgia Tech, Pitt travels to Virginia Tech, and Notre Dame plays host to Boston College as the stretch run to the ACC Championship (May 24-29 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park) picks up steam.
Eight ACC teams are ranked again this week, led be Miami which is the unanimous No. 1 in all six national polls. The league continues to show well in the NCAA RPI this week as well. Led by four teams in the top seven (No. 2 Miami, No. 4 Louisville, No. 6 Florida State, and No. 7 Clemson), the league leads the country with eight teams in the top 25 and 13 in the top 70.
Nonconference action for ACC teams included Louisville’s 9-6 win at No. 24 Kentucky and North Carolina’s 15-0 rout of No. 7 South Carolina in Wednesday night’s game at Charlotte’s BB&T Park … The neutral site game drew a sellout crowd of 10,205 – the largest ever to watch a regular-season college baseball game in the state of North Carolina.
Miami junior Bryan Garcia remains the nation’s active career saves leader and ranks third on Miami’s all-time list with 35. Garcia earned his ACC-leading 10th save of this season by recording the final five outs of Wednesday night’s 8-4 win over visiting UCF … In addition to their current 11-game winning streak, the Hurricanes have won 22 of their last 24 outings … The consistently strong play has earned Miami its first No. 1 national ranking since the 2008 season.
Reigning ACC Player of the Year Will Craig of Wake Forest leads the ACC in batting (.442) and RBIs (44) … Craig is tied for second in the conference in home runs with nine, five behind Clemson freshman Seth Beer’s 14 … Beer is one of two freshmen among the ACC’s top 20 batters … Beer ranks third with a .425 average, while Georgia Tech’s Joey Bart ranks 17th at .357 … Louisville continues to rank among the nation’s top five in teams batting at .328.
With Wednesday night’s shutout of second-ranked South Carolina, North Carolina’s ACC-leading ERA dipped to 2.44 … The Tar Heels’ J.B. Bukauskas (68) and Zac Gallen (66) continue to rank 1-2 among the league’s strikeout leaders … Boston College’s Jacob Stevens (0.45 in 40 innings) and Clemson’s Pat Krall (0.48 in 37.2 innings) continue to boast ERAs below the 1.00 threshold … Krall, who has established himself as one of the nation’s top relievers in 16 bullpen appearances, owns a 5-0 record with two saves and has issued just seven walks while striking out 38 batters.