Noting ACC Baseball: Tuesday, March 15

March 15, 2011

  • Florida State, Georgia Tech and Virginia all moved up in the national rankings this week after opening ACC play with three-game series sweeps in last weekend's action
  • Miami also got out of the gate quickly in conference play by posting a 3-0 start
  • Duke first baseman/pitcher Dennis O'Grady is the ACC Player of the Week
  • O'Grady had a hit in each of the four games he started in the field, including a 4-for-4 showing against High Point, and picked up a win on the mound with five quality innings against NC State
  • ACC Pitcher of the Week Mark Pope of Georgia Tech has thrown complete-game shutouts in three of his last five starts and has not allowed a run in his last 25 innings
  • Pope also earned National Player of the Week recognition from Collegiate Baseball, as did Virginia's Danny Hultzen
  • Five ACC teams remain ranked nationally, with FSU and Virginia ranked as high as fourth and fifth, respectively.

ACC BASEBALL BY THE NUMBERS

0.29 - ACC-low ERA posted thus far by ACC Pitcher of the Week Mark Pope of Georgia Tech, who has thrown shutouts in each of his last two starts and allowed just four singles and no walks in last Friday night's 1-0 win over Maryland.

.600 - ACC Player of the Week Dennis O'Grady of Duke hit .600 in five games last week, raising his batting average for the season 165 points to .325.

1 - After playing three-game series vs. top-five opponents South Carolina and Virginia in a span of nine days, Clemson's schedule to date is rated the strongest nationally by independent analyst Warren Nolan.

3 - Number of runs allowed by Miami's pitching staff in a three-game sweep of Virginia Tech last weekend. Starters Bryan Radziewski, E.J. Encinosa and Eric Whaley allowed just 11 hits, one walk and struck out 18 while posting a 1.04 ERA in 22.2 innings.

7- Virginia Tech's Andrew Rash leads the ACC in home runs with seven.

14 - Strikeouts by Virginia's Danny Hultzen in 6.2 scoreless innings vs. Clemson last Friday night. Hultzen, who joined Georgia Tech's Mark Pope in earning National Player of the Week honors from Collegiate Baseball, has struck out an ACC-high 50 batters in 27.1 innings.

14 - Consecutive games in which Duke's Jordan Betts has hit safely, the longest current active streak among ACC players.

152- Number of non-league games played by ACC teams prior to the start of conference play. ACC teams have posted 105 wins vs. non-conference teams thus far, a winning percentage of .691. Sixteen more non-league games are slated Tuesday and Wednesday.