Noting ACC Baseball: Friday, April 15

April 15, 2011

A tight race in the Coastal Division sees the top four teams separated by no more than a game and a half as the ACC prepares for its sixth weekend of league series ... Florida State continues to hold the top spot in the Atlantic Division ... the 8th-ranked Seminoles play a three-game road series at Virginia Tech this weekend, with Saturday’s 1 p.m. game scheduled for telecast on the ACC’s Regional Sports Network ... Boston College plays host to Clemson ... No. 5 North Carolina makes the short drive to NC State ... Duke visits top-ranked Virginia ... Wake Forest is home against 9th-ranked Georgia Tech ... No. 19 Miami travels to Maryland ... Clemson junior shortstop Brad Miller is named the ACC Player of the Week ... Virginia junior Danny Hultzen is named the ACC Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season ... Miller is also named a Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week and the NCBWA Co-Hitter of the Week after batting .667 in five games ... North Carolina’s Jacob Stallings added to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List.

BY THE NUMBERS

.667 - Batting average compiled last week by ACC Player of the Week Brad Miller of Clemson, who collected 14 hits in 21 at-bats. Miller also handled 28 chances in the field at shortstop without committing an error.

4 - Four ACC teams remain ranked among the top 10 of at least one major poll - No. 1 Virginia, No. 5 North Carolina, No. 8 Florida State and No. 9 Georgia Tech. Miami is also ranked as high as 19th (Collegiate Baseball) and Clemson 23rd (NCBWA).

10 - Shutouts thrown by Virginia’s pitching staff this season, including Will Roberts’ perfect game vs. George Washington on March 29.

12 - Strikeouts in eight-plus innings by ACC Pitcher of the Week Danny Hultzen of Virginia during last Friday night’s winning start vs. 8th-ranked Georgia Tech. Hultzen allowed one earned run and did not walk a batter.

13 - Wake Forest’s Mac Williamson has hit safely in 13 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the ACC at present.

17 - Seventeen of Georgia Tech’s 34 players on the roster are freshmen. All 17 have played this season while 10 have made at least one start.

30 - North Carolina has reached 30 wins for the 14th straight year and in the process equaled the fastest start in school history. The 1983 squad also went 30-5 in its first 35 games and finished with a 42-10 record.

33 - Virginia has started the season with a 33-3 record, tying the best start in conference history and becoming just the fifth ACC team to start 33-3. The 1999 and 2007 Florida State teams and 1989 and 1995 Clemson teams each started 33-3 as well.

43 - ACC-leading number of home runs hit by Virginia Tech. The Hokies’ Andrew Rash leads all conference players with 11.

FLORIDA STATE AT VIRGINIA TECH
FRIDAY FS - LHP Sean Gilmartin (6-0, 1.29) vs. VT- LHP Joe Mantiply (3-5, 5.05)
SATURDAY FS - RHP Mack Waugh (1-1, 3.79) vs. VT - RHP Marc Zecchino (3-4, 4.31)
SUNDAY FS - RHP Hunter Scantling (2-0, 0.99) vs. VT - RHP Joe Parsons (4-2, 3.35)

Of note: Florida State leads the series 35-7, including a 15-3 mark vs. Virginia Tech since the Hokies joined the ACC for the 2005 season ... Virginia Tech scored two of those wins last season, when it took a pair of games in Tallahassee to claim the regular-season series ... Saturday’s 1 p.m. game is scheduled to be televised by the ACC’s Regional Sports Network.

NORTH CAROLINA AT NC STATE
FRIDAY NC - RHP Patrick Johnson (6-0, 2.77) vs. NCSU - RHP Cory Mazzoni (2-4, 4.07)
SATURDAY NC - LHP Kent Emanuel (4-1, 2.54) vs. NCSU- RHP Grant Sasser (1-2, 1.29)
SUNDAY NC -TBD vs. NCSU - TBD

Of note: The Tar Heels and Wolfpack have met 274 previous times, with North Carolina holding a 151-122-1 advantage in those meetings ...UNC holds a narrow 55-54 advantage over NC State in Raleigh ... The Tar Heels took two of three from the Wolfpack a year ago as the teams combined for 56 runs ... UNC took the Friday and Sunday games by scores of 14-7 and 9-6.

CLEMSON AT BOSTON COLLEGE
FRIDAY CU - RHP Dominic Leone (0-1, 5.60) vs. BC - TBD
SATURDAY CU - RHP Scott Firth (3-0, 2.87) vs. BC - RHP John Leonard (4-3, 3.71)
SUNDAY CU - TBD vs. BC - TBD

Of note: Clemson and Boston College have met 15 times, with the Tigers holding a 9-6 lead in the series dating back to 2006, the Eagles’ first baseball season in the ACC ... The Tigers won the first (15-2) and last (14-9) games at home in 2010, while the Eagles were victorious in Game 2 by a score of 11-5 ... The Tigers hold a 4-2 lead in games played at Boston College.

DUKE AT VIRGINIA
FRIDAY DU - LHP Dillon Haviland (2-2, 2.76) vs. VA - LHP Danny Hultzen (7-0, 1.33)
SUNDAY DU - RHP Dennis O’Grady (4-2, 4.70) vs. VA - RHP Tyler Wilson (4-0, 2.68)
SUNDAY DU - RHP Marcus Stroman (1-1, 2.55) vs. VA - TBD

Of note: Due to a threat of heavy rain on Saturday, Game 2 of the series is now scheduled as part of a Sunday doubleheader ... Virginia holds an 84-52-1 edge in its all-time series with Duke ... UVa is 17-6 against Duke under the current coaching staff (since 2004) ... UVa swept the Blue Devils in three games at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in 2010 (12-3, 11-1, 10-6).

MIAMI AT MARYLAND
FRIDAY UM - LHP Bryan Radziewski (5-2, 3.00) vs. MD – RHP David Carroll (5-2, 2.94)
SATURDAY UM - RHP Eric Whaley (5-1, 3.19) vs. MD – TBD
SUNDAY UM - RHP E.J. Encinosa (2-2, 2.84) vs. MD – TBD

Of note: Miami owns a 9-3 advantage in the all-time series against Maryland, in a series dating back to 2005 ... The ’Canes won the first two meetings against the Terrapins that season before dropping the finale in the three-game set ... The two teams did not meet from 2007-10, until Miami swept a three-game series against the Terps last season in Coral Gables .. This is Miami’s first trip to College Park since winning two of three games in the 2006 series.

GEORGIA TECH AT WAKE FOREST
FRIDAY GT - RHP Mark Pope (7-1, 1.16) vs. WF - LHP Brian Holmes (2-1, 3.68)
SATURDAY GT - LHP Jed Bradley (3-1, 2.98) vs. WF - LHP Tim Cooney (3-2, 2.52)
SUNDAY GT - RHP Buck Farmer (6-1, 2.54) vs. WF - LHP Austin Stadler (1-6, 10.26)

Of note: Georgia Tech holds a 65-34-1 advantage in the all-time series, having won six straight games dating back to 2008 ... The Yellow Jackets are 34-16 against the Demon Deacons since head coach Danny Hall’s arrival on the Flats in 1994 ... The series is tied at 17-17-1 in games played on Wake’s home field ... Georgia Tech swept three games from the Demon Deacons last season at Russ Chandler Stadium in Atlanta.