May 11, 2012
NOTING ACC BASEBALL
Five ACC series highlight the next-to-last weekend of the regular season as the battle for the eight spots in the upcoming ACC Championship (May 23 through 27 at Greensboro, N.C.) continues ... Florida State, NC State and North Carolina have already clinched spots in the tournament field, but none of the ACC's 12 teams are yet mathematically eliminated ... Friday series openers include No. 13 NC State at Virginia Tech, No. 7 North Carolina at Duke, Georgia Tech at No. 21 Virginia and Wake Forest at No. 20 Miami ... Game 2 of the Georgia Tech-Virginia series will be broadcast live Saturday afternoon on the ACC's Regional Sports Networks ... Clemson's three-game home series against top-ranked Florida State begins on Saturday ... All three games will be available on ESPN3, and Monday night's finale will be televised nationally by ESPNU ... ESPNU will also broadcast the opening game of the Wake Forest-Miami series on Friday night.
BY THE NUMBERS
2 - Georgia Tech joins Florida as one of only two schools to place two student-athletes -- Jake Davies and Zane Evans -- on the initial watch list for the 2012 John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award.
4 - Hits allowed in 9.1 combined innings by ACC Pitcher of the Week Hobbs Johnson of North Carolina in a 2-0 win over Winthrop and a 4-1 victory over Boston College.
7 - RBI by ACC Player of the Week Justin Gonzalez of Florida State in the first two games of the Seminoles' league series against Maryland, including a grand slam in Sunday's 9-2 victory.
10 - ACC student-athletes named to the Capital One Academic All-District Baseball Teams (Clemson's Phil Pohl, Duke's Will Piwnica-Worms, Florida State's Peter Miller and James Ramsey, Georgia Tech's Sam Dove and Brandon Thomas, Maryland's Brett Harman and Kyle Convissar, NC State's Vance Williams and Wake Forest's Evan Stephens)
10 - NC State's current 10-game winning streak is its longest since 2004.
17 - Virginia Tech has won 17 straight games vs. nonconference teams.
22 - Consecutive games in which Clemson's Thomas Brittle has hit safely, the longest active streak in the ACC at present.
30 - Eight ACC teams have now won at least 30 games, and two others need three wins or less to reach that plateau. Top-ranked Florida State has reached the 40-win mark for the 35th straight year.
273 - Junior pitcher Marcus Stroman's 273 career strikeouts put him at sixth on Duke's all-time strikeouts list.
ACC SERIES PITCHING MATCHUPS
WAKE FOREST AT MIAMI
FRIDAY (ESPNU): WF - LHP Tim Cooney (5-3, 3.43) vs. UM - LHP Eric Erickson (7-5, 3.20)
SATURDAY: WF - RHP Jack Fischer (3-4, 3.54) vs. UM - LHP Steven Ewing (5-1, 2.71)
SUNDAY: WF - LHP Brian Holmes (6-2, 3.08) vs. UM - RHP Eric Whaley (3-3, 2.54)
Of note: Miami holds a 26-5 all-time record vs. the Demon Deacons ... The Hurricanes have won 12 straight vs. Wake Forest ... The Demon Deacons' last win in the series came on May 26, 2007, at the ACC Championship in Jacksonville, Fla. ... The Hurricanes swept a three-game series last season at Winston-Salem, N.C., then scored a 4-2 win in the 2011 ACC Championship at Durham, N.C.
GEORGIA TECH AT VIRGINIA
FRIDAY: GT - RHP Buck Farmer (7-3, 3.20) vs. VA - RHP Branden Klein (6-3, 3.52)
SATURDAY (RSN): GT - LHP Jake Davies (0-1, 3.45) vs. VA -LHP Scott Silverstein (2-4, 3.81)
SUNDAY: GT - RHP Cole Pitts (4-4, 4.60) vs, VA - RHP Artie Lewicki (3-2. 4.30)
Of note: Tech is looking to turn the tables on Virginia after the Cavaliers took two of three at the Yellow Jackets' Russ Chandler Stadium last season ... The Yellow Jackets lead the all-time series 65-42-2, including a 24-23 advantage in games played in Charlottesville ... Virginia trails Coastal Division leader North Carolina by two games with six conference games remaining in the regular season.
NORTH CAROLINA AT DUKE
FRIDAY: NC - LHP Kent Emanuel (6-3, 1.80) vs. DU - RHP Marcus Stroman (5-4, 2.36)
SATURDAY: NC - RHP Benton Moss (5-2, 2.44) vs. DU - LHP Trent Swart (3-7, 4.58)
SUNDAY: NC - LHP Hobbs Johnson (4-1. 1.60) vs. DU - RHP Robert Huber (4-4, 4.85)
Of note: North Carolina leads the all-time series against Duke with a 175-96-2 mark since the series began in 1891 ... The Tar Heels swept the season series with the Blue Devils a year ago with wins of 8-5, 11-2 and 7-6 (11) in Chapel Hill ... Duke and UNC have split the last six games in Durham with the Tar Heels claiming a 2-1 series win in 2008 followed by Duke's 2-1 series win in 2010.
NC STATE AT VIRGINIA TECH
FRIDAY NCS - LHP Carlos Rodon (8-0, 1.42) vs. VT - LHP Joe Mantiply (5-4, 3.51)
SATURDAY NCS - RHP Anthony Tzamtzis (5-3, 2.77) vs. Marc Zecchino, RHP (2-4, 4.47)
SUNDAY NCS - RHP Ethan Ogburn (4-2, 2.60) vs. VT - RHP Andrew Aizenstadt (2-2, 5.44)
Of note: The Wolfpack leads 34-12-1 in the all-time series, winning the last meeting 10-9 in the 2010 ACC Champonship at Greensboro, N.C. ... The last time NC State visited Blacksburg, the Wolfpack took two of three in 2008 ... NC State's current 10-game winning streak is its longest in eight years ... Virginia Tech is 8-4 in its last 12 ACC contests and 14-4 overall in its last 18 games.
FLORIDA STATE AT CLEMSON
SATURDAY (ESPN3) FS - LHP Brandon Leibrandt (6-1, 2.71) vs. CU - RHP Dominic Leone (6-3, 5.31)
SUNDAY (ESPN3) FS - RHP Mike Compton (9-0, 2.59) vs. CU - RHP Kevin Pohle (5-2, 2.91)
MONDAY (ESPNU) FS - TBD vs. CU - TBD
Of note: Florida State leads the all-time series 65-55-1, while the Tigers hold the advantage inside Doug Kingsmore Stadium at 28-18 ...The two schools split the four games last year with the Tigers taking two of three in Tallahassee, while the Noles evened the series with a win in the ACC Tournament ... Ten of the last 13 games in the series have been decided by three runs or less. FSU is 6-4 in those games, with the Tigers holding a 2-1 edge in one-run games ... Two of the last 13 have been decided in extra innings with each school winning one.