By Trey McCurry.
As TCI continues to aim to expand our baseball coverage, we will bring you a weekly around the ACC article highlighting how the other ACC teams are doing on the field and any performances that stand out.
Boston College (2-4)
The Eagles traveled to #1 Florida this past weekend and were swept by the Gators. Boston College traveled to the Caravelle Resort Tournament at Coastal Carolina and went 2-1.
The Devils are on a six-game winning streak heading into Tuesday’s contest with High Point. Over the streak, Duke has outscored their opponents 51-9. Freshman Chris Marconcini has been very impressive for the Devils as he is hitting .400 and leads the team with 13 RBI.
Florida State (7-0)
The Seminoles, ranked as high as #5 in the country, are led by senior All-American Mike McGee. The reigning ACC Player of the Week went 9-for-15 with 11 RBI, nine runs, and two homers last week as Florida State went 4-0. A big showdown with #1 Florida looms Tuesday in Tampa for the Seminoles.
Georgia Tech (5-3)
The Jackets went 3-2 last week; splitting a pair of games at Georgia Southern and then taking two-of-three from a very good 23rd-ranked St. John’s team in Atlanta last weekend. Junior Jed Bradley has been dominant on the mound for the Jackets including throwing seven innings of no-hit ball with 10 strikeouts. On the season, he has allowed only four hits and five walks against 20 strikeouts in 12.2 innings.
Following a single win on opening weekend over Texas, the Terps went 4-0 this week with a single win over Navy followed by a home sweep of Army. The sweep was Maryland’s first since March 5-7, 2010. Former Tiger assistant Erik Bakich has the Terps off to their best start since opening 9-2 in 2007.
Miami (FL) (4-3)
The Hurricanes have gotten off to a somewhat shaky start dropping single games to Rutgers, Florida Atlantic, and Appalachian State; but did defeat the Florida Marlins in an exhibition game Sunday. Coach Jim Morris missed last weekend’s games after undergoing gallbladder surgery and should rejoin the team in time for its trip to Gainesville to face Florida this weekend.
NC State (3-3)
After dropping a season opening series to Elon, the Wolfpack responded by going 2-1 at the Baseball at the Beach tournament in Myrtle Beach. The Wolfpack ended with weekend with a 12-3 win over #17 Coastal Carolina and open a six-game homestand Tuesday with Davidson.
North Carolina (6-1)
After possibly the most impressive opening weekend by going 4-0 at the Southern Cal Tournament, the Tar Heels took two of three games from Seton Hall this past weekend in Chapel Hill. Junior Levi Michael leads the Heels at the plate batting .520 with a team-leading eight RBI and an ACC-high six stolen bases.
After going 3-0 on opening weekend at the Auburn Tournament (including a 13-2 win over host Auburn), the Cavaliers defeated VMI and won a series over East Carolina this past week. Junior Danny Hultzen has been dominant on the mound so far this season capped off by a 15-strikeout performance (in only 7.0 innings) over East Carolina on Friday. Through two games in 2011, Hultzen is 2-0 with a 1.32 ERA. In 13.2 innings he has struck out 25 batters and walked just one. He is also batting .333 with a team-high 10 RBI.
Virginia Tech (6-2)
The Hokies are off to another good start in 2011. Virginia Tech traveled to the Caravelle Resort Tournament opening weekend and went 2-1 with a tough 6-5 lost to host Coastal Carolina the only loss. This past week they won 10-0 at USC Upstate before winning three-of-four games against Niagara, with the only blemish another one run defeat. Tony Ballisteri is hitting .433 with three homers and is one of three Hokes with 10 RBI already on the season (Ronnie Shaban and Tim Smalling are the others).
Wake Forest (3-4)
After dropping three games at #15 LSU to open the season, the Deacons have played very well the past week beginning with a 2-1, 10-inning win over Western Carolina. This past weekend, Wake Forest defeated Minnesota and Georgetown while dropping a game to Northwestern in the Wake Forest Tournament. Head Coach Tom Walter made national headlines just before the season as he donated a kidney to incoming freshman Kevin Jordan in early February.
ACC in the Polls
Here’s a quick look at how ACC team’s have fared in the polls this season:
NP – no poll, NR – not ranked.
Rankings by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, and Sports Weekly