Around the ACC - Opening Weekend

Around the ACC - Opening Weekend

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Around the ACC - Opening Weekend

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By Trey McCurry.

As TCI continues our baseball coverage, we take a look at what is on tap for opening weekend in the ACC. This season we will also include some coverage of future conference member Pittsburgh (Syracuse disbanded its baseball program in 1972).

 

Boston College                    2011: 17-33 (7-22 ACC)

2/17    vs. #17 Virginia

2/18    vs. James Madison

2/19    @ Coastal Carolina

The Eagles open the season at Coastal Carolina in the Caravelle Resort Tournament, where all three of their games will take place on the Coastal Carolina campus. In a somewhat odd occurrence, Boston College will open the season with #17 Virginia (the two teams miss each other this year in the ACC rotation). Following a game against a tough James Madison squad, the Eagles wrap up the weekend against the host Chanticleers.

Duke                                      2011: 26-30 (7-23 ACC)

2/17    @ #5 Texas

2/18    @ #5 Texas

2/19    @ #5 Texas

The Blue Devils open the season with a bang, a three-game series at #5 Texas. The only previous meeting between the two teams came in the 1953 College World Series. The last time Duke faced a current Big 12 school was when it opened the 2010 season in a tournament at Baylor. All-time the Blue Devils are 0-5 (0-2 vs. Baylor, 0-2 vs. Oklahoma State, and 0-1 vs. Texas) against current Big 12 schools, with four of the five losses coming by one run.

Florida State                        2011: 46-19 (19-11 ACC)

2/17    Hofstra

2/18    Hofstra

2/19    Hofstra

The Seminoles, ranked as high as #9 in the country, open the season with a three-game set against Hofstra. This is the third straight year the Seminoles and Pride have played a weekend series against each other in Tallahassee. Florida State is 10-0 all-time against Hofstra and have outscored the Pride 117-30 in those meetings. The Seminoles have won 13 consecutive opening day games and have a 56-7-1 all-time record on opening day. Florida State has not lost a season opening series since 1981.

Georgia Tech                       2011: 42-21 (22-8 ACC)

2/17    vs. Kent State

2/17    @ Winthrop

2/18    vs. Kent State

2/19    @ Winthrop

The Yellow Jackets, ranked as high as #9 in the country, open the season at Winthrop in the Rock Hill Coca Cola Classic. This is the second straight season Georgia Tech will open up with Kent State, with the Jackets winning two of three games last season in Atlanta. Tech leads the all-time series with the Golden Flashes 12-4 and this will be the first meeting between the teams outside of Atlanta. The Jackets other opponent this weekend in host Winthrop, who the Jackets last met in 2005. In that three-game series, the Eagles picked up their only win in the series and trail all-time 16-1. This will also be the first meeting between the teams outside Atlanta.

Maryland                              2011: 21-35 (5-25 ACC)

2/17    @ #14 UCLA

2/18    @ #14 UCLA

2/19    @ #14 UCLA

For the second straight season, the Terrapins open the season on the road against a ranked opponent (last season they dropped three of four games at #6 Texas). Maryland has never faced UCLA and have also never faced a current PAC 12 program. The Terps are looking to break a 10-game opening game losing streak and last left opening weekend with a winning record in 2007. Maryland opens on the road for the 19th consecutive season, with the last time they opened at home the 1991 season opener.

Miami (FL)                            2011: 38-23 (19-10 ACC)

2/17    Rutgers

2/18    Rutgers

2/19    Rutgers

The Hurricanes, ranked as high as #13 in the country, open with Rutgers for the third straight season. Last season, in Coral Gables, Miami (FL) won two of three games against the Scarlet Knights. The Canes also lead the all-time series with Rutgers 46-12, with all 58 games taking place in Coral Gables. Miami (FL) has won four straight season openers since opening 2007 by losing a series to Mercer.

NC State                                2011: 35-27 (15-15 ACC)

2/17    Marshall

2/18    Youngstown State

2/18    Wright State

2/19    St. Joseph’s

NC State opens the season by co-hosting a tournament with the USA Baseball Complex. The Wolfpack will play all four games at home, while the rest of the tournament will be played at the USA Baseball Complex. NC State opens the season with Marshall before having a day-night doubleheader the next day against Youngstown State and Wright State. The Wolfpack wraps up the weekend with a game on Sunday against St. Joseph’s. NC State has a combined 8-2 record against their opponents for the weekend (4-1 vs. Marshall, 0-0 vs. Youngstown State, 1-1 vs. Wright State, and 3-0 vs. St. Joseph’s).

North Carolina                    2011: 51-16 (20-10 ACC)

2/17    Xavier

2/18    Xavier

2/19    Xavier

The Tar Heels, ranked as high as #4 in the nation, open the season at home against Xavier. The games will mark the first meetings between North Carolina and the Musketeers. All-time, the Tar Heels are 78-19-1 against current members of the Atlantic 10, with the majority of the meetings (40) coming against Charlotte. North Carolina has won 14 straight season openers and last lost a game on opening weekend in 2002 (they are 24-0 in opening series since then).

Virginia                                 2011: 56-12 (22-8 ACC)

2/17    vs. Boston College

2/18    @ Coastal Carolina

2/19    vs. James Madison

 

The Cavaliers, ranked as high as #17 in the preseason polls, open the season at Coastal Carolina in the Caravelle Resort Tournament. In a somewhat odd occurrence, Virginia will open the season with Boston College (the two teams miss each other this year in the ACC rotation). After playing against the host Chanticleers, the Cavaliers finish the weekend with a game against James Madison at BB&T Coastal Field.

Virginia Tech                       2011: 30-25 (11-19 ACC)

2/17    vs. Bradley

2/18    vs. Bradley

2/18    @ Kennesaw State

2/19    @ Kennesaw State

Kennesaw State Tournament (Stillwell Stadium; Kennesaw, GA)

The Hokies open the season at the Kennesaw State Tournament. Virginia Tech’s first two games are against Bradley before facing the host Owls in their final two games of the weekend. The Hokies have never faced either team they play this weekend. Virginia Tech has opened in a tournament in each of the past five years and last played a season opener at home in 1995.

Wake Forest                         2011: 25-31 (15-15 ACC)

2/17    @ New Mexico State

2/18    @ New Mexico State

2/18    @ New Mexico State

2/19    @ New Mexico State

The Demon Deacons open the season with a four-game set at New Mexico State. Wake Forest has never faced the Aggies and have also never faced a current WAC member. The Demon Deacons, who opened last season at #15 LSU, have lost five straight road season openers dating back to the 2002 season. Wake Forest is 5-5 in its last 10 season openers.

 

Future Feature:

Pittsburgh                           2011: 33-23 (16-11 Big East)

2/17    vs. Iowa

2/17    vs. Michigan

2/18    vs. Northwestern

2/29    vs. Indiana

The Panthers open in the Big East/Big Ten Challenge for the second straight season. After going 2-1 in the 2011 Challenge, Pittsburgh will play four games in this year’s edition. The Panthers open with a day-night doubleheader against Iowa (in St. Petersburg) and Michigan (in Dunedin). After a matchup with Northwestern (in Clearwater), Pittsburgh closes out the weekend against Indiana (in St. Petersburg).

 

2011 ACC Standings

Here’s a quick reminder at how the ACC finished last season:

 

Atlantic

Team

ACC

GB

Overall

1

Florida State

19-11

46-19

2

Clemson

17-13

2

43-20

3

NC State

15-15

4

35-27

4

Wake Forest

15-15

4

25-31

5

Boston College

7-22

11.5

17-33

6

Maryland

5-25

14

21-35

Coastal

Team

ACC

GB

Overall

1

Virginia

22-8

56-12

2

Georgia Tech

22-8

42-21

3

North Carolina

20-10

2

51-16

4

Miami (FL)

19-10

2.5

38-23

5

Virginia Tech

11-19

11

30-25

6

Duke

7-23

15

26-30

 

 

ACC in the 2012 Preseason Polls

Here’s a quick look at ACC team’s in the preseason polls:

 

 

Preseason

 

BA

CB

ESPN

Clemson

16

25

23

Florida State

20

13

9

Georgia Tech

12

9

10

Miami (FL)

18

14

13

North Carolina

9

4

4

Virginia

NR

NR

17

NR – not ranked.

Rankings by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, and USA Today/ESPN Coaches

 

ACC in the 2011 Polls

Here’s a quick look back at how ACC teams fared in the polls last season:

 

Baseball America

 

Clemson

FSU

Ga Tech

Miami

UNC

Virginia

Pre

10

12

24

15

2/21

11

10

25

24

13

2/28

12

11

23

13

3/7

10

8

25

15

11

3/14

16

6

23

18

7

3/21

19

7

17

18

3

3/28

7

14

16

2

4/4

7

14

16

2

4/11

11

15

7

2

4/18

10

13

25

14

1

4/25

NR

9

12

16

18

1

5/2

22

8

13

17

18

1

5/9

20

7

13

16

17

1

5/16

18

4

12

16

17

1

5/23

14

7

11

17

12

5

5/30

14

6

12

16

13

2

Final

21

8

20

23

5

3

 

Collegiate Baseball

 

Clemson

FSU

Ga Tech

Miami

UNC

Virginia

Pre

4

13

19

18

17

2/21

6

11

21

20

18

14

2/28

4

5

24

17

15

3/7

4

5

24

16

10

3/14

16

4

22

19

6

3/21

15

8

12

19

3

3/28

16

12

6

11

1

4/4

12

8

9

1

4/11

15

9

19

6

1

4/18

18

9

20

14

1

4/25

25

12

9

14

17

1

5/2

21

11

10

14

17

2

5/9

20

10

9

16

17

1

5/16

18

9

8

15

16

1

5/23

18

12

8

16

9

5

5/30

21

9

19

22

7

2

Final

21

9

19

22

5

3

 

USA Today/ESPN Coaches

 

Clemson

FSU

Ga Tech

Miami

UNC

Virginia

Pre

5

11

19

18

14

2/21

NP

NP

NP

NP

NP

NP

2/28

7

6

23

18

10

3/7

7

5

16

6

3/14

17

4

21

15

5

3/21

19

5

15

12

3

3/28

23

7

10

6

1

4/4

10

11

7

2

4/11

8

12

5

2

4/18

11

12

24

10

1

4/25

23

8

11

19

14

1

5/2

16

6

14

20

12

1

5/9

16

6

13

23

9

1

5/16

15

6

14

22

13

1

5/23

14

8

15

21

6

3

5/30

12

6

14

23

7

1

Final

16

9

20

24

5

4

 

ACC and the 2011 RPI

Here’s a quick reminder at how ACC teams finished in the RPI:

 

 

NCAA

Warren Nolan

Boyd’s World

Boston College

139

136

139

Clemson

8

7

8

Duke

122

120

122

Florida State

6

6

6

Georgia Tech

10

10

10

Maryland

113

114

112

Miami (FL)

17

14

17

NC State

36

34

36

North Carolina

1

3

1

Virginia

3

4

3

Virginia Tech

79

74

79

Wake Forest

66

69

67

Pittsburgh

133

138

 

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