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ACC Weekend Recap: May 13th

It was the weekend of upsets as five lower ranked ACC teams won series. With Boston College and Notre Dame playing non-conference games this past week, there were just six ACC matchups in the penultimate slate of games before the ACC Tournament.


#12 North Carolina Sweeps Louisville

Game 1: UNC 14-4

Game 2: UNC 6-4

Game 3: UNC 16-7


North Carolina swept a tournament bubble team in Louisville at home to wrap up an impressive 14-1 ACC record at home. Despite the 6-4 score line of game 2 on Saturday, none of these games felt particularly close as UNC dominated from start to finish and clinched the ACC Coastal Division title on Sunday.


Starting Pitching Lines

Game 1:

(UL) Sebastian Gongora 3.0 IP | 7 ER | 8 H | 2 K | 1 BB | 64 pitches

(UNC) Jason DeCaro 5.0 IP | 3 ER | 5 H | 3 K | 4 BB | 86 pitches


Game 2:

(UL) Evan Webster 3.0 IP | 5 ER | 8 H | 2 K | 2 BB | 68 pitches

(UNC) Shea Sprague 4.0 IP | 4 ER | 5 H | 3 K | 2 BB | 80 pitches


Game 3:

(UL) Colton Hartman 1.0 IP | 6 ER | 5 H | 1 K | 3 BB | 46 pitches

(UNC) Aidan Haugh 5.0 IP | 5 ER | 7 H | 2 K | 3 BB | 83 pitches


Louisville Top Performers

OF JT Benson: 5-13, 2 2B (10), HR (7), 3 RBI (36)

DH Zion Rose: 4-10, 2 2B (8)

OF Eddie King Jr: 4-10, 2 2B (7), HR (9), 4 RBI (35)

2B Alex Alicea: 4-9, 2B (11), HR (1), 2 RBI (24)


#12 UNC Top Performers

SS Colby Wilkerson: 7-12, 2 2B (11), RBI (31)

CF Vance Honeycutt: 6-14, 3 HR (22), 5 RBI (57)

RF Anthony Donofrio: 6-11, HR (5), 4 RBI (40)

C Luke Stevenson: 4-10, 2B (8), 2 HR (12), 9 RBI (52)

3B Gavin Gallaher: 4-13, HR (6), 4 RBI (29)


#13 Wake Forest Sweeps #3 Clemson

Game 1: WF 4-2

Game 2: WF 8-5

Game 3: WF 13-3


Chase Burns electrified on Friday night enroute to a 16 strikeout, one earned run performance as Wake Forest won 4-2. Clemson controlled most of game two before a two run Seaver King double in the 8th gave Wake Forest a 6-5 lead. Jack Winnay would single home two more runs later that inning to provide insurance before Cole Roland earned his second save of the weekend by striking out the side in an 8-5 win. Wake Forest swept Clemson behind a Josh Hartle Quality Start and an explosive display by the offense. Five Demon Deacons homered and Clemson's freshman stud Aidan Knaak was held to his worst ACC performance to date. It was a massive win for Wake Forest as they inch closer to a hosting position.


Starting Pitching Lines

Game 1:

(CU) Ethan Darden 7.0 IP | 4 ER | 6 H | 4 K | 3 BB | 89 pitches

(WF) Chase Burns 7.0 IP | 1 ER | 2 H | 16 K | 1 BB | 101 pitches


Game 2:

(CU) Tristan Smith 4.1 IP | 4 ER | 6 H | 5 K | 5 BB | 87 pitches 

(WF) David Falco, Jr 3.1 IP | 4 ER | 7 H | 6 K | 1 BB | 71 pitches


Game 3:

(CU) Aidan Knaak 4.0 IP | 6 ER | 5 H | 4 K | 6 BB | 83 pitches 

(WF) Josh Hartle 6.0 IP | 3 ER | 4 H | 9 K | 1 BB | 94 pitches


Clemson Top Performers

RF Alden Mathes: 3-11, 2 2B (11)

CF Cam Cannarella: 3-11

LF Tristan Bissetta: 2-12, 2 HR (6), 5 RBI (26)

C Jacob Jarrell: 3-7, HR (5), RBI (18)


Wake Forest Top Performers

LF Jack Winnay: 7-12, 2B (16), 3 HR (19), 8 RBI (54)

SS Marek Houston: 5-12, 3B (1), HR (6), 4 RBI (32)

2B Adam Tellier: 4-11, 2B (11), HR (11), RBI (41)

3B Seaver King: 3-13, 2B (14), HR (15), 3 RBI (62)

OF Antonio Morales: 4-12, 2B (5), HR (3), 3 RBI (18)


Georgia Tech Wins Series vs #10 Duke

Game 1: GT 11-8

Game 2: Duke 14-10

Game 3: GT 8-6


In the most back-and-forth series of the weekend, Georgia Tech managed to squeak out a huge series win at home over the Duke Blue Devils. It started with news that Duke ace Jonathan Santucci tweaked something in warmups and would be a late scratch. Despite that, Duke jumped out to an early lead before the Yellow Jackets stormed back. John Giesler was the star of the day for Georgia Tech as he went 4-5 with three doubles, a home run, and five RBIs in the 11-8 Georgia Tech win.


Much like game one, game two went back and forth with both offenses having big days. But once Duke closer Charlie Beilenson got into the game, it was all she wrote. The rubber armed righty went 2 perfect innings and struck out five as the Blue Devils evened the series with a 14-10 win. Georgia Tech pitcher Tate McKee turned in a Quality Start on Sunday and Dawson Brown notched the save as the Blue Devils fell short, 8-6, in Atlanta. Star third baseman Ben Miller was a late scratch before game three and Duke will be hoping he doesn't miss much time ahead of their crucial final ACC series against UNC.


Starting Pitching Lines

Game 1:

(Duke) Ryan Higgins 1.2 IP | 2 ER | 1 H | 1 K | 3 BB | 39 pitches

(GT) Aeden Finateri 3.1 IP | 6 ER | 9 H | 7 K | 3 BB | 101 pitches


Game 2:

(Duke) Kyle Johnson 2.0 IP | 6 ER | 8 H | 2 K | 1 BB | 68 pitches

(GT) Cam Jones 4.0 IP | 4 ER | 4 H | 3 K | 2 BB | 75 pitches


Game 3:

(Duke) Andrew Healy 2.0 IP | 1 ER | 2 H | 2 K | 1 BB | 35 pitches

(GT) Tate McKee 6.1 IP | 3 ER | 4 H | 9 K | 4 BB | 102 pitches


Duke Top Performers

C Alex Stone: 8-15, 2 2B (16), 3 HR (11), 10 RBI (53)

1B Logan Bravo: 5-12, 2B (14), 3 HR (14), 5 RBI (52)

2B Zac Morris: 3-11, HR (14), 4 RBI (45)

SS Wallace Clark: 4-12, 2B (9), 3 RBI (39)

RF AJ Gracia: 4-12, 2 2B (12), HR (12), 2 RBI (51)


Georgia Tech Top Performers

SS Payton Green: 4-12, 2B (14), 2 HR (12), 3 RBI (42)

RF Cam Jones: 5-12, HR (4), 4 RBI (29)

1B John Giesler: 5-14, 3 2B (14), HR (9), 8 RBI (38)

C Matthew Ellis: 4-11, HR (15), 3 RBI (55)

CF Drew Burress: 4-10, 3B (2), RBI (59)


Pittsburgh Wins Series vs #8 Florida State

Game 1: Pitt 1-0

Game 2: Pitt 9-7

Game 3: FSU 15-4


This was the biggest upset of the weekend as Pittsburgh shocked the Seminoles by winning the first two games of the series. Following his outstanding performance last weekend in South Bend, Pitt starter Ryan Andrade dazzled again and outdueled an incredible Jamie Arnold over 7 innings of shutout baseball against one of the best offenses in the country. Star closer Phil Fox came in and shut down the Seminoles over the last two innings to earn his 7th save and the 1-0 Pitt win. Jamie Arnold had his best start of the year with 17 strikeouts and no walks over 7 innings, but unfortunately Luke Cantwell's solo home run was enough to give him the hard luck loss.


Game two started on Saturday and didn't finished until Sunday due to rain, but Pitt was able to get the bats going against the Noles enroute to a 9-7 win. James Tibbs homered twice and Cam Smith homered once as the Florida State bats finally made some noise, but it wasn't enough. Less than an hour after losing the series, game three got underway and Florida State let loose, scoring 7 runs before Pitt even recorded an out on their way to a 15-4 win to salvage the weekend.


Starting Pitching Lines

Game 1:

(FSU) Jamie Arnold 7.0 IP | 1 ER | 3 H | 17 K | 0 BB | 98 pitches

(Pitt) Ryan Andrade 7.0 IP | 0 ER | 3 H | 8 K | 3 BB | 115 pitches


Game 2:

(FSU) Carson Dorsey 1.2 IP | 4 ER | 4 H | 3 K | 3 BB | 51 pitches

(Pitt) Jack Sokol 5.0 IP | 3 ER | 6 H | 1 K | 3 BB | 73 pitches


Game 3:

(FSU) Andrew Armstrong 4.0 IP | 3 ER | 3 H | 4 K | 1 BB | 83 pitches

(Pitt) Ryan Reed 0.0 IP | 7 ER | 6 H | 0 K | 1 BB | 30 pitches


Florida State Top Performers

3B Cam Smith: 6-15, 2 2B (16), 2 HR (12), 7 RBI (46)

RF James Tibbs III: 5-11, 2B (17), 2 HR (21), 4 RBI (74)

CF Max Williams: 5-11, 2B (8), 3 RBI (24)

SS Alex Lodise: 4-11, 2 2B (12), 3 RBI (34)


Pittsburgh Top Performers

1B Luke Cantwell: 4-8, 2B (10), HR (10), RBI (42)

CF CJ Funk: 3-10, 2B (9), HR (9), 3 RBI (40)

LF Justin Fogel: 3-11, 2 HR (5), 4 RBI (35)


Miami Wins Series at Virginia Tech

Game 1: Miami 8-6

Game 2: Miami 7-5

Game 3: VT 13-4


With Pittsburgh breathing down their necks for the last spot in Charlotte, Miami won a crucial road series at Virginia Tech this past weekend and actually passed Notre Dame to slide into the 11th seed for the ACC Tournament. With Jason Torres joining star Blake Cyr on the season ending injury list, freshman Daniel Cuvet stepped up alongside Dorian Gonzalez. The duo combined to go 8-21 with 5 homers and 9 RBIs in the series to pace the Canes offense. Jacoby Long continued to be hot as well out of the leadoff spot and Miami did just enough damage on Friday and Saturday to clinch the series before getting hammered by the Hokies in the finale.

For Virginia Tech, this was supposed to be a get right series 4 straight ACC series losses. Now the Hokies are 4-11 in their last 15 ACC games with a road trip to Virginia in store to finish out the year. Could they be at risk of missing the NCAA Tournament?


Starting Pitching Lines

Game 1:

(Mia) Gage Ziehl 5.0 IP | 5 ER | 7 H | 6 K | 3 BB | 109 pitches

(VT) Brett Renfrow 5.1 IP | 5 ER | 7 H | 8 K | 32BB | 98 pitches


Game 2:

(Mia) Rafe Schlesinger 6.0 IP | 4 ER | 7 H | 2 K | 3 BB | 104 pitches

(VT)  Jeremy Neff 4.0 IP | 2 ER | 5 H | 7 K | 2 BB | 77 pitches


Game 3:

(Mia) Herick Hernandez 4.2 IP | 4 ER | 6 H | 6 K | 2 BB | 99 pitches

(VT Griffin Stieg 3.0 IP | 2 ER | 3 H | 2 K | 2 BB | 52 pitches


Miami Top Performers

CF Jacoby Long: 6-13, 2 2B (11), HR (4), 3 RBI (23)

3B Daniel Cuvet: 5-10, 3 HR (20), 5 RBI (60)

2B Dorian Gonzalez Jr: 3-11, 2 HR (8), 4 RBI (47)

C Jack Scanlon: 3-12, HR (7), RBI (22)

LF Lucas Costello: 4-11, 2 RBI (23)


Virginia Tech Top Performers

1B Gehrig Ebel: 5-12, 2B (7), 2 HR (11), 3 RBI (27)

CF Ben Watson: 6-13, 2 2B (19), 4 RBI (43)

3B Carson DeMartini: 4-13, 2 2B (11), 2 HR (20), 3 RBI (53)

C Henry Cooke: 3-11, 2B (9), 3 RBI (36)

2B Christian Martin: 4-12


#17 NC State Wins Series at #9 Virginia

Game 1: NC St 7-5

Game 2: UVA 9-5

Game 3: NC St 13-5


News that bullpen ace Shane Van Dam would miss the rest of the season for NC State broke in the early innings of the game but the Wolfpack didn't miss a beat. NC State capitalized on a number of UVA defensive miscues in game one on Friday to build a 7-3 lead late. Freshman closer Jacob Dudan delivered 3 good innings in relief to hold the explosive Virginia offense at bay and NC State took the series opener, 7-5. Garrett Pennington's bat was the difference all series, as he hit a home run in all three games of this crucial series.


Virginia bounced back in game two to even the series behind a fantastic start from Elon transfer Joe Savino, who is still in the process of being stretched out after missing half the season due to injury. Jacob Ference homered for the second straight game, eclipsing his career high in home runs with 15 now on the season. In game 3, Virginia led early but couldn't hold the NC State offense back. Freshman Luke Nixon alongside veteran shortstop Brandon Butterworth both homered and drove in three runs apiece as NC State won the series with a 13-5 win on Sunday.


This loss to NC State was a major blow for Virginia's hosting hopes as they have just one series left against Virginia Tech to bolster their resume. NC State, on the other hand, now has series wins over Clemson, Virginia, North Carolina, and Duke. Despite their injuries and midweek woes, the Wolfpack could clinch a hosting spot with a series win at home over Wake Forest this week.


Starting Pitching Lines

Game 1:

(NC St) Sam Highfill 6.0 IP | 3 ER | 5 H | 6 K | 4 BB | 103 pitches

(UVA) Evan Blanco 4.2 IP | 1 ER | 6 H | 8 K | 2 BB | 107 pitches


Game 2:

(NC St) Dominic Fritton 5.2 IP | 6 ER | 11 H | 4 K | 0 BB | 106 pitches

(UVA)  Joe Savino 5.0 IP | 1 ER | 3 H | 3 K | 1 BB | 79 pitches


Game 3:

(NC St) Logan Whitaker 4.2 IP | 5 ER | 7 H | 5 K | 0 BB | 92 pitches

(UVA) Owen Coady 3.2 IP | 5 ER | 4 H | 1 K | 4 BB | 58 pitches


NC State Top Performers

1B Garrett Pennington: 9-13, 2B (19), 3 HR (14), 7 RBI (54)

3B Alec Makarewicz: 4-14, 2B (19), 3 RBI (65)

LF Luke Nixon: 3-12, 3B (1), HR (4), 4 RBI (27)

SS Brandon Butterworth: 2-12, 2 HR (6), 5 RBI (24)

2B Matt Heavner: 4-10, 2B (3), RBI (10)


UVA Top Performers

SS Griff O'Ferrall: 5-14, 4 2B (16), 3 RBI (45)

C Jacob Ference: 3-9, 2 HR (15), 4 RBI (37)

LF Harrison Didawick: 3-12, HR (19), RBI (60)

3B Eric Becker: 3-6, HR (6), 3 RBI (38)

CF Bobby Whalen: 3-10, 3 RBI (32)


Notre Dame Wins Series vs Toledo

Game 1: ND 6-5

Game 2: ND 8-2

Game 3: Toledo 5-2


Notre Dame entered the weekend with an RPI of 52 hoping not to lose too much ground during their non-conference series with Toledo. The Irish took care of business on Friday and Saturday, but unfortunately couldn't get the bats going on Sunday to complete the sweep. They saw their RPI drop to 60 as of today. Notre Dame will need to, at the very least, beat Louisville on the road in their final ACC series and make some noise in the ACC Tournament to get an outside chance at the NCAA Tournament.


Starting Pitching Lines

G1: DJ Helwig 3.0 IP | 3 ER | 4 H | 1 K | 0 BB |

G2: Matt Bedford 5.0 IP | 1 ER | 5 H | 2 K | 2 BB |

G3: Rory Fox 5.0 IP | 5 ER | 5 H | 5 K | 2 BB |


Top Performers

LF David Glancy 3-12, 2B (8)

SS Jack Penney: 6-11, 2B (11), 3 HR (9), 6 RBI (34)

CF Brady Gumpf: 3-8, 2 HR (8), 5 RBI (30)


Boston College Loses Series to Maryland

Game 1: Maryland 8-1

Game 2: Maryland 5-3

Game 2: BC 2-1


Maryland dominated on Saturday and swept the Boston College Eagles in a doubleheader to clinch the series in Brighton ahead of Sunday's finale. An outstanding pitching performance by Michael Farinelli and the BC bullpen on Sunday allowed the Eagles to stay in it long enough for star third baseman Nick Wang to hit a walk home run to win it 2-1 and avoid the sweep.


Starting Pitching Lines

G1: John West 2.1 IP | 2 ER | 5 H | 4 K | 2 BB | 71 pitches

G2: AJ Colarusso 5.0 IP | 2 ER | 4 H | 6 K | 2 BB | 87 pitches

G3: Michael Farinelli 5.0 IP | 0 ER | 5 H | 2 K | 0 BB | 71 pitches


Top Performers

SS Sam McNulty: 3-10

3B Nick Wang: 3-10, 2B (12), HR (10), 3 RBI (42)

OF Adam Magpoc: 4-8, 2B (7)





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