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ACC Baseball News & Notes: One More Weekend Left

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The final weekend of play in the ACC began on Thursday. There are still two spots left to be filled for the upcoming postseason tournament that gets started on May 21-26 at Truist Field in Charlotte, North Carolina. Four teams, Boston College, Notre Dame, Miami, and Pittsburgh still have a shot at getting in. By the end of Saturday afternoon, the twelve teams heading to Charlotte will be known and seeded in pools to begin play.

The ten teams that have already packed their bags for the tournament are Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest. The Tar Heels took home the Coastal Division title while the Tigers took the Atlantic Division title.

As the final weekend of play rolls on, here is how the league ranks in the various polls that mean anything. In the D1 Baseball.com poll, Seven teams are ranked in the final week. Clemson at #4, North Carolina at #7, Wake Forest at #8, Florida State at #10, Duke at #11, NC State at #17, Virginia at #18. In the latest KPI ranking, seven teams are inside the Top 25. The Tar Heels are at #6, Clemson at #7, Wake Forest at #8, Florida State at #9, Virginia at #11, Duke at #13, NC State at #18. Nine of the 14 league teams are ranked inside the Top 45.

The ACC Player of the Week is Garett Pennington of North Carolina State. Pennington went 11-for-17 with a .647 BA, three home runs, 10 RBI, 11 runs scored. and four multi-hit games as the Wolfpack went 3-1, including their third series win over a Top 10 team (Virginia). Against the Cavaliers, Pennington produced three straight three-hit games. He now leads the Wolfpack with 55 runs scored and is second in RBI with 54.

The ACC Pitcher of the Week is Chase Burns of Wake Forest. On Friday night against Clemson, Burns struck out a career-high 16 batters. In doing so, he became the school’s all-time single-season record holder for strikeouts in a season with 156. Of his 13 starts this season, Burns has 10 outings of at least 10 strikeouts, and for the second time this year he has recorded at least 15. He is 10-1 on the season. In his seven innings of work vs the Tigers, Burns allowed two hits and gave up a run. It was his ninth quality start of the season.

Virginia Tech’s Ben Watson leads the conference and is fifth in the nation with a .422 batting average. He also leads the league with 84 hits heading into this weekend. The hit total ranks seventh in the nation. Watson is one of two players with an above .400 BA. Duke’s Ben Miller starts the weekend hitting .410.

Next week we follow how the conference tournament is going.

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