ACC in NCAA Regionals Breakdown: Chapel Hill

Posted by Brandon Rink on May 31, 2012 under ACC Baseball | Comments are off for this article

UNC hosts fellow Tar Heel State foe ECU, along with St. John's and Cornell this weekend (Pic per OrangeandWhite.com).

Chapel Hill Regional

Opening Schedule

6/01 2) ECU vs. 3) St. John’s, 11 a.m. ET

6/01 1) UNC (No. 6 national seed) vs. 4) Cornell, 4 p.m. ET

ECU scouting report

Season notables: Out of conference, ECU swept tourney team Stony Brook and split games with NC State, and actually had a contest scheduled with UNC that was cancelled because of rain. ECU was a middle of the pack C-USA team, finishing 13-10-1 in conference play and going 1-2 in their conference tournament.

Top Bats: RF John Wooten (.341 BA/8 HR/38 RBI), 3B Corey Thompson (.319 BA/13 2B/38 RBI), C Zach Wright (.295 BA/5 HR/38 RBI).

Top Arms: LHP Kevin Brandt (Starter: 7-6, 1.85 ERA), LHP Tyler Joyner (Starter: 5-2, 3.17 ERA), RHP Drew Reynolds (Reliever: 3-0, 3.17 ERA/10 saves…also hits .328 as a DH/INF with 195 at-bats).

St. John’s scouting report

Season notables: St. John’s played a fairly-ambitious schedule out of conference, but didn’t have much success, including a trip to Boshamer earlier this season (an 8-4 loss). But the Red Storm finished second in the Big East with a 18-9 conference record and breezed through the Big East Championship going 4-0.

Top Bats: LF Jeremy Baltz (.342 BA/6 HR/45 RBI), SS Matt Wessinger (.348 BA/6 HR/45 RBI), 3B Sean O’Hare (.333 BA/3 HR/40 RBI).

Top Arms: LHP Sean Hagan (Starter: 8-2, 2.58 ERA), Kyle Hansen (Starter: 4-5, 3.44 ERA), RHP Matt Carasiti (Starter: 6-5, 3.79 ERA).

Cornell scouting report

Season notables: The Big Red didn’t play a NCAA Tourney team all season, but did get swept in Blacksburg by the Hokies, 9-6 and 5-4. They clinched the Ivy by taking 2-of-3 from Dartmouth College in the championship series.

Top Bats: CF Brian Billigen (.362 BA/5 HR/38 RBI), RF Chris Cruz (.260 BA/12 RBI/35 RBI), 1B Frank Hager (.305 BA/3 HR/20 RBI).

Top Arms: RHP Rick Marks (Starter: 4-4, 3.09 ERA), RHP Brian McAfee (Starter: 6-0, 3.19 ERA), RHP Kellen Urbon (Reliever: 3-1, 0.51 ERA/9 saves).

Projections

(Picks in bold)

Friday Games

6/01 2) ECU vs. 3) St. John’s, 11 a.m. ET

6/01 1) UNC vs. 4) Cornell, 4 p.m. ET

Saturday Games

6/02 2) ECU vs. 4) Cornell, 1 p.m. ET

6/01 1) UNC vs. 3) St. John’s, 6 p.m. ET

Sunday Games

6/03 2) ECU vs. 3) St. John’s, 1 p.m. ET

6/03 1) UNC vs. 2) ECU, 6 p.m. ET

Super Regional matchup: Arizona.

How It Goes

After meeting in the first game of the Charlottesville Regional last year, ECU and St. John’s go at it again, and I’m predicting a similar result for the Red Storm and Pirates. Boyd’s World pegs UNC as the heaviest favorite in the NCAA Tourney field, as they lead the ACC in team pitching and are solid at the plate as well building their national seed résumé this season. St. John’s can throws a pair of strong arms at you in the first two games, but UNC counters with one of the nation’s best lefties in Kent Emanuel (8-4, 2.03 ERA) on Saturday to even things up. The Tar Heels advance on to a date with Tuscon’s best in Chapel Hill next week.

ACC in NCAA Regionals Breakdown: Coral Gables

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Miami's pitching staff is one of three in the Coral Gables regional in the top-12 nationally in team ERA. (Pic per OrangeandWhite.com)

Coral Gables Regional

Opening Schedule

6/01 2) UCF vs. 3) Missouri State, 2 p.m. ET

6/01 1) Miami vs. 4) Stony Brook, 7 p.m. ET

UCF scouting report

Season notables: UCF split a pair of games with Miami, winning in Coral Gables to complete a 24-6 start, and after struggling a bit down the stretch, the Golden Knights took home the C-USA title with a 6-2 win over Tulane.

Top Bats: 1B D.J. Hicks (.318 BA/11 HR/68 RBI), C Chris Taladay (.309 BA/5 HR/47 RBI), RF Alex Friedrich (.327 BA/21 2B/38 RBI).

Top Arms: RHP Ben Lively (Starter: 9-2, 3.23 ERA), LHP Eric Skoglund (Starter: 5-2, 2.84 ERA), LHP Joe Rogers (Reliever: 4-1, 1.60 ERA).

Missouri State scouting report

Season notables: Out of conference, the Bears split games with Oklahoma State, but were swept in the season series with Big 12 champion Missouri. They finished the regular season second in the Missouri Valley, but could not make their way out of the loser’s bracket in the conference tournament.

Top Bats: C Luke Voit (.305 BA/6 HR/46 RBI), 1B Brock Chaffin (.291 BA/11 2B/41 RBI), CF Spiker Helms (.280 BA/6 HR/39 RBI/41 BB).

Top Arms: RHP Nick Petree (Starter: 10-3, 0.92 ERA), RHP Cody Schumacher (Starter: 8-1, 3.57 ERA), LHP Tyler Burgess (Reliever: 5-1, 1.63 ERA).

Stony Brook scouting report

Season notables: The Seawolves have lost just 3 games since April, dominating the America East with a 21-3 conference record and 3-0 sweep of the tournament. Stony Brook played just one other NCAA Tourney team this season, losing all three at East Carolina in the second week of their season.

Top Bats: 3B William Carmona (.380 BA/10 HR/60 RBI), CF Travis Jankowski (.411 BA/40 RBI/66 R), 2B Maxx Tissenbaum (.400 BA/3 HR/41 RBI).

Top Arms: RHP Tyler Johnson (Starter: 9-1, 1.78 ERA), RHP Brandon McNitt (Starter: 8-2, 2.26 ERA), RHP Evan Stecko-Haley (Starter: 7-3, 3.08 ERA).

Projections

(Picks in bold)

Friday Games

6/01 2) UCF vs. 3) Missouri State, 2 p.m. ET

6/01 1) Miami vs. 4) Stony Brook, 7 p.m. ET

Saturday Games

6/02 4) Stony Brook vs. 3) Missouri State, 2 p.m. ET

6/02 1) Miami vs. 2) UCF, 7 p.m. ET

Sunday Games

6/03 2) UCF vs. 3) Missouri State, 2 p.m. ET

6/03 1) Miami vs. 3) Missouri State, 7 p.m. ET

Super Regional matchup: at LSU.

How It Goes

Don’t be surprised if you see some low-scoring affairs down in Coral Gables this weekend with three of the top-12 nationally in team ERA – Missouri State at No. 1 (2.51), Stony Brook at 6th (2.87) and Miami at 12th (2.99). Relative to the regional, the Bears are rated the most dangerous 3-seed according to Boyd’s World. It’s not a stretch to say Stony Brook is a formidable 4-seed for the ‘Canes, who grabbed the last regional host. Miami might just be peaking at the right time after winning their division in the ACC Tournament and getting star catcher Peter O’Brien back (.348 BA/10 HR/39 RBI) from an injury that sidelined him from mid-April to the second game in Greensboro last week. It’s all about the Hurricanes’ bats, as they can throw out a pitching rotation and bullpen with anybody in the country, and they seize the home-field advantage to advance on this weekend.

ACC in NCAA Regionals Breakdown: Columbia

Posted by Brandon Rink on May 30, 2012 under ACC Baseball | Comments are off for this article

Clemson and South Carolina meet again in the NCAA Tournament, this time on the Gamecocks' turf. (Pic per OrangeandWhite.com)

Columbia Regional

Opening Schedule

6/01 2) Clemson vs. 3) Coastal Carolina, 12 p.m. ET

6/01 1) South Carolina vs. 4) Manhattan, 4 p.m. ET

South Carolina scouting report

Season notables: Out of conference, the Gamecocks’ series win over rival Clemson was the highlight, while losing to D-II opponent Francis Marion, 5-4, marks the other end. After a slow start in SEC play, South Carolina won six of its next seven three-game series (split with Georgia with a game postponed in there too). SEC tourney troubles cropped up again for the defending champs though, losing the opener and eliminated by Florida two games later.

Top Bats: 1B Christian Walker (.328 BA/10 HR/51 RBI), 3B L.B. Dantzler (.253 BA/9 HR/43 RBI), SS Joey Pankake (.284 BA/14 2B/24 RBI).

Top Arms: LHP Michael Roth (Starter: 6-1, 2.58 ERA), RHP Matt Price (Reliever: 4-4, 3.68 ERA/10 saves), LHP Tyler Webb (Reliever: 5-1, 1.96/2 saves).

Coastal Carolina scouting report

Season notables: The Chanticleers won at Clemson (10-7) and also notched wins over NCAA Tourney teams NC State, UNC Wilmington and College of Charleston. Coastal won its sixth-straight Big South regular season title going 18-5 in conference and ran the table in the conference tourney.

Top Bats: RF Daniel Bowman (.401 BA/6 HR/38 RBI), DH Alex Buccilli (.320 BA/40 RBI), 3B Rich Witten (.350 BA/5 HR/62 RBI).

Top Arms: LHP Austin Wallace (Starter: 5-0, 2.05 ERA), RHP Tyler Herb (Starter: 8-2, 2.87 ERA), RHP Aaron Burke (Reliever: 10-5, 1.18 ERA/7 saves).

Manhattan scouting report

Season notables: The Jaspers swept fellow NCAA Tourney 4-seeds Army and Sacred Heart, but was swept themselves at TCU in late April. Manhattan won the MAAC regular season title, but had to battle out of the loser’s bracket for the auto bid with four-straight wins.

Top Bats: CF Anthony Vega (.336 BA/5 HR/31 RBI/32 SB), 2B Nick Camastro (.319 BA/16 2B/28 RBI), C Ramon Ortega (.274 BA/7 HR/51 RBI).

Top Arms: RHP Taylor Sewitt (Reliever: 11-1, 2.40 ERA), RHP John Soldinger (Starter: 6-5, 3.43 ERA), RHP Jacob Marchus (Reliever: 1-1, 1.31 ERA).

Projections

(Picks in bold)

Friday Games

6/01 2) Clemson vs. 3) Coastal Carolina, 12 p.m. ET

6/01 1) South Carolina vs. 4) Manhattan, 4 p.m. ET

Saturday Games

6/02 4) Manhattan vs. 3) Coastal Carolina, 12 p.m. ET

6/02 1) South Carolina vs. 2) Clemson, 4 p.m. ET

Sunday Games

6/03 2) Clemson vs. 3) Coastal Carolina, 12 p.m. ET

6/03 1) South Carolina vs. 3) Coastal Carolina, 4 p.m. ET

Super Regional matchup vs…: South Carolina regional.

How It Goes

The eyes of the Palmetto State are on Columbia this weekend with South Carolina hosting Clemson and Coastal Carolina, along with 4-seed Manhattan. The back-to-back champs haven’t lost a NCAA Tourney game in the friendly confines of Carolina Stadium. The Tigers and Chants were in a NCAA regional last season with Clemson sending Coastal to the loser’s bracket before both eventually were eliminated. The rival Tigers and Gamecocks have an NCAA Tournament history of their own – South Carolina having won the last four all in the CWS, in 2002 and 2010. Clemson is dangerous, but very inconsistent – struggling at the plate of late in a stretch where they’ve lost 6-of-8 after taking six of the previous seven weekend series. Coastal is second-nationally in team ERA and can throw a variety of arms at an opponent, which could land them 2-0 going into Sunday’s games. It should be a fun regional, where I’ll be on location so check me on Twitter, but it’s hard to pick against South Carolina in a place it’s dominated.

You can find the rest of the ACC regional breakdowns here (through 5-of-7).