Clemson and FSU made surprise runs to Omaha, but it ended once again without a title for the ACC.
The 2010 ACC season ended with a whimper, but overall, the ACC did well this season…
- 8 NCAA Tourney Teams (Clemson, FSU, Georgia Tech, Miami, UNC, NC State, Virginia, and Virginia Tech)
- 3 Regional Hosts (Virginia, Georgia Tech, Miami)
- 4 Super Regional Teams (Miami); 3 Hosts (Clemson, FSU, Virginia)
- 2 College World Series Reps (Clemson and Florida State)
- One in the “Final Four” at the CWS (Clemson)
- ACC was 26-21 overall in the NCAA Tourney.
- 6 teams in final USA Today Coaches Poll of the regular season (In order: (2) Virginia, (8) Georgia Tech, (12) Florida State, (14) Miami, (20) Clemson, and (24) Virginia Tech.
- Miami catcher Yasmani Grandal and FSU OF/P Mike McGee Baseball America First Team All-Americans. FSU CF Tyler Holt, Clemson RF Kyle Parker, and Virginia P Danny Hultzen were Second Team. GT’s Derek Dietrich named Third Team.
Clemson’s 2 and out – one game from the Championship Series puts a damper on what was a solid season for the ACC. FSU and Clemson surprised us all by being the two teams standing in Omaha to represent the ACC – and both had their quirks to not make the run all the way. This season will be remembered for a Virginia team that had an outstanding season and set many all-time records in their school’s history, but met a hot Oklahoma squad and fell short of the goal. How about the Hammerin’ Hokies surge in 2010? They went from the cellar to being a contender in the tough Coastal Division. Georgia Tech had another solid season, but couldn’t make it out of their regional…again. This ACC baseball season might be known most among ACC fans for likely robbing Clemson of its starting QB in the fall with Kyle Parker. This was a year in the ACC where a number of teams were dangerous enough to win it all, but couldn’t string together the necessary wins. The ACC’s best lose a number of key players so 2011 should be wide open for ACC baseball.
Final thoughts on the ACC baseball season, folks?
After playing almost 70 games, it all comes down to the rubber match of the Battle of the Palmetto State for a chance to advance to the CWS Final…and we’re here with our commentary, yours, and Clemson v. South Carolina banter in this crucial game for pride and prominence.
All eyes on Clemson ace Casey Harman today as he tries to pull his team through in Omaha.
After playing almost 70 games, it all comes down to the rubber match of the Battle of the Palmetto State for a chance to advance to the CWS Final…
Clemson Tigers (45-24) vs. South Carolina Gamecocks (51-16), Saturday at 7:00 ET
What’s on the Line: Everything, for both teams. Lose and go home – win and advance to the CWS final. It’s bragging rights on a whole ‘nother level. Clemson loses and 2002’s memories are replaced with the failure of losing two in a row to rival South Carolina again in 2010.
For Starters: South Carolina coach Ray Tanner is going with righty (6-5, 4.39 ERA) – normally they’re two-starter. Dyson pitched 7 1/3 innings in the win over Arizona State Tuesday with 4 earned runs, 8 hits, and 4 strikeouts.
The Tigers will start ace lefty Casey Harman (8-3, 3.77 ERA). Harman defeated the Sun Devils as well with 6 innings of work — allowing 3 earned runs and 7 hits with 5 strikeouts.
2010 NCAA Tourney Elimination Game Records: Clemson- 3-0. South Carolina- 4-0.
In case you missed it, your lineup and bullpen notables were up yesterday.
Pick: Since May 20th, Clemson has been playing with their backs against the wall. Down 3 games in the Atlantic, they swept the division-leading Seminoles to take the division. On the road at Auburn, they choked away a late lead to force a winner-take-all the next day on the road – and won 13-7 to get their own Super Regional. At the Clemson Super Regional, they dropped game one 5-4 to the Crimson Tide, but came back the next day with a 19-5 win and finished Bama off the next day with a 8-6 win.
So it’s not a surprise (well, a little), that when they finally were cruising – adversity struck once again with losing Friday’s game 5-1 to the rival Gamecocks. South Carolina has made a strong run of their own with 3 straight wins on the brink of elimination at the CWS. I expect this to be a tight game, but with Clemson’s best pitcher on the mound – and some Tigers hitters chomping at the bit to break out today after last night – Clemson takes this one behind a big game from Harman and just enough runs to edge out the Gamecocks.
CWS Winner-Take-All Pick'Em: Clemson vs. South Carolina
- Tigers (50%, 2 Votes)
- Gamecocks (50%, 2 Votes)
Total Voters: 4