Posted by Brandon Rink on May 29, 2011 under ACC Baseball | Comments are off for this article
No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 2 Florida State, 1:00 p.m. ET
Final: Virginia 7-2
What Happened: 1) Hoos-run power – Three Blue Monster shots by Virginia put away the ‘Noles for an ACC Championship. UVa catcher John Hicks got Virginia going with a 2-run HR to grab a 2-1 lead in the 1st inning, 3B Steven Proscia broke a 2-2 tie in the 6th with a 3-run jack and SS Chris Taylor added the insurance with his 2-run HR in the 7th to make it 7-2.
2) FSU waits to see if they’ve done enough for a national seed – Most projections have them right on the edge. They have the RPI and RPI wins, but a competitive national seed bubble with geographic/conference considerations could knock them off.
3) Virginia set for a trip to Omaha now? – The ACC released a nice stat today for ACC Tournament champs. The last five have made the College World Series. We said preseason Virginia would and we’ll see if they can keep the streak up.
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No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 4 UNC, 9:20 p.m. ET
Final: Virginia 3-2.
What Happened: 1) ‘Hoos manufactured runs and received clutch pitching – Safety squeezes, sac flies and doubles…Virginia brought across the plate a run in three different innings to edge out UNC. And with the game tied 2-2 in the 7th, Virginia reliever Whit Mayberry closed the door on the Heels with two in scoring position – the last time UNC had runners in scoring position for the rest of the game.
2) A really entertaining game – Wasn’t exactly a pitching duel, but not a slugfest either – just two really good teams squaring off.
3) Hultzen saved for Sunday – Absolutely love the move to not just stick with the schedule, but save ace lefty Danny Hultzen (9-3, 1.49 ERA) for the championship against Florida State (and you get the win anyway, definition of win-win there).
Posted by Brandon Rink on May 28, 2011 under ACC Baseball | Comments are off for this article
No. 5 Miami vs. No. 8 Wake Forest, 4:30 p.m. ET
Final: Miami 4-2.
What Happened: 1) Miami’s early offense holds off Deacs – The Hurricanes jumped on Wake Forest early with a two-RBI single from DH Chris Pelaez and another run-scoring single from SS Zeke DeVoss (8/10, 4 RBI in the ACC Tourney) in the first inning. In the 3rd, Miami LF Rony Rodriguez proceeded to knock a ball over the famous bull atop the Blue Monster in left field at Bull Durham Athletic Park to give Miami a 4-0 lead. Wake Forest had their chances late with strong bullpen work and an array of singles to make it a two-run game.
2) UNC eliminated, Virginia clinches Division B – The Tar Heels were holding on to the small hope that Wake Forest, after playing a game until almost 2 a.m. and completing it around 4 p.m. – could somehow beat Miami to pave the way for UNC’s shot at the division. Didn’t happen.
3) Round-robin criticism picks up – Whenever you have a conference tournament game with absolutely nothing on the line for either team – it’s not good. I can see arguments for and against the system, but a team like Wake Forest works hard to make this thing for the first time since 2009…and only plays one meaningful game? Just doesn’t seem right.