This Week in ACC Baseball – March 18

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March 18, 2022

• The first full weekend of ACC competition opens late afternoon as Clemson and Louisville get their first taste of league play. The Tigers are set to host Miami in a ranked-team matchup, while Louisville hosts Notre Dame in a key Atlantic Division series early in the season. Five other ACC series are on the bill, including another intriguing Atlantic series between NC State and Florida State in Tallahassee. Coastal Division play is highlighted by a renewal of the Duke-North Carolina rivalry, as defending ACC champion Blue Devils take on the Tar Heels at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.


• Notre Dame, which is off to a flying start for the third straight season under head coach Link Jarrett, started the week ranked No. 1 nationally by Baseball America and Perfect Game. Notre Dame is only the second team this season to rank No. 1 in Baseball America’s poll. The Fighting Irish (12-1, 2-0 ACC) are off to their best start to the season since 2015 and are the highest-ranked team in the country for the first time since 2001.


• Virginia is ranked 5th, Georgia Tech 6th and Florida State is ranked 8th by D1Baseball and Baseball America. Six teams – Notre Dame, Virginia, Georgia Tech, Florida State Clemson and North Carolina – are among the top 25 teams by consensus this week, and eight conference teams are ranked in the top 30 in the nation in at least one of the six major polls. nationals.


• ACC teams have a combined 148-43 (.775) record against non-conference opponents. That includes a 114-14 mark in home games.


• Notre Dame is 57-16 (.781) since the start of the 2020 season. That winning percentage ranks second in the NCAA over the past three seasons and trails only Tennessee (.792).


• Virginia Nate Savino’s complete shutout in last weekend’s ACC series against Duke was only the sixth in college play so far this season.


• With a 1.66 ERA, North Carolina has the lowest team ERA in the nation heading into the second weekend of ACC play…Diamond Heels have the 14th-best ratio outs on walks (3.69) in D1 and rank 11th in fewer walks issued per nine innings (2.84) as well as 18th in fewer hits allowed per nine innings (6.57).

The ACC in numbers

3 — Three ACC teams rank in the top five nationally for most tournament appearances all-time: No. 2 Florida State (58), No. 3 Miami (47) and No. ° 5 Clemson (44).

8 – The eight ACC teams in the 2021 NCAA Baseball Championship field were second in all conferences. This is the fifth time since 2010 that the ACC has placed eight or more teams in the NCAA Tournament.

11- The 11 ACC pitchers named to the 2022 NCBWA Stopper of the Year Preseason Watch List led all conferences.

15 – At least one ACC team has reached the College World Series in Omaha in the last 15 years the event has been held, and multiple ACC teams have reached the CWS 10 times during that span .

15 – Last year marked the 15th time overall the ACC has sent more than one team to the CWS, with all multi-team appearances having been since 1994.

28 – The ACC has placed a total of 28 teams in the past 15 College World Series, an average of just under two per season.

90 – Ninety ACC teams have won offers from the NCAA in the past 12 tournament years.

98 – The ACC’s current 14 teams have a combined 98 College World Series appearances.

58,516 – Total attendance for last year’s ACC Baseball Championship at Truist Field in Charlotte, North Carolina, which ranks fifth in the event’s 47-year history. Two games – NC State against North Carolina on May 28 and Duke against NC State in the title game on May 30 – drew more than 7,100 fans.

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