Tigers move into top-13 in RPI, four ACC teams in top-10

Clemson's Joseph Moorefield wears a cap with Omaha written on the tiger paw.

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Clemson's Joseph Moorefield wears a cap with Omaha written on the tiger paw.

Atop the nation already, UNC moved to No. 1 in the RPI as well after completing a sweep of Duke over the weekend for a nation-leading 14-straight wins.

Miami and Clemson moved up together in RPI, at No. 12 and 13 respectively, while Georgia Tech slipped out of the top-20 (22).

Baseball America had the No. 25 Tigers on the outside looking in on the regional host list last week, and BA staff writer Aaron Fitt hinted to Miami now being in the mix after the weekend.

ACC RPI Leaders (Top 25) - Boyd’s World/Warren Nolan

UNC – 1/1

Virginia – 3/3

FSU – 7/7

NC State – 8/8

Miami 12/12

Clemson 13/13

Virginia Tech 16/16

Georgia Tech 22/22

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Tar Heels lefty Kent Emanuel (8-1) threw his third complete game shutout of the season, allowing two hits and striking out eight batters, in the opener against the Blue Devils.

No. 6 N.C. State is tied with UNC for the win streak, after seizing a game lead in the Atlantic Division with a sweep of No. 20 Georgia Tech. The ACC’s No. 1 and 2 in strikeouts were on display – State lefty Carlos Rodon (95) ringing up 10 Yellow Jackets in a complete game win, while Tech righty Buck Farmer (79) surrendered seven earned runs with only 5 Ks in a loss.

Fifth-ranked Virginia staked their claim as one of the ACC’s top-two with a domination of No. 10 Florida State. FSU was held to four runs – its lowest scoring regular season series since 2006 at Clemson (six runs).

Virginia Tech kept its NCAA hopes alive with a series win at Maryland (2-of-3), and Wake Forest sent Boston College to 0-20 in ACC play. Four of the 20 losses have come by a single run, while 11 were by four or more runs.

Team Conf. Pct. Overall
Atlantic: 1) NC State 14-7 .667 32-10
T-2) Clemson 13-8 .619 27-13
T-2) Florida State 13-8 .619 31-9
4) Wake Forest 7-14 .333 23-20
5) Maryland 6-15 .286 21-20
6) Boston College 0-20 .000 6-33
Coastal: 1) UNC 17-2 .895 39-2
2) Virginia 16-5 .762 35-6
3) Georgia Tech 11-10 .524 27-13
4) Miami 10-11 .476 27-16
5) Virginia Tech 9-12 .429 24-17
6) Duke 8-12 .400 22-20

Top-5 ACC Batting Leaders Individual

1. UNC 3B Colin Moran – .384 BA/9 HR/62 RBI/55 R

2. UNC 1B Cody Stubbs – .367 BA/51 RBI/5 HR/16 2B

3. NCSU SS Trea Turner – .437 BA/31 RBI/6 HR/46 R

4. Georgia Tech RF Daniel Palka – .365 BA/11 HR/43 RBI

5. Georgia Tech C Zane Evans – .336 BA/11 HR/46 RBI

Top-5 ACC Starting Pitching Leaders Individual

1. UNC LHP Kent Emanuel – 8-1/1.82 ERA/58 K/3 CG SO

2. GT RHP Buck Farmer – 7-2/2.22 ERA/17 ER/79 K/16 BB/2 CG

3. Miami LHP Bryan Radziewski – 6-1/1.13 ERA/65 K/14 BB

4. FSU RHP Scott Sitz – 7-1/10 ER/1.60 ERA/43 K/16 BB

5. Miami LHP Chris Diaz – 3-3/1.70 ERA/44 K/12 BB

Top-5 ACC Team Batting Leaders

1. UNC – .318 BA/36 HR/366 R/239 BB

2. Virginia – .302 BA/28 HR/313 R/214 BB/22 3B

3. Georgia Tech .317 BA/78 2B/290 R/184 BB/38 HR

4. N.C. State – .285 BA/281 R/23 HR/167 BB

5. Virginia Tech – .287 BA/274 R/35 HR

(Clemson – .270 BA/13 HR/197 R)

Top-5 ACC Team Pitching Leaders

1. UNC – 2.13 ERA/271 H/330 K/135 BB/88 ER

2. Virginia – 2.63 ERA/347 K/90 BB/107 ER/12 saves

3. Florida State – 2.75 ERA/299 K/126 BB/108 ER/11 saves

4. Clemson – 3.08 ERA/124 ER/248 K/123 BB

5. N.C. State – 3.42 ERA/145 ER/369 K

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