Regional, ACC tourney picture coming into focus for Clemson baseball

Baseball -  Maleeke Gibson and first base coach Brad Chalk

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Baseball - Maleeke Gibson and first base coach Brad Chalk

Last week, Clemson moved up the RPI ranks despite dropping 2-of-3 at Miami.

This week, they dropped three spots after taking 2-of-3 from No. 20 Georgia Tech, but are still in a pretty good spot with three weeks in the regular season (and two conference series) left.

In the NCAA regional host picture overall, most of the teams in position to host right now won series over the weekend, but now-No. 18 Clemson was one of a few on the "bubble-out" squads to have a winning week.

ACC RPI Leaders (Top 25)

UNC – 1, Virginia – 4, Florida State – 6, N.C. State – 9, Virginia Tech – 13, Clemson – 16, Miami – 18, Georgia Tech – 23.

How Baseball America's NCAA Regional host bubble teams fared last week...

ON THE BUBBLE (IN): UCLA (Went 2-2, taking a series at Washington State), South Carolina (2-2, lost to Gardner-Webb but took 2-of-3 at No. 2 LSU), Louisville (3-1, lost 10-2 to No. 3 Vandy and swept Georgetown), Arizona State (4-0, swept Utah), Oklahoma (2-1 at home against Texas Tech).

ON THE BUBBLE (OUT): Arkansas (2-0 at Georgia, third game cancelled), Mississippi (2-2, lost a home series to No. 17 Kentucky), Georgia Tech (1-3, lost 2-of-3 at Clemson), Clemson (3-1, took 2-of-3 from No. 20 Georgia Tech), Miami (2-2, lost 2-of-3 at BC).

ACC Outlook

A couple of surprising series results sets up an interesting finish in ACC play.

Seventh-ranked Virginia, after a 15-6 opener win against rival No. 25 Virginia Tech, dropped a Saturday doubleheader and only its second series of the year in Blacksburg, Va.

Boston College pitchers Hunter Gordon and Jesse Adams combined to shutout Miami for the Eagles’ first ACC win of the season, and they took the series Sunday off from catcher Matt Pare’s extra-innings walkoff homer. Have to think Miami’s regional chances sunk in Chestnut Hill.

Maryland took 2-of-3 at Duke to keep their faint ACC Tournament hopes alive.

No. 10 Florida State seized the Atlantic lead with a series sweep of Wake Forest, holding a half-game lead on No. 5 N.C. State (which a split series with top-ranked UNC and the third game was rained out) and a game lead on Clemson. They play at N.C. State in two weeks and host Clemson the week after.

With the game difference with the Wolfpack, the Tigers have to win one more game than N.C. State to finish ahead of them in the standings, which is important when it comes to the ACC tourney in Durham, N.C. The potential head-to-head tiebreaker that Clemson would have won is out of the picture, which makes series wins over Maryland and at FSU key to winning the division and clinching a two-seed – avoiding No. 1 UNC's group.

ACC Tournament Field (2 Series to Go, Round Robin-format)

Pool A: 1) UNC 4) NC State 5) Clemson 8) Virginia Tech

Pool B: 2) Florida State 3) Virginia 6) Georgia Tech 7) Miami

On the outside-looking in: Duke (2 GB), Maryland (3 GB), Wake Forest (4 GB).

Team Conf. Pct. Overall
Atlantic: 1) Florida State 16-8 .667 35-9
2) NC State 15-8 .652 34-11
3) Clemson 15-9 .625 30-14
4) Maryland 8-16 .333 25-21
5) Wake Forest 7-17 .292 24-23
6) Boston College 2-21 .087 8-35
Coastal: 1) UNC 18-3 .857 41-4
2) Virginia 17-7 .708 38-8
3) Georgia Tech 12-12 .500 28-16
4) Miami 11-13 .458 29-18
5) Virginia Tech 11-13 .458 27-18
6) Duke 9-14 .391 25-22

Top-5 ACC Batting Leaders Individual

1. UNC 3B Colin Moran – .386 BA/11 HR/70 RBI/59 R

2. UNC 1B Cody Stubbs – .375 BA/59 RBI/7 HR/18 2B

3. Georgia Tech C Zane Evans – .362 BA/13 HR/51 RBI

4. NCSU SS Trea Turner – .430 BA/32 RBI/6 HR/49 R/22 SB

5. Georgia Tech RF Daniel Palka – .360 BA/12 HR/47 RBI

Top-5 ACC Starting Pitching Leaders Individual

1. UNC LHP Kent Emanuel – 9-1/1.75 ERA/67 K/3 CG SO

2. Miami LHP Bryan Radziewski – 7-1/0.95 ERA/73 K/16 BB

3. FSU RHP Scott Sitz – 8-1/10 ER/1.42 ERA/51 K/17 BB

4. Miami LHP Chris Diaz – 3-4/1.53 ERA/51 K/13 BB

5. RHP Buck Farmer – 7-3/2.51 ERA/21 ER/83 K/21 BB/2 CG

Top-5 ACC Team Batting Leaders

1. UNC – .317 BA/41 HR/394 R/257 BB

2. Virginia – .305 BA/32 HR/359 R/235 BB/24 3B

3. Georgia Tech .313 BA/88 2B/310 R/196 BB/41 HR

4. Virginia Tech – .289 BA/305 R/38 HR

5. Florida State – .285 BA/303 R/23 HR/240 BB

(Clemson – .276 BA/13 HR/233 R)

Top-5 ACC Team Pitching Leaders

1. UNC – 2.33 ERA/303 H/365 K/150 BB/105 ER

2. Florida State – 2.71 ERA/341 K/144 BB/117 ER/11 saves

3. Virginia – 3.01 ERA/387 K/106 BB/137 ER/14 saves

4. Clemson – 3.06 ERA/136 ER/284 K/137 BB

5. Miami – 3.29 ERA/154 ER/337 K

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