Three's a crowd: just half a game separates Clemson, FSU, NC State atop Atlantic

Tigers go for 10th straight win, series victory over Seminoles tonight in 8 p.m. ESPNU game

Clemson's Thomas Brittle makes a diving catch against Maryland during the fourth inning at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson.

Photo by Ken Ruinard

Clemson's Thomas Brittle makes a diving catch against Maryland during the fourth inning at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson.

Down to the wire, three teams separated by a hair's breadth.

That's how things stand in the ACC's Atlantic Division headed into the final two games of the regular season.

Clemson knotted things up at the top of the standings Thursday night with its 8-2 win over Florida State at Tallahassee, but N.C. State kept pace by beating Duke 5-2 at Bulls Athletic Park in Durham.

The Tigers, 39-15 and 18-10, and winners of nine straight, will face FSU (42-11, 18-10) tonight at 8 p.m., and then again on Saturday at 3 p.m. Both games will be televised nationally by ESPNU.

N.C. State, 40-13 and 17-10, trails the Tigers and Seminoles by half a game. That game - a rainout against North Carolina earlier this season - will not be made up.

Clemson can win the division by sweeping the Seminoles, or by winning one of the next two and having Duke take a game from N.C. State.

FSU can claim the division title only by beating Clemson in back-to-back games.

N.C. State can win by sweeping Duke, and having Clemson and FSU split games.

In the Coastal Division, Virginia beat North Carolina 10-4 on Thursday. Because of rainouts, the Tar Heels (46-7, 20-6) have a mathematical edge that can only be erased by a sweep by the Cavaliers (44-8, 21-7).

In other ACC series openers on Thursday, Miami beat Georgia Tech 8-3, Virginia Team was a 13-2 winner over Wake Forest, and Boston College edged Maryland 2-1.

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rsb8931#286014 writes:

If John Swofford was not a UNC graduate, I promise you the ACC Commissioner would make UNC and State makeup the game canceled for rain earlier this season. Since NC decided not to play the game, Swofford is fine with it. If Clemson and Ga Tech were in the same situation as the two NC schools, I bet he would step in and make us play the game due to the bearing it has on the race. It's a disgrace that UNC can get away with this and John Swofford is more of disgrace than those people from Chapel Hole, NC.

omnipotent1 writes:

But nc can play a game against fsu that does not count in ACC play. Think there is no bias in the ACC?

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