ACC baseball wrap: Cavs, Wolfpack bounce back, while Jackets, Canes struggle

Clemson vs. Maine will be one of nine three-game weekend series involving ACC teams

Clemson's Andrew Cox makes the put out before Eastern Michigan's Ty Gilmore reached first base during the third inning at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson.

Photo by Ken Ruinard

Clemson's Andrew Cox makes the put out before Eastern Michigan's Ty Gilmore reached first base during the third inning at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson.

Virginia and N.C. State, the ACC's highest-ranked teams, continued their bounce-back from opening losses during mid-week baseball games involving conference teams, while Georgia Tech and Miami continued their early-season troubles.

The top-ranked Cavaliers hammered out a 17-2 victory over William & Mary on Wednesday in a game moved from Charlottesville to Williamsburg because of poor field conditions.

Fifth-ranked N.C. State, which was shut out in its opener against Canisius, found its bats in victories over Elon, 12-7 on Tuesday, and N.C. A&T, 15-0 on Wednesday.

Georgia Tech dropped to 1-3 after losing to Georgia Southern 4-3 Wednesday at Statesboro.

"It seems like we've been one hit away a couple times already this season," said Yellow Jackets coach Danny Hall. "I liked that we were aggressive tonight offensively, but a little disappointed in some situational hitting."

Error-prone Miami bumbled their way to a 5-2 loss to Florida Atlantic, which already has three victories this season over ACC opponents. The Hurricanes committed four errors, and now have a dozen in four games.

With Florida coming to Coral Gables for a three-game series this weekend, Hurricanes coach Jim Morris said his team has a lot to work on.

"We’ve got to play better defense,” Morris said. “But we’ve got to swing the bat batter and we’ve got to play the game with more confidence.

“I can’t worry about Florida. We’ve got to worry about us. We’ve got to worry about us playing good, because it doesn’t matter who you’re playing if you don’t play good defense and pitch and do the things you’ve got to do.’’

Florida State remained unbeaten with a 12-6 victory over Jacksonville on Tuesday, while Duke dropped a 9-8 decision to UNC-Greensboro. Wake Forest edged Davidson 4-3.

In this weekend's games, nine ACC teams will play three-game series: Clemson-Maine, Virginia-East Carolina, N.C. State-Appalachian State, North Carolina-Xavier, Florida State-Georgia, Miami-Florida, Maryland-Bryant, and BC-Stetson. All except BC's series will be played on ACC home fields.

The remainder of the conference's teams are in action against mixed opponents.

On Friday, Pittsburgh plays Butler at Spartanburg, S.C., Notre Dame meets Gonzaga at San Antonio, Texas, Duke is at home against LaSalle, Wake Forest is at home against Cincinnati, and Virginia Tech plays at LSU.

On Saturday, St. Louis visits Duke, Virginia Tech plays Texas Southern at Baton Rouge, Pittsburgh plays at USC-Upstate, Wake Forest is home against Missouri, and Notre Dame plays Incarnate Word at San Antonio.

On Sunday, Virginia Tech goes against Toledo at Baton Rouge, Pittsburgh plays Fordham at Spartanburg, Duke is home against Akron, Radford plays at Wake Forest, and Notre Dame will face a yet-to-be-determined opponent in San Antonio.

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