ACC baseball wrap: Miami at FSU kicks off busy weekend schedule

Clemson-USC, Fullerton-Oregon, Alabama-Louisiana Lafayette, Stanford-Vandy among top national match-ups

Clemson's Steven Dugar dives near Prebyterian's Jacob Midkiff for a triple during the first inning at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson.

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Clemson's Steven Dugar dives near Prebyterian's Jacob Midkiff for a triple during the first inning at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson.

While this weekend's three-site Clemson-South Carolina series takes center stage on the national college baseball scene, the 2014 ACC title race will kick off in Tallahassee with another high profile clash, as Miami plays at Florida State in a three-game series.

The Hurricanes bring a 4-3 record into the weekend, with 2-1 series wins over Maine and Florida, and a midweek loss to Florida Atlantic. The Seminoles are unbeaten at 6-0, but are relatively untested so far.

Florida State is currently ranked No. 2 by Baseball America, while Miami is ranked 14th.

In addition to the clash between No. 3 South Carolina and No. 11 Clemson, this weekend's national schedule includes No. 5 Cal State Fullerton visiting No. 9 Oregon, No. 21 Alabama playing at No. 10 Louisiana-Lafayette, and No. 8 Vanderbilt at home against Stanford.

In the ACC, regular three-game series include Bowling Green at Georgia Tech, North Florida at UNC, Monmouth at Virginia, and U Mass-Amherst at Maryland.

Pittsburgh will go against Ohio State, East Carolina and Western Kentucky at Greenville, N.C.; Duke will play West Virginia, Marshall and Coastal Carolina at Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Boston College will face Central Michigan, Villanova and Western Michigan at Port Charlotte, Fla.; and Notre Dame will play UCLA, Michigan and Appalachian State at Cary, N.C.

N.C. State will be at home against Michigan, UCLA and Youngstown State; Virginia Tech is at home against Cincinnati (2) and U Mass-Lowell (2); and Wake Forest will host Stony Brook, St. Louis and St. Peters.

Going into the weekend, Clemson's Tyler Krieger leads the ACC in batting average at .500, while freshman Chris Okey shares the league lead in RBIs with 11.

Other leaders include FSU's D.J. Stewart, who leads the league in on-base percentage (.621), slugging percentage (.895) and runs scored (10); and Virginia's Brandon Downes, who has the ACC's top marks in homers (3) and shares the RBI lead with Okey.

Following is the weekend schedule for ACC teams:


Clemson at South Carolina

Miami at Florida State

Pittsburgh vs. Ohio State, Greenville, N.C.

Duke vs. West Virginia, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

North Florida at North Carolina

Boston College vs. Central Michigan, Port Charlotte, Fla.

Michigan at NC State

Monmouth at Virginia

Cincinnati at Virginia Tech

Bowling Green at Georgia Tech

Stony Brook at Wake Forest

Notre Dame vs. UCLA, Cary, N.C.


Clemson vs. South Carolina, Greenville, S.C.

Duke vs. Marshall, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Notre Dame vs. Youngstown State, Cary, N.C.

Notre Dame vs. Michigan, Cary, N.C.

Boston College vs. Villanova, Port Charlotte, Fla.

U Mass-Amhert at Maryland (DH)

U Mass-Lowell at Virginia Tech

Pittsburgh at East Carolina

St. Louis at Wake Forest

UCLA at NC State

Miami at Florida State

North Florida at UNC

Bowling Green at Georgia Tech

Monmouth at Virginia


South Carolina at Clemson

Pittsburgh vs. Western Kentucky, Greenville, N.C.

Notre Dame vs. Appalachian State, Cary, N.C.

U Mass-Lowell at Virginia Tech

Cincinnati at Virginia Tech

Boston College vs. Western Michigan, Port Charlotte, Fla.

Duke vs. Coastal Carolina, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Youngstown State at NC State

U Mass-Amherst at Maryland

Miami at FSU

North Florida at UNC

Bowling Green at Georgia Tech

Monmouth at Virginia

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