Badda Bing, Badda Boom

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Badda Bing, Badda Boom

What can we say about the regular season of ACC baseball? Boom! That’s it, it’s all taken care of. Or is it? This isn’t about that guy from high school who was in the corner counting his fingers and toes. You know, the one that went on to become a hotel pitchman. (Side note: He was an All American swimmer in college).

Yes, just when you thought North Carolina and NC State had a firm lock on their season, along comes Duke. The Blue Devils take 2 out of 3 against the Tar Heels in their series and ding them in the rankings.

We won’t dismiss the multitude of games on the schedule because anything can happen. However, there are only two series left that could play into the post season equation. Let’s take a look.

Up first is NC State and Florida State. At the moment, the Wolfpack are chewing away at the top 5 in the newest D1Baseball Top 25 poll. On the other hand they are only projected as #13 out of 16 top seeds in the Field of 64. A series loss to the Seminoles could push them down or maybe even out of the top 16. That would be rather uncomfortable as they are the host of the Raleigh Regional. As for Florida State, currently #10 in Baseball America’s projection, they’ll just further solidify their top spot in the Tallahassee Regional with a win. A loss shouldn’t hurt enough to push them out of the sixteen.


Badda Bing, Badda Boom


Next, Duke and Georgia Tech. Duke isn’t among the Top 16 seeds but at #2 in the Greenville Regional a series loss could create some churn when it comes to their opponent. One of the First Four out are the Yellow Jackets. At #48 in the most recent NCAA RPI a series win over Duke could push them into the fold. It may take that plus a great showing in the ACC Baseball Championship to convince the selection committee that they belong in the post season.

With the last week of ACC regular season action scheduled for this week it means that teams will be headed to Durham. The ACC Baseball Championship is scheduled for May 22-27.

Three of the five conference teams in the rankings this week move up the ladder with all residing in the top 15. NC State moves up one spot and are the only team from the ACC still in the top 5. North Carolina falls three spots after their series with Duke. Clemson holds steady in the top 10. Duke and Florida State both rise three spots in the poll.

D1Baseball Top 25

  • #4     NC State
  • #7     North Carolina
  • #8     Clemson
  • #10   Duke
  • #11   Florida State

NCAA RPI

  • #3     North Carolina
  • #10   Florida State
  • #11   Clemson
  • #14   Duke
  • #16   NC State
  • #26   Louisville
  • #48   Georgia Tech

Badda Bing, Badda Boom


ACC Stats

The end of the season run at inking yourself in the stat books has changed a few names this week.

Batting Average – Chase Murrary, Georgia Tech  .368

RBI’s – Brett Kinneman, NC State  56

HR’s – Seth Beer, Clemson  16

Stolen Bases – Josh Stowers, Louisville  30

And the dubious honor of being Hit By Pitch – Jack Labosky, Duke and Jack Owens, Virginia Tech  15. We salute you with the immediate ice pack and copious amounts of Epsom Salts later.


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