ACC tournament team capsules

dshirley@macon.comMay 19, 2014 

Miami

Record: 40-15, 24-6 ACC.

Players to watch: Tyler Palmer (.304 average, 32 RBI); Dale Carey (.295, six home runs); Zack Collins (.285, eight HR, 46 RBI); Chris Diaz (9-0, 2.32 ERA); Brian Radziewski (7-2, 3.14 ERA).

Of note: The Hurricanes won 27 of their final 30 regular-season games. … Miami’s only tournament title came in 2008. … Diaz is tied for the conference leads in wins. … Collins is fifth in RBI. … Radziewski is third with 96 strikeouts.

Florida State

Record: 41-14, 21-9.

Players to watch: DJ Stewart (.362, seven HR, 47 RBI); Jose Brizuela (.325, 37 RBI); John Nogowski (.309, four HR, 46 RBI); Luke Weaver (8-3, 2.45 ERA); Mike Compton (7-1, 3.08 ERA).

Of note: The Seminoles have won five tournament titles, the last coming in 2010. … Stewart leads the conference in average and is tied for the lead in RBI. … Nogowski is tied for fourth in RBI. … Weaver is tied for third in wins. … The Seminoles lead the conference in runs scored (372), slugging percentage (.391) and on-base percentage (.396).

Virginia

Record: 43-11, 22-8.

Players to watch: Joe McCarthy (.308, 41 RBI); Mike Papi (.299, 10 HR, 47 RBI); Nathan Kirby (8-1, 1.58 ERA); Brandon Waddell (7-3, 2.90 ERA); Josh Sborz (4-3, 3.13 ERA).

Of note: The Cavaliers have won three tournament titles, the last coming in 2011. … McCarthy is the only Cavaliers regular batting better than .300. … Kirby leads the conference in ERA. ... Papi is tied for the lead in RBI. … The Cavaliers lead the conference in team ERA (2.24).

Duke

Record: 32-23, 16-14.

Players to watch: Jordan Betts (.317, four HR, 30 RBI); Ryan Deitrich (.292, seven HR); Chris Marconcini (.251, eight HR, 45 RBI); Andrew Istler (8-7, 2.55 ERA).

Of note: The Blue Devils have never won this tournament. … Duke went 4-6 in its final 10 games. … Istler is tied for third in the conference in wins. … Marconcini is tied for second in home runs.

Clemson

Record: 34-22, 15-14.

Players to watch: Daniel Gossett (7-1, 1.74 ERA); Matthew Crownover (7-5, 2.25 ERA); Steve Wilkerson (.316, five HR, 38 RBI); Garrett Boulware (.300, four HR, 34 RBI); Chris Okey (.251, four HR, 41 RBI).

Of note: The Tigers have won the most tournament titles with nine. … Clemson leads the conference in stolen bases (86). … Gossett is second in the conference in ERA and fourth in strikeouts (94). … Tyler Krieger is third in batting average (.340).

Maryland

Record: 34-19, 15-14.

Players to watch: Brandon Lowe (.345, 36 RBI); Blake Schmit (.308, 25 RBI); Jose Cuas (.274, five HR, 38 RBI); Jake Stinnett (6-6, 2.53 ERA); Mike Shawaryn (9-3, 2.96).

Of note: The Terrapins have never won this tournament and will leave for the Big 10 after this year. … Maryland finished the regular season with a nine-game winning streak. … Shawaryn is tied for the conference lead in wins. … Lowe is second in batting average.

North Carolina

Record: 32-23, 15-15.

Players to watch: Michael Russell (.338, four HR); Landon Lassiter (.301); Trent Thornton (7-3, 202 ERA); Reilly Hovis (7-1, 1.80 ERA).

Of note: The Tar Heels won the tournament last year and have won it six times overall. … North Carolina went 5-5 in its final 10 regular-season games. … Russell is second in the conference in batting average and hits.

Wake Forest

Record: 30-25, 15-15.

Players to watch: Matt Conway (.290, four HR, 32 RBI); Will Craig (.283, eight HR, 36 RBI); Nate Mondou (.275, seven HR).

Of note: The Demon Deacons have won this tournament four times. … Wake Forest leads the conference in home runs (33). … The Demon Deacons went 4-8 down the stretch. … Craig is tied for second in the conference in home runs.

Georgia Tech

Record: 32-24, 14-16.

Players to watch: Daniel Spingola (.323, 34 RBI); Matt Gonzalez (.307, 32 RBI); Thomas Smith (.306, 33 RBI); Devin Stanton (5-3, 2.13 ERA).

Of note: The Yellow Jackets have won this tournament eight times, including the last time in 2012. … Georgia Tech leads the conference in hits (536). … Spingola leads the conference in hits (73).

N.C. State

Record: 32-22, 13-17.

Players to watch: Brett Austin (.336, five HR, 30 RBI); Andrew Knizner (.333, four HR, 47 RBI); Trea Turner (.318, eight HR, 36 RBI); Carlos Rodon (6-7, 2.01 ERA).

Of note: The Wolfpack have won this tournament four times. … N.C. State finished the regular season winning 10 of 13. … Knizner is tied for the conference lead in RBI. … Rodon leads the conference in strikeouts (117) and innings pitched (98-2/3) and is fifth in ERA.

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