A few baseball notes prior to the North Carolina-Georgia Tech series that begins Friday. Please note, if you plan on attending, that Friday’s game starts at 4 p.m. due to impending weather. (There’s a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms Friday night and a 40 percent chance Saturday, which could mean some scheduling logjams. Tech hosts the ACC softball tournament starting Friday and men’s and women’s first- and second-round NCAA tennis matches.)
1. The baseball team returns to ACC play with a home series against North Carolina. The Jackets will try again to make up ground on Coastal Division-leading Virginia. Tech is 18-6 in the ACC and Virginia, which plays Miami this weekend at home, is 20-4.
More importantly, though, Tech is trying to improve its chances for a national seed, which would enable the Jackets to host a regional and, should they advance, a super regional. Baseball America, which predicts two or possibly three ACC teams will receive one of the eight national seeds. A handy little chart with estimated RPI in the first column and Baseball America ranking in the next. Please feel free to print it out and take it with you as you go about your day.
Virginia 1 1
UNC 3 17
FSU 5 7
Clemson 8 20
GT 9 13
2. Coach Danny Hall has 299 ACC wins at Tech. If my math is correct, he can get to 300 this weekend. When he does, he’ll be just the fourth coach in ACC history to reach that milestone. Pretty impressive. Former Clemson coach Bill Wilhelm (378), Florida State coach Mike Martin (358) and Clemson’s Jack Leggett (300) are the three ahead of Hall, who has averaged 16.3 ACC wins per year in his 18 seasons at Tech.