FSU, Miami look for better luck at ACC baseball tourney

Florida State's DJ Stewart (left) was named ACC player of the year on Monday after hitting .362 with 47 RBI and 19 doubles.

Kim Klement

Miami and Florida State have seen plenty of success in the regular season. And both have been frequent visitors to Omaha, Neb., for the College World Series.

For all the postseason accolades, the Hurricanes and the Seminoles haven’t fared as well. Miami won the 2008 ACC Tournament and Florida State won in 2011. But even Florida State’s players have noted that they are 0-6 the last two seasons in the ACC Tournament.

Miami and Florida State are considered locks to host a regional and will both likely be awarded national seeds (meaning they will host a Super Regional, too, if they advance through the regionals). But it would be significant if both programs can have a good showing this week in the ACC Tournament, gaining some momentum for the postseason.

Here’s a look at the 10 teams that will be competing in the tournament.

NO. 1 MIAMI

Record: 40-15

Coach: Jim Morris

Leading hitters: OF Tyler Palmer (.304, 14 doubles, 41 runs), OF Willie Abreu (.299, 7 doubles), OF Dale Carey (.295, 6 HR, 48 runs), C Zack Collins (.285, 8 HR, 46 RBI).

Top pitchers: LHP Chris Diaz (9-0, 2.32 ERA), LHP Bryan Radziewski (7-2, 3.14 ERA), RHP Bryan Garcia (5-3, 1.61 ERA, 15 saves).

NO. 2 FLORIDA STATE

Record: 41-14

Coach: Mike Martin

ACC TOURNAMENT

Leading hitters: OF DJ Stewart (.362, 7 HR, 19 doubles, 47 RBI, 43 runs), 3B Jose Brizuela (.325, 3 HR, 37 RBI, 44 runs), 1B John Nogowski (.309, 4 HR, 46 RBI, 45 runs), INF/DH Casey Smit (.303, 23 RBI, 23 runs).

Top pitchers: RHP Luke Weaver (8-3, 2.45 ERA), RHP Mike Compton (7-1, 3.08 ERA), RHP Gage Smith (4-2, 2.20 ERA), RHP Jameis Winston (1-0, 1.29 ERA, 6 saves).

NO. 3 VIRGINIA

Record: 43-11

Coach: Brian O’Connor

Leading hitters: OF/1B Joe McCarthy (.308, 5 HR, 14 doubles, 42 runs, 41 RBI), OF/1B Mike Papi (.299, 10 HR, 45 runs, 47 RBI), INF Branden Cogswell (.291, 37 runs)

Top pitchers: LHP Nathan Kirby (8-1, 1.58 ERA, 91 strikeouts), LHP Brandon Waddell (7-3, 2.90 ERA, 52 strikeouts), RHP Nick Howard (2-1, 2.08 ERA, 17 saves)

No. 4 DUKE

Record: 32-32

Coach: Chris Pollard

Leading hitters: INF Jordan Betts (.317, 19 doubles, 30 RBI), Matt Berezo (.314), OF Ryan Deitrich (.292, 7 HR, 29 RBI), UTIL Mark Lumpa (.289, 46 runs).

Top pitchers: RHP Andrew Istler (8-7, 2.55 ERA), RHP Drew Van Orden 5-5, 3.56 ERA), RHP Robert Huber (3-0, 3.12 ERA, 10 saves)

N0. 5 CLEMSON

Record: 34-22

Coach: Jack Leggett

Leading hitters: INF Tyler Krieger (.340, 15 doubles, 47 runs), INF Steve Wilkerson (.316, 18 doubles, 32 runs), UTIL Jay Baum (.306, 29 runs, 15 doubles, 27 RBI), C/OF Garrett Boulware (.300, 4 HR, 34 RBI, 14 doubles, 37 runs).

Top pitchers: RHP Daniel Gossett (7-1, 1.74 ERA, 94 strikeouts), LHP Matthew Crownover (7-5, 2.25 ERA, 74 strikeouts), RHP Matt Campbell (4-0, 0.60 ERA, 7 saves).

NO. 6 MARYLAND

Record: 34-19

Coach: John Szefc

Leading hitters: INF Brandon Lowe (.345, 36 RBI), INF Blake Schmit (.308, 15 doubles, 34 runs), OF Charlie White (.278, 12 doubles, 40 runs).

Top pitchers: LHP Jake Drossner (4-1, 2.18 ERA), RHP Bobby Ruse (7-2, 2.48 ERA), RHP Jake Stinnett (6-6, 2.53 ERA, 113 strikeouts).

N0. 7 NORTH CAROLINA

Record: 32-23

Coach: Mike Fox

Leading hitters: SS Michael Russell (.338, 4 HR, 18 doubles, 42 runs, 29 RBI), INF Landon Lassiter (.301, 36 runs, 19 RBI), 2B/SS Wood Myers (.296, 10 doubles, 25 RBI, 28 runs).


   

Top pitchers: RHP Reilly Hovis (7-1, 1.80 ERA, 6 saves), RHP Trent Thornton (7-3, 2.02 ERA), RHP Benton Moss (4-2, 3.59 ERA).

NO. 8 WAKE FOREST

Record: 30-25

Coach: Tom Walter

Leading hitters: OF Grant Shambley (.327, 30 runs), OF Evan Stephens (.296, 10 doubles, 42 runs), 1B Matt Conway (.290, 22 runs, 32 RBI).

Top pitchers: LHP John McLeod (5-2, 2.33 ERA), RHP Connor McKaden (2-3, 3.52 ERA), RHP Aaron Fossas (5-1, 3.51 ERA, 10 saves).

NO. 9 GEORGIA TECH

Record: 32-24

Coach: Danny Hall

Leading hitters: OF Daniel Spingola (.323, 34 RBI, 39 runs), SS/3B Matt Gonzalez (.307, 16 doubles, 32 RBI, 30 runs), 2B/SS Thomas Smith (.306, 8 doubles, 33 RBI, 33 runs).

Top pitchers: LHP Sam Clay (3-1, 1.55 ERA, 7 saves), RHP Dusty Isaacs (6-5, 2.10 ERA), Devin Stanton (5-3, 2.13 ERA).

Record: 32-22

Coach: Elliott Avent

Leading hitters: C/OF Brett Austin (.336, 5 HR, 41 runs), INF Andrew Knizner (.333, 11 doubles, 47 RBI, 33 runs), INF Trea Turner (.318, 12 doubles, 36 RBI, 64 runs).

Top pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (6-7, 2.01 ERA, 117 strikeouts), RHP Eric Peterson (4-3, 2.70 ERA), RHP Logan Jernigan (6-3, 3.90 ERA).

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