Last Week In ACC Baseball: By the Numbers

Press Release/theACC.com (Games Through 3-21-22)

• Louisville made a big splash in its first weekend of 2022 ACC action, sweeping top-ranked Notre Dame to make a quick move to the top of the early Atlantic Division standings. The Cardinals (16-4) are currently 15-2 on their extended homestand. Louisville has won six straight and 13 of its last 14, the best stretch for head coach Dan McDonnell’s squad in nearly three years. The last comparable stretch for Louisville came from April 7-May 5, 2019 when the Cardinals won 16 of 17 games.

• Virginia (19-1) has matched the program’s best start to a season through 20 games. The Cavaliers went 19-1 in both 2009 and 2011. UVA, which is slated to play host to Towson on Tuesday afternoon, has never started a season 20-1.

• North Carolina’s 19-game home-field winning streak dating to last season stands as the second-longest active streak in NCAA Division I (behind Tennessee’s current streak of 23 consecutive home wins). Virginia’s current 17-game home winning streak ranks third. UVA is one of three, one-loss teams remaining in college baseball (Tennessee 19-1; Purdue 17-1).

• Wake Forest’s road series win at No. 6 Georgia Tech included program single-game records for runs scored (27) and hits (28) in Game 2. The Demon Deacons earned their first series win over a top-10 team since taking two-of-three games from No. 8 NC State in 2019. Additionally, the 20-run margin of victory is the second-highest for an ACC game in program history, and this year’s squad became the first team since 2003 (sixth all-time) to score at least 20 runs in three games in a season. 

• Eleven of the ACC’s 14 baseball teams have been ranked nationally in at least one major poll this season. Ten are ranked this week, led by Virginia (as high as No. 3 by Collegiate Baseball), North Carolina (as high as No. 6 by Collegiate Baseball) and Florida State (as high as No. 7 by USA Today Coaches). Louisville, unranked last week, is a consensus top 25 team this week and is ranked as high as 15th (by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball). 

• ACC teams own a combined 148-43 (.775) record against non-conference opposition. That includes a 114-14 mark in home games. ACC teams are scheduled to play 19 non-conference games on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, including 15 home games.

ACC By The Numbers

3 – Three ACC teams rank among the top five nationally for most all-time tournament appearances: No. 2 Florida State (58), No. 3 Miami (47), and No. 5 Clemson (44). 

8 – The ACC’s eight teams in the 2021 NCAA Baseball Championship field were the second most of any conference. It marked the fifth time since 2010 that the ACC has placed at least eight teams in the NCAA tournament.

11- The ACC’s 11 pitchers named to the 2022 NCBWA Stopper of the Year Preseason Watch List led all conferences.

15 – At least one ACC team has reached the College World Series in Omaha each of the last 15 years the event has been held, and multiple ACC teams have reached the CWS 10 times during that span.

15 – Last year marked the 15th time overall that the ACC has sent more than one team to the CWS, with all multiple-team appearances taking place since 1994.

28 – The ACC has placed a total of 28 teams in the past 15 College World Series, an average of just under two per season.

90 – Ninety ACC teams have earned NCAA bids in the last 12 tournament years.

98 – The 14 current ACC teams have a combined 98 College World Series appearances. 58,516 – Total attendance for last year’s ACC Baseball Championship at Truist Field, in Charlotte, N.C., which ranks as the fifth highest in the 47-year history of the event. Two games – NC State versus North Carolina on May 28 and Duke versus NC State in the title game on May 30 – attracted more than 7,100 fans.

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