Press Release/ACC Communications
• ACC-SEC rivalry series abound this weekend with Clemson facing South Carolina, Georgia Tech taking on Georgia, and Miami facing Florida. Other matchups of interest include Louisville’s trip to Houston’s Minute Maid Park for three games, including a matchup versus No. 15 Texas A&M.
• Nine ACC teams are ranked in at least one major poll this week, led by Wake Forest as high as No. 2 in one national ranking (Collegiate Baseball) and at No. 3 in two others. Louisville checks in as high as No. 4 (Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball). The big mover was Florida State, which turned heads by taking two of three on the road at No. 8 TCU. The Seminoles went from being unranked to among the top 20 in most major polls.
• The ACC leads all conferences with four remaining unbeaten teams in the still-early going with Wake Forest at 10-0 and Georgia Tech and NC State at 9-0, and Virginia at 8-0.
• After winning 13 of 15 midweek games, ACC teams enter the third weekend of the 2023 season with a collective overall record of 92-22 (.807) versus non-conference teams, including a 70-10 record in home games. Duke’s 9-0 win over No. 9 East Carolina on Tuesday was the league’s third against top-10 opposition.
• Another ACC coach hit a milestone last weekend as Wake Forest’s Tom Walter recorded win No. 800. Virginia’s Brian O’Connor needs three wins to join Walter in the 800 club, while Louisville’s Dan McDonnell is five wins shy of 700 and NC State’s Elliott Avent is five shy of 1,200. Georgia Tech’s Danny Hall picked up two more midweek and continues to lead all active coaches with 1,357 career victories.
• A glance at the NCAA leaders chart finds Wake Forest’s Brock Wilken moving into an early tie for the Division I lead in home runs with seven. Georgia Tech’s Jackson Finley leads in slugging percentage at 1.474. Wake Forest’s 26 home runs as a team are one off the national lead.