Canes Baseball: Schedule For ACC Tournament

The Miami Hurricanes are ready to get their postseason underway as the ACC Tournament information has been released regarding this week’s slate of games.

Tournament action gets underway Tuesday with two play-in games. No. 10 Georgia Tech takes on No. 7 Virginia at 11:00 a.m. ET, representing Pool B, with the winner facing No. 2 Miami on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. ET.

The Pool A play-in game has No. 9 Virginia Tech and No. 8 North Carolina duking it out at 3:00 p.m. ET today, with the winner taking on No. 1 Louisville at 7:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

Miami will be back in action at 7:00 p.m. ET on Friday night, facing No. 6 North Carolina State and again on Saturday, getting after No. 3 Notre Dame at 3:00 p.m. ET. Sunday’s championship game will take place at 1:00 p.m. ET.

All games will take place at Durham Bulls Athletic Park and all are available on ESPN3 / WatchESPN, with Sunday’s title game getting ESPN2 coverage.

UPDATE: Virginia knocked off Georgia Tech, 11-0 on Tuesday, setting up a Hurricanes v. Cavaliers match-up on Wednesday.

IN OTHER NEWS: Eight Hurricanes were named to the 2015 All-ACC baseball team with three first-team selections, one second-team selection and four third-teamers.

Junior third baseman David Thompson, sophomore catcher / designated hitter Zack Collins and second baseman George Iskenderian were UM’s first team squad, while junior left hander Thomas Woodrey was the second-team selection.

Sophmore outfielder Willie Abreu, closer Bryan Garcia, senior catcher Garrett Kennedy and redshirt junior lefthander Andrew Suarez rounded out the third team.

— Thompson and Woodrey are also coming off of ACC Co-Player of the Week honors, for dominant performances over Georgia Tech last weekend in Coral Gables.

Woodrey tossed a gem of a complete game and one-hit shutout on Thursday night, striking out a career-high seen batters in his sixth win of the season, helping the Canes knock off the Yellow Jackets, 3-0.

As for Thompson, a beastly performance with five home runs and 12 RBI over a four-game span. Thompson hit a two-run blast against Florida Atlantic earlier in the week and after an 0-for-3 start against Georgia Tech on Thursday night, flat-out went off the rest of the weekend.

Thompson had a three-home run, nine RBI outing in Friday’s dominating 22-1 smackdown of the Ramblin’ Wreck and added another home run on Saturday as Miami went on to sweep Georgia Tech, extending the win-streak to 12 games.

— In some inexplicable news, Thompson somehow didn’t pull off ACC Baseball Player of the Year honors, which wound up going to Wake Forest sophomore Will Craig.

All 14 of the league’s head coaches went with the guy who was second among ACC hitters with a .382 batting average, fourth in home runs (13), third in RBIs (58), had a slugging percentage of .702 and also got credit for his 15 games on the mound; a 3-4 record with 39 strikeouts and one save.

Thompson hit .336 with 19 home runs, 78 RBI and had a slugging percentage of .697 on the regular season.

If over a dozen unbiased ACC coaches felt Craig was deserving, hard to argue with the vote—but as a Miami fan who watched Thompson do his thing this season, it really felt like the kid deserved to take the title home.

Like any other life disappointment, here’s hoping No. 8 channels the disappointment into prove-em-wrong fuel for the postseason.