UM Baseball set to open ACC Tournament play

The Miami Hurricanes will try to keep the ball rolling on the great second half to the season when they open ACC Tournament play Wednesday against Georgia Tech.

The Yellow Jackets get their chance in the main draw of the ACC Tournament thanks to their 5-3 win on Tuesday against Wake Forest in the single elimination round.

In that game, GT jumped out to a 5-0 lead with five runs in the second inning, and after their starting pitcher Matt Grimes started to sputter in the middle innings and give up that lead, the relief duo of Sam Clay and Dusty Isaacs quieted the Demon Deacon bats to hold on.

Note that the stats used here are regular season stats only and don't include any stats accumulated in the game against Wake Forest.

Miami will likely see Devin Stanton, Ben Parr, or Josh Heddinger on the mound. No matter which way you slice it, they're going to see a pretty good pitcher.

In 16 appearances (ten starts), Stanton is 5-3 with a 2.13 ERA. In 67.2 innings, he has struck out 53 and walked 20. Opposing batters are hitting just .233 against him. Parr has appeared in 15 games, including nine starts. He is 5-3 with a 2.73 ERA. In 56 innings, he has struck out 44, walked 17, and the batting average against him is .257. Heddinger has 14 appearances, 12 of which have been starts. He is 3-4 with a 3.62 ERA. In 69.2 innings, he has struck out 53 and walked 27. Opposing hitters have just a .254 batting average against him.

Once the starter is out of the game, head coach Danny Hall will likely look to turn things over to Dusty Isaacs and Jonathan Roberts. Isaacs, who has done a little bit of everything on the mound in his long Georgia Tech career, has a 2.10 ERA and five saves in 51.1 innings over 25 appearances. Roberts has a 3.90 ERA and a .233 batting average against him in 30 innings spread out over 23 appearances.

The true bullpen ace for GT is Sam Clay. In the regular season, he had a 1.55 ERA, seven saves, and a .173 batting average against him. But he threw three innings in the game against Wake, so it's not likely that he gets back out on the mound on Wednesday.

Offensively, Daniel Spingola makes them go. He leads the team in batting average at .323, triples with seven, RBI with 34, total bases with 102, and stolen bases with 15. He is tied for second on the team with this .383 on-base percentage and tied for second on the team in home runs with three.

He is far from a one-man show, however.

Left fielder Matt Gonzalez is hitting .307 with 16 doubles, 32 RBI, and nine stolen bases. Thomas Smith, a junior from Fort Pierce, Florida, is hitting .306 with a .402 on-base percentage, and 33 RBI. Second baseman Mott Hyde is hitting .291 with a .383 on-base percentage. He has chipped in with 11 doubles, three home runs, 31 RBI, and ten steals. A.J. Murray provides a little bit of pop with 15 doubles, four home runs, and 29 RBI.

Back in mid-March, Georgia Tech won a series against Miami, so the Hurricanes will be looking to exact a little revenge.

With co-ace Andrew Suarez on the mound and Georgia Tech's top reliever burned up for at least this game, they will have a great chance to do so.

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