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Baseball Deacs ready for weekend ACC challenge

Wake Forest baseball coach Tom Walter lays out the gameplan for being ready for action after an eight-day break for finals.

It’s the midway mark of the eight-day layoff for Wake Forest baseball.

The Deacs (30-13, 13-8) won at Davidson 12-6 Wednesday and don’t take the field again until Friday when they begin a three game series at home against Boston College (17-24, 7-17).

While going through finals, the team had Thursday and Friday completely off baseball activities, then had batting practice during the weekend.

They plan to have a couple of intersquad scrimmages early this week as they prep for a huge ACC series against the Eagles.

“Boston College is playing well right now,” Walter said after the win over Davidson. “We’ll have to play better than we’ve been playing.”

Walter threw all three of his weekend starters — Parker Dunshee, Donnie Sellers and Connor Johnstone — in the game Wednesday against Davidson, knowing it would be several days until they pitched again.  

“I think the layoff affects the hitters more than the pitchers,” Walter said. “This time of year it’s not important for them to run their pitch count up. We’ll be ready for Boston College. I’m not worried about that.

“They’re veterans. All three of them. They will be ready.”

The Deacs are fighting for a top-four seed in the ACC Tournament and a potential opportunity to host a NCAA Regional.  

“School is important. Baseball is important too. We have a chance to put together a great year here,” Walter said. “It takes sacrifices. We have to be willing to put the social arena on the back burner for the next month, and we can get where we need to be.”

The ACC Tournament begins in Louisville on May 23. The top 12 teams make the tournament, split into four three-teams pods who will compete in round-robin play. The results of that round robin play will determine the four semifinalists. If a pod ends in all three teams having a 1-1 record, the top-seeded team will advance to the tournament semifinals.

Right now, Wake would be the No. 4 seed with a 13-8 ACC record. After taking a road series at Florida State this weekend, Virginia is just one-half game back with a 14-10 conference record.

“Our goal is to stay ahead of Virginia, and get one of the four top seeds,” Walter said. “That’s a big advantage. That comes into play for hosting (NCAA regional). It might come down to us and them for hosting. If we’re ahead of them in the league, it will be hard to not give it to us.”

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