Brian: I don't pretend to follow Boston College baseball too closely. Other BC bloggers do a much better job of that than we do. But even with my knowledge of college baseball limited, I know that this weekend's sweep of Wake Forest is fairly significant for BC.
After a slow start, the Eagles have quietly gone 7-3 in their last 10 and won their last 2 ACC series. With only 12 games to go in the ACC regular season, the Eagles are in a decent position to make their second straight appearance in the ACC Baseball Tournament in Greensboro.
Here's a look at the current ACC standings:
|1*||Georgia Tech (Coastal leader)||15-3-0||.833|
|2*||Florida State (Atlantic leader)||12-6-0||.667|
The top two teams with the best conference winning percentage from each division, as well as the next four teams with the next best conference winning percentage make the ACC Baseball Tournament field. The winners of each division are seeded 1-2, and seeds 3-8 are determined by conference winning percentage. As you can see, as of now, BC would be in the Tournament field with a record of 9-9.
However, the Eagles baseball team still has a lot of unfinished work to do with a tough stretch in their final 12 ACC games. BC has two huge series coming up with N.C. State (9-9) and Virginia Tech (9-9) in the next two weeks, both on the road, before finishing up at home against the both division leaders Florida State and Georgia Tech.
There's still a ton of baseball left to be played but here is a look at the bottom 6 teams and their remaining ACC schedules:
- N.C. State (9-9) - Boston College, Georgia Tech, at Florida State, Duke
- Boston College (9-9) - at N.C. State, at Virginia Tech, Florida State, Georgia Tech
- Virginia Tech (9-9) - at Georgia Tech, Boston College, Duke, at North Carolina
- North Carolina (6-12) - at Clemson, Wake Forest, at Virginia, Virginia Tech
- Duke (6-12) - at Wake Forest, Virginia, at Virginia Tech, at N.C. State
- Maryland (4-14) - Virginia, at Miami (Fla.), Clemson, at Wake Forest
- Wake Forest (2-16) - Duke, at North Carolina, Clemson, Maryland
The good news is that of the teams currently at 9-9, all three have yet to play Georgia Tech. The Jackets have easily been the best team in the ACC all season. The bad news is that BC has to travel to both N.C. State and Virginia Tech, the teams currently holding down the final 2 spots in the ACC Tournament field.
These next two series will be crucial to whether the Eagles can return to the ACC Tournament for the second straight season.