ACC: Getting Blown Away

By Glenn Tanner - May 23, 2007

After three innings in the wind tunnel known as Jacksonville, North Carolina leads Georgia Tech 1-0

With one out in the second, UNC's Josh Horton beat out a perfect bunt. Chad Flack followed with a smash that went right through 3B Brad Feltes' legs. The ball rolled to the corner and Horton scored all the way from first.

Georgia Tech put two on with two out in the top of the third, but Matt Weiters flied out and stranded them.

I spent the first game in an enclosed press box, but I finally ventured down to the stands for a couple of innings. The wind is BLASTING. Each team has a huge banner hung from the bottom of the second deck, and about half of them are blown up and tangled in the rafters. There's an ACC official with a long pole trying to untangle them, but he's fighting a losing battle. The wind is mostly coming straight in from center, occasionally blowing from center towards left. Except for directly down the lines, this is a big ballpark -- 420 to center, 382 to the left alley, and 375 to the 20-foot wall in right center. It will be really tough to hit one out today. It's a pitcher’s paradise.

Posted by Glenn Tanner at 02:13 PM on May 23, 2007

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