ACC: Notes, Quotes, and Game Two Preview
By Glenn Tanner - May 23, 2007
Today's second game between Georgia Tech and North Carolina is scheduled to start at 1:30. The shower that blew through after the first game was very brief. GT will start David Duncan (6-4, 3.84 ERA), and UNC will counter with Adam Warren. Warren has made 12 appearances, 10 starts, and has a 10-0 record and a 1.93 ERA in only 56 innings.
UNC took two of three from GT two weekends ago in Chapel Hill. Duncan pitched the opener and allowed nine hits and seven runs in four innings in a 10-3 loss. Warren has primarily started midweek games, and saw no action that weekend.
Leftovers from the first game:
"Unfortunately, they had a lot better sixth inning than we did, and that was the difference." -- NC State coach Elliot Avent
"The wind knocked every ball down. This ballpark would have probably even held Barry Bonds this morning." -- Avent
"Thompson has great stuff and he forces you to swing the bat. He throws strikes early with three pitches. Once he gets two strikes and gets ahead in the count, he makes you chase pitches you wouldn't otherwise chase." -- Caleb Mangum
NC State has had a rough couple of weeks off the field. Andrew Brackman's girlfriend was killed in a car wreck, and SS Tommy Foschi's father died of a heart attack after watching the Pack's final regular season game. Brackman will not arrive in Jacksonville until tomorrow and is scheduled to pitch Saturday.
Virginia will start Sean Doolittle tomorrow against Georgia Tech, and coach Brian O'Connor said there is "absolutely no chance" that Jacob Thompson would pitch Sunday if the Cavs make the championship game.
"I went with Thompson because I wanted to get us off to a good start and save our bullpen." -- O'Connor
"I didn't feel that great throwing in the pen before the game, I wasn't putting hitters away, and they were hitting everything I threw up there the first three or four innings, then I finally found a groove, and the wind helped me a lot." -- Thompson
"I went to bed at 9 o'clock last night and that's the only thing [I did differently for a 10 a.m. start]." -- Thompson
"Thompson wanted to go out for the ninth, but he has an important game to pitch next week, and he's going to have a long career." -- O'Connor
Posted by Glenn Tanner at 01:17 PM on May 23, 2007