Duke. N.C. State and Wake Forest all are in the ACC Baseball Tournament which starts Tuesday at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham.
North Carolina (34-21, 13-17) kept it from being a Big Four reunion as the Tar Heels lost out in their bid after losing two of three to the Wolfpack and Boston College took a doubleheader from Georgia Tech.
The No. 7 seeded Blue Devils (33-21, 14-15) play the No. 10 seed Deacons (32-23, 13-17) at 11 a.m. Tuesday while No. 9 seed Georgia Tech (35-20, 13-16) takes on No. 8 seed Boston College (31-19, 13-15) at 3 p.m. The winners advance to pool play.
Under the pool-play format, each team will play one game against each of the other three opponents in its pool Wednesday through Saturday (May 25-28). The two teams with the best records within their respective pools will advance to the title game on Sunday, May 29, with the winner earning the ACC’s automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
No. 4 seed Florida State (34-19, 16-10) and No. 5 seed N.C. State (34-18, 15-13) will open Wednesday’s play at 11 a.m.
Wolfpack coach Elliott Avent said that the ACC tourney may be tougher than the NCAA Tournament. After all, Virginia went 0-3 in the ACC Tournament last season but went on to win the NCAA title.
“This conference probably has at least 11 regional teams that can be either a 2-seed or a 3-seed,” Avent said. “So I would say, probably this tournament is tougher, even though the regional obviously has more meaning because it’s a finality thing, and obviously there are tough teams there, as well.
Miami (43-10, 21-7) is the top seed while Louisville (46-10, 22-8) is second.
The ACC Baseball Championship FanFest will be held just outside Durham Bulls Athletic Park on Saturday, May 28, from 2 to 7 p.m. and on Sunday, May 29, starting at 9 a.m.
2016 ACC BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
May 24-29 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham, N.C.
Tuesday, May 24
#7 Duke vs. #10 Wake Forest, 11 a.m. (RSN)
#8 Boston College vs. #9 Georgia Tech, 3 p.m. (RSN)
Wednesday, May 25
#4 Florida State vs. #5 NC State, 11 a.m. (RSN)
#1 Miami vs. #8 Boston College/#9 Georgia Tech, 3 p.m. (RSN)
#2 Louisville vs. #7 Duke/#10 Wake Forest, 7 p.m. (RSN)
Thursday, May 26
#3 Virginia vs. #6 Clemson, 11 a.m. (RSN)
#4 Florida State vs. #8 Boston College/#9 Georgia Tech, 3 p.m. (RSN)
#1 Miami vs. #5 NC State, 7 p.m. (RSN)
Friday, May 27
#2 Louisville vs. #6 Clemson, 11 a.m. (RSN)
#3 Virginia vs. #7 Duke/#10 Wake Forest, 3 p.m. (RSN)
#5 NC State vs. #8 Boston College/#9 Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. (RSN)
Saturday, May 28
#6 Clemson vs. #7 Duke/#10 Wake Forest, 11 a.m. (RSN)
#1 Miami vs. #4 Florida State, 3 p.m. (RSN)
#2 Louisville vs. #3 Virginia, 7 p.m. (RSN)
Sunday, May 29
ACC Championship, Noon (ESPN2)