Dates, game times set for ACC baseball tournament

Coastal Division champ UNC is the top overall seed. NC State is seeded third while Duke is No. 4 for the tourney, which begins Tuesday

Christine T. Nguyen—North State Journal
The ACC baseball tournament starts Tuesday at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park (Christine T. Nguyen/North State Journal)

With the end of the regular season on Saturday, seedings have been set for next week’s ACC baseball tournament at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

North Carolina, which finished with a flourish by sweeping Virginia Tech this weekend, claimed the Coastal Division title and the No. 1 overall seed. The Tar Heels (37-17, 22-8 ACC) will be be the top draw in Pool A along with eighth-seeded Georgia Tech (31-25, 14-16) and No. 12 Pittsburgh (27-25, 11-19).

Atlantic Division winner Clemson (43-13, 22-8) is the No. 2 seed and will be grouped in Pool B with No. 7 Miami (27-25, 16-13) and No. 11 Notre Dame (24-28, 12-18).

NC State (40-14, 19-11) is the No. 3 seed. The Wolfpack will play in Group C against No. 6 Florida State (39-17, 16-13) in a rematch of this weekend’s competitive series in Tallahassee, and No. 10 Virginia (28-24, 12-18)

Fourth seeded Duke (39-14, 18-11) will take its homefield advantage into Pool D, along with No. 5 Louisville (40-16, 18-12) and No. 9 Wake Forest (25-30, 13-17). The Blue Devils, who have already tied a school record for wins in a season, have a sterling 27-6 record in Durham.

The tournament will feature a pool play format, with the winners of each group advancing to a single elimination bracket to determine the league champion. Each team in the four pools will play one game against each of the other two opponents in its pool Tuesday through Friday.

UNC and Wake Forest will begin tournament play on Wednesday, with the Deacons taking on Louisville in the early game at 11 a.m. and the Tar Heels playing Pittsburgh at approximately 7 p.m.

NC State and Duke will have to wait until Thursday to get into action.  The Wolfpack opens with Virginia in the afternoon game, 30 minutes after the end of the Blue Devils’ in-state showdown against Wake Forest. UNC, Duke and State will all complete pool play with games on Friday.

Saturday’s semifinals are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., while Sunday’s championship will begin at noon.

at Durham Bulls Athletic Park
Tuesday, May 22
No. 12 Pitt vs. No. 8 Georgia Tech, 11 a.m. (RSN)
No. 10 Virginia vs. No. 6 Florida State, 3 p.m. (RSN)
No. 11 Notre Dame vs. No. 7 Miami, 7 p.m. (RSN)
Wednesday, May 23
No. 9 Wake Forest vs. No. 5 Louisville, 11 a.m. (RSN)
No. 2 Clemson vs. No. 11 Notre Dame, 3 p.m. (RSN)
No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 12 Pitt, 7 p.m. (RSN)
Thursday, May 24
No. 4 Duke vs. No. 9 Wake Forest, 11 a.m. (RSN)
No. 3 NC State vs. No. 10 Virginia, 3 p.m. (RSN)
No. 7 Miami vs. No. 2 Clemson, 7 p.m. (RSN)
Friday, May 25
No. 5 Louisville vs. No. 4 Duke, 11 a.m. (RSN)
No. 8 Georgia Tech vs. No. 1 North Carolina, 3 p.m. (RSN)
No. 6 Florida State vs. No. 3 NC State, 7 p.m. (RSN)
Saturday, May 26
Pool A Winner vs. Pool D Winner, 1 p.m. (RSN)
Pool B Winner vs. Pool C Winner, 5 p.m. (RSN)
Sunday, May 27
ACC Championship, Noon (ESPN2)