GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Coastal Division champion North Carolina and Atlantic Division champion Florida State are the top two seeds for the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Championship, which gets under way Wednesday at Durham (N.C.) Bulls Athletic Park.
UNC (47-8, 21-7) earned the No. 1 overall seed and will head up Pool A. The Tar Heels will be joined by fourth-seeded NC State (42-13, 19-10), fifth-seeded Clemson (39-17, 18-12) and eighth-seeded Miami (35-21, 14-16).
Florida State (44-11, 20-10) earned the No. 2 overall seed and will be joined in Pool B by third-seeded Virginia (45-9, 22-8), sixth-seeded Virginia Tech (35-19, 15-14) and seventh-seeded Georgia Tech (33-23, 15-15).
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 22-25). The two teams with the best records within their respective pools will advance to the title game on Sunday, May 26, with the winner earning the ACC’s automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
Game times Wednesday through Saturday are set for 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday’s championship game will begin at 1 p.m.
Complete pairings, dates and game times for the 2013 ACC Baseball Championship will be released by 11 a.m. on Sunday (May 19). Visit theACC.com for more information.
Fans can still purchase tickets to next week's competition. Complete books to all 13 games are available, as well as individual game tickets that can be purchased by calling the Durham Bulls ticket office at 919-956-BULL or by ordering on-line at: http://theacc.co/13Basetix.
All 13 games of this year’s ACC Baseball Championship will be televised for the seventh straight year. Regional Sports Networks from across the conference footprint and across the nation will carry all 12 games on Wednesday through Saturday. Please check theACC.com for RSN coverage of each game (http://www.theacc.com/live/rsn.html). Sunday’s 1 p.m. championship game will televised nationally by ESPN2.
All games will live-streamed via the Internet by ESPN3. In addition, all 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. games will be broadcast via satellite radio on Sirius XM 85. The 7 p.m. Wednesday (May 22) and Thursday (May 23) games will be broadcast on Sirius 93/XM 190. The Friday (May 24) 7 p.m. game will be carried on Sirius 111/XM 190, and the Saturday 7 p.m. game will be carried on Sirius 158/XM 190. Sunday afternoon’s championship game will be carried by Sirius XM 91 (College SportsNation).
Live stats will be available at the ACC Baseball Championship site (http://theacc.co/BaseChamp).
All eight teams in this year’s ACC Championship field are ranked among the top 20 of the most recent NCAA RPI report. North Carolina is ranked as high as No. 2 nationally in the latest national polls, with NC State as high as No. 5, Virginia No. 7, Florida State No. 8, Clemson No. 14 and Virginia Tech No. 22.
2013 ACC BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SEEDINGS
May 22-26 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park (Durham, N.C.)
POOL A – No. 1 North Carolina, No. 4 NC State, No. 5 Clemson, No. 8 Miami
POOL B – No. 2 Florida State, No. 3 Virginia, No. 6 Virginia Tech, No. 7 Georgia Tech
Round-robin pool play will be held May 22-25 (game times 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. each day). The winners of each pool will then advance to meet in the championship game on Sunday, May 26, at 1 p.m.