Colleges

NCSU, UNC confident heading into ACC Tournament

Posted May 21, 2013

— A day before their teams take the field in the 2013 ACC Baseball Tournament, North Carolina’s Mike Fox and North Carolina State’s Elliot Avent expressed confidence Tuesday about their chances to take home the title.

In separate interviews with Mark Thomas and Mike Maniscalco on 620 The Buzz, both coaches noted the importance of playing well in tournament openers.

“Three tough teams for us in the tournament and eight really good teams going to Durham Bulls Athletic Park,” Mike Fox said. “I think anyone can win this tournament.”

The Tar Heels (48-8, 21-7) finished their regular season with a win against Florida State (44-12, 20-10) Monday, 4-3. The Tar Heels have both the ACC Player of the Year, Colin Moran, and ACC Pitcher of the Year, Kent Emanuel.

Top-seed UNC, who has not won the ACC tournament since 2007, will open their pool play schedule Thursday against Miami.

“I think it gave a boost of confidence winning a game against Florida State going into Wednesday,” said Fox. “It should be a great week and I think we have a lot to still prove.”

Avent also touched on the important of the first tournament game for his Wolfpack.

NC State (42-13, 19-10) will start the tournament on Wednesday against Clemson (39-17, 18-12), which will start at 7:00pm at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The Wolfpack have last year’s ACC Pitcher of the Year and two-time ACC First Team, Carlos Rodon and 2013 ACC First Team, Trea Turner.

“The first game is vitally important and Clemson is really hot right now, so we are going to have to play very well,” he said. “We’ve been playing our best baseball in the last four weeks,” Avent said. “Everything has been thrown at this ball club so weather won’t be an issue.”

In 2012, Georgia Tech became the first No. 8 seed to ever win the ACC Tournament as they stormed through Clemson, Virginia and Florida State before topping Miami in the final.

Game times Wednesday through Saturday are set for 11a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. All games will be played at DBAP. Single-game tickets and full tournament passes are available at the DBAP box office, by phone at 919.956.BULL or durhambulls.com.

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  • GunnyGoesArrrgh May 22, 8:00 p.m.

    Bet the odds are small that either UNC or the Pack win the tournament. There are a lot of good... View More

    — Posted by jdupree

    Well, with two higher seeds losing in the first two games today, you may be right.

  • trustno1 May 22, 7:20 p.m.

    unfortunately UNC seems to have lost its mojo...and its top ranking. Hopefully they can get back to early season form.

  • BeastOfTheHill May 22, 6:24 p.m.

    Still pulling for my Blue Devils! One day we will get to play in this event....I hope.

    GO DUKE!!

    — Posted by DUKE4EVER

    LOL!

  • DUKE4EVER May 21, 9:52 p.m.

    Still pulling for my Blue Devils! One day we will get to play in this event....I hope.

    GO DUKE!!

  • jdupree May 21, 9:44 p.m.

    Bet the odds are small that either UNC or the Pack win the tournament. There are a lot of good teams and unusual things always happen. Both will go far in the NCAA though.

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh May 21, 7:28 p.m.

    This should be a great week of baseball with a really solid tournament field. Depending on how... View More

    — Posted by RedIrish

    Red! Great to see you here!

    I agree that this should be a great Tourney; I don't remember a time... View More

    — Posted by GunnyGoesArrrgh

    it is anyone's tourney! it will be fun and I can't wait to see it. The Heels, The Pack, FSU and... View More

    — Posted by BeastOfTheHill

    I know! I honestly don't remember a year like this with so many good teams in the ACC! Hope the weather holds up on Wed and Thurs (Fri - Sunday are supposed to be beautiful days, and I hope the Heels are still swinging the bats on Sunday).

  • BeastOfTheHill May 21, 4:33 p.m.

    This should be a great week of baseball with a really solid tournament field. Depending on how... View More

    — Posted by RedIrish

    Red! Great to see you here!

    I agree that this should be a great Tourney; I don't remember a time... View More

    — Posted by GunnyGoesArrrgh

    it is anyone's tourney! it will be fun and I can't wait to see it. The Heels, The Pack, FSU and Uva all have great teams and coaching staffs.

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh May 21, 4:25 p.m.

    This should be a great week of baseball with a really solid tournament field. Depending on how... View More

    — Posted by RedIrish

    Red! Great to see you here!

    I agree that this should be a great Tourney; I don't remember a time when the ACC had so many good teams in baseball, and with the way State, Carolina, and UVA are playing, it's anyone's Tourney.

  • PackisBack May 21, 2:59 p.m.

    Go pack!

  • RedIrish May 21, 12:59 p.m.

    This should be a great week of baseball with a really solid tournament field. Depending on how this tournament and some of the others around the country shake out, we could possibly see the ACC earn 4 of the 8 national seeds and almost certainly will see them get 5 of the 16 regional host sites.

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