UNC, NC State will get diamond rematch in ACC tourney
Posted May 19, 2013
Durham, N.C. — The deciding game of the regular-season series between North Carolina and North Carolina State was a wash but the teams will get a chance to swing the ledger in a favorable direction Saturday as they will meet on Day 4 of the ACC tournament at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
The official seeds and subsequent schedule for the tournament was released Sunday, revealing the matchup between the Tar Heels and the Wolfpack in the pool play format.
UNC (47-8, 21-7) earned the No. 1 overall seed and heads Division A. NC State (42-13, 19-10) will join UNC in Division A after earning the No. 4 seed. No. 5 Clemson (39-17, 18-12) and No. 8 Miami (35-21, 14-16) fill the division.
Division B will be led by No. 2 Florida State (44-11, 20-10). The Seminoles are joined by No. 3 Virginia (45-9, 22-8), No. 6 Virginia Tech (35-19, 15-14) and No. 7 Georgia Tech (33-24, 15-15).
Of the eight teams in the tournament field, six found themselves in the latest Baseball America top 25 - only Miami and Georgia Tech were outside. Four were in the Baseball America top 10 - No. 3 UNC, No. 5 NC State, No. 7 Virginia and No. 9 Florida State,
Top-seed UNC, who has not won the ACC tournament since 2007, will open their pool play schedule Thursday against Miami. They will then take on Clemson Friday before the matchup against NC State Saturday night. The Tar Heels took two of three from each Miami and Clemson in the regular season.
The Wolfpack, who has not claimed a conference tournament title since 1992, will open up with a Wednesday night game against Clemson. They will then have Thursday off before an 11 a.m. start Friday against Miami. NC State dropped two of three against Clemson during the regular season and did not play Miami.
The top team from each division will play for the ACC title Sunday at 1 p.m. in an ESPN2 telecast. The winner of the title game will earn an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.
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.