The tightly packed and talented ACC is up for grabs as the conference's top eight teams do battle in the ACC tournament.
For this tournament, the top eight teams are split up into four pools. The teams will then commence in three games apiece of round-robin play, before the winners of the two pools meet for the championship game on May 26 at 1 p.m. ET.
This tournament is up for grabs, and that became apparent on the first day of play on Wednesday when defending champion—but No. 7 seed—Georgia Tech, took down No. 2 seed Florida State, 4-3.
The Seminoles can still rebound and advance to the championship game, but the point remains: no team is a lock and no team is out of it. This tournament is anyone's to win.
Check out the schedule and then I'll highlight the three biggest remaining games of round-robin play.
|No. 1 North Carolina|
|No. 4 North Carolina State|
|No. 5 Clemson|
|No. 8 Miami|
|No. 2 Florida State|
|No. 3 Virginia|
|No. 6 Virginia Tech|
|No. 7 Georgia Tech|
Schedule (All Times Eastern)
|4||Virginia||Georgia Tech||May 23||11 a.m.||RSN|
|5||Miami||North Carolina||May 23||3 p.m.||RSN|
|6||Florida State||Virginia Tech||May 23||7 p.m.||RSN|
|7||NC State||Miami||May 24||11 a.m.||RSN|
|8||Georgia Tech||Virginia Tech||May 24||3 p.m.||RSN|
|9||North Carolina||Clemson||May 24||7 p.m.||RSN|
|10||Virginia||Florida State||May 25||11 a.m.||RSN|
|11||Miami||Clemson||May 25||3 p.m.||RSN|
|12||NC State||North Carolina||May 25||7 p.m.||RSN|
|Title||Pool A Winner||Pool B Winner||May 26||1 p.m.||ESPN2|
Schedule information and previous results can be found on TheACC.com.
Florida State vs. Virginia Tech on May 23 at 7 p.m. ET
Florida State's tournament run got off to a terrible and heartbreaking start in their 4-3 loss to Georgia Tech, when the Yellow Jackets hit back-to-back home runs in the ninth to pull off a come-from-behind victory.
Now, the Seminoles, Pool B's highest seed, is in need of winning out.
Meanwhile, Virginia Tech got off to a fantastic start.
The Hokies demolished No. 3 seed Virginia 10-1. The Hokies have a powerful lineup that can produce runs in a hurry, but they are lacking in the pitching department.
This sets up an interesting matchup with the pitching-rich Seminoles, who cannot afford another loss.
Virginia vs. Florida State on May 25 at 11 a.m. ET
No. 3 Virginia is seeded right behind Florida State, and while their tournament opening lacked the heartbreak of the Seminoles', it did have the terrible.
As we just mentioned, the Cavaliers were trounced by the punishing lineup of the Hokies. This was a shocking result for the No. 5 team in the latest Baseball America poll.
However, they quickly bounced back and in the first game on Thursday, when they easily handled Georgia Tech 8-2.
Assuming Florida State can handle the Hokies, this game will be for tie of the winner of Pool B with the winner of the Virginia Tech-Georgia Tech game.
North Carolina State vs. North Carolina on May 25 at 7 p.m. ET
Onto Pool A. There is only one Pool A game in the books. That came when No. 4 seed N.C. State, the second highest in Pool A, took down Clemson 6-3 on Wednesday.
That result was no surprise. The balanced Wolfpack are peaking at the right time. They have now won 27 of their last 31, and appear to be the only team in this pool capable of handling the Tar Heels.
The Wolfpack don't feature a lot of power, but this is a lineup that knows how to get on base and make things happen when they do. They also have a solid pitching staff.
Meanwhile, the Tar Heels have an amazing lineup with good bats up and down, and four players hitting over .350. They also have quality starting pitching.
This will be the final game of pool play, and my money says it is to determine who will advance to the championship.
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