The battle for diamond supremacy in the ACC culminates on Sunday when the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets take on the Maryland Terrapins.
The Yellow Jackets used wins over Wake Forest, Miami and Clemson to vault themselves into Sunday's title game.
The Terrapins bested Florida State and Virginia, and benefited from a Duke loss to Miami on Saturday that landed them in the title game.
Just like we all predicted, Maryland will face Georgia Tech tomorrow at 1 pm in the ACC tournament championship game.— Kenny Beck (@kennybeckWXII) May 24, 2014
Here's how you can watch the ACC tournament champion crowned. Just below the game's vitals is a prediction for the title game.
When: Sunday, May 25, at noon ET
Where: NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro, North Carolina
TV: ESPN 2
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Most wouldn't have expected the Yellow Jackets and Terrapins to rise to the top in the ACC tournament, but here they are.
Kenny Beck of NBC's WXII in Greensboro sarcastically reacts to the matchup:
Georgia Tech didn't even have a winning record in the conference during the regular season. It was 14-16 in the ACC Coastal Division (35-25 overall).
Mott Hyde has been playing especially well for the Yellow Jackets in the ACC tournament.
He's 4-for-12 with three RBI in Georgia Tech's three games. He'll lead a scrappy Yellow Jacket attack against the Terrapins.
Maryland has been getting by on its explosive offense of late. In their two games in the conference tournament, the Terps have scored 12 runs.
When asked by reporters about his team's hitting after a win over Florida State, Maryland head coach John Szefc said this about his hitters:
I think they’re more relaxed. The whole group is more relaxed in general, which I think you can attribute that to the success we have had in the month of May. They have stuck to the plan throughout the whole really throughout this whole I think even before that, it was more evident through this run because we played so well, but
obviously you get guys going into this.
Led by Jose Cuas and LaMonte Wade, the Terps' bats are imposing.
Maryland has leaned heavily on its bullpen throughout the year. Three relievers on the staff have at least 21 appearances this season.
Because of Maryland's pitching depth and offensive firepower, it's difficult to see a scenario where the Yellow Jackets keep pace with the Terps.
Maryland will outlast the Yellow Jackets with a 7-4 victory.