ACC Baseball Tournament Schedule 2012: Daily Listings, Live Stream and TV Info

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMay 22, 2012

CLEARWATER, FL - FEBRUARY 24:  Infielder Jayce Boyd #16 of  the Florida State Seminoles sets at first base against the Philadelphia Phillies February 24, 2011 at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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The defending conference tournament champion Virginia Cavaliers will attempt to illustrate their ACC superiority once again, but they will have to do so against a tough field that showcases several top teams and some of the nation's elite players.

A pool format will be used for the tournament. The winner of Pool A, which includes Florida State, Virginia, Clemson and Georgia Tech, will battle the winner of Pool B, featuring North Carolina, N.C. State, Miami (Fla.) and Wake Forest, in the title game on Sunday.

The best thing about the ACC Tournament is the amount of parity. There are at least four teams with a legitimate chance of taking home the title, and that should make for plenty of close, exciting games throughout the week.

With that in mind, here's a look at all the key information for the tourney, a full schedule and some things to watch as everything unfolds.

Where: NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro, N.C.

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When: Wednesday, May 23 through Sunday, May 27

Watch: Championship Game on ESPN2, early-round action on local affiliates

Live Stream: ESPN3.com

Daily Schedule and TV Info (via ACC website, all times Eastern)

Wednesday, May 23

Game 1: Florida State vs. Georgia Tech (RSN) – 11 a.m.

Game 2: NC State vs. Miami (RSN) – 3 p.m.

Game 3: North Carolina vs. Wake Forest (RSN) – 7 p.m.

Thursday, May 24

Game 4: Virginia vs. Clemson (RSN) – 11 a.m.

Game 5: North Carolina vs. Miami (RSN) – 3 p.m.

Game 6: NC State vs. Wake Forest (RSN) – 7 p.m.

Friday, May 25

Game 7: Virginia vs. Georgia Tech (RSN) – 11 a.m.

Game 8: Florida State vs. Clemson (RSN) – 3 p.m.

Game 9: Miami vs. Wake Forest (RSN) – 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 26

Game 10: Clemson vs. Georgia Tech (RSN) – 11 a.m.

Game 11: Florida State vs. Virginia (RSN) – 3 p.m.

Game 12: North Carolina vs. NC State (RSN) – 7 p.m.

Sunday, May 27

Game 13: Pool A winner vs. Pool B winner (ESPN2) – 12 p.m.

Courtesy: USA Today
Courtesy: USA Today

Player to Watch: Kent Emanuel (UNC)

North Carolina was able to secure the No. 2 seed thanks to a dominant pitching staff led by Emanuel. He finished the regular season with an 8-3 record and 1.80 ERA. He struck out 90 batters in 95 innings while walking just 20.

If the Tar Heels are going to advance from Pool B, it's vital that Emanuel has a strong start. Without any margin for error, North Carolina can't afford to lose a game with its ace on the mound or its chances of advancing will plummet.

Emanuel has more than enough talent to hold up his end of the bargain, but it will be interesting to see how he handles the high-pressure situation. That could very well decide UNC's fate.

Team to Watch: Florida State

Florida State is one of the most balanced teams in the country. That should serve the Seminoles well in the tournament, since they aren't overly reliant on one aspect of the team to carry them. Instead, the pressure can be spread evenly throughout the roster.

Jayce Boyd and James Ramsey lead the hitting charge. Boyd fell just one point shy of a .400 batting average. Ramsey cranked out 11 home runs and drove in 45 runs. They also have speed throughout the lineup. Justin Gonzalez leads the team with 12 steals.

The starting rotation has two reliable pieces in the likes of Brandon Leibrandt and Mike Compton. Both starters had ERAs below 3.00. But the real star of the pitching staff is closer Robert Benincasa. He picked up 13 saves while maintaining a microscopic ERA of 0.56.

Given all the different ways the Seminoles can win, they are the team to beat.