ACC Baseball Tournament 2012: Florida State Seminoles Still Team to Beat

Jeff Chase@@Real_Jeff_ChaseSenior Analyst IIMay 24, 2012

Source: (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel file)
Source: (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel file)

After a shocking loss to the No. 8 seed Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the first round of the 2012 ACC Baseball Tournament, the top seeded Florida State Seminoles found themselves to be in quite a hole.

Despite the loss, there is no reason to think they are not the team to beat in their pool.

Pool "A" is still open for the taking, and if Georgia Tech falls to Virginia in their next game, all the Seminoles have to do is win out to claim a spot in the title game.

They nearly weren't in this position, losing that game 5-4. They almost came back in the end to win it, scoring their fourth run in the bottom of the ninth.

According to the, this isn't the first time the Seminoles have been in this position and found a way to get out of things. This season doesn't stand to be different until it is all said and done.

FSU (43-13) isn't especially disturbed about their situation.

In 2010, the Seminoles dropped their tournament opener and went on to win the event. They went 24-6 in 2012 regular season play, tying a conference record for league wins, and will be considered dangerous until, and unless, they are eliminated.

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The Seminoles definitely have ground to make up, but, luckily for them, they hold the advantage in winning the pool as long as they win out and the Yellow Jackets don't win again.

The Seminoles will have to get through the Clemson Tigers and Virginia Cavaliers. Against those two teams this past season, they went 4-2, with both losses coming at the bats of the Tigers.

The Cavaliers stand to be their last opponent so, if they can get past Tigers in their next game, the Seminoles stand to be in control of this pool.

It will remain to be seen who they will get on the other side of the pool, but the North Carolina State Wolfpack and University of North Carolina Tar Heels still stand as the teams to beat.