ACC Baseball Tournament Bracket: Breaking Down All of Saturday's Games

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMay 25, 2012


The ACC baseball tournament has already provided plenty of excitement, and that's sure to carry into the weekend as teams battle for a chance to play in the title game on Sunday. The college atmosphere really makes it a special event.

Let's take a look at all of Saturday's action and make predictions for every game. For a complete look at the remaining schedule and current tournament standings, click here.

Georgia Tech vs. Clemson

Georgia Tech shocked top-seeded Florida State in the opening game of pool play. Jake Davies led the way with two home runs and four runs batted in. The victory transformed the Yellow Jackets from an afterthought into a contender.

It appeared Clemson was well on its way to winning the team's first game, but the Tigers allowed two runs in the bottom of the eighth in a loss to Virginia. The Cavaliers pitched around slugger Richie Shaffer, and his teammates couldn't pick up the slack.

The importance of this matchup will be decided by Friday's games, but I think Clemson will finish off group play with a victory thanks to a big game from Phil Pohl.

Prediction: Clemson 4, Georgia Tech 2

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Florida State vs. Virginia

The Seminoles entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed, but the aforementioned loss to Georgia Tech immediately put them in a tough spot. The team must now win its final two games and hope for some help to reach the finals.

Virginia has a balanced offense, which makes them a potential sleeper to win the tournament. Stephen Bruno provides the star power, but after him there are three or four different players that can make life tough on the opposing pitcher.

The best word to describe this game would be toss-up, as the teams are matched up so pretty evenly. Look for the contest to go right down to the wire, with the Seminoles sneaking out a win.

Prediction: Florida State 3, Virginia 2

North Carolina vs. NC State

North Carolina was supposed to get carried by its pitching staff. The plan worked in the first game, as Shane Taylor combined with five relievers to pitch a shutout. Kent Emanuel couldn't match that performance, however, causing the Tar Heels to get upset by Miami.

It's been a roller-coaster ride for NC State as well. The Wolfpack won their first game against Miami, but proceeded to lose against Wake Forest when they had a chance to grab control of the group. If they don't reach the finals, they'll look back at that game as a missed opportunity.

A in-state rivalry game is the perfect way to end group play. Depending on Friday's results, there's a chance it will end up deciding Pool B. There should be no shortage of motivation, and I predict the Tar Heels end up on the winning side.

Prediction: North Carolina 4, NC State 1