Virginia, Virginia Tech to face off in ACC Tournament opener
The Virginia baseball team has earned the No. 3 seed at the 2013 ACC Tournament and will open tournament play at 3 p.m. Wednesday against No. 6 seed Virginia Tech. The tournament will be contested Wednesday through Sunday (May 22-26) at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C.
Virginia will compete in Pool B with No. 2 seed Florida State, No. 6 seed Virginia Tech and No. 7 seed Georgia Tech. UVa will play Georgia Tech at 11 a.m. Thursday and Florida State at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Cavaliers are off on Friday. Virginia and Virginia Tech will be squaring off for the first time in ACC tournament play.
Pool A consists of No. 1 seed North Carolina, No. 4 seed NC State, No. 5 seed Clemson and No. 8 seed Miami. Under the pool-play format, each team will play one game against each of the other three opponents in its pool Wednesday through Saturday. The two teams with the best records within their respective pools will advance to the title game on Sunday, May 26, with the winner earning the ACC’s automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
Game times Wednesday through Saturday are set for 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. The championship game will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday. All ACC tournament games will be televised and streamed online via ESPN3. The 12 games in pool play will air on the ACC’s Regional Sports Networks, while the championship game will be broadcast by ESPN2.
The seventh-ranked Cavaliers (45-9, 22-8 ACC) finished the regular season on a high note with a series win at No. 2 North Carolina this weekend. Virginia matched the program record for regular-season with 45, tying the 2006, 2010 and 2011 squads. UVa captured eight of its 10 ACC regular-season series.
Virginia swept Florida State in Charlottesville during the regular season (April 20-21) but dropped two of three games in each of their series at Georgia Tech (April 12-14) and Virginia Tech (April 26-27). They were the lone series losses for Virginia this year.
The Cavaliers have won three tournament championships, in 1996, 2009 and 2011. All three tournament titles came in Durham.
Fans can still purchase tickets to next week’s competition. Complete books to all 13 games are available, as well as individual game tickets that can be purchased by calling the Durham Bulls ticket office at 919-956-BULL or by ordering on-line at:http://theacc.co/13Basetix.
All 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. games will be broadcast via satellite radio on Sirius XM 85. The 7 p.m. Wednesday (May 22) and Thursday(May 23) games will be broadcast on Sirius 93/XM 190. The Friday (May 24) 7 p.m. game will be carried on Sirius 111/XM 190, and the Saturday 7 p.m. game will be carried on Sirius 158/XM 190. Sunday afternoon’s championship game will be carried by Sirius XM 91 (College SportsNation).
2013 ACC Baseball Championship Schedule
Wednesday, May 22
11 a.m. – No. 2 Florida State vs. No. 7 Georgia Tech (RSN)
3 p.m. – No. 3 Virginia vs. No. 6 Virginia Tech (RSN)
7 p.m. – No. 4 NC State vs. No. 5 Clemson (RSN)
Thursday, May 23
11 a.m. – No. 3 Virginia vs. No. 7 Georgia Tech (RSN)
3 p.m. – No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 8 Miami (RSN)
7 p.m. – No. 2 Florida State vs. No. 6 Virginia Tech (RSN)
Friday, May 24
11 a.m. – No. 4 NC State vs. No. 8 Miami (RSN)
3 p.m. – No. 6 Virginia Tech vs. No. 7 Georgia Tech (RSN)
7 p.m. – No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 5 Clemson (RSN)
Saturday, May 25
11 a.m. – No. 2 Florida State vs. No. 3 Virginia (RSN)
3 p.m. – No. 5 Clemson vs. No. 8 Miami (RSN)
7 p.m. – No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 4 NC State (RSN)
Sunday, May 26
1 p.m. – ACC Championship (ESPN2)