The Stakes: An NCAA bid for Tech baseball?
If … Virginia Tech (34-18, 11-16 ACC) can steal a series win in Chapel Hill, not only are the Hokies golden for a spot in next week’s ACC Tournament, but they might just be in line to punch a ticket to the NCAAs.
The other side of the if … if UNC (39-13, 19-8 ACC) holds serve and sweeps Tech, the Hokies might face the prospect of not even making the ACC Tournament, which would deal a body blow to the squad’s hopes of playing in the NCAA Tourney.
Right now, Tech is 31st in the NCAA RPI with an OK 8-10 road record and a series win over Miami (32-18, 14-13 ACC, #16 RPI) and individual Ws over North Carolina State (37-13, 18-9 ACC, #12 RPI), Virginia (34-15, 16-11 ACC, #13 RPI) and Georgia Tech (31-22, 11-16 ACC, #28 RPI).
The Hokies are tied for seventh in the ACC (with Georgia Tech) heading into the final weekend of the regular season. Wake Forest (29-22, 10-17 ACC) is a game back in ninth, and Boston College (21-31, 9-18 ACC) and Maryland (31-22, 9-18 ACC) are two back in a tie for 10th.
Virginia Tech holds tiebreakers over Boston College and Maryland by virtue of having taken those two season series. Georgia Tech won its season series with the Hokies and holds that tiebreaker. Wake Forest and Virginia Tech did not play in the 2012 regular season.
Boston College hosts last-place Duke (19-33, 7-20 ACC) knowing that it needs a sweep and some help from North Carolina or Miami (which hosts Georgia Tech). Maryland hosts Virginia for three with the ‘Hoos also looking to solidify its seeding in the ACC Tournament and its hopes for hosting a first-round NCAA Regional.
Wake Forest hosts Clemson (32-21, 16-11 ACC) knowing that it needs to keep its season alive to have any hope of getting an at-large bid itself.