GREENSBORO, N.C. – Pairings and game times have been set for the 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Championship, which will be held from Wednesday, May 23 through Sunday, May 27, at NewBridge Bank Park.
As the No. 1 overall seed, Atlantic Division champion Florida State (43-12, 24-6) will be placed atop Pool A and will be joined by No. 4 Virginia (36-16-1, 18-12), No. 5 Clemson (32-24, 16-14) and No. 8 Georgia Tech (33-24, 12-18).
Coastal Division champion North Carolina (42-13, 22-8) is the No. 2 seed and will be joined in Pool B by No. 3 NC State (38-15, 19-11), No. 6 Miami (34-19, 16-14) and No. 7 Wake Forest (32-22, 13-17).
All eight teams in this year's ACC Championship field are ranked among the top 40 of the most recent NCAA RPI report. Florida Stateheld a No. 1 national ranking in two major national polls last week, while North Carolina was ranked as high as No. 7, NC State as high as No. 13, Virginia as high as No. 19 andMiami as high as No. 21.
Under the pool-play format, each team will play one game against each of the other three opponents in its division Wednesday-Saturday (May 23-26). The two teams with the best records within their respective division brackets will advance to the title game on Sunday, May 27, with the winner earning the ACC's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
Play begins on Wednesday at 11 a.m. with FloridaState facing GeorgiaTech. NCState meets Miami at 3 p.m., followed by North Carolina vs. Wake Forest at 7 p.m.
Virginia and Clemson swing into action with the 11 a.m. game on Thursday. North Carolina faces Miami at 3 p.m., followed by NC State vs. WakeForest at 7 p.m.
On Friday, Virginia faces Georgia Tech in the 11 a.m. opener. FloridaState plays Clemson at 3 p.m., followed by Miami vs. Wake Forest at 7 p.m.
Saturday will see Clemson face Georgia Tech at 11 a.m. FloridaState meets Virginia at 3 p.m., and North Carolina meets NC State at 7 p.m.
Sunday's Championship game is set for 12 noon.
All games will live-streamed via the Internet by ESPN3. In addition, Sirius 93 will broadcast all 13 games live via satellite radio, and every game with exception of the Wednesday and Friday 7 p.m. games will also be broadcast live via satellite radio on XM 190. Live stats will be available at the ACC Baseball Championship site.
2012 ACC BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SEEDINGS
May 23-27 at NewBridge Bank Park (Greensboro, N.C.)
POOL A – No. 1 FloridaState, No. 4 Virginia, No. 5 Clemson, 8. Georgia Tech
POOL B – No. 2 North Carolina, No. 3 NC State, No. 6 Miami, No. 7 Wake Forest
2012 TOURAMENT SCHEDULE
Wednesday, May 23
11 a.m. – FloridaState vs. Georgia Tech
3 p.m. – NC State vs. Miami
7 p.m. – North Carolina vs. Wake Forest
Thursday, May 24
11 a.m. - Virginia vs.. Clemson
3 p.m. – North Carolina vs. Miami
7 p.m. – NC State vs. WakeForest
Friday, May 25
11 a.m. – Virginia vs.. Georgia Tech
3 p.m. – FloridaState vs. Clemson
7 p.m. – Miami vs. Wake Forest
Saturday, May 26
11 a.m. – Clemson vs. Georgia Tech
3 p.m. – Florida State vs. Virginia
7 p.m. – North Carolina vs.. NC State
Sunday, May 27
Noon– Championship Game
Practice Times – Tuesday, May 22
10-10:50 a.m. – Miami
11-11:50 a.m. – WakeForest
12-12:50 p.m. – NC State
1-1:50 p.m. – North Carolina
2-2:50 p.m. –Clemson
3-3:50 p.m. – Georgia Tech
4-4:50 p.m. – Virginia
5-5:50 p.m. – FloridaState
(Practices are open to the media and to the public)