NC State, following a three game sweep of Boston College, is heading into the 2011 ACC Baseball Tournament on a 5 game winning streak and is playing their best baseball of the year. The Wolfpack are the 7th seed in the tournament. Here is the setup of the tournament:
4. North Carolina
8. Wake Forest
2. Florida State
3. Georgia Tech
7. N.C. State
Each team will play all the other teams in their respective pool, in a full round robin setup. The winners of each pool will then play on Sunday for the championship. Here is the schedule of the tournament:
11 a.m. – Georgia Tech vs. Clemson
3 p.m. – Virginia vs. Wake Forest
7 p.m. – Florida State vs. NC State
11 a.m. – North Carolina vs. Miami
3 p.m. – Florida State vs. Clemson
7 p.m. – Georgia Tech vs. NC State
11 a.m. – Virginia vs. Miami
3 p.m. – Florida State vs. Georgia Tech
7 p.m. – North Carolina vs. Wake Forest
11 a.m. – Clemson vs. NC State
3 p.m. – Miami vs. Wake Forest
7 p.m. – Virginia vs. North Carolina
1 p.m. – Pool A winner vs. Pool B winner
The Pack, who as of last week needed some wins to make sure they would qualify for the ACC tournament and be selected for the NCAA tournament, had a very good weekend. After beating Florida State on Sunday and William and Mary during the week, the Pack was on put up or shut up notice.
North Carolina State
Record: 30-23, 12-15 ACC
This weekend: at Boston College
What’s at stake: Hard to believe a team that beat Clemson and North Carolina in three-gamers is in jeopardy of having its season end. But now the Pack is tied with Wake Forest for seventh place, and both are trying to stave off ninth-place Virginia Tech, which is on a 10-4 run since mid-April and is 10-17 in the ACC. By the way, the Pack is just 6-11 in road games this year.
Mission accomplished. Winning in Chestnut Hill this weekend by scores of 9-4, 10-0, and 6-1, the Pack got back to .500 in the conference.
And just because they are seeded seventh, doesn’t mean the team doesn’t have the ability to take the next step after getting to the ACC title game last year. Granted, the top 6 seeds are all ranked no lower than 17th (and the three teams in Pool B are no lower than 14th) in this week’s Baseball America rankings. It will be a challenge but with players like 1st team All-ACC Pratt Maynard, along with veterans Harold Riggins, Andrew Ciencin, and ace Corey Mazzoni, anything is possible.
If you get a chance, go out to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and support the Wolfpack. The DBAP is a great place to watch a college baseball game. You can buy tickets online here.