2015 ACC Baseball Championship starts TODAY!!

The 2015 ACC Baseball Championship gets underway today in Durham at the DBAP, with the play-in games pitting (7)Virginia vs (10)Georgia Tech in game one at 11am, followed by (8)Carolina vs (9)Virginia Tech at 3pm.  Both games are televised by the RSNs, as well as available for streaming via ESPN3.

Wolfpack Baseball lands in Durham this week for the 2015 ACC Baseball Tournament as well, but having avoided the play-in seeds, and with an off day on Wednesday, they don’t begin pool play until Thursday morning.

Winners of 10 of their final 12 ballgames, the Wolfpack came on strong to finish the ’15 regular season and post a record of 31-20, 15-14 ACC. With an RPI of #40, in all likelihood the Pack9 has already secured an at large bid for the upcoming NCAAT, but a strong showing in Durham could go a long way to padding their resume, while an ACC Championship would remove all question of bubbles and the like.

The Tournament

Since 2007, the ACC has been using the infamous Pool Format for the ACC Baseball Tournament, with the 7/10 and 8/9 play-in games added last year due to conference expansion. For more on the specifics on the tournament format, including how the respective seeds are grouped into the two pools, go here and read all about it.  If those details don’t interest you, just know that the Pack is the #6 seed and will be in Pool B along with #2 Miami, #3 Notre Dame and the #7UVa/#10GT winner.

NCSU Pool Play Schedule:

  • Thursday 5/21, 11am – Notre Dame
  • Friday 5/22, 7pm – Miami
  • Saturday 5/23, 7pm – UVa/GT Winner

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Final 2015 ACC Baseball Divisional Standings

Schools Conf W-L-T Conf PCT W-L-T PCT
Louisville 25-5-0 .833 42-14-0 .750
Notre Dame 17-13-0 .567 35-19-0 .648
Florida State 17-13-0 .567 37-19-0 .661
Clemson 16-13-0 .552 31-25-0 .554
NC State 15-14-0 .517 31-20-0 .608
Wake Forest 12-18-0 .400 27-26-0 .509
Boston College 10-19-0 .345 27-27-0 .500
Schools Conf W-L-T Conf PCT W-L-T PCT
Miami 22-8-0 .733 42-13-0 .764
Virginia 15-15-0 .500 33-19-0 .635
North Carolina 13-16-0 .448 32-22-0 .593
Virginia Tech 13-16-0 .448 27-26-0 .509
Georgia Tech 13-17-0 .433 32-22-0 .593
Duke 10-19-0 .345 31-22-0 .585
Pitt 9-21-0 .300 20-32-0 .385

2015 ACC Baseball Tournament Seedings

  1. Louisville
  2. Miami
  3. Notre Dame
  4. Florida State
  5. Clemson
  6. NC State
  7. Virginia
  8. Carolina
  9. Virginia Tech
  10. Georgia Tech


The Pools and Schedule

15accbasebtournschedTV Coverage

The two play-in games on Tuesday and all pool play games Wednesday thru Saturday will be televised on the RSNs (click link for specific channels of respective games/days) and streamed live on ESPN3.

Sunday’s championship game will be televised on ESPN2 and streamed on ESPN3.

The Competition

Pool A

Louisville_scipt_L_logo(1) Louisville – 42-14 (25-5 ACC), RPI #9

Louisville is attempting to win conference championships for three straight years in three different conferences. The Cards’ first season in the ACC was a good one to say the least.  They managed to go thru a very grueling ACC regular season slate without losing a single series and sweeping five of them, including on the road at Notre Dame and UVa.

Their 25 league wins was a conference record allowing them to win the Atlantic Division going away over ND and FSU.

Head Coach Dan McDonnell is ACC COY, P/IF/DH Brendan McKay is FOY, and the Cards put five players on the ACC’s all-conference first team.

They hit well.  They pitch better.  To be sure, they’re the favorite in Durham.


fsu(4) Florida State – 37-19 (17-13 ACC), RPI #14

It’s hard to say that a 37-19 season and an RPI of #14 is a down year, but for FSU it was.  What’s more, the ‘Noles ended the year on even more of a down note as they dropped their last two series to ‘Ville and Clemson, including a season ending sweep at home at the hands of the Tiggs.

But despite finishing the season on a five game skid, it would be a mistake to think the ‘Noles are done. Head Coach Mike Martin has seen a bit of everything in his 36 years in Tallahassee, and he knows wins over Clemson and the Carolina/VT winner likely sets his club up for a one game showdown with ‘Ville in Durham for a berth into Sunday’s championship and a national seed on the line.


ClemCapLogo(5) Clemson – 31-25 (16-13 ACC), RPI #55

ACC Pitcher of the Year Matthew Crownover (10-1, 1.42 ERA) was stellar all season, but otherwise Clemson largely treaded water for most of the year. In early May when they dropped their series at home vs ‘Ville and followed it up by getting pasted at Wofford, they looked to be sinking fast. Then they reeled off 7 wins in 8 games, including a dominant sweep at Florida State to finish the season which got them back on the bubble, and wrestled the #5 ACCT seed out of the hands of our own Pack.

Their #55 RPI is still gonna be hard to overcome, but a 2-1 week (or better) in Pool A in Durham might get it done for the Tiggs.


UNCLogo(8) North Carolina – 32-22 (13-16 ACC), RPI #28

Despite a mostly up and down season, the Heels had themselves well-positioned in conference.  But the Heels did themselves no favors the last two weeks of the season, losing six of their last seven games, including six straight in conference, dropping them like a rock all the way into the play-in games.

With an RPI of 28 however, their NCAAT hopes don’t necessarily rely on their performance in Durham. But their road to Sunday definitely got harder than it needed to be.


VTLogo(9) Virginia Tech – 27-26 (13-16 ACC) , RPI #65

Like Carolina, VT had a very up and down year. An early sweep of then #1 UVa was followed up by dropping 9 of their next 12 conference games. The Hokies righted the ship enough to qualify for the 10 team field in Durham, winning 8 of their last 10 games, including a sweep of BC. But still managed to drop 2 out of 3 at Pitt to end the regular a season.

Of the 10 teams in the field, VT winning out thru Sunday would surprise me the most.


Pool B

Miami-Hurricanes-8(2) Miami – 42-13 (22-8 ACC), RPI #2

If Louisville is the favorite in Durham, the ‘Canes are a VERY close second.  They are far and away the best offensive team in the field, leading the league (and it’s really not even close in any of the following categories) in batting avg. (.319), hits (625), HR (56), RBI (411), runs scored (471), slg% (.481) and ob% (.427).

To quote Mickey Goldmill, the infamous if fictitious trainer of Rocky Balboa, “they can cause a variety of damage”.

And since the ‘Canes will be trying to make their final case for a national seed in the upcoming NCAAT, they’ll likely be trying to demolish folks.

Oh, and they pitch pretty good too.


notredame-ndlogo-clear(3) Notre Dame – 35-19 (17-13 ACC), RPI #35

The Irish are one of those teams that you look at on the field and in the stats and have a hard time figuring out how they’ve done it. They’re fourth in the league in pitching, yet last in the league in batting.

But they’re fundamentally sound, excellent defensively and they rarely beat themselves. Because of this you can never count them out.


BlockSDecal(6) NC State – 31-20 (15-14 ACC), RPI #40

Like a lot of other teams in the league, the Pack had an up and down go of things this year.  And despite dropping a season-ending series at home to Louisville, the Pack9 should still feel pretty good about themselves after taking ten of their final 12 games.

The Pack is fourth in the league on offense; and second in pitching…if one overlooks some glaring shortcomings in the control department (walks, wild pitches and especially hit batsmen).

Just as we stated before the Louisville series…IF…

IF Wolfpack pitching can limit the mistakes, Durham could be kind to the wolven clan. Brian Brown did it superbly in game two vs Louisville, and got the win. Games one and three, not so much…and both ended up being hard fought losses.


8153_virginia_cavaliers-alternate-1994(7) Virginia – 33-19 (15-15 ACC), RPI #19

Despite their still impressive RPI, UVa might be the biggest disappointment of the year when it comes to ACC teams. The ‘Hoos had visions of ACC and CWS championships coming into the season.  Then ’15 happened, and the ‘Hoos find themselves playing on ACCT Tuesday.

But that doesn’t mean UVa isn’t still capable of reeling off several wins to keep their goals intact. And they’ve been on a bit of an uptick of late winning seven of their final eight games, including five of six in conference and a road sweep of Carolina. Only a trio of unlikely late-inning losses (2 to NCSU, 1 to Duke) kept UVa from taking 11 of their final 12 ACC games.

Head Coach Brian O’Connor has worked magic before, and despite playing on Tuesday UVa should be viewed as a darkhorse to make it to Sunday.


GTLogo(10) Georgia Tech – 32-22 (13-17 ACC), RPI #27

The Jackets don’t pitch particularly well, but they’re solid at the plate. Much like Notre Dame, they do enough of the little things right to make the difference most days.

They’ve got a tough Tuesday draw with UVa, no doubt. But the Jackets are only a few years removed from running the table from the #8 slot and taking the whole enchilada, so don’t talk to them about long odds.


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    That last Moon pic was mine. That makes me directly responsible for both wins.

    You’re welcome.

    Moon wants me.


    How did the ladies do?


    Congrats Pack! I had to go out in the bottom of the 10th, I was downtown and the mobile site wouldn’t load, had to wait til I got back to see the score. Now bring it home boys.


    Soooo…how do we play it on Saturday vs. the Hoos with the real prize waiting on Sunday?


    That. Was. Fun!!!
    Plus tix for Sunday now in hand.

    How did the ladies do?

    My sources say steamrolled in Eugene, down 1-0 to the Duckettes.


    Final in Eugene….Pack 1 – Ducks 6 Play again tomorrow….ouch….


    SAVE the pitching for tomorrow! We’ve been on house money since the 12th last night! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I know Mr. P did the deed for us to win BUT our pitching did THE deed to keep us in it. Couple of REAL tight spots down the stretch from the 7th on against a powerful hitting team (did you see some of those batting ave., home runs and RBIs those guys had???). The strike out IN THE 12th with men on 2nd AND 3rd was AWESOME!

    Smarter than the average bear


    Saved the pitching, Williamson was terrific! Bubby Riley, sounds like a song from the Who, BUT what a monster dinger, GS to really put it away. These Kids are playing so so well! Way to go PACK!

    Smarter than the average bear


    ^ Yes indeedy. Having fun and playing loose. Hope that continues tomorrow and the yips don’t set in. And I was thrilled to see Williamson pitch with confidence as he did tonight.

    Just got home and don’t have the energy to write/publish a new entry for tonight’s game, but wanted to point out that tonight’s win, in addition to pushing the Pack9 to a Pool B sweep over 3 very good teams (all are ranked in one poll or another), moved the Pack’s RPI up to #23.

    Not bad for a team I was on the verge of writing off less than a month ago.
    As Skwisgaar might say, I ams feelings da shames.

    Here’s tonight’s highlights…I gotta get some zzzzzz’s.

    #Pack9 Enters Title Game Perfect


    Oh, forgot to mention that in sadder diamond results, Pack Ladies fell to top ranked Oregon for the 2nd straight day in Eugene and are thus eliminated. But still, they had a great season in making the super regionals and Shawn Rychcik looks to be building a PROGRAM. Bright future.

    Softball’s Historic Season Ends in NCAA Super Regional


    The boys drove the ball really well, and Williamson kept everybody awake by throwing strikes.

    My question of the morning is:
    Has Fincher worked himself into Avent’s doghouse, or did he injure himself late in Friday’s game?


    ESPN2 1pm. Dvr 8 hours just in case. Post those lady pics please.


    Ask and you shall receive. I’ll allow ‘foose to post his honey exclusively, but this version of Sarah Connor should be of some value (sorry Linda Hamilton, but you went from mousey to batshit too quickly for my liking)…


    I too have DVR set, went with the 7 hour window, lol. And I’m now more convinced that the reverse negative mojo is a thing. Apologies to Bubby Riley for the semi-badmouthing he received from me last night, even though he didn’t know or care. Dude gets his money’s worth every swing though.


    Ask and you shall receive. I’ll allow ‘foose to post his honey exclusively, but this version of Sarah Connor should be of some value (sorry Linda Hamilton, but you went from mousey to batshit too quickly for my liking)…

    HAI indeed.


    Nice, Wuf…not Riley, ’cause I’m guilty, too. ‘Twas fortunate to see a fastball instead of the off-speed stuff.

    No…nice picture that illustrates how everybody is perked up for gameday.
    Even Sarah Conner.


    Told ya guys, every time I watch, ol’ Bubby hits the pill.


    Yeah, she looks to be very up for the game fo’ sho’.

    Currently sitting on the patio, counting down ’til noon, lol. Some hot bartender asked me for Beej’s contact info, but I told her he was gay. 😀


    ^ I’ll come by after the game and buy a round if y’all be around.


    She wants me.

    I told her if she brings it home for the Wolfpack, she can have me.


    Sarah Connor 2.OH Yeah! To Victory.


    ‘Foose, ya missed miles of legs last night.

    Thought Beej was gonna hypervenilate.


    As it should be. Nothing like some of the better parts of Americana during Memorial Day weekend.



    And UGGGGGHHHHH re giving away an out before a notorious free swinger like that. SO DUMB.


    That’s hurdle #1 placed on the track.

    Some put up K signs. I watch Elliott.

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