The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Baseball Tournament is coming to Durham, North Carolina starting May 22, 2018. The top teams in the conference are looking for a shot at the title. The tournament returns to Durham after being in Louisville last year due to the controversial HB2 law. HB2 did some damage to the economics of North Carolina, especially in sports. But the state is slowly getting these events back.
Baseball Is Back
UNC locked in their spot as Coastal Division Champions. They secured the #1 seed after sweeping the Virginia Tech Hokies during their last series of the season.
NC State finished their season losing two of three against a strong Florida State (FSU) team. Despite this, NC State has received the #3 seed in the ACC Tournament. They will have a chance to redeem themselves as they play FSU in pool play on Friday at 7pm.
Duke also finished their season losing two of three to Georgia Tech. But they were able to securethe #4 seed in the tournament. Since Duke plays all of their home games at Durham Bulls Athletic Park they’re hoping to use that home field advantage to bring home the title.
More Than The Locals
Clemson (4) owns the #2 seed in the tournament and Florida State (8) got #6 seed in the tournament.
For those of you who haven’t heard about the new tournament format that was implemented last year you might be a little confused. The format most closely resembles that of the world cup where teams begin in a pool with other teams. After pool play, the winner of each pool advances to the elimination games.
There will be four pools each containing three teams. Each pool plays a round robin and the team with the best record in each pool will advance to the semifinals which begin on Saturday.
The two winners of the semifinals will play each other on Sunday the 27th for the ACC Tournament Title. If you are looking for more specific times, check out the full bracket. This bracket will be continually updated as games are played and teams advance.
With a deep pool of talent in the ACC this season, we will be in for an exciting week in Durham. If you’re looking to support your alma mater or just go enjoy a day at the ballpark, you won’t want to miss this rare opportunity to see some great teams and future MLB players battle it out for the ACC Championship.
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