UNC Baseball: Looking ahead to the ACC Tournament

The UNC baseball program heads down the road to Durham, North Carolina this week to participate in the ACC Baseball Tournament.

After stumbling to the finish line during the last week of the regular season, the UNC baseball program will look to start its post-season on a positive note in Durham at the ACC Baseball Tournament this week.

After finishing conference play 14-14, the Diamond Heels earned the No. 7 seed in the ACC Tournament.

The Tar Heels are paired with the No. 2 seed, and Coastal Division champions, Virginia Cavaliers, and the no. 11. seed Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The ACC Tournament is unique from most other major baseball tournament formats in the fact that it uses a Pool Play Format instead of the more popular double-elimination format.

There are four pools comprised of three teams each. The teams in each pool will play each other and the team with the best record will advance to the semifinals. If there are multiple teams in a pool tied with the same record, then the tiebreaker is that the highest seed will advance.

Pool play will take place Tuesday-Friday with each team receiving two days off before the semifinals on Saturday and the championship on Sunday. The schedule released by the ACC looks like this:

The Tar Heels will face the Yellow Jackets on Tuesday at 3:00 PM. Virginia and Georgia Tech will meet on Wednesday, and then Carolina and Virginia will meet on the final day of Pool B action on Thursday at 3:00 PM.  The Tar Heels went a combined 3-3 against the Cavs and Jackets, going 1-2 against Virginia and 2-1 against Georgia Tech during the regular season.

The winner of Pool B will face the winner of Pool C in the ACC Semifinals on Saturday at 5:00 PM. All ACC Tournament baseball games this week will be televised on ACC Network with the exception of the championship game, which will be on ESPN2 at noon on Sunday.

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