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May 6, 2003

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The University of Virginia softball team is the fourth seed in the 12th annual Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Championship, which will be held May 9-11 at the Seminole Softball Complex in Tallahassee, Fla. The Cavaliers (34-24, 3-5 ACC) begin play in the five-team, double elimination tournament on Friday, May 9 at 3:00 p.m. when they play fifth-seeded Maryland (24-16, 1-7) in the first game of the tourney.

Florida State (43-9, 8-0 ACC), ranked 12th in the nation, is the top seed, while North Carolina (39-18-1, 4-3 ACC) is the second seed. Georgia Tech (34-21, 3-4 ACC) is seeded third.

The winner of the Virginia-Maryland game moves on to play top-seeded Florida State Friday at 7:00 p.m. The loser of the game moves to the lower half of the bracket and will play at 11:00 a.m. Saturday.

The Cavaliers have advanced to the championship game of the tournament three times in the last five years (1998, 1999 and 2000). Virginia has played in the championship game of the ACC Tournament six times in the 11-year history of the tournament. The ‘Hoos won the 1994 ACC Tournament by defeating Florida State 3-0 in the title game.

The 2003 ACC Softball Championship website is Each game of the tournament may be viewed live on-line via Game Tracker. Links will be available once game matchups are determined.

The 2003 ACC Softball Championship schedule.

Friday, May 9Game 1   #4 Virginia vs. #5 Maryland                3:00 p.m.Game 2   #2 North Carolina vs. #3 Georgia Tech      5:00 p.m.Game 3   Game 1 Winner vs. #1 Florida State         7:00 p.m.Saturday, May 10Game 4   Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser              11:00 a.m.Game 5   Game 2 Winner vs. Game 3 Winner            1:00 p.m.Game 6   Game 4 Winner vs. Game 3 Loser             5:00 p.m.Game 7   Game 5 Loser vs. Game 6 Winner             7:00 p.m.Sunday, May 11Game 8   Game 5 Winner vs. Game 7 Winner            12 noonGame 9   If Necessary (Game 5 Win. vs. Game 7 Win.) 4:30 p.m.

(Game 8 is the Championship Game, unless the winner of Game 5 loses Game 8, then Game 9 becomes the Championship Game.)

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