Brackets Announced for ACC Baseball Championship
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. The Virginia baseball team will open the 2009 ACC Baseball Championship at 8 p.m. Thursday against No. 3-seed Clemson in Durham, N.C., at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The sixth-seeded Cavaliers also will play No. 2-seed North Carolina at 8 p.m. Friday and No. 7-seed Duke at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Virginia (16-11-1 ACC) and Clemson (19-11) are joined in Division B by No. 2 North Carolina (19-10) and No. 7 Duke (15-15). Division A consists of No. 1-seed Florida State (19-9), No. 4 Georgia Tech (17-10-1), No. 5 Miami (18-12) and No. 8 Boston College (13-15).
Under the pool-play format, each team will play one game against each of the other three opponents in its division Wednesday-Saturday (May 20-23). The two teams with the best records within their respective division brackets will advance to the title game next Sunday with the winner earning the ACC’s automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
UVa and Clemson will be playing for the first time since April 20-22, 2007, when the Cavaliers took two of three games in a regular-season series at Clemson. Only three UVa players (Tyler Cannon, Andrew Carraway, Matt Packer) have previously seen playing time against the Tigers.
UVa lost two of three games in a tightly-contested series this year (March 27-29) at North Carolina. The Tar Heels’ two wins each came by a run in their final at-bat. The Cavaliers took two of three games against Duke a week ago (May 8-10).
All 13 games of this year’s 36th annual ACC Baseball Championship will be televised with RSN, a regional network that includes Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, FOX Sports Net South, FOX Sports Florida and New England Sports Network, providing coverage. Selected other games will be available via Sun Sports and SportsSouth. Check local listings for more details.
In addition, ISP Sports will be the national radio carrier of this year’s league tournament via XM radio and ISP’s national network of affiliates. All three Virginia games will be broadcast by WINA 1070-AM as well and will be available online at VirginiaSports.com through V Pass.
There are three ticket options for the tournament: 1) complete tournament packages; 2) team ticket packages; and 3) individual game tickets. The team ticket package is a new offering for fans this year and includes a ticket to each of a team’s three pool play games in prime seating for that team at a discounted price. Online ticket information is available at www.theacc.com/championships/09-baseball-tix.html.
For more information on the tournament, visit www.theACC.com/Durham09.
2009 ACC Baseball Championship
Wednesday, March 20
G1: No. 4 Georgia Tech vs. No. 5 Miami, Noon
G2: No. 1 Florida State vs. No. 8 Boston College, 4 p.m.
G3: No. 2 North Carolina vs. No. 7 Duke, 8 p.m.
Thursday, May 21
G4: Georgia Tech vs. Boston College, Noon
G5: Florida State vs. Miami, 4 p.m.
G6: No. 3 Clemson vs. No. 6 Virginia, 8 p.m.
Friday, May 22
G7: Miami vs. Boston College, Noon
G8: Clemson vs. Duke, 4 p.m.
G9: North Carolina vs. Virginia, 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 23
G10: Florida State vs. Georgia Tech, Noon
G11: North Carolina vs. Clemson, 4 p.m.
G12: Virginia vs. Duke, 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 24
Championship Game, 1 p.m.