I have to be honest: there are other blogs that have for more insightful baseball news than WolfpackWorld. If I set out to write an article that would assure about 50% of my readers would tune out, I think I succeeded. Regardless, I believe in giving credit where it’s due.
From SFN’s article on how the tournament works…
The 2013 ACC Baseball Tournament gets underway this Wednesday, May 22.
For those of you who haven’t followed the ACC Baseball Tournament recently, or those who have just forgotten from last year, the ACC uses pool play format. What this means is that the teams from each pool play a round robin format, playing each team in their respective pool once, with the winners from each pool advancing to the championship game. If a given team wins all three of their games, they’re assured of advancing.
It’s when two (or more) teams roll in at 2-1 that things get interesting. In the event of a two way tie, the head to head result determines the tiebreaker. If it’s a three way tie, the highest seeded team moves on.
Simple enough, right? What’s really going to make things interesting is when NC State and Carolina meet. If you recall, the third game of the NC State – Carolina series was cancelled due to weather leaving the game count at UNC 1 – NC State 1. Combine that with the fact that NC State winning the ACC might be what is required to land a national seed and this game has the potential to be a powder-keg.
If you’ve never been “that into baseball” before, now is a great time to start. NC State has some of the best chances they’ve had in a long time to make it to Omaha and with players like Rodon, Senay, and Turner on our roster, we have the ability to take on anyone in the conference.
As of writing this article, NC State is on top of Clemson 2-1 and both Florida State and Virginia (Pool B favorites) have been upset. Now if Miami can just pull out an upset over Carolina, thinks might finally be looking the Wolfpack’s way.
[Edit: NC State is now leading 6-2 after a couple doubles. There is always time for NC State to really "NC State" this game up, but State winning today and Carolina losing tomorrow to Miami would be great momentum moving into our second game (Friday).]