No. 1 overall seed Virginia (22-8 ACC), will be placed atop Division A for the second straight year and will be joined by No. 4 North Carolina (20-10), No. 5 Miami (19-10) and No. 8 Wake Forest (15-15).
Florida State (19-11) is seeded second and will be joined in Division B by No. 3 seed Georgia Tech (22-8), No. 6 Clemson (17-13) and No. 7 NC State (15-15).
The tounament is based on a "pool-play" format, where each team will play one game against each of the other three opponents in its division Wednesday through Saturday. The two teams with the best records within their division brackets will advance to the title game on Sunday. The winner earns the ACC’s automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
First day matchups on Wednesday have Georgia Tech and Clemson opening play at 11 a.m., Virginia meets Wake Forest at 3 p.m., which will be followed by Florida State vs. NC State at 7 p.m.
The 11 a.m. game on Thursday will pit North Carolina against Miami at 11 a.m., followed by Florida State vs. Clemson at 3 p.m. NC State faces Georgia Tech in the 7 p.m. game.
Friday’s schedule finds Virginia facing Miami at 11 a.m. Florida State meets Georgia Tech at 3 p.m., followed by North Carolina and Wake Forest in the 7 p.m. game.
On Saturday, Clemson and NC State square off in the 11 a.m. contest, followed by Miami vs. Wake Forest at 3 p.m. Virginia and North Carolina close out the day at 7 p.m.
Sunday’s title game between the division pool-play winners is set for 1 p.m.
In addition to six teams currently ranked among the nations’ top 20 (Virginia, Florida State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Clemson and Miami), the tournament will feature five teams that were among the top nine in the most recent NCAA RPI report (No. 2 Virginia, No. 3 UNC, No. 4 Florida State, No. 8 Georgia Tech and No. 9 Clemson). Miami was ranked 18th, and NC State 30th.
This will be the seventh time that the city of Durham will be hosting the ACC tournament. The tourney was last held here in 2009 when Virginia beat FSU for the conference title.
Fans can purchase tickets to this week's competition and on-line ticket information can be found at: http://www.theACC.com/championships/11-baseball-tix.html
All 13 games of this year’s ACC Baseball Championship will be televised for the fifth straight year. For Miami fans games can be found on Fox Sports Florida. Check the conference web site at: www.theACC.com for local stations and cable providers.
For more 2011 ACC baseball tournament info click here: http://www.theacc.com/championships/11-baseball-championship.html