Coming off two series wins in the last two weeks, the Virginia Baseball is set to kickoff play in the 2019 ACC Tournament. Virginia (32-22, 14-16) is the tournament’s #9 seed and is matched in Pool D with #4 Miami and #5 North Carolina. The winner of Pool D will face the winner of Pool A (Louisville, Clemson, and Boston College) in the first of two semifinals on Saturday.
The Cavaliers open play on Wednesday at 7 P.M. when they take on North Carolina. The Tar Heels (38-17, 17-13) are stumbling just a bit having lost five of their last eight including their final two ACC series of the season. However, we’re less than a month removed from North Carolina taking two of three from the Hoos down in Chapel Hill. In that series, Virginia took the first game 12-5 before surrendering the second two matchups, both by the score of 5-4.
Then on Thursday at 3 P.M. Virginia squares off against the Miami Hurricanes (38-17, 18-12). Miami earned the sweep over the Wahoos in Charlottesville, but Virginia can draw on something from the effort as, after they dropped the first game 9-6, they held the mighty Hurricanes bats to only five runs on the weekend in losses by scores of 2-1 and 3-1.
Virginia will need to win both games as they get no tie-breaker advantage as the #9 seed. They’ll also be looking for a good showing to improve their NCAA at-large resume. With an RPI of 43, a win or two will go a long in proving to the committee that this Virginia team belongs back in the post-season.
While the Hoos don’t begin play until Wednesday night, things get kicked off from Durham on Tuesday morning at 11 A.M. when the Boston College Eagles take on the Clemson Tigers. Regional Sports Network will televise all the Pool play games and the semifinals while ESPN2 will televise Sunday’s championship game. In additional all games (including the championship) can be seen on ACC Network Extra.