Posted: 6:05 p.m. Sunday, May 19, 2013
By Brian Barbour
The ACC Tournament scheduled has been released and UNC will face Miami, Clemson and NC State in pool play for a chance to play in the championship game next Sunday. The tournament is being held at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Since UNC was the #1 seed, the Tar Heels were permitted to pick their off day and chose Wednesday. That means the Heels will open pool play on Thursday at 3 PM against the #8 seed Miami. UNC has lost the ACC Tournament opener to Miami in back-to-back seasons. The Heels will then face #5 seeded Clemson on Friday night at 7 PM and then the much anticipated "rubber game" against NC State on Saturday night at 7 PM. Last year, UNC faced the Wolfpack on Saturday night in front of a record crowd for a college baseball game in North Carolina. The Heels won that game 4-1 in 13innings and denied the Wolfpack a berth in the ACC title game. UNC and NC State split the two games earlier this season but had the third rained out. Regardless of either team's chances of making the championship on Sunday, the Saturday match-up will be highly charged.
Besides that, UNC is coming off a second straight series loss having dropped the third game to Virginia 8-7 in 11 innings on Saturday. The Tar Heel offense is dealing with a bit of a slump, especially Skye Bolt who was hitless in the final two games of the weekend. His last at-bat saw him just miss hitting a game winning three run home run with a fly out at the wall. The Heels will be looking to get back on track on offensively ahead of the NCAA Tournament where they are pretty much a lock to be a national seed.