BC BASEBALL Plays in ACC on Tuesday, Wednesday
BC takes on two familiar opponents in pool playCHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The Boston College baseball team heads to Louisville, Ky., for the 2017 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Championship, which begin on Tuesday, May 23 at Louisville Slugger Field. The Eagles, the 11th seed, will take on seventh-seed NC State on Tuesday at 3 p.m. and before playing No. 2 seed North Carolina on Wednesday at 3 p.m. in pool play.BC (25-26, 11-19 ACC) played both North Carolina opponents at home in 2017, sweeping the Wolfpack (33-22, 16-14 ACC) April 22-23 and losing all three games to No. 3 UNC (44-11, 23-7 ACC).
This will be the Eagles’ fourth appearance in the conference tournament and the second under seventh-year head coach Mike Gambino. They hold a 3-4 record in the postseason competition. Last season, when 10 teams earned a bid, the Eagles lost a 6-0 contest to Georgia Tech after taking two of three in the regular-season finale with the Yellow Jackets to make it to the postseason. BC also earned a spot in 2009 and 2010.
The Eagles are 14-22 in the all-time series against the Wolfpack and have won eight of the last 11 contests. This year’s series victory was the second straight series win over State and the fifth overall. It was the second series sweep of the Pack and the first Gambino. NC State never led in the series.
The Tar Heels were one of four top-10 teams the Eagles faced in the 2017 regular-season campaign, ranked fourth in the country at the time. They outscored the BC, 48-14 in the three games, but the Eagles were able to touch up ace JB Bukauskas for the most runs he has allowed this season, as they scored seven over a four innings. At the time, it was the shortest outing of the year for Bukauskas, who came into the game leading the ACC in ERA and strikeouts. BC has won just two of the 26 all-time contests with UNC.
The ACC Baseball Championship will feature a pool-play format, leading into a four-team, single-elimination bracket to determine the league champion. Each team in the four pools will play one game against each of the other two opponents in its pool Tuesday through Friday. The four teams with the best records within their respective pools will advance to Saturday’s semifinals (1 p.m., 5 p.m.), with the winners playing on Sunday at noon in the ACC Championship Game.
Regional Sports Networks from across the conference footprint and across the nation will carry all 14 games Tuesday through Saturday. Sunday’s noon championship game will televised nationally on ESPN2. All games will also be available on WatchESPN (subject to blackout). For a list of clearances for each game, please visit: http://theacc.co/base17rsn.
2017 ACC BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SEEDS
POOL A – No. 1 Louisville, No. 8 Florida State, No. 12 Notre Dame
POOL B – No. 2 North Carolina, No. 7 NC State, No. 11 Boston College
POOL C – No. 3 Wake Forest, No. 6 Miami, No. 10 Georgia Tech
POOL D – No. 4 Virginia, No. 5 Clemson, No. 9 Duke
2017 ACC BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
May 23-28 at Louisville Slugger Field, Louisville, Ky.
Tuesday, May 23
No. 10 Georgia Tech vs. No. 6 Miami, 11 a.m. (RSN)
No. 11 Boston College vs. No. 7 NC State, 3 p.m. (RSN)
No. 9 Duke vs. No. 5 Clemson, 7 p.m. (RSN)
Wednesday, May 24
No. 12 Notre Dame vs. No. 8 Florida State, 11 a.m. (RSN)
No. 2 North Carolina vs. No. 11 Boston College, 3 p.m. (RSN)
No. 3 Wake Forest vs. No. 10 Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. (RSN)
Thursday, May 25
No. 4 Virginia vs. No. 9 Duke, 11 a.m. (RSN)
No. 6 Miami vs. No. 3 Wake Forest, 3 p.m. (RSN)
No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 12 Notre Dame, 7 p.m. (RSN)
Friday, May 26
No. 5 Clemson vs. No. 4 Virginia, 11 a.m. (RSN)
No. 8 Florida State vs. No. 1 Louisville, 3 p.m. (RSN)
No. 7 NC State vs. No. 2 North Carolina, 7 p.m. (RSN)
Saturday, May 27
Pool A Winner vs. Pool D Winner, 1 p.m. (RSN)
Pool B Winner vs. Pool C Winner, 5 p.m. (RSN)
Sunday, May 28
ACC Championship, Noon (ESPN2)