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State hopes to end 20-year ACC title drought.

Ciencin said the two losses at Florida State shouldn't be damaging to the Pack, much less discouraging.

"It's a different mentality in the postseason," the first baseman said. "You've got to be ready to roll every out, every pitch. The focus really amps up now.

"Obviously we didn't play our best those last two at FSU but the past is the past. This team just lets things go."

Other than thinking about ending that 20-year ACC title drought, that is. The Pack isn't letting that go.

"It was our goal at the beginning of the season and it has been in the back of our minds all season," Mathews said. "We want it, for each other, for everyone."

It's kind of amazing that the conference title drought has lasted as long as it has, because considering how many chances we've had, you'd think it would have gone our way at least once. Avent's been to the ACC tourney finals, what, three times in the last 10 years? One time we lost to a Georgia Tech team playing its third game of the day! That is some crap right there.

We've been in four ACC basketball tournament finals since Herb Sendek was hired. The football team controlled its destiny late in the 2002, 2003, and 2010 seasons only to come up short.

A baseball title wouldn't mean as much as a title in the other two sports, of course, but for the love of god, Mr. Ciencin, tear down this wall.