The 10-team ACC baseball tournament field was set Saturday with the conclusion of the regular season, and now we have the schedule. NC State, which is the No. 5 seed, is in a pool with No. 1 Miami, No. 4 Florida State, and either No. 8 Boston College or No. 9 Georgia Tech.
NC State will open the round-robin pool play with Florida State at 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday. Baseball bright and early! Just means you can get to the beer tent earlier, am I right. That start time is actually a break of sorts, because the Wolfpack will be playing night games the next two days. Any extra rest in a baseball tournament is a good thing.
State will play Miami at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, then play the BC/GT winner at 7 p.m. ET on Friday. All of these games will be televised by your trusty local Fox Sports network/RSN.
If you are not familiar with the format of this tournament: after the two play-in games Tuesday, two pools of four teams apiece will have been set. There is round-robin play within each pool, with the winner of each pool meeting in the title game on Sunday. Pool play runs from Wednesday through Saturday, so every team gets one day off. NC State's off day is Saturday.
This format is not ideal, as it always leads to some meaningless games on the third and fourth day of pool play, but it does help teams conserve their pitching for the NCAAs, which is kind of important. And just about this entire tournament field is going to be in the NCAAs.
NC State maintains an RPI in the top 10 nationally but nonetheless could stand to improve its hosting chances with a win or four this week. Thirty-three of State's 52 regular-season games were against teams in the RPI top 50, and every tournament game the Pack plays will be against top-50 opponents.