May 5, 2013
ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE RELEASE
GREENSBORO, N.C. – With regular season play completed on Sunday, the bracket for the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Championship is set. The three-day event begins Thursday, May 9, and concludes Saturday, May 11.
Florida State (39-15, 18-2 ACC), which will host the event at JoAnne Graf Field in Tallahassee, Fla., enters the championship as the No. 1 seed after wrapping up its first regular season title since 2004. The Seminoles will look to become the first host institution to win the tournament since the 2004 Florida State team and will take on eighth-seeded Boston College (14-37, 2-19) on Thursday at 5 p.m.
Third-seeded Maryland (31-25, 13-7) and sixth-seeded Virginia Tech (34-18, 9-11) squared off in the final weekend of the regular season and will play again in the first quarterfinal on Thursday at 11 a.m. The Terrapins swept a doubleheader on May 4 to take the series, 2-1.
Thursday’s second quarterfinal at 1:30 p.m. will feature second-seeded NC State (30-18-1, 13-7) and seventh-seeded Virginia (21-27, 4-17). The Wolfpack swept the Cavaliers on April 20-21 during the regular season meeting between the two squads.
Fifth-seeded Georgia Tech (25-29, 10-10) and fourth-seeded North Carolina (38-18, 13-8) will play for a semifinal berth in the last quarterfinal game, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. The Tar Heels took two of three from the Yellow Jackets, the defending ACC Champions, on April 21-22.
All seven tournament games will be broadcast on ESPN2, ESPN3, or the league’s regional sports networks (RSN). Thursday’s first two games at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. will be carried by both RSN and ESPN3, with the night games at 5 and 7:30 p.m. on ESPN3. Friday’s semifinals will be on RSN at 1 and 3:30 p.m., and the championship on Saturday at 6 p.m. can be seen on ESPN2.
Tickets are available for $5 for adults and $3 for youth 18 and under for each day. ACC students with a valid school ID get in free. For more information on the 2013 ACC Softball Championship, visit http://theacc.co/SBChamp.
2013 ACC Softball Championship Schedule
Thursday, May 9
Game 1: #3 Maryland vs. #6 Virginia Tech, 11 a.m., RSN/ESPN3
Game 2: #2 NC State vs. No. 7 Virginia, 1:30 p.m., RSN/ESPN3
Game 3: #1 Florida State vs. #8 Boston College, 5 p.m., ESPN3
Game 4: #4 North Carolina vs. #5 Georgia Tech, 7:30 p.m. ESPN3
Friday, May 10
Game 5: Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner, 1 p.m., RSN/ESPN3
Game 6: Game 3 Winner, vs. Game 4 Winner, 3:30 p.m., RSN/ESPN3
Saturday, May 11
Game 7: ACC Championship, 6 p.m., ESPN2