The Wake Forest baseball team did not want to have to scoreboard watch this weekend, but that's exactly the position they found themselves in after losing all three games to Louisville. Fortunately, North Carolina State won two of three against North Carolina and Wake Forest beat Carolina on the tiebreaker thanks to Wake's sweep of the Tar Heels earlier this season. Thus, Wake Forest has lived to see another day and will play in the ACC Tournament. What does the tournament look like?
|Pool A||Pool B|
|1. Miami||2. Louisville|
|4. Florida State||3. Virginia|
|5. NC State||6. Clemson|
|8. Boston College||7. Duke|
|9. Georgia Tech||10. Wake Forest|
The ACC Tournament will be held at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina. Wake Forest is part of Pool B, and will play Duke on Tuesday, May 24th at 11 a.m. The winner of that contest will advance to "pool play." In pool play, each remaining teams plays in a round robin format to determine who advances to the championship game, which will be held on Sunday, May 29th at noon on ESPN2.
Beating Duke in the play-in game is almost necessary if Wake Forest is going to earn a NCAA Tournament berth. Wake Forest won the season series against Duke 2 games to 1. Wake Forest won 12-0, 3-2 (in 10 innings), and lost 2-3. Even then, Wake may still need to win a game in pool play in order to feel safe on selection day.
Wake Forest did not have its best showings against the teams in Pool B. Wake Forest was just swept by Louisville, and went 1-2 against both Virginia and Clemson.
Wake Forest is still very much alive, but is on the outside looking in. Wake would have been in strong position had they been able to defeat Louisville at least once, but the Deacs could not find a way to get it done.
We will have more coverage of Wake's game against Duke once we learn who the starters are.