Virginia Baseball Rolls Into ACC Tournament

Virginia Cavaliers Jake Gelof
Jake Gelof and the Virginia hitters hope to fuel the offense in the postseason. ~ Photo courtesy of Virginia Athletics Media Relations/Matt Riley

After shaking off some April struggles, the Virginia baseball team found the ignition switch again in May as it fired off 9 straight wins to start the month. The Hoos will try to keep the momentum burning when it starts postseason play at the ACC Tournament.

UVA faces off against Georgia Tech and North Carolina this week in ACC Tournament pool play games in Durham, N.C. Despite winning the Coastal Division with a 19-11 league record, Virginia is the No. 2 seed in the tourney, as Wake Forest finished with a record of 22-7 and won the Atlantic Division.

The ACC uses a pool play system for the conference tournament. What this means is that the top 12 teams from the regular season standings are placed into four groups depending on the standings. Each team will play the other two in its group. Whichever team finishes with the best record from each group advances to a single-elimination semifinal game. If teams finish with the same record, whoever had the higher regular season spot in the standings will advance.

Virginia tops Group B, joined by No. 7 North Carolina and No. 11 Georgia Tech. Whoever advances will play the winner of Group C (No. 3 Clemson, No. 6 Boston College, and No. 10 Virginia Tech). The Cavaliers play Georgia Tech on Wednesday and North Carolina on Thursday. Both of those games are scheduled for 3 p.m. on the ACC Network. Those two will play each other on Tuesday at 3 p.m. (Full schedule here.)