Dispatches From Durham: Stud Freshmen Shine For BCAt The Ballpark
DURHAM, N.C. — The ACC tournament format is designed to be essentially a double-elimination event for the highest-seeded teams in pool play, and a single-elimination event for the lower seeds. With four pools of three teams apiece, every team is guaranteed to play two games — but for the six lower-seeded teams that played Tuesday, a loss in the opening game would ensure they would not be able to advance to Saturday’s semifinals, because the higher-seeded teams get the tie-breakers.
The first two games Tuesday were won by No. 12 seed Boston College, which beat No. 8 Clemson 7-5 in 11 innings, and No. 10 Wake Forest, which beat No. 6 Florida State 7-4. That means neither Clemson nor FSU can advance to the semis, but both teams sorely need to win their second pool games anyway in order to bolster their very precarious at-large cases.
Meanwhile, Boston College and Wake Forest find themselves one win away from advancing to the semis. Both teams are playing for their postseason lives this week — both entered the week on the outside looking in at regional berths, which means both just need to keep on winning. Realistically, the Eagles and Deacs both must at least reach the ACC championship game on Sunday to have any shot at an at-large bid, but both of them got off to good starts Tuesday.
Boston College’s Youth Movement
The future is very bright for BC, thanks to a loaded freshman class that has already made a big impact in their its season on campus. But the Eagles are trying to usher in that bright future right now, and with eight wins in their last 10 games, BC is clawing its way into the at-large discussion, though there’s still plenty of work to be done after a 12-18 regular-season record in the ACC. …
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