Miami baseball ACC Tournament pool with Duke and Florida State

CORAL GABLES, FL - April 21: (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
CORAL GABLES, FL - April 21: (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images) /

The Miami baseball team will play in pool D with number five seed Florida State (29-21, 20-16) and ninth-seeded Duke (28-20, 16-17) in the ACC Tournament that begins Tuesday in Charlotte. With three games per day in the ACC Tournament, Pool D is most likely to begin play on Wednesday.

Teams play a round-robin against the opponents in their pool with the winner advancing to the semifinals on Saturday, May 29. Securing the fourth seed for Miami in the ACC Baseball Tournament was critical. If the Hurricanes, Yellow Jackets and Seminoles finished in a three-way pool tie, Miami advances.

The tiebreaker in ACC Tournament Pool play goes to the highest seed. Miami finished the regular season 32-17 overall and 20-15 in the ACC. Notre Dame is the number one seed after finishing the regular season 29-10 overall, 25-10 in the ACC. Georgia Tech is 28-21, 21-25, and N.C. State 28-15,19-14.

After sweeping the series at number 19 Louisville this weekend, Miami should move back ingot the rankings entering the ACC Tournament. After struggling in the middle of the season, the Hurricanes travel to Charlotte with wins in eight of their last 10 games. Miami was embarrassed by Florida State in Tallahassee this season.

The Seminoles outscored Miami 34-2 in the three-game series. That was the worst series loss by scoring margin in Miami baseball history. Miami swept Duke in Coral Gables last month. The Hurricanes outscored the Blue Devils 21-7 in the three-game series. Florida State is the five seed, Duke ninth in the ACC Tournament.

Miami was the four seed when the ACC Tournament was last played in 2019. The Hurricanes defeated Virginia and lost to North Carolina. The fifth-seeded Tar Heels eventually won the conference tournament. The winner of Pool D will face the winner of Pool A in the semifinals on Saturday.

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Top-seeded Notre Dame, eight seed Virginia and ninth-seeded Virginia Tech who won two out of three from Miami in Coral Gables are playing in Pool A.  The late-season surge from Miami probably has secured their spot in the NCAA Tournament. Miami will begin the NCAA Tournament that starts June 4 on the road.