Friday, June 4, 2010

EIGHT ACC SQUADS IN BASEBALL DANCE

A league record eight ACC teams will be among the 64-team field when the 2010 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship gets under way with regional play today.

Virginia (47-11), Georgia Tech (45-13) and Miami (40-17) were named as regional host schools by the NCAA on Sunday, and Florida State (42-17) earned an automatic berth by winning the 2010 ACC Baseball Championship.

Clemson (38-21), North Carolina (36-20), NC State (38-22) and Virginia Tech (38-20) were also among the field of 64 teams announced on Monday, bringing the ACC’s total representation to its conference-record total of eight.

The ACC placed seven teams in the 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009 NCAA Championship fields. This marks the ninth straight year at least five ACC teams have qualified for NCAA postseason play.

The ACC, Pac-10 and SEC led all conference with eight teams selected to the 2010 NCAA field. The Big 12 had five teams chosen, while the Sun Belt and Big East Conferences each landed three spots.

In addition to being awarded the right to host a regional, Virginia received a No. 5 overall national seed. The Cavaliers are seeking to advance to the College World Series for the second straight year.

Georgia Tech joined the Cavaliers as a national seed, grabbing the eighth and final slot.
Virginia, Georgia Tech, Miami and Florida State are all seeded No. 1 in their regional fields. FSU is the only No. 1 regional seed that will not serve as a host school this weekend. The Seminoles will travel to Norwich, Conn., where second-seeded UConn will serve as the host.

Miami is in the field for the 38th consecutive year, extending its own national record. Florida State is making its 33rd straight appearance, second all-time. Those are the nation’s two current longest streaks, with Cal-State Fullerton’s 19 straight appearances ranking third.

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