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Florida State enters Championship as top seed
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – With regular season play completed on Sunday, the bracket for the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Championship is set. The three-day event, which begins on Thursday, May 8 and concludes on Saturday, May 10, will be hosted by Maryland, with all games being played at Maryland Softball Stadium.
The top eight teams based on win percentage in ACC games from regular season play will participate in the Championship.
Florida State (47-6, 24-3) grabbed the Championship’s top seed and is No. 4 in the latest USA Today/NFCA poll. The Seminoles will play Georgia Tech (23-23, 11-17) in the first game of the Championship on Thursday at 11 a.m.
Notre Dame (36-10, 15-5), the second seed, will take on Boston College (30-22, 12-14) at 5 p.m. on Thursday. The Fighting Irish, ranked 21st in the latest USA Today/NFCA poll, and the Eagles closed out the regular season versus each other, with Notre Dame earning a three-game sweep.
Third-seeded Virginia Tech (34-20, 19-9) will square off against sixth-seeded Syracuse (24-24, 12-12), which is competing in its first ACC Softball Championship, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. In regular season action, the Hokies and the Orange split a mid-week series.
Last year’s ACC Champion, NC State (34-15, 16-8) will play North Carolina (23-25, 14-11) in the Championship’s second game that is scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. start on Thursday. During the regular season, the Wolfpack nabbed two of three games from the Tar Heels.
Fans unable to attend the event can watch the action as all seven games will be televised. Thursday’s and Friday’s games will be split between the league’s regional sports network and ESPN3, and the championship game on Saturday will be on ESPN2. Live statistics will be available throughout the event on the championship website, http://theacc.co/SBchamp.