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May 9, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C.--Georgia Tech will occupy the No. 1 seed in the upcoming ACC Softball Championship, scheduled for Friday-Sunday, May 14-16. The three-day, seven-game tournament will be hosted by Virginia Tech at Tech Softball Park in Blacksburg. Sunday's championship game will be televised by the league's regional sports network, while Friday and Saturday's action will be video-streamed live via theACC.com.
Georgia Tech, which was picked by the head coaches in a preseason poll to finish in a tie for first with Florida State, won its second consecutive ACC regular season crown by posting a 19-2 league mark--a conference record for ACC victories--to finish 5.5 games ahead of runner-up Virginia. The Yellow Jackets (46-9), who are currently ranked seventh by ESPN.com/USA Softball and eighth by USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association, earned their third No. 1 seed in the ACC Championship.
Georgia Tech will match up against No. 8 seed Boston College (16-32, 2-18 ACC) at 5:30 p.m. in the third game of Friday's action. Despite finishing in eighth place, the Eagles won two of their final four ACC games, including a 6-3 win over Maryland this afternoon, which kept the No. 6-seeded Terrapins from moving up a spot to fifth place.
Despite being picked to finish in seventh place prior to the start of the season, the Cavaliers finished in second place with a 13-7 league record, the first time they have finished above the cellar in four years. Virginia (33-20), whose 13 conference wins are a school record, will face in-state rival Virginia Tech at 2:30 pm. in Friday's second game. The Hokies (24-32, 8-13 ACC) finished the regular season in seventh place, but won five of their final six games.
No. 3 Florida State and No. 6 seed Maryland will kick the tournament off with a 12 p.m. game on Friday. The Seminoles (41-15, 12-9 ACC), who are currently ranked 22nd by ESPN.com/USA Softball and 25th by USA Today/NFCA, have won a league record 10 softball titles since 1992, but have not taken the crown since 2004. Maryland (33-21, 8-11 ACC), which shared its only ACC title with Florida State in 1997, was one win shy of sliding up to fifth place and yesterday's scheduled doubleheader against Boston College was postponed until today due to weather, limiting the series to just two games.
No. 4 seed North Carolina and No. 5 seed NC State will play in the last game on Friday evening, starting at 7 p.m. The Tar Heels (39-17, 11-10 ACC) were ranked in a national poll for 10 weeks this season and provided head coach Donna Papa with her ACC record-tying 128th league win this season. The Wolfpack (28-26, 9-12 ACC) tallied the most ACC wins this season since 2007.
All games on Friday and Saturday will be video-streamed live on theACC.com. Sunday's championship game will be televised by the league's regional sports network. Veteran ACC television analyst Mike Hogewood and USA Softball Assistant Coach Barbara Jordan have the call.
All 2010 ACC Softball Championship information can be found by visiting the official championship website, http://www.theacc.com/championships/10-softball-championship.html.