Eight In the Field Eight Atlantic Coast Conference teams will be among the 64-team field when the 2019 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship gets underway this weekend … No. 3 national seed Georgia Tech, No. 7 Louisville, No. 14 North Carolina, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Miami and NC State are all postseason bound.
Familiar Territory The ACC has had at least six teams in the tournament for 16 straight years, and this marks the 10th consecutive year that multiple league teams have earned top-eight seeds … This is the fourth year since 2010 that at least eight ACC teams have landed spots in the field.
Three Host Teams Georgia Tech, Louisville and ACC champion North Carolina will host regionals … Georgia Tech will take on Florida A&M in its first tournament game Friday … Louisville will welcome UIC, while North Carolina will open against in-state opponent UNC Wilmington.
Five More At-Large NC State will be seeded second in the Greenville, North Carolina Regional and opens play Friday versus Campbell … Miami drew the second seed in the Starkville, Mississippi Regional and will face Central Michigan in its first tournament game … Clemson is headed to the Oxford, Mississippi as a third seed and will face Illinois, while Florida State will compete in the Athens, Georgia Regional and will open against Florida Atlantic … Duke is seeded third in the Morgantown, West Virginia Regional and has a Friday date versus Texas A&M.
One More Time Florida State will be making its 40th consecutive NCAA appearance under legendary head coach Mike Martin, who has announced his retirement following the conclusion of this season. Martin, the winningest NCAA coach in any sport with 2,023 career victories, has led FSU to 16 appearances in the College World Series.
Return Engagements FSU, making its 57th overall trip to the postseason, holds the longest active streak with 42 straight appearances in the tournament. Miami, back in the tournament field after a two-year absence, is appearing for the 46th overall time … Clemson’s 11th consecutive NCAA bid brings its all-time total to 44, followed by Georgia Tech and North Carolina (32 each), NC State (31), Louisville (13), and Duke (8).
ACC Baseball By the Numbers
3 – Three ACC teams rank in the top five nationally for most all-time tournament appearances: No. 2 Florida State (57), No. 3 Miami (46), and No. 5 Clemson (44).
4 – The ACC’s four semifinalists for the Brooks Wallace Award presented to the nation’s top shortstop – Louisville’s Tyler Fitzgerald, Wake Forest’s Patrick Frick, Georgia Tech’s Luke Waddell and NC State’s Will Wilson – leads all conferences.
4 – Four active ACC coaches – Florida State’s Mike Martin, North Carolina’s Mike Fox, Georgia Tech’s Danny Hall and NC State’s Elliott Avent – have surpassed 1,000 wins for their careers.
5 – No. 3 Georgia Tech enters the NCAA tournament as a top-four national seed for the fifth time … The No. 3 national seed in the highest for ACC Coach of the Year Danny Hall’s Yellow Jackets since they were seeded No. 2 in 2005.
5 – No. 7 Louisville is a national seed for the fifth time in program history (No. 7 in 2010, No. 3 in 2015, No. 2 in 2016 and No. 7 in 2017) … The Cardinals join Florida as the only two programs to be national seeds four times since 2015.
6 – The ACC has placed at least six teams in the NCAA Tournament field each of the last 16 seasons.
8 – The ACC’s eight teams in the 2019 NCAA Baseball Championship field are the second-most of any conference … This marks the fourth time since 2010 that the ACC has placed at least eight teams in NCAA tournament.
10 – This marks the 10th consecutive season that the ACC has boasted two or more top-eight national seeds.
11 – North Carolina enters NCAA play as the ACC champion for the 11th time, including seven titles via tournament format since 1982.
13 – At least one ACC team has reached the College World Series in Omaha each of the past 13 years, and multiple ACC teams have reached the CWS eight times during that span.
15 – NC State is appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the 15th time in the last 17 seasons under head coach Elliott Avent.
18 – Number of times a team playing in the ACC Baseball Championship title game has gone on to play in the College World Series.
18 – ACC champion North Carolina is making its 18th NCAA appearance in 21 seasons under head coach Mike Fox.
19 – Miami heads into NCAA Regional play with 19 wins in its last 25 games.
24 – The ACC has placed a total of 24 teams in the College World Series in the past 13 years, an average of just under two per season.
30 – Duke has hit the 30-win mark each of the past six seasons while earning three NCAA bids in the last four seasons under head coach Chris Pollard.
32 – Clemson owns a place in the NCAA tournament field for the 32nd time in 33 years, including each of the last 11 seasons.
42 –Florida State’s 42nd consecutive selection to the NCAA Baseball Championship field continued the longest active streak in the nation.
82 – Number of NCAA Tournament bids earned by ACC teams over the past 11 seasons.
94 – Combined number of College World Series appearances by the ACC’s 14 baseball programs.
248 – The ACC closed the regular season with a 248-97 (.719) record against non-conference opposition.
961 – Current ACC teams own a total of 961 wins in NCAA Tournament play while posting a winning percentage of .573.
2,023 – Number of wins for Florida State’s Mike Martin, who will retire at the end of this season as the NCAA’s all-time winningest coach in any sport.