Brian: The Boston College Eagles baseball team took a 9-game winning streak into Blacksburg for a crucial three-game set with the Hokies. The BC bats fell silent over the weekend, as the Eagles fell to Virginia Tech 9-4, 3-1 and 10-5. With only two more ACC series to go, the Eagles cling to one of the final spots in this year's ACC Baseball Tournament.
Here's a look at the current ACC standings:
|Seed||Team||ACC Record||Pct.||ACCT E#|
|1*||Virginia / Miami (Coastal leader)||18-6-0||.750||--|
|2*||Florida State (Atlantic leader)||14-7-0||.667||--|
|3||Virginia / Miami||18-6-0||.750||--|
Here's the good news. The last time we checked in on the Eagles, they were in seventh place, so they haven't lost any ground in their bid for an invite to Greensboro. Also, barring an incredible hot streak, Wake Forest won't be heading to this year's ACC Baseball Championship. The Deacons would have to win all 9 of their remaining ACC games (at UNC, Clemson, Maryland) and BC would have to lose all 6 games for the Deacons to make the tournament field. Maryland has already been eliminated from Greensboro.
The other bit of good news is that the Eagles' remaining two series will be played at home.
As for the bad news ... for one, BC faces two nationally ranked programs (Georgia Tech and Florida State) in their final two series. After getting swept by the Eagles last weekend, N.C. State picked up two games on BC in the standings by winning their series against Georgia Tech. The Pack hold the eighth and final spot in this year's Championship field.
The other bad news is that UNC, currently in ninth place in the standings, have a series at hand and three extra games to make up ground on both N.C. State and BC.
Here's a look at the remaining series for the teams battling for the final two playoff spots:
- Boston College (12-12) - Florida State, Georgia Tech
- N.C. State (11-13) - at Florida State, Duke
- North Carolina (8-13) - Wake Forest, at Virginia, Virginia Tech
- Duke (7-17) - at Virginia Tech, at N.C. State
- Wake Forest (4-17) - at North Carolina, Clemson, Maryland
I've added the elimination numbers to the standings for the programs on the outside looking in at this year's ACC Tournament field. As you can see, any combination of Tar Heel losses and NC State wins that equals 7 will eliminate the Heels from this year's tournament. Similarly, three more losses from Duke and Wake Forest or three more wins from NC State would eliminate both the Blue Devils and Demon Deacons.
Getting swept by Virginia Tech likely killed any chance the Eagles had at an at-large NCAA Tournament berth. BC now has to set its sights on getting back to the ACC Tournament for the second straight season and that starts this weekend against Florida State. It's doubtful the Eagles can win the series with the Seminoles this weekend, but every W helps put distance between BC and N.C. State/North Carolina, the other two programs likely vying for the final 2 spots in Greensboro.