Eight (Nine) ACC Teams To Participate In 2013 NCAA Baseball Championship

Drew Hallowell

Remarkable Memorial Day weekend for the ACC. Not so much for Boston College.

While it was a remarkable Memorial Day weekend for the ACC, it was an unremarkable one for Boston College.

The conference sent a record-tying eight ACC teams to the 64-team 2013 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship, including three of the eight national seeds. And nine if you include Louisville. In other words, every club that made this year's ACC Baseball Championship -- and Louisville -- also earned a berth to the NCAAs. So sorry, Boston College, Duke, Maryland and Wake Forest.

ACC Champion North Carolina (52-8) was awarded the No. 1 overall seed. The Heels represent the conference's best shot of ending the league's five-decade long CWS title drought. Virginia earned a No. 6 national seed, while Florida State earned the No. 7 seed.

The total of eight ACC teams in this year's field ranks second nationally, while the 66.7 percent of conference teams selected (8-of-12) ranks first. This season marks the 10th straight year that at least six ACC teams have been selected for the NCAA Tournament and the 11th consecutive year at least five conference teams have been chosen.

The conference also took home a pair of NCAA National Championships over the weekend. The North Carolina women's lacrosse team won their first NCAA women's lacrosse championship, outlasting Maryland 13-12 in triple overtime. The conference was assured a title after the two programs advanced to the title game, but the North Carolina win keeps the title in the conference at least until the ACC's grant of rights agreement is up (/ West Virginia blogger'd). UNC's win also means that the Boston College women were bounced from the ACC Championship by the eventual National Champs, which is never a bad thing.

The Duke men's lax bros topped Syracuse 16-10 in the men's final, which, lesser of two evils, I guess. The win was the second title for the Blue Devils following the program's 6-5 OT win over Notre Dame in 2010 (again, lesser of two evils). When Syracuse joins the ACC in July, the conference will lay claim to 11 of the last 15 men's lacrosse titles. The fact that this year's title game was a (soon-to-be) All-ACC final probably does little to further the pro varsity men's lax argument for BC.

The Eagles sailing program looked to continue the conference's preppy title train rolling, but finished 10th at this past weekend's APS Team Race National Championship. Boston College has one more shot at a title with the Gill Coed Championship beginning today.


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