ACC baseball tournament changes format, increases number of teams

New format sends 4 pool-play winners to single-elimination semifinals

By Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. - More teams will make the Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Championship next year under a new format announced Thursday by the league.

The ACC tournament will increase from 10 to 12 teams and include a modified pool-play structure.

"ACC baseball has never been stronger, and the number of nationally prominent teams is remarkable," ACC Commissioner John Swofford said in a statement. "Expanding the format to include additional teams is in the best interest of our players, programs and conference."

Under the new format beginning with the 2017 season, three teams will compete in four pools of round-robin play, with the winners advancing to single-elimination semifinals. The semifinals will be played May 27, and the final will be played May 28.

The top teams from the Atlantic and Coastal divisions will still receive the top two seeds, with the remaining 10 teams seeded based on overall winning percentage in conference competition.

Each team in the tournament is guaranteed two games with at least one day off. The two teams that advance to the final will play four games.

The tournament was recently moved from North Carolina to Louisville, Kentucky, because of North Carolina's controversial state law that some argue discriminates against LGBT people.

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