ACC baseball teams head to Louisville for conference tourney

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The University of Louisville baseball team claimed three major conference awards on Monday, when the ACC named two-way stand-out Brendan McKay Player of the Year, Dan McDonnell Coach of the Year, and shortstop Devin Hairston Defensive Player of the Year.

Pool play at the 12-team tournament starts at 11 a.m. Tuesday, but the Wahoos' first game isn't set until two days later. Notre Dame will then conclude pool play against Louisville on Thursday, May 25, at 7 p.m.

Hoping to earn the opportunity to host a regional in the NCAA Tournament, the Tigers will need to perform well in the ACC Tournament, which will pit them against Duke on Tuesday and No. 4 seeded Virginia on Friday morning before the semifinals are determined.

Despite winning the ACC Coastal Division, the third-ranked Tar Heels (44-11, 23-7 ACC) finished a half-game behind the top-seeded Louisville Cardinals (46-9, 23-6 ACC) -who won the Atlantic Division-in the overall conference standings. From the 2012 marathon, in which UNC head coach mike Fox was suspended, to the 2013 18-inning record-length game and meeting in the teams' opening game in the College World Series, to the 2014 ACC Tournament play-in game (which Avent remembers being amusing too as neither coach though that game should be in the tournament format). Sunday's noon championship game will be televised nationally by ESPN2. No. 3 Wake Forest at 3 p.m. and No. 1 Louisville and No. 12 Notre Dame at 7 p.m. In a three-game series in Boston in late April, NC State was swept by Boston College, dropping the first game at Fenway Park and both games of a Sunday doubleheader at Shea Stadium.

The victor of Pool D will face the victor of Pool A (#1 Louisville, #8 Florida State, and #12 Notre Dame) in a semifinal game on Saturday at 1:00 PM. No. 1 Louisville and No. 7 NC State vs.

The Cardinals won by scores of 2-0, 5-1, and 9-4. Open to the public, the event will include face painting, bourbon tasting, a photo booth, inflatables, merchandise for sale and more attractions for fans of all ages.

No. 2 North Carolina vs.

"It's obviously not rocket science", Wake Forest coach Tom Walter said.

The Irish will wait until Wednesday, May 24, to take the diamond for an 11 a.m. showdown with Florida State. That series, at the time, represented only the Eagles' second ACC series win of the year, and the Pack scored five total runs in the three games.

Pool B victor vs.