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Baseball Tourney Back on Tobacco Road

Published by Todd Callahan on May 20, 2009

Having spent the last couple of years in the Sunshine State, the Atlantic Coast Conference baseball tournament returns to a familiar site, as the league's top eight teams invade Durham Bulls Athletic Park (DBAP), beginning today and running through Sunday.

The tournament called the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville home since 2006, and this year's tournament was originally slated for historic Fenway Park in Boston.

But seeing as how the Red Sox are playing host to the Toronto Blue Jays through Thursday and have a weekend series with the New York Mets, the ACC was without a weekend home until the Bulls stepped up to provide a venue.

The proximity also couldn't have been better for the ACC, who would have no doubt played in front a lot of empty seats in the 36,000-plus seat Stadium. DBAP seats 10,000, and considering Duke and North Carolina are in the tournament, good crowds should be expected for the tournament.

However, it is time for the ACC to do away with its pool-play format and go strictly a double-elimination tournament similar to the College World Series.

Florida State (40-14 overall, 19-9 in ACC) won the Atlantic Division and has th...

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