Softball Gets Fifth Seed for ACC Championships
RALEIGH, N.C. NC State will enter the 2008 ACC Championships as the fifth-seed overall when play begins this Thursday, May, 8 at College Park, Md. The Pack will take on fourth-seed Georgia Tech at 5:30 p.m. Live stats will be available for the entire tournament via GoPack.com, while ACC Select will provide live streaming online.
This will mark the Pack’s second appearance at the conference free-for-all as the No. 5 seed (2004).
Regardless of the outcome of Thursday’s game, State will play at least one more affair. A win over the Yellow Jackets would pit the Pack against the winner of top-seed North Carolina and bottom-seed Virginia on Friday, May 9 at 3 p.m., while a loss would create an elimination game against the loser of UNC and UVa on Friday morning at 10 a.m.
State swept a three-game conference stand earlier this season from the Yellow Jackets (30-28, 9-11 ACC) in Raleigh, but the return of hurler Whitney Humphreys and the re-emergence of GT’s offense helped the Ramblin’ Wreck win seven of its last nine ACC contests to leapfrog the Wolfpack in the conference standings.
The red and white will head to Maryland with a 29-26 (8-13 ACC) record. Alyssa Allbritten leads the conference in doubles (18) and slugging percentage (.656), while Shanna Smith stands first in home runs (12), walks (34) and total bases (104).
Tomorrow night, Wednesday, May 7, the ACC will hold its annual pre-tournament banquet where all league honors and awards will be announced.