Softball Prepares For ACC Tournament

May 8, 2006

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland softball team heads to Chapel Hill, N.C. this week as the seventh seed in the 2006 ACC Softball Tournament. The Terps will play the No. 2 seed, North Carolina, on Thursday, May 11 at 12:30 p.m.

Maryland (32-25, 7-13 ACC) enters the tournament after posting three victories in the last five games. The Terps faced Florida State this weekend, winning the opening game, 6-4, and dropping the final two matchups, 4-1 and 8-4.

Ranked No. 24 in the latest USA Today/NFCA poll, the Wolfpack of NC State earned the No. 1 seed in the tournament with a 14-6 conference record, after a season-ending sweep over then-No. 20 North Carolina.

Virginia Tech is the third seed, followed by 2005 ACC Champion Georgia Tech as the fourth seed. Florida State received the No. 5 seed, followed by Virginia as No. 6, with league-newcomer Boston College rounding out the conference as the eighth seed.

Three ACC schools are ranked in the national Top 25, with North Carolina, NC State and Virginia Tech being ranked as high as No. 22 in the USA Today/NFCA or ESPN/USA Softball polls.

In the first round of action on Thursday, Virginia and Virginia Tech square off at 10 a.m., followed by the Maryland and North Carolina game at 12:30 p.m. In addition, Boston College will play NC State at 3 p.m., followed by a 5:30 p.m. contest between Florida State and Georgia Tech.

On Thursday night, the loser of the Maryland-North Carolina game faces the loser of the Boston College-NC State game at 8 p.m., and the winner of the Terps-Tar Heels contest meets the winner of the Cavaliers-Hokies contest Friday at 12:30 p.m.

The championship game will be played on Sunday at noon and will also be televised on the ACC's Regional Sports Network (Comcast SportsNet, Fox Sports South and Sun Sports).

The Terps dropped two of a three-game set against the Tar Heels (Mar. 25-26) earlier this season. The 1999 Terrapin team is the only squad to win the ACC title, while the 1997 team shared the championship with Florida State.

All games on Friday and Saturday will be Webcast on Sunday's championship game will be televised by FSN South, Comcast Sportsnet, Fox Sports Florida and New England Sports Network.