- Associated Press - Monday, May 19, 2014

Florida State already ended the Atlantic Coast Conference’s national title drought in football.

Now the Seminoles want to take care of an even longer one in baseball.

It’s been nearly 60 years since an ACC team won the College World Series.

The league tournament begins Tuesday in Greensboro, North Carolina, and the Seminoles enter it as one of the favorites - along with Virginia and cross-state rival Miami - to play deep into June.

Coach Mike Martin said Monday that tournament play is “what we started working toward when we began in August.”

Division winners Miami (40-15) and Florida State (41-14) hold the top spots in their five-team pools for the round-robin tournament.


The expanded league doesn’t have its customary top-to-bottom strength and all the power. Instead, it seems top-heavy with everyone chasing those three.

Virginia (43-11) is No. 1 in the most recent RPI, the Seminoles are No. 3 and the Hurricanes check in at No. 12.

But the next ACC team to show up in the rankings is Maryland at No. 28. Last year, all eight teams in the field were in the top 22 of the RPI.

“I don’t think there’s any clear-cut favorite,” Clemson coach Jack Leggett said.


Five things to know about the ACC baseball tournament:

AN EYE ON OMAHA: No ACC team has won the national championship since Wake Forest in 1955. That’s by far the longest drought among the power conferences in Division I. Florida State remains the sport’s winningest program without a championship while Miami won all four of its titles, including two under current coach Jim Morris, before it joined the league in 2004. Since Wake Forest’s title, 42 teams have represented the ACC in Omaha, Nebraska, and all of them came home empty-handed - including rivals North Carolina and N.C. State last year.

FAMOUS JAMEIS: Maybe some of Jameis Winston’s championship charm can rub off on his Florida State teammates. The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback led the Seminoles to the BCS title in football four months ago. He leads the baseball team with six saves and a 1.29 ERA while striking out 26 in 28 innings.

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