Maybe the discussion over those top 16 national seeds in the NCAA baseball tournament does get a little overdone in the days leading up to and immediately after the bracket is announced.

But home field really does mean something in the regional round.

And it is an advantage beyond getting the last at bat.

At least it has been so far for the ACC’s 5 regional hosts. Fourth-seeded North Carolina, No. 6 Clemson, No. 8 Florida State and No. 12 Virginia have combined to go 10-0 in the tournament so far. That record includes wins on Saturday in all 3 head-to-head matchups with SEC opponents.

Though it hasn’t always been easy, the ACC’s seeded teams are all through to the championship round, needing 1 more victory in 2 tries to move on to the super regionals 1 step closer to the College World Series. That compares to a 2-4 record among the 3 non-host ACC teams, 2 of which – Duke and Georgia Tech – are still alive.

Only Wake Forest, which made it to Omaha a year ago, is out of this year’s tournament.

The Tar Heels were a 6-2 winner against LSU, the Tigers held off Coastal Carolina 4-3, the Seminoles also beat an in-state rival, UCF, 5-2 while the Wolfpack beat South Carolina 6-4 and the Cavaliers walked off Mississippi State 5-4.

Home cooking has been nearly as kind to the SEC’s 5 seeded teams.

No. 1 overall seed Tennessee, No. 2 Kentucky, No. 3 Texas A&M and No. 7 Georgia have taken care of business and are in the driver’s seat of their respective regionals. Only Arkansas, which lost to Kansas State on Saturday and will have to work its way back through the loser’s bracket, didn’t take advantage of its host status.

The Volunteers got a grand slam from Clemson transfer Billy Amick to double up Indiana 12-6, Kentucky handled Illinois 6-1, Texas A&M outlasted future SEC member Texas 4-2 in 11 innings and Georgia routed UNC Wilmington 11-2.

Florida joined Arkansas, LSU, South Carolina and Mississippi State in the loser’s bracket while Vanderbilt and Alabama were both eliminated.

Now that you know all the results, here are a few other takeaways from Day 2 of NCAA regional play:

ACC Day 2 superlatives

  • NC State’s Garrett Pennington, 2-of-3, 2 HR, 3 RBI.
  • NC State’s Eli Serrano III, 3-of-5, HR, 3 runs.
  • UNC’s Vance Honeycutt, 2-of-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI.
  • Florida State’s Cam Smith, 3-of-4, HR, 2 RBI.
  • Florida State’s Jamie Arnold, 7 innings, 3 hits, 2 ER, 12 strikeouts.
  • Clemson’s Jacob Hinderleider, 5-of-5, 1 run.
  • Virginia’s Eric Becker, 2-of-4, 4 RBI.
  • Duke’s Devin Obee, 2-of-4, HR, 2 RBI.

SEC Day 2 superlatives

  • Kentucky’s Ryan Waldschmidt, 3-of-5, HR, 3 RBI.
  • Kentucky’s Trey Pooser, 7 innings, 5 hits, 1 run, 7 strikeouts.
  • Tennessee’s Billy Amick, 1-of-3, grand slam, 4 RBI.
  • Georgia’s Kolby Branch, 1-of-4, grand slam, 2 runs, 4 RBI.
  • South Carolina’s Dylan Brewer, 2-of-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI.
  • Vanderbilt’s RJ Austin, 5-of-5, 3 RBI.

Flawed favorites

Wake Forest was a run away from being one of the last 2 teams standing at last year’s CWS and started the current season ranked No. 1 in the nation.

Saturday, the Deacons became the 1st team out of this year’s NCAA tournament.

Vanderbilt has been to Omaha 5 times since 2011 and was ranked No. 6 in the preseason polls. And yet, the Commodores were shown the door right after Wake, the 1st time since 2016 that the Commodores have gone 2-and-barbecue and only the 2nd time it’s happened in 22 seasons as coach.

While the results were surprising, they were also anything but unexpected. Both teams proved to be much more flawed than originally projected.

Some of that can be attributed to injuries. Vanderbilt lost several key position players, including top returning hitter Chris Maldonado and transfers Jacob Humphrey and Jayden Davis. Wake’s health woes ravaged its pitching staff, with preseason All-American Michael Massey missing significant time with a back issue.

Although the Deacons’ staff was anchored by ACC Pitcher of the Year Chase Burns, the rest of its staff underperformed massively. Especially a bullpen that let them down one final time by squandering a 2-run lead in the 9th against East Carolina on Saturday.

Vandy’s pitching also helped contribute to its team’s downfall by allowing 23 runs and 20 walks in its losses to Coastal Carolina and High Point.

ACC 3, SEC 0 … Vance Honeycutt 2, Tommy Tanks 0

Even with Wake Forest’s elimination, Saturday was a banner day for the ACC. Not only did all 5 of its national seeds win to advance, 3 of them took down teams from the SEC to do it.

That’s not to say that baseball means just as much as it does in the conference that likes to say it just means more. But it’s a nice bragging point.

The wins by UNC against LSU, NC State against South Carolina and Virginia against Mississippi State weren’t the only head-to-head competitions in which the ACC got the better of the SEC.

The league also won the much-anticipated battle of college superstars and future 1st-round MLB draft picks that went down in Chapel Hill.

While LSU’s Tommy White has been getting most of the attention for his return to North Carolina, where he started his college career at NC State 2 seasons ago, the Tar Heels’ Vance Honeycutt stole the show on Saturday with a pair of home runs with a pair of home runs and 4 RBI.

Tommy Tanks did have a pair of singles in the game. But he’s just 2-of-9 without a homer or an RBI for the weekend so far.

They don’t ask how, just how many

It wasn’t another walkoff win. But that’s only because Clemson was the visiting team in its own ballpark. For the second night in a row, the Tigers needed some 9th-inning magic to break a tie and avoid an upset.

On Friday, it was Tristan Bissetta delivering the winning blow with a single to drive home Cam Cannarella in the bottom of the inning for a 4-3 win against 4th-seeded High Point. Saturday, it was Cannarella that did the heavy lifting with a go-ahead sacrifice fly that scored Alden Mathes.

This time, though, Clemson still needed to get 3 more outs to hold off in-state rival Coastal Carolina and move 1 win away from a super regional.

No problem.

Closer Austin Gordon set down the Chanticleers, striking out 2 along the way, to send the Tigers into the championship round. This is the 1st time since 2011 that Clemson has started a regional 2-0, ending a 5-game losing streak – 4 of which came at home – in 1-0 games.

Duke is armed and ready

Duke still has a long way to go to climb all the way back through the loser’s bracket of the Norman Regional. But at least the Blue Devils are still alive and kicking after Saturday’s 6-2 elimination victory against Oral Roberts.

And there was more for coach Chris Pollard to be encouraged by beyond the result.

Duke’s pitching staff got a boost with the return of ace Jonathan Santucci. The junior left-hander has been sidelined for the past 4 weeks with a rib injury and was on a strict pitch count. But he looked sharp in his 2-inning, 37-pitch start, allowing only 1 hit while striking out 4.

It’s uncertain whether he’ll be available if needed on Sunday when the Blue Devils take on host Oklahoma for a spot in the final, where they’d have to win twice to advance to a super regional.

Even if Santucci isn’t able to pitch anymore this weekend, Duke’s pitching staff is deep enough to play 3 more games in the next 2 days, especially with ace closer Charlie Beilenson having thrown only 1 inning in the first 2 games.