The ACC honored Florida State’s late coaching legend Mike Martin with a logo displayed on the right field wall of Charlotte’s Truist Field during its conference baseball tournament this week.

Martin’s former team fashioned an even more fitting tribute by winning its way into Sunday’s championship game.

It was the perfect Hollywood script.

The only thing missing was the storybook ending.

Apparently, not even an angel in the outfield is any match for a bunch of Blue Devils swinging hot bats.

Duke ended the Seminoles’ sentimental journey by bludgeoning out a pair of grand slams on the way to a 16-4 victory that clinched the tournament title and the ACC’s automatic NCAA Tournament bid.

It finished off an unbeaten run to the championship that should also have been enough to earn Chris Pollard’s team a top-16 national seed and an opportunity to host a regional in next week’s NCAA Tournament.

The Blue Devils put together an impressive resume that includes 39 wins overall, 20 against ACC opponents and 12 against Quad 1 competition. They were ranked in the top 10 for a good portion of the season before taking a late step back because of injuries to their pitching staff.

Even so, they remained among the top 20 in both the national polls and the RPI rankings that supposedly weigh heavily in the NCAA selection committee’s seeding decisions. And that was before winning the 2nd-highest-rated conference in the country.

Beating regional hosts NC State and Florida State along the way.

But not even that was enough for Duke to join the Wolfpack and Seminoles – along with fellow ACC rivals North Carolina, Clemson and Virginia – among the top 16.

As head-scratching as the snub might be at face value, it becomes even more confounding by the selection of East Carolina as a regional host. The Pirates’ RPI of No. 21 is 6 spots below the Blue Devils with a significantly weaker strength of schedule.

And oh yeah, Duke beat ECU in a head-to-head matchup. In Greenville, where there’s a good chance they could meet again in a few days.

The Blue Devils will learn where they’ll be headed and who they’ll be playing when the full 64-team field is announced Monday at noon. Suffice it to say they’re a team no regional host will want to see included in their bracket.

Not only can they beat you into submission with a powerful lineup that has already set a new school record with 111 home runs, they’re just as capable of shutting you down with a collection of power arms. A staff so deep that they won the conference tournament without ace Jonathan Santucci throwing a single pitch.

“There’s not one dimension of it that you can poke holes in,” FSU coach Link Jarrett said of the Blue Devils.

The 1st 7 hitters in their batting order are all averaging .309 or better. Six of them, including transfers Ben Miller and Zac Morris at the top of the lineup and ACC Tournament Most Valuable Player Devin Obee toward the bottom, have double-figure home run totals.

The pitching staff, anchored by closer Charlie Beilenson, has the 3rd-best earned run average in the conference. Opposing teams are hitting just .221 against it. And that’s with both Santucci and fellow starter Andrew Healy missing extended time with injuries.

Healy is already back on the mound. He was the winning pitcher with 5 strong innings last Thursday against NC State. Santucci, who has been nursing sore ribs for the past 3 weeks, is expected back for the regional.

Duke’s balance and Santucci’s return aren’t even the most compelling reasons why the Blue Devils promise to be such a tough out. If recent postseason history is any indication, they still have their best baseball ahead of them.

No matter where they end up playing it.

Duke has won 2 conference championships in the past 4 years, with both coming in Charlotte. It has also gone on the road to win 3 regionals in its past 4 NCAA Tournament appearances – at Georgia in 2018, West Virginia in 2019 and Coastal Carolina last year.

It’s a record made all the more impressive by the challenges Pollard and his staff have had to overcome in building and maintaining a competitive program at a prestigious private school with high academic standards, even higher tuition costs and facilities that fall far below the average among ACC schools.

Especially neighbors North Carolina, NC State and Wake Forest.

All 3 of those in-state rivals have made College World Series appearances within the past decade. Duke hasn’t been since 1961.

Though the Blue Devils have yet to break through in the super regional round and get back to Omaha under Pollard, it feels as though it’s only a matter of time before it happens. With the ACC championship trophy in now their possession and a top-16 snub to motivate them, this might be their best shot yet to write a storybook ending of their own.