Georgia Tech baseball coach Danny Hall sat at the podium, and was asked, as he’s been asked many times before, to give a statement about the game. In this situation it was last night’s 10-3 win over Southern Mississippi, which means the two teams will play again tonight to advance to the Super Regional against Florida.
“I just want to start out first by thanking the fans that did show up. I want to thank them. I hope that they’ll go home and tell their friends what great play they saw out of the Yellow Jackets today. And maybe tomorrow night well have more fans rooting for Georgia Tech than Southern Miss had rooting for their team since we are hosting the regional.”
If you weren’t at the game, Hall wasn’t coming out of left field, so to speak.
A beat reporter for Southern Miss said that the school sold about 600 tickets for tonight’s game. The announced attendance was about 1,300.
Southern Miss’ fans were certainly more loud than Tech’s. A Tech player tried to get the fans going just before the game, and there was some reaction.
But the Eagles’ fans cheered loud and often. Tech’s fans clapped in unison a couple of times, and got loud on a couple of occasions, but it was nothing like the Eagles’ fans.
After Hall’s opening statement, outfielder Luke Murton, a senior, was asked about the fans. If Hall took it to 10, Murton pushed it to 11 by comparing Tech’s fans to Georgia’s.
“Like Coach Hall said, first, I want to thank the fans that were here. they did a good job here tonight and they did a good job supporting and cheering us in the first two games. I came out for the first game and we were kind of stretching, and you know we were paying attention to the crowd to see how many people we had. We had a great crowd the first night. [Tonight] I said to [Chris] House, I said “man, I’m just shocked that there’s nobody out here.” We’re 1-1 and we’re a great team and we played well all year and obviously we’re a host.
“I was pretty shocked tonight. I go back to last year and were at a different regional across town and we were 2-0 and we were coming to play the night game and Georgia was 1-1 and their stadium was packed. You know, I just wish that we would have had a little more support today. I’d like to thank the fans that were here. They did a great job.”
And then the questions turned to the game.
Normally, I don’t think much about what the fans are doing, saying or chanting. I’m usually trying to focus on the game, or the blog, or reviewing notes, etc. But before Saturday’s game I turned to one of the other reporters and said I think the stadium might be close to 50-50, which was noticeably odd. There was a lot of Southern Miss’ bright gold, when also looking for Tech’s old gold.
The two teams will start at 7 p.m. tonight. All-American Deck McGuire will take the mound for the Jackets as they try to advance out of the loser’s bracket for the first time.