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Tonight will likely be the last game at Russ Chandler Stadium for Tech’s three seniors. Should the Jackets win tonight, it would seem most probable that Tech will play Florida in Gainesville in the Super Regional. That announcement will come out much later tonight.

Luke Murton, Chris House and Jason Haniger sat down with me a few minutes before the team started stretching to share their favorite moments during their time at the Rusty C.

They weren’t given a lot of time to think about it, but all three came up with mostly the same moments:

1. Haniger’s walk-off grand slam to defeat UNC this year.

Luke Murton describes the moment:

“One of the most packed games we’ve ever had. There was a ton of people here. It was a big series for us and they had won the first game, so to win the series we obviously had to win the next two.

“In the Saturday game Jason Haniger was 0-for-5 and then the bases loaded. He was a having a tough day. I think he had two strikes [actually 2-2 count, sixth pitch of the at bat] and when he hit the home run…

“We’ve hit a couple of walk-off home runs in my career but that one was by far the biggest one we’ve had. That was an awesome moment for the team.”

2. House noted beating Florida State on Senior Day this season as one of his favorite moments:

“That was awesome. Coming from behind in the ninth inning. Big win for us, big series win too because it was tied 1-1 coming into Senior Day.

“Senior Day was great because I led off the inning and got on base and scored the first run. Murton walked with the bases loaded so he drove me in there. That was great.”

3. All three listed beating College of Charleston their freshman years to make it to Omaha and the College World Series as another favorite team memory. It was also Murton’s favorite memory of a personal achievement:

 

“It was the clinching game. We were playing well and we were winning easily by five runs, six runs.

“I was hitting sixth on the day. I was hitting around a  lot of the older guys. A lot of the seniors and some juniors that were definitely going to be gone in the draft. The fans were basically saying their goodbyes to them because it’s their last game at home. And it was just really awesome to see what those guys had done for the program and the way the fans treated them on the way out. A couple of the guys got chants of one more year.

“Being in between them, being a freshman, they couldn’t just stand up and give everybody a standing ovation and not give me one. So, they stood up and gave me a standing ovation when I came up because I was between them all. It was pretty funny but still pretty cool.”

Haniger said he’s also miss the ground crew:  ”The field is one of the big things. Our crew out here does a great job of taking care of it.”

Feel free to share you favorite memories in the comments sections and check back for updates throughout the game, scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

 

 

 

241 comments Add your comment

Dawgaholic5

June 1st, 2009
5:35 pm

Good luck to your squad tonight jackets!!! Cause if you guys do, then the matchup with florida would be a perfect time to drop a bomb over the field, killing two birds with one stone…..only kidding…..well sorta:)

Come on Jackets!

June 1st, 2009
5:48 pm

Jackets, You can win this thing. Let’s see you pull it off and head to Gainesville!!!

You can do it!!

GT

June 1st, 2009
5:56 pm

Tech has one of the great legacies in college baseball, check the major league rosters. Go out winners tonight guys.

Doug Roberson

June 1st, 2009
5:58 pm

Well, it’s just about an hour from first pitch. Danny Hall would not be happy by the crowd here so far. Here’s what he said after last night’s game: http://tinyurl.com/lsr4uu

BehindEnemyLines

June 1st, 2009
6:27 pm

Not sure if Murton is looking to be the next David Justice or what, but I’d suggest that he & Hall both worry more about the performances on the field than the people in the stands. Hall’s legacy is largely one of consistent post-season underachievement and a team that has managed one win in two years in the conference tournament would do very well to keep their mouths shut and be glad anybody bothered to show up at all given that wins in tournament play are actually surprising at this point.

Doug Roberson

June 1st, 2009
6:31 pm

30 minutes before first pitch. There are probably less than 300 fans here, at best.

AtlMike

June 1st, 2009
6:34 pm

Go Southern Miss!

Doug Roberson

June 1st, 2009
6:44 pm

Line-ups tonight:

USM:
Bo Davis
James Ewing
Kameron Brunty
Corey Stevens
Michael Ewing
Joey Archer
B.A. Vollmuth
Kyle Maxie
Taylor Walker

GT
Jeff Rowland
Chase Burnette
Luke Murton
Tony Plagman
Jason Haniger
Matt Skole
Derek Dietrich
Chris House
Jason Garofalo.

Crowds starting to arrive now. Probably around 500 now. Far fewer fans of the Golden Eagles today, likely because most of them had to go back to work today

Joe's place Joe speaking

June 1st, 2009
6:50 pm

Thanks doug! Why so little support from the fans and bloggers??

Doug Roberson

June 1st, 2009
6:57 pm

Well Tech fans seemed to take Hall’s and Murton’s pleas to heart. Very loud during introductions. Very loud when Tech took the field.

Doug Roberson

June 1st, 2009
7:06 pm

Error on Deitrich on a easy grounder puts runner on first with one out. McGuire using a lot of pitches so far. Tech fans loud.

Doug Roberson

June 1st, 2009
7:07 pm

Error on me in last post. It’s Dietrich, not Deitrich

Doug Roberson

June 1st, 2009
7:10 pm

runners on first and second with two outs. McGuire at 25 pitches. More than 1,000 fans here, easily.

Doug Roberson

June 1st, 2009
7:12 pm

McGuire strikes out Michael Ewing with a high fastball to end the inning. Crowd cheers him off.
Folks still coming, most of them trying to find a seat in the shade.
McGuire at 29 pitches, unofficially.

PTC Jacket

June 1st, 2009
7:12 pm

I’d go to the game, but I’m stuck doing research all day, and I can’t find the daggum game on tv.

Doug Roberson

June 1st, 2009
7:15 pm

PTC, stay right here. Hopefully I can give you the details.

Rowland singled to lead off Tech’s half of the inning.

Doug Roberson

June 1st, 2009
7:20 pm

Jonathan Dwyer and Roddy Jones are in the crowd. Paul Johnson sitting in one of the open boxes.

PTC Jacket

June 1st, 2009
7:23 pm

Wow, good support

Doug Roberson

June 1st, 2009
7:23 pm

Haniger fists one into centerfield to bring home Murton, 1-0 Tech. Plagman on third

Doug Roberson

June 1st, 2009
7:26 pm

Skole single to right scores Plagman, 2-0 Tech. Runners on first and third, two out.

LENNIE

June 1st, 2009
7:26 pm

GO JACKETS and Coach Hall, the Coolville kid!

Doug Roberson

June 1st, 2009
7:27 pm

Single Dietrich to right makes it 3-0, Tech

Doug Roberson

June 1st, 2009
7:29 pm

End of the first, Tech 3-0.
Crowd cheers them off the field. Tuck’s dugout is fired up.

Doug Roberson

June 1st, 2009
7:29 pm

Early estimates are crowd is 2k strong.

AtlMike

June 1st, 2009
7:31 pm

A crowd of 2K at a regional is very embarrassing. No wonder one one cares about sports at tech.

PTC Jacket

June 1st, 2009
7:31 pm

Woo!!!! Good start!

PTC Jacket

June 1st, 2009
7:32 pm

They obviously don’t care about education wherever you’re from (if you went anywhere).

Robert

June 1st, 2009
7:34 pm

Georgia Tech harbors terrorists.

Doug Roberson

June 1st, 2009
7:34 pm

Southern Miss comes back on a 2-run homer by B.A. Vollmuth. The shot hit the scoreboard in left-center field.

Doug Roberson

June 1st, 2009
7:39 pm

Runners on first and second, one out for the Eagles. Still in the second.

Doug Roberson

June 1st, 2009
7:44 pm

McGuire hits a batter to tie the game and keep the bases loaded. Patrick Long and Jed Bradley warming up in the bullpen

Doug Roberson

June 1st, 2009
7:47 pm

McGuire just misses with a curve on the corner to walk a run in. So. Miss leads 4-3. Bases still loaded

chad

June 1st, 2009
7:48 pm

This is the time of the year when we see the real Danny Hall. Another year same old story. The only positive this year is that ugay can’t eliminate the jackets. This was one of the easiest brackets and the choking jackets do what they do best.

chad

June 1st, 2009
7:50 pm

Errors, rag arm pitcher, bye bye jackets

chad

June 1st, 2009
7:54 pm

Doug Roberson

June 1st, 2009
7:55 pm

Inning over, So. Miss 9-3. The worst inning of McGuire’s career.

Jason

June 1st, 2009
7:56 pm

Its ‘pitiful’, idiot, now quit trolling and go get a life.

buzz29

June 1st, 2009
7:56 pm

Leave then, atmike.

Great job so far Doug. Much better than Jeff did Friday night.

AtlMike

June 1st, 2009
7:57 pm

YES!! Great start for Southern Miss. Pour it on!

Doug Roberson

June 1st, 2009
7:59 pm

Danny Hall is irate over a strike call in the third. The umpire just warned him. It’s a little tense.

chad

June 1st, 2009
7:59 pm

jason suck me and shut up.

Doug Roberson

June 1st, 2009
8:00 pm

Fan just hit in the head by a foul ball down the right-field line. Luckily, it was a bouncer and not a line drive.

chad

June 1st, 2009
8:01 pm

Hall is pissed because he feels the heat. I’ve never seen somone take gold and turn it into pure bullsh*t.

BehindEnemyLines

June 1st, 2009
8:02 pm

Hall ought to be irate with his own inability to get a team ready for the post-season. He’s the NCAA equivalent of Bobby Cox in that regard.

Doug Roberson

June 1st, 2009
8:02 pm

Tech fans are letting the ump have it in the half-inning.
McGuire’s final line: 2 innings pitched, 7 hits, 9 runs, 4 earned, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts, 17 batters faced, 73 pitches thrown.
New pitcher is left-hander Jed Bradley.

TechDan

June 1st, 2009
8:02 pm

HALL! YOU SURE AS HELL BETTER HAVE SOMEONE IN THE BULLPEN AFTER THAT TRAVESTY OF AN INNING.

Sorry for the caps guys, but that second was just pathetic.

TechDan

June 1st, 2009
8:04 pm

Hmph, I can’t get the stupid radio stream to work. Anybody got a working link? Gametracker is too slow.

Alabama Jack

June 1st, 2009
8:04 pm

Would somebody tell the headline writer we are playing the University of Southern Mississippi tonight and not Mississippi State.

AtlMike

June 1st, 2009
8:05 pm

Typical tech fans always blaming it on the refs, no matter what sports. Absolutely the worst and most obnoxious fans in all of college sports.

chad

June 1st, 2009
8:05 pm

I really miss Jim Morris, those were the good old days. BEL is right, hate to admit it. Danny Hall can recruit, coach a great regular season, but he should had over control this time of the year.