Explaining the two weird plays in Tech’s win over Alabama

There were two weird plays in Georgia Tech’s 5-2 win over Alabama in the NCAA regional at Russ Chandler Stadium on Saturday.

The first one wasn’t as weird as the second, but here goes:

Josh Rutledge hit a tailing fly ball in the fifth to right field that Chase Burnette thought he could catch. He tracked it to the wall, jumped, and the ball hit his glove and kept on going for the home run.

Burnette said he’s positive he was reaching over the fence when the ball ricocheted off him. In other words, he didn’t do a Jose Canseco and cause the ball to go over the fence by misplaying it.

The second play was just plain weird.

In the sixth inning, with runners on second and third, Thomas Nichols hit a hard shot to right field that was either going to barely clear the fence, or hit the top for a single or double. Instead, the ball hit OFF the top of the wall and bounced back into play, something that Tech coach Danny Hall said they occasionally see during batting practice.

Cole Leonida was at third trying to decide what to do. Because he wasn’t sure if Alabama right fielder Andrew Miller was going to catch the ball, he waited to tag. When he saw it clear he started to run. But Miller caught the carom, so he came back and tagged again thinking Nichols was out. The delay gave the Tide enough time to throw him out at home plate.

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June 5th, 2010
10:41 pm


June 5th, 2010
10:42 pm

yes, it’s cheesy, but it’s something you just can’t help doing.

Go Jackets, and THWG!



June 5th, 2010
10:45 pm

This is the year guys! GT has got it this year. No more choking, no more getting blasted in the regionals. Time to get to Omaha!!!


June 5th, 2010
10:48 pm

Does UGA have a baseball team?


June 5th, 2010
11:06 pm

How about Chase Burnette’s homer that never landed. That ball is still sailing.

Go Jackets!
Roll over the Tide!(or Mercer)


June 5th, 2010
11:14 pm

This is our year. Omaha here we come…Go jackets!

Jacket Backer

June 6th, 2010
12:01 am

gotta get 3…..good luck tomorrow….

Go Jackets!!


June 6th, 2010
12:13 am

It’s still not Leonida’s fault. That’s why you have a third base coach. He should have been telling Leonida to run from the get go. Even if caught he should have been able to get back to 3rd. That coach, I think his name is Prince, is a complete idiot. If he’s not going to direct traffic why have him out there. why have him at all. A mistake like this could cost the game and here the regional. He was bailed out by the hitter’s follow the coach’s mistake. He should be fired. But Danny will leave him out there to continue the screw ups.


June 6th, 2010
12:42 am

someone please remind me what conference that team we BEAT tonight is from???? 6-5, 25-6, 6-4. I think we know who runs this state !!!!

GT Alum:

June 6th, 2010
1:06 am

Did anyone hear the UGA score in baseball? I am looking everywhere online and cannot find it…………..oh, I apologize, they are all huddled around their midget QB and their football team, watching their entire team to include the O line run sub 4.4’s in the 40! OMG, we are all in trouble now. LMAO! THWG!

Big D Dawg

June 6th, 2010
2:29 am

yes, we had a bad year however, we’ve won the NC in baseball and yes it’s been 20 years. but which team has been to the world series most this decade. it’s not the bumbling bees!

Big D Dawg

June 6th, 2010
3:16 am

Thirty to Twenty-four


June 6th, 2010
3:16 am

Cole plays jai lai in the offseason and got the two sports confused.

Little D Doggie- time to pick up your sister at the latest UGA recruiting bash- then you can rest

Go Tech

June 6th, 2010
7:52 am

What Cole needs to realize is that even if you are tagging up, you can run on first contact with the glove. You don’t have to wait for a catch to be completed… otherwise a fielder would “bounce” a ball all the way to the infield and the “catch” it.

I doubt he makes that mistake ever again

Go Tech

June 6th, 2010
7:53 am

What Cole needs to realize is that even if you are tagging up, you can run on first contact with the glove. You don’t have to wait for a catch to be completed… otherwise a fielder would “bounce” a ball all the way to the infield and the “catch” it.

I doubt he makes that mistake ever again.


June 6th, 2010
8:03 am

It was Cole’s fault AND the third base coach. I used to coach first and third and you have to be focused ALL THE TIME and know in this case that you TAG ON FIRST CONTACT! That play could have really cost us.

I too believe this is a team that HAS to make it to OMAHA! It’s the best we have had in 16 years.

Go Jackets! I’ll be there tonight.

Alabama Jack

June 6th, 2010
8:11 am

Still looking for the dawgs score???????


June 6th, 2010
8:18 am

It would be nice if the coaches know the rules as well as the fans. Thanks Go Tech. We need you coaching third as it sounds like Tony is right.

GT Alum:

June 6th, 2010
9:08 am

Big D Dawg: 28-6 worst defeat to GT in UGAG history! It’s baseball season, so realize your team is awful. Chalk it up as a record in your UGA archives. LMFAO!

Murray the Midget

June 6th, 2010
9:11 am

GT your in trouble. Our entire team runs the 40 in under 4.5. You just wait to see me in action. Most of the GA fans are comparing me to Drew Brees, which makes me blush. I cannot wait to throw intercetption after interception and get face planted in the turf. Wait, that won’t happen, coz we all run the 40 in under 4.4, so I think I am safe. LOL!


June 6th, 2010
9:42 am

It says a lot about people who, instead of giving another team congratulations on a good season, they try to rationalize why their team, who did not have a good season, is still a better team based on past performance over a certain period, or whatever. If you are one of these people, you are a loser. Are you one of them?


June 6th, 2010
10:22 am

Bama comes back to win two against the Bees and goes to the CWS. Wierd!

Doug Roberson

June 6th, 2010
10:41 am

There are some great photos of last night’s game, including Nichols’ hit, here: http://projects.ajc.com/gallery/view/sports/tech/tech-mercer-baseball/

Poindexter Jugdish

June 6th, 2010
10:43 am

We was robbed!!! Wait, we won? I am just so used to saying that. Free slushies and body armor for everybody.


June 6th, 2010
12:39 pm

GT Alum, I checked the losers column, knowing if the dawgs played that is where they would be, but I still couldn’t find them. Then reality set in and I remembered that they didn’t even qualify for the SEC tourn, so how could they be in a regional playoff. Bottom line is UGA has one of the worst baseball teams that I have ever seen. They are lucky the girls bailed them out again in softball. I would hate to go to a school where the girls are the best athletes. Most of the girls were timed less than 4.21 in the 40 yard dash. LMFAO


June 6th, 2010
12:54 pm

hey big d dog, guess who has not even made the ncaa turny the most the last ten years between ugag and TECH? and after the 28-6azz whoppiin this year you should just crawl back in your doggie house and keep your mouth shut, the only ball your pupps are playing is with the two between their tails………


June 6th, 2010
3:00 pm

Please tell me that one our scholarship athletes didn’t actually think a ball that ricochets off the wall into an outfielder’s glove is an out?????? If so, we need to put them through BB 101.


June 6th, 2010
3:30 pm

Augusta State University beats Georgia Tech, Florida State and
Oklahoma State to win the 2010 NCAA Golf Champion. GO JAGS

GT Fan...

June 7th, 2010
12:23 am

C-O-A-C-H-I-N-G!! Is the result of those 2 bonehead plays!!!!!!

The RF’der totally made a bad play. He had plenty of time to FIRST GET BACK TO THE FENCE, then make the play on the ball. If he had played the ball properly he would’ve realized he wasn’t reaching OVER THE FENCE because he could have caught the ball, standing against the fence, without even leaving the ground!! He pushed the ball over!!

On the baserunning BLUNDER. DAM# Leonida, how long have you been playing baseball!?!? You couldn’t tell when the ball was hit, like it was shot out of cannon, that the RF’er couldn’t make a play, and it was either a HR or a base hit!?!?!? And shame on you too 3B coach – that make two of you who need skills recognizing when a hit is definitely a hit!