Joltin’ Jackets win by stealing home in 15th

Georgia Tech’s Mott Hyde stole home in the top of the 15th inning for the game-winning run in a 6-5 victory over N.C. State Thursday in the ACC baseball tournament in Durham.

It was just the second time the Jackets have stolen home since the 1980s, according to Tech’s research department, but the first time they’ve won a game by doing so. They stole home once in the ’80s and again in the ’90s. No player stole home between the 1950s and ’70s.

The game lasted five hours, seven minutes and the number of innings set an ACC tournament record. It ended at 12:32 a.m.

More importantly, the Jackets are still playing.

Hyde reached on a double, and advanced to third on a groundout. Hyde stole home with a 2-1 count on Wolfpack reliever Jonathan Ogburn. Hyde slid under the tag. He had five stolen bases before Thursday’s game.

The Yellow Jackets’ victory was their 40th this season, making it the 22nd year that the team has reached the 40-win plateau.

Matthew Grimes (7-3) picked up his his seventh victory of the season.

UPDATE: Tech will play No. 3 seed Florida State at 9 a.m. Saturday (moved because of rain Friday). The Jackets need to defeat the Seminoles, and hope N.C. State defeats Clemson later Saturday, to advance to Sunday’s championship game.

– Doug Roberson, AJC

62 comments Add your comment

TECHFAN

May 27th, 2011
8:42 am

WAY TO GO JACKETS!

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 27th, 2011
8:48 am

My word, after 15 innings, I sure hope the coaches let the guys get some good ZZZ’s. Good luck tech. Make the state of Georgia proud.

Let's go!

May 27th, 2011
8:49 am

Awesome! Let’s go Tech!

Jackette

May 27th, 2011
8:58 am

I listened to the entire 5 plus hours, great win, go get em today!

Crazy Robert

May 27th, 2011
9:18 am

In theory this game should not have gone into extra innings. In the first inning Davis hit a ball down the thirdbase line, and the way he jogged to first was stupid. He ran like he had a week to get there, and when the camera showed the coach, he seemed content. Personally I would have let Mr. Davis know that he is expected to hustle every time he is on the field. Had he gotten to second he would have scored easily because there was another hit that would have sent him home. I asume they do want to win when they take the field.

Crazy Robert

May 27th, 2011
9:21 am

I’m glad they pulled it out though, and now they can whip FSU, and hope NC State can stomp the Tigers. GO TECH!!!

404

May 27th, 2011
9:24 am

A win over FSU will almost guarantee that GT hosts a Super Regional.

juvenal

May 27th, 2011
9:33 am

Jackette, don’t have FoxSpSo?….errors, DP’s, stranded runners, these guys ever gonna wake up in the post season? baseball boring to watch, but miscues don’t improve that…..gotta go to work weekday mornings, myself…..

GT 94

May 27th, 2011
10:01 am

GT is the YOUNGEST TEAM IN D1…I will repeat that for everyone, the YOUNGEST IN ALL OF D1 baseball in the country!!!! This team has already exceeded expectations and we need to give danny hall credit for what he has done with 17 freshman! We not have enough to make it to the CWS this year but the future looks very bright for our baseball program and we have some studs who have already pledged to come in next year.

The recruiting class is shaping up nicely and GT will again get some of the premier players out of the east cobb program which is amongst the best youth programs in america. Great job last night fellas and let’s get buck farmer some run support today and take down another top 10 baseball program in FSU! Go Jackets!!!!

GT76

May 27th, 2011
10:24 am

More importantly, the Jackets are still playing……of course they are they have a game at 3pm today.

Hyde recached on a double…..racached????

Hyde slid under the tag…..there was no tag, the ball got away.

Crazy Robert….who is Davis?

ManUp...

May 27th, 2011
10:30 am

Yep, there’s no reason not to love this GT Baseball squad. They gave us some great games at home this year (but let’s face it, with as nice as Russ Chandler Stadium is it’s still a great place to be even if we lose), and they’re just simply an exciting team to watch. If it’s true that these guys are mostly young (I know at least Wren and Dove are) then we ought to have a powerhouse team for a good while.

Go Jackets!

ManUp...

May 27th, 2011
10:36 am

GT76, it was a tournament elimination game, because we already had a loss. Had we lost last night we would not “still be playing.” There’d be no game today at 3pm – at least not with GT in it. So that’s what the author means. And is there really a need to mock the grammar and spelling? If you can’t say anything nice then just leave a “Go Jackets” and move on.

Go Jackets!

gojackets

May 27th, 2011
10:37 am

way to go jackets, listened to the entire game on wrek great call on steal, one more and a little lady luck

gotta give coach credit he had guts to make that call

George P. Burdell

May 27th, 2011
10:43 am

Manup,

Tech would still be playing today because this is not a double elimnation tournament. The ACC has a round robin setup with two pools of teams. Each team in a pool plays all of the other teams in the pool. The winners of the two pools then faceoff on Sunday for the championship.

This is an exciting team at times and yes they are young. The only reason to be worried about the next couple of years is becuase we are going to take a hit in starting pitching after this season. Danny has always done a good job of finding new talent, but you have to figure there will be some dropoff next season. I think that will be more than offset by the talent we have maturing even more. We may not keep the games as low scoring, but we probably won’t have to.

GT BBall

May 27th, 2011
10:48 am

Gutsy call by our coach, the pitcher had a long windup. GT catcher went the whole game, awesome effort. Great team victory. We got a good starting pitcher going today, let’s improve that CWS seed.

GT76

May 27th, 2011
10:51 am

Nice try ManUp…

As for grammatical (and other) errors, I see too many. They make reading more difficult and sometime makes the writers credibility suspect.

I don’t really care for the round robin format. I like the double elimination format even if it’s in two groups. But like grammar….I’m old school!

JM

May 27th, 2011
10:58 am

Go Jackets, That was a gutsy call, but when you see the replay, it was not even close. It was great to see a college baseball highlight on ESPNs Top 10 plays!

aztec

May 27th, 2011
11:16 am

wow im surprised danny hall made a call too steal home, i have been very critical of his on field coaching over the years but sure love his recruiting.

GT hulk

May 27th, 2011
11:17 am

Good team, just still got a ” chokin ” coach—just wait, Hall will start the choke mode soon as regionals are set.

TechDan

May 27th, 2011
11:25 am

FSU is the #2 seed in the tournament. We’re the #3 seed.

Just saying.

DawginLex

May 27th, 2011
11:40 am

At least y’all get to go to the NCAA’s regardless. We lost so many OOC games that we have to win the SEC tournament to be above .500 and get a bid even with an RPI of 12-15.

Lots of idiots want Perno fired. Can you imagine playing baseball and have your leadoff hitter and one of the best players on the team end the season sitting in the dugout in a wheelchair? That has happened twice to Georgia in the last 2 years.

Perno gets tons of credit in my book for keeping those two teams together at all.

Good luck in the tourney.

Tom

May 27th, 2011
11:57 am

As of this morning, 5 of the top 9 RPI teams are ACC…..
#1 UNC
#3 UVA
#5 FSU
#8 GT
#9 CU

Techie Power!!!

May 27th, 2011
12:15 pm

UGA has won the last Football, Basketball and Football game against Tech.

Randy Rhino

May 27th, 2011
12:35 pm

Bring back Garciaparra, Brown, Veritak and Texesheria.

We_Run_This_Country

May 27th, 2011
12:49 pm

Techie Power!!!,

Only a stupid mutt would mention “Football” twice!!! LOSER!

collegeballfan

May 27th, 2011
12:55 pm

I am not a big Danny Hall fan but I give him nothing but high five’s with the way this team, 17 freshmen, has played.

Buzzed

May 27th, 2011
1:08 pm

We_Run: Techie Power isn’t wrong, though, now is he? Let’s just add baseball to the list, along with softball, tennis…

Not a Hewitt Fan

May 27th, 2011
2:40 pm

Hall’s teams always fizzle at the end…….dont get too excited. you will just be let down.

Tech 89

May 27th, 2011
2:52 pm

UGA has won the last Football, Basketball and Baseball game against Tech.

No, Georgia Tech can’t compete with UGA’s thugs and morons in most sports, but Tech players don’t end up pushing shopping carts or working in sanitation or custodial services like UGA players after UGA dumps them when their eligibility is up.

That’s just one of those inconvenient truths for dawgtards.

Jacket Backer

May 27th, 2011
3:09 pm

Go Jackets!!

Jim G

May 27th, 2011
3:18 pm

For the record, GT beat UGA two out of three times in baseball this year and three out of three last year.

Tech 89 is a liar

May 27th, 2011
4:10 pm

Any proof to back up your asinine assumptions, scout??

Typical Techie. Tell a lie. Tell it over and over until you believe it to be truth. Preach your delusioned prophecy as if it really were truth.

Jim G is a hypocrite

May 27th, 2011
4:12 pm

So when Tech beat UGA in football for the first time in 8 tries in 2008 (3 years ago now), Techies shouldn’t have celebrated it, because UGA won the previous 7??

Did I get that right?? Can you say you weren’t happy for that sloppy win? Because I am sure as heck proud of beating your baseball team the last time we played.

Tony

May 27th, 2011
4:28 pm

This game would not have gone 15 had Hall brought in Bard to start with the game would have been over in 9. But he has to play round robin with the pitching staff before Bard comes in. Luckily we don’t play until 9:00 in the morning so maybe Bard will have an inning or two left if we need him.

Techie power don’t tlak trash about beating the baseball team 1 time. Seems every Georgia school has beaten Tech in the “midweek” games. Hall doesn’t think there is a need to put the best players in these games nor does he believe he needs to beat these schools. If we had beaten all these teams a Super Regional would be a sure thing. How we stay ranked in the top ten is unbelievable.

Just watch should we win the ACC or reallly get lucky and win the National championship every school in Georgia will have bumper stickers saying they beat the ACC Champs and or the National Champs. Hall is an embarrassment to the ACC, The State of Georgia and to Georgia Tech.

I have quit going to any mid week games as the product Hall put on the field in those games is sub standard. They should cut the ticket price by $5.00 for those games.

DawginLex if Perno were at Tech he would have won several National Championships with the same tallent Hall gets. The games I have seen they always play hard and are hard to beat. He gets a lot of talent but not as much as Hall and has good results from what he has.

CoolBreeze

May 27th, 2011
4:31 pm

The kids are out of school, and joining the blog. See ya……..

UGA = Yawn

May 27th, 2011
5:01 pm

Did we win today???

Jim G

May 27th, 2011
5:25 pm

Tech baseball has a great tradition. And Danny Hall keeps it rolling. We loose outstanding players to MLB and just reload. Hall has done a good job adjusting to the new bat specs. We continue to play exciting ball!

supersize that order, mutt

May 27th, 2011
6:52 pm

Danny Hall may be a great recruiter, but he is only a good coach. Why is that year after year, every other team peaks towards the end of the season, and usually in the tournaments, but year after year Hall’s teams peak in April and go into a death slide come tournament time. There is no way Clemson should have beat us 9-0 in that opening game, and yet they did. I don’t keep up with the mutts enough to know how good a coach Perno is or isn’t, but I think whoever said Perno would win NC’s with Tech’s talent is probably 100% correct.

supersize that order, mutt

May 27th, 2011
6:53 pm

Was the Tech – FSU game rained out? If not, what was the result?

supersize that order, mutt

May 27th, 2011
6:54 pm

Nevermind, I see that the game WAS rained out and rescheduled for 9AM tomorrow. At least that gives the team some time to rest up after that marathon last night.

Ed Odom

May 27th, 2011
7:54 pm

Can anyone explain to me why Clemson would go to the championship game if Tech beats FSU and Clemson beats N.C, State. While it is true that Clemson beat Tech, it is also true that FSU beat Clemson. So why would Clemson’s win over Tech trump Tech’s win over FSU, which beat Clemson?

supersize that order, mutt

May 27th, 2011
8:04 pm

Ed, is that the way it works out? That sure doesn’t make any sense to me either. Tech was seeded higher than Clemson, so if nothing else you would think seeding would be the determining factor, thus sending Tech. But let’s beat FSU first and worry about the rest after then. GO JACKETS !!!

sports

May 27th, 2011
11:02 pm

lucky stinking blow flys

GT FAN

May 27th, 2011
11:31 pm

Great win last nigh Jackets. Way to hang in there. beat the Noles!

Paddy

May 28th, 2011
6:28 am

GT should beat FSU. FSU has NO starting pitching after Gilmartin and he pitched their win over Clemson.

davidinloganville

May 28th, 2011
9:04 am

lets hope both tech and Georgia win, the Dawgs love the Atlanta regional…

(Chester)Darrell Dilbeck

May 28th, 2011
9:37 am

Let’s win this tournament,then the “The BIG-UN”GO JACKETS!!!

supersize that order, mutt

May 28th, 2011
10:22 am

Let’s face it: we stink in post-season play

wr_jacket

May 28th, 2011
10:32 am

Ed. F$U lost to NCS in their first came so they would have 2 loss if they lose to us, and CU would have only 1. The ONLY way we get to tomorrows game if we win and CU loses.

Unreal

May 28th, 2011
10:33 am

We are getting shut out by a pitcher who has not made it out of the 4th inning in 2 of the last 3 innings. Let me rephrase that…getting NO HIT in 5th by this clown. The issue with HALL is that his teams never peak in the postseason for the most part. They play the 1st half of the year lights out and then average to stink in the 2nd which usually means going home early in postseason play! I realize we are young this year but it’s the same sh*t no matter if we are loaded with veterans!! This years team seems to get worse and worse at the plate as the year moves along. They can’t hit!! We have 6 runs in 2 games and have zero through 5 right now in the 3rd game and did i mention NO HITS! It is so frustrating watching danny halls team in the postseason.

Nothing new today, we are on the verge of a really ugly 1-2 tournament and we can kiss the #8 seed goodbye! You would have thought this was something we would have been more focused on and played with more intensity. NOPE!!!!