Tech baseball opens against Austin Peay

Despite having the necessary RPI, Georgia Tech didn’t receive one of the eight national seeds in the NCAA baseball tournament field announced on Monday. But the Yellow Jackets coach and players are still happy with their draw.

The Yellow Jackets (40-19), with a No. 8 RPI according to the website boydsworld.com, will open its regional against Austin Peay at 7 p.m. on Friday at Russ Chandler Stadium. Southern Miss, the regular-season winner of Conference USA, will take on Mississippi State at 3 p.m. in the other game. Tim Weiser, whose committee decided the tournament seeds, said Tech’s non-conference RPI and its ACC tournament loss to Florida State, with which it was competing for one of the national seeds, cost it a chance.

In an interview before Weiser’s, Tech coach Danny Hall pointed to Tech’s record in non-conference games (17-9) as a likely factor in the committee’s decision. He also pointed to the strength of the ACC, which like the SEC had seven teams selected, as another reason.

“They don’t want to stack four or five teams in the top eight unless it’s an absolute no-brainer, I’m sure of that,” said Hall, who has led Tech to 16 regional appearances in 18 years.

Rival Georgia (31-30), which squeaked into the NCAAs after a strong performance at the SEC tournament, must travel to Corvallis, Ore., where it will play Creighton in its first game. Oregon State, the region’s top seed, will host Arkansas-Little Rock. Despite usually trying to keep geographic ties when sorting regionals to reduce travel time for teams and fans, Weiser said the committee “must keep the integrity of the bidding and seeding process.” He said they felt putting Georgia in Oregon created more balance.

“I was a little surprised we’re going out there to Oregon State with so many ACC teams hosting, and they usually match SEC teams with them, but this is a great opportunity to go West and have some fun” Georgia coach Dave Perno said in a statement.

The ACC and SEC dominated the national seeds: Virginia (No.1), Florida (No. 2), North Carolina (No. 3), South Carolina (No. 4), Florida State (No. 5) and Vanderbilt (No. 6) were among the eight seeds. The 16 winners of the double-elimination regionals will advance to the best-of-three super regionals. Those winners advance to the College World Series, which begins June 18 in Omaha, Neb., at the TD Ameritrade Park.

Tech has a tough region. Austin Peay won the Ohio Valley Conference regular season and swept through its tournament. The Governors (33-22) are led on the mound by Jeremy Dobbs (9-2, 3.43 ERA) and Jack Snodgrass (3-6, 3.72). John Hogan (.317 batting average, 13 homers) leads them at the plate. The Govs have a .306 team batting average.

The Jackets are familiar with Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles (39-17) knocked Tech out of the Atlanta regional two years ago. The player most responsible for that elimination, B.A. Vollmuth, returns.  He slugged two home runs in the same inning against Tech to win the regional. He’s still hitting, with a .303 average and 12 homers this year.

Mississippi State (34-23) had a disappointing season by its lofty standards. The eight-time College World Series competitors finished second in the SEC West with a 14-16 conference record. The losers of Friday’s games will play at 3 p.m. Saturday and the winners of Friday’s games will play at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Georgia, which will be making 10th appearance in the NCAA’s and played one of the nation’s toughest-rated schedules, also has a difficult region. Creighton (44-14) won the Missouri Valley Conference’s regular-season and tournament titles. Making their ninth tournament appearance, the Bluejays are led by Trever Adams (.392, 14 homers) and Jonas Dufek (11-1, 2.17 ERA). Game times haven’t been announced for the Corvallis regional.

Georgia Southern also made the field. The Eagles will play at South Carolina.

– Doug Roberson, AJC

77 comments Add your comment

MJC

May 30th, 2011
1:42 pm

Go Jackets!!

GTClass

May 30th, 2011
1:57 pm

It doesn’t matter what seed the Jackets are, they alway seem to underachieve and disappoint us this time of the year. Look for the Jackets to fail once again to get out of the regional bracket.

Who Cares

May 30th, 2011
2:26 pm

Roberson, you are such a crybaby and a typical tech homer. UGA squeaked into the ncaa regionals. Are you an idiot or just a blind tech fan. UGA only beat the #1, and#5 ranked teams to get to the semifinals of the SEC tournament, and UGA only played the #1 toughest schedule in the country. Your mighty jackets got beat by Fl.St. in ACC tournament, and as usual Tech didn’t beat a ranked team in the tournament. Maybe you should leave UGA out of your blogs, because it it clear you have no clue what you are blogging about. You should have said Tech sneaks into the regionals, because based on who they beat in the ACC tourney, that’s exactly what they did.

Doug Roberson

May 30th, 2011
2:39 pm

Who cares: Georgia did play a tough schedule, but they also needed to break .500 to be considered. They did that by their play in the SEC tourney.

GTClass

May 30th, 2011
2:41 pm

Who Cares: UGA’s overall record is horrible and Roberson is correct, UGA squeaked in. Get over it, fact is fact! You think GT is so bad, then you should have been able to beat GT more than once…. 3 – 1. Good luck in the tourney, you won’t win one game.

supersize that order, mutt

May 30th, 2011
2:45 pm

Who Cares, you do realize, don’t you, that if the mutts had not won one of two vs the Gators this weekend, that they would not be in the tournament. If that’s not what’s called squeaking in, I don’t know what is.

Innocent Bystander

May 30th, 2011
3:12 pm

Not to defend the mutts, but they did play the hardest schedule in all of D1. They needed to win three in the SEC tourney, which somehow they managed to do against very good (and top eight national seeds) #2 Florida and #4 South Carolina teams. However, they did just barely get in to the tourney, and will probably get ousted in the regionals.

Let’s not forget that Tech took two of three from them this year (and 5 of the past 6), is actually hosting their own regional, split the ACC regular season title with the #1 overall team (UVA), and is most certainly the best team in the state yet again. Tech fans should be happy that McGarity has already said they’ll bring back Dave Perno again next year.

P-The-Ricker

May 30th, 2011
3:15 pm

Who Cares,
I believe you’re being a little too sensitive concerning roberson’s comment. UGA is obviously better than their record, but the NCAA requires an above .500 record to qualify. A game over .500 is squeaking in.

StingerSplash

May 30th, 2011
4:10 pm

Two years ago, the geniuses (geniui?) at the NCAA chose to send Georgia Southern to the regional in Fullerton, Calif. That made sense. Sure it did.

Buzz Me

May 30th, 2011
4:38 pm

Hey Dougie,

Where ya been?

GT Hulk

May 30th, 2011
4:50 pm

Dosent matter, Danny Hall will choke and GT will lose to either Austin Peay or Southern Miss, as they did 2 seasons ago with the no. 6 ranked team.

GT FAN

May 30th, 2011
5:12 pm

Good Luck Jackets. And go Canes. Hope you beat Florida so we can host the Super Regional as well.

truthbtold

May 30th, 2011
7:37 pm

Why can’t these so called fans just wish good luck to the local teams, and may the best team win? All of this belly achin and cryin, and the tournament hasn’t even begun….Geesh!

GTClass

May 30th, 2011
7:52 pm

Truthbtold…if you don’t like the blog, go to another one. No one will miss you!

MS. Bully

May 30th, 2011
8:08 pm

Who is the idiot that wrote Miss. State had a disappointing season. State was picked to finish last in the SEC West. State beat Ole Piss 3 out of 4 and beat Southern Miss the only time they played. Look out Atlanta, here come the Bulldogs!! Please don’t try and collect our COWBELLS!!!!!!

GTClass

May 30th, 2011
8:39 pm

Ms. Bully…don’t worry, Tech is use to beat bulldogs, so we’ll be ready for you.

Beavis

May 31st, 2011
12:06 am

I am taking A. Peay.

MS. Bully

May 31st, 2011
12:35 am

GT Class, one of the two Mississippi schools will end GT season. Southern Miss is hurting due to their pitchers becoming ineligible.

Biff Pocoroba

May 31st, 2011
5:33 am

Tech will have eight guys picked off of first base this weekend since Tech teams can’t run the bases or play fundamental baseball in the post season. Hall builds his team around the homerun so they will be gone quickly. Then everyone will talk about how great he is since this team was young and still hosted a regional. Next year, Tech will have to replace their top two pitchers and will be out early again.

5150 UOAD

May 31st, 2011
5:38 am

PEOPLE
Doug is a UGA Journalism Grad and a HUGE Soccer fan. He is FAR FAr Far far from a TECH Homer for GD sure.

Crazy Robert

May 31st, 2011
9:15 am

Surprise us coach!!!

Thank you POAD

May 31st, 2011
10:08 am

Stupid idiots are complaining about our writer when he is a UGA Grad for goodness sakes!

GT VET

May 31st, 2011
11:25 am

Ga.Tech has 17 freshmen on the team(youngest in the Country) and they Will win the regional.They will lose their top 2 pitchers after this year but will gain the Top 2 pitchers in the State of Ga. in the 2 guys from Buford.Yes uga did have (so they say)the top RPI in the country but GTs was 8(so they say).Cant really argue with a 40-19 record especially as young as GT is.The super regional is where GT will fall IF they do.The best team in the Country (Virginia)I think will win it all.They have ALL the parts.I also think uga will play Oregon St. for that regional Championship but Oregon St. wins it.Thank you Lord for BASEBALL..What a GREAT game….GO JACKETS!!!!!!

Drexel Gal

May 31st, 2011
11:45 am

The Jackets’ teams in all sports are infamous for not “finishing the drill”. They have a great regular season, in which they let down at the end (remember the 2009 football team?) and then let down evene more in the postseason (2009 football, again, nearly any season in basketball or baseball). There is a psychological term for this phenomenon — and, nor, it is NOT “choking”, but one which describes the letting up after a great effort, but before the task is finished.

MS. Bully

May 31st, 2011
11:47 am

Lets go Peay, Lets go Peay!!!!!

Old Gold

May 31st, 2011
12:54 pm

Same old Danny Hall…good recruiting and regular season and then lays an egg when it counts!

DawginLex

May 31st, 2011
1:03 pm

I’m thrilled we got in. We had #1 SOS, not RPI. RPI was 22.

Tech should be glad we are not coming to ATL. :) :)

Fly Williams

May 31st, 2011
1:52 pm

That’s the student cheer when I played at AP early 70s. “The Fly is open, let’s go Peay”

CoolBreeze

May 31st, 2011
4:01 pm

Dudes ! What say we watch and enjoy ? Cripes, do most of you guys think you’re psychic or something ? Sorry, I’m not buyin’….especially since it’s baseball we’re talking about. Oh, yeah, I forgot…it’s the “Yawl really suk” factor, eh ? Tell me, what’s the market gonna do tomorrow ? Please !

CoolBreeze

May 31st, 2011
4:06 pm

DawginLex – Thanks for bringing facts, as you often do. Let’s hope we both keep winning……then we’ll duke it out down the road. And, hey, it’s great NOT to be a Buckey, eh ? ps – Does the Big 11 play baseball ?

DawginLex

May 31st, 2011
4:17 pm

Big 11 baseball generally blows grits. I think Illinois got in.

Too cold to play baseball up there

RAMBLE ON!!!

May 31st, 2011
4:57 pm

OK Danny boy, don’t let us down, AGAIN.

IL Jacket

May 31st, 2011
5:54 pm

My sincerest condolences to the family of recent Tech graduate, Liam Rattray,who died as a result of the irresponsible actions of a drunkard. By all accounts,
Liam was a superb scholar who was training to make a real difference in an area that would benefit all of us-sustainable agriculture. What an immeasurable loss both to his family and those of us in the larger society. My prayers go out to Liam’s family. The Tech family shares in your loss.

ABAC-North Doggies

May 31st, 2011
7:12 pm

The SEC owns the NCAA political machine. There’s no way the Cow College should be in this tournament over Mercer (39-20).

Genius Jacket

May 31st, 2011
8:18 pm

Why is it that we can recruit baseball players but not football players?

Genius

June 1st, 2011
1:06 pm

I have wondered that as well. Tech basketball and baseball do pretty well. Women’s sports have also done remarkably well at Tech in recent years. But football….Tech just can’t lure them to North Ave consistently.

GTJACKETS

June 1st, 2011
1:28 pm

Fly Williams…nice. Can’t wait for the Regionals to start! Love this time of the year! Hoping this young Tech squad comes in hungrier than the last few years! Jacob Esch said he has 2 pics of last 2 years Regionals where opposing teams celebrated at the Rusty C…hope that will be motivation enough not to see that happen a 3rd time in a row. Go Jackets!!

gt4ever

June 2nd, 2011
11:16 am

Lots of Freshman on this team…. Baseball is funny. Anything can happen and usually does…

superDawg

June 2nd, 2011
5:11 pm

I read today where three tech students broke into a norcross elementary school to steal the triple option play book before it got into the wrong hands.

ManUp...

June 2nd, 2011
8:44 pm

I read today where everyone that’s not Tech still sucks.

GTClass

June 2nd, 2011
10:44 pm

Superdawg…with the mutts criminal records, I don’t think I would comment too much about any arrests. You know what the Bible says “those without sin cast the first stone.” So, that certain lets the mutts out.

Thug-U

June 2nd, 2011
11:58 pm

Wow…….

Tech really is a school full of thugs……

http://www.ajc.com/news/gwinnett/3-tech-students-arrested-964989.html

Pathetic.

GTClass

June 3rd, 2011
12:05 am

This is fascinating…..

Do a search on AJC using keywords “Georgia Tech students”, and look at the embarrassment that ensues……..

http://projects.ajc.com/search/?term=georgia%20tech%20students&start=0

Kevin K

June 3rd, 2011
12:17 am

Babs – we were wrong. Tech sucks and I am not a man. You rule our roost and I am ashamed.

jacket fan

June 3rd, 2011
8:14 am

Doug,
Update us on Tech Hoops. What’s happening?

Jacketlover

June 3rd, 2011
10:06 am

Anything can happen but this is the time of the year we fold our tents. Pitching has been iffy and hitting lukewarm. If that continues this weekend, we’re toast. That said, to be where we are with a team of mostly freshman is amazing. I’ll be at the Rusty C this weekend cheering for the Jackets!

MS. Bully

June 3rd, 2011
5:48 pm

Mississippi State Bulldogs 3 Southern Miss Buzzards 0 F
Way to go Bulldogs. Welcome to “OUR” State!!

GTChoke

June 3rd, 2011
9:25 pm

Same old crap. Top of the 8th and the Jackets down 2-1 to AP. Danny hall needs to go!

GTChoke

June 3rd, 2011
10:09 pm

Fire Danny Hall! He’s worthless.

superDawg

June 3rd, 2011
10:29 pm

Ya’ll hunkerdown now you hear.