Tech scrambling for NCAA bid

Georgia Tech baseball coach Danny Hall is taking nothing for granted.

Asked if he felt the Jackets had done enough to make a case for an NCAA tournament bid, Hall replied, “I’ll never say that until I hear our name picked on Monday” on the tournament selection show.

The Jackets are in a different boat at the ACC tournament than they typically are. Their 32-24 record is one loss better than Hall’s worst season, record-wise, at Tech (32-25 in 2007). Tech’s 12-18 ACC record is Hall’s first season under .500 in ACC play. Tech needed a win or a Virginia Tech loss on the final day of the regular season to avoid missing the ACC tournament for the first time in school history. (The Jackets got both.)

Injuries on a scale unprecedented to Hall have taken a sizable bite out of the Jackets.

Tech will be the No. 8 seed and is in a pool with Florida State, the top-ranked team in the country, Virginia (No. 17 in Baseball America) and Clemson (No. 24 in RPI). So, certainly, if the Jackets can accomplish anything in Greensboro, they’ll get the notice of the NCAA tournament selection committee. Tech’s RPI as of Tuesday was No. 22.

“It’s different, but for me, the past two years, we’ve kind of been the top to beat up going up there,” third baseman Sam Dove said. “Now, we don’t have much pressure. We just get to go up there and play.”

And, should they get in the NCAA field, it may be the case they might be more tournament ready than in seasons past.

“I think we’ve been on a major grind for several weeks here just trying to keep our head above water here in the league, so I think we’ve been used to playing with some pressure on us,” Hall said.

Tech will pitch ace Buck Farmer in the tournament opener Wednesday at 11 a.m. He said he was leaning towards pitching freshman Cole Pitts in the second game, against Virginia Friday at 11 a.m., and Jake Davies on Saturday at 11 a.m. against Clemson. The team with the best record in the four-team pool will advance to Sunday’s championship game.

“Pitching staff-wise, I think we’ve done about as much as we can possibly have imagined or done when you look at who we’ve lost,” Hall said. “I think we’re playing pretty good. Is it going to be good enough? We’re going to find out.”

All games will be televised (Fox Sports South in Atlanta) and streamed online on ESPN3. The NCAA tournament field will be announced Monday.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

73 comments Add your comment

Go Jackets!

May 23rd, 2012
10:01 am

Going to be tough to get in. Better make some noise in Greensboro since only significant series win was UNC. Never imagined this program would end up starting multiple walk-ons in the field and using all sorts of position players on the mound.

Burdell

May 23rd, 2012
10:45 am

Injuries are brutal but a part of the game…something that must be overcome. Props to this team for hanging in there and fighting for the tournament spot. Good luck!

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May 23rd, 2012
10:58 am

GT Lee

May 23rd, 2012
11:17 am

Game 1 on ESPN3….Davies goes deep in 1st inning, GT 2-0 early lead

Whoa...

May 23rd, 2012
11:18 am

…is CPJ a giant, or is Ken a “little person”…

GT Lee

May 23rd, 2012
12:38 pm

GT 5-0 bot 5th

GT Lee

May 23rd, 2012
12:41 pm

trouble brewing in bot 5th….FSU loaded the bases no one out

GT Lee

May 23rd, 2012
12:42 pm

Davies nice play….5-1 1 out

GT Lee

May 23rd, 2012
12:43 pm

single, 5-2, 1 out runners 1st & 3rd bot 5th

GT Lee

May 23rd, 2012
12:45 pm

sac fly 2 out 5-3 GT

GT Lee

May 23rd, 2012
12:49 pm

end 5, GT 5-3 need to get some runs and pad that lead

Burdell

May 23rd, 2012
12:50 pm

Again…thanks for the updates GT Lee!

GT Lee

May 23rd, 2012
12:56 pm

umpire giving FSU an extra 1.5 in of plate…1-2-3 6th for GT

GT Lee

May 23rd, 2012
12:56 pm

anytime Mr Burdell

GT Lee

May 23rd, 2012
12:57 pm

Farmer still pitching for GT 96 pitches……c’mon Buck!

GT Lee

May 23rd, 2012
12:59 pm

1 out walk bot 6

GT Lee

May 23rd, 2012
1:02 pm

ball tipped into glove for strike 3 and out # 2

GT Lee

May 23rd, 2012
1:03 pm

grounder to 3d for out 3 6 complete GT 5-3 Buck around 110 pitches I’d be very surprised if he comes out in 7th

GT Lee

May 23rd, 2012
1:09 pm

GT goes down 1-2-3 in top 7th…need to hold FSU where they are

Supersize that order, mutt

May 23rd, 2012
1:09 pm

Just logged in and turned on the game. Go Jackets !!!

GT Lee

May 23rd, 2012
1:10 pm

Cruz pitching bot 7th….hope he doesn’t have another meltdown

GT Lee

May 23rd, 2012
1:15 pm

2 out bot 7th runner 1st

Supersize that order, mutt

May 23rd, 2012
1:15 pm

Lee, I was thinking the same thing. I know he has a terrific record this year, but every time I have seen him, he didn’t get it done.

Supersize that order, mutt

May 23rd, 2012
1:16 pm

And that play didn’t make me feel good about him, even though there was a fielder’s error to make it worse.

GT Lee

May 23rd, 2012
1:16 pm

runners 2d and 3d 2 out (single & error on Palka)

GT Lee

May 23rd, 2012
1:17 pm

intentional walk loads the bases for FSU

Supersize that order, mutt

May 23rd, 2012
1:18 pm

WHEW……we escaped that one

GT Lee

May 23rd, 2012
1:18 pm

grounder to short ends 7th still GT 5-3

GT Lee

May 23rd, 2012
1:19 pm

Super Cruz was very good early on has faltered lately

GT Lee

May 23rd, 2012
1:20 pm

Injuries have hit this year’s team VERY hard

GT Lee

May 23rd, 2012
1:20 pm

new pitcher for FSU

Supersize that order, mutt

May 23rd, 2012
1:21 pm

@ Lee……yeah, so I have heard, but he hasn’t shown it in any of the games I have watched. Glad he got out of that inning though. Now let’s get some runs in the 8th

GT Lee

May 23rd, 2012
1:23 pm

walk for Brandon Thomas to start 8th Davies up has hit 2 2-run homers today

GT Lee

May 23rd, 2012
1:27 pm

Davies called out on checked swing….home plate ump needs glasses, giving FSU at LEAST an extra in of plate

GT Lee

May 23rd, 2012
1:28 pm

Palka called out looking…see my last comment regarding ump

GT Lee

May 23rd, 2012
1:30 pm

grounder to 2d for out 3….bot 8 GT 5-3

Supersize that order, mutt

May 23rd, 2012
1:31 pm

Lee, I agree on the checked swing mis-calls…..certainly the one on Davies.

GT Lee

May 23rd, 2012
1:32 pm

fly to left 1 out

GT Lee

May 23rd, 2012
1:34 pm

base hit to left

Supersize that order, mutt

May 23rd, 2012
1:34 pm

The FSU coach looks like Bowden.

GT Lee

May 23rd, 2012
1:35 pm

slow roller to 1st 2 out runner 2d

Supersize that order, mutt

May 23rd, 2012
1:35 pm

That looked like it COULD have been a double play, but it’s still 2 ours…….and here’s the 3rd

Supersize that order, mutt

May 23rd, 2012
1:36 pm

Three outs to go. GO JACKETS !!!

GT Lee

May 23rd, 2012
1:36 pm

pop to 2d in shallow right end 8 GT 5-3

GT Lee

May 23rd, 2012
1:36 pm

Mike Martin been at FSU 33 years Super

Supersize that order, mutt

May 23rd, 2012
1:38 pm

@ Lee……don’t know if I’ve ever seen him before, but my first thought when they showed him was that he sure looked a lot like Bowden out there.

GT Lee

May 23rd, 2012
1:39 pm

seeing lots of Braves hats/jersies in crowd

GT Lee

May 23rd, 2012
1:39 pm

ooops jerseys

Supersize that order, mutt

May 23rd, 2012
1:39 pm

damn, that was almost out of there

GT Lee

May 23rd, 2012
1:40 pm

nice catch by FSU outfielder at the wall….almost another homer 2 out 9th