Georgia Tech drills Virginia at ACC baseball tournament

UPDATE: Georgia Tech will need to beat Clemson Saturday at 11 a.m. (ESPN3, regional sports networks, including Fox Sports South in Atlanta) after the Tigers beat Florida State 9-7 on a three-run walk-off home run. Jon McGibbon’s blast completed a three-run rally in the bottom of the ninth. Prior to Friday, the Tigers were 0-21 when trailing going into the ninth inning while the Seminoles were 38-0 when leading going into the ninth.

Georgia Tech pounded a 17-5 lump into Virginia at the ACC baseball tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Friday afternoon. Jake Davies’ three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh ended the game by the 10-run mercy rule. As a result of the Clemson win, Tech can win the four-team pool by beating the Tigers Saturday. A Clemson win would eliminate the Jackets; the winner would either be Clemson or Virginia, pending its Saturday game against Florida State.

Tech’s last appearance in the championship game was 2005, when the Jackets beat Virginia for their seventh title and coach Danny Hall’s third.

The Jackets fell behind 2-0, but then rallied with six runs in the third, knocking out Virginia starter Scott Silverstein. Brandon Thomas’ single, Zane Evans’ double and Mott Hyde’s sixth home run of the year each drove in two.

Tech came back with four more in the fourth to push the lead to 10-3, with Evans’ driving in two more on a single. Tech closed with five runs in the seventh, including Davies’ game-ending shot, his third home run in two games at the tournament.

Tech’s 17-run production was its highest this season and first time in double digits in the past 19 games. Evans had a career-high six RBI.

Starting pitcher Cole Pitts went five innings, giving up two runs on eight hits.

“All year I thought we had a good team even though the wins weren’t always there,” Thomas told reporters in Greensboro. “When we put it all together we’re pretty dangerous. I think we all came up here ready to go and play hard and you’ve seen what has happened.”

It is a remarkable development for the Jackets (34-24), the eighth seed in the tournament. Plagued by injuries to the pitching staff, they didn’t secure their ACC tournament spot until the final game of the season but then upset top-seeded Florida State on Wednesday in the opening game. Virginia is the fourth seed.

If Clemson beats the Seminoles, a Jackets win on Saturday would send them to the title game – Sunday at noon – by virtue of a 3-0 record in pool play. If the Tigers beat Florida State and then Tech, the Jackets would not advance in any tie-breaking scenario.

Regardless, with a win over Florida State (No. 2 in RPI as of Tuesday) on Wednesday and Virginia (No. 14), the Jackets (No. 36 in RPI) would seem to have removed all doubt about an at-large NCAA tournament berth.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

125 comments Add your comment

CT_Jacket

May 25th, 2012
3:16 pm

Awesome run in the ACC tourney. Let’s keep it going.

dcp

May 25th, 2012
3:21 pm

This is the best news all day….likely that FSU beat Clemson and then we are in the championship regardless. Go figure that in a year where we are not expected to make a serious run at the ACC title, we have a great shot now.

DesignerJacket

May 25th, 2012
3:23 pm

Back to earning the “Joltin’ Jackets” moniker. Getting hot at the right time (the post-season) is fine with me! Go Jackets!

HighTech

May 25th, 2012
3:28 pm

GO JACKETS!!!!

RAMBLE ON!!!

May 25th, 2012
3:29 pm

5150 UOAD

May 25th, 2012
3:52 pm

FSU 0
CU 0

come on FSU beat Clem&Sons so we can rest some players tomorrow.

GT Dude

May 25th, 2012
3:55 pm

Good God Almighty!

GT Lee

May 25th, 2012
3:58 pm

FSU looking sloppy….don’t know if they even care anymore (about THIS tourney)…Clemson 1-0 bot 2d

BLT

May 25th, 2012
4:06 pm

Go Jackets and Go Seminoles!

GT Lee

May 25th, 2012
4:06 pm

man. purple and orange is just butt-ugly

GT Lee

May 25th, 2012
4:07 pm

tie game in top 3d….go Criminoles!

BLT

May 25th, 2012
4:08 pm

Hey Lee, are you going to post updates of the FSU game?

5150 UOAD

May 25th, 2012
4:08 pm

FSU has tied it a 1 apiece.

BLT

May 25th, 2012
4:08 pm

5150 UOAD

May 25th, 2012
4:10 pm

FSU 2 CU 1 with only 1 out and a runner on 1st.

GT Lee

May 25th, 2012
4:11 pm

base hit, FSU up 2-1…looks like maybe they do have some pride after all….go Noles!

5150 UOAD

May 25th, 2012
4:11 pm

BLT……just for the guys at work that can’t get the games. LOL

GT Lee

May 25th, 2012
4:13 pm

5150, Tim from Toccoa just called……wants to know why you think you have to broadcast Tech game………lol

BLT

May 25th, 2012
4:14 pm

GT Lee

May 25th, 2012
4:16 pm

bases loaded 1 out for FSU

GT Lee

May 25th, 2012
4:17 pm

3-1 on that base hit to right

GT Lee

May 25th, 2012
4:18 pm

time for new pitcher for Clempson

GT Lee

May 25th, 2012
4:18 pm

5150 meant why you broadcast FSU-Clemson game…..dammit ruined it

GT Lee

May 25th, 2012
4:20 pm

why yes Mr BLT, I think I will post some updates from FSU/Clemson game!

5150 UOAD

May 25th, 2012
4:21 pm

I got it

The Can of Whoop AZZ is starting to Open

GT Lee

May 25th, 2012
4:21 pm

4-1 now 2d and 3d 1 out

5150 UOAD

May 25th, 2012
4:22 pm

Bad bunt right to the pitcher.

5150 UOAD

May 25th, 2012
4:24 pm

Clemson coming to bat in the bottom of the 3rd down 4-1

GT Lee

May 25th, 2012
4:24 pm

4-1 going to bot 3d…that could have been a lot bigger for FSU if not for that bad bunt play

GT Lee

May 25th, 2012
4:26 pm

I’m gone fellas….HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY to all, enjoy the FSU/Clemson game, keep the updates coming 5150………see ya

BLT

May 25th, 2012
4:28 pm

Happy Holiday GT Lee!

gtfan

May 25th, 2012
4:33 pm

Hey Ken you ought to listen to the game on Tech Radio wrek 91.1 that way you won’t miss the big innings

5150 UOAD

May 25th, 2012
4:39 pm

FSU 2 on and 0 outs again. FSU is trying to open that Can of Whoop Azz again.

5150 UOAD

May 25th, 2012
4:40 pm

Strike out 1 out 2 on

5150 UOAD

May 25th, 2012
4:43 pm

Walk to load the bases for FSU with 1 out.

JD

May 25th, 2012
4:44 pm

Game is televised on Fox Sports South

5150 UOAD

May 25th, 2012
4:47 pm

The Clemson Pitcher is really getting worked. Hitters are fighting off pitches getting to a lot of full counts. 3rd full count in a row.
Fly out in foul ground to 3rd base
2 down and bases loaded.

Buzz 2011

May 25th, 2012
4:47 pm

Go Jackets.. Good job coach Hall…Where are the Dawgs playing?

5150 UOAD

May 25th, 2012
4:48 pm

FSU 4
CU1
no damage
bottom of the 4th coming.

5150 UOAD

May 25th, 2012
4:53 pm

Dawgs already got HOOVERed in Hoover, Bama by Vandy 4-1 and Auburn 3-2

5150 UOAD

May 25th, 2012
4:53 pm

Clem&sons has runner on 3rd with 1 out.

5150 UOAD

May 25th, 2012
4:55 pm

Double an a run scores.
FSU 4
CU 2

5150 UOAD

May 25th, 2012
5:00 pm

Clem&Son….2 out runner on 2nd down by 2.

5150 UOAD

May 25th, 2012
5:07 pm

FSU with a Home Run Top of the 5th
FSU 5
CU 2

Fly to center for 2nd out.

5150 UOAD

May 25th, 2012
5:09 pm

runner gunner down trying to steal 2nd.

Clemson to bat

5150 UOAD

May 25th, 2012
5:16 pm

FSU had a huge left shift but hits bloop fly to right for a run scoring double.
FSU 5
CU 3

5150 UOAD

May 25th, 2012
5:19 pm

E-6 and another run scores
FSU 5
CU 4

Come on FSU pull the head out. All this with 2 outs.

5150 UOAD

May 25th, 2012
5:32 pm

Bottom of the 6th
FSU 5
CU 4

this is too tight. 2 out nobody on for Clemson.
Shut them down Liebrandt

5150 UOAD

May 25th, 2012
5:34 pm

Top of the 7th for FSU leading by 1

Help out the Jackets FSU! Get some runs.

Supersize that order, mutt

May 25th, 2012
5:41 pm

This game is too damn close. C’mon Noles, show the Tigers why you were number 1 in the country