Tech baseball can gain ACC final Friday

The Georgia Tech baseball team can clinch a spot in the ACC championship final and play for its first ACC title since 2005 with a win and Clemson loss Friday.

As a result of upsetting top-seeded Florida State Wednesday, a 5-4 win fueled by a pair of two-run home runs by Jake Davies, the eighth-seeded Jackets can gain the final by beating Virginia Friday at 11 a.m. and then having Florida State beat Clemson in the 3 p.m. game.

Tech will start freshman Cole Pitts, who has a 4.41 ERA but delivered in the most important game of the regular season. With the Jackets needing either a win or a Virginia Tech loss on the final day of the season, Pitts held No. 21 Miami to one run and two hits in seven innings to give the Jackets room for a 2-1 win last Saturday. That win clinched Tech’s spot in the eight-team ACC tournament. Without a league tournament berth, the Jackets’ chances of making the NCAA tournament would have been narrow at best.

However, with the win over Florida State alone – the Seminoles are ranked No. 1 in most polls – the Jackets almost certainly have secured an at-large berth, which would be their 26th appearance in 28 years. They can remove all guesswork by earning an automatic bid by winning the title, which would be the fourth for coach Danny Hall and easily his least expected.

“I don’t think [Florida State] took us very seriously, and my idea is that we were a strong eight seed coming in anyways,” Davies said. “We can score runs, and as long as the pitching helps out and keeps us in the game, I think we have a chance of winning two or maybe three games here.”

Tech will face Scott Silverstein, who started in Virginia’s 4-2 win over the Jackets May 12. Silverstein pitched four innings, giving up both runs on three hits.

Pitts started the following day, a 5-4 Tech win. Pitts made it 3 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on six hits and walking three.

Alex Cruz won the game in relief, going 5 2/3 innings with one run allowed.

Getting the help they need from Florida State seems a reasonable expectation. The Seminoles will send ace Brandon Leibrandt – from Marist and the son of former Braves pitcher Charlie Leibrandt – to pitch against Clemson.

Leibrandt is 6-2 with a 2.93 ERA. It bears mention that the Tigers pounded on Leibrandt, scoring four runs (all earned) in 5 2/3 innings two weeks ago in a 7-2 Clemson win.

Tech will be out of the running should it lose to the Cavaliers. Virginia could do no worse, and Tech no better than 2-1. The Cavaliers would win a three-way tiebreaker (regular-season conference winning percentage) and a two-team tiebreaker (head-to-head).

Should Tech lose to Virginia, the Jackets would still have a chance to make Sunday’s championship game.

Friday’s game will be streamed online at ESPN 3 and on the ACC’s regional sports networks (Fox Sports South in Atlanta).

P.S. I’ll be following the game intermittently here – feel free to join in.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

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Sam

May 25th, 2012
9:45 am

Go jackets! Great way to end a career for coach hall.

gt4ever

May 25th, 2012
9:52 am

I love Baseball! Anything can happen…

5150 UOAD

May 25th, 2012
9:56 am

We will be LIVE KEN?

x

May 25th, 2012
10:06 am

Sam… To end a career? Is Danny Hall going somewhere?

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Burdell

May 25th, 2012
10:17 am

GO JACKETS!! Beat the HOOS!

GT Lee

May 25th, 2012
10:30 am

game on ESPN3 at 11:00

RAMBLE ON!!!

May 25th, 2012
10:34 am

Go Jackets!!!

Supersize that order, mutt

May 25th, 2012
10:39 am

Also on Fox Sports South, if you get that

juvenal

May 25th, 2012
10:49 am

BAD NEWS BEES…….

5150 UOAD

May 25th, 2012
10:50 am

Need to Beat the Cavs Bad and play for the ACC with some MO heading to the CWS.

5150 UOAD

May 25th, 2012
10:58 am

Cruz has been a LIL SHAKY his last 2 appearances.

Who plays in the Stadiim the ACC tourney is played?

Supersize that order, mutt

May 25th, 2012
11:07 am

Play Ball !!!

5150 UOAD

May 25th, 2012
11:12 am

PITTS making the runner on 1st get that Uniform Dirty early. LOL

5150 UOAD

May 25th, 2012
11:13 am

DAMN…..I though he had him. looked like it took to long to get the ball out of the glove for the throw.

Supersize that order, mutt

May 25th, 2012
11:14 am

north fulton truthsayer

May 25th, 2012
11:14 am

Nice article, but if Tech loses today they can’t make finals;they would lose the tiebreaker to Virginia in a two way tie and FSU in a 3 way tie

5150 UOAD

May 25th, 2012
11:14 am

Smoked him on that fastball at the knees.

Supersize that order, mutt

May 25th, 2012
11:15 am

@ north fulton…..they CAN still make the finals if they lose today. There are games to be played tomorrow too.

Supersize that order, mutt

May 25th, 2012
11:15 am

and Tech would NOT lose a tie-breaker to FSU, since we beat them

Supersize that order, mutt

May 25th, 2012
11:30 am

damn, not a good inning here

5150 UOAD

May 25th, 2012
11:31 am

Damn need some OUTS

5150 UOAD

May 25th, 2012
11:31 am

Need a Strikeout here.

GT Lee

May 25th, 2012
11:35 am

UVA goes up 2-0. Pitts struggling on the mound. 2 out, 1st and 3rd…..

GT Lee

May 25th, 2012
11:36 am

these guys do anything besides bunt?

GT Lee

May 25th, 2012
11:37 am

stolen base, 2d and 3rd 2 out

Supersize that order, mutt

May 25th, 2012
11:37 am

Lee, I was thinking the same thing. I think that’s the most bunts I’ve ever seen in one inning.

5150 UOAD

May 25th, 2012
11:37 am

S.O.B hit him. Damn

GT Lee

May 25th, 2012
11:37 am

hit batsman, bases loaded 2out still top 2d

Supersize that order, mutt

May 25th, 2012
11:37 am

afraid we might need a new pitcher

5150 UOAD

May 25th, 2012
11:39 am

Last BUNT was a Great bunt though.

Supersize that order, mutt

May 25th, 2012
11:39 am

yeah, it was, UOAD

Supersize that order, mutt

May 25th, 2012
11:40 am

The announcer just said that a Tech loss here would eliminate us from getting to the championship. I thought we could lose and still be in it.

GT Lee

May 25th, 2012
11:40 am

fly to right out 3…need some runs Jackets….

Supersize that order, mutt

May 25th, 2012
11:41 am

I mean lose and still have a chance to advance

5150 UOAD

May 25th, 2012
11:42 am

Super WE have to WIN and need a loss by Clem&son

5150 UOAD

May 25th, 2012
11:43 am

UMP NUTZ pitch OUCH

Ken Sugiura

May 25th, 2012
11:44 am

tough start for jackets. let’s see what davies, evans, palka can do.

Supersize that order, mutt

May 25th, 2012
11:44 am

UOAD……what Ken wrote says differently, but I think he was wrong and you are right. A loss by us today would at best produce a 3-way tie, and we would lose the tie-breaker to UVA. So yes, we HAVE to win today

GT Lee

May 25th, 2012
11:46 am

Super loser of this game is eliminated from going to Championship game. Still have to play tomorrow though

Ken Sugiura

May 25th, 2012
11:47 am

i could be wrong, but i don’t see how a loss could eliminate tech straightaway. conceivably, uva, tech and either clemson or fsu could all finish 2-1, and then i’d think you’d have a three-way tiebreaker.

5150 UOAD

May 25th, 2012
11:49 am

See SUPER I told you we wanted Clemson to win so we could eliminate UVa today.

GT Lee

May 25th, 2012
11:52 am

Ken if we lose the best we can do is 2-1, UVA would have at least 2-1 record and have tie-breaker over us….

Ken Sugiura

May 25th, 2012
11:52 am

i stand corrected. a loss would indeed eliminate tech. the two-team tiebreaker is head-to-head. the three-team tiebreaker is highest winning percentage in regular-season conference play, which virginia would win.

5150 UOAD

May 25th, 2012
11:53 am

The TV guys gave a good description for a CRAZY way to do the Tourney. The hardest thing Tech has to overcome is they are the 8th seed and win all the tie-breakers come down with the 8th seed we would lose the last tie-breaker against every other team.

JUST WIN BABY.

Supersize that order, mutt

May 25th, 2012
11:53 am

strange way to settle a 3-way tie

GT Lee

May 25th, 2012
11:54 am

if WE win we eliminate FSU and UVA (would own tie-breaker with both) and if FSU beats Clemson we’re a lock for C’ship game…..if Clemson beats FSU and we win today, winner of GT/Clemson game goes to C’ship game…..tie-breaker is head-to-head

GT Lee

May 25th, 2012
11:54 am

can’t have 3-way tie after 3 games

Supersize that order, mutt

May 25th, 2012
11:55 am

double-elimination is easier