It wasn’t quite worst to first, but you could call it eight to great.
In a season in which it was frittered with injuries and a berth in the eight-team ACC baseball tournament was anything but a given, the Georgia Tech baseball team capped an unlikely run to its eighth ACC championship with an 8-5 defeat of Miami Sunday afternoon in Greensboro, N.C. They became the first No. 8 seed to win the tournament.
The Jackets, who earned the eighth and lowest seed in the tournament with a win over the same Hurricanes on the final day of the regular season, continued their pummeling of ACC pitching. Tech cranked out 15 hits, including base hits from five of the first six hitters to go to the plate in the first inning (the sixth was a walk). The Jackets took a 4-0 lead in the first half of the inning and led the entire way.
Josh Heddinger, Jarrett Didtrick and Zane Evans held off the Hurricanes, limiting them to five hits, all singles. Evans also went 2-for-6 with 3 RBI. Tech hit .331 over the four games in the tournament, which began with a Wednesday win over Florida State, the top seed and the top-ranked team in the country. Jake Davies, who hit four home runs in the first three games, went 2-for-5 with 2 RBI.
The championship is the fourth for coach Danny Hall and first since 2005. Tech was just the third No. 8 seed to reach the final in ACC tournament history.
The Jackets, who were on the NCAA tournament bubble prior to the tournament, have removed all doubt by earning the ACC’s automatic bid. They will learn where they’ll begin NCAA play Monday at noon. The selection show will be broadcast on ESPNU.
Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog