Tech to face Miami for ACC baseball title

The Georgia Tech baseball team has one more hill to climb Sunday on an improbable ascent. The Yellow Jackets will play Miami for the ACC championship in Greensboro, N.C., eight days after their spot in the eight-team tournament was secured on the final day of the regular season.

The game will start at noon and will be carried on ESPN2.

The No. 8 seed, Tech upset top-seeded Florida State (the top-ranked team in the country) on Wednesday, beat No. 17 Virginia on Friday and then Clemson on Saturday behind six innings from Jake Davies, who limited the Tigers to two hits in the fourth pitching start of his career.

A team that entered the tournament on the NCAA tournament bubble, Tech can secure its ticket automatically by winning its first ACC title since 2005. The Jackets (35-24) are just the third No. 8 seed to reach the final.

“We didn’t have anything to lose,” Davies said. “Nobody expected us to do anything. We upset the No. 1 seed and then things just kind of fell into place.”

Davies has taken the lead role, hitting four home runs in three games, including a two-run shot in the first inning of Saturday’s game to give the Jackets a lead they never surrendered in their 5-1 win.

Davies is 5-for-11 in the three games with nine RBI and a slugging percentage of 1.636, not a bad addendum to his portfolio before the major league draft begins June 4.

“This is the best I’ve ever seen the ball,” Davies said. “I’m playing probably the best three games I’ve played in my career.”

Freshman Josh Heddinger, who demonstrated his big-game appetite earlier this season with two solid starts against Georgia, is expected to pitch for the Jackets against Miami. The sixth-seeded Hurricanes (36-20) took two of three from Tech on the final weekend of the season, though the three-game aggregate was 14-12 in Miami’s favor.

Including the win over the Hurricanes to secure the No. 8 seed, Tech has now won four games in a row over ACC opponents. Prior to that, the longest winning streak the Jackets put together against ACC competition this season was three games, and did that against Boston College and Duke, neither of which qualified for the tournament.

“Offensively, that’s really what we should have been doing all season,” Davies said. “You know what? You get hot at the right time. That’s what this thing’s about.”

302 comments Add your comment

5150 UOAD

May 27th, 2012
11:11 am

Hell Yes but I hate it at NOON

5150 UOAD

May 27th, 2012
11:13 am

I guess the ACC wanted to compete with CHURCH & the INDY 500 over The Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte.

GT fan

May 27th, 2012
11:15 am

Can-o-corn…frozen rope…seeing-eye single

Good luck Jackets!!

BLT

May 27th, 2012
11:22 am

Go Jackets! Finish the drill!

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collegeballfan

May 27th, 2012
11:42 am

Thank you Supersize.

Remember the fallen.

5150 UOAD

May 27th, 2012
11:51 am

Do you think there will be 5,000 in the NOON heat to see this game since No Carolina team is playing? I doubt there are many Miami fans there. Not sure if anymore Tech fans drove up for today’s game.

VICKI

May 27th, 2012
12:00 pm

GO JACKETS…MAKE US PROUD!!!

5150 UOAD

May 27th, 2012
12:03 pm

Damn we are the Visitors again.

Supersize that order, mutt

May 27th, 2012
12:05 pm

@ collegeballfan…..although that was certainly a good sentiment, that was not given by me, the REAL Supersize. I don’t know what thrill he/she gets out of posing as me, but he/she is a total jerk. The AJC has banned him over and over, but he keeps finding a way to get back on here. At any rate, I will be here the rest of the game commenting along with UOAD and other regulars. And, dammit, my cable just went out here in Augusta.

Supersize that order, mutt

May 27th, 2012
12:07 pm

OK, it’s back now. But I’m going to get some lunch. I’ll be back in about 20 minutes

5150 UOAD

May 27th, 2012
12:08 pm

Looks like there is a pretty good crowd. More than I expected.

5150 UOAD

May 27th, 2012
12:09 pm

said 10,000 in the stadium.

5150 UOAD

May 27th, 2012
12:09 pm

Start with a Double NICE.

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Supersize that order, mutt

May 27th, 2012
12:11 pm

the 10,000 was last night, UOAD. We sure have had a lot of doubles the past 2 days. I need to get to the kitchen, but I guess I’ll stay for a few more minutes. And yet another double. WOW !!!

5150 UOAD

May 27th, 2012
12:11 pm

Damn had to hold at 3rd. nice back to back doubles

Supersize that order, mutt

May 27th, 2012
12:11 pm

Yes, faker, several of us here have met Ken.

5150 UOAD

May 27th, 2012
12:12 pm

FAKE SUPER shut up if you were real you would know you met him last year at the bus.

Supersize that order, mutt

May 27th, 2012
12:13 pm

Thanks, UOAD

5150 UOAD

May 27th, 2012
12:14 pm

Sacks Drunk with Jackets and no OUTS for BABE Davies at the plate.

Road Scholar

May 27th, 2012
12:14 pm

“Damn we are the Visitors again.”

So we can get a jump on them!

Supersize that order, mutt

May 27th, 2012
12:14 pm

WOW, bases loaded, no outs, and Davies at bat. This could be fun

5150 UOAD

May 27th, 2012
12:15 pm

WOW low and Outside shouldn’t be a strike.

Supersize that order, mutt

May 27th, 2012
12:16 pm

only a single, but a run is a run

5150 UOAD

May 27th, 2012
12:16 pm

I’ll take it and be happy.

5150 UOAD

May 27th, 2012
12:18 pm

Slapped again. I have really liked watching this team the past 2 weeks.

Supersize that order, mutt

May 27th, 2012
12:18 pm

This is incredible

Supersize that order, mutt

May 27th, 2012
12:18 pm

Morris looked STUNNED

5150 UOAD

May 27th, 2012
12:19 pm

beat MORRIS like the rented mule he is. HAHAHAHAHAAHHAAHHAHAHHAH

Jolt.n Jackets are rolling again.

BLT

May 27th, 2012
12:19 pm

Rack’em up!

5150 UOAD

May 27th, 2012
12:22 pm

Damn hate the rundown but i can’t believe Davies tried that with his Turtle speed LOL

Supersize that order, mutt

May 27th, 2012
12:23 pm

Davies was ok. He scored. Palka was the one who shouldn’t have gone

Supersize that order, mutt

May 27th, 2012
12:25 pm

I think you’re not ever going to fool anybody with your stupid FAKE posts. YOUR THOUGHTS ???

5150 UOAD

May 27th, 2012
12:25 pm

the CWS is a tough nut. We have to have some great pitching cause all those teams can hit.

5150 UOAD

May 27th, 2012
12:26 pm

Got to go get some smokes be back in a min.

jmonty

May 27th, 2012
12:43 pm

Happy Memorial Day. As one that served in the Marines for 6 years and have lost friends, it is great to see people post and show recognition for the efforts that our military does. I agree with 5150… The CWS will be tough. I would imagine that Tech’s run in the ACC tourney would help them get into the CWS running. But, a win today would guarantee it. Leading 4-1 after one inning sure looks good.

jmonty

May 27th, 2012
12:49 pm

Bases loaded again… :)

5150 UOAD

May 27th, 2012
12:50 pm

WOW Miami is playing with FIRE having bases LOADED again for BABE Davies.

5150 UOAD

May 27th, 2012
12:51 pm

STUPID play by 1st baseman.

5150 UOAD

May 27th, 2012
12:55 pm

WOW MIAMI is really helping the JACKETS……WE really need to get some runs.

Flowery Branch Yellow Jacket

May 27th, 2012
12:55 pm

The umpiring crew has certainly been friendly to the Jackets so far this game, even if it’s by accident!
First the home plate ump prevented a passed ball, and then the 1st base ump interfered with the catch of a foul ball. I love the way this is working out.

BLT

May 27th, 2012
12:57 pm

5150 UOAD

May 27th, 2012
12:57 pm

DAMN that was a WASTE of an inning. we should have 2 or 3 runs cross the plate the way it started.

5150 UOAD

May 27th, 2012
12:58 pm

DID you guys see the 2 TriCities Commits? Big Boys.

5150 UOAD

May 27th, 2012
1:03 pm

WOW there were some VERY CLOSE pitches called balls.

5150 UOAD

May 27th, 2012
1:06 pm

Hell yes nice Double Play.

Get RUNS beat MORRIS til he CRIES.

Supersize that order, mutt

May 27th, 2012
1:07 pm

GREAT double play. Back from lunch now, so I’m here for the long haul

Supersize that order, mutt

May 27th, 2012
1:08 pm

Mott comes through. Too bad he didn’t get it earlier when the bases were loaded.

5150 UOAD

May 27th, 2012
1:08 pm

Damn MOTT the Hoople with the HOMER but no runners on base. DAMN DAMN