GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Georgia Tech coach Danny Hall will take another calculated risk Sunday by starting Alex Cruz against College of Charleston in the Yellow Jackets’ noon elimination game.
After the Jackets’ 6-2 loss to Florida Saturday night, pitching coach Tom Kinkelaar said that Tech’s options were probably either Jake Davies or Josh Heddinger, both of whom had started for the Jackets in the ACC tournament. The choice to go with Cruz, who has been Tech’s top reliever this season, seems to reflect Hall’s mindset that the Jackets will need to save Davies and Heddinger to beat Florida in back-to-back games. The risk, though, is that they’ll send out Cruz, who has not started a game this year, to win a game that Tech needs to win just to get to the Gators.
Cruz began the season as a position player before his performance out of the bullpen and injuries to the pitching staff led coaches to switch him full-time to the pitching staff. His longest outing this season was 5.2 innings against Virginia May 13. He has a 7-3 record with a 2.00 ERA in 67.2 innings.
Tech plays College of Charleston at noon Sunday. If the Jackets win, they would play Florida at 6 p.m. If they win that game, the final would be Monday.
Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog