Cruz to start for Georgia Tech against College of Charleston

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

23 comments Add your comment

E

June 3rd, 2012
12:00 am

If he can get them 5 innings it will be worth the risk

GIVE ME A BREAK

June 3rd, 2012
12:50 am

Go get em, Jackets.

Tek

June 3rd, 2012
1:41 am

The goal is to win the Regional. Just beating C of C proves nothing we haven’t already done, so it makes sense to me.

bulldog steve

June 3rd, 2012
7:06 am

SEC 14-2 after 2 days. ACC 7-6 and already has lost one host team.

reality

June 3rd, 2012
7:21 am

Thanks Bulldwag Steve…..and how is UGA doing??

SansWorld

June 3rd, 2012
8:52 am

bull bog steve,
I bet you big brother could beat up my big brother

bulldog steve

June 3rd, 2012
9:01 am

Tech thinking they deserve to be in a regional is like UGA thinking they belonged in the basketball tournament when we won the SEC tournament at Yech’s court. We did not deserve to go this year, but neither did Tech, but FL is going to take care of that today.

Bulldog Steve is moron

June 3rd, 2012
9:03 am

Bulldwag steve…only the sec hangs off the success of others…where’s ugag again…and you have lost the series annually to Tech now….how long??

Stop living off UF, USC, and LSU. They are great..No doubt..deserve props.

But the dwags are HOME! Great job Perno!

bulldog steve

June 3rd, 2012
9:11 am

If Danny Hall was smart, he would of just came home last night with his crying towel. I would take Perno over Hall any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

Biff Pocoroba

June 3rd, 2012
9:24 am

The only good thing about Hall is he is consistent. He recruits well and gets to the regional every year, but then he chokes because he can’t manufacture runs against good pitching. His guys just want to swing for the fences all day. Perno either has a really good team that gets to Omaha or they are terrible and can’t make the tournament at all. Both coaches are lucky that most people don’t follow baseball and know how bad they really are at coaching so they can keep their jobs. Hall won the ACC by beating some teams resting their starters for the NCAA tournament and now we are stuck with him choking in the regionals for five more years with no third starter and pitiful defense.

BLT

June 3rd, 2012
9:35 am

Today is your day bulldog steve.

1 4 GT

June 3rd, 2012
10:23 am

Now ya’ll let bull dog steve have his ball or he’ll take it & go home & pout.

Flowery Branch Yellow Jacket

June 3rd, 2012
10:31 am

I know there are many who don’t like Danny Hall, but I commend him this year for the patchwork job he’s done with our pitching staff. It’s really pretty incredible that we made the tournament at all when you factor in the pitching injuries this season. Buck Farmer had one bad inning last night, which might make the difference between winning the region and going home early. Nevertheless, I think this group has played well in the face of much adversity.

GT man here, class of 71

June 3rd, 2012
10:44 am

Old school I am. I recall B Dodd’s years of decent but not great football, certainly after the mid 50s, which was indeed his fineset hour. I will not be able to stand seeing GT tumble into the NEW ACC made up of Wake and Duke and MD and NC State and possibly NC only to see us add Elon, And C of Charleston Citadel and Davidson College. My 63 yr. old ego will not take it.

Biff Pocoroba

June 3rd, 2012
10:48 am

People don’t like Hall because he loses the same way year after year. He can get runners on base and then they strand a lot of guys because they have no ability to bunt or steal bases. You can’t count on Davies hitting a home run every time up. Sometimes you have to try and score another way but Hall’s teams just fall apart once they face decent pitching in the regionals. His teams are laughable trying to watch them bunt. They always pop it up and can’t come close to getting one down. With almost the entire offense back from last year, someone should be able to bunt by now. Maybe if Hall would hire a pitching coach, he could develop some pitching for the end of the year instead of having half the team go down with sore arms. Instead, he hired a high school girls basketball coach that he was friends with in college. It is great to give a buddy a job, but it would also be nice to have a team that has top 10 talent in the pre season actually get to Omaha every now and then.

Sting'em!

June 3rd, 2012
10:55 am

GT man here, class of 71….WTF are you talking about?!?!?!….more senility apparently than ego!

Born2Buzz

June 3rd, 2012
11:41 am

bulldog steve, continuing to reinforce the stereotype.

1 4 GT

June 3rd, 2012
11:44 am

Now Born2Buzz, you know that bull dog steve doesn’t know what a stereotype is.

BLT

June 3rd, 2012
11:55 am

GT man here, class of 71

Did you forget to take your meds?

Supersize that order, mutt

June 3rd, 2012
12:15 pm

@ bulldog steve……are you really that biased, or are you just stupid. Tech didn’t deserve to make the regionals? In case you missed it Tech won the ACC tournament last weekend, and one of those wins was against the (at the time) number team in the country (FSU). But don’t let facts get in your way. Just keep living off the success of other SEC teams when as usual, yours does nothing in any sports.

Supersize that order, mutt

June 3rd, 2012
12:19 pm

I am older than “GT man here, class of 71″ and I sure think and express myself more clearly than he does. I don’t have a clue what he is talking about.

Supersize that order, mutt

June 3rd, 2012
12:19 pm

BTW, Ken has a live blog open for today’s game, which for a change is on real TV (ESPN2)

Go Jackets

June 3rd, 2012
1:19 pm

Danny Hall is the Bobby Cox of the ACC…..great reg season coach, come crunch time and get up or go home, his teams always go home. He needs a change and so does Tech. We had Morris before him and LOADS of instate talent with a pipeline of players from ECL, so we can get better.