Live blog: Georgia Tech-College of Charleston (ESPN2)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – For better or worse, Georgia Tech is in familiar position. The Jackets are again in a must-win position, just like the final day of the regular season when they were in a potentially do-or-die scenario to get into the ACC tournament, then in three consecutive pool-play games first to enhance their NCAA tournament resume and then to get into the title game, followed by the actual title-game.

As you likely well know, Tech won all five of those games, followed by the Friday win over College of Charleston in its NCAA regional opener.

To get out of the NCAA Gainesville regional, Tech has a bear of a climb – beat College of Charleston at noon, beat Florida at 6 p.m. and beat the Gators again Monday at 7 p.m.

“There’s no pressure,” catcher Zane Evans said. “Just go out there and have fun, do what we’ve been doing the whole season, battle and give it our all.”

Alex Cruz will start for Tech. Cruz has turned into one of the most valuable players on the team with a 7-3 record and a 2.00 ERA. He’s thrown 67.2 innings in 29 appearances, all in relief. He has a team-best .188 opponent batting average.

Josh Renfro will go for the Cougars. He’s 6-7 with a 3.66 ERA, 14 starts in 18 appearances. He has a .288 opponent batting average.

The game will be broadcast on ESPN2.

As for the potential Florida game, the starter will either be Josh Heddinger or Jake Davies. My guess would be Davies. Coach Danny Hall mentioned earlier he wanted Davies, a lefty, to pitch against the Gators’ lefty-heavy lineup.

That figures to be a pretty testy environment. The game Saturday night got a little chippy. There were two drawn-out confrontations with umpires, resulting in ejections of Hall and a Florida assistant. The first, which resulted in a strikeout of Davies getting overturned on appeal, clearly fired up Florida catcher Mike Zunino after Davies struck out swinging. He led off the next inning and homered to deep left center.

“Emotions were running high, obviously, and we thought it was a big turning point right there,” said of pitcher Hudson Randall’s strikeout of Davies. “We were just pretty much wanting to keep momentum and that was our main focus.”

Further, Florida’s Nolan Fontana appeared to kick Evans’ mask after getting thrown out at home later in the game.

As for what impact it’ll have, hard to say. It may increase the size of the chip on Tech’s shoulder, but on the other hand, it probably geared up the Gators, also. Should they make it to Sunday night, the Jackets won’t catch them sleeping, certainly.

Enjoy the fireworks.

163 comments Add your comment

mb94

June 3rd, 2012
11:53 am

Hope the Jackets can get it done, keep up the good work, enjoy reading your articles! Wreck Em’ Tech

Ken Sugiura

June 3rd, 2012
12:00 pm

thanks. appreciate it.

1 4 GT

June 3rd, 2012
12:08 pm

where is everyone??

Ken Sugiura

June 3rd, 2012
12:11 pm

church? CF marty gantt hurt right leg when he was cut by shortstop on pop-up. will lead off, apparently.

Supersize that order, mutt

June 3rd, 2012
12:17 pm

I just got in from church. Good to see we are actually on TV today. And Ken, the Augusta paper didn’t print your report of last night’s game today—-only a brief AP report. Unfortunately typical of them.

Supersize that order, mutt

June 3rd, 2012
12:20 pm

What did Tech do in the top of the 1st? Any hits?

Ken Sugiura

June 3rd, 2012
12:21 pm

i think that was a 16-pitch inning for cruz. judging by past outings, i’d guess his pitch limit is somewhere 65-70. zane evans will probably follow.

Ken Sugiura

June 3rd, 2012
12:22 pm

late game, super. i imagine the ap report came first.

Ken Sugiura

June 3rd, 2012
12:24 pm

tech went down 1-2-3. two k’s.

Supersize that order, mutt

June 3rd, 2012
12:24 pm

@ Ken……unfortunately, I doubt that was the reason, although that’s probably their excuse. It’s typical of the kind of coverage Tech usually gets in Augusta

Supersize that order, mutt

June 3rd, 2012
12:25 pm

Caught in a Jacket

June 3rd, 2012
12:34 pm

SS, that comment is a treat for the perverse.

Hope the Jackets win today.. CoC look fired up. Bats need to talk. Good article, Ken. Thanks!

Caught in a Jacket

June 3rd, 2012
12:35 pm

Or.. is that your imposter. Jeez. People need to get a life.

Caught in a Jacket

June 3rd, 2012
12:37 pm

The offensive is being too aggressive. Need to work their pitcher.

Supersize that order, mutt

June 3rd, 2012
12:41 pm

@ Caught……a “treat for the perverse”??? What are you talking about?

Biff Pocoroba

June 3rd, 2012
12:41 pm

Danny Hall’s teams can’t bunt, so why was Wren bunting with two out? Terrible coaching once again.

Supersize that order, mutt

June 3rd, 2012
12:41 pm

well, the 12:40 post was definitely my imposter, but the earlier ones were not.

Caught in a Jacket

June 3rd, 2012
12:42 pm

I missed the Florida game last night because I was out playing Tennis with friends. I believe that is why we lost. Have no fear. I’m watching this game right now, so we should win. :)

Caught in a Jacket

June 3rd, 2012
12:43 pm

SS, those comments were removed by AJC, I guess.

Supersize that order, mutt

June 3rd, 2012
12:43 pm

@ Caught, I hope you’re right on that

Supersize that order, mutt

June 3rd, 2012
12:44 pm

@ Caught…..ok, I didn’t see them. Glad to see that somebody is monitoring the blog. I hope it doesn’t have to fall on Ken’s shoulders, because he has better things he needs to be doing.

Supersize that order, mutt

June 3rd, 2012
12:45 pm

I notice the 12:40 fake (and obscene) post was removed. Thank you whoever did that.

1 4 GT

June 3rd, 2012
12:46 pm

SS, he is. Your imposter made 2 posts. The 1st was immediately after you thanked Ken. Ken deleted both of them.

Supersize that order, mutt

June 3rd, 2012
12:48 pm

Thanks, 1 4 GT, and THANKS, KEN !!!!!

I can’t imagine anybody in their right mind being proud of acting like that jerk. He is really pathetic.

Supersize that order, mutt

June 3rd, 2012
12:49 pm

OK, it’s time for the Tech bats to come alive. And damn, already another pop up

Supersize that order, mutt

June 3rd, 2012
12:50 pm

FINALLY, a hit

Caught in a Jacket

June 3rd, 2012
12:51 pm

Another hit! That’s what I’m taking about!

Supersize that order, mutt

June 3rd, 2012
12:52 pm

yeah, Caught…..we need to keep pounding those balls now

Supersize that order, mutt

June 3rd, 2012
12:53 pm

1 4 GT

June 3rd, 2012
12:53 pm

Supersize that order, mutt

June 3rd, 2012
12:54 pm

@ Caught……I don’t recall seeing your name on these blogs before. Are you new or have I just missed, or forgotten, your past posts?

Biff Pocoroba

June 3rd, 2012
12:55 pm

Hall’s teams can’t manufacture runs. Just sit back and hope for the homerun.

Caught in a Jacket

June 3rd, 2012
12:55 pm

I’m brand new. :)

Ken Sugiura

June 3rd, 2012
12:55 pm

let’s see if cruz can get in and out of the fourth.

Supersize that order, mutt

June 3rd, 2012
12:56 pm

@ Biff……I agree with just about everything you have posted concerning Hall, but let it slide for now and just pull for the team to get it done.

Ken Sugiura

June 3rd, 2012
12:56 pm

Supersize that order, mutt

June 3rd, 2012
12:57 pm

@ Caught, the :) makes me wonder if there is some hidden meaning there. LOL

Supersize that order, mutt

June 3rd, 2012
12:59 pm

@ Ken…..since you are apparently reading the blogs while covering the game…..what was the official explanation as to why Hall got ejected last night. There was nothing obvious in watching it as it happened.

Supersize that order, mutt

June 3rd, 2012
12:59 pm

WOW…..good play. I thought he was safe. Replay is clear though

Caught in a Jacket

June 3rd, 2012
12:59 pm

It’s the first time I’m really following college baseball. It’s usually football. Also, I don’t comment on blogs.

Nice throw by Lynch!

Supersize that order, mutt

June 3rd, 2012
1:00 pm

Good inning for Cruz

Supersize that order, mutt

June 3rd, 2012
1:03 pm

@ Caught……then I echo Ken’s “welcome.” Good to have you aboard. Do you go to games in the Fall? Several of us from the blogs have started meeting; maybe you would like to join us sometime in the Fall as well. There are some pretty cool guys who post on here, and it’s been a blast meeting them. Five of us met for dinner and sat together at the T-Night game, with one more joining us at half-time. And there were a few more that got with us at one point or another during the season last year.

Caught in a Jacket

June 3rd, 2012
1:03 pm

I’ve posted once/twice over a year ago under the name “GT Falcon”. Really, this is the first time that I’m commenting on a live blog.

Another hit!

1 4 GT

June 3rd, 2012
1:05 pm

SS, the smiley face means he’s happy.

Supersize that order, mutt

June 3rd, 2012
1:07 pm

@ Caught……I guess you had read enough on here to realize that I have an imposter, and you could apparently tell the difference. GOOD FOR YOU!!! The regulars on here generally have pretty enjoyable conversations during the game. All you have to do is sift through the posts by the trolls, and even the back and forth’s with some of them can be hilarious at times. Feel free to join in anytime. I’m sure your opinions would be welcomed.

Supersize that order, mutt

June 3rd, 2012
1:08 pm

@ 1 4 GT……it could have also meant that he was chuckling that he had fooled us, when in fact he was one of the regulars using a new name. One never knows.

Caught in a Jacket

June 3rd, 2012
1:08 pm

@SS, I used to go to games when I was at Tech. I haven’t found the time since I graduated and started work.

1 4 GT

June 3rd, 2012
1:09 pm

SS, raining on your parade and waaaaaay off subject, but I watched wilfred for the 1st time last nite. I am as far from prudish as you will find, but I found it very vulgar & highly offensive. Beastiality!

Supersize that order, mutt

June 3rd, 2012
1:12 pm

@ Caught……do you live in the Atlanta area? Unless you live out of state, more or less prohibiting the long drive, you should try to make at least one game in the Fall. I finished Tech in 1967, lived in Knoxville for a couple of years after that, and then moved back to Augusta (my home). I have had season tickets since I finished up there.

Ken Sugiura

June 3rd, 2012
1:13 pm

cruz is at 51 pitches. his max this season is 67.