Looking at the CWS Atlanta Regional and Beyond

The Jackets avoided being swept in the ACC tourney for the first time by way of a 9-2 trouncing of FSU this past Saturday. That win effectively ended a dreadful 2-5 slide here at the end of the season…a slide that very nearly cost the Jackets their chance to host a NCAA Regional at Russ Chandler Stadium.

But as luck would have it, the 35-17-1 Jackets have been named the #1 seed in the Atlanta regional and will face the 39-20 Georgia State Panthers on Friday at 7pm EST. Elon (40-16) and Southern Mississippi (35-23) join the Panthers and Jackets in Atlanta to round out the four team elimination bracket.

Looking at the brackets, it appears that the winner of the Atlanta regional will face the winner of the Gainesville regional. That would potentially pit the Jackets against Florida, Miami, Jacksonville, or Bethune-Cookman in a Super Regional.

Of course, the Jackets would have to win their home Regional first.

Florida (39-20) looks like the #8 national seed and would be the likely host of the Super Regional should they take advantage of their home field in Gainesville to advance. Should Florida stumble it appears that Miami (36-20) would be the most likely suspect to take advantage.

The Jackets took two of three games against Miami back during the regular season, in Coral Gables. But they lost to the Canes in the first ACC tourney game during their late season swoon. That puts the season record between the two at 2-2.

I think its fairly obvious that Florida, as a national seed, would host a Super Regional should they advance. But it would get a little more dicey should the decision fall between Tech and Miami. Tech’s #4 RPI looks better than Miami’s #12, but both are still high and respectable. Miami defeated GT early in the ACC tourney but then turned around and got beat by FSU and Boston College in their next two games. The two teams split the wins and losses 2-2 over the course of the season.

When its all said and done…this hypothetical scenario might come down to a choice between rewarding the Regional host (GT) that got the job done or the Regional underdog (Miami) who knocked off a national seed on the road.

Should Miami and Georgia Tech advance and create an all-ACC Super Regional, who would you give the nod to?

Would you reward the Canes or the Jackets the Super Regional? Why?

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morgwreck243

May 29th, 2009
8:45 am

If the Super Regional matchup is between Tech, the Regional Host, and Miami, a non-Host, then Tech would host the Super Regional because they are a Regional Host.

SlimG

May 29th, 2009
11:45 am

Someone at Tech obviously paid the NCAA a ton of that Tfund money to host a regional. I mean lose the first two games of the ACC tourney and get rewarded. Really?

Ramble, FSU was already in the championship game so the trouncing you mentioned, not, was meaningless.

GT90

May 30th, 2009
4:08 pm

SlimG, Tech did drop in the polls quite a bit at the end of the season because of those losses, and rightfully so.

But their body of work for the entire season was good enough: In the 4 different polls listed at the NCAA site which were updated * after * the ACC tournament, GT’s average ranking still just made the top 16 (15th). There was one other poll which wasn’t updated after those tournaments, and GT was ranked higher. And GT still had a very high RPI, #4. Why? Because they’ve done well enough since FEBRUARY to maintain a ranking high enough to earn the right to be one of the 16 host teams.

I don’t even know whether FSU used a different pitcher in that last ACC tournament game since they were still in the CG, but regardless that game was played, it wasn’t close, and GT earned a W. Ask the players on either side during the game if it’s “meaningless”.

So I agree with morgwreck243, and I think it’s pretty cut-and-dried. Miami is certainly a quality opponent. But since Miami was several spots back out of the top 16 (#22 average ranking), they haven’t earned the right to play at home if they advance this weekend and are matched up against a regional host like GT.

SlimG

May 30th, 2009
6:24 pm

GT90, ranking don’t mean squat! It’s how you play when the games mean something. Take the ACC tourney as an example. Look how the champion got treated.

SlimG

June 2nd, 2009
7:35 am

What super regional?

fldawg

June 4th, 2009
1:29 am

WOW, this blog is only 1/2 page long, i guess all tech fans are busy posting s*** on the UGA blog, good luck in the ncaa baseball tourney and the spelling bee, the sunshine shines on a wreck’s ass every 7 or 8 years. I wish yall luck in th acissy conf. in football and hopefully you will represent the ALT in the peach bowl or whatever lower bowl yall go to LOSERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

gtfan

June 5th, 2009
7:10 pm

You need to post more blogs like the uga blogger… you are giving us a bad name by not posting much… step it up and match junkyard.