Since the ACC tournament implements a round robin format, Tech baseball gets a chance to redeem themselves on Friday after a disappointing loss against Virginia. The loss isn't disappointing because Tech is a better team (Virginia was a Top 10 team nationally), but expectations were high after the come from behind victory against FSU. Most fans expected a rejuvenated team who built some momentum in a game they were expected to lose.
Yesterday's game certainly started off with a bang. Kyle Wren opened the game with a stand up triple to right center field, and was immediately driven in by a Brandon Thomas single down the third base line. It was a great start for the team and Dusty Isaacs looked good early. Virginia finally got to Isaacs in the third however, scoring four runs over the next two innings and going up 4-1.
Tech had another chance to make some noise in the bottom of the fourth, but really missed a major opportunity. With runners on first and second and no outs, Sam Dove laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners over. AJ Murray followed up with a warning track sacrifice fly, closing the lead to 4-2 for the Cavaliers. The team played great small ball to get a run back, but you'd prefer to see more than one run scored in that situation.
Although Tech had 10 hits to Virginia's 9, they weren't able to capitalize when runners were on base. Through the first two games of the tournament, the offense hasn't scored to the standards that most would expect, which is worrisome to say the least. If they continue to struggle scoring runs, they're going to need an excellent pitching performance against a hot Virginia Tech team.
Tech still has a very good chance to make the championship game, however, but only if they can beat a Virginia Tech team who is 2-0 through the tournament so far. The Hokies beat Virginia and FSU, which means FSU is now out with two losses and Virginia needs a win against the Seminoles to stay alive. If Tech can beat the Hokies and an angry Seminoles team can take down the Cavaliers, then Tech would make it to the championship game. If Virginia manages to beat FSU, then we would have to beat Virginia Tech by a wide margin to move on. At this point, the team needs to focus on figuring out their offensive woes and try to block out the importance of today's game. If history is an accurate prediction of the future though, Tech should have a strong performance today, since they took two out of three against the Hokies in Blacksburg earlier this season.
Today's game will be at 3 P.M. on ESPN3 and RSN and will be broadcasted on WREK Radio. Jonathan King will get the start for the Yellow Jackets and they'll need a strong performance from him if they're going to have a chance.