Georgia Tech's baseball team will play in the NCAA Baseball Tournament this year, serving as the 2-seed in a region that features 1-seed Vanderbilt, 3-seed Illinois, and 4-seed Eastern Tennessee State. They'll start off playing Illinois on Friday at 2pm, and if they win/lose they'll play the winner/loser from Friday evening's Vanderbilt-ETSU game. The tournament is double-elimination style, and whoever wins will advance to the Super Regional to play the winner of the Louisville regional in a Best-of-3 set. Keep reading for more info on the three other teams in our regional!
Vanderbilt (#1 National Ranking, #1 RPI, #2 Overall Seed)
Record: 51-9, 26-3, SEC Runners Up
Offensive Key Players: Tony Kemp (.402 BA, 61 R), Connor Harrell (.320 BA, 11 HR, 64 RBI, 58 R)
End of Season Streak: Lost 3 of 6 games in the past 10 days, all against teams that are 1- or 2-seeds in the NCAA Tournament.
Record: 34-18, 14-10
Offensive Key Players: Justin Parr (.399 BA, 6 HR, 51 RBI, 41 R), Thomas Lindauer (.313 BA, 9 HR, 37 RBI, 43 R)
End of Season Streak: Lost 3 of 4 games to Minnesota, a non-Tournament team at 32-21.
Eastern Tennessee State
Record: 36-22, A-Sun Champions
Offensive Key Players: Clinton Freeman (.336 BA, 10 HR, 56 RBI, 39 R), Andrew Green (.335 BA, 5 HR, 32 RBI, 56 R, 24 SB)
End of Season Streak: Won 7 in a row, including a perfect 4-0 in the Atlantic Sun baseball tournament.
I'm really not too sure what to make of this bracket, honestly, given our team's erratic nature and the stumbling that Vanderbilt and Illinois had at the end of the season. I do think that Vanderbilt will be a very, very tough out for anyone in the Tournament, much less in the regional. However, baseball is a highly unpredictable game where any team can win any given game, so it'll be interesting to see how this regional turns out. What are your feelings on it? Worried about Vanderbilt?