For Georgia Tech baseball, the Jackets were happy just making the Tournament, and were fortunate to win their effective "play-in" game over Wake Forest on Tuesday. But they weren't done there.
With (9) Georgia Tech's win over (5) Clemson in the ACC Baseball Tournament yesterday, they entered the driver's seat in their Pool with a 2-1 record. However, their passage to the Championship game was out of their control. In order for that to happen, (4) Duke needed to lose to (1) Miami in today's game. Miami, the #1 seed in the tournament, came in to this week red hot, winners of 27 of 30. They proceeded to lose two in a row, while Duke beat Georgia Tech and lost to Clemson. A win for the Blue Devils would mean their first-ever ACC Baseball Championship Game berth, as they would win the three-way tie between them, Georgia Tech, and Clemson, due to having the higher seed. However, it wasn't to be, and the Hurricanes won a wild one in 12 innings, leaving Georgia Tech and Clemson tied atop the pool with 2-1 records, and sending the Yellow Jackets to the Championship game with the tiebreaker over Clemson.
The 9th-seeded Jackets will face Maryland, the Tournament's 6th-seed, who is still to play today against UNC, but has clinched the pool with wins over (3) Virginia and (2) Florida State. With UNC having lost to both of those teams so far and Maryland having beaten both of those teams, the Terrapins sit atop their Pool with a 2-0 record, and tiebreakers over both FSU and UVA.
The Jackets played the Terrapins in late April, and lost two of three before winning 13-6 on Sunday. The Terps are extremely hot as well, without a loss in the month of May, winners of their last 11 games.
Impressed that the Jackets have made it this far? Like our chances against Maryland on Sunday?