Before I begin wrapping up what has been a heart wrenching, hard-to watch 11-0 defeat, I would first like to introduce myself to y'all in this great FRTS community. My name is Russ Johnson, and I am a 22 year young Yellow Jacket enthusiast who just so happens to currently be stuck in Northeast Ohio (Akron if you have ever heard of it) I was born in Marietta, and was dragged up to Ohio when I was 10.
I plan on finishing my degree at the University of Akron next spring, and from there packing up my wife and daughter and moving back south as soon as possible. I will be covering Baseball, Football, and Recruiting during my time here, and I could not be more excited for what the future holds here.
The wait for Monday's NCAA Selection Show has officially begun for The Jackets of Georgia Tech.
Coming into the game, Georgia Tech and Virginia had been trending in two directions: Virginia has won 6 of their last 7 games since coming off Final Exams, while Georgia Tech has been outscored 48-5 in there last 4 games. The Jackets were one hit twice during that stretch, but were eager to get to Durham with a fresh start.
Jonathan King was set to pitch for the Jackets, while his time on the mound would end quickly. after pitching 3+ innings, King was pulled after giving up 7 ER which included a 2-run HR to UVA Freshman Pavin Smith. The pitching woes would continue, as Pitts, Stanton, and Gorst came in next and would proceed to give up 3 runs in 3 innings of work.
Going into the 7th inning, Cavaliers pitcher Josh Sborz had thrown a perfect game, and was 3 outs away from a perfect, no-hit 7 inning game to kick off the 2015 ACC Tournament. Up to the plate comes Ryan Peurifoy to change that. and on the 4th pitch of the at bat, Peruifoy smacked a leadoff double off the left field wall, both giving the Yellow Jackets some hope to avoid the ACC Tournament run-rule, as well as ending the perfect game being thrown by Sborz. Things would then get interesting, as Sborz walked the bases loaded before getting Thomas Smith to fly out to right to end the game.
The Jackets fall to 32-23, and now wait until Monday's tournament selection show that will determine their fate. Virginia moves on to face one of the hottest teams in the country, the Miami Hurricanes in Pool Play in the ACC Tournament.