Thanks to a fair amount of errors and poor pitching by Florida A&M, the Jackets got off to a good start in their regional. The trouble started early for the Rattlers, giving up 5 runs in the first three innings. However, they did make the game interesting, pulling to within three until the Jackets blew the game open with five runs in the eighth inning and three more to cap it off in the ninth.
The NCAA does some stupid things, but this rule is absolutely ridiculous. How does the number 3 seed in the nation and number one seed in their region get walked off on at home? You get to be a regional host for a reason, and you shouldn’t have to have a coin flip to decide whether you get to be the home team for a game against a lower seed. Although being the designated away team isn’t the entire reason the Jackets lost, the coin flip rule is just one of those things that really makes you mad.
Guess who was the away team for this game as well? That wasn’t even the biggest controversy in the elimination game versus Coastal Carolina. A ten minute delay and a Danny Hall protest ensued after a fan yelled “Balk”, causing Tech pitcher Luke Bartnicki to pause in the middle of his delivery after thinking the first base umpire had said it, not the fan. The umpires ruled the situation was not protestable, and the game continued on. The Jackets eventually crawled their way back from a 7-2 deficit and advanced to face Auburn for the second time in 24 hours.
Hello - Akshay chiming in for a minute here:
Unfortunately, for the Jackets, they couldn’t manufacture the same late-game heroics that Auburn was able to the previous night and they were able to earlier in the day. Shutdown by Auburn’s pitching tandem of Bailey Horn and Rich Greenhill, Georgia Tech fell to the Tigers, 4-1 - the lone run coming off a Tristin English homer. Despite its ending, what a outstanding season for #Beesball on the Flats: 40+ wins, series wins over Auburn, Athens, UNC, Duke, and Louisville (among others), the #3 overall tournament seed, hosting a Regional, and a cavalcade of conference accolades and national attention, including the ACC Coach of the Year award for head coach Danny Hall. Shame it had to end like this.
Elsewhere in the sports-o-sphere, it was move in day on the Flats. Please ignore the Neymar jersey.
Although he’s still got a few years until he’s on the Flats, this is a great pickup for Bruce Heppler and the golf team. Congrats on the commitment Aidan!
Have we already found Todd Stansbury’s heir apparent?
I would also like to thank Akshay Easwaran for covering for me after the second Auburn game.
Question of the Day: What is the biggest thing you would change about the NCAA?