Tech baseball wins ACC title

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket baseball program has accomplished many feats over its lengthy team history. Danny Hall and his squad added to that history, becoming the first No. 8 seed to win the ACC conference tournament. Tech swept all four games and clinched the school’s 26th NCAA Tournament berth with an 8-6 victory over the Miami Hurricanes. This is the eighth tournament title in program history, one short of Clemson, who has won the most.

After a strong pitching performance as well as a big series with his bat, Jake Davies joins a fraternity of seven other Yellow Jackets to be named the ACC Tournament MVP, with the most recent winner being shortstop Tyler Greene in 2005. Davies was named the National Louisville Slugger Player of the Week going 7-for-16 at the plate with four home runs and 11 RBIs. He pitched a career-high six innings, allowing two runs against the Hurricanes.

“I’m just so proud of my team,” said Hall, who improved to 4-1 in ACC title games. “I thought they played great baseball all week. This is, in my mind, one of the toughest tournaments in the country when you have eight great teams fighting for the championship. To get through that thing 4-0 coming in as the eight-seed just says a lot about my team and what they did this week. I can not be more proud of a group of guys.”

BIG HITS …

One of the biggest hits of the series came from sophomore Zane Evans. In seventh inning with Tech leading 6-5, Evans blasted a two-run single to place Tech on top 8-5. Evans then posted the save for the Jackets.

“I didn’t anticipate putting him in that early,” said Hall. “But when he went in the game, the game was over. He dominated the game on the mound and his two-run single gave us some breathing room. You could just feel the air go out of their dugout when he started throwing.”

The Yellow Jackets will enter the Gainesville region as the No. 2 seed and will face the No. 3 seed College of Charleston Cougars. No. 1 Florida is lurking down the road, but Tech must win its opener. Tech is 2-0 all-time against the Cougars, defeating them twice during the Super Regional at Russ Chandler Stadium in 2006.

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