Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Can Georgia Tech Baseball Finally Break Through?

Georgia Tech defeated in state rival Georgia 6-4 on Tuesday night to move their record to 35-7 on the season. The win over the Bulldogs gave the Yellow Jackets a season sweep, their first over UGA since 1994. It was also just Tech's second win in eight games against Georgia at Turner Field.

Although UGA is not having a good season by any means, a sweep of the Bulldogs is big for a Jackets club that has been failed to put away lesser teams from Athens over the years.

But can the Jackets finally break through in the post season this year with a trip to Omaha and maybe a national championship?

Manager Danny Hall has brought consistency to Atlanta over his 16 seasons at the helm. Georgia Tech will be making its 10th appearance in 11 seasons in the NCAA Tournament this season. The Yellow Jackets have eight seasons of 40 or more wins and three of 50 plus wins.

Ga. Tech is in line for a top eight national seed which would mean hosting a Super Regional. But the Jackets have lost five series at home over the past 10 seasons including two Regionals and three Super Regionals at Russ Chandler Stadium.

Tech has had some of the best hitters in the nation come through Atlanta and this season is no different; GT is third nationally in runs per game at 10.2. The missing ingredient most of those disappointing years was a lack of quality pitching depth.

Last season, Ga. Tech had a team ERA of 4.65. So far this season it is 3.76

Leading that improvement is Deck McGuire considered one of the top pitchers in the nation. Also, Hall's mid week starter Mark Pope is undefeated on the season and would come in very handy in an extended series.

Good pitching beats good hitting is an old baseball adage. Georgia Tech hopes it has enough of both to make a run in Omaha this season.

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