Monday, June 7, 2010

Can Georgia Tech Solve Their Lefty Woes Against Alabama And Move On To The Super Regionals?

Georgia Tech faces a familiar scenario on Monday night: Game 7 and possible elimination.

The Yellow Jackets have been here the last two years and have come into a game 7 from both sides. Last season, Tech forced a final game with Southern Miss. In 2008, they were forced into one by Georgia. However, both of the results were the same as Tech was eliminated.

Coach Danny Hall does not think either of those games are a barometer for tonight.

“I don’t know that you take anything (from those previous games),” Hall said. “It’s hard to win a Regional; a lot of good teams. And we’re playing a good team in Alabama, and it just comes down to the fact that you’ve got to perform and play well.”

Hall will be starting Jed Bradley, the Yellow Jackets number 3 starter, tonight.

Alabama will likely go with freshman Taylor Wolfe. Wolfe is a lefty who threw one scoreless inning on Saturday against Tech. During the season, Wolfe started 8 games and went 3-2. The Tide will also likely have another lefty Jonathan Smart available out of the bullpen.

On Sunday, left-hander Adam Morgan pitched a complete game gem to lead Alabama to an 8-1 win. The strong performance allowed the Crimson Tide to save much of their bullpen which could be crucial tonight.

Wolfe is not the best pitcher Alabama has left, but he is the best matchup after seeing Morgan last night and Virginia Tech’s lefty stifle the Jacket bats last week.

Georgia Tech is 21-8 against left-handers on the season, but the last few performances have many fans in Atlanta anxious that another season could end too early.

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