NCAA Baseball, Atlanta Regional: Georgia Tech Stuck At Home Again, Mississippi State To Gainesville

Georgia Tech hosted Mississippi State, Southern Miss and Austin Peay in the 2011 NCAA baseball tournament's Atlanta Regional.

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NCAA Baseball Scores: Mississippi State To Florida Super Regional, Georgia Tech Falls Again

For the third season in a row, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets baseball will fail to advance from its own Regional. For the second time in three years the Jackets have fallen to a Mississippi school, and for the second-straight year it's a SEC West team. The Mississippi St. Bulldogs won 7-3 and will take their road warrior show on the road next weekend, with the Florida Gators already securing a Super Regional bid, making the SEC pair the nation's first two teams to reach the next round.

Flurries of errors helped do in the young Jackets squad, with second baseman Mott Hyde and shortstop Jacob Esch contributing a pair each. Missy State's Nick Routt held Tech to just four hits in his first eight innings of work as the Russ Chandler Stadium crowd grew more maroon by the inning.

The best-of-three series between Mississippi State and Florida is scheduled to begin June 10 in Gainesville.

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NCAA Baseball Regionals: Georgia Tech Vs. Mississippi State Follows Austin Peay Elimination

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets stayed hot at the plate Sunday afternoon in a 12-2 win over the Austin Peay Governors to stay alive in the Atlanta Regional. Tech hitters tallied eight extra base hits, including four home runs, and 12 batters registered a hit including the entire starting roster.

The middle of the lineup, Matt Skole and Daniel Palka, powered the offensive attack on Sunday, going 6-for-9 with six runs scored, four runs batted in, and a home run apiece. Zane Evans and Jake Davies hit home runs as well for Tech.

Starting pitcher Buck Farmer was nothing short of spectacular on the day. The sophomore pitched a complete game, allowing five hits, two runs (one earned), two walks, and nine strikeouts. The complete game was especially important because Tech has now used all of its starting pitchers so far in the regional and will be facing Mississippi State with an entire bullpen approach.

The big victory was also key because it allowed the Tech regulars to be subbed out and not have to play nine innings, giving them extra rest before facing Mississippi State.

Georgia Tech and Mississippi State now battle for the regional championship. The two face off Sunday at 7 p.m. If Mississippi State wins, they will advance to a super regional while if Tech wins, the Jackets and Bulldogs will play again Monday night.

The Jackets will start freshman right handed reliever DeAndre Smelter (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 15.0 IP) and Mississippi State will counter with left handed Nick Routt (2-3, 4.15 ERA, 43.1 IP).

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NCAA Baseball, Atlanta Regional: Mississippi State In Driver's Seat

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets finally got hot at the plate in a 6-2 victory over the Southern Miss Golden Eagles Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Buck Farmer will get the start on the mound when they try to get revenge against Austin Peay at 3 p.m. Whoever wins the first game of the day will get a doubleheader and will face Mississippi State for the regional championship Sunday night. 

The Mississippi St. Bulldogs rode a seven-run inning and another strong pitching performance to an 8-3 win over the Austin Peay Governors Saturday night. With the win, the Bulldogs advance to the regional championship and are in the driver's seat to advance to a super regional. 

The complete double-elimination Atlanta Regional bracket and TV schedule (all games televised on CSS, all times ET):

Game 1: Mississippi State def. Southern Miss, 3-0

Game 2: Austin Peay def. Georgia Tech, 2-1

Game 3: Georgia Tech def. Southern Miss, 6-2

Game 4: Mississippi State def. Austin Peay, 8-3

Game 5: Georgia Tech vs. Austin Peay, June 5 at 3 pm

Game 6: Mississippi State vs. Game 5 winner, June 5 at 7 pm

Game 7, if necessary: Whoever remains standing, June 6 at 7 pm

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NCAA Baseball, Atlanta Regional: Georgia Tech Downs Southern Miss To Stay Alive

The Georgia Tech offense failed to take advantage of opportunites last night in the loss to Austin Peay. Today against Southern Miss was just the opposite, as the Yellow Jackets jumped out early with five runs in the second inning to cruise to a 6-2 victory. 

Jed Bradley, with a dozen or so MLB scouts in the building, put up an impressive performance. The expected first round draft pick pitched 7.2 innings allowing eight hits and two earned runs. He only walked one while striking out four. He scattered the eight hits quite effectively, and even those were of the bloop variety and were not hard hit balls.

Right fielder Brandon Thomas had a great day at the plate for the Jackets, hitting his third home run of the season in the second inning, a three-run shot, and followed that with a triple in his second at-bat.

Georgia Tech will give the ball to Buck Farmer when the Jackets face the loser of tonight's Austin Peay and Mississippi State matchup Sunday at 3 p.m.

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2011 NCAA Baseball, Atlanta Regional: Austin Peay, Mississippi State Take Victories

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets have failed to advance from their home Regional in two straight College World Series, and the third attempt is on to a worrying start. The Jackets stranded approximately 2,500 men on base in a 2-1 losing effort against the Austin Peay Governors that also saw Mark Pope leave the game early with what appeared to be a side injury.

The Mississippi St. Bulldogs took the early game over the Southern Miss. Golden Eagles, 3-0. They'll get Austin Peay in the winner's night game at Russ Chandler Stadium, while Tech has put itself in the tough position of needing a win over a good Southern Miss team to avoid being the first squad eliminated.

The complete double-elimination Atlanta Regional bracket and TV schedule (all games televised on CSS, all times ET):

Game 1: Mississippi State def. Southern Miss, 3-0

Game 2: Austin Peay def. Georgia Tech, 2-1

Game 3: Georgia Tech vs. Southern Miss, June 4 at 3 pm

Game 4: Mississippi State vs. Austin Peay, June 4 at 7 pm

Game 5: Game 4 loser vs. Game 3 winner, June 5 at 3 pm

Game 6: Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, June 5 at 7 pm

Game 7, if necessary: Whoever remains standing, June 6 at 7 pm

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2011 NCAA Baseball, Atlanta Regional: Georgia Tech Loses Game And Staff Ace Mark Pope To Injury

No. 3 Mississippi State defeated No. 2 Southern Miss 3-0

The Mississippi State Bulldogs, led by strong pitching performances by Luis Pollorena and Caleb Reed, earned their way into the winner's bracket with an impressive 3-0 shutout of Southern Miss. The two pitchers scattered eight hits and gave up four walks but didn't allow any Golden Eagles to cross the plate.

Junior left fielder Brent Brownlee entered as a defensive replacement in the fourth inning, and came up with the big hit of the afternoon in his first at-bat. With two runners in scoring position, Brownlee laced a single up the middle to give the Bulldogs their 3-0 lead.

No. 4 Austin Peay defeated No. 1 Georgia Tech 2-1

The Governors and Yellow Jackets battled all night with great pitching and brilliant defense, but Austin Peay managed to take advantage of their opportunities better than Tech and pulled off the upset, winning 2-1.

The Georgia Tech fans received a bit of surprise in the second inning when pitching coach Tom Kinkelaar went to the mound to check on Mark Pope, the staff ace, before pulling him due to injury. According to Doug Roberson of the AJC, Pope hurt his back Thursday in practice. Matthew Grimes came up big in relief, throwing 6.2 innings while giving up just 3 hits and 2 runs. The normal midweek starter struck out eight while only walking one hitter. 

Georgia Tech had plenty of chances, stranding runners in scoring position seemingly every inning.

Mississippi State Austin Peay advance to the winner's bracket and will play Saturday night at 7 p.m. Southern Miss and Georgia Tech play Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m.

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2011 NCAA Baseball Schedule, Atlanta Regional: Mississippi State, Georgia Tech Begin Action

The 2011 College World Series' Atlanta Regional begins Friday, as do -- well -- all others. Click here for complete schedules from around the country. At Russ Chandler Stadium, the Mississippi St. Bulldogs open festivities with a game against the cross-state Southern Miss. Golden Eagles, and expect to see quite a few Dawgs fans in the house. In their lone meeting this season, MSU won 5-4 thanks in part to a three-hit performance by CF C.T. Bradford. Five-foot-six MSU lefty Luis Pollorena (4.44) will work the pitching matchup against Todd McInnis (2.61).

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will begin their quest to escape their own park after falling to Alabama and -- hey! -- Southern Miss there the last two years. The Austin Peay Governors will send lefthander Jeremy Dobbs (3.43) up against ace Mark Pope (1.77).

The complete double-elimination Atlanta Regional bracket and TV schedule (all games televised on CSS, all times ET):

Game 1: Mississippi State vs. Southern Miss, June 3 at 3 pm

Game 2: Georgia Tech vs. Austin Peay, June 3 at 7 pm

Game 3: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, June 4 at 3 pm

Game 4: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, June 4 at 7 pm

Game 5: Game 4 loser vs. Game 3 winner, June 5 at 3 pm

Game 6: Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, June 5 at 7 pm

Game 7, if necessary: Whoever remains standing, June 6 at 7 pm

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2011 NCAA Baseball Championship, Atlanta Regional: For Georgia Tech, Is Third Time The Charm?

The 2011 NCAA baseball tournament's list of regionals includes a stop in our fair city, which was supposed to also include the Georgia Bulldogs and Georgia Southern Eagles, but alas. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (40-19) fell short of earning a top-eight bid, but will get another chance at making it out of Russ Chandler Stadium in the postseason after falling at home each of the last two years.

 If they can make it past the Mississippi St. Bulldogs (34-23), Southern Miss Golden Eagles (39-17) and Austin Peay Governors (33-22), they'll likely head to Gainesville to meet the Florida Gators or draw the Miami Hurricanes.

Tech's is a tough draw, as both MSU and USM rank in the top 25 in RPI. Austin Peay, the Ohio Valley Conference auto-bid, shouldn't pose too much of a challenge for any of the three bigger programs, with a losing non-conference record. Based on their talent and home park advantage, the Jackets should be able to advance, but we've been saying that for three years now.

The complete double-elimination Atlanta Regional bracket and TV schedule (all games televised on CSS, all times ET):

Game 1: Mississippi State vs. Southern Miss, June 3 at 3 pm

Game 2: Georgia Tech vs. Austin Peay, June 3 at 7 pm

Game 3: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, June 4 at 3 pm

Game 4: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, June 4 at 7 pm

Game 5: Game 4 loser vs. Game 3 winner, June 5 at 3 pm

Game 6: Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, June 5 at 7 pm

Game 7, if necessary: Whoever remains standing, June 6 at 7 pm

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