June 2, 2012
No. 24 Georgia Tech (37-24) vs. No. 1 Florida(43-18) at NCAA Gainesville Regional Game 62 Saturday, June 2, 1 or7 p.m. vs. Florida Game 63 Sunday, June 3, 1 or 7 p.m. vs. TBA Location Gainesville, Fla. | McKethan Stadium | Weather Radio WREK Radio Regional Information TournamentCentral Gametracker RamblinWreck.com Webcast ESPN3 GameInfo GameNotes | 2012 MediaGuide | Facebook | Twitter
>> The top two seeds in the Gainesville Regional — No. 2 Georgia Tech and No. 1 Florida square off Saturday night at McKethan Stadium with a spot in the regional championship game at stake. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game is on ESPN3 and WREK 91.1 FM in Atlanta.
>> Georgia Tech improved to 5-1 in its last six NCAA Regional openers with the 8-4 win over No. 3-seed College of Charleston Friday night. All-time, the Jackets are now 64-55 in this, their 28th NCAA tournament appearance, including a 36-36 record away from home.
>> Georgia Tech has won six consecutive games, dating back to the final day of the regular season. It’s the team’s longest winning streak of the season, surpassing a pair of five-game winning streaks in late February and early March.
>> The Jackets have won five consecutive games in the postseason, the team’s longest postseason win streak since six straight wins in the 2002 NCAA Tournament – 3-0 in the Atlanta Regional, 2-0 in the Atlanta Super Regional and a victory in the first game at the College World Series.
>> Junior RHP Buck Farmer gets the start for Georgia Tech Saturday night versus No. 1 Florida, marking his sixth start this season versus a Top 25 team and the 10th of his career. In his eight previous starts versus ACC foes ranked in the Top 25, Farmer has pitched to a 2.95 ERA and is 3-2 – that includes wins this season at No. 6 North Carolina and versus No. 1 Florida State in the ACC Tournament.
>> In postseason play, Farmer is 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA – highlighted by a complete-game, five-hitter in a 12-2 win over Austin Peay in last year’s NCAA Atlanta Regional. His two career ACC Tournament starts both have come versus Florida State.
>> Since the ACC Tournament began on May 23 in Greensboro, the Tech offense has been one of the most dangerous in the nation. The Jackets are hitting .329 as a team over the five-game postseason winning streak, and have nearly doubled every offensive category from its last five games of the regular season.
>> Tech has scored 43 runs in the postseason (8.6 per game) and most of the damage has come in the first four innings as the Jackets have poured on 32 runs, and allowed just 10.
>> Georgia Tech was out-hit, 13-11, by College of Charleston in Friday’s game, marking just the third time this season that Tech won when being out-hit (3-16). The Jackets are 30-3 when out-hitting the opposition.
>> Junior LF Brandon Thomas, who Friday was named an Academic All-America, was 4-for-4 against the College of Charleston with a three-run home run. It was the second career four-hit game for Thomas, who has reached base in all but one game this season.
>> Senior 1B/LHP Jake Davies wasted little time continuing his torrid stretch by launching a three-run home run on the first pitch he saw in Friday’s first inning, extending his hitting streak to 10 games. Davies has five home runs and 15 RBI since the ACC Tournament began, and three of those homers have come in his first plate appearance. He has a team-best 14 homers this season, and of the 20 in his career, 14 have come with runners on base.
>> Georgia Tech’s bullpen in the postseason has been brilliant, as relievers Zane Evans (1 save), Dusty Isaacs (1-0), Alex Cruz (2 saves) and Jarrett Didrick (1-0) have combined for a 1.77 ERA in 20 1/3 innings. Opponents are hitting just .183 off the `pen with 11 strikeouts, five walks, 13 hits and four runs (four earned).