ATLANTA (May 29) — The No. 1-ranked Georgia Tech baseball team, fresh off a three-game sweep in the NCAA Atlanta Regional last weekend at Russ Chandler Stadium, will host Southern California in the NCAA Atlanta Super Regional Friday, Saturday and Sunday on its home field.
Tech (50-14), the Atlantic Coast Conference champion, faces off against the Trojans (41-18), who swept through the NCAA regional at Fullerton, Calif., in a best-of-three series at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with the third game, if necessary, scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Sunday. All three-games can be heard on WREK-Radio (91.1 FM), and the winner of the series will advance to the College World Series, June 9-17, at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb.
The two teams met for the first time ever earlier this season, with USC prevailing 9-2 on Mar. 3 in the opening round of the Kia Baseball Bash at Fullerton, Calif. The loss left the Tech’s record at 8-5, and the Yellow Jackets have gone 42-9 since then, including their current win streak of eight games encompassing the ACC Tournament and NCAA regional. The Trojans, who clinched the regional title with an 8-3 win over Cal State Fullerton Sunday, have the nation’s longest current winning streak at 13 games.
The winner of this weekend’s super regional will face either Florida State (49-16) or Miami (40-17-1), who meet in another super regional this weekend, in the opening round of the College World Series. Tech has been to the NCAA tournament 15 of the last 16 years, but has made it to Omaha only once (1994).
The other super regional pairings: Penn State vs. Texas, UCLA vs. LSU, Clemson vs. Mississippi State, Houston vs. Florida or San Jose State, Stanford vs. Nebraska or Wichita State, and Louisiana-Lafayette vs. South Carolina.
Tickets to the NCAA Atlanta Super Regional are available through the Georgia Tech ticket office beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday. Call 1-888-TECH-TIX or 404-894-5447 for more information. Tournament book prices are $36 for a reserved seat, $27 for general admission and $18 for students. Two-game passes are $18 for general admission and $12 for students. Single-game tickets are $12 for a reserved seat, $9 for general admission and $6 for students.
Patrons are advised to come early. Tech’s Atlanta Regional last weekend drew a Russ Chandler Stadium record crowd of 4,233 for its Friday game against Georgia Southern, and the Jackets totalled 10,435 for their three games.
With its sweep last weekend, Georgia Tech is now 34-31 in NCAA regional tournaments and 5-4 on its home field. The Jackets are 31-6 this season at Russ Chandler Stadium. Tech has won 50 games for only the third time in its history, joining the 1994 national runner-up squad (50-14) and the 1987 ACC champions (51-14).
The Jackets, batting .345 as a team, scored 51 runs in its three regional games, downing Georgia Southern, 11-9, and Stetson by scores of 24-1 and 16-11. Tech is led by sophomore third baseman Mark Teixeira (Severna Park, Md.), a first-team all-America who is bidding for the ACC triple crown with a .422 average, 18 home runs and 80 RBI, and pitching ace Cory Vance (Vandalia, Ohio), a junior lefthander with a 13-2 record and a 3.21 ERA, who will start Friday’s game on the mound. He allowed one run on one hit in seven innings in his regional start against Stetson, and retired the first 16 batters he faced.
For a complete list of this weekend’s Super Regional sites and teams, see ncaabaseball.com.