May 31, 2009
Georgia Tech advances to the championship game of the NCAA Atlanta Regional and will face Southern Mississippi later tonight. A second championship game, if necessary, will be on Monday at 7 p.m.
GEORGIA TECH (37-18-1)
Georgia Tech is now 58-50 in the NCAA Tournament, including a 54-46 record in Regional and Super Regional play.
Georgia Tech advances to the championship game of a NCAA Regional for the fifth time in the last six years. Overall, Tech has played in 11 NCAA Regional championship games, winning six times.
Georgia Tech has never won a NCAA Regional while coming out of the loser’s bracket.
Tech is now 20-19 all-time in NCAA Regional and Super Regional elimination games, but the Yellow Jackets won for just the second time in eight elimination games since 2000.
3B Matt Skole hit his 17th home run of the season, and is now just one shy of the Georgia Tech freshman record (18, Jeremy Slayden, 2002).
Tech now has three players with 17 or more home runs (Matt Skole, Luke Murton and Tony Plagman) for just the second time in school history. Tech also had three players top 17 homers in 1987 (Riccardo Ingram, Billy Parham, and Mike Fowler).
Tech now has 107 home runs this season, tying for the second most in school history. Tech also hit 107 home runs in 1988, and set a school record with 119 homers in 1987.
Freshman Mark Pope worked a career-long five innings and struck out a career-high seven batters. His previous highs were two innings and three strikeouts.
Pope earned his team-leading 8th save of the year, but his first since Mar. 28 against Miami.
Elon, which leads the nation with 137 home runs in 2009, was held without a homer for just the eighth time in 59 games this season.
Starting pitcher Daniel Bitt (8-1) suffered his first loss of the season. Entering today’s game, Britt was 8-0 in 10 starts.
2B Bennett Davis was 2-for-4, and he finishes the NCAA Atlanta Regional 7-for-12 with four home runs.
Reliever Jared Kernodle worked a career-long 3 2/3 innings. His previous long outing was three innings against North Carolina A&T on Apr. 30.
Elon is now 3-8 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.