May 16, 2012
Georgia Tech (31-22, 11-16) vs. No. 21 Miami(32-18, 14-13) Game 54 (Home29) Thursday, May 17, 7 p.m. Game 55 (Home 30) Friday, May18, 7 p.m. Game 56 (Home 31) Saturday, May 19, 1 p.m. Location Atlanta, Ga. | Russ Chandler Stadium| Weather Radio WREK Radio Gametracker RamblinWreck.com TV CSS Webcast ESPN3* Thursday | Friday | Saturday
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>> It’s come down to the final weekend of Atlantic Coast Conference play, and Georgia Tech hosts No. 21 Miami at Russ Chandler Stadium looking to secure a spot in the ACC Tournament.
>> All three games are live on CSS with Matt Stewart and Randy Carroll calling the action. ESPN3 will also carry each game, but will be blacked out in the CSS footprint. Nolan Alexander and Will Long have the call on WREK 91.1 FM Atlanta.
>> The Yellow Jackets, who have qualified for every ACC Tournament since joining the league 33 years ago, are one of five teams still alive for the final two spots in the 2012 tournament.
>> Tech’s magic number is three, meaning a sweep of Miami would clinch an ACC Tournament berth no matter what else happens in the league. If Tech goes 2-1, it needs just one lose by either Wake Forest OR Virginia Tech to secure a berth. Going 2-1 vs. Miami, the only scenario that eliminates Tech is BOTH Virginia Tech AND Wake Forest going 3-0 in their series (Va Tech is at North Carolina; Wake hosts Clemson).
>> Tech is 31-22 overall, having reached the 30-win mark for the 30th consecutive season. The Jackets, though, will post their first sub-.500 record in ACC play since 1985 (6-8). Yet, 1985 was Tech’s first of five ACC Tournament championships.
>> Sophomore reliever Alex Cruz entered the week ranked third the country in fewest hits allowed per nine innings (5.16). The righty is second in the ACC in overall ERA (1.67). Cruz (7-2) has been credited with seven of Tech’s last 14 wins.
>> Sophomore C/RHP Zane Evans homered twice at Virginia this past weekend, including a game-winning solo blast with two outs in the 10th inning of Sunday’s 5-4 comeback win. Evans, on the watch list for the Two-Way Player of the Year Award, then recorded a two-out save to seal the win.