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After a disappointing loss to end the Atlanta Challenge against St. John’s, Georgia Tech traveled to Statesboro for a midweek game against a talented Georgia Southern squad Tuesday.
Grabbing an early 1-0 lead, the Jackets quickly found themselves down 3-1, but epicly rallied to defeat the Eagles 4-3. The Yellow Jackets trailed 3-2 entering the 9th, before Jackson Webb drew a leadoff walk to start the comeback. Webb scored on a fielder’s choice, which could have ended the game for Georgia Southern. However, a two-out Michael Guldberg single scored Austin Wilhite to give the Jackets the lead for good, before Sam Crawford sent down three Georgia Southern batters to close out the game.
Tech improves to 3-1 on the season with three big games against Ohio State coming up in Atlanta this weekend. Both the Jackets and Buckeyes are in need of a series win, with the former hoping to climb into the regional seed conversation and the latter trying to move up in bubble talks, after each team exited the NCAA Tournament in the first round last year.
Though this series might fall a bit off the radar, we’ll keep a close eye on it, as it carries some pretty significant weight across the college baseball landscape. Georgia Tech will look to chase down Miami, Louisville, Florida State and North Carolina in the ACC, while Ohio State deals with Michigan, Indiana and the rest of the pesky Big Ten.
It may only be February, but we’ll throw out a bold prediction that both of these teams could be hosting a regional when it’s all said and done. Regardless of record, this looks like a classic 1/2 matchup in a regional final right now and wins are at a premium, given the road that lies ahead.