Posted: 9:59 pm Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Tech falls to Duke, needs help to reach final 

By Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech will need help to advance to the ACC tournament title game after falling 6-0 to Duke in pool play Thursday in Greensboro, N.C.

The Yellow Jackets fell victim to a complete-game shutout by Duke pitcher Drew Van Orden, who gave up just five hits and struck out eight while walking just one. The Blue Devils’ 14 hits included three home runs. The loss ended Tech’s four-game winning streak.

Tech and Duke are both 1-1 in pool play. To reach Sunday’s championship game, ninth-seeded Tech will need to beat Clemson (3 p.m., Fox Sports South) and have Miami beat Duke on Saturday. A loss will eliminate Tech from contention. Friday’s game will be the first meeting of the season between Tech and Clemson. The two didn’t meet in the regular season for the first time since 1973.

Tech did not announce its starting pitcher for Friday after Thursday’s game. Devin Stanton would be an option. Stanton has a 5-3 record with a 2.13 ERA.

Duke, the No. 4 seed, struck for single runs in the fourth and fifth innings with solo home runs. Tech starter Ben Parr took the loss after pitching 5 1/3 innings, giving up two runs, one walk and three strikeouts.

Tech fell to 34-25 while Duke improved to 33-24. The Jackets played their third consecutive error-free game and turned two more double plays. Their season total is now 70, most in the country, and one shy of the school record, set in 1985.

13 comments
FBYJ
FBYJ

Alright, if Duke beats Miami tomorrow, then Tech, Clemson, and Duke will all have 2-1 records, with the losses all coming against each other.  How do they then determine who goes to the final on Sunday?  Is it strictly based on seeding, or is there some other rationale?


POAD2014
POAD2014

Does anybody really think #1 Miami will lose 3 games in the ACC Tourney? 

I think the Jackets make to the Championship game.

POAD2014
POAD2014

Tech takes the lead 3-0 in the top of the 9th.

1-2-3 JACKETS and take the Only game this year against Clem&Son.

Radar123
Radar123

How many ACC tournaments has Danny Hall Jackets won?

I am also disgusted with how when an assistant coach is fired, that's it but a head coach always has another 2 or 3 years left of pay for nothing.

Hall seems in better shape that Johnson and Gregory and if he will retire at some point and not take any more pay, I might even like him.

If college sports - as I have said - is now a welfare program for multi-millionaires (when the head coach gets fired), they can count me out.

Radar123
Radar123

The AJC should cover both the ACC and SEC baseball tournaments a lot better.

I pay and I would rather the AJC drop their rates and not have any free viewers on these blogs.

As it is, I'm subsidizing the folks who do not pay.

At some point paying for the AJC will end just as attending Tech sports has ended for me.

I like having the extra money more than what I got as a season ticket holder to two sports.

That can be applied to the AJC as well.


Vespula
Vespula

Miami has already lost twice - once to Tech and once to Clemson. Why will 2 losses eliminate Tech, if 2 losses didn't already eliminate Miami? Are there different rules for different schools? 

z_techfan
z_techfan

Hmm.  The Official Georgia Tech App had live updates yesterday recording that GT won 6 - 0.  Even checked the app again today after reading the REAL results in the AJC and it still has GT winning 6 - 0.

Yellerbug
Yellerbug

Just beat Clemson....that's all we can do.  I like UVA's chances against Duke although if we win tomorrow, then UVA is playing only for pride as we own the tie-breaker----their only chance to advance to the ACC finals is if we lose to Clemson

POAD2014
POAD2014

@FBYJ  Miami loses then DUKE goes.

I don't see Miami losing 3 in a row.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@Radar123 so stop reading and posting about TECh sports if you are not going to PAY to fix the problems as you see them. You are doing nothing but wasting space on the Tech blogs.