OXFORD, Miss. – Georgia Tech pitcher Matthew Grimes is the likely starter for the Yellow Jackets in their Sunday elimination game against the Ole Miss-Washington loser, coach Danny Hall said after the game.
Grimes is 5-2 with a 4.22 ERA. He won’t have the standard help from the bullpen. To defeat Jacksonville State in the first loser’s bracket game, the Jackets had to summon their two top relievers, Sam Clay and Dusty Isaacs. Clay threw 43 pitches and is out for Sunday night. Isaacs threw 24 and should be available, Hall said.
Grimes’ longest starts were two seven-inning appearances, wins at North Carolina and against Georgia at Turner Field. Grimes, who is coming back from Tommy John surgery, threw a season-high 95 pitches in a win over Duke.
Tech will have one distinct advantage against the loser of the Huskies-Rebels game. The Jackets finished their game around 2:50 p.m. Eastern time and returned to their hotel to rest. The loser of the second game will have about 30 minutes after its game ends to play an elimination game, scheduled for 8 p.m. (ESPN3)