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NCAA Baseball Tourney

The AJC has a good article about Tech and Georgia in the NCAA Tourney. The seeding committee did not put us in the same super-regional, and we cannot face the bulldogs until the best-of-three championship series, assuming both teams advance. (See the full bracket here.) As said in the AJC article, it's good for the state of Georgia that the Jackets and Dawgs would not face each other until Omaha. The opportunity to have two teams in the tourney is huge for exposure.

The Atlanta Regional features Tech, Michigan, Stetson, and Vanderbilt. Tech's first game is against Stetson University, champions of the Atlantic Sun Conference. The Hatters look like a team on the rise, overall. They've been to the tourney six times in the last seven years, and they upset GT 5-4 in the first round of the 2003 tournament. In 2006, the Hatters went 2-3 versus ranked teams, and posted an overall record of 38-22. I'm not too worried about Stetson; their two wins over ranked teams (LSU & Florida) came by only one run each.

Michigan (42-19) faces Vanderbilt (36-25) to start out. Michigan won the Big Ten tourney, and the 'Dores lost the SEC championship game to Olé Miss. Both teams look like real threats, but Vandy has a few questionable losses, including Lipscomb (another school in Nashville). Both teams have put up a lot of runs (i.e. 9+) in a lot of games (13 for Michigan and 15 for Vandy), so playing them may require a lot of offense.

The games start Friday at Russ Chandler Stadium.