Momentum stings everything in its path.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets completed their improbable postseason run by knocking off the Miami Hurricanes in the 2012 ACC Tournament Championship. Not only did they guarantee themselves a spot in college baseball’s Big Dance, but they also guaranteed the fact that their opponents will be bracing themselves the rest of the year.
Georgia Tech won four straight games to take home the tourney crown. They entered with the No. 8 seed and exited as the only No. 8 seed to be the last team standing in ACC history.
The miraculous run was a team effort, but if you were to point at one individual for fueling the Yellow Jacket’s fire, that’d without a doubt be Jake Davies. The power-packed hitter recorded 11 RBIs in the four contests—two shy of the tourney record—on his way to tournament MVP.
According to the Washington Post, Davies said after defeating the Hurricanes:
I just came in with the idea that it was my last hurrah and I should go play as hard as I could. First of all, we needed to win a couple just to get in the NCAA tournament. I think in the first game, I picked up some of the other guys, and then the rest of the guys picked it up on their own. When you’ve got 27 guys in the dugout with the same idea, it’s a hard train to stop.
And there isn’t an analogy to describe the Yellow Jackets that’s more justified than that: a train.
When a baseball team is rolling with momentum, their confidence is through the roof. Baseball is a game of failure. Naturally, a team with sky-high confidence is an extremely difficult team to stop.
If Georgia Tech makes a run in the NCAA Tournament, don’t be shocked. As a matter of fact, be shocked if they don’t.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.