The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets entered the 2012 ACC Baseball tournament with the least chance to win considering their No. 8 seed. Now the team finds itself in the finals and riding a wave of momentum that won't be stopped regardless of who they face.
Senior pitcher Jake Davies helped punch the Yellow Jackets' final round ticket with six innings of one-run baseball on the mound and a two-run home run from his bat in the first inning against Clemson.
"They jumped on us early. We got down and just couldn't get anything together offensively," Tigers coach Jack Leggett told theacc.com.
While Davies did give up a home run of his own in the first inning to Clemson, he quickly settled down and threw five straight innings without giving up a single run.
"I was just trying to throw it in there and throw strikes to get them to hit the ball somewhere. The defense was going to make plays—that’s why there’s eight guys out there.” Davies told theacc.com.
Georgia Tech has defied the oddsmakers by taking down Clemson earlier today and nationally ranked No. 17 Virginia the day before. The Yellow Jackets defeated the Cavaliers by a score of 17-5, invoking the tournament's 10-run mercy rule in the seventh inning.
The 17 runs scored by Georgia Tech against Virginia marked the most runs the Cavs have given up all season to an opponent.
Though an impressive scoreline for Tech, it's nothing surprising to Clemson reliever Scott Firth, who felt a little of what Virginia did today.
"They’re probably hitting the ball better than anybody in the tournament, as evidenced by the game yesterday and the way they came out early today. Those guys were cashing in," Firth told the ACC's official website.
Now with two impressive, well-earned victories in the last two days, the Yellow Jackets set their sights on their first ACC trophy in seven years, one they should have no problem taking home given the team's recent performance.