ACC Baseball Tournament 2012: Scorching Georgia Tech Sure to Win Automatic Bid

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IMay 27, 2012

Photo courtesy of ncaa.com.
Photo courtesy of ncaa.com.

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are set to take the ACC's automatic bid to the College World Series this summer with a win in Sunday's ACC Baseball Championship Game (12:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2) in Greensboro, North Carolina. 

The Yellow Jackets will take on the Miami Hurricanes in a one-game, winner-take-all matchup for the conference crown and an automatic bid—much like in college basketball.

Miami went 16-14 in the ACC this past season and has looked beatable in North Carolina for the most part. The Hurricanes have gone 2-1 and outscored their opponents only 13-9 over those three games. 

Georgia Tech had lost five of seven games coming into the 2012 ACC Tournament this May, but has since turned it on and won three straight this past week in North Carolina, outscoring its opponents 27-10 in the process.

On Friday, the Yellow Jackets put up 17 runs on defending conference champion Virginia, and on Saturday they topped Clemson 5-1 after dropping two of three against the Tigers during the regular season.

Even more impressive, Georgia Tech has ripped through the competition in Greensboro as the No. 8 seed of the tournament. The Yellow Jackets went 12-18 in conference play this season, and are surprisingly on the verge of heading to the NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.

Georgia Tech has not earned a bid to the College World Series since 2006, and the strong play from the Yellow Jackets as of late suggests that they could easily be one of the last eight teams remaining and head to Omaha as a feared squad. 

Whether they go all the way, it will be sparked by a win in the ACC Championship Game on Sunday. 

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