Atlanta Regional Recap for Day 1

Here is your Atlanta Regional Recap for Day 1.

Georgia Tech 10 Mercer 0

ATLANTA – Sophomore Mark Pope pitched Georgia Tech’s first complete game shutout since 2007 and senior Tony Plagman went 5-for-5 at the plate, including a pair of home runs, as Georgia Tech blanked Mercer 10-0 in the opening round of the NCAA Baseball Atlanta Regional Friday night.

The top-seeded Yellow Jackets (46-13) will play No. 2 seed Alabama Saturday at 7 p.m. Mercer (37-23) will face Elon Saturday at 3 p.m. in an elimination game.

"It certainly was a great ballgame for us," said Georgia Tech head coach Danny Hall. "I never dreamed that [Pope] would go nine innings, nor throw a shutout. He kept his pitch count down. He threw a complete game with 10 strikeouts, two walks against a very good hitting Mercer team."

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Alabama 11 Elon 2

ATLANTA, Ga. – The Alabama baseball team had a big day on offense at the 2010 NCAA Atlanta Regional and cruised past Elon with an 11-2 win at Russ Chandler Stadium on Friday.

Alabama (38-22), winners of nine of its last 10 games, advances to Saturday’s winner’s bracket final, where it will meet the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 6 p.m. (CDT).  Tech beat Mercer 10-0 in Friday’s second game.

Against Elon, the top of the order provided most of the offensive damage against Elon, as sophomore center fielder Taylor Dugas, junior shortstop Josh Rutledge, junior second baseman Ross Wilson and senior first baseman Clay Jones were a combined 12-for-15 with eight runs scored, two home runs and 10 RBI in the victory. The quartet accounted for 10 of the 11 runs and nine of the 17 hits.