By: Nolan Ryan Alexander
After losing to Austin Peay on Friday, Georgia Tech took offense to the tough pitching of Jack Snodgrass for the Governors. The victim to the hungry Jackets was Zach Toney. Tech scored three early and never looked back to roll 12-2 over fourth seeded Austin Peay (34-24). Toney (6-3) lasted only 2.1 innings with five earned runs. Ryne Harper also gave up five earned but threw 4.1 innings. Tech totaled 18 hits on the afternoon to stave off elimination. The fireworks of Georgia Tech’s offense was highlighted by four homeruns. Daniel Palka, Matt Skole, Jake Davies, and Zane Evans all left the yard. Skole went 3-4 on the day and was a triple away from the cycle.Tech emptied the bench as the game neared an end to give the starters some extra rest for the following contest with Mississippi State. One starter who remained in the game though was Buck Farmer who earned his 11th win of the season and finished hte year 11-3. Farmer threw a complete game allowing just five hits and one earned run. He struck out nine and walked two on 121 pitches.
Mississippi State 7 Georgia Tech 3
Nick Routt had not thrown over six innings the entire season. Mississippi State emjoed the pleasant surprise as Routt threw the first complete game of the season for himself and the team in State’s 7-3 triumph over Georgia Tech. Routt (3-3) gave up two earned runs on six hits striking out six and walking one for MSU. Georgi Tech turned to DeAndre Smelter to start the game for his first career start. Smelter was not aided by his defense as Tech committed five errors on the day. Smelter (2-1) gave up six runs but only one was earned in 2.1 innings. Out of the relief efforts of Dusty Isaacs, Luke Bard, and Kevin Jacob no more earned runs were allowed. Mississippi State took advantage of the opportunities presented by opponents all regional long. the bulldogs never trailed in a game in Atlanta. C.T. Bradford led the MSU attack with 3-5 4 RBI night. State tallied ten hits on the night for seven runs.
With the win, Mississippi State (37-23) advances to Super Regional play for the first time since 2007. The Bulldogs will travel to SEC foe Florida for a chance to return to Omaha.
Georgia Tech (42-21) ends the season with a loss at home for the third year in a row in an Atlanta regional.
Note-MSU 2B Nick Vickerson left the game in the bottom of the fourth inning when he took a pitch from Luke Bard on the back of his helmet. After moments of silence throughout Russ Chandler Stadium, Vickerson left on his on power and did not return to the game. Adam Frazier pinch ran and remained in his place.
2011 ATLANTA ALL-REGIONAL TEAM
DH – Daniel Palka, Georgia Tech
C – Zane Evans, Georgia Tech
1B – Cody Freeman, Mississippi State
2B – Nick Vickerson, Mississippi State
SS – Reed Harper, Austin Peay
3B – Matt Skole, Georgia Tech
OF – C.T. Bradford, Mississippi State
OF – Brent Brownlee, Mississippi State
OF – Jaron Shepherd, Mississippi State
P – Nick Routt, Mississippi State
P – Evan Mitchell, Mississippi State (tie)
P – Todd McInnis, Southern Mississippi (tie)
MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER
C.T. Bradford, Mississippi State