NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Senior RHP Buck Farmer was in complete command of East Tennessee State, but it was a nearly two hour lightning delay in the seventh inning that knocked him from the game as Georgia Tech staved off elimination Saturday at Hawkins Field with a 5-1 win over the Buccaneers in the Nashville Regional.
The second-seeded Yellow Jackets built a 5-0 lead for Farmer when the inclement weather moved in, and Jonathan Roberts fired three effective innings after the break to finish off the victory and keep his team alive.
In another elimination game Sunday at 3 p.m. ET, Tech (35-26) faces the loser of Saturday night’s Vanderbilt/Illinois game. ETSU, which won the Atlantic Sun championship, finished the season 36-24.
Farmer threw just 58 pitches with 46 strikes over a dominant six innings while his offense built a 5-0 lead off ETSU All-American pitcher Kerry Doane. Tech’s senior ace struck out eight against no walks and allowed just two base runners (two singles), improving to 9-4 this season, 33-12 in his career and to 2-1 in NCAA postseason action.
Vanderbilt 10 Illinois 4
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tony Kemp, Xavier Turner and Mike Yastrzemski combined for 10 hits and eight runs scored and Carson Fulmer tossed five shutout innings in relief for the victory in top-seeded Vanderbilt’s 10-4 victory over Illinois Saturday night at Hawkins Field.
With the victory, Vanderbilt (53-9) moves into Sunday night’s championship game and awaits the winner of the day’s earlier contest between the Illini (35-19) and Georgia Tech, a contest that takes place at 2 p.m. CT.
“Well it was a tough game, basically a tale of two different games really,” said Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin. “The first part of the game- the first four innings- was a grind. They played very aggressively. I thought we gave them some opportunities, and they capitalized on it. They were going to run the bases, they were going to try to make anything happen and basically try to play our game against ourselves. We should have known that because they’re a very good base running team, but the tide turned. We had a couple of big innings, and I think our kids responded very well.”