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Farmer, Tech fall in deciding game of regional

Buck Farmer gave Georgia Tech a gutsy start on one day’s rest Monday, but the opposing pitchers were a little too much for the upset-minded Yellow Jackets.

Philip Pfeifer and Brian Miller combined on a four-hitter and Baseball America No. 1 Vanderbilt defeated Georgia Tech, 7-1 in the deciding game of the Nashville Regional at Hawkins Field.

The Commodores (54-10), the No. 2 national seed, will host Louisville in the Super Regionals this weekend, while Tech finished the season 37-27.

After a six-inning outing Saturday in a win over East Tennessee State, Farmer went four innings Monday, which turned out to be the last appearance in a brilliant collegiate career for the Conyers native. The right-hander surrendered nine base-runners-five singles and four walks, one of which was intentional-but kept the Yellow Jackets in the game allowing just two runs.

Pfeifer, a left-hander, out-pitched Farmer and left a 3-0 lead to the bullpen after five strong innings. The sophomore allowed base-runners in each of the first four innings, but got double plays in the first and second, then worked around a pair of singles in both the third and fourth.

After Pfeifer’s shut out performance, Miller, the Commodores’ closer, relieved and pitched the final four innings, striking out five and allowing just an unearned run.

"It’s a big deal…today we played outstanding defense, our hitters did really well, we kept pressure on (Georgia Tech) and it ended up turning out really well for us,” Pfeifer told vucommodores.com.

Farmer, who is expected to be drafted within the first six rounds of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft later this week, finished the his senior season at 9-5 with a 2.78 ERA and 121 strike outs in 113 1/3 innings pitched.

He was a two-time Atlantic Coast Conference first-team member and in his four years in Atlanta went 2-2 with a 2.45 ERA in five regional appearances.

Vanderbilt got to Farmer right away, making the right-hander throw 26 pitches in the first in grabbing a 1-0 lead. Farmer walked Mike Yastrzemski and Connor Harrell, Conrad Gregor followed with an infield single and Yastrzemski raced home from second for the first run of the night.

It was 2-0 in the second when Vince Conde led off with a single and later scored on Xavier Turner’s ground out.

Tech finally got on the scoreboard in the seventh when Daniel Spingola’s ground ball was misplayed by Conde at shortstop and A.J. Murray scored to make it 4-1.

Vanderbilt broke it open in the seventh, adding three runs on an error, safety squeeze and run-scoring single by Turner to go up 7-1.