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Tech awaits NCAA fate

After playing three games in three days at the ACC Tournament at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, the Georgia Tech baseball team will have to play the waiting game when it comes to its future postseason fate.

The Yellow Jackets (34-25), who dropped their final two ACC Tournament games to Virginia and Virginia Tech after beating Florida State in the opener Wednesday will be hoping to be named one of the at-large teams when the NCAA Tournament field of 64 is announced Monday at noon.

Tech was the No. 6 seed when the conference tournament began and got things started in dramatic fashion, beating the Seminoles 4-3 thanks to back-to-back home runs by A.J. Murray and Mott Hyde in the top of the ninth inning. In that game, Rockdale graduate and first-team all-ACC member Buck Farmer tossed seven innings of three-run ball and struck out eight in a no-decision.

"Buck's been a big game pitcher for us for four years, our team has a lot of confidence in him," Tech coach Danny Hall said afterward. "He pitched tremendous."

Unfortunately for Hall, that was the last time Tech would win in Durham.

Thursday against Virginia, Dusty Isaacs allowed three home runs and Tech's offense couldn't figure out Cavalier's left-hander Scott Silverstein (8 IP, 2 ER, 6 K).

In Friday's tournament finale, Virginia Tech got the go-ahead run in the seventh against Tech left-hander Jonathan King to win its third straight game and move into today's championship game against either North Carolina or N.C. State.

King, just a freshman, took the tough-luck loss, scattering nine hits in 6 innings.

"I thought we played really well. Jonathan pitched really well," Hall said.

The NCAA Tournament is broken down into 16, double-elimination regionals, and the survivor of each regional advances to the eight super regionals. The eight winners from the super regionals will play in the College World Series on June 15-26 in Omaha, Neb.

Tech hasn't advanced past the super regional level since 2006 when it lost its two World Series games to Cal State Fullerton and conference rival Clemson.