The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets stayed alive in the Gainesville Regional on Saturday with a 12-3 win over the Bethune Cookman Wildcats. Although the final score made it seem like this one was a blowout, the Wildcats tied the score 3-3 after four innings and the score was only 6-3 heading into the ninth. In the end, the tiny school from Daytona Beach just didn’t have enough pitching to compete with the big schools from the SEC and ACC, the two toughest conferences in College Baseball.
Georgia Tech, who lost to UConn in a 7-6 thriller on Friday in the Regional’s opening game, will get a rematch on Sunday with the Huskies, who they trailed 7-0 after two innings but rallied to put the tying run on third base when the game ended. The Huskies lost to the top seeded Florida Gators on Saturday night, 6-5. Jonathan India hit a home run in the eighth to break a 5-5 tie to give the Gators a 2-0 mark in the Gainesville Regional. They will await the winner of Georgia Tech-UConn in the second game on Sunday.
Tech-UConn promises to be another thriller, with elimination at stake for the loser. Don’t just assume the loser will bow out in the nightcap to the Gators though. Whichever team wins the opener on Sunday promises to be a tough out for Florida.
One thing that will make Florida tough to beat though is Peter Alonso is on fire since his return from injury. He hit his third home run of the Regional to give the Gators a 5-3 lead in the fifth inning. But the Huskies quickily answered back with three runs in the bottom of the fifth to chase A.J. Puk, who still has only two wins on the season.
If the Gators are to win the Regional, Super Regional and then the College World Series, Puk needs to pitch much better than he did against UConn where he failed to get out of the fifth. They also need for J. J. Schwarz to be more productive. Schwarz struck out with runners on first and third with one out in a 5-5 tie.
If Schwarz starts getting some big hits, then Florida will be tough to beat as they are getting great production from the rest of the order.