by Knox Bardeenknoxbardeen@csssports.com
ATLANTA Georgia Tech busted out 12 runs on 18 hits Sunday to eliminate Austin Peay from the NCAA Atlanta Regional and move ahead to a championship showdown with Mississippi at Russ Chandler Stadium.
The Yellow Jackets hit four home runs and got a complete game from Buck Farmer to not only solve some of Techs scoring issues of late, but to save the bullpen for the second game of the double header.
I think we played a very good game all the way around," said head coach Danny Hall. "I knew that it was important for us to get the lead and I kind of jumped on them hard. We got a couple big home runs and Buck Farmer was very dominate. It was a great performance by him and a great performance by our team.
Farmer gave up just five hits and struck out nine Austin Peay batters in the rout.
Every Georgia Tech starter got at least one hit while Matt Skole and Daniel Palka the Yellow Jacket No. 3 and No. 4 hitters -- combined to go 6-for-9 with two home runs, six runs scored and four runs batted in.
For Georgia Tech to win the Atlanta Regional, not only was this Game 1 win over Austin Peay necessary, but the Yellow Jackets have to beat Mississippi State at 7 p.m. on CSS to force a deciding Monday championship.
I think its a major challenge they have only played two games," said Hall. "They are playing very well at all phase of the game. We have a major challenge on our hands but its something that we look forward to. We have worked hard to get ourselves in this position and now weve got a chance. Were going to go as hard as we can for as long as we can but I think theyre playing extremely well.