Preview of the Atlanta Regional Gm 2: GT at Austin Peay

Preview of the Atlanta Regional Gm 2: GT at Austin Peay
June 2, 2011, 5:23 pm
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by Knox Bardeenknoxbardeen@csssports.com
ATLANTA The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (40-19) will host the Austin Peay Governors(33-22) Friday in the first round of the NCAA Baseball Tournament at RussChandler Stadium. The Yellow Jackets are hosting the NCAA Atlanta Regional thisweekend and welcome not only Austin Peay, but also Southern Miss andMississippi State.Firstpitch between the Yellow Jackets and the Governors is scheduled for Friday at 7p.m. and will be broadcast on CSS.GeorgiaTech is the No. 1 seed at the Atlanta Regional, and finished the regular seasonwith a share of the Atlantic Coast Conferences Coastal Division title.AustinPeay is the No. 4 seed in Atlanta and finished the year with not only the OhioValley Conferences regular-season crown, but also won the OVC Tournament.TheYellow Jackets will send junior Mark Pope to the mound on Friday. Theright-hander is 11-4 with a 1.77 ERA and is coming off of a 6 23 inningperformance against Clemson in the ACC Tournament where he gave up nine hitsand four runs and took a loss. Prior to that loss to Clemson, Pope hadnt givenup more than three runs in a start since April 8.JuniorJeremy Dobbs will pitch for Austin Peay. The lefty Dobbs has a 9-2record this season with a 3.43 ERA and averaged almost a strikeout per inning.Dobbs was the Ohio Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year and lead theconference in wins, was third in ERA and first in strikeouts. Dobbs has beenstingy of late, giving up just three earned runs over his last three starts.Thewinner of this game will move on to play the winner of the SouthernMiss-Mississippi State game on Saturday at 7 p.m. Georgia Tech starting pitcher Mark Pope helps hisbullpen by going deep into games. Hes thrown 100 or more pitches nine timesthis season and notched five complete games. Austin Peay starter Jeremy Dobbs is no stranger highpitch counts either. He only has one complete game, but 10 times has thrownover 100 pitches. Dobbs has only pitched past the seventh inning once this yearand has reached the 100-pitch plateau in the fifth inning twice. Georgia Tech and Austin Peay have only one other meetingbetween them; a 1996 NCAA Regional game where the Yellow Jackets won 14-3. The Yellow Jackets have 17 freshmen on the roster, the mostof any team in the country. One of them, Kyle Wren, led the ACC in hits(88) and finished third with a .352 batting average. Austin Peay is 1-6 lifetime in the NCAA Tournament. Governors first baseman John Hogan has six home runsin his last 10 games. The sophomore was selected to the All-OVC Team and leadAustin Peay with 13 home runs and 62 runs batted in.

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