by Knox Bardeenknoxbardeen@css-sports.comATLANTA After Fridays action at Russ Chandler Stadium on Day 1 of the NCAA Atlanta Regional the winners and losers brackets are set for weekend action.
Georgia Tech and Southern Mississippi, the top two seeds, will play in the losers bracket after both were upset Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. in a loser-go-home elimination game.
Austin Peay and Mississippi State will compete in the night-cap, winners bracket game at 7 p.m.
Georgia Tech vs. Southern Mississippi, 3 p.m.
Saturdays first game is between the two top seeds in the Atlanta Regional, the Yellow Jackets and the Golden Eagles as both teams were upset in the opening round.
Southern Miss was blanked by Mississippi State, 3-0, while Georgia Tech lost, 2-1, to Austin Peay.
The Golden Eagles have been shut out three times in their last seven games and will look to get the bats going in a must-win situation Saturday., Head Coach Scott Berry hasnt yet decided who will pitch for Southern Miss on Saturday. Hell likely decide between freshman Boomer Scarborough or junior Josh Thomason, both right-handers.
The Yellow Jackets will look to bounce back with Jed Bradley on the mound Saturday. Bradley is 6-3 with a 3.59 ERA and gave up one earned run in his last start on May 26 in 5 13 innings of work against N.C. State. Bradley has given up 14 earned runs in his last three starts.
First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. on CSS.
Mississippi State vs. Austin Peay, 7 p.m.
In an unlikely winners bracket matchup, the No. 3 seed Mississippi State takes on the No. 4 seed Austin Peay. Both pulled off upsets over the top seeds in Fridays opening round.
Mississippi State will send freshman Evan Mitchell to the mound on Saturday. Mitchell is 5-1 with a 3.49 ERA this season with 39 strikeouts in 38 23 innings. In his last start he gave up two earned runs and five hits to Florida in five innings of work.
Austin Peay will counter with lefty Jeremy Dobbs Saturday. Dobbs in 9-2 with a 3.43 ERA this season and was named the Ohio Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year. Dobbs has given up just three earned runs over his last three starts and threw a 4-hit, 1-run gem in his last start a win over Tennessee Tech.
The Bulldogs won the coin toss and will be the home team Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. on CSS.