Georgia Tech tops Miami to win 8th ACC baseball title

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — If anyone had told Jake Davies last week that he’d be the MVP of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, he would have called them crazy.

It’s been one of those wild stretches, though, for Georgia Tech’s baseball team.

Mott Hyde homered and Sam Dove had three of Georgia Tech’s 15 hits as the Yellow Jackets won 8-5 over Miami (36-21) on Sunday to become the first No. 8 seed to win the ACC tournament.

It was Georgia Tech’s eighth ACC baseball title, and its first since 2005.

“I just came in with the idea that it was my last hurrah and I should go play as hard as I could,” said Davies, a senior who hit .438 with four homers and 11 RBI over the four games and pitched six innings in a victory.

Georgia Tech (36-24) won four games in Greens­boro to earn the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament’s 64-team field.

SEC TOURNAMENT

MISSISSIPPI STATE 3, VANDERBILT 0

In Hoover, Ala., Ross Mitchell pitched five-plus scoreless innings to help Mississippi State claim the Southeastern Conference tournament championship with a victory over
Vanderbilt (33-25).

The Bulldogs (39-22) ride a hot streak into the NCAA regionals, having won eight of their past nine games after league coaches picked them to finish fifth in the SEC West. It’s Mississippi State’s seventh SEC tournament title and its first since 2005.

GAMECOCKS NAMED HOST

Two-time defending national champion South Carolina was one of 16 schools selected as a host site for the NCAA Division I baseball tournament.

The Gamecocks are one of three Southeastern Conference teams chosen as hosts, along with Florida and Louisiana State University.

The Atlantic Coast Conference had five schools selected: Florida State, Miami, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Virginia.

Also selected as hosts are: Baylor, Purdue, Rice, Texas A&M, Arizona, Oregon, Stanford and UCLA.

The rest of the tournament field will be announced today.

– Associated Press


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