ATLANTA - Matt Wieters homered twice to finish off an amazing weekend and Ryan Turner had the longest outing of his career as Georgia Tech completed its unbeaten run through the NCAA's Atlanta Regional with an 8-4 win over Vanderbilt on Sunday night.
The Yellow Jackets (48-16) advanced to the super regional for the third year in a row and fifth time in seven seasons. They'll play host to College of Charleston next weekend.
The Cougars will have to find a way to stop Wieters, who had a stunning regional. He reached base in 14 of 15 plate appearances, including the last 11.
Oh, yeah, Wieters also picked up a save in Georgia Tech's first regional win, after catching the first eight innings, and got the final two outs of the deciding game after Turner put two runners on in the ninth.
To the surprise of no one, he was named MVP of the regional.
Wieters homered over the center-field wall in the third to break a scoreless tie, then finished off Vanderbilt (38-27) with a two-run shot to right in the seventh, giving Turner an 8-1 cushion.
- In the earlier elimination game, Pedro Alvarez and Ryan Davis homered for Vanderbilt, which seemed to get every disputed call to beat Michigan, 5-4.
Michigan (43-21) erased a 2-0 deficit with three runs in the sixth, but Vanderbilt went back ahead with a two-run seventh. Alex Feinberg led off with a double and took off for third on a wild pitch. He was awarded home when catcher Jeff Kunkel slid to retrieve the ball just short of the Michigan dugout but stuck a foot onto the first step - technically, out of play.
David Macias set up the go-ahead run with a one-out double down the right-field line. He took third on a wild pitch and came home when Derek VanBuskirk made a diving catch on Brian Hernandez's sinking liner in right-center field.
Macias scrambled back to third, tagged up and made it home ahead of the throw. The Michigan dugout erupted, believing that Macias left the bag early in his haste to tag, but a television replay appeared to back up the umpire's call.