Conference tournament action is officially upon us! Here’s a look at some headlines from across Division I in Georgia:
GEORGIA TECH: Georgia Tech kicked off its ACC Tournament schedule on Tuesday against Pitt, falling in game one by a final of 2-1. The ACC utilizes a pool play-style bracket, with four pools of three teams each. Each team in every pool will play the other two once and the winners of each pool will advance to the semifinals on Saturday with the ACC Championship occuring on Sunday. The ACC Tournament is taking place once again at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina. Unfortunately, the Jackets are statistically eliminated from reaching the semifinals with Monday’s loss. (Even if UNC and Pitt should go 1-1, the tie goes to the highest seed (UNC)).
BART MANIA: Georgia Tech’s star catcher, Joey Bart, has been named ACC Player of the Year after leading the conference in batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging. According to draft experts, Bart is expected to be an early selection in next month’s MLB Draft — with many projecting Bart to be selected within the top five picks of the first round. Bart, a graduate of Buford High School, was also named ACC’s Defensive Player of the Year and is also in the running for National Player of the Year and the Johnny Bench Award. There are reportedly dozens of scouts present at the ACC tournament to observe the junior.
THE MIRACLE RUN CONTINUES: Earning the #3 seed in the SEC tournament, the Dawgs will enjoy a bye on Tuesday before beginning double-elimination play on Wednesday. They’ll face the winner of Texas A&M and Vanderbilt tomorrow at 10:30am in Hoover, Alabama. The SEC utilizes a traditional double-elimination tournament format until the semifinal round, which becomes single-elimination. The SEC championship game will take place on Sunday at 3pm. Winning a couple tournament matchups would all but guarantee UGA’s bid to host an NCAA regional.
SUN BELT: Georgia State gets underway in SunBelt action today with Southern kicking off tomorrow. For more on this, check out Steven’s article here.
SOCON: No. 5 seeded Mercer will square off with No. 4 VMI on Wednesday at 9am. The SoCon also utilizes a traditional double-elimination tournament format with the championship game taking place on Sunday.
KSU: Kennesaw will face North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida on Wednesday to open the ASUN tournament.
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