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Tech baseball gets No. 8 national seed
Yellow Jackets play Mercer, Crimson Tide faces Elon in Fridays opening round
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ATLANTA — Georgia Tech, which was awarded a No. 8 national seed, will play host to Alabama (37-22), Elon (38-22) and Mercer (37-22) this weekend in the NCAA Division-I baseball tournament’s Atlanta Regional.

The double-elimination regional begins 3 p.m. Friday when No. 2 seed Alabama plays No. 3 seed Elon. No. 1 seed Georgia Tech plays No. 4 seed Mercer at 7 p.m. Friday. The losers of Friday’s games will play 3 p.m. Saturday, and the winners of Friday’s games will square off 7 pm. Saturday.

The winner of the Atlanta Regional will advance to one of eight two-team Super Regionals, which will ultimately determine the eight-team field for the College World Series.

Georgia Tech (45-13) was one of a record eight Atlantic Coast Conference teams to receive an NCAA Tournament bid. The Pac 10 and Southeastern Conference also had eight teams earn berths.

The Yellow Jackets swept a pair of regular season games from in-state rival Mercer, winning 15-8 in Macon on March 23 and 19-4 in Atlanta on March 24.

Elon is playing in the Atlanta Regional for the second straight year. Georgia Tech is 4-0 all-time against Elon including an 8-4 victory last season.

Alabama, the No. 2 seed, was the runner-up to LSU in last week’s SEC Tournament. The Yellow Jackets and Crimson Tide have not met on the baseball diamond since 1996 and have not met in the NCAA postseason since 1991. Alabama leads the all-time series 36-28-1 and the Yellow Jackets have not defeated the Tide since 1986.

It will be the 24th NCAA Tournament appearance in the last 26 years and the 26th NCAA appearance overall for Georgia Tech.
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