Atlanta Regional Information

For those of you going to the Atlanta NCAA Baseball Regional, here's your one-stop location for everything you want to know about it and even some things you don't.

TOURNAMENT GAME TIMES (EASTERN TIME)

Friday, June 4
3 p.m. - Game 2, No. 2 seed (Texas Tech) vs. No. 3 seed (MSU)
7 p.m. - Game 1, No. 1 seed (Georgia Tech) vs. No. 4 seed (JSU)

Saturday, June 5
11 a.m. - Game 3, Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2
3 p.m. - Game 4, Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game
7 p.m. - Game 5, Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4

Sunday, June 6
1 p.m. - Game 6, Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5 (first possible championship game)
45 minutes after Game 6 - Game 7, Same teams, if necessary

TICKETS

Tournament Books, Reserved Chairback Seat, $84
Tournament Books, Reserved Bench Seat, $70
Single Game, Reserved Chairback Seat, $12
Single Game, Reserved Bench Seat, $10
Single Game, General Admission, $8
Single Game, Student General Admission, $6

HOW THEY GOT IN

No. 1 seed is Georgia Tech (41-19): Georgia Tech, currently ranked as high as 5th in the nation, came on strong the last two weeks of the season, going from a record of 21-17 and a national ranking of 15th to their current record and a national 4 seed overall in the NCAA Regionals. GT had a 20-game winning streak broken when Florida State defeated them twice to win the ACC Tournament. They have appeared in the NCAA Regionals 19 of the last 20 years.

No. 2 seed is Texas Tech (38-19): 22nd ranked Texas Tech, which went 0-2 in the Big 12 Tournament, have split their last 12 games. They are appearing in the NCAA Regionals for the 9th time in the last 10 years.

No. 3 seed is Mississippi State (34-22): The unranked Bulldogs, winners of 6 of their last 7 games, got in the hard way. After failing to get into their conference tournament, they received an at-large bid. MSU has been in a regional 21 of the last 27 years.

No. 4 seed is Jacksonville State (31-27): The unranked Gamecocks, who have won 17 of their last 25 games, earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament after capturing the 2004 OVC Tournament crown. They are coached by former Mississippi State pitching coach Jim Case. Two former Mississppi State players, RHP/DH Robby Goodson and OF Winston Pearson, also play on the team. Since moving from D-II to D-I, this is their first appearance in the NCAA Regionals.

CONFERENCES REPRESENTED

ACC - Georgia Tech. The ACC put 6 teams in the NCAA Regionals.
SEC - Mississippi State. The SEC put a record 9 team in the NCAA Regionals.
Big 12 - Texas Tech. The Big 12 put 6 teams in the NCAA Regionals.
Ohio Valley - Jacksonville State. The OVC put 1 team in the NCAA Regionals.

RUSS CHANDLER STADIUM

Located in downtown Atlanta on the Georgia Tech campus, the stadium's capacity is 4,157. The dimensions are 328 feet down the left field line, 391 in left center field, 400 to straight away center field, 353 to right center, and 334 down the right field line. The deepest part of the ballpark measures 409 feet just to the left of center field. The outfield wall is 10 feet tall.

TEAMS HITTING, PITCHING AND FIELDING

Georgia Tech
Hitting - .319 with 61 home runs and 533 runs scored in 60 games.
Stolen Bases - Stole 101 bases in 131 attempts.
Pitching - 4.86 ERA. Teams are hitting .265 against them.
Fielding - .974 fielding average.

Texas Tech
Hitting - .314 with 81 home runs and 524 runs scored in 57 games.
Stolen Bases - Stole 136 bases in 161 attempts.
Pitching - 4.56 ERA. Teams are hitting .274 against them.
Fielding - .966 fielding average.

Mississippi State
Hitting - .311 with 55 home runs and 359 runs scored in 56 games.
Stolen Bases - Stole 39 bases in 61 attempts.
Pitching - 4.29 ERA. Teams are hitting .260 against them.
Fielding - .964 fielding average.

Jacksonville State
Hitting - .285 with 64 home runs and 371 runs scored in 58 games.
Stolen Bases - Stole 35 bases in attempts.
Pitching - 4.86 ERA. Teams are hitting .299 against them.
Fielding - .957 fielding average.

PLAYER CLASSIFICATIONS

Georgia Tech:
SR - 3, JR - 12, SO - 8, FR- 13.

Texas Tech:
SR - 5, JR - 24, SO - 0, FR - 4.

Mississippi State:
SR - 3, JR - 7, SO - 12, FR - 19.

Jacksonville State:
SR - 8, JR - 4, SO - 7, FR -10.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Georgia Tech:
Micah Owings - Hitting .319 with 15 home runs and 62 RBI.
RHP Micah Owings - 8-2 record with a 3.62 ERA while starting 13 games.
RHP Andrew Kown - 9-1, 3.65, 15 starts.
RHP Brian Burks - 4.78, 7-5, 13 starts.
Eric Patterson - .314-7-43 with 45 stolen bases in 50 attempts.
Steven Blackwood - .369-3-61
Clifton Remole - .345-3-52.
Brandon Boggs - .330-8-55.

Texas Tech:
Cameron Blair - .378-14-77, 19 of 22 in stolen bases.
Josh Brady - .356-19-84, 30 of 33 in stolen bases.
Josh Haney - .341-10-52.
Michael Mask - .325-14-66.
LHP Dallas Braden - 4.40, 5-4, 16 starts.
RHP Michael McGowan - 4.58, 2-1, 13 starts.
RHP Steven Thomas - 4.91, 3-7, 13 starts.
RHP Corey Gerstner 2.54 ERA, 7-1 record. 21 relief appearances.
RHP John Milton - 3.57, 4-1 record, 3 starts.

Mississippi State:
Brad Corley - .378-18-52.
Craig Tatum - .333-12-57.
Jeffrey Rea - .320-2-30, 11 of 19 in stolen bases.
Steve Gendron - .310-4-35.
Brad Jones - .3108-35.
RHP Saunders Ramsey - 2.27, 7-1, 4 saves.
RHP Todd Doolittle - 3.86, 3-2, 7 starts.
RHP Jeff Lacher - 4.07 4-6, 13 starts.
RHP Alan Johnson - 5.45, 3-3, 12 starts.
RHP Josh Johnson - 3.96, 5-1, 8 starts.

Jacksonville State:
Bobby Hicks - .376-11-44.
Winston Pearson - .333-5-21.
Austin Stein - .328-12-54.
Robby Goodson - .304-15-46.
RHP Robby Goodson.... 2.83, 2-2, 8 saves in 22 relief appearances.
RHP Bobby Wynns - 2.67, 9-6, 17 starts.
RHP C.R. Palmer - 3.80, 9-5, 16 starts.
RHP Josh Forrest..... 6.03 2-3, 10 starts.

TOP 200 PRO PROSPECTS PER PROSPECTS PLUS)

Georgia Tech (5): Second baseman Eric Patterson is rated the 59th best player among draft eligible players. Outfielder Brandon Boggs is rated 112th. Catcher Mike Nickeas is rated the 192nd best player. Sophomore RHP Micah Owings and RHP Andrew Kown are rated the 52nd and 55th best players. They also have 4 other players rated among the top 19 college players in Georgia; RHP Brian Burks (12th), first baseman Clifton Remole (13th), outfielder Jeremy Slayden (16th) and RHP Nick Wagner (19th).

Texas Tech: (0) While they don't have any players ranked among the top 200 in the nation, they have a couple that are ranked among the top 20 college players in Texas; first baseman Josh Brady (18th) and outfielder Michael Mack (19th).

Mississippi State (1): Sophomore catcher Craig Tatum is rated the 107th best player among draft eligible players. MSU has 4 other draft eligble players among the top college players in Mississippi; infielder Steve Gendron (7th), RHP Jamie Gant (10th), outfielder Jon Mungle (15th) and infielder Thomas Berkery (17th).

Jacksonville State (0): Although they don't have any players rated among the nation's top 200 players, they have a couple rated among the top 25 college players in Alabama, DH/RHP Robby Goodson is rated 13th and RHP Boby Wynns is rated 22nd.


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