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We made the D1Baseball "Dean's List" for this weekend:
Georgia Tech was trending entirely the wrong direction after last weekend’s series loss to Kennesaw State in out of conference action, but the Jackets bounced back this weekend with a home series sweep of Clemson — two of the games won by a single run. With the three wins, GT is now an impressive 18-12 in the ACC. Lock them in to the tournament.
Here's what we have left:
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Here's some numbers for those interested:

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Was wondering where Parada was and hadn't really seen anybody mention it. According to the AJC CDH said he was out with "kind of an unusual reaction to a treatment."

My mind automatically jumped to "he must've gotten his second vaccine shot," but who knows. Either way, hopefully it isn't serious and we get him back this week. Makes it all that much sweeter that we got the sweep (and had some great offensive games) without our best hitter.
 

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From today's D1Baseball Weekly Chat:
Nate: How crazy is it that Georgia Tech scuffled for an entire month and still lead their division and are second in the league?

Aaron Fitt: It really is crazy; the ACC is just bizarre this year. Tech loses a series to Kennesaw State last week, then bounces back and sweeps a Clemson team that was coming off a sweep of Louisville. I mean, what? Georgia Tech had lost four of its last five series heading into this weekend, and yet somehow they're 18-12 in the league. I just don't get any of it.
 

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Updated D1Baseball Projected Field of 64

KNOXVILLE
1. Tennessee (6)
2. Georgia Tech
3. Liberty
4. VCU

Updated bids by conference: ACC (9), SEC (9), Pac 12 (6), Big 12 (5), Big Ten (5), Conference USA (4), American (2), Missouri Valley (2).
FIRST FIVE OUT:
Alabama, LSU, UC Santa Barbara, San Diego, Virginia
LAST FIVE IN:
Georgia, Kentucky, Tulane, Oklahoma State, Maryland

Baseball America's latest projections have us as the 2 seed in Charlotte.

CHARLOTTE
1. Charlotte (14)
2. Georgia Tech
3. Georgia
4. South Carolina - Upstate

From BA:
"Aside from the 16 hosts listed here, other contenders are Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Ole Miss, Southern Mississippi, and perhaps a fourth West Coast host to join Arizona, Oregon, and Stanford. A Big Ten host at this stage seems unlikely, done in by the conference's ever tightening standings."

Just listened to the D1Baseball podcast. We actually got a lot of talk in the top 16 discussion, so don't count us out of hosting yet. Obviously BA looks at us more kindly, as they have us as a better 2 seed. The only thing hurting us is that the committee is preselecting regional sites and they're narrowing it down to 20 any down now, so our resume is pretty much set for the chance to make that top 20. The good news is that the committee loves the Rusty C, so hopefully that scores us some bonus points.
 
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D1Baseball Week 12 Stock Report

Regional Hosts
SECURE TEAMS: The eight national seeds listed above (Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Texas, Mississippi State, TCU, Tennessee, Notre Dame); Arizona, Stanford, Texas Tech, Oregon, Florida, East Carolina

ON THE BUBBLE (IN): Louisiana Tech, Pittsburgh, Florida State

ON THE BUBBLE (OUT): Louisville, Charlotte, Gonzaga, UCLA, Southern Miss, Georgia Tech, UC Irvine, South Carolina, Oregon State

On Friday, the Division I Baseball Committee will name a pool of 20 potential sites for the 16 regionals, which will be narrowed to the final 16 on Memorial Day weekend. That means a team with positive momentum and a favorable schedule down the stretch will not have the opportunity to play its way into hosting position if it’s not already inside that group of top 20 teams.

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Next up for debate is the ACC logjam. Standard caveat: the RPI has very little meaning when comparing ACC teams to other conferences because ACC teams are playing 36 conference games and just 14 nonconference games; more cross-pollination is necessary for the RPI to matter. If the committee uses the RPI as its usual crutch and ignores the unique scheduling quirks of this pandemic-plagued season, it will be malpractice, plain and simple. So we’re going to give this committee the benefit of the doubt and assume it can evaluate ACC and Big Ten teams without leaning on the RPI. Pittsburgh reinforced its position with a series win against Boston College, improving the Panthers to 16-11 in the league with a No. 27 RPI and some very nice weekends on their resumé: at Florida State and vs. Miami (both sweeps), plus two of three vs. North Carolina and at Georgia Tech, and a nice nonconference win at regional-caliber Indiana State. And they offer an obvious geographic advantage, with easy access to both the Northeast and the Midwest. It would also be a new host, which typically appeals to the committee.

We have less conviction in Florida State as our 16th host, and we debated that spot ad nauseam on this week’s Nerdcast. The Seminoles have positive momentum with four straight series wins capped by an enormous road series win at Notre Dame this weekend, handing the Irish their first series loss of the season. A 17-13 ACC record with series wins at Notre Dame, at Georgia Tech, at Virginia Tech and a sweep at Miami should be enough to offset FSU’s Week Two sweep at the hands of Pitt and its road series loss at Louisville. But the 16-10 Cardinals are still percentage points ahead of FSU in the standings and own the head-to-head edge, so they can make their own case to be ahead of the ‘Noles — but we were a bit spooked by Clemson’s sweep of Louisville just last weekend, and we like FSU’s collection of high-end series wins more. Georgia Tech also vaulted into the conversation with a sweep of Clemson to climb to 18-12, percentage points ahead of Pitt in the Coastal Division — but we’re still turned off by Tech’s series loss to Kennesaw State last weekend, its fourth series loss in a span of five weeks. Still, 18-12 in the ACC with a road sweep of NC State and a home series win against Louisville puts Georgia Tech on the board. Of course, if the committee places its usual weight on the RPI, then the No. 41 Yellow Jackets, No. 49 Cardinals and No. 38 Seminoles will all get left out of the top 20 hosting candidates. Stay tuned.

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ACC (9 bids)
SAFELY IN: Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Florida State, Louisville, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Miami

ON THE BUBBLE (IN): NC State, Clemson

ON THE BUBBLE (OUT): Virginia, North Carolina
 
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