State college baseball teams head to conference tourneys

Telegraph StaffMay 20, 2012 

The Georgia Tech and Mercer baseball teams had to earn their way into their respective conference tournaments during the final weekend of the regular season.

Georgia knew it was in the SEC tournament and didn’t have to sweat out the final weekend. All three, along with Georgia Southern, head to their conference tournaments this week.

Georgia has the eighth seed for the SEC tournament and will face No. 5 Vanderbilt on Tuesday night at Regions Park in Hoover, Ala. The Bulldogs (31-24) faced the Commodores (29-25) early in the conference season, and Vanderbilt won two of the three games in the series.

The 10-team SEC tournament runs through Sunday. It features a double-elimination format until Saturday when it becomes single elimination.

The ACC tournament features pool play in Durham, N.C.

Georgia Tech will face Florida State at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Virginia at 11 a.m. on Friday and Clemson at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The teams that finish with the best record in each pool will play for the championship Sunday.

Mercer swept USC Upstate this past weekend to earn the fifth seed for the A-Sun tournament. The Bears (37-19) open the tournament against the Spartans at 11 a.m. on Wednesday in Deland, Fla.

Georgia Southern is the sixth seed for the Southern Conference tournament, which will be played in Greenville, S.C. The Eagles face Elon at 1 p.m. on Wednesday in the first round.

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