Winning two of three from both and beating Southeast Missouri State would put Tech at 32-24 with a league record of 15-15.
However, Boyd Nation, who runs the baseball RPI website boydsworld.com, said that even such a finish “would leave them pretty nervous.”
There is some precedent for ACC teams getting in with similar records to the Jackets, should they finish 32-24 and 15-15 in the regular season. In 2016, Boston College (31-19 overall before the ACC Tournament, 13-15 ACC), Duke (33-21, 14-15), N.C. State (34-18, 15-13), Wake Forest (32-23, 13-17) and Tech itself (33-20, 13-16) all made it in.
However, all those teams had RPI ratings inside of 40 and four of the five were inside 30. Tech, as noted above, is at No. 48.
Tech could have helped itself greatly with just one win over Georgia (RPI: 3), North Carolina (No. 4) and Clemson (No. 7), but were 0-9 against those three teams. The Jackets did win a home series against Florida State (No. 5), but after that their best series win is against Miami (No. 77).
It’s certainly possible for the Jackets to squeeze in, but there’s not much room for error.
“We all want it,” Hall said. “We work hard for it. It’s here in front of us. Hopefully we’re going to play our best baseball.”