Tech earned its second ACC series win against six defeats on Sunday by taking the middle game from Pitt at Russ Chandler Stadium. Four of those series defeats were to teams inside the RPI top 15 as of Monday afternoon, according to warrennolan.com.
Tech was ranked No. 49 in RPI and clinging to hope that with a strong finish, it can qualify for the NCAA Tournament as an at-large seed. The website Boyd’s World projected that Tech needed seven more regular-seasons to get into the RPI top 45 going into the conference tournaments.
After Georgia, Tech plays at Duke (No. 116 in RPI) for a weekend series, has a home game against Georgia Southern (No. 76) and closes the regular season with a series with Virginia (No. 8).
To that end, the Jackets are in a position of needing every game they can have, including Tuesday. On top of a missed opportunity, getting swept by Georgia (No. 99) would not go over well with the selection committee.
As of the end of business Friday, 20,000 tickets had been sold. The attendance record for the series at Turner Field was 28,836, set in 2004.