It was reminiscent of many other crash landings by the Tech pitching staff, which finished the regular season second to last in ERA (6.50) and opponent batting average (.287) in the ACC. Tech coach Danny Hall had been encouraged by his staff in the three-game sweep of Pitt, in which the Jackets held the Panthers to 17 runs for the three games and a .250 batting average.
On Tuesday, Pitt amassed 16 hits, four for extra bases. Of the 12 runs allowed, 11 were earned.
After the Louisville game Thursday, Tech will return to Atlanta and await assignment for the NCAA Tournament, the team’s third in as many seasons. If past form holds, Tech likely will be sent to a four-team regional hosted by an SEC opponent. While Tech’s bats will strike fear into virtually any opponent the Jackets will face, the pitching staff remains a looming question mark.