Georgia Tech ace will not face College of Charleston in NCAA regional

Georgia Tech freshman Cole Pitts will pitch against College of Charleston on Friday in the NCAA baseball tournament in Gainesville, Fla.

Georgia Tech coach Danny Hall has decided not to start ace pitcher Buck Farmer against College of Charleston in the NCAA baseball tournament Friday, holding him back for a potential matchup with No. 1 national seed Florida.

The Yellow Jackets will instead go with freshman right-hander Cole Pitts when they face the Cougars at 1 p.m. Friday in Gainesville, Fla.

Pitts, a 32nd-round draft pick by Cleveland last year, is 6-4 with a 4.36 earned-run average this season. Farmer is 8-3 with an ERA of 3.43

“If things work out the way I think they might work out, I think that we’re going to need Buck to beat Florida,” Hall told reporters today.

The Cougars are slated to start junior Christian Powell (9-3, 2.39 ERA), the Southern Conference pitcher of the year.

Georgia Tech (36-24), a surprise winner of the ACC tournament, is the No. 2 seed in the Gainesville regional. College of Charleston (37-20), the SoCon regular-season co-champion, is No. 3.

No. 1 Florida (42-18) is set to face No. 4 Bethune-Cookman (34-25) at 7 p.m. Friday.