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.