Atlanta Regional: At a glance

Georgia Tech
• Seed: No. 1 n Record: 40-19
• Conference: Atlantic Coast
• Bid: At-large
• In a nutshell: This is the third consecutive year Tech has hosted a regional, despite a 5-5 finish and 1-2 showing in the ACC Tournament. The Yellow Jackets rank second in the ACC in hitting (.304) and ERA (2.84), and they’re led by freshman Kyle Wren (.352 average) and junior Mark Pope (11-4, 1.77 ERA).

Southern Miss
• Seed: No. 2 n Record: 39-17
• Conference: Conference USA
• Bid: At-large
• In a nutshell: The Golden Eagles began their 2009 CWS run in Atlanta, but a few obstacles stand in the way of an encore. Weekend starters Geoffrey Thomas (10-3, 3.09) and Jona-than Thompson (7-1, 3.49) are academically ineligible, and outfielder Tyler Koelling (.367) is suffering from a hamstring injury.

Mississippi State
• Seed: No. 3 n Record: 34-23
• Conference: SEC
• Bid: At-large
• In a nutshell: It’s MSU’s first regional since 2007, and it’s been a long road here. State’s starting pitching and offense have both been maddeningly inconsistent, but strong relief pitching has saved the day more than once. This is still a relatively young team and is coming off a two-and-out effort at the SEC Tournament.

Austin Peay
• Seed: No. 4 n Record: 33-22
• Conference: Ohio Valley
• Bid: Automatic
• In a nutshell: The Governors won the OVC Tournament as the No. 1 seed. This team does several things well, not the least of which is stealing bases. Its 95 swipes led the OVC by a lot – second-place Eastern Kentucky had 57. Junior Jeremy Dobbs (9-2, 3.43) was named the conference pitcher of the year.
Compiled by Brad Locke

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