What Vanderbilt baseball should do to beat Georgia Tech in NCAA regional

After a 10-0 blowout of Presbyterian on Friday night, Vanderbilt baseball advanced to the winners bracket of the Nashville Regional of the NCAA Tournament, where it will face Georgia Tech on Saturday (6 p.m., ESPNU).

The Yellow Jackets (30-23) won a thriller against Indiana State in the early game Friday, scoring five runs into the seventh for a 7-6 victory.

Georgia Tech, which finished atop the ACC Coastal division and fell in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament, performed well in conference play this year with a 21-15 record that was second-best in the ACC. However, the Yellow Jackets were just 7-6 in non-conference play. Against SEC teams this year, Georgia Tech lost a one-off game with Auburn and won both matchups with Georgia.

Here are the keys for No. 4 overall seed Vanderbilt (41-15) to win and advance to the championship game on Sunday:

Jack Leiter must go deep in the game

Jack Leiter, the presumed starter Saturday, doesn’t necessarily need to be world-beating to beat Georgia Tech, but he does need to give Vanderbilt several good innings. The Yellow Jackets got to the Sycamores after Indiana State went to its bullpen. The Commodores shouldn’t risk the same fate. If Leiter can go deep into the game and not make the bullpen do too much, Vanderbilt will be in a good spot.

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