Both Yellow Jackets played key rolls in Wareham's late-season surge
Brandon Thomas and Buck Farmer to return for senior seasons
Davies and Cruz are the 43rd and 44th All-Americans since 1957
Jake Davies is learning the "business of baseball" with the Gulf Coast League Red Sox
Georgia Tech's three selections are the most for the program since 2006
Georgia Tech Baseball senior pitcher/first baseman Jake Davies sat down with Wes Durham to talk about the team and some of his off the field talents
Georgia Tech Baseball head coach Danny Hall, pitcher Buck Farmer and 1B/P Jake Davies talk to the media as part of a preseason press conference
Georgia Tech Throttles No. 19 Virginia, 17-5, in the ACC Tournament on Friday.
Awards & Honors:
*2011 Second Team All-ACC
Talented player that will pitch and hit ... A gamer with a good approach at the plate ... Has gap-to-gap power... A competitor on the mound who displays very good control ... One of the top lefties out of the bullpen in 2009 and 2010, but was All-ACC at first base in 2011 ... Will be looked to out of the bullpen and is a candidate to start at first base or designated hitter again in 2012.
First baseman earned All-ACC Second Team honors ... started 56 games, 51 at first base and five as a designated hitter ... Batted .347 with 13 doubles, one triple, five home runs and 35 RBI ... Carried a .416 on-base percentage and a .482 slugging percentage ... His batting average was the sixth-best in the ACC and the second best on the team ... Hit a .368 clip in conference games alone, third best among the league ... A key cog during Tech's 16-game win streak early in the season, batting .400 with 26 hits, four home runs, and 15 RBI during the stretch ... Made one relief appearance on the mound, tossing 1/3 of an inning against Kent State on Feb. 20 ... In the second game of the season opener, hit .500 on the day and scored 2 runs in the Wreck's win (February 19) .... Had a big day in a win over Rutgers where he was perfect at the plate in 4 at-bats with 2 doubles and 3 RBI (March 4) ... Led the team with a .615 average in the series (March 4-6) ... Worked his way into being the everyday first baseman and hit his first home run of the year off of Maryland (March 12) ... Put together a .500 series against NC State (March 18-20)...3-6 including a home run in the big win over rival Georgia (March 22) ... Had a 7-game hit streak come to an end in the finale of the Miami series after seeing 2 hits in each of the first two games (March 25-27) ... Hit his first career triple in the rubber match against Duke and helped lead the Jackets to a victory by hitting .500 in the series (April 1-3) ... He had multiple hits in all three games ... Batted .500 (6-for-12) with four RBI in the series against No. 1 Virginia (4/8-10) ... Was 4-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI to lead the Jackets in a 10-8 win on Sunday ... Knocked in the game-winning run with a 12th inning sacrifice fly in the series finale against Wake Forest (4/17) ... Also drew three walks and scored twice in the game ... Went 2-for-3 with two runs scored in a midweek game against Mercer (4/19) ... Batted .455 (5-for-11) in a series win over No. 9 North Carolina ... Drove in three-runs as a part of a five-run 9th inning rally to even the series on Saturday (5/14) ... Was 3-for-3 in the finale on Sunday (5/15) ... Had four hits during the ACC Championships (5/25-28), including a pair in a loss to Clemson (5/25) and a win over NC State (5/26).
Served as Tech's primary left-handed reliever ... Posted a 2-0 record and a 3.52 ERA in 17 relief appearances ... Had 10 strikeouts in 15.1 innings pitched ... Did not allow a run in 10 of his 17 outings ... Also played 17 games in the field, making three starts at DH ... Batted .200 with a double and three RBI ... Went 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI against Missouri State (2/20) ... Pitched a scoreless ninth-inning, allowing just one hit while striking out two against Rutgers (3/6) ... Came in to face one-batter, forcing a popup while picking up the win against Wake Forest (3/13) Was 1-for-1 with a 2-RBI single at Maryland (3/20) ... Pitched a season-high 2.1 innings against No. 17 North Carolina (3/27), earning the win after holding the Tar Heels to no runs on just two hits ... Made two scoreless relief appearances, allowing just one hit in 3.0 innings in the series against No. 20 Clemson (4/16-17) ... Pitched a scoreless inning of relief with a strikeout against No. 5 Miami (5/15).
The left-handed reliever made 27 appearances out of the bullpen, 19 of which were scoreless outings ... Posted a 3-0 record with a 3.54 era in 28.0 innings pitched ... Allowed just four of his 31 inherited runners to score this season, and zero of the last 12 ... Struck out three and gave up just one hit in a scoreless, 2.0-inning appearance against Rutgers (2/28) ... Worked two scoreless and hitless innings against Maryland (3/7) ... Struck out the side in an inning of work against Kennesaw State (3/18) ... Picked up the win against Virginia Tech (3/20) after Tech scored six in the ninth inning to go ahead, 10-9 ... Worked a scoreless inning in relief against the Hokies the following day (3/21) ... Tossed 3.1 innings in relief against Georgia State (3/24), limiting the Panthers to one unearned run on one hit while striking out two ... Worked 2/3 of an inning in relief, holding No. 2 Miami scoreless in the eighth to help preserve a 6-4 win for the Yellow Jackets ... Tossed a scoreless inning in Tech's 10-6, come-from-behind, 11-inning win over North Carolina (4/5) ... Struck out two Tar Heel batters on eight total pitches in the series finale (4/5) ... Made three scoreless appearances against Virginia (4/10-12) ... Entered the game against No. 1 Georgia (4/15) with the bases loaded in the seventh inning and struck out two batters to get out of the jam ... Earned his second win of the season by striking out a pair of Western Carolina batters (4/21) after entering with runners on in the opening game of the series (4/21) ... Tossed 1.2 scoreless innings against Florida State (5/9), holding the Seminoles hitless while striking out one ... Had two scoreless appearances in the ACC Championships - against Miami (5/20) and Florida State (5/23) ... Worked one inning of relief while striking out one and picking up the win in an 8-4 victory over Elon in the NCAA Atlanta Regional (5/31) ... Also made 17 plate appearances on the season, five of which resulted in walks ... Picked up his first career hit - a home run - in the final game of the series at Virginia Tech (3/22) ... Made his first start as a DH against Georgia Southern (4/7).
Three-year letterwinner for baseball coach Doug Campbell at Eagles Landing ... Captain of the team his junior and senior seasons ... Led Eagles Landing to the state title in 2006 and state runner-up finish in 2007 ... Tabbed the Class A Player of the Year in 2006 and 2007 ... Rated the No. 148 high school prospect by Baseball America's Prospects Plus ... Also earned three letters in football and three letters in basketball ... Long-time member of the East Cobb Baseball Program, and most recently helped the East Cobb Yankees to the 2008 Connie Mack World Series title ... Holds the East Cobb record for home runs in a season (50) ... Two-year member of the Eagles Landing Honor Roll.
Full name is Jake Arthur Davies ... Born September 15, 1989 ... Son of Hiram and Carolyn Davies ... Brother, Kyle Davies, was a former Tech recruit that currently plays for the Kansas City Royals ... Business management major at Georgia Tech.