No. 3 in the nation

It should be an interesting next few weeks for the Tech baseball team, which just won its 10th straight.

The Jackets whipped Kennesaw State 11-0 Tuesday as Zach Von Tersch, Jed Bradley and Brandon Cumpton combined on a 2-hitter. Bradley retired the first 13 batters he faced. He struck out seven over five innings.

Matt Skole had three hits, and Jeff Rowland went 1-for-2 with three walks and two runs scored.

The teams meet again at 6 p.m. today at Russ Chandler Stadium, and we’ll be there to cover it. Look for more baseball coverage as the season progresses.

In the latest poll by Collegiate Baseball, the Jackets are No. 3 nationally. It’s the highest Tech has been ranked in three years. Tech held the top spot in 2006, which also was the last time the Jackets made the College World Series.

The Jackets are 13-1, and they’re averaging 12 runs over their last six games. Sweet-swinging Tony Plagman (.357, 5 HR, 19 RBIs, .732 slugging) is one of seven regulars hitting at least .300.

But the schedule is about to get a lot more difficult. Take a look at these upcoming games:

March 25 vs. Georgia (ranked No. 4)

March 27-29 at Miami (ranked No. 9)

April 3-5 vs. North Carolina (ranked No. 1)

April 10-12 vs. Virginia (ranked No. 7)

April 14 at Georgia

Tech made the CWS in 1994, 2002 and 2006. What do you think are the chances for another trip this year?

30 comments Add your comment

Atlanta Jackets

March 18th, 2009
7:20 am

First! Like the baseball team will be! LOL!

I love the ping of metal bats. Ping! LOL!


March 18th, 2009
7:39 am

Nothing matters except beating the the redneck hounds on March 25th. The Tickle Pile after we beat their asses in Basketball and Football was wonderful and I would expect nothing less.THWG!!!


March 18th, 2009
8:41 am

Its that time of year. Looks like its about time for Tech baseball to choke like it always does.


March 18th, 2009
9:19 am

Slim and none, and slim is at the bus station waiting to leave town!


March 18th, 2009
10:27 am

I cannot carry on this charade any longer. As many of you probably suspected, I am not really a Georgia Tech fan. I am a g@y UGA fan. I know that Tech does not have Tickle Piles, and I only post that they do so I can impress my g@y UGA (and there are a lot more of us than you might think). I apologize for my immature behavior and hope that you can forgive me. Sincerely, Yellowblood.


March 18th, 2009
10:30 am

I don’t understand the lack of confidence here….sure we dropped one to GA. Southern and almost let BC get the best of us, be we’ve completely ripped every other team we played. UGAy’s only two losses are to unranked Bama, and they got beat pretty well both times (as opposed to our one loss against an unranked by only two points). UNC is what I would be worried about.


March 18th, 2009
11:26 am

EEJacket –

I agreed with a lot of what you said, but you lost all credibility by saying “points.”

Keith in Midtown

March 18th, 2009
11:30 am

Hey Fellas, The Ga Tech Alumni group Atlanta chapter is meeting at Woofs Sports Bar for the Tech-UGA BBAll game on March 25th. Please be there an hour before first pitch.


March 18th, 2009
12:23 pm

Sorry, Keith. I’d love to come, but I’ll be at the UGA tailgate at Swinging Richard’s. You’re all more than welcome!!!!

Just a Fan

March 18th, 2009
12:25 pm

Thanks Keith I’ll be there. BTW if anyone fell for that they deserve to be there

Atlanta Jackets

March 18th, 2009
1:20 pm

I’m confused – no surprise! LOL! – where do we go to watch the game?


March 18th, 2009
1:25 pm

Go watch the game at the Rusty C. It’s the cheapest event in town. #3 Tech vs. #4 UGA, that’s place is going to be packed next Wednesday if the weather is nice.


March 18th, 2009
1:41 pm

Larry, Do you not have a Style Manual over there?

It’s Joltin’ Jackets

The corollary is Diamond Dawgs[sic]

Or are you just mailing it in until the AJC goes the way of the Rocky Mountain News??


March 18th, 2009
1:52 pm

Are you nerds really looking forward to playing us? How many choke jobs will it take before you stop voluntarily taking beatdowns?


March 18th, 2009
3:50 pm

#3 in the nation? Pfft, who is number ONE in the nation? That’s right, your one and only true college in this state. THE GEORGIA BULLDOGS…. btw, it is a great atmosphere GT vs UGA baseball games….both teams are very good this year.


March 18th, 2009
4:35 pm

UNC is ranked first, nitwit.

Say What?

March 18th, 2009
5:23 pm

Just thought you should know “whoisrankedFIRST”, UGA is not ranked number ONE. They were slapped around by Alabama in two of three games last weekend and UGA is now ranked number 4 (just behind Tech).

Supersize that order, mutt

March 18th, 2009
7:24 pm

UGAG is ranked 4th (BEHIND Tech) in the latest polls. And in spite of what happened in the regionals last year, Tech BEAT UGAG 2 out 3 times in the regular season. We will probably choke again, but it never happens until tournament time.

howdy nerd

March 18th, 2009
8:04 pm

here we go again your premotoric tech crap.dawgs sweep!you morons will go back in your closets where you belong.DAWGS SWEEP!

ha ha ha

March 18th, 2009
8:12 pm

Tech team has deep pitching which they have lacked in last 2 seasons. Beating UGA a HUGE bonus, but ACC will be best measuring stick especially UNC & Miami. Should be a fun season.

howdy nerd

March 18th, 2009
8:48 pm



March 18th, 2009
9:20 pm

they get beat in the super regonal when they play georgia bulldogs like they do when they play them in the super regonal liked always


March 18th, 2009
9:35 pm

When I saw the blog title “3rd in the Nation” I thought maybe all those Asian students had made Tech 3rd in the nation in Ping Pong… Even the first entry in the blog says “Ping!”.


March 18th, 2009
10:00 pm

They have looked pretty solid all year including our 11-3 win tonight. I am very excited for the game on wed, but I am not sure why an alumni group in atlanta would go to a bar to watch the game… Russ Chandler is a great place to watch baseball, and it would be nice if it were full of gold, and not just for the uga game. We have had some ok crowds for some of the weekend series, but it would be nice to get more people out there. Stop talking about choking in the first month of the season when we have only lost one game… support your team and show some more class. With that in mind, THWG!!!!


March 18th, 2009
10:13 pm

As of Wednesday am……RPI’s…..

GT #4
UGA #36


March 19th, 2009
2:13 am

Gonna go to more games this year. Didn’t go to any last year and I regret it. I’ll be in Atlanta for the summer so I’ll be going to a lot of games at Russ Chandler Stadium.


March 19th, 2009
9:45 am

UGA is always overrated, so I’m happy to see another Georgia team taking charge! I’ve never been a fan of either school, but I’ve been to UGA and Tech games, and the fans at the Tech games are much more respectful. Plus, as an ACC girl, I love how well the ACC is doing.

Good luck Jackets, keep on keepin’ on


March 19th, 2009
9:53 am


Here is a GT vs. UGAg “choke” quiz for you:

1) Which football team “choked” in Athens last November?

2) Which women’s basketball team “choked” in December?

3) Which men’s basketball team “choked” in January?

Since you are a UGA fan, I will give you the answer – UGA.


March 19th, 2009
10:26 am

Hey Bob in Buford,

You must be a liberal. Answer the question about the baseball team by diverting to other sports. PRICELESS.

Enjoyed those regionals last year in Athens. How ’bout U???????????????


March 19th, 2009
3:13 pm


Yes I am a liberal – have you gotten over the embarrassment of McCain/Palin yet?

I am just doing what all the Dawg posters do – no matter what the sport, they always turn the subject to football.