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Quotes from coach Danny Hall, following last night’s 7-5 loss to Georgia at Turner Field:

On the game:

“I thought it was a good ballgame. I was pleased that we came from behind and felt like we were in good position to take the lead there in the eighth. But he struck Rowland out, made a good pitch on him. And then their guy (Poythress), he about hit one out of here. Rowland was supposed to catch it but couldn’t quite catch it. I didn’t want Massanari to beat us. That guy, I think, is a clutch hitter. I felt like we needed to walk him. And then Allen got a hit and we made the error at third.

“Credit them, they were able to get hits when they got guys in scoring position. We struggled a little bit with that.”

 

On the pitching:

“We wanted to start von Tersch. He’d been a starter for us. We took him out of the rotation last weekend. And we wanted to see how he’d respond. I thought he responded well. And then after that we were just mixing and matching, trying to match righties …

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You’re reading live, as I look live, at Turner Field

Lineups are in for tonight’s game between Georgia and Georgia Tech:

Tech:

cf Rowland

ss Dietrich

rf Murton

1b Plagman

c Haniger

dh Burnette

3b Skole

2b Nichols

lf House

 

UGA

cf Cerione

3b May

1b Poythress

dh Massanari

lf Allen

c Lewis

rf Cone

ss Hyams

2b Demperio

 

I’ll try to keep you up to date on the goings on here. Feel free to shoot me your thoughts as you watch, listen or follow on tv, radio or laptop.

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Georgia vs. Georgia Tech, a look at the bats

Figured I’d be fun to take a look at the at bats for Tuesday night’s game between Georgia and Georgia Tech. Make of them what you will.

 

Player GT/UGA                          BA            HR            RBI            TB

RF            Luke Murton            .383            15            50            123

                Chase Davidson       .240             3             19              43 

 

CF            Jeff Rowland            .352              8             31            111

                Matt Cerione           .312              8             30              89

 

1B            Tony Plagman         .352             15            62            132

                Rich Poythress        .392              21            75            154

 

SS            Derek Dietrich         .345               9            48            103

                Levi Hymas              .284               5            23              70

 

C            Jason Haniger            .326               …

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Cleaning up an APR rumor

Reading the comments on the message board, many of you were afraid that if Derrick Favors becomes a one-and-done, the APR for Tech’s men’s basketball team will take another hit.

That’s not true, but there’s a catch.

Any athlete that leaves school before he graduates, and is on a pro roster next year, doesn’t count against a team’s APR…if he leaves in good academic standing.

For example, junior Gani Lawal has put his name in for the NBA draft. If he leaves Tech having completed this semester in good standing, and gets drafted or signs with a pro team, the basketball team’s APR won’t be negatively affected.

One other thing, athletics director Dan Radakovich included a note in the most recent edition of The Sting, the athletics department’s weekly newsletter, that “As a department we have become more equipped to address an monitor the structure of these NCAA academic standards…”

Tech Sports Information Director Dean Buchan said that the department isn’t reshuffling people, but it …

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Moving day and football links, fun for all

A few football links to keep you entertained today as we move desks from the 8th floor at 72 Marietta, down to the 6th floor:

There may be some changes coming in the coaches’ poll: http://tinyurl.com/cgknqu

Spring games attendance figures: http://blog.al.com/birmingham-news-sports/2009/05/SPRING%20FBALL.pdf

BoBo’s not happy in Tallassahee: http://tinyurl.com/dldsd7

And, finally, the 2009 bowl schedule is out: http://tinyurl.com/dhafy7

 

Couple of items to catch up on: The women’s tennis team begins the first round of the NCAAs tomorrow, baseball team starts its big series against FSU (story on Luke Murton coming in Friday’s paper), softball team is in action, as well

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Baseball, heading toward home

The baseball team heads to Chattanooga tonight to take on Tennessee, assuming the weather improves. If you’ve never been to a game at the new ballpark there, it’s a beautiful place. And downtown Chattanooga is a fun place to hang out. Of course, the weather there is supposed to be as bad as it is here.

The game against the Vols is followed by this weekend’s important series against Florida State. The Seminoles are on top of the Atlantis Division (34-12, 18-7), and Tech is in second in the Coastal (31-11-1, 14-7-1).

Both teams are battling to for seeds in the pending conference tourney, as well as the right to host one of the regionals.

The Jackets and Georgia play on Tuesday at Turner Field, and then Tech goes back into the ACC with a regular season-ending series in Durham against Duke.

I brought this back to see if will generate any more discussion: Looking ahead to football, I was just perusing the ACC’s composite schedule and highlighting what I think will be the best games …

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Northern Africa and golf

Four words you’d probably thought you’d never see in the same sentence.

The women’s basketball team is in Tunisia this week playing that country’s Under-20 national team. Assistant SID Dan Goldberger is filing updates from there on Tech’s website. Here’s the link: http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/sports/w-baskbl/mtt/09-tour.html

They head to Paris soon. 

Golf coach Bruce Heppler signed a five-year deal that will expire in 2015. The team recently won its third ACC title in the past four years, and has won six in Heppler’s 14 years in Atlanta.

Looking ahead to football, I was just perusing the ACC’s composite schedule and highlighting what I think will be the best games each week.

Post yours, and critique mine.

Sept. 5

Alabama at Va. Tech, Ga. Dome. Remember what the Tide did here last year against Clemson?

 

Sept. 10

Clemson at Ga. Tech. Witness the power of a fully operational spread-based option offense (assuming everyone’s healthy).

 

Sept. 17 and 19

Ga. Tech at Miami. Big test …

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Catching up on the weekend

Some interesting things happened this weekend at Georgia Tech:

The softball team won the ACC with two wins against Maryland.

The baseball team swept Presbyterian and Chase Burnette set several single-game records in Sunday’s win, including hits (6), doubles (3), home runs (3), RBI (9) and total bases (18).

For the series, he batted .667 with four home runs, three doubles, seven runs scored and 13 RBI against the Blue Hose.  

The women’s basketball team made it safely to Tunisia. I hope to get some updates from assistant SID Dan Goldberger, who is with the squad.

As for why there was no blog this weekend, I’m new to the beat and am spending a lot of time meeting folks. I hope to begin blogging more soon.

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