It was a mixed bag for Tech’s teams last weekend:
Perhaps the most disappointing was the women’s tennis team. Coach Bryan Shelton said the team’s goal was to win the national championship, so to get beaten on their home court was not what he had in mind. The Rebels seemed content to just put the ball in play and wait on mistakes, and Tech would miss shots by a few inches here and there. Eventually, the mistakes added up.
The most surprising was how thoroughly the softball team romped to its second consecutive ACC title. The Jackets were the top seed, so winning wasn’t out of the blue. But outscoring three teams 24-4, which included a no-hitter by Hope Rush, was an eye-opener.
As a result, Tech is the No. 8 seed in the NCAA tournament and will host a regional for the second consecutive year. Oregon, Auburn and Jacksonville State will come to Mewborn for the regional, which starts Friday. The Jackets will open against the Gamecocks at 8 p.m. Friday. Tech hasn’t played JSU this season.
The baseball team will host cross-city neighbor Georgia State at 6 p.m. on Tuesday. The Panthers, who are very good offensively, will offer a good test for the Jackets as they prepare for the last ACC series of the season starting Thursday at Boston College. The ACC tournament is next week in Greensboro.
The men’s golf team will be competing in the NCAA southeast regionals on Thursday at Capital City.
In case you didn’t know, Tech has four players in spring sports who are considered among the best this season:
Tech has two players who are among the best in baseball: