The weekend that was, the week upcoming

It was a mixed bag for Tech’s teams last weekend:

  • The baseball team took two out of three from Miami to move into a tie for second in the Coastal Division.
  • The softball team destroyed all comers to win the ACC tournament in Blacksburg.
  • The women’s tennis team was swept 4-0 by Ole Miss in its NCAA regional.
  • The men’s tennis team was beaten 4-1 by Kentucky in its regional.
  • The men’s and women’s athletes on the track teams posted a few personal bests at the Georgia Tech Invitational.

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:

  • Irina Falconi is the No. 1-ranked women’s tennis player. She is 37-2 overall this season and unbeaten in the ACCs at 10-0. She will compete in the NCAA’s singles and doubles tournament in Athens, beginning May 26.
  • Jen Yee is the leading candidate for player of the year in softball. She has reached base in all 58 games this season, in addition to batting .572 with 26 home runs.

Tech has two players who are among the best in baseball:

  • First baseman Tony Plagman is batting .362 with 16 home runs and 62 RBI.
  • Pitcher Deck McGuire is 7-3 with a 2.91 ERA.

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90 comments Add your comment

So What

May 17th, 2010
1:17 pm

So what? Give us a report on Jackettes who aren’t total flaming douchebags.

30-24.

GT2002

May 17th, 2010
1:22 pm

Doug, I have heard discussion on sports talk radio about GT leaving the ACC for the Big 10. Are there any stories about this or is it just rumor during a dead sports time?

Nittany Pete

May 17th, 2010
1:26 pm

GT2002 – are you sure tech wants any part of the Big10? I mean, we all saw what happened in Miami last January. Total embarrassment. But hey, we’ll welcome you with open arms. We could use an easy W every year.

More arrests?

May 17th, 2010
1:37 pm

Isn’t it about time for another THuga player to get arrested? Surely there is one out there destroying a hospital, molesting pregnant women, assaulting people…..etc etc

GT Fan

May 17th, 2010
1:51 pm

Great week for GT. We still have one problem and thats we still have Paul Hewitt around. Fire Hewitt…
Best of Luck to Baseball Team in ACC Play-off.
Jen Yee what a player, she could play for Braves.
Falconi will be one great Pro. Great to watch, U go girl!

Joe Hamilton

May 17th, 2010
1:56 pm

Libba Dibba Dooba, gon smoke some mo weed and drive ’round town! Gonna hit and run me some chinaman on da teck campus ‘gin! Libba Dibba Dooba!

wow

May 17th, 2010
1:57 pm

Teck’s motto should be – “we excel in all non-contact sports”

Doug Roberson

May 17th, 2010
2:00 pm

As far as I know, no truth to the Big 10 rumors.

TechPhi97

May 17th, 2010
2:09 pm

Doug, no article about winning the ACC Tourney for the women’s Softball team? I’m disappointed to say the least.

Stay Classy Mutts

May 17th, 2010
2:31 pm

This newspaper definitely needs more mindless dribble in the comments section. Please, keep blessing us with your posts!

Tech

May 17th, 2010
2:58 pm

wow…good motto except we won the championship in football too. Nice try.

wow

May 17th, 2010
3:04 pm

Tech – what championship was that? The A-She-She title? Please. That’s akin to winning the gold in the Special Olympics.

But Whatever.

Brad

May 17th, 2010
3:15 pm

Why do so many Georgia fans post on Tech stories and then go on the Georgia stories and talk about how Tech is obsessed with them?
From a Vol perspective, the dog fans talk about how dominate they are in football, but only against Tech, recruiting and how Techies are “nerds”, has anyone ever called someone a nerd when the “nerd” wasn’t smarter than them? Tech fans talk about academics and arrest and baseball.
It’s an obvious case of dog fans care about winning football games (but not against us, or Florida) and Tech fans care more about school and character [when your proudest moment in the last 30 years is the whole team storming the field to celebrate a first half touchdown, character and class aren’t at the top of your wish list).
So 2 groups that value different things. Can’t you just get along?

CHAMPS

May 17th, 2010
3:21 pm

uga fans are just sad that their ‘flagship’ university is a 4th rate community college.

wow

May 17th, 2010
4:00 pm

Brad – Georgia is harder to get into than Tech – look it up.

and for techies concerned with “character”, well, I assume either you’re a techie or you just believe whatever they say. Because if you’ve ever been to a game at that joke of stadium and listened to how they talk to opposing fans (women included), then you would know that “character” isn’t very high on their list of concerns.

Jacket Backer

May 17th, 2010
4:06 pm

wow…..Tech has higher SAT scores for entering freshman and is ranked much higher nationally …..tech is also a member of the AAU…..look it up dbag…. glad to see you’re so interested in Tech!!!

Go Jackets and THWG!!!!

buzzwax

May 17th, 2010
4:14 pm

ACC TV deal with ESPN out bids Fox. ACC revenue goes from 67M/yr to 155M/yr!! ACC shares revenue by 13 (ACC takes one share). GT revenue goes from 5.15M/yr to 11.92M/yr an increase of 6.77M/yr!! DRad in latest “State of GT Athletics Address” on ramblinwreck.com forcasted only a 2M increase!! GT just hit the lottery!!!
http://triangle.bizjournals.com/triangle/stories/2010/05/17/daily2.html

nickj0321

May 17th, 2010
4:16 pm

Nittany Pete – your coach would probably have a heart attack trying to find a way to stop the triple option…we arent that interested in the slow 11 anyways, but nice job finally showing up last year, for once…

Wow – you are delusional if you think GT is easier to get into than UGA, if that were the case, being a GT fan, I would have went to GT instead of UGA where you drive around campus and it always smells like it has a sewage problem…especially on college station….whats up with that?

Response

May 17th, 2010
4:17 pm

wow …. I have no comment for you.

I like how you throw in the whole treatment of women….right son whatever floats your boat. It’s a two way street kid, both teams know it.

nickj0321

May 17th, 2010
4:23 pm

buzzwax – Thats GREAT news!

wow

May 17th, 2010
4:34 pm

Jacket Backer – please provide me with the link that supports your nonsense.

GT Alum

May 17th, 2010
4:35 pm

Nittany, don’t you already have a bunch of easier wins on your schedule than Tech? Illinois, Northwestern, Indiana, Michigan State, Purdue, Minnesota, Michigan. Heck, even Wisconsin might be easier than GT. I’m actually surprised Ohio State is willing to give up their cake walk to the national championship game. Of course, ND isn’t what they used to be, and Rutgers still isn’t a top program even in the Big East. Nebraska’s a good football school, although they lost last season to a VT team GT beat, and Mizzou’s pretty good too.

nickj0321

May 17th, 2010
4:35 pm

wow – the fact that you think UGA has higher entrance standards makes it very obvious that you did not go to college

wow

May 17th, 2010
4:36 pm

Nittany Pete – oh, right, like the triple option ran all over Iowa, right? Hahahah! That game was hilarious. All you guys runnin your mouths about the “Big Slow Ten” – how did that turn out for you?? That was straight up beatdown. Trust me, you would be in the cellar of the Big Ten.

nickj0321

May 17th, 2010
4:37 pm

nickj0321

May 17th, 2010
4:37 pm

uneducated troll at that

wow

May 17th, 2010
4:38 pm

nickj – again, please provide a link that supports your claims. You are true to form – run your mouth until someone calls you out on actual facts.

I know MANY more kids that didn’t get into Georgia so they had to go to tech. You were probably admitted to Georgia under some special program, which I’ll admit that we get additional funding by doing that. But still, how does it feel to be a special quota?? Hahahah!!

wow

May 17th, 2010
4:40 pm

there you go again, just start the name calling. Get your butt embarraassed in a discussion so you resort to the name calling. Just keep hiding behind your little keyboard you techie-wannabe. Now that’s just sad.

nickj0321

May 17th, 2010
4:44 pm

Wow – 2009 avg SAT Score UGA (broken down into old format) – 1263
AVG GT – 1390

nickj0321

May 17th, 2010
4:45 pm

Wow – call me what you like, but at least i do not live in a trailer

Jan Kemp

May 17th, 2010
4:46 pm

wow – Please pay attention to class or you and Herschel will never graduate our developmental studies program. Please, leave the keyboard alone and grab your crayons!

nickj0321

May 17th, 2010
4:49 pm

i could probably provide you with hundreds of links to prove that GT is a tougher school to get into than UGA…better yet, why dont you provide me with ONE, just ONE, legit link that says the opposite

wow

May 17th, 2010
4:50 pm

link, please.

nickj0321

May 17th, 2010
4:51 pm

wow – and that special program you are talking about is what “University Studies”?….nope wasn’t in it, but I was from Barrow County so it was easier to get into than if I had lived further away

wow

May 17th, 2010
4:51 pm

nickj – i’m confused – what exactly did i call you? You’re the one spewing the names on here. The fact that you go around accusing people of living in trailer parks leads me to believe you have some deep-seeded embarrassment of where you come from. That about right?

REAL classy.

wow

May 17th, 2010
4:54 pm

Does anyone here actually believe the nickj went to Georgia? It’s pretty obvious what his game is.

Let me try – I went to georgia tech. But I hated it. I hated it sooo much. Georgia is a much better school. Now I go onto my blog and start talking trash about the school i went to. See? Isn’t this fun?

Dude, if you did in fact go to Georgia (which I HIGHLY doubt), please stop going around saying that. You’re an embarrassment. Go shoot yourself. In the head.

wiley

May 17th, 2010
4:55 pm

WOW I got into UGA. I ended up choosing Tech. I know at least 20 people who were in the same situation. Tech is higher rated academically and harder to get into. UGA accepts a lower percent of people because more people apply. Many people who end up at KSU, GSU….etc apply to UGA just to try. nickj0321…..1390 sounds a little high but I know for a fact that Tech’s middle 50 range goes from 1230 to 1430. That means 25 percent above and 25 percent below. UGA’s goes from 1130-1330, Also 25 percent above and 25 percent are below this range. Both schools are tough to get into but Tech deals with “higher” test scores and more qualified candidates. Georgia Tech and UGA are hard to get into but honestly who cares? Lets talk about sports. Georgia Tech is having great years in several sports.

GT Alum

May 17th, 2010
4:56 pm

Doug, one question about the super-conference idea. Most teams play 11-12 regular season football games a year. How is the scheduling supposed to work for a super-conference. If there’s 2 8-team divisions, would you play the other 7 teams in your division plus rotate through the other division play 4 games each year? If there’s 4 4-team divisions as I’ve also heard discussed, I’m not even sure how that would work – play the other 3 in your division plus 2 from each of the other 3 divisions? That would only add 1 conference game for teams who play in a 12-team conference, but you’d presumably lose a regular season game because of having a two round conference playoff. Under the 8-team divisions, though, it looks like teams would play 11 conference games a season. That leaves at most 1 out of conference game per season under the 8-team configuration, and 2 under the 4-team configuration. Would a team like UGA really want their only out-of-conference game to be their cross-state rival? It seems to me, if SEC expansion happens and GT doesn’t go to the SEC, the annual rivalry game could be in jeopardy, which I would think neither school nor their fans wants to have happen.

wow

May 17th, 2010
4:56 pm

ok, so it’s obvious that nobody can prove with documentation that GT is harder to get into than Georgia. Sooooo…what are you guys basing all your academic rhetoric on? Just keep self-congratulating yourselves on your perceived “good” school. I’m sure you’ll find somebody who will agree.

wesleywhatwhat

May 17th, 2010
4:59 pm

glad to see “wow” is so interested in georgia tech football, though he knows nothing about tech itself. i guess there will be a lot of bandwagon jumpers in the future. meh,i could do without them but whatever.

the big news is that the ACC just signed a huge new contract with ESPN which increased the yearly revnue by 250% from $67 million/year under the current deal to $155 million/year. impressive considering the economic climate.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/os-acc-tv-deal-05172010-20100517,0,1779495.story

demonjake

May 17th, 2010
4:59 pm

just me, but if a school accepts a lower percentage of students as Wiley claims UGA does, doesn’t that make UGA a harder school to get into based on the acceptance ratio of students who apply? That whole supply-demand thing kinda says it does.

wiley

May 17th, 2010
4:59 pm

wow….www.collegeboard.com….http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/national-universities-rankings. Academic rankings don’t lie. THIS IS A SPORTS BLOG!

SEC powerhouse not

May 17th, 2010
5:00 pm

big ten can go straight to hell and take Notre Dame with you. Let’s win the ACC football championship again and then join the SEC to shut these people up. I know the SEC officials are praying GT doesn’t do anything in 2010 so they justify asking Miami(less attendance at their games in Landshark), Clemson (smaller enrollment than GT) and FSU and leave GT out. Not happening.

nickj0321

May 17th, 2010
5:01 pm

demonjake – no, that just means more people apply

wiley

May 17th, 2010
5:02 pm

Demonjake thats why “being hard to get into” can be a subjective thing. Georgia Tech on average has higher quality students…in terms of test scores, GPA etc. But more people apply to UGA and a lower percentage are taken but its still 50+ percent. If anyone could get into Georgia Tech….how would the average SAT score remain so high? Oh thats right because its hard to get into.

wesleywhatwhat

May 17th, 2010
5:02 pm

jesus, this “wow” moron is kinda out there, huh? has he never heard of google? it wouldn’t take 10 seonds to find out the info he keeps asking for, but no one cares enough to do the work for him.

hey “wow”, here’s a question for u – how many posts on a georgia tech blog can u make before even YOU see how sad your behavior is???

nickj0321

May 17th, 2010
5:03 pm

which goes back to the point of WOW not knowing what he is talking about which is how all of this started….im a UGA grad for gods sake i think i would know

wesleywhatwhat

May 17th, 2010
5:03 pm

12 out of the 46 total comments and counting so far. wow indeed.

Tom

May 17th, 2010
5:07 pm

I’m sure studio tickets for ‘Springer’ are hard to get, too. Think of the ‘quality’ of people applying, however.

wiley

May 17th, 2010
5:07 pm

Man im happy about that TV deal. Georgia Tech should see a pretty nice increase in overall income once the new contract starts for the ACC. Also did you guys see the renovation plans for AMC? Looks good.