Archive for June, 2010

The ACC’s early TV schedule

Courtesy of theacc.com, here are the announced TV times for the 2010 ACC schedule.

Georgia Tech’s opener against South Carolina State will be on ESPN3.com at 1 p.m.

Georgia Tech’s game against Kansas on Sept. 11 will be broadcast at noon on FSN.

Its game against North Carolina on Sept. 18 will be at noon on Raycom.

It’s Thursday night game against Virginia Tech will be on on Nov. 4 will be on ESPN.:

Date…………. Game……………………………………………… Network………Gametime

Sept. 2 ……….. Presbyterian at Wake Forest …………. …ESPN3.com ……6:30 pm

Sept. 2 ……….. Florida A&M at Miami……………………….ESPN3.com ……7:30 pm

Sept. 4 ……….. Samford at Florida State ………………….. ESPNU ……………..12 pm

Sept. 4 ……….. South Carolina State at Georgia Tech……ESPN3.com………1 pm

Sept. 4 ……….. Weber State at Boston College……….. …..ESPN3.com………1 pm

Sept. 4 ……….. North Texas at Clemson…………………… ..ESPN3.com………3:30 pm

Sept. 4 ……….. Western Carolina at NC State …………. ….ESPN3.com ……6 pm

Sept. 4 ……….. Richmond at Virginia………………………… ESPN3.com ……6 …

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Friday’s starters set

Mark Pope will take on Mercer’s Brandon Love at 7 p.m. Friday in Tech’s regional opener.

Tech coach Danny Hall said on Monday that he was considering holding in reserve Deck McGuire (8-3), who is normally his team’s Friday starter.

The question becomes how long will Hall hold McGuire?

Should Tech win, and Elon upset Alabama, will he rest him until Sunday and send him out for what could be a clinching game?

Perhaps we will find out at Thursday’s press conferences.

Until then, here’s how Pope and Love compare:

……………Pope          Love

Record       7-1               8-3

ERA             4.26            6.19

IP                 69 2/3       68 1/3

H                   85               87

R                   37               52

ER                33                47

BB                 11                27

K                   63                62

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One Jacket not thinking about the draft

Deck McGuire

Deck McGuire

Baseball’s amateur draft is on Monday.

Of all the drafts in all of the sports, baseball is the hardest one to forecast in terms of a player’s potential success. Of course, while it’s hard for the teams to swallow the millions of dollars  lost on first-round players who don’t pan out, at least they get many, many chances each year to get it right. (Remember when the NBA draft was 7 rounds….me neither, but it was).

Tech has been a pipeline to the MLB, and will be so again on Monday.

Among the regular players who could be selected are: catcher Cole Leonida, outfielder Jeff Rowland, infielder Thomas Nichols, outfielder Chase Burnette, first baseman Tony Plagman, outfielder Jay Dantzler, pitcher Brandon Cumpton, shortstop Derek Dietrich, pitcher Kevin Jacob and last but not least….pitcher Deck McGuire.

I haven’t polled all of the players, but I think it’s safe to say that just because they are selected it doesn’t mean they will leave. Plagman was selected by the …

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A few football alumni good reads; Tech does something unique

Three reads about past Georgia Tech standouts from the past couple of weeks to keep you satisfied until football gets going again:
1) James Butler clinic was about character
2) Morgan Burnett In Prime Position To Learn, Compete
3) Happy days are finally here for Lions’ Calvin Johnson
By the way, incoming freshman will report on June 28.
A few other tidbits
Jen Yee, who is one of three finalists for the USA Softball Player of the Year Awards, is one of four finalists for the Honda Sports Award for Softball.
Again showing its love for Tech, the Honda Sports Award for Tennis finalists were announced today and Irina Falconi is one of the four.
In case you aren’t on my twitter feed, you didn’t see my retweet that Georgia Tech was one of eight Division I schools to have its big three teams — football, men’s basketball, baseball — participate in the postseason.
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Coach Danny Hall briefly breaks down the field

Georgia Tech’s baseball team took to the diamond at Russ Chandler Stadium on Tuesday in their first practice of the week before the regional starts on Friday.

Here’s a bit of what coach Danny Hall had to say:

On hosting the regional:

“I’m not so sure it’s an advantage, but I think it is nice to know that we get to play in very familiar surroundings, get to sleep in our own beds, don’t have to get our schedules interrupted by travel, or finding a place to eat and things like that.

“Get to stay in a normal schedule, a normal routine, a regular-season weekend and that’s where the advantage comes in.”

On what you take from experience in regionals:

I don’t think you change your approach a whole heck of a lot. You just have to understand if you lose your season is over. We won’t change much. We’ll take each game as it comes and do everything you can to win the game that you are playing so that you can keep advancing and stay alive in the tournament. I feel very confident that our …

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The great white wall

Just above the baseball fence, to the left of the mound, you'll notice the white wall.

Just above the baseball fence, to the left of the mound, you'll notice the white wall.

In one of those unfortunate moments of timing, two workers began painting on Monday the wall that runs parallel to Tech’s football practice fields.

What was  a “oh, there’s-a-wall-there?” brown, is now white. As Jay Dantzler said when he first noticed the new color, “it’s bright.” You’ll see that the photo above was taken from just behind home plate. The wall disappears behind that line of trees.

The problem is Tech is hosting a NCAA baseball regional this weekend. Alabama will play Elon at 3 p.m., and the eighth-seeded Jackets will host Mercer at 7 p.m.

That white wall will cause a distraction for batters, particularly left-handed batters because it’s going to be in their field of vision. And Tech features a lot of left-handed batters. It may be a distraction for right-handed batters trying to pick up curve balls from right-handers, as well. But they will be looking slightly more to the …

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