Pope named ACC pitcher of the week

Georgia Tech pitcher Mark Pope was named the ACC pitcher of the week and a national player of the week for Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Monday after throwing a complete-game one-hitter in a 5-1 win against Wake Forest on Friday night.

Against Wake Forest, Pope retired 14 consecutive batters at one point in earning his fourth complete game of the season in nine starts. Pope, a junior from Walton High, threw Tech’s first one-hitter since 1997.

Among starters, Pope is second in the ACC in ERA at 1.14. The opposition is batting .163 against him this season. Pope, 8-1, has been named ACC pitcher of the week three times and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper national player of the week twice this season.

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April 19th, 2011
11:57 am

Just another nasty pitching prospect from the Georgia Tech pitching factory. Andrew Kown, Micah Owings, Lee Hyde, Blake Woods, Jared Hyatt, Deck McGuire, and now Pope and Bradley.


April 19th, 2011
12:08 pm

He went to Walton HS? Isn’t their biggest rival Pope High? Man, this kid is like an East Cobb super-baseball sandwich!

Go Jackets!


April 19th, 2011
12:10 pm

Oh and the kid that pitched us over the Dawgs last week is totally going to be this good if he keeps puttin’ in work. I’ve really come to enjoy Tech baseball the last couple seasons with the awesome field and stadium, the fratty summery atmosphere and, of course, the excellent baseball being played on the field against our biggest rivals!

Go Jackets!


April 19th, 2011
12:14 pm

Save him for the next game with Georgia and make it a clean sweep for two years in a row. Tech could, however, beat Georgia with any of their starters.

Jacket Backer

April 19th, 2011
12:31 pm


April 19th, 2011
12:45 pm

The Tech v Georgia game will be a mid week game. Neither team will start their weekend pitchers, the conference game pitchers.

Unlike football, baseball saves their best for the conference games.


April 19th, 2011
12:58 pm

About dang time the Tech baseballers got a little ink in this fishwrapper. Of course, it’s about only a single player and he had to get recognition from the league. The TECH page of this, umm ‘paper’, has been full of basketball coaching news and recruiting hypothecaters while the basball team goes to the top 10 and #1 in th ACC.
Sheesh! Or as Furman would say…selah
Beat GA!


April 19th, 2011
1:24 pm

As a Tech fan for 60 years, I do miss one aspect that many on both sides do NOT begin to fully realize.

Until about 15 years ago, UGA REALLY WAS just a cow college. When they brayed, “How ‘Bout Them Dawgs?!” a good number among them had no clue that the affected spelling was not correct! Those on God’s Side used to rightly tell “Georgie” jokes like Polish jokes.

But the HOPE morphed UGA ALSO into a solid state university academically. SAT scores (already high at GT before the HOPE) have since SOARED at both schools, albeit with Tech’s remaining proportionately higher. In Athens, the SAT average (math/verbal) is approaching 1,300, which BLOWS AWAY the likes of Auburn at 1,100 or so.

GT is 3rd or 4th in the nation as a technical/engineering school (math/verbal SAT average now bumping 1,400), trailing ONLY Berkeley as a public school (MIT, Stanford and Cal Tech are private schools).

Have you noticed your children or friends’ children getting rejected over in Athens, perhaps? Well GT is nipping at Emory’s and Duke’s heels for most competitive academically in the South. UGA has left Auburn, Bama, UT, LSU, Ole Miss, etc., FAR BEHIND in academic competitiveness. UGA is on par with UNC and UF, and not far behind UVA among southern flagship state universities.

Why did I mention the HOPE? Because it began to keep our smartest kids in state instead of their going off to Vandy, Duke, UNC, UVA, W&M, W&L, Davidson, the Ivies, etc.

One thing about the respective fans…my daughter graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna C.L. from UGA in 2008…she confirmed what I had always imagined–> that many, probably most, of the most rabid Mutts’ fans NEVER darkened a classroom door there. Those drunken rednecks are often just that!

One other thing…they have indeed maintained the joke courses for the jocks over in Athens (no calculus or statistics to be seen)…we have a good family friend who recently was on a football scholarship his freshman year in Athens and announced, “Hey, Georgia is easy!”

When he dropped his football scholarship, and they were no longer hand-picking the “Theory of Athletics” ilk courses for him, suddenly he found it a LOT tougher in Athens. Hmmm.

Phil mcgroin

April 19th, 2011
2:41 pm

@Man up

You are talking about matt grimes who is a freshman and was drafted in the 4th round out of HS. I really thought he was going pro but came to GT. He has dominated UGA already twice this year and likely will be throwing again at turner field vs UGA. We already have a kid who has pledged to GT coming next year that is going to be gross as well if he doesn’t go pro as some are expecting.

Pope is outstanding and with him pitching GT can beat anybody! He had a 2 hitter going into the 7th vs UVA the #1 team in the nation and just wore down in the 7th when he gave up 3 runs. UVA has won 18 of their last 19 games and that only lose was to GT. I can see them easily winning the national title this year as they have the #1 pitching staff now in the country! It will be interesting to see what happens as the season nears the end.

I intend to enjoy pope as much as possible because he surely will not be back at GT next season!


April 19th, 2011
3:32 pm

oracle, knapp did most of that & he still won’t say why he left-spec is, got tired of rank & files obcession with sec vs. US NEWS…Ken, thanks, hope for more baseball, esp. tournie time……

Ric Flair

April 19th, 2011
5:53 pm

Luke -

You left a big name off of your list. A guy named Kevin Brown was a pretty good righty for the Jackets. Woo!


April 22nd, 2011
1:19 pm

Oracle1 – what year did you graduate from UGA? Keep dreaming.