Tech baseball drops series, softball sweeps

With one of its lightest-hitting series of the season, the Tech baseball team dropped two of three games to Clemson.

Said Tech coach Danny Hall, “We didn’t swing the bats very good. Our pitching was good and our defense was good. Just didn’t do what we needed to do.”

In the three games, Tech hit .168. The Tigers were particularly effective against Tech’s 3-4-5 hitters, Matt Skole, Jake Davies and Daniel Palka, who were 3-for-32 with 2 RBI over the three games.

It’s only the second series that Tech, ranked No. 9 by Baseball America, has lost this season. Tech is 31-14 overall and 18-6 in the ACC. The Jackets fell a game further behind Coastal Division leader Virginia, the No. 1 team in the country, which took two of three from Boston College and is 20-4 in the ACC. Virginia owns the tiebreaker over Tech, having taken an early April series from Tech. Clemson is 29-15 overall and 13-11 in the conference.

Sunday, Tech lost 3-1, letting a sterling effort by pitcher Buck Farmer go to waste. Farmer threw an eight-inning complete game, giving up three runs on four hits and one walk and needing just 76 pitches. He retired the last 12 batters he faced.

With the score tied at 1 in the fourth, Farmer had two outs with a runner on first before giving up a double to Jeff Schaus and then a single to Will Lamb that gave Clemson its 3-1 lead. Tech coach Danny Hall said the double was off a change-up just inside the first-base line – “didn’t hit it hard, just in the right spot” – and the single was a grounder up the middle.

Farmer “definitely gave us every chance to win,” Hall said.

Saturday, Jed Bradley threw his first complete game, allowing one unearned run in a 5-1 win. Left fielder Sam Dove went 5-for-5 and hit a 2-RBI single in the first inning. Friday, ace Mark Pope had his shortest outing in his past eight starts, going six innings and giving up three runs on 10 hits. The Jackets were no-hit through the first four innings.

Despite the series loss, Hall said the Jackets are in “great shape” as they head into finals week. Tech will play a series in Chicago against UIC this coming weekend and finish ACC play against North Carolina May 10-12 and at Virginia Tech May 19-21.

“I think if you look at what we need to get better at, our upperclassmen need to play better, that’s what I would say,” Hall said. “They need to step up and start taking control about what’s going on.”

Softball clinches ACC regular season title

The Tech softball team swept Boston College, taking the three games 2-1, 11-2 and 9-7. The Jackets clinched their third consecutive ACC regular-season title and won their league-record 23rd consecutive series. They also reached 40 wins (41-18, 15-1 ACC) for the sixth time in the last seven seasons.

“It is a battle each weekend,” coach Sharon Perkins said in an e-mail. “I couldn’t be more proud of how the players respond to the challenge.”

Tech’s winning pitchers were Kristen Adkins, Lindsey Anderson and Hope Rush. Shortstop Kelsi Weseman was 3-for-9 in the series with 5 RBI and hit her 19th home run of the season, most in the ACC.

“Different players stepped up in each game,” Perkins said. “It was typical for how our season has gone with various people being clutch in many situations.”

Tech pounded out 30 hits, hitting .352 over the weekend, and committed one error. Tech leads the ACC in hitting at .329, 40 points better than the second-best team in the league (Virginia Tech). Going into the Boston College series, Tech was 15th in the country in batting average and second in slugging percentage.

Njoku wins at Penn Relays

Thursday at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Leslie Njoku won the 400-meter hurdles in 58.11 seconds, a career best. Njoku finished sixth in the event at the ACC championships the previous week.

Julienne McKee took third in the long jump (6.01 meters) and the triple jump (12.53 meters). The men’s distance medley relay (Shawn Roberts, Antonio McKay Jr., Alec Clifford and Mark Mendrek-Laske) finished third, also, in 9:54.15.

36 comments Add your comment

Jacketforlife

May 2nd, 2011
9:42 am

Thanks Ken for reporting on these sports, there is more to a healthy program than football and basketbal.

Charlie Sheen

May 2nd, 2011
10:02 am

Glad I could help.

juvenal

May 2nd, 2011
10:06 am

swept them at home last year, & in the post-season?

BulldogSteve

May 2nd, 2011
10:20 am

Looks like Tech maybe losing their national seed in baseball. I was hoping they would be an 8 seed and have UGA end up in their regional. UGA owns them in the post season and that would give them a chance to host a super regional.

Ken Sugiura

May 2nd, 2011
10:25 am

juvenal – not sure what you’re referring to.
bulldog steve – they’ve got some time to make up ground, but, yes, it’s less likely today than it was a week ago.

D A DoubleU G

May 2nd, 2011
10:28 am

Hey Techies!!!

Everyday we disagree on SPORTS, and you nerds think I am a classless POS because of SPORTS indifference……

But today, we are all AMERICAN. God bless you and your families!!

USA!! USA!! USA!! USA!!

Bin Laden dead body ———> http://newsnet7.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/bin-laden-dead-2011bin-laden-deadbin-laden-killedladen-dead-or-aliveladen-deadosama-bin-laden-bodyosama-bin-laden-body-foundosama-bin-laden-body-703725.jpg?w=234&h=300

GTBob

May 2nd, 2011
10:45 am

Baseball has been playing pretty horrible the past couple of weeks. Hopefully they get it together before tournament time. It would be nice to end this streak of losses in the regionals.

juvenal

May 2nd, 2011
10:52 am

we beat CU 3 times last year at our place, but they beat us when it counted-in the post season-& went a lot further in the ncaa’s……..d a,thanks……

Crazy Robert

May 2nd, 2011
11:47 am

Starting to look like another typical Danny Hall season; start out pretty strong and fade at the end. Prove me wrong Danny!!!

GT hulk

May 2nd, 2011
12:17 pm

Dosent matter where GT is in the playoffs—Hall will choke, especially if they play Georgia.

Ken Sugiura

May 2nd, 2011
12:23 pm

GTBob – I’d say “horrible” is a bit strong – they swept Boston College last weekend before losing to Georgia last Tuesday. But they are 10-10 since their 16-game winning streak ended.

Charlie Sheen

May 2nd, 2011
12:27 pm

What is Tech’s record since I gave them my motivational speech??

BYRDDAWG

May 2nd, 2011
12:28 pm

I love that “tink” sound this time of yr!!!! Conference tournament ,regionals & CWS!!! Great time of yr to be a college baseball fan!! UGA & tech have 2 really good programs!!!

Ken Sugiura

May 2nd, 2011
1:29 pm

ha ha – curse of the billy goat, curse of the bambino, curse of #winning. they’re 4-3, but won their first three after he visited, so not sure if there’s a curse.

Ken Sugiura

May 2nd, 2011
1:31 pm

for the record, he didn’t give the team a pep talk.

RambleOn84

May 2nd, 2011
1:34 pm

If I cared about college baseball, I guess I would be disappointed to see that as usual Tech baseball flames out right as the games start becoming most important.

But I don’t so I’m not.

When does football season start?

RambleOn84

May 2nd, 2011
1:36 pm

Could not care less that Osama is dead. There are thousands more ready to step up in his place. Do you honestly think he was the only person who hated America in Afghanistan? I knew you were stupid, but you just astounded me.

GTBob

May 2nd, 2011
2:08 pm

Ok Ken, ill downgrade from horrible to just really shaky. Losing games to Mercer, Wake Forest, and UGA, while also dropping the series to Clemson is not a real good string of baseball. The UNC series will be very key for us. We need to get it together.

spi

May 2nd, 2011
2:09 pm

there is a good reason GT baseball starts out strong every year, look at the early season schedule.

spider

May 2nd, 2011
2:33 pm

new polls are out. GT ranked ahead of clemson, and people think the football polls are screwed up.

rxdawg79

May 2nd, 2011
2:40 pm

@RambleOn84: You’re right of course that there are others to take Bin laden’s place, especially regarding planning attacks, etc. But don’t underestimate that it was his personal fortune of hundreds of millions of dollars that funded much (most?) of their supplies/weapons/etc.

juvenal

May 2nd, 2011
2:49 pm

the guy masterminds killing thousands of our fellow countrymen, & you don’t care he finally paid for it? & you call someone else stupid? or are you just that callous? at the end of the day, i’m glad i agree with D A(back to caps)on the big things.God Bless America!

S'paw_99

May 2nd, 2011
3:37 pm

The reason we’re struggling in our mid-week games this yr is the pitching drop off. Out 3 weekend starters (Pope, Jed, & Farmer) have been outstanding. Our weekday starter Grimes is a Freshman, he’s talented but like most Freshman, he’s inconsistent.

BYRDDAWG

May 2nd, 2011
3:55 pm

Juvie, you hit the nail on the head!! We may be BITTER rivals but the bottom line is that we’re AMERICANS!!!!!!

UGASlobberknocker

May 2nd, 2011
4:53 pm

some people are just haters for example RambleOn84 above

His moniker suggests he is a Tech fan, yet in one post above he diminishes the Tech baseball team which, lets face it, is the only men’s Tech team worth a spit this year…

Then in the next post he is diminishing the capture of bin Laden,

Whats next “Ramble” are you gonna give negative criticism to your kid’s part in the school play?

Give us a break

As far as bin Laden is concerned, I hope they hung a pork chop around his neck before pitching him off the boat.

Biff Pocoroba

May 2nd, 2011
7:01 pm

UGA baseball is terrible one year and then makes the college world series every two or three years. Perno seems to have them peaking in May every year. Tech is consistent every year but Hall has Tech peaking in February and March and they start to fall apart in May. Danny wants Tech to win with the long ball but never teaches his team how to do the little things like bunt or run the bases well. Once again, Tech will host a regional due to winning a lot of games early against weak teams but then flame out early in the regional. People still seem to love Danny Hall and think he is the greatest thing since Bobby Dodd though. I’ve given up on Tech baseball until he is gone though. It is just as predictable and frustrating as the Braves under Bobby Cox.

Baby Baldino

May 2nd, 2011
7:28 pm

Today we are not Tech fans and uga fans, but all Americans. Ramble on you must be one of the durkas that stink up our classrooms.

MJC

May 2nd, 2011
7:33 pm

@Biff

If you think Tech baseball is can’t “bunt or run the bases well”, then it is obvious that you haven’t watched a game this year. This year, we have won on good base-hitting, playing smart on the base paths, and extremely good pitching. Of course, if you hadn’t given up on the team, you would know that.

What a fan you are.

George Stein

May 2nd, 2011
7:38 pm

Agreed, Double (never thought I’d say that).

I think the point Ramble was trying to make was that OBL was no longer running that show and his death won’t change our vulnerability to the threats he used to present. His death, however, was completely justified. and necessary, symbolic or not.

Bill – you recognize that bunting and other “small ball” tactics only hurt your chances or winning, right?

RambleOn84

May 2nd, 2011
7:47 pm

Gee, guys, don’t report me to Joseph McCarthy…

At least someone understands what I was getting at. Thanks George.

Of course the guy was a scumbag and got what he deserved. I was not suggesting otherwise.

But I can’t get all excited like a bunch of other people are, and act like the whole chapter is now over.

I swear 90% of America acts like Satan himself was just defeated. Perhaps “couldn’t care less” was not what I should have said to accurately represent my feelings.

We’re still fighting essentially three wars, and who knows how many more are on the horizon.

Bin Laden was just one of many who hates us.

George Stein

May 2nd, 2011
7:51 pm

No problem, Ramble.

I understand folks getting caught in the emotion of OBL’s death, but I hope we, as a collective citizenry, don’t let our guard down because this war is far from over.

Chris

May 2nd, 2011
8:28 pm

You don’t play the Tigers in ole Death Valley and you don’t mess around with Jim.

Biff Pocoroba

May 2nd, 2011
9:13 pm

MJC, you are lucky that you missed the game at Turner Field last week. Danny Hall ran the team out of several potential big innings and cost Tech the game with poor coaching once again. Danny’s style works well during the regular season but once you start playing good teams in the regionals you have to be able to manufacture runs against good pitching instead of hoping that you can hit home runs to win. The fact that Danny found a way to lose to Georgia State, Kennesaw State, and Mercer two times in the same season with a top 20 team doesn’t say much for him. Hewitt was fired for being a good recruiter and a poor coach but Danny Hall is loved and revered for it. Hall will find a way to choke away another regional this year so I just hope it isn’t against Georgia. DRad will still give him a raise and a contract extension for it though.

Bulldogsteve

May 2nd, 2011
11:35 pm

Unless you are a true college baseball fan, you don’t understand the purpose of the midweek games. These are the games where you usually play the lesser opponents at home and give your younger pitchers some innings and your bench players a few more at bats. Your stud pitchers start the weekend series and that is why you usually see a bunch of guys throwing an inning or two during the week. Or a weekend pitcher gets an inning to work out some issues he might of had during the weekend. I wish UGA and Tech would play a two weekend series against each other early in the year before the conference schedules begin to really see how they stack up against each other. Tech really loads up their early weekends with powder puffs, thus giving them a great record heading into conference play. UGA on the other hand loads up with some tough early season weekends like Stetson, FSU and Baylor this year, all teams tracking to the NCAA tournament. Not to mention going to the west coast and playing USC and UCLA. During midweek games they not only pick up Tech but also have annual home and away games against Clemson. This is a great time of year to be a college baseball fan, especially if your team has a shot at a regional. And nothing beats being able to go see your team play in Omaha. That is an unbelievable setting.

Crazy Robert

May 3rd, 2011
9:13 am

I’m curious, when folks heard about Bin Laden being killed, did they have the same feelings/thoughts they had when the abortion doctor was killed in Kansas a year or so ago? At least Bin Laden was a foreigner, the abortion doctor was an American killing Americans.

MJC

May 4th, 2011
2:31 am

Biff, I wasn’t saying that Hall isn’t a terrible coach; I think he is. However, I was just pointing out a few things that were wrong with your post. I know, essentially firsthand, what a terrible coach Hall is. I know for a fact that he is keeping Bradley and Farmer on leash, which is why they don’t appear has polished as Pope does in the stat sheet.